Accomplishments: Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

November 23, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the ANS Virtual Graduate School Fair last week. UNLV is the only university that has two recruitment sessions (Nuclear Engineering and Health/Medical Physics) at the school fair. 
November 19, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) was invited and presented his research “A Preliminary Study of the Organic and Nonorganic Food Ingredients with Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis” in the NCNR Seminar series of the Center for Neutron Research at the National Institute of Standard and Technology.  In the talk, he claimed that there is not much difference in the trace elements content between organic food and its conventional counterpart. As a nuclear technique, INAA...
September 24, 2021
Francis Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) published a series of recent article. The first, "Carbon Ion Radiotherapy in the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma," was published in the Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.  He also published "Future space missions and human enhancement: Medical and ethical challenges" in Futures. Along with graduate student Sungmin Pak, Cucinotta published "Comparison between PHITS and GEANT4 Simulations of the Heavy Ion Beams at the BEVALAC at...
August 5, 2021
Francis A. Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) published "A Proposed Change to Astronaut Exposures Limits is a Giant Leap Backwards for Radiation Protection" in the journal Life Sciences in Space Research. The paper provides a detailed critique of a National Academy of Sciences report in support of revising astronaut radiation limits, and concludes the recommend changes could have adverse consequences on astronaut health including cognitive detriments, while the current limits...
August 3, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and his colleagues published an article "A Study of the Organic and Nonorganic Food Ingredients with Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis" in Radiation Science and Technology. 
July 29, 2021
Christina Hall (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave a presentation entitled "Using Spanish Moss as a Bio-indicator for Air Pollution in the Low Country of Savannah River Basin "at the 66th Annual Conference of Health Physics Society in Phoenix. The study indicated the correlations between the concentration of heavy metals in Spanish Moss and the level of air pollution in the Savannah River Basin. She is a graduate student in environmental health physics and a member of the research...
May 19, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) was invited and presented his research, "Nuclear Activation Analysis: Theory and Applications," in the INES seminar series of the department of engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the talk, he discussed some recent studies conducted by the Health, Environment, and Radiation Detection (HERD) group at UNLV.  
April 16, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) has been elected to the executive committee of the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division (ETWDD) of the American Nuclear Society. His three-year term will begin June 17. The ETWDD provides communication among the academic, industrial, and governmental communities through the exchange of views and information on matters related to education, training, and workforce development in nuclear and radiological science, engineering...
April 12, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering), Artem Gelis (Chemistry), and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference last week. UNLV is among the 11 top-tier universities invited to have university recruitment sessions at the conference and is the only university with three virtual booths in the full scope of nuclear-related fields, including...
March 11, 2021
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) published a peer-reviewed conference paper, "Applying Advanced Data Analytics Methods to the Baseline Data of ISD Sensor Network Testbed for System Failure Detection," in the proceeding of the Waste Management Symposia 2021. In this work, advanced data analytics methods are applied to the in-situ nuclear decommissioning testbed's baseline data to identify abnormal frequent episodes, which may lead to the early indicators of ISD system...
November 13, 2020
Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) published “Temporal Data Mining in Nuclear Site Monitoring and In-situ Decommissioning,” a chapter in the book “Nuclear Power Plant Design and Analysis Codes” this month with Elsevier. The author discussed the techniques of temporal data mining (TDM) and how to apply it to nuclear site monitoring and in-situ decommissioning (ISD). The study indicated that TDM techniques and corresponding codes are effective tools to validate ISD performance....
March 26, 2020
Francis Cucinotta (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) has been honored with the 2020 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award for his outstanding research achievements. Cucinotta's work has garnered national and international recognition. One of UNLV's most prestigious awards, the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award was created in 2001 to honor then-U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, who has contributed significantly to research in Nevada and to recognize faculty who have performed research that is...