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Rallie McAllister, M.D., M.P.H.
A chemical compound in plastic products may be hazardous to human health. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the chemical, known as Bisphenol A, is linked to an increased risk for metabolic disorders, cellular abnormalities and heart disease.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used as a building block for the production of polycarbonate plastics found in a variety of household consumer products, including baby bottles, some food storage containers, and the linings of milk containers and food cans. The chemical is also present in some water pipes and dental sealants.

Although plastics may appear to be sturdy, scientists have known for many years that the chemical linkage between individual BPA molecules is unstable. This chemical instability is what allows BPA to leach into food and beverages that come in contact with the plastics.

About 2 billion pounds of BPA are produced annually in the United States, and human exposure to the substance is widespread. Scientists estimate that over 90 percent of Americans have measurable blood levels of the chemical compound.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati recently reported that BPA is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar abnormalities, and excess abdominal fat. Approximately one in four Americans currently suffers from metabolic syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In laboratory studies, the University of Cincinnati scientists exposed freshly collected human fat tissue to BPA. The results of their research revealed that BPA suppresses adiponectin, a hormone that plays a key role in the regulation of insulin and blood sugar in the body.

Higher urine levels of BPA are associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities, according to the results of a study published in the Sept. 17 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The release of the study coincides with a Food and Drug Administration hearing concerning the health risks of BPA.

Earlier this month, a report released by the National Toxicology Program indicated that the current level of exposure to BPA is a cause of concern regarding effects on developing brain and prostate tissues in unborn babies, infants and children. High concentrations of the chemical have been reported in the blood of some pregnant women in the United States.

Recent research reveals that BPA can alter the development of the reproductive tract of unborn females. Some experts fear that the chemical may negatively impact the future fertility of individuals who were exposed to the chemical even before birth.

In 2005, Yale researchers determined that low doses of BPA can impair brain function, leading to learning disabilities and age-related degenerative brain diseases. The results of a study performed by University of Cincinnati researchers demonstrated that BPA exerts negative effects on brain tissue, even when present in minute quantities.

BPA is a weak synthetic estrogen that mimics the actions of natural estrogens in the body. Although natural estrogen has many positive effects, it is known to trigger cancer of the breast and uterus in some individuals.

In April 2008, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute reported that exposure to BPA causes normal, non-cancerous human breast cells to express genes that are characteristic of aggressive breast cancer cells. Previous research suggested that BPA exposure may increase the growth of some prostate cancer cells, as well.

If you're concerned about the health risks associated with BPA, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your exposure, including avoiding microwaving food or beverages in polycarbonate plastic containers. Polycarbonate containers with BPA are usually stamped with "No. 7" on the bottom.

It's also a good idea to opt for containers made of glass, porcelain or stainless steel whenever possible, especially when preparing or serving hot foods or liquids. Only BPA-free baby bottles should be used to feed infants.

While the age and condition of plastic products is commonly believed to be a factor in BPA exposure, a University of Cincinnati study recently revealed that old polycarbonate plastic bottles release the same amount of BPA as new bottles. When exposed to boiling water, both old and new bottles released BPA as much as 55 times more rapidly than before they were exposed to the hot water.

Although much remains to be learned about the effects of BPA, it is becoming increasingly evident that even at very low levels, long-term exposure to this chemical may be hazardous to your health.

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Rallie McAllister is a board-certified family physician, speaker and the author of several books, including "Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom's Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim." Her website is www.rallieonhealth.com. To find out more about Rallie McAllister, M.D., and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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NanotX USA 2008

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NANO-SAFETY and Risk Management to be Study of Expert Panel at Major Nanotechnology Conference

As the issue of safety in nanotechnology is pressing, top minds in the field will gather during International Nanotechnology Week to provide an accurate vision or risks. Latest information from the EPA, Europe, and industry to be incorporated.

Dallas, Texas, September 26, 2008 – A distinguished panel of nanotechnology experts will address the topics of nano-safety when they gather at the nanotxUSA Conference/Expo, October 2-3, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel. The issue of safety in nanotechnology is being reported in a number of tightly focused areas. Specific applications or research directions will be evaluated with the concerns for their special niche. “The question that everyone is interested in is ‘what are the potential problems that may arise,’ and how can society be protected?,” said Dr. Walt Trybula, of Texas State University-San Marcos, who organized and will chair the panel. “This is a two hour session. The panelists will provide their perspective from the view of the European community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Industry.”

This extremely important topic is of interest to technologists, corporate executives, educators, and the general public. It will be open to all attendees of the conference.

The panelists will provide their vision of the risks, means of mitigating them, and the responsibilities implicit in working in nanotechnology. These presentations will be followed by one addressing Risk Management. This will then be followed by a question and answer session. There is a one hour networking session scheduled following the end of the panel, so discussions can continue after the official end of the program.

“The ‘take-away’ from this session is to develop an understanding of the potential risks,” said Trybula, “and to provide the means of mitigating them, finding efforts that can be taken to protect people and the environment, and a starting point of where to go to find assistance.”

The panelists include a roster of the best brains on the subject: Dr. Dianne Poster – NIST [leadership in nanotechnology]; Dr. Zvi Yaniv – Applied Nanotech, Inc. [implementation of a safety program in industry]; Catherine Crago – SemiconGroup [cultural issues with safety efforts]; Dr. Dominick Fazarro – Sam Houston State University [Educational efforts in NANO-SAFETY]; Dr. Robert Blaunstein – Nanotech Risk Management, LLC [risk management]; Chair Dr. Walt Trybula, is an IEEE Fellow, SPIE Fellow, and Director of the Nanomaterials Application Center at Texas State University-San Marcos.

