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ORAU's Wiley Recognized for Radiological Expertise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 23, 2008
FY08-57

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Albert Wiley, vice president and director of ORAU's Radiation Emergency Medicine programs, was recently selected to the advisory board of the new Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) and was recognized as a 2008 American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow.

R-TAC seeks to provide information and resources on the risk of a radiological attack such as a “dirty bomb.”

Dr. Wiley joins five other advisory board members with broad backgrounds in first response, business, health care and homeland security. His participation will involve providing opinion on information that R-TAC may release to the public regarding "dirty bomb" issues.

In September, R-TAC released national survey results on homeland security preparedness, which indicated that at least 81 percent of respondents said the threat of a “dirty bomb” is serious, yet less than one third (32 percent) felt prepared for a terrorist attack.

To help increase awareness and preparation, R-TAC specifically will:

  • Educate the public about radiological threats and ways to protect against a possible attack.
  • Support federal and state level efforts to better prepare our nation against radiological threats.
  • Call for adequate funding of our nation's first responders to defend against radiological attacks.

In addition to his role with R-TAC, Dr. Wiley was also honored by the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) as one of 30 distinguished members of its 2008 class of fellows during the society’s 50th Annual Meeting held in September in Boston. ASTRO is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.

Members of ASTRO are eligible to become a fellow if they have been part of the society for at least 20 years, served in a leadership role for the organization and have made a significant contribution to the field of radiation oncology.

"I am pleased to honor these individuals who have dedicated their careers to radiation oncology, ASTRO, and the men and women battling cancer that we serve every day," said ASTRO president Patricia Eifel in a prepared release. "In its third year, this class of ASTRO Fellows is an impressive group of some of the brightest in our field; it is a pleasure to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."

Dr. Wiley received a Ph.D. in radiobiology with a minor in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he later served as professor of radiation oncology and human oncology and currently is an emeritus professor.

In the United States Navy, Dr. Wiley served in both the U.S. and Europe as senior medical officer for a major Navy Radiation Accident Response Team. He later was medical director of the U.S. Navy Radiological Defense Lab in San Francisco and was instructor for the Navy Nuclear Training Center (Coronado) in San Diego County, Calif. He is currently a member of the U.S. Navy Retired Reserve.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Dr. Albert Wiley

Dr. Albert Wiley, vice president and director of ORAU's Radiation Emergency Medicine programs, was recently selected to the advisory board of the new Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) and was recognized as a 2008 American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow.
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