2017 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award is Dr. Jerry D. Allison.
Dr. Allison is a Professor at the Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) / Augusta University. He received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida in 1978 and was a physicist in the Department of Radiology and Imaging at MCG for more than 36 years prior to his retirement. From 2004 to 2011, he was the Chief of Medical Physics. He also served as the Radiation Safety Officer for both MCG and the Augusta Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Under Dr. Allison's leadership as the chief of Medical Physics, he led the effort to install the first open Positron Emission Technology/CT Tomography (PET/CT) in the CSRA. He authored numerous publications and trained a generation of radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists and radiology residents. After his retirement, he returned to MCG as a half-time employee as a result of his knowledge and experience. He made many contributions in his fields of expertise over the years to both the CSRA and the nation at large.
Dr. Allison received board certifications from the American Board of Health Physics, the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Medical Physics. He's been active in numerous scientific and professional societies including the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Board of Health Physics, the American Board of Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
"At an age and point in his career where many would rest, Dr. Allison is still actively involved in his chosen field," according to Dr. George David of Augusta University. "He is a Renaissance man and a great example to the rest of us as an accomplished leader, researcher, administrator and educator."
Likewise, Dr. Hadyn T. Williams of Augusta University wrote that, "Dr. Jerry Allison has had outstanding achievements and continues to provide multiple accomplishments to nuclear technologies and significant benefit to our southeastern region of Georgia and South Carolina."
The Distinguished Scientist Award is presented annually to recognize regional scientists and engineers who've made exceptional lifetime scientific achievements. The award is given in honor of Dr. Fred C. Davison who was Chairman of CNTA's Board of Directors from 1994 until his death in 2004.
Davison was President of the University of Georgia for 19 years where he encouraged math and science education and managed the doubling of graduate enrollment. Davison was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Science Center Foundation, President of the Georgia-Carolina Boy Scouts Council, an elder of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, and an active Rotarian.
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