“The issue of the impact from nanotechnology on people and the environment has been receiving increasing coverage in the press,” said Richard Mason, General Manager of nanotxUSA’08, “with the expansion of nanotechnology into our society we are constantly getting questioned about the safety of applying technology and that is why nanoxUSA has brought together these experts. The schedule is available at our website, www.nanotxUSA.com”

About nanotxUSA’08 Conference/Trade Expo with Global Partner nano tech Japan, highlights advances in nanoscience, explains how nanotechnology is being used today and how it will impact a broad range of industries tomorrow, including: electronics, energy, aerospace, defense, biomedicine, robotics, chemicals and more. nanotxUSA has established a reputation for delivering solid content, compelling panel discussions, early-stage investment opportunities and a world-class roster of presenters. The signature Nobel Laureate Legends cocktail hour, dedicated to the memory of Jack Kilby, Rick Smalley, and Alan MacDiarmid, continues this year in its fine networking tradition. www.nanotxUSA.com.



Highlights of nanotxUSA’08 at a GLANCE

Charismatic Leadership
· Dr. Tadashi Sasaki, Japanese Business Legend
Here on business relations tour

· Dr. Eric Drexler, keynoting
Internationally renowned nanotech business leader, Wired Magazine says “coined word nanotechnology”

· Stan Ovshinsky, keynoting
Time Magazine’s Hero of the Planet, and Japan’s American Hero

· Bill Kroll, keynoting
Matheson Tri-Gas, Tayio Nippon Sanso Corp., others

· Prof. Mauricio Terrones, keynoting
IPICyT (Mexico) Leader, National Laboratory for Nanoscience Research

· Dan Vilenski, Featured Business and Commercialization topics
Isreali Nanotechnology Initiative

More Speakers

· International Nanotechnology Week
100 Specialists to speak from world Nanotechnology hot spots. See lineup at website www.nanotxUSA.com

· Panels: Safety/Trends/Finance/Investing
NANO-SAFETY & Risk Management Panel, Investing in Nanotechnology Panel, Nanotechnology & Society Panel, Workforce Development Panel, Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialization Panel

· Nanotech 101—An Overview of Nanotechnology for Non-techies
Taught by Austin Community College

Special Events

· Nobel Laureate Legends Cocktail Reception
Important networking opportunities first evening of event

Exhibits

· Breakthrough Technology Revealed by Leading Firms Many exhibitors have chosen nanotxUSA’08 to unveil dramatic developments

· New Product Demos
Long-time business alliances of complementary firms to be nurtured, established

· $200Million Texas Emerging Technology fund in action
Visit with the incubators making it happen and firms that are succeeding with the fund’s help, such as Optisense, in booth number 502.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

RADON FLUX – some thoughts by Phil Jenkins

RADON FLUX – some thoughts by Phil Jenkins

I have seen a few references on the listserv to sealing something to a surface (e.g., a
granite countertop), such as a paper plate or bowl, and placing a radon-measuring device,
such as a liquid scintillation charcoal device, in the volume. This kind of measurement
might give an INDICATION that there is radon coming from the surface; however, the
value of the measurement likely has limited usefulness beyond showing that there is
some RADIUM (not uranium, although that might be there, too) in the material. The
measurement would be very difficult to interpret in terms of how much radium is in the
material or what the impact might, or might not, be of the radon coming from the surface.
The reasons for this hopefully will be made clear here.

What should be of interest is the value of the RADON FLUX coming from the surface,
so that is the topic I’m tackling here first. The radon flux can be used, along with a host
of other information (such as the volume of the room or house, the ventilation rate, etc.),
to model the effect that the material might have on the radon concentration in the room or
house. The radon flux can be measured in a variety of ways. Here I describe briefly a
method that was used years ago, and could still be useful today. I had a reference for this
at one time, but that was twenty or more years ago. (I thought there was a procedure in
HASL-300, but I haven’t been able to find it so far. There is within EPA Method 115
some description of measuring radon flux from uranium mill tailings that might be
helpful.)

Using Charcoal Canisters to Measure Radon Flux

The first use of charcoal canisters for measurement of radon that I can recall seeing was
for measuring the radon flux from a surface. The surface could be something like
concrete or soil or, now granite. The charcoal canister was sealed to the surface and left
in place for something like three days. The following assumptions are made: 1) all of the
radon leaving the surface area sealed by the canister is adsorbed by the charcoal in the
canister, 2) having a closed canister sealed to the surface does not affect the flux itself, 3)
there is no leakage of radon from around the seal and 4) the radon flux is constant with
time.

The collected activity of radon as a function of time can be described by something like
the following (this is off the top of my head, folks, so don’t quote me, but I think it’s
correct):

Q(t) = F A [1 – exp(-λt)] / λ (1)

where Q(t) = activity of radon as a function of time captured from surface (pCi)
F = radon flux from surface (pCi m-2 s-1)
A = area of surface from which radon is collected (m2)
λ = decay constant of radon (s-1)
t = time (s)

(If you wish, you may substitute Bq for pCi in the above expression, but PLEASE bear in
mind that the conversion factor for pCi to Bq is NOT 37, that’s the conversion from pCi/l
to Bq/m3. The conversion from pCi to Bq is 0.037, in other words 1 pCi = 0.037 Bq, or
inversely 1 Bq = 27 pCi/l……just remember that a Bq is a lot MORE radon than a pCi,
not the other way around.)

Note that if radon did not decay, then the expression would merely be:

Q(t) = F A t (2)

and the radon activity would continue to increase in the canister linearly over time. But,
radon decays during the collection period, so in this case t is replaced by

[1 – exp(-λt)] / λ

which I like to call the Effective Sampling Time (EST, not to be confused with Eastern
Standard Time). Note that EST has the unit of time, just like t. The collected activity of
radon actually does increase rather linearly at first, but soon deviates from linearity,
tending toward a maximum value after several half-lives of radon. This maximum value
corresponds to a time when t is large enough that [1 – exp(-λt)] is essentially equal to
one, so the maximum collected activity of radon is

Qmax = F A / λ (3)


Also, note that one-half the maximum value will be reached after one half-life of radon,
¾ of the maximum will be reached after two half-lives, and so on.

