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PNNL researchers join 2004 class of HPS Fellows

August 19, 2004 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Don Bihl and Bruce Napier, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, recently were named fellows of the Health Physics Society. The honorees were recognized in July at the HPS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., for their outstanding contributions to health physics.

Bihl operated the internal dosimetry program at DOE's Hanford Site in Washington State between 1989 and 2002. The program included performing internal radionuclide dose evaluations for thousands of staff on the Site. Bihl further managed the external dosimetry program for two other DOE sites. He presently consults for those two programs and works on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health dose reconstruction project. He earned a bachelor's degree in health physics in 1971 and a master's degree in 1973, both from San Diego State University. Bihl has published more than 20 reports and publications.

Napier develops and operates models that show the environmental transport of radiological and chemical containments. His expertise is in the areas of radiation dose reconstruction, computer modeling and environmental analysis. He is currently the principal investigator for a dose reconstruction project that examines populations living along the Techa River, downstream of the Russian Mayak Production Association. Napier earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He has more than 40 publications.

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