George Caporaso, LLNL scientist and Tom Shefler, Teacher Granada High School

This lecture will discuss the role radiation plays in the treatment of cancer, and in particular, cover how the use of energetic proton beams could improve cancer treatment. Unfortunately, this type of treatment has limited availability due to the large size and cost of current proton therapy systems. A new type of particle accelerator that holds promise of greatly miniaturizing proton treatment systems and making this treatment more widely available will be described.

This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

Speaker Bios

Dr.George Caporaso

George Caporaso obtained his Bachelor's and Doctoral Degrees in Physics from M.I.T. and has been a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for over thirty years working in the field of high current particle accelerators and intense beams. He is a coinventor of the Dielectric Wall Accelerator and leads the Beam Research Program at the Lab.

Tom Shefler

Granada High School

Mr. Shefler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and applied mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. While at Berkeley, he researched analyzed and cataloged Hubble Space Telescope images of galaxies, observational research involved in the detection and study of extrasolar planets, and discovered Supernova 1998DT while working with the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope team. During his graduate studies he fell in love with teaching and entered the teaching profession in 2002.