Most charcoal labs should be able to analyze the canister and solve for the value of Q at
the end of the exposure period. This means correcting for decay to the END of the
exposure period, not the middle of the exposure period. I have always done that when
analyzing charcoal canisters, as I described in a publication back in 1991 (Jenkins, P.H.,
Equations for calculating radon concentration using charcoal canisters, Health Physics,
61, 131-136, 1991, if you’re interested, but in this article I believe that I showed a model
that I was using at that time to solve for the calibration factor, or effective sampling rate,
but about 15 years ago I switched to a much better model). With the method that I use,
the value of Q is always an intermediate step in the calculations. This requires, however,
that the counting efficiency be determined using a standard charcoal canister containing a
known quantity of 226Ra, so if the laboratory does not have such a standard it cannot
solve for Q.

So, if Q is measured, then Equation 1 can be solved for the value of F, the radon flux.
Again, knowing F, the effect on the radon concentration can be modeled if all the other
factors are known.


Big Louie

There are, of course, other ways to measure the radon flux. A different charcoal
technique uses what is called a Big Louie. This is a large charcoal container that has a
hole in it so it can “breathe” with changes in pressure. The same assumptions listed
above apply here except for the fact that the canister is not sealed from the ambient air.
An additional assumption is that radon is not lost through the hole in the canister. The
same equations shown above apply here. The advantage of the Big Louie is that it covers
a larger area of the surface.


Electret Ion Chambers for Measuring Radon Flux

A truly integrating device, such as an electret ion chamber, can also be used in the
volume that is sealed to the surface to measure the radon concentration in that volume. In
this case, the concentration as a function of time would merely be

C(t) = Q(t) / V (4)

where C(t) = concentration (pCi/l) as a function of time
Q = activity of radon (pCi) as a function of time, from Equation 1
V = volume (l)

This function can be integrated over time to find an expression for the average value of
C, as this is what should be measured by the electret ion chamber. So, if C and V are
known, Q can be calculated, and using Equation 1 F can also be calculated. This would
require that the gamma-ray exposure be measured accurately and taken into account.


Charcoal Devices Measuring Radon Concentration in Sealed Volume

So, what about using a charcoal device, like a liquid scintillation device, inside a volume
sealed to the surface? If one can assume that ALL of the radon that leaves the surface, in
the area confined by the bowl or whatever, is adsorbed by the charcoal device, then one
could use the approach described above to determine the radon flux, but not the normal
calculations that would be used to calculate radon concentration in air. Further, the
method described above assumes that the volume of the container sealed to the surface is
mostly occupied by charcoal and therefore it is reasonable to assume that all of the radon
is adsorbed in the charcoal. In a situation where the volume of charcoal is small
compared with the volume sealed to the surface, this assumption is likely not valid.
Therefore, the charcoal device likely comes into some state of equilibrium with the
surrounding air, just like it does in a room. However, charcoal devices that are used to
measure the radon concentration in a room are calibrated assuming that the radon
concentration remains relatively constant. In this case, the radon concentration is
constantly increasing. So, unless the charcoal device is calibrated for this type of
measurement, it will not give an accurate measure of the average concentration of radon
in the volume. Instead, it will likely produce a measurement that is larger than the
average (charcoal devices are not integrators, but are equilibrium devices). Such
measurements might be useful in a qualitative or relative sense in that one could say that
Surface A produced a measurement that was 10 times greater than Surface B, for
example. But such measurements would likely be questionable for determining the radon
flux quantitatively.


What does it mean?

Okay, so let’s assume that you have a good measurement of the radon flux, now what?
As mentioned above, IF you know a lot of other information you can model what the
effect of this flux might be on the radon concentration in the air. However, some nagging
questions might still remain. For example, how representative is that measurement of
radon flux for the entire surface of the material? Was the flux measured on a hot spot, or
were several measurements made over the entire area? Is it really valid to apply the
measured flux value to the entire surface of the material?

Let me relate a story from the early 1980’s. I was part of the “Radon Group” at DOE’s
Mound Facility. We were charged with trying to quantify the radon flux from the tops of
two concrete tanks containing a material with an extremely elevated concentration of
226
Ra. We sealed four-inch canisters to the concrete surface, but we also realized that in
some places there were obvious cracks in the concrete; our equivalent of “hot spots.” It
turned out that the radon flux that we measured varied by six orders of magnitude (a
factor of one million) from the lowest to highest measurements. Our conclusion was that
it was too heterogeneous to enable us to quantify the radon flux over the entire surface.
Now, I would be surprised if anyone found such a variation over the surface of a granite
countertop, but a variation of a factor of 10 or 100 might be possible. So, it is necessary
to characterize the radon flux over the entire surface of the material.


Bottom Line

Radon flux measurements may be interesting, and may play a vital role in research
projects, but the bottom line here, in situations where the material is already installed in a
dwelling….wouldn’t it just be easier and more appropriate to measure the concentration
of radon in the air, using the usual protocols, except for perhaps measuring in several
other rooms, including the room containing the material?

One more point: I’ve seen mention on the listserv measurements like 5.1 pCi/l in other
rooms and 5.7 pCi/l in the kitchen, therefore seeming to prove that the countertop
increased the radon concentration. BUT, please bear in mind that there are uncertainties
in ALL of our measurements. Unless you put an error bar around the number, it is
meaningless to compare one measurement with another. If one can truly say that these
measurements were something like 5.1 ± 0.1 pCi/l and 5.7 ± 0.1 pCi/l at the 2 sigma
confidence level, then okay, they are probably different. But, more realistically, what if
they are 5.1 ± 0.5 pCi/l and 5.7 ± 0.5 pCi/l at the 2 sigma level; now they are clearly NOT
different. We have to start taking into consideration the Minimum Detectable
Concentration and the Uncertainty in our measurements in order for them to be
meaningful.

Interactive Humanoid Robot to be the Answerman Information Desk during Nanotechnology Conference/Expo

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Interactive Humanoid Robot to be the Answerman Information Desk during Nanotechnology Conference/Expo

Directing visitors and answering questions will be the job for AToM, the latest robot with human-like qualities custom designed by advanced engineers for nanotxUSA’08 during International Nanotechnology Week

Dallas, Texas, September 24, 2008. In keeping with the theme of this year’s event, Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialization, the duties of greeting visitors and answering questions will be performed by a robot named AToM - short for “Advanced Technology of Mankind.”

