FLORENCE – Francis Marion University Professor of Physics and Astronomy Derek Jokisch recently received a national award at the 55th Annual Health Physics Society (HPS) Conference in Salt Lake City. Jokisch was awarded the 2010 Elda E. Anderson Award for his research contributions to the health physics community.
A native of Carlinville, Ill., Jokisch has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1999. Jokisch received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in health physics from the University of Florida as a Department of Energy fellow. He is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics and a leader of the Health Physics Program at FMU, which has consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate programs in the nation.
Jokisch helps coordinate internships for his students at nuclear facilities such as the Savannah River Site and nuclear power plants. He has served on the Health Physics Society Academic Education Committee as a member, co-chair, and chair. He has collaborated with University of Nevada (Las Vegas) and the University of Florida on multiple research grants, authored or co-authored sixteen peer-reviewed journal articles, and serves as a corresponding member on the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee 2-dose calculation subgroup as an expert on internal dosimetry. For his work, Jokisch received the Award for Excellence in Research at FMU in 2006.
In addition, he has led and participated in multiple programs that assist K-12 public school science teachers across the state of South Carolina.
The HPS is a scientific and professional organization whose members specialize in occupational and environmental radiation safety. The award honors the memory of Elda E. Anderson, a pioneer in the field of health physics and a founding member of HPS. It is given to an HPS member 40 years of age or younger in recognition of excellence in research or development, discovery or invention, devotion to health physics, and/or significant contributions to the profession of health physics.