physics. In 2003 he was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2004 to the NAS. A past member of NRC’s Board of Physics and Astronomy, he has also served on several committees, including the Nuclear Physics and Neutrino Astrophysics panels.
Thomas J. Ruth is senior research scientist at TRIUMF and senior scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre. In addition he is adjunct professor of pharmaceutical sciences and medicine at the University of British Columbia, of chemistry at Simon Fraser University, and of physics at the University of Victoria. He is a leader in the production and application of radioisotopes for research in the physical and biological sciences. His efforts at establishing positron emission tomography (PET) as a quantitative tool for in vivo biochemistry have been recognized by the Canadian Nuclear Medicine Society’s highest award of meritorious status. He has served on a multitude of committees, including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Committee on Medical Isotopes (1995), the NRC’s Committee on the State of the Science in Nuclear Medicine, the IOM panel on the Status and Future of Nuclear Medicine (2007-2008), and the NAS panel on the Production of Medical Isotopes without HEU (2008-2009). He was a member of the NSAC Subcommittee on Isotopes (2009). In addition he serves as an expert on radioisotope production for the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Dr. Ruth received his Ph.D. in nuclear spectroscopy from Clark University.
Hendrik Schatz is professor of physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. He is associate director and cofounder of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, an NSF Physics Frontiers Center. Dr. Schatz is a distinguished experimentalist who works at the intersection of nuclear physics and astrophysics and has also contributed to the theoretical understanding of nuclear processes in the cosmos. His particular interests are rare isotope beam experiments and the application of the results to explosive stellar processes and neutron stars. Dr. Schatz is a fellow of the APS and a member of the NSAC. He has co-chaired with Robert Janssens the town meeting “Study of Nuclei and Nuclear Astrophysics” (including co-authorship of the associated white paper) and was a member of the writing committee for the NSAC 2007 Nuclear Physics Long Range Plan. He is also a member of the NRC Stars and Stellar Evolution Panel, one of the five science frontier panels of the decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics (Astro2010). He has given an invited presentation to the NRC Rare Isotope Science Assessment Committee (RISAC) on rare isotope studies for nuclear astrophysics. Dr. Schatz is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the FRIB and member of the