December 1, 2021


It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Kathryn A. Higley has been selected to serve as the Interim Director of the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences (CQLS) effective December 1.

Dr. Higley has been at OSU for 27 years, and most recently served as the Associate Director for the TRACE-OSU effort. She has a long record of both administrative and academic experience at OSU. She is a Professor and former Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. She has managed OSU’s Radiation Health Physics program, including developing its online graduate degree into the largest in the country. Dr. Higley has been at Oregon State University since 1994 teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on radioecology, radiation biology, and more. She is a Council Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, a board member and fellow of the Health Physics Society, and a Certified Health Physicist. Dr. Higley and her students have done research in radiologically contaminated environments around the globe.

I am excited to start working with Dr. Higley, CQLS staff and affiliated faculty to take the center to the next stage. Please join me in welcoming her to the CQLS and RO community!

Sincerely, Irem Y. Tumer, Ph.D., ASME Fellow
Vice President for Research

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