Graduate Student Arka Roy Receives Best Paper Award
The Ohio River Valley Chapter’s annual Spring Educational Symposium was held at the METS Center in Erlanger, KY on March 1-2, 2013. The keynote speaker was Dr. M. Saiful Huq of the Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Center, who gave a very well-received keynote lecture entitled “Medical Physics Beyond Borders.” This talk outlined the state of medical physics outside the United States and the dire need for more medical physicists as well as training and accreditation programs worldwide. We will be posting his presentation on the chapter web site under the recent meetings section. It contains many references to efforts to improve medical physics both inside and outside the AAPM, and deserves a wider audience.
The tradition in the ORVC is to use the Spring Symposium primarily as a forum for short research talks given by students, residents, and not-yet-board-certified physicists from within the chapter’s geographic region. Abstracts are submitted in advance of the meeting. Ten of those are selected for oral presentations, with the remainder invited to present posters. The oral presentations are judged by a panel, and awards are given to the top three. There were sixteen abstracts submitted, covering topics in diagnostic, therapy, and nuclear medicine physics. The first place presentation was a talk entitled “Time-Resolved Stochastic IMRT Planning” given by Arkajyoti Roy of Purdue University.