This interactive conversational robot display is built by KumoTek Robotics exclusively for the NanotxUSA’08 Conference/Expo October 2-3 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel. He stands approximately 5 feet tall, weighs in at 45lbs and is powered by the world’s smallest transistors inside an Intel Atom processor. The processor packs a whopping 47 million transistors on a single chip, measuring less than 26mm, making it one of smallest and least power consuming processors to date.

AToM has an embedded camera, speakers, and microphone that allow him to detect, see and hear in real-time. A screen on his chest shows images seen through his eyes. Visitors will marvel as his vision and face tracking software keeps them in view. When asked questions about the event, he will give vocal answers. And personal questions bring many surprises.

Having few to no moving parts and a robust Artificial Intelligence package, KumoTek’s interactive robots represent the next generation of commercial entertainment for marketing, museums, theme parks and even shopping malls. Robots like AToM have proven their worth in museums around the U.S. and continue to grow in popularity as unique marketing tools across industries.

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Time Magazine’s Hero of the Planet, and Japan’s American Hero

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Matheson Tri-Gas, Tayio Nippon Sanso Corp., others

· Prof. Mauricio Terrones, keynoting
IPICyT (Mexico) Leader, National Laboratory for Nanoscience Research

· Dan Vilenski, Featured Business and Commercialization topics
Isreali Nanotechnology Initiative



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· Panels: Safety/Trends/Finance/Investing
NANO-SAFETY & Risk Management Panel, Investing in Nanotechnology Panel, Nanotechnology & Society Panel, Workforce Development Panel, Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialization Panel

· Nanotech 101—An Overview of Nanotechnology for Non-techies
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· Breakthrough Technology Revealed by Leading Firms Many exhibitors have chosen nanotxUSA’08 to unveil dramatic developments

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· $200Million Texas Emerging Technology fund in action
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CPSC: Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Children's Metal Water Bottles Due to Choking Hazard
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's Metal Water Bottles

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: Pottery Barn Kids, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The sip top on the water bottles can pull off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The metal water bottles are about 9 inches tall and have a black rubber pull up sip top. The following water bottles are included in this recall. The style number and "Pottery Barn Kids" are printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the water bottle.

Color: Style Number
Lavender: 5795141
Pink: 5795166
Pink: 9121591
Navy: 5795158
Navy: 9211583
Green: 5795133

Sold at: Pottery Barn Kids' stores nationwide, Pottery Barn Kids' catalog, and online at www.potterybarnkids.com from January 2007 through August 2008 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled water bottles away from children immediately and return them to any Pottery Barn Kids' store for a full refund. If purchased through the catalog or online, contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (877) 800-9720 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit the firm's Web site at www.potterybarnkids.com

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from Dr. Flor Lacanilao

Nonscientists running Philippine science academy

There is not a single scientist or social scientist in the 7-member Executive Council of the country's National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Not one. The EC is composed of the organization's president, vice-president, secretary, and four members. No one of them has enough properly published work in science or social sciences. The same is true of past officials. No wonder the state of science in the country is so bad and no less than 12 Asian countries have in the last 50 years have left us behind. The Department of Science and technology is 50 years old.

This finally explains what I have been trying to point out in my papers the past years (most of them the media would not print). That NAST is the basic cause of the poor state of science in the country, but I did not have easy access to enough publication data until recently (Thanks to the recent developments of tools for computer search). This email reviews some of my papers on RP science and reports the publication performance of the NAST officials.

The stories have been published in The Philippine Star and the Philippine Daily Inquirer (1), posted in websites (2), and sent by email (3). After four articles in The Philippine Star, the column editor informed me that many of our respected scientists found my articles adversarial and counter-productive (my fifth paper was not printed), which I argued can come only from those who do not know their science (4). Their comments partly reinforced my position about those running our science agencies and organizations.

The papers discuss how science should be done, how science leads to national progress, how the Filipino scientific community has failed in its social responsibility, and explain the main causes of the stunted growth of RP science. A major culprit is the national science academy, the NAST, but the crucial proof to support it was lacking. Still its shortcomings on the job have been evident. Unlike science academies in other countries, NAST failed to promote excellence within the scientific community, encourage informed public debate on science-related issues (e.g., biofuels, climate change, and population control), and provide policy-makers with sound advice for rational decision-making on these issues (5).

The conclusion above came after a series of hard and easy access to publication data. In my UP Centennial paper, I started showing why NAST has not been able to do its job (6). The paper reports that most of the members and all officials of NAST did not have enough scientific publications in 1981-1997 to be in a science academy. Recently, developments in computer search allowed easy access to someone's publications, especially in international journals. Hence, two weeks ago, I showed that only 3 of 8 new NAST members are scientists or published in international journals (7); the year before, 2 of 4 members elected are nonscientists. And last week, I presented data showing that only 8 of NAST's 27 Academicians and National Scientists in biology made it in a partial list of 50 leading Filipino biologists (8). The list is dominated by those from SEAFDEC in Iloilo and UP Marine Science Institute, who are non-NAST members.

"The general administration and direction of the affairs of the Academy are vested in seven members appointed by the President of the Philippines for a three-year term. They comprise the NAST Executive Council. The officers of the Academy who are elected by the general membership from the members of the Executive Council consisting of the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary. They are referred to as the Executive Bureau. The Executive Council Meeting is held every second Thursday of the month. In between meetings, the Bureau meets to consider urgent matters which will be subsequently confirmed by the Executive Council."

The 2005-2008 members of the NAST Executive Council (EC) are the following:

Academician Emil Q. Javier, as President
Academician Ledivina V. Cariño as Vice President
Academician Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza Secretary
National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez, Academicians Mercedes B. Concepcion, Ceferino L. Follosco, Quintin L. Kintanar as members.

Their publications were obtain through Google Scholar and only those covered in Science Citation Index (SCI) or Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) are used to prove their capability, or lack of it, in science or social sciences.

Only two of the seven EC members have 7-15 publications, and the rest have each 0-2; all the seven are each sole or lead author of only 0-2 publications.

