David Medich Receives NRC Fellowship and Scholarship AWARD (June, 2014)
Congratulations to David Medich, Assistant Professor of Physics, for his two recent awards from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Congratulations to David Medich, Assistant Professor of Physics, for his two recent awards from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Dr. Medich and co-PIs Germano Iannacchione (PH), Richard Sisson (ME), and Peter Miraglia (ME), received a $400,000 NRC Fellowship Award and a $196,021 NRC Scholarship Award to support WPI’s newly revised graduate and undergraduate Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) program and to support Dr. Medich’s research in Contrast Enhanced Neutron Imaging.
The NRC Fellowship award will support two graduate students per year for three years towards their doctoral degree. These students will be assisting with the development of new techniques for using neutrons to obtain high resolution in vivo images of tissue physiologic function in a small animal model. This unconventional application of neutrons in biological imaging is important because it has the potential to achieve an image resolution up to one hundred times better than currently achievable through Positron Emission Technology (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI); it also would be the first functional imaging technology also capable of providing anatomic data. The two-year NRC Scholarship will be awarded each year to our top eight NSE undergraduate students who will be provided additional academic and scholarship support to enable them to become leaders in the nuclear field.