Outreach and Education

Parker Lectures

Special Library Collection

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

Dawn Alford

Dawn Alford is Director for the Nuclear Technology program at Columbia Basin College (CBC).  Alford earned her degree in Mass Communications from Southern University A&M. She is a member of the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative and Women in Nuclear.  Alford has worked at CBC since 2001. As Assistant Director for College Relations she served as Editor-in-Chief of the national award-winning Outlook Magazine and hosted the monthly television program Campus to Community. While maintaining her Assistant Director position she took on the added role of Nuclear Technology Outreach and Retention Specialist in 2011 until her promotion to Director in 2014.  dalford@columbiabasin.edu

Jim Conca, Ph. D.

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

Dale Denham

Dale H. Denham served the radiological protection community for nearly 40 years, beginning at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, CA, following completion of his MS in Radiological Science from the University of Washington in 1962.  Since then and until his retirement from Bechtel Hanford in 2004, he served as a professional Health Physicist at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Radiation Management Corporation in Philadelphia, and again for Battelle in a consulting role providing dose calculations for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).  He is board certified and an emeritus member of the Health Physics Society.  dthreads@frontier.com

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

Ron Kathren, Vice-President

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

Jerome B. Martin, MS, CHP, FHPS

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

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

Ron Walters, Ph.D.

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

Robert James Ford, CHP

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

Akram Hossain

Dr. Akram Hossain is the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and External Programs at Washington State University Tri-Cities. ahossain@tricity.wsu.edu

Bill Morgan, Ph.D., D.Sc.

William F. Morgan holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.  He is currently the Director of Radiation Biology and Biophysics at PNNL. His research has focused on the effects of exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation; in particular, radiation induced genomic instability and non-targeted bystander effects. He is a member of the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP) where he serves as Chairman of Committee 1 and member of the Main Commission. Dr. Morgan is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Radiation Advisory Committee.  wfmorgan@pnnl.gov

Dan Strom, Ph.D., CHP

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. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1991, he provides technical support in radiation protection and risk analysis to a variety of clients. 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@PNNL.gov

Gerry Yesberger
Sergei Y. Tolmachev, Ph.D.

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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

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