If one would look at such publication records of past officials of NAST, largely the same results would be obtained. The same situation is true for past and present officials of the DOST (department of science and technology).

Clearly, such capability of the officials of our national science academy and S&T department cannot be expected to debate on scientific issues, promote science literacy, and provide sound policy advice. These are evident in what has become of the NAST and science in the country. How then can we fight poverty and disease or move the country forward?

Membership in the US National Academy of Sciences is a "widely recognized sign of excellence in scientific research" and where "each member should serve as a role model for defining excellence in science for the next generation of scientists in his or her field" (9).

Publication data of everybody are now available in the internet by computer search for the public use. They are important objective indicators for assessing publication performance of those doing science-related functions -- training graduate students, writing books, evaluating research proposal and output (e.g., for giving grants and awards), evaluating medicinal products, science administration, science policy making, etc. The data can tell how the job is done. On a national scale, this is seen in a country's state of development or underdevelopment.

Examine, for example, a Philippine book on Filipino great scientists or medicinal plants, but first check the publications or citations of the author. And you will find the same quality and integrity in the content.
.
The SCI covers over 3,750 journals and the SSCI, over 2,300. The SCI-indexed journals are the elite or best cited journals indexed by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information). ISI covers more than 8,000 journals, which are used in evaluating research or S&T performance that are published in the leading journals Nature and Science (e.g., 10).

In top universities like Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and Cambridge, scientists use peer review to rate research performance. And it has almost entirely been confirmed by the objective indicators -- publications and citations -- using Science Citation Index. Similar confirmation has also been shown for Nobel laureates in science.

Those who have run our national agencies and organizations in science in the last 50 years have been using peer review or personal judgment for such evaluation. But this has always been refuted by the same SCI-indexed indicators, because they are nonscientists (6, 7, 8, and this paper). SCI-indexed publications are the minimum requirement to qualify for any science-related work.

Perhaps institutions aiming for excellence should consider shifting to SCI (publications and citations) in evaluating performance in science, engineering, and math; and for social and behavioral sciences, SSCI (see references in 6). They can never go wrong. No journals from the Philippines have yet met the SCI's standards for coverage (I have seen four in SCI Expanded, which covers nearly twice as many journals). The Philippine Political Science Journal is covered in SSCI.

Using SCI as standard for evaluation will enable us to develop the needed capability for technology generation, and also be able to use effectively technologies from developed countries (1, No shortcut to progress). Then we can stop talking about S&T and start making and using them for national progress (11). And in university rankings, UP can aim to make it in the first 100 in the Asia Pacific and in the world's top 500 (12).

Huwag magdunong-dunongan, para matuto.

Hindi ko pa rin maisip kung bakit media would not print stories like this, which tells the truth about culprits who failed to attend to the basic CAUSES (science and technology) of our national problems (e.g., poverty); but columnists tell all kinds of bad words against government leaders whose fault is failure to cure the SYMPTOMS only (e.g., poverty) (see 1, Only science can solve poverty). Here are the bases of my inquiry: (a) One is factual; the other, often based on allegations, (b) ang una ang may sala ng pangalawa, and (c) sabi ng major daily, "Fearless Views." Sabi naman ng isa, "TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL." Ano ba talaga ang ibig sabihin ng mga ito?

Tama na ang nasabi ko about our problems in science (salamat sa tulak pa ng marami). Paulit-ulit, nakakamanhid, adversarial, counter-productive, sabi ng iba. From their comments, I can judge their value to RP science.

Let me close this (my last) by quoting Raul Suarez (13). Dr Suarez is a Fil-Canadian who is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an editor of the Journal of Experimental Biology, Cambridge, UK.

"We learned from Rizal's life that it should not be considered a bad thing to write of darkness, foul air, and dirty water. Filipinos shot the messenger in 1896 and his message was censored for decades afterwards by the Church and banned in some of the best universities in the country.

"It is in this light that I view negative reactions to objective analyses of the state of Philippine science. How sadly counter-productive! How contrary such reactions are to the interests of the Filipino people! But for every Filipino in Rizal's firing squad in 1896, there were thousands of others who joined the revolution. Today, for every person who does not want to read or hear of dysfunction in Philippine science, there are many more who realize that it is time for change."

To our young students of science, I hope this review of the state of science in the Philippines will interest you to improve it as you pursue your career and help the country to move forward.

To my former grad students, assistants, and colleagues at UP Institute of biology, UP Visayas, UP Marine Science Institute, and SEAFDEC,
huwag kayong bibigay.

Sige,

Flor Lacanilao
25 Sept 2008


References

1. R&D process
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=236 (Part 1)
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=237 (Part 2)
Research on medicinal plants
http://www.bahaykuboresearch.net/index.php?module=article&view=47
Training graduate students
http://www.bahaykuboresearch.net/index.php?module=article&view=48
Problems with media and scientists
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=248

A Jolt from the true state of science in the Philippines
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/mindfeeds/mindfeeds/view_article.php?article_id=65347

Only science can solve poverty
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view_article.php?article_id=72442

No shortcut to progress
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view_article.php?article_id=119740

True cause of poor S&T
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view_article.php?article_id=79417

Key to real growth no longer a secret
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view_article.php?article_id=113398

2. Measuring research performance
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=273
Research as principal criterion of faculty recruitment
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=388
Essentials of development
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=462&Itemid=81

3. Straight talk to Filipino scientists
New science journals not the answer
National museum collections
What more can scientists do?
UP as a research university

4. RP scientists to blame for poor science
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=274
http://www.bahaykuboresearch.net/index.php?module=article&view=50

5. Africa's academies. Nature, 6 December 2007)
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v450/n7171/full/450762a.html

6 Celebrating the UP Centennial
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=479
http://www.bahaykuboresearch.net/index.php?module=article&view=52

7. Only 3 of 8 new Academicians are scientists
http://www.philippinestoday.net/index.php?module=article&view=1179

8. RP science: Time for a new start
www.seafdec.org.ph/news_rp_science_fresh_start.htm

9. Election to the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS 102: 7405-7406, 2005
http://www.pnas.org/content/102/21/7405.full.pdf+html

