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Peer-reviewed Publications and Citations

ORAU researchers author a variety of peer-reviewed publications covering diverse topics ranging from STEM workforce trends to radiation exposure and worker health issues.

The lists below spotlights some of our work (ORAU researchers names are in bold):

  • Health physicist conducting radiation survey

    Labor trends report spotlights higher education health physics enrollments and degrees

    One of our most significant labor trends analyses has been tracking enrollments and degrees awarded in health physics for DOE and other federal agencies for more than 50 years. The report includes enrollment information on undergraduate students and graduate students and information by degree level for post-graduation plans.

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  • Anthony Davila, LSU student and VFRP researcher at ORAU

    Researching field-deployable detection tools for radiation medical accidents

    ORAU researchers are testing a novel approach to an uncommon problem using relatively common equipment. That’s the short explanation for a project to determine whether radiation detection devices commonly found in any nuclear medicine suite can be deployed to the scene of a radiation medical accident to determine how far into tissue a piece of nuclear material has been deposited.

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  • Titanium Dioxide

    Validating optimal statistical approach for assessing worker health risks from titanium dioxide exposures

    ORAU contributed to a study examining the effects of occupational exposure to titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment widely used in consumer products, such as sunscreen, cosmetics, paint and plastics.

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  • adult female using virtual reality equipment

    Improving adult vaccine communication, education with virtual reality

    ORAU and the University of Georgia (UGA) partnered in 2017 to study the use of virtual reality and eye-tracking technologies to improve adult vaccine communication and education. ORAU and UGA also used eye-tracking technology to measure participants’ visual attention to vaccination education materials. With this technology, researchers can evaluate the type of content a person chooses to look at and which content the subject views the longest. 

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    Seeking to improve accuracy of radiation dose calculations

    Researchers at ORAU are working to make radiation dose reconstruction more accurate by removing the limit built in to the coding used to made dose calculations.

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Our Expert

Eric Abelquist

Eric Abelquist, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer

Expertise: Performance of radiological surveys, entrepreneurial initiatives for business development, advancement of scientific research and education opportunities

  • President, Health Physics Society, 2017-18
  • Co-chair, Radiation Protection Research Needs Workshop, June 2017
  • Co-author, “Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual” (MARSSIM)
  • Author, “Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users,” second edition, 2014

Certifications: Certified Health Physicist

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