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ORAU Retiree Receives Society of Nuclear Medicine Award

June 25, 2007

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Evelyn Watson, who began her 35-year career at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as a record clerk and retired as program director of ORAU’s Radiation Internal Dose Information Center (RIDIC), is the 2007 recipient of the Loevinger–Berman Award for Excellence in Medical Internal Radiation Dosimetry (MIRD).

The only award to recognize excellence in the field of nuclear medicine, the annual award, presented by the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to nuclear medicine in internal dosimetry through research and/or development, significant publication contributions, or advancement of the understanding of internal dosimetry in relation to risk and therapeutic efficacy. MIRD standardizes methods used to assess internal radiation doses from administered radiopharmaceuticals.

The first woman to receive the award since it was established in 1999, Watson was recognized for her leadership role and contributions to the MIRD Committee and to RIDIC. Her interest and major contributions are in the area of radiation dose to the fetus and pregnant female, said George Sgouros, Vice Chair of SNM’s Committee of Nuclear Medicine.

From 1986 to 1998, Watson served on a subcommittee of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, which studied placental transfer of radionuclides. She also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and as a consultant to the FDA Radiopharmaceutical Advisory Committee and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Watson began work at ORAU in 1959 as a record clerk in purchasing. During her career at ORAU, she worked as a research associate and laboratory technician in the Radiation Safety Office, educating herself on radiation biology by reading every book she could find on the subject. In 1974, Watson was promoted to RIDIC program manager and became its director in 1988, the position from which she retired in 1994.

Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kentucky in 1949 and came to ORAU after a career in education. She did postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee.

In 2000, Watson received the Marshall Brucer Award for Distinguished Service to the Nuclear Medicine Community, the highest award given by SNM’s Southeastern Chapter. In 1994, Watson was the first recipient of the Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Health Physics Society in 1993.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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).

photo of Evelyn Watson receiving award from Dr. George Sgouros

Dr. George Sgouros, Vice Chair of the Society of Nuclear Medicine's Medical Internal Radiation Dosimetry Committee of Nuclear Medicine, presents the Loevinger-Berman Award for Internal Dosimetry to Evelyn Watson, who retired in 1994 after 35 years with Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
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