10. The scientific impact of nations, Nature, 15 July 2004.
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v430/n6997/full/430311a.html

India's R&D: Reaching for the top, Science, 4 March 2005
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/307/5714/1415

Free journal-ranking tool enters citation market, Nature, 2 January 2008
http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080102/full/451006a.html

11. S&T for Sustainable Well-Being, Science, 25 January 2008:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/319/5862/424.pdf

12. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2007
http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2007/ranking2007.htm

13. International Science: Function, Dysfunction and Flowers in a Grassy Field, Philippine Star, 5 and 12 April 2007
http://philstar.com/archives.php?aid=310356&type=1 (Part 1)
http://philstar.com/archives.php?aid=311191&type=1 (Part 2)

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Nano Conference Recognizing Big discounts for Members of 51 Leading Scientific Associations

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Nanotechnology Conference Recognizing Big discounts for Members of 51 Leading Scientific Associations

Discounts on Conference passes ranging from $100 to $500 are recognized for members of lesser known associations, such as Chinese Institute of Engineers and the Tissue Engineering Society International, right along with the big ones like IEEE and ACS

Dallas, Texas, September 24, 2008 – Organizers of nanotxUSA’08 Conference/Expo are recognizing the contributions of 51 associations, they feel are vital in promoting emerging technologies and nanotechnology, by providing huge discounts on passes for members who register before the event.

“These associations are critically important to the advanced work being done,” said Richard Mason, General Manager of the event, “they reflect, and support, their most brilliant members as speakers who make this conference so vital. We want to recognize their importance by allowing fellow members to attend the conference as VIPs with reduced rates to hear their peers.”

“The conference and expo takes place next week at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel, October 2 and 3, during International Nanotechnology Week, so there is time to pre-register at the website, http://www.nanotx.biz/ccp51/reg/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi” said Mason.

The 51 associations recognized include:

Advanced Packaging and Interconnect Alliance
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
American Association for Advancement of Science
American Association of Analytical Chemists
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemists
American Oil Chemists Society
American Physical Society
American Vacuum Society
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Association of Chinese Professionals
Chinese Institute of Engineers
Commercial Development and Marketing Association
Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
Electrochemical Society
Europe Academy of Sciences
European Physical Society
German Physical Society
German Vacuum Society
Government Employees
Greater Association of Chinese Computer Professionals
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Institute of Medicine
Interamerican Photochemical Society
International Association of Nanotechnology
MANCEF - Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation
Monte Jade Science and Technology Association
MTBC - Metroplex Technology Business Council
Nano Science and Technology Institute
Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas
National Academy of Engineering
National Academies of Sciences
National Defense Industrial Association
National Research Council
National Venture Capital Association
North Texas Technology Council
Science and Engineering Research Council, Singapore
SEMI
Semiconductor Industry Association
Society for Neuroscience
Society of Automotive Engineers
Students
Swiss Physical Society
Taiwan Nanotechnology Initiative
TAMEST - The Academy of Medicine, and Engineering and Science of Texas
TAPPI - Technical Association for Pulp and Paper Industries
Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute
Texas Nanotechnology Initiative
The Science Place
Tissue Engineering Society International

The amount of discount for members of each association who pre-register can be found at http://www.nanotx.biz/organizations.html


About nanotxUSA’08 Conference/Trade Expo with Global Partner nano tech Japan, highlights advances in nanoscience, explains how nanotechnology is being used today and how it will impact a broad range of industries tomorrow, including: electronics, energy, aerospace, defense, biomedicine, robotics, chemicals and more. nanotxUSA has established a reputation for delivering solid content, compelling panel discussions, early-stage investment opportunities and a world-class roster of presenters. The signature Nobel Laureate Legends cocktail hour, dedicated to the memory of Jack Kilby, Rick Smalley, and Alan MacDiarmid, continues this year in its fine networking tradition. www.nanotxUSA.com.

Highlights of nanotxUSA’08 at a GLANCE

Charismatic Leadership

· Dr. Tadashi Sasaki, Japanese Business Legend
Here on business relations tour

· Dr. Eric Drexler, keynoting
Internationally renowned nanotech business leader, Wired Magazine says “coined word nanotechnology”

· Stan Ovshinsky, keynoting
Time Magazine’s Hero of the Planet, and Japan’s American Hero

· Bill Kroll, keynoting
Matheson Tri-Gas, Tayio Nippon Sanso Corp., others

· Prof. Mauricio Terrones, keynoting
IPICyT (Mexico) Leader, National Laboratory for Nanoscience Research

· Dan Vilenski, Featured Business and Commercialization topics
Isreali Nanotechnology Initiative

More Speakers

· International Nanotechnology Week
100 Specialists to speak from world Nanotechnology hot spots

· Panels: Trends/Finance/Investing
NANO-SAFETY & Risk Management Panel, Investing in Nanotechnology Panel, Nanotechnology & Society Panel, Workforce Development Panel, Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialization Panel

· Nanotech 101—An Overview of Nanotechnology for Non-techies
Taught by Austin Community College

Special Events


· Nobel Laureate Legends Cocktail Reception
Important networking opportunities first evening of event

Exhibits

· Breakthrough Technology Revealed by Leading Firms
Many exhibitors have chosen nanotxUSA’08 to unveil dramatic developments

· New Product Demos
Long-time business alliances of complementary firms to be nurtured, established

· $200Million Texas Emerging Technology fund in action
Visit with the incubators making it happen and firms that are succeeding with the fund’s help, such as Optisense, in booth number 502.

· Numbers of Major Organizations and Associations

Providing big discounts on early registration conference passes. See at web site when you go to REGISTER



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CPSC: Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks Scuba Diving Regulators Due to Drowning Hazard
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Apeks Second Stage Scuba Regulators

Units: About 25,000

Distributor: Aqua Lung America of Vista, Calif.

