An interesting study was published a few months ago comparing active learning to traditional lectures. While many studies have shown that active learning results in higher student learning, this study also examined how students assessed their learning in each of these types of classrooms. Students thought they learned less in the active learning environment, even though the data showed they learned more.Continue Reading →
In late August I will be presenting at the 9th International Symposium on Physical, Molecular, Cellular, and Medical Aspects of Auger Processes, held at Oxford University. This is my first year attending this meeting, and I look forward to meeting researchers from around the world.
This paper is a follow-up to the Thernostics paper and will appear in the Special Issue of EJMP for the MCMA conference that I attended in the fall.
Targeted alpha therapy with 212Pb or 225Ac: Change in RBE from daughter migration
Nicole L. Ackerman, Liset de la Fuente Rosales, Nadia Falzone, Katherine A. Vallis, Mario A. Bernal
Physica Medica (EJMP) 2018
Our paper Dosimetric evaluation of radionuclides for VCAM-1-targeted radionuclide therapy of early brain metastases was selected to be featured on the (back) cover of Theranostics. Full art (front and back covers) are available here (PDF).
I am very proud of my most recent publication, now available in the journal Theranostics:
I am very pleased to be presenting work at the International Conference on Monte Carlo Techniques for Medical Applications (MCMA2017), October 15- 18 in Naples, Italy. I am speaking in the “Monte Carlo applications in microdosimetry” section on Tuesday (full presentation info below). This is my first time attending this conference, but the research topics are a great match to my interests.
My second article, from my research leave in Italy, has just been published online. The link below will allow you to read the article for free, until November 4, 2017.
Nicole L. Ackerman, Federico Boschi, Antonello E. Spinelli
The widely-used gamma-emitter Tc-99m has been shown to lead to optical emissions in mice and glass. We investigated the possibility that these emissions are due to the Cerenkov effect and whether the light emitted is proportional to local dose. By using a Geant4 Monte Carlo model matched to an experimental measurement, we show that the light detected by a small animal optical imaging system provides a 2D map of the dose throughout a glass sample. We conclude that radioluminescence from Tc-99m can be used to quantitatively measure dose in transparent materials, which could have applications in dosimetry and quality assurance.
My second paper, from my leave in the spring, has been accepted at Physica Medica. A link will be posted to the article when it is in press, but the title is “Radioluminescence from Tc-99m in Glass Predicts Local Dose”. I’m glad that my 3-month research leave resulted in two papers, and I am very grateful for the support I received from Agnes Scott: the Julia T. Gary Science Fund and Dorothy Travis Joyner Faculty Innovation Fund.
Agnes Scott College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Decatur, Georgia (United States)
University of Verona, Department of Computer Science, Verona (Italy)
Antonello E. Spinelli
San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Centre for Experimental Imaging, Department of Medical Physics, M (Italy)