News & Events

Mike King of U Mass visits

(2010-04-15)  On Apr 15, we hosted Dr. Mike King of the University of Massachusetts Medical School as one of our three guest speakers this semester in the Seminars in Medical Physics. Dr. King's talk was entitled "Introduction to Task-Based Assessment of Image Quality."

      
After the talk Dr. King (center) chats with PhD student Josh Wilson (left) and seminar co-organizer Dr Paul Segars (right).   Program members mix and mingle in the social hour (L to R: PhD students Vorakarn Chanyavanich and Justin Roper, Dr Timothy Turkington).

SEAAPM

(2010-03-06) The Southeast Chapter of the AAPM held its annual meeting on Mar 5-6 in Augusta, GA. As president-elect, our own program's Ehsan Samei served as the program director for the conference. Several speakers from Duke made presentations including faculty like Dr Samei, Jennifer O'Daniel, Joseph Lo, and Jim Dobbins, as well as PhD student Joshua Wilson. Program faculty member Jackie Wu won the best paper award.

        
Dr. Ehsan Samei, Director of Graduate Studies (left), and Dr. Jim Dobbins, Program Director, at the SEAAPM annual meeting. Photo: Joseph Lo.   Dr. Jackie Wu, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology (right), receiving her award for Best Paper. Photo: SEAAPM.

 

Barbara Beckerman visit

(2010-01-28) The Medical Physics Graduate Program and Ravin Advanced Imaging Labs cohosted a visit by Barbara Beckerman MBA, Acting Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center of Oak Ridge National Labs and Program Manager for Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Informatics in the Modeling and Simulation Group, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. She gave two talks, entitled "Overview of Oak Ridge National Laboratory: The Big Picture" and "Multi-Modality Data Integration for Biomedical Applications".

 

Spring 2010 Schedule

(2010-01-13) Spring classes begin today. For this semester, we offer the following courses listed below by course  number and title:

  • MEDPHY 210 RADIATION PROTECTION
  • MEDPHY 220 RADIATION THERAPY PHYSICS
  • MEDPHY 241 NUCLEAR MEDICINE PHYSICS
  • MEDPHY 251 SEMINARS IN MEDICAL PHYSICS
  • MEDPHY 323 ADV BRACHYTHERAPY/SP TOP
  • MEDPHY 326 PRACTICUM ON MC METHODS IN MP
  • MEDPHY 327 CLINICAL RADIATION ONCOLOGY
  • MEDPHY 328 CLINICAL PRACTICUM (RT)
  • MEDPHY 338 RADIOLOGY IN PRACTICE
  • MEDPHY 339 CLINICAL PRACTICUM (DI)
  • MEDPHY 359 IND STUDY IN MEDICAL PHYSICS
  • MEDPHY 370 FRONTIERS OF BIOMED SCIENCE

Please see the current schedule for the seminar for more info on this semester's offerings. We have 3 distinguished outside speakers: Barbara Beckerman of Oak Ridge National Labs on research at ORNL, Lei Dong of MD Anderson on IGRT, and Michael King of U Mass on model observers. Physicians are one of our program's strengths, and we offer talks from 3 this semester: Don Frush on the very hot topic of CT dose, Bennett Chin on translational SPECT imaging, and Chris Lascola on small molecule MRI imaging. Our research faculty provide cutting edge research updates: Joseph Lo on breast tomosynthesis, Martin Tornai on molecular breast imaging, Mark Oldham on imaging and radiation therapy, and James MacFall on MR monitoring of hyperthermia therapy. Last but not least, two seminars will be led by students, with Sam Brady and Sangroh Kim showing off their PhD research, and Samuel Johnston, Baiyu Chen, and Dominic Crotty previewimg their SPIE presentations.

Program members win Cancer Center awards

(2009-10-05) Congratulations to Taoran Li, PhD student, who received the Citizens Advisory Council Outstanding Poster Award at the 2009 Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Meeting [ext. link]. Taoran is first from the left in the top row in the accompanying picture. He is advised by program faculty Jackie Wu PhD. Several other program faculty members were also involved in the meeting. Faculty member David Kirsch MD PhD was the mentor of Rebecca Dodd PhD, recipient of the Citizen’s Advisory Council Outstanding Oral Presentation Award. Faculty member Mark Oldham PhD mentored Alvin Cabrera MD, who was a winner of the Citizens Advisory Council Poster Prize. Finally, faculty member Zeljko Vujaskovic MD MPH won the R. Wayne Rundles Award for Excellence in Cancer Research. This award is presented to a Duke investigator whose research has made an important contribution to the detection, treatment, or prevention of cancer. (Picture credit: Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center website.)