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Annual Fall 2017 Retreat

(2017-09-01) The second annual Fall 2017 Retreat for students, faculty, and alumni of Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program will be held on September 8-10, 2017, at the Haw River State Park, NC. This year’s theme is Achieving Excellence in Communication, Education, and Community. Keynote speaker for the retreat is Dr. Jeff Polish, founder and executive director of The Monti.

 Dr. Jeff Polish is an award-winning scientist turned to international speaker and consultant based in North Carolina. Originally from New York, Dr. Polish earned his Doctoral degree in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He taught science for seven years before founding The Monti in 2008 to pursue storytelling as a full-time endeavor as well as consulting businesses and non-profits on how to communicate effectively through storytelling. Dr. Polish has been profiled in Science, Our State Magazine, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun and received an Indies Arts Award in 2013.

Other remarks will be given by Dr. Robert Beichner of NCSU, Dr. Zbigniew Kabala, and Paul James of Duke University. The retreat will start with student-only forums on September 8, followed by two days of programmed activities and remarks. As part of the tradition, some of our students and faculties will be performing for the highly-anticipated talent show. Stay tuned for our post-retreat report!


Retreat highlights video

(2017-08-31) Check out our highlights video from the 2016 retreat last fall, released just in time for the next one taking place this weekend. Thanks to Jayasai Rajagopal for editing, Joseph Lo and Marthony Robins for video, and music by Background Noise (Ehsan Samei, Anuj Kapadia, James Spencer, Paul Yoon). These contributors are all students and faculty of our program!

Highlights from 2016 Retreat

Welcoming Picnic 2017

(2017-09-01) Kicking off the new 2017-2018 academic year, the Duke Medical Physics Graduate Program organized an outdoor picnic on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Authentic North Carolina Barbecue complete with all the fixings as well as cobbler dessert and Southern-style sweet tea were deliciously served to our new and returning students, staff, friends, and family members at the Duke Faculty Club in Durham. The picnic was a great opportunity, especially for our new students, to experience North Carolina’s lovely summer weather and make acquaintances with other students, staff, and faculty members in a casual setting before the semester begins.


MEDPHYS Orientation Week

(2017-08-18) On August 14, 2017, the new coming MedPhys class was welcomed by the sound of Dr. Reiman's family historical school bell dated back to 1870's. The Orientation Week was started with informative presentations orchestrated by Dr. Samei, the Program Director, and Dr. Kapadia, DGS. Therefore, three important workshop topics are covered during the orientation: a medical physics math workshop by Dr. Dean Darnell (Class 2015/Radiology), which covers mathematics and statistics concepts that will be utilized in classes during the semester; a computational imaging workshop by Kyle Lafata (PhD student), that reinforces the math concepts in a computing environment; and Latin Terminology workshop by Dr. Reiman (Radiology), which covers the fundamentals of Latin terminology used in medical professions.


Radiation Dosimetry Lab News

(2017-08-18) U.S. Patent entitled, “linear-response nanocrystal scintillators and methods of using the same,” was issued to Dr. Terry Yoshizumi (Radiology), Ian Stanton, and Dr. Mike Therien (Chemistry). This new technology has created opportunities to monitor radiation dose in real-time in brachytherapy, external beam therapy, and small animals due to its small size. By using nano-scintillators, it is possible to create calibration data to correlate radiation dose and measured light, which may be used to directly determine a corresponding dose for a measured light signal or to create a linear model from which the corresponding dose to a measured light value can be calculated. Currently Drs. Yoshizumi and Therien are exploring new applications in neutron detection and 2-D neutron and photon imaging plate.

From left to right: Dr. Junzo Chino (Rad Onc collaborator), Dr. Therien (Co-Inventor), and Dr. Yoshizumi (Co-inventor)