A Scintillating Discovery

Small, efficient radiation detector could find its way into mammogram machines 

In 2015, a team of Oregon State University researchers devised a new solid-state, scintillator-type radiation detector that offers several key advantages over existing designs: It’s more compact, less expensive to produce, and, critically, does not require lots of high-voltage current to operate.  

Cheap detectors keep the peace

Associate professor Abi Farsoni, left, and graduate student Steven Czyz discuss a prototype device for detecting radioxenon signals that can indicate the occurrence of a nuclear weapon test.

In September 2017, a series of earth-rippling shivers caught the attention of scientists around the globe. At first blush, the seismic activity suggested an earthquake with an approximate magnitude of 6.0. Then, as the source of the vibrations became clear, government agencies and heads of state began to take close notice.

Steven Reese: NSE’s newest faculty member is a familiar face

The newest faculty member in the College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) has been at Oregon State University for more than 20 years.

Steven R. Reese was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure earlier this year. But he has worked at Oregon State in association with the college since 1997, serving as director of the Radiation Center since 2005. Reese says the upgrade to his position and job title came as a pleasant surprise.