Research

 

I am involved in several active research projects here on campus:

 

I. Novel, high intensity X-Ray machine providing for marked increase in ND examination. I am part of a 7 member team, primarily composed of CETA faculty, working on this grant-funded ($125,000) project sponsored by the Border and Maritime Security division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We have developed a new design of x-ray anode which may offer improvements in x-ray output intensity, efficiency, and safety. This device may have specific applications in the non-destructive security evaluation of maritime and air cargo containers. We are currently in the thermal testing phase of our initial anode design and will submit a comprehensive report of findings to the US/DHS by December 31, 2010. Dependent upon the outcome of Phase I of this project, our team may apply for additional funding from DHS to fabricate a working model of our complete prototype for further testing.

II. Use of an audience response system (ARS) to promote active learning in the Health Sciences curriculum. Educational Technology Grant ($5,000), co-author (with Dr. Claudia Oakes), Fall 2009. ARS (clicker) system was purchased in December 2009 and immediately incorporated into several RAD courses in the Spring and Summer 2010 semesters. During Fall 2010, faculty members of the HS department will begin utilization of the clickers throughout all sections of HS 140 (Introduction to the Health Professions). The impact of ARS technology on student perceptions of classroom participation will be assessed using pre- and post-test questionnaires. Public dissemination of the findings of this study will occur in 2011.

 

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III. Enhancement of the energized x-ray lab for improved clinical simulation. Coffin Grant ($2,340), co-author, Spring 2010. Procurement of hospital stretcher and video recording equipment to occur upon release of funds in July 2010. Equipment utilization to begin during Fall 2010, with initial data collection of student self-evaluations of clinical performance in Spring 2011. Public dissemination of findings to occur in early 2012.

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In addition to these University-based activities, I am continuing my ongoing dissemination and implementation research in computed tomography. This involves a constant monitoring of the literature in our field to discern best practices that can in turn be presented to practicing technologists in upcoming revised editions of my review text in CT. I am also preparing a manuscript for a three-part series on radiation dose in CT for submission to a major journal in the radiologic sciences.


Created on: July 14, 2010
Last updated on: July 15, 2010
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