President Bush appoints Poston to radiation advisory board

December 9, 2005
| By: Aubrey Bloom

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President George W. Bush has appointed Dr. John W. Poston Sr., professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, to the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health was established in October 2001 in accordance with the provisions of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), which provides for compensation to workers who contracted certain diseases as a result of exposure to beryllium, silica or radiation while working for the U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors or subcontractors in the nuclear weapons industry. The board advises the president on a variety of policy and technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation program. Executive Order 13179 specifies three primary duties for the advisory board: Advise the secretary of health and human services on the development of guidelines for dose reconstructions and determination of probability of causation; advise the secretary on the validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts performed for the program; and advise on whether there is a class of employees at any of the covered facilities who were exposed to radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose and whether there is a reasonable likelihood that such radiation may have endangered their health. Poston headed the Dwight Look College of Engineering''s Department of Nuclear Engineering from 1988 to 1998. Before coming to Texas A&M in 1985, he was an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also been a researcher for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and a physicist for Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Lynchburg, Va. An expert on internal and external radiation dosimetry, Poston and his colleagues at Texas A&M developed the only ABET-accredited program in Radiological Health Engineering, which combines the basics of engineering with nuclear engineering, safety engineering and radiation protection. He is also a researcher in the Nuclear Engineering Division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System. Poston is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Health Physics Society (HPS) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS). He is a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA). Poston is a past president of HPS and received the society''s Founders Award in 1994 for his exceptional service to the society and the nuclear engineering profession. In 1996, ASEE honored Poston with the Glenn Murphy Award, which is given annually to a distinguished educator in recognition of outstanding contributions to the nuclear engineering discipline through teaching. He was inducted into the Georgia Institute of Technology''s Academy of Distinguished Enginering Alumni in 1995. In 2005, he was awarded the HPS Robley D. Evans Commemorative Medal in recognition of his long and distinguished career. Poston holds a bachelor''s degree in mathematics from Lynchburg College, and master''s and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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