Three BME students earn top awards at the FLAAPM meeting

Twelve students from five different medical physics programs in Florida presented at the Florida Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (FLAAPM) Annual Conference this spring. Congratulations to the UF BME students who took first, second and third place! 

Heather Petroccia (pictured center), a 4th year Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the coveted 2016 Lawrence T. Fitzgerald Award in recognition of the best student presentation for her work, A Monte Carlo Study of Out-of-Field Doses of Co-60 intended for Historical Study of Dose to Normal Tissues. Heather conducts research under the supervision of Dr. Wesley E. Bolch, UF BME professor and Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, associate chair and professor, department of radiation oncology, UF College of Medicine.

Brendan Barraclough (pictured left), 4th year Ph.D. candidate, was awarded second place for his oral presentation, Characterization of an In-House Gated Treatment Solution Implemented with the Elekta ResponseTM Interface. Brendon conducts research under Dr. Guanghua Yan, assistant professor, department of radiation oncology, UF College of Medicine.

Emily Marshall (pictured right), 3rd year Ph.D. candidate, was awarded third place for her oral presentation, Computing Clinical Patient-Specific Organ Doses for Pediatric Cardiac Interventions. Emily conducts research under Dr. Wesley Bolch, UF BME professor and Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering associate dean for academic affairs, as part of the Advanced Laboratory for Radiation Dosimetry Studies (ALRADS) group.

All three were recognized at the meeting and presented with a cash award. We are proud to have all three winners from UF BME!

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