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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):

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    Gender gaps in engineering: Are women’s workplace experiences a key factor

    If women earn 1/5 of all engineering degrees; why are only 11 percent of engineers in the workplace women? Funded by the ORAU-Directed Research and Development program, ORAU and Univ. of Mississippi researchers have partnered to try to explain why this gap exists, using the framework of Self-Determination Theory (SDT). 

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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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    Could immersive virtual reality provide a path to increased flu vaccination rates?

    Imagine you are in a restaurant enjoying a quiet dinner with friends when someone sneezes, spreading the influenza virus to the people around him. That’s the beginning of an immersive virtual reality simulation that shows how flu spreads and impacts the health of other people. Researchers at ORAU and the University of Georgia hope such simulations will encourage more people to get a flu vaccine.

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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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