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Career Spotlight: Shannon Hayward

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Shannon Hayward is an isotope production technician at Nuclear Operations & Facilities (NO&F), where she makes iodine-125 (I-125) – a medical isotope produced at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) and used to treat thousands of cancer patients around the world every year. In the interview below, Shannon guides us through the I-125 production process and […]

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Watch this year’s Nuclear Research Symposium presentations

Graduate Student Nuclear Research Symposium Highlights

In celebration of Nuclear Science Week 2021, Nuclear Operations & Facilities hosted our first-ever Nuclear Research Symposium, which gave McMaster graduate students an opportunity to share their research in nuclear science. From developing new medicines and new nuclear safety techniques, to optimizing technologies for nuclear power reactors and space missions, our presenters showcased their diverse […]

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Alumni Interview: Dr. Brandi MacDonald (Part 2)

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Dr. Brandi MacDonald completed her BA and PhD in Anthropology at McMaster University. She currently works as an assistant research professor at the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR). In the interview below, Dr. MacDonald reflects on what inspired her to become an archeological scientist, discusses an important skill that has […]

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Interview with Stuart Koelewijn, Manager of Hot lab Operations at Quirem Medical, a Terumo company

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Stuart Koelewijn is Manager of Hot Lab Operations at Quirem Medical, headquartered in Deventer, the Netherlands. Quirem Medical and McMaster University have been working together to manufacture QuiremSpheres® –  the next generation of radio-embolization microspheres. QuiremSpheres® are a medical device containing the radioactive isotope Holmium-166. Through selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), QuiremSpheres® are used to […]

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Alumni Interview: Dr. Brandi MacDonald (Part 1)

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Dr. Brandi MacDonald completed her BA and PhD in Anthropology at McMaster University, where she also worked as a research associate at McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR). In the interview below, Dr. MacDonald discusses her research at MNR and the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), including her work on The Unvarnished Truth – a project […]

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Nuclear Operations & Facilities hosts successful virtual radiological response exercise

Exterior of McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

On Friday June 18th, McMaster University conducted a Type B drill to test McMaster Nuclear Reactor staff and Health Physics staff on their emergency response to a fire in a radiological area. Emergency response exercises are part of McMaster University’s licence responsibilities, as per the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s guidelines. Typically, emergency response exercises are […]

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