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Title: Advanced Technologies/ Radiation Technology received $302,810 grant to establish radiation monitoring/measurement laboratory
Description: Recently, the Alcorn State University Department of Advanced Technologies received a grant of $302,810.00 to set up a professional level radiation monitoring/ measurement laboratory during the academic period 2010-2011. This Environmental Radiation Monitoring/Detection Laboratory is an addition to the Center for Radiation Monitoring and Medical Therapies, and a part of the System Research Institute.

Once the lab is fully developed, ASU students majoring in health physics will have an opportunity to explore various research aspects in the areas of radiation detection and measurement. It is anticipated that this lab will serve as a prominent center in training students and workforce in nuclear related fields. This lab is directed by Jermiah Billa, faculty in the Department of Advanced Technologies.

“It is very important that health physicists possess substantial experience in various aspects of radiation detecting systems,” said Billa. “And the primary objective of the ASU HP program, hands-on experience through training and practice, will be fulfilled with the addition of the new laboratory.”

The Health Physics program was commenced in 2007 by Dr. Sam Aceil, professor in the Department of Advanced Technologies, in collaboration with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy, making ASU the only university in the state of Mississippi offering such a degree. Also, Alcorn is the first HBCU in the country to initiate the HP program. What makes this program at Alcorn unique, is the ongoing collaboration between Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (part of Entergy Nuclear) that gives ASU students valuable opportunities in training and internships.

The Department of Advanced Technologies would like to thank Dr. Alton Johnson, director of Research; Dr. Barry Bequette, dean, School of AREAS; Dr. Samuel White, director of Sponsored Programs and vice president for Academic Affairs; Senobia Rogers and Alfred Galtney, Office of Sponsored Programs; and Sallie Griffin and Tasha Brown, Department of Grants and Contracts for their support in the research efforts.
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