In the past, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use radioactive materials (radioisotopes) for research in Halsey Science Center. However, we terminated our license in 2010 because no faculty members were using or had a need to use such materials.
Currently, we do not have a license and no radioactive materials are present or in use on campus. We do not foresee obtaining radioactive materials licenses again in the future, but it would be possible to do so if new faculty members or new research directions required it.
The DHS and NRC both require that the use of radiation and radionuclide be strictly controlled to ensure that both the people using the materials and members of the general population receive as little radiation exposure as possible.
At UW Oshkosh, we also have a diffractometer, housed in the Department of Geology, which is used by appropriately trained geologists, physicists and chemists for X-ray diffraction studies of naturally occurring minerals as well as synthetic materials. The Radiation Safety Program oversees the safe use of this instrument and provides personal dosimetry for authorized users.
If you would like additional information on radiation safety or other radiation-related topics, please contact the Radiation Safety Officer at 920-424-7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.