The Cancer Bomb - Official Exhibit Opening
December 4, 2011
This event is collectively titled Cobalt-60 at 60: The Legacy of Saskatchewan’s Innovative Cancer Treatment and will be an open-house event. The public is encouraged to visit the Saskatoon WDM on December 4, 2011 to learn more about this innovative Saskatchewan story.
Following the formal opening ceremony, the WDM has organized, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, a discussion by a panel of experts from the field of nuclear medicine on the legacy of the cobalt bomb. Speakers will include Dr. Paul Babyn and Dr. John Root from the U of S in Saskatoon, and Dr. David Pantalony from the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa.
Panel Participants Bios:
David Pantalony is the Curator of Physical Sciences and Medicine at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. He uses the museum’s collections to teach artifact-based seminars as adjunct professor of history at the University of Ottawa. Pantalony received his PhD from the University of Toronto and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and at MIT’s Dibner Institute.
Dr. Pantalony has published two books related to the history of scientific and medical instruments. He is Chair of the History of Physics Division of the Canadian Association of Physicists, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association.
Dr. Paul Babyn is the Joint Department Head of Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region. He is also the PotashCorp Chair in Clinical Research. Before joining the Royal University Hospital in December 2010, Dr. Babyn was radiologist-in-chief at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Babyn has more than 150 publications to date and is involved in a variety of funded research projects. He has an active role in teaching and is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, Canadian Association of Radiologists, and the Society for Pediatric Radiology. Dr. Babyn’s main research interests lie in the areas of musculoskeletal radiology and cross-sectional imaging, and health-care informatics.
John Root is interim director of the Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation currently being developed at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also Director of the National Research Council’s Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) in Chalk River, Ontario. Root received his PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Guelph.
Before joining the CNBC, Root worked with the Neutron and Solid State Physics branch of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited on the then-new program called Applied Neutron Diffraction for Industry (ANDI). His contributions to science and technology have included new insights about the phase transitions in steel and application of neutron diffraction methods to evaluate fitness-for-service of components in nuclear reactors.