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Parker Lectures

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Parker Scholars

The Herbert M. Parker Foundation for education in the radiological sciences was created in 1987 to memorialize Mr. Parker and his many significant contributions to radiation protection, radiation biology, the environment and radiotherapy. In 1997, the Herbert M. Parker Foundation was incorporated into the Washington State University Foundation as an endowment. The proceeds of this endowment support scientific and educational activities that further develop technical advances and enhance public understanding of science and technology as applied to health and the environment.

Herbert M. Parker Foundation Board of Directors

Wayne Glines, Chair

Mr. Glines is currently employed as a Senior Health Physicist at Dade Moeller & Associates. He has previously held senior radiation protection positions for the Department of Energy (Hanford Site), Bechtel Nevada (Nevada Test Site), and the Department of Defense (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard). Mr. Glines has been certified by the American Board of Health Physics since 1985, and is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society. He is the current Chair of the Health Physics Society Standards Committee, and has been President of the Board of Trustees of the Herbert M. Parker Foundation since 2012.  wglines34@charter.net

Ronald L. Kathren, Vice-Chair

Ronald L. Kathren has had a long and distinguished career in the radiological and environmental sciences.  He holds degrees from UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh, is board certified in both health physics and environmental engineering and is a past president of both the Health Physics Society and the American Academy of Health Physics.  Following retirement as Professor and Director of the US Transuranium and Uranium Registries at WSU Tri-Cities, he has devoted major effort to education and preserving the history of the radiological sciences, serving as a Trustee of several organizations including the Smithsonian affiliated National Museum of Atomic Testing.  In 2002, he donated his historical collection of 3,400 items to start the Radiological and Allied Sciences Collection at WSU Tri-Cities.  kathren@bmi.net

Daniel J. Strom, PH.D, CHP, FHPS, Secretary

Dan Strom earned BA and MS degrees in physics (UConn), and a Ph.D. (UNC Chapel Hill). His experience includes operational radiation safety, occupational radiation epidemiology, applied statistical inference, risk analysis, radiation detection, and graduate teaching and research in health physics, including 24 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He consults at Dade Moeller – an NV5 Company, and teaches at WSU Tri-Cities. He’s a Certified Health Physicist, Fellow of the Health Physics Society, and Distinguished Emeritus Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. He was lead radiation protection design specialist at Ukraine’s Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (2011-2013). Strom@WSU.edu

James Conca, Ph. D., Trustee

Dr. James Conca is Senior Scientist for UFA Ventures, Inc., a Trustee of the Herbert M. Parker Foundation and Contributor to Forbes on energy and nuclear issues (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/). Conca obtained a PhD in Geochemistry from California Institute of Technology (1985), an MS in Planetary Science (1981), and BS in Geology/Biology from Brown University (1979). Previously, Conca was Director of the WSCF/CLS low-level radiological labs at Hanford and CBC, Director of the NMSU Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, Project Leader for Radionuclide Geochemistry at LANL, on the faculty at WSU, and a staff scientist at PNNL and at NASA JPL.  james@ufaventures.com

Robert James Ford, CHP, Trustee
Robert James Ford

Robert Ford is Radiation Protection Management and Operations Program Manager for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  He holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (WSU). Mr. Ford has 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry and is an adjunct instructor in Electrical Engineering at WSU. He chairs the Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology Program Advisory Committee.  Mr. Ford is a Certified Health Physicist (1998) and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Health Physics Society and served on a number of committees and elected positions including President of the Columbia Chapter.  Robert.Ford@PNNL.gov

Janet E. James, Trustee

Janet E. James is a retired Medical Technologist.   She was educated in England and the United States, with degrees in Science Technology and Medical Technology.  Janet is continuing the legacy of her late husband, Dr. Anthony C. James, a Radiation Biology Scientist, who was a proponent of education in Science and Technology in the United States. She is currently working to establish a Scholarship for these subjects in his name.

Warnick J. Kernan, Trustee

Warnick Kernan earned his PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the University of Rochester and a BA in Physics from Middlebury College. He is a Certified Health Physicist and a staff member at PNNL. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting the radiological emergency response community.  He has worked on developing instruments and techniques applicable to characterizing radiation for environmental, arms control, and emergency response applications.  He has led nuclear emergency response field teams, aerial gamma-ray survey missions, and has led the scientists, electrical engineers and technicians in the development of radiation detection instruments and techniques.  He has taught nuclear instrumentation and nuclear chemistry as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  warnick.kernan@charter.net

Jerome B. Martin, MS, CHP, FHPS, Trustee

Jerome Martin received a BS in Nuclear Physics from San Diego State College and a MS in Radiation Physics from Colorado State University.  Mr. Martin retired from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory after a 44 year career in applied radiation protection and emergency preparedness program management.  His experience included management of the Radiation Safety Department at Pantex, where he oversaw the radiation safety aspects of the disassembly of nuclear weapons.  Mr. Martin served as President of the American Academy of Health Physics in 1997, and on the Board of Directors of the Health Physics Society.  jandrmartin@charter.net

Thomas A. Rogers, Trustee
Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers is a Radiation Health Physicist 3 with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.  Mr. Rogers has been with the Department of Health for over 10 years.  His present assignment is with the Environmental Sciences Section as the Eastern Washington Environmental Team Lead.  His team is charged with oversight of the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site Environmental Monitoring Program.  He previously spent eight years as the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator for Franklin County, Washington.  Mr. Rogers has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Herbert M. Parker Foundation since 2013.  Thomas.Rogers@doh.wa.gov

Paul S. Stansbury, Trustee

Paul Stansbury graduated from Georgia Tech with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 1977, having received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the same institution. Paul’s first job was teaching radiation protection at the graduate level in the radiological hygiene program area of the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In the early ’80s, he got a job with GE in Wilmington NC, manufacturing nuclear fuel for commercial power reactors doing a large share of the radiation protection at the plant. In 1990, Paul moved to the Tri-Cities to be a section manager for Battelle, managing about 40 scientists and engineers doing applied research in radiation protection in the workplace, in the environment, and inside the human body. After the company reorganized, Paul became an individual contributor doing applied radiation protection projects around the country and around the world. In 2012, he retired from Battelle, and started working for Dade Moeller, Inc., a small radiation safety and environmental consulting company, while pursuing his passion in developing the graduate certificate program in radiation protection within WSU’s School of the Environment.

Sergei Y. Tolmachev, Ph.D., Trustee
Sergei Tolmachev

Sergei Tolmachev is an Associate Research Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Washington State University, where he directs the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) Research Center (www.ustur.wsu.edu). He holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (Moscow, Russia), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). Dr. Tolmachev leads a team of multi-disciplinary scientists conducting long-term follow-up of former nuclear workers with accidental internal depositions of plutonium, americium, and uranium. His areas of expertise include radiation protection, environmental radiochemistry of actinides and polonium, radiation and mass-spectrometric instrumentation and measurement techniques.  stolmachev@wsu.edu

Ronald A. Walters, Ph.D., Trustee

Dr. Walters received his Ph.D. in biophysics and radiation biology and has held a variety of senior management positions at the Los Alamos and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.  After 9/11 he began serving the U.S. Intelligence Community in counter bioterrorism programs characterizing genomes of potential biowarfare pathogens, bioinformatics, and global biosurveillance.  For this work the National Intelligence Community awarded him (1) the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for extraordinary technical leadership to prepare for and respond to acts of bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks and (2) the National Intelligence Medallion for meritorious service in biosurveillance.  ron@ron-walters.com

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