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Toohey Confirmed as Board Member of National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

Congressionally chartered council of 100 science experts advises U.S. government

March 10, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ Toohey, acting vice president for University Partnerships at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), has been confirmed as a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), a group of 100 leading scientists.

The council approved Toohey’s nomination during its March 9 meeting.

Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964, NCRP advises the U.S. government on issues related to radiation protection and measurements. The council’s mission is “to support radiation protection by providing independent scientific analysis, information, and recommendations that represent the consensus of leading scientists.”

Dr. Toohey has been a member of the council since 2006, when he was elected to a six-year membership term.

“As great an honor as it was to be elected to the NCRP, it is even more of an honor to be nominated to NCRP’s board of directors,” Toohey said. “During my first three years as a member of the council, I have seen the significant positive impact that the NCRP makes on matters related to radiation protection. I look forward to continuing my service with this national resource as a member of the board.”

ORAU President Andy Page noted that the council’s decision comes as a natural move to those who know and work closely with Toohey.

“All of us at ORAU congratulate Dick on his nomination to the board of this highly respected and influential council,” Page said. “It’s a well-deserved milestone that underscores the depth of his expertise in his field. Dick is a high-caliber leader whose contributions will continue to benefit NCRP’s vital work just as he serves ORAU and our member institutions so well.”

At ORAU, Toohey heads the University Partnerships office, which champions the needs of ORAU’s consortium members, providing them with value-added programs and opportunities; and serves as the “face” of ORAU’s university partners with federal agencies, national laboratories and industry, nurturing collaborative research opportunities for university faculty and students.

Toohey has been at ORAU since 1994, serving as director of the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center, as senior health physicist for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and as director of Dose Reconstruction Programs.

He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati and spent the first part of his career at Argonne National Laboratory in both research and operational health physics. He is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics and was 2008-09 President of the Health Physics Society.

Toohey has had 120 academic articles published in refereed journals. He was professor of health physics at Washington State University in Richland, and has had adjunct faculty appointments at Northwestern University, Washington State University and College of DuPage (Illinois). A retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Toohey and his wife, Beverly, live in Oak Ridge.

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Dr. Richard 'Dick' Toohey

Dr. Richard 'Dick' Toohey

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