Francis Marion University Physics Professor Derek Jokisch is the recipient of the Roberts Prize for best paper issued by Physics in Medicine and Biology, and IOP Publishing, in association with the journal owners, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
The group jointly awards an annual prize for the best paper published in PMB during the previous year. The Roberts Prize for 2011 was officially awarded to Matthew Hough et al from the University of Florida, Francis Marion University (Jokisch) and the National Cancer Institute, USA for their paper on a comprehensive electron dosimetry model of skeletal tissues in the adult male. The award will be presented to on behalf of the group in Oxford, England on Sept. 11.
This work will be important for both the assessment of skeletal doses in radiation protection and nuclear medicine, and also for following external photon irradiation in medical imaging and radiotherapy.
Celebrated in his field, Jokisch recently received the national Elda E. Anderson Award for his research contributions to the health physics community. He was also selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2010-11 year at FMU.
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 23 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.