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Welcome to the Columbia Basin Section of ASME. The Columbia Basin Section covers 6 counties in Washington State (Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla). Check back for...
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  • Tour of the Port of Pasco


    The Port offers FREE tours of the Port industrial sites.  The tours begin in the Port’s Administrative Office, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd., Suite 201, Pasco at 11:30 a.m., includes lunch and lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  

    The Port's Executive Director, Randy Hayden, will explain what a Port is, how a Port operates, and the discusses the current projects underway at the Port of Pasco.  Following the presentation, our guests will board a bus that will showcase the Big Pasco Industrial Center, including the new Osprey Pointe Business Center, and the Inter modal Rail Terminal, as well as the Marine Terminal and Pasco Air Terminal.  It’s a great way to learn about the Port of Pasco and see some of the facilities important to our economy.  

    Seats are limited to 18-20.  

    Once sign up is complete final instructions will be emailed to attendees.  

    Sign up by October 25, 2019 with Tom Pitkin via email at

  • Herbert M Parker Lecture by Bruce Napier

    On October 30, Bruce Napier will be giving the Herbert M Parker Lecture at Washington State University - Tri Cities.  The lecture is sponsored by the Herbert M. Parker Foundation.  The foundation for education in the radiological sciences was created in 1987 to memorialize Mr. Parker and his many significant contributions to radiation protection, radiation biology, the environment and radiotherapy. In 1997, the Herbert M. Parker Foundation was incorporated into the Washington State University Foundation as an endowment. The proceeds of this endowment support scientific and educational activities that further develop technical advances and enhance public understanding of science and technology as applied to health and the environment.

    Bruce A. Napier has been a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 42 years. Bruce works with the development and operation of models concerned with the environmental transport of radiological and chemical contaminants. His expertise and experience lie in the areas of radiation dose reconstruction, computer modeling, environmental analysis, and human health risk analysis.

    Mr. Napier's lecture will be on "Radiation Health Studies in Russia: 25 Years of Commuting Halfway Around the World"

    The US/Russian Joint Coordinating Committee on Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER) has sponsored radiation dose reconstructions and epidemiological studies around the Mayak plutonium production site – a place much like Hanford which is on the opposite side of the world. Bruce Napier has been a Principal Investigator for several JCCRER projects. He will discuss the history of the Mayak site and point out parallels and contrasts with the Hanford Site. He will describe the various dose reconstruction projects for over 28,000 workers at Mayak and the 60,000 members of the nearby public exposed to atmospheric and river-borne releases of radioactive materials, and the results of the associated health studies. The Mayak studies contribute invaluable information on radiation health effects to major national and international standard setting bodies.

    What: Herbert M Parker Lecture

    Where: East Auditorium

    WSU Tri-Cities

    2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354

    When: October 30, 5pm to 6pm