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Two Physics Masters Students Graduate Project Work Published in a Major International Scientific Journal.
Fig. X-ray spectrum and elemental maps where amalgam joins to enamel from the paper about Henry Udeogu’s grad-student project.
Two Physics Masters’ students Jay Dias and Henry Udeogu have had papers accepted in Nuclear Instruments and Methods Section B on their MS projects that were carried out at the Louisiana Accelerator Center. Henry Udeogu worked on characterization of mercury pathways from dental amalgam. Henry Udeogu’s project showed that the composition of the biting surface was modified under the action of pressure and chemicals during mastication. This was carried out in conjunction with international researchers from Kasetsart University in Thailand under an agreement signed by the Dean of the School of Sciences Dr. Azmy Ackleh. Jay Dias’s project was quite different and involved building a facility for ultra-low fluence proton irradiation for simulating the effect of galactic cosmic radiation during space travel on biological tissues. This was carried out in collaboration with Dr. Karin Smith and PhD student Debbie Rogers from the Department of Biology. Both projects were lead by physics professor Harry J. Whitlow who comments, “Acceptance of these papers for publication in a major international journal in our field represents an international stamp of quality on our training of our grad-students. It is especially significant that the students work reported in the papers was done in both interdisciplinary and international collaborations which shows our physics students are able to contribute and compete at a high internationals level. ”