Manufacturer: Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd., of Blackburn, England

Hazard: These regulators can be missing the diaphragm cover which can cause the diaphragm to become displaced during a dive, allowing water to enter the scuba regulator. This poses a drowning hazard to divers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: This recall involves Apeks TX, ATX, and XTX second stage regulators that have never been serviced. Apeks and TX, ATX, or XTX is printed on the regulator.

Sold at: Authorized Apeks dealers nationwide from February 2000 through June 2008 for between $420 and $1,450.

Manufactured in: England

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop diving with these regulators and visit an authorized Apeks dealer for a free inspection and free installation of a diaphragm cover, if the cover is missing.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aqua Lung toll-free at (877) 253-3483 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.aqualung.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08402.html



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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Buchholz Relay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchholz_relay

Hadron Collider near CERN, Switzerland

http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/PR_display.asp?prID=833

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

World Lingo

http://www2.worldlingo.com/en/products_services/worldlingo_translator.html

Monday, September 15, 2008

Laser Flash Photolysis System

Table of Elements

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcuatableofelements/

Table of Isotopes, 1998

The Health Physics and Radiological Health Handbook, 1998

To be updated

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotope_table_(complete)

Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Richard Firestone, PhD and Virginia Shirley, PhD

http://www.amazon.com/Table-Isotopes-2-Set-8th/dp/0471330566

http://www.clovisinthesoutheast.net/firestone.html

C. Michael Lederer, PhD

http://www.ucei.berkeley.edu/php/mike-pub.html

Radiation, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety(REOHS)

http://www.cca-reohs.com

http://www.biotechnologyftcua.com

http://biotechnologyftcua.blogspot.com

http://biotechnologyftcua1.blogspot.com

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua/

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua1/

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua2/

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua3/

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcuaemployment/

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcuaagriculture/

http://paaseuniversity.blogspot.com

http://paasenanoinitiative.blogspot.com

Pathway Analyses

Inhalation, Ingestion, Subcutaneous, Intradermal,

Distribution, Retention, and Excretion

Anatomy and Physiology-Organs at risk

Solubility-Insolubility

Physicochemical Form-Stoichiometry

NEEDED: X-RAY DIFFRACTION, X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY, etc.

Particle Size Characterization-Nano…Micro…Milli, etc.

Air Sampling Instrumentations

ACGIH-Lippmann M. and Cohen, B.

Look it up on Google or call and go to NYU Environmental Medicine in Tuxedo, New York

Cascade Impactors, Light Scattering(Malvern)

NasoPharyngeal, TracheoBronchial, and Pulmonary Regions

BioNanoSensors

BioNanoMedicine

Laser Microprobe Mass Analysis, etc. book 2 Elemental Analysis----Radionuclides and

Elements in Teeth and Bones authored by FTCua

http://ftcuasciencelessons8.blogspot.com

Work envision in the Future in Outer SpaceSolar Flares-National Aeronautics and Space Administrations(NASA), International Space Station(ISS), Nuclear Research Reactors, Nuclear Power Plants, Low, Medium Energy Accelerators, High Energy Accelerators, even National Synchrotron Light Source(NSLS) of varied Particles( beta rays, electrons, neutrons, protons, heavy ions, fission fragments, uranics and transuranics and new elements), and X-Ray and Gamma Ray, KIBO?, MARS?, Nanosatellites,

Laser Flash Photolysis System

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcuatableofelements/flashphotolysis.htm

http://laserweb.jpl.nasa.gov/group/lchristensen/lchristensen.html

Detectors, Monitors, Alarms

Minimum Detection Limits

Upper Limits, e,g, Maximum Permissible Body Burden(MPBB), Threshold Limit Value(TLV), STEL( Short Term Exposure Limit),

Index of Harms?

Geophysical Positioning System(GPS)

Geographical Information System(GIS)

Remote Sensing-Telecommunications and Weather Satellites and Nanosatellites

Fidler, Reuter-Stokes

Beta-Gamma Spectrometer, Alpha Surface Barrier Detectors, Intrinsic Germanium Detectors (Princeton GammaTech), SiLi X-ray Detector

LET Track Spectrometer

alpha, beta, gamma, x-ray, neutron, proton, heavy ions, fission fragments, neutrinos, antineutrinos, quarks,

linear energy transfer, linear energy loss, relative biological effectiveness, quality factor,

lexan polycarbonate, cellulose nitrate, CR films,

other plastics such as plexiglass, pyrex, polyethylene, polyurethane, polypropylene,

thermoplastics

http://www.ecomass.com

shielding materials: replacement of lead by tungsten, thermoplastics

no depleted uranium allowed: YES or NO

WHAT TO DO WITH SCUD MISSILES? Recycle? Ask the health physicist on the risk

Whole Body Counting for X-ray and Gamma Emitters, Tooth Fairy Program, Hair, Nails, Biopsy samples,

Check on the books published by FTCua in http://ftcuasciencelessons8.blogspot.com

What price PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

NON-PROLIFERATION?, UNITED NATIONS(UN) INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY(IAEA), UNITED NATIONS SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON IONIZATION RADIATION(UNSCEAR), BIOLOGICAL EFFECT OF IONIZING RADIATION(BEIR), COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION
(CTBTO), INTERNATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION ASSOCIATION(IRPA),
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON RADIATION PROTECTION(ICRP)
NATIONAL COMMISSION ON RADIATION PROTECTION(NCRP), NATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS SOCIETY(HPS), New Jersey Chapter

SHOWCASE OR SPOTLIGHT: PHILIPPINE NUCLEAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
(PNRI)
FORMERLY PHILIPPINE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION(PAEC)

REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS(RMI) IAEA MEMBER 1994
BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY(BNL)
MARSHALL ISLANDS(MI) RADIOLOGICAL PROGRAM-FIELD TRIP OCTOBER 24, 1977

BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB(BNL) MEDICAL RESEARCH REACTOR(MRR)

BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB(BNL) HIGH FLUX BEAM REACTOR(HFBR)

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY(MIT) RESEARCH REACTOR II

SPOTLIGHT: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF TIANJIN, TIANJIN, CHINA, INSTITUTE OF ATOMIC ENERGY IN BEIJING,
INSTITUTE OF RADIATION PROTECTION, TAIYUAN.

