July 21, 2021
The Radiation Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) recently hosted National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Director for the Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation Ann Heinrich (right) and Emergency Management Specialist Kirk Czap (middle) for a site visit. ORISE Director Jim Vosburg (second from right), REAC/TS Director Dr. Carol Iddins (second from left), and REAC/TS Associate Director Mark Ervin (left) met with Heinrich and Czap to discuss strategic planning for future REAC/TS activities.
Heinrich and Czap also visited the REAC/TS Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory (CBL) where CBL Director Dr. Adayabalam Balajee (pictured left, second from left) and Lead Biologist Maria Escalona (pictured left, second from right) demonstrated operational aspects of the Dicentric Chromosome Assay using the automated Metafer microscope platforms and discussed future biodosimetry activities.
REAC/TS supports DOE’s NNSA to strengthen medical response to radiation emergencies. REAC/TS also provides direct support for the NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations, Office of Counterterrorism & Counterproliferation, the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center, and DOE’s Office of Science.
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