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Physics Head Receives International Appointment: the University of Newcastle, Australia



This photo appeared in "Van Gogh's Ear", February 1994. The text was:


"Congratulations to Associate Professor John O'Connor, Head of the Department of Physics who has been appointed to the editorial board of a new journal.


The journal, entitled Surface Review and Letters, is an international journal devoted to the investigation of properties and processing occurring at the boundaries of materials. "The inaugural issue of this journal will be in June this year," said John. "the appointment of an Australian representative on the editorial board is a recognition of the strength of the Australian contribution to surface science."


This photo also appeared in "Van Gogh's Ear", April 1994. The text was:


"Determining the Correct Dose. Medical Physics, an applied branch of physics, involves the collaboration of physicists with other scientists and clinicians in the University and its teaching hospitals. the medical physics group in the Department of Physics is concerned with the dosimetry of ionising radiation used for the treatment of cancer patients. It is important to know the dose as accurately as possible: the aim of radiotheraphy is to get as much dose in the tumour as possible without causing intolerable side effects to the patient. A wide range of techniques is available for dosimetry. Measurements may be taken in the laboratory or in vivo directly on patients undergoing therapy. The research of the group is aimed at the development of a new and exciting technology (NMR-dosimetry) as well as refining established means of assessing dose distributions such as thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) and radiographic film. The latter was examined last year in an honour's project on dose verification in radiotherapy phantoms by a student, Martin Ebert, who won the University Medal for his efforts."


This image was scanned from a photograph in the University's historical photographic collection held by Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.


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Taken in February 1994