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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, President

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 A. Walters, Ph.D., Vice-President of the Board

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

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

Jillian Gardner-Andrews, Trustee
Jillian Herbert Parker

Jillian Gardner-Andrews is Registrar and Coordinator of the Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The Hanford History Project is an archival and curational repository focused on the history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the surrounding areas. Jillian has been with the Hanford History Project since its inception in the summer of 2015. With a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Jillian never expected to be working in the world of history but her passion for Hanford, its scientific and technological advances and its people keep her very fulfilled.

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.

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

George Tabatadze, PH.D., Trustee
George Herbert Parker

George Tabatadze is an Assistant Research Professor in the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) Research Center (www.ustur.wsu.edu), College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State University. He holds a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia), M.S. in Health Physics (Medical Physics Emphasis) from University of Nevada Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV), and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (Health Physics) from Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID). Dr. Tabatadze’s areas of expertise include radiation protection, radiation detection and measurement techniques, and radiation transport in the environment and human body. He is a past president of the Columbia Chapter of Health Physics Society (CCHPS) and serves as a liaison between the Foundation and CCHPS.

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

Sergei Tolmachev is a Research Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 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

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