CHINA-IAEA MEMBER JANUARY 1, 1984—CHRISTMAN, CUA ASSOCIATES
AUGUST 1984 LECTURE SERIES.

RADIATION RESEARCH METINGS IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 1983
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, 1987.

PROTON INDUCED X-RAY EMISSION CONFERENCE, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS(VRIJE OR FREE UNIVERSITY)-1989.

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua1/healthresearch.htm

http://www.freewebs.com/ftcua3/radonchapter.pdf

ATTENDANCE AT INTERNATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION ASSOCIATION(IRPA) MEETING IN MADRID, SPAIN, 2004

ATTENDANCE AT IRPA MEETING IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 2008-planning?



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Spanish

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Sweden

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Addendum:

http://ftcuasciencelessons.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons1.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons2.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons3.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons4.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons5.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons6.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons7.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons8.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons9.blogspot.com

http://ftcuasciencelessons10.blogspot.com

http://ftcuaagriculture.blogspot.com

http://ftcuaagriculture1.blogspot.com

http://ftcuafood.blogspot.com

the blogs on agriculture and food should include the question of radiation sterilization, elemental analysis, hybrids and mutations…

Jobs are needed and are available…

Check up and Consider the following: New Jersey Technological Council, Prudential,
Exponent, EcoEmploy, EcoSciences, Agilent Technologies, Science Application International Corporation, Sarnoff, US Civilian Reseaarch and Development Foundation

http://www.cca-reohs.com/page6.html

Chronicle for Higher Education

http://chronicle.com

http://ftcuacalltoemployment.blogspot.com

up to

http://ftcuacalltoemployment31.blogspot.com

and beyond

Federal Labs, http://www.doe.gov

http://www.bnl.gov

http://www.nrel.gov

http://www.cpsc.gov

do not forget

http://www.grants.gov

http://usgrantsgov.blogspot.com

up to

http://usgrantsgov14.blogspot.com

and beyond

NANODOSIMETRY
MICRODOSIMETRY
MACRODOSIMETRY

NANODISTRIBUTION
MICRODISTRIBUTION
MACRODISTRIBUTION

IAEA-WHO

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

NRC License, Health Physics Safety and Health programs

X-ray Crystallography

Health Physics Fellowships, United States Department of Energy(USDOE)

Linear Energy Transfer, Linear Energy Loss

Atomic, Radiation and Nuclear Batteries

Radioisotope Isotope Generators

Stirling RTG

Galileo, Magellan, Orbiter, Voyager, Mars Rover

NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/current/index.html

does the Pontifical Academy of Sciences have the last words?

Important: Radiological Control, Health Physics Programs, NRC Licenses

Isotope Receiving and Dispensing, Radioisotope and Radionuclide DataBase Inventory including Waste, Interim Storage Facilities, Hazard Surveys, Radiochemistry, Alarm Monitors and Detectors and Calibrations, Waste Management of low, medium, and high level RI Wastes, Transportations, Regulations, Accident Preventions, Risk Analysis, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering

DOSE REASSESSMENT

CHELATION THERAPY

CANCER THERAPY

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION, HOMELAND SECURITY

What is the proper chronological order?

RADIATION RESEARCH

INTERNATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION ASSOCIATION 2008-BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION


ADDENDUM OR MORE:

http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/proceedings/2007csewgusndp/Thursday/USNDP/Penttila_NSPR.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/u10435/?p=02c1e5460679459985bfb1f933e93ace&pi=0

8 Chapters

Front Matter
PDF (78.4 KB)
i-x

Properties and Syntheses of Superheavy Elements
S. Hofmann
PDF (1.4 MB)
1-29

Theoretical Chemistry of the Heaviest Elements
V. Pershina
PDF (3.7 MB)
31-94

Fundamental Aspects of Single Atom Chemistry
D. Trubert and C. Le Naour
PDF (473.3 KB)
95-116

Experimental Techniques
A. Türler and K. Gregorich
PDF (2.0 MB)
117-157

Liquid-phase Chemistry
J. Kratz
PDF (2.2 MB)
159-203

Gas-phase Adsorption Chromatographic Determination of Thermochemical Data and Empirical Methods for their Estimation
B. Eichler and R. Eichler
PDF (1.5 MB)
205-236

Gas-phase Chemistry
H. Gäggeler and A. Türler
PDF (3.3 MB)
237-289

Historical Reminiscences
G. Herrmann
PDF (1.8 MB)
291-318
8 Chapt

http://www.springerlink.com/content/u10435/

The Chemistry of Superheavy Elements
Publisher Springer US
DOI 10.1007/b100152
Copyright 2004
ISBN 978-1-4020-1250-1 (Print) 978-0-306-48415-5 (Online)
Subject Collection Chemistry and Materials Science
Subject Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons
SpringerLink Date Tuesday, May 08, 2007


http://www.springerlink.com/content/w581052087885g5m/

Physics and astronomy classification scheme (PACS)
Journal Zeitschrift für Physik A Hadrons and Nuclei
Publisher Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISSN 0939-7922 (Print) 1431-5831 (Online)
Issue Volume 332, Number 1 / March, 1989
DOI 10.1007/BF01292591
Pages 113-118
Subject Collection Physics and Astronomy
SpringerLink Date Thursday, March 31, 2005


http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5866907/description.html

US Patent 5866907 - Ultralow background multiple photon detector

Inventor(s)
Drukier, Andrzej J.
Sagdejev, Igor R.


Assignee
BioTraces, Inc.



Nanosecond Laser Photolysis Spectrometer



http://www.nyu.edu/projects/geacintov/Instrumentation/NanosecFlashFot.htm

http://www.edinst.com/lp920.htm

http://www.edinst.com/pdf/LP920%20Brochure.pdf

http://www.rad.nd.edu/facilities/pico_laser_flash_phot.htm

http://www.rad.nd.edu/programs/index.html