The Health Physics Society presents the annual award for excellence in research or development; discovery or invention; or for significant contributions to the health physics profession.

ORAUPALM BEACH — Sarah Roberts, vice president and director for Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification program, is the 2011 recipient of the Elda E. Anderson Award—an honor bestowed by the Health Physics Society each year to one its members for excellence in research or development; discovery or invention; or for significant contributions to the health physics profession.

As chair of the Health Physics Society Awards Committee, Howard Dickson presented the Elda E. Anderson Award to Sarah Roberts during the 56th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Palm Beach, Fla., June 26-30.

“Sarah’s extensive knowledge of the health physics industry is impressive,” said Dickson. “Coupled with her numerous professional contributions and achievements, we are confident that Sarah is a role model in this industry and a worthy recipient of this award.”

Roberts was recognized by the society for her technical expertise in decommissioning work. Under her leadership, ORAU reached a major milestone in 2010 by completing radiological and chemical characterization at 34 structures located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory—a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Roberts is also leading efforts to assist the U.S. Department of Energy in reducing the Oak Ridge Reservation footprint by 20,000 acres. In addition to site characterization and independent verification activities, Roberts also manages ORAU’s professional training programs, which have provided specialized health physics training for more than 60 years.

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Source: Oak Ridge Associated Universities
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