News for the
Welcome to the ﬁrst edition of Contributor, a newsletter from the Society of Nuclear
Medicine Development Oﬃce. We hope you enjoy this overview of the vibrant SNM
donor community and how your contributions are making an impact.
Long-time Donor Receives de Hevesy Award
Dr. Abass Alavi and his wife, Dr. Jane Alavi, have
been long-time supporters of educational and research
opportunities for students in nuclear medicine. While
their names are associated with the Alavi-Mandell
Awards that recognize trainees as students, residents
or scientists who are senior authors in an outside ar-
ticle published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, their
generosity also supports the Bradley-Alavi Student
Fellowship Awards and Pilot Research Grants funded
by the Education and Research Foundation for the So-
ciety of Nuclear Medicine, Inc. The Alavis not only
continue to contribute generously to the Foundation, but persuade other col-
leagues to join them in their support of these important endeavors. Abass Alavi is
also giving of his time, serving on the Education and Research Foundation Board
of Directors as well as being involved in numerous Society activities.
At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Alavi will receive the Georg Charles de Hevesy
Nuclear Pioneer Award. Considered the father of nuclear medicine, de Hevesy
won the 1943 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his groundbreaking work in using
radioactive isotopes. Dr. Alavi, Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is recognized for his pioneering
work that has contributed to the advancement of nuclear medicine world-wide.
It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to Dr. Alavi on being
awarded this prestigious honor.
As a donor, please take a
moment to ﬁnd your name
among the hundreds of SNM
members listed on the “Donor
Walls” located in the bridge
area of the Convention Center.
Those listed made charitable
contributions in honor of the
SNM 50th Anniversary, and in
support of the SNMTS Profes-
sional Development and Edu-
cation, the Paul Cole Scholar-
ship Fund and the general fund
of the Education and Research
Foundation. All donors who
made gifts to the ERF and
SNM in 2003 through May
2004 were given ribbons with
their badges. If you have con-
tributed but did not receive a
ribbon, please drop by the ERF
Booth to pick one up.
You may notice
some SNM mem-
bers are wearing
gold and blue
ERF circular lapel pins. These
signify a major gift of $500 or
more to the 50th Anniversary
Campaign or for other sup-
SNM Annual Meeting 2004 Edition
Obviously, I am thrilled for being selected for such a distinction and I
am also very pleased that our eﬀorts have been recognized so well by
the scientiﬁc community. I would like to share this recognition with my
family, my mentors and also with so many students with whom I have
worked over the past three decades; without their support, I could not
have accomplished a fraction of what I have done. By being selected for
this award, I have truly reached the highlight of my career.
I want also to mention that our group will be presenting over 70 scien-
tiﬁc communications during this meeting which is mainly due to the ef-
forts of my wonderful students who work in our group. I am very proud
of the contributions of these young talents.
Dr. Abass Alavi
Michael J. Welch
Joins Distinguished List of
This year’s Benedict Cas-
sen Prize is being awarded to former
SNM President Michael J. Welch, who
serves as Co-Director of the Division
of Radiological Sciences at Washing-
ton University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Welch is renowned for applying
modern organic chemistry to the
preparation of Radiolabeled agents
used in medical imaging. Since 1994, the Cassen Prize
has been awarded biannually. Previous award recipients
include Hal Anger, 1994; David Kohl, MD, 1996; Henry
N. Wagner, Jr., MD 1998; Gerald DeNardo MD and
Sally DeNardo, MD 2000; and Michael E. Phelps, PhD,
2002. Our congratulations to Dr. Welch for receiving
this prestigious honor.
Grants and Awards for 2004 &
With funding provided by the Education and Re-
search Foundation, forty-seven students and profession-
als have received awards, grants, fellowships and schol-
arships from the Society of Nuclear Medicine this year.
The recipients will be listed in The Journal of Nuclear
Medicine and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technol-
ogy. The names of recipients can also be found at the
Annual Meeting in the donor wall area and on the SNM
website. For a listing of 2005 grant and award oppor-
tunities, see the last page and visit the SNM website at
Gifts to the 50th Anniversary
As of May 5, SNM members had given more than
$56,000 to the 50th Anniversary Campaign. Donated
funds from the Campaign will be used to support the
eﬀorts of the Education and Research Foundation to ex-
pand its support for SNM grants and awards programs.
The Foundation thanks the many contributors to this
special fundraising appeal.
ERF Elects New Bylaws
As a result of the Strategic Alliance between the
Education and Research Foundation and the SNM, Inc.,
the ERF adopted new bylaws and elected a new Board
in February. Members are:
Kenneth A. McKusick 2002-2004
Michael D. Devous, Sr. 2002-2004
James J. Conway, MD 2002-2005
Abass Alavi, MD 2004-2007
Robert F. Carretta, MD 2004-2007
Sally DeNardo, MD 2004-2006
Henry N. Wagner, MD 2004-2005
Michael Gelfand, MD 2004-2006
Peter T. Kirchner, MD 2004-2007
Nanci A. Burchell, CNMT 2004-2006
Frances K. Keech, MBA, RT (N) 2004-2007
Dr. Devous will assume the presidency at the
Annual Meeting in June with a President-Elect voted on
at the Board’s June Meeting.
In addition to these activities, the Board participated
in a two-day retreat in May to help members prepare for
their responsibilities in creating successful fundraising
opportunities for the Society.
The ERF Mission is to Advance Excellence in Health-
care Through the Support of Education and Research in
Nuclear Medicine by Provision of Grants and Awards.
Education and Research Foundation News
funding the future
The PDEF: Innovation,
Improvement, and Investment
The Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Section created the Professional Development
and Education Fund to support educational and
research programs essential to the professional
practice of nuclear medicine technology. In 2003,
nuclear medicine industry leaders responded to
the SNMTS’ request for support by becoming mem-
bers of the Corporate Friends of the PDEF with a
$10,000 annual gift. Last year, the Fund provided
partial support for the survey sent to over 5,000
nuclear medicine technologists. This year their cor-
porate support is funding a research grant program
in radiation safety best practices and scholarship
programs for minority and advanced students. The
SNMTS extends its deep gratitude to the following
members of the Corporate Friends 2004 for their
continued support. We invite members to visit their
booths to thank them for their commitment.
New PDEF Grant Program
in Radiation Safety
In the Spring the PDEF initiated a new grant pro-
gram to promote the development of best practices
and provide technologists with opportunities for
research. The Professional Development and Educa-
tion Fund Research Technologist Grant 2004 oﬀers
support of up to $25,000 for one-year to technolo-
gists conducting clinical research in the transport,
handling, administration, and disposal of Positron
Imaging agents. The deadline for submission was
PDEF Scholarships for
Minority Students and
The PDEF has created a scholarship program
to encourage minority students to pursue nuclear
medicine technology degrees. Open to minority stu-
dents accepted or enrolled in an associate or bach-
elor-degree nuclear medicine sciences program, the
PDEF Mickey Williams Minority Student Scholarship
will award $5,000 a year annually with the possibility
of renewal for a second year. Deadline submission is
October 15, 2004.
Supporting students to pursue degrees that will
advance their careers in nuclear medicine is the goal
of the PDEF Professional Development Scholarship.
Graduate students completing a Masters or Doctor-
al degree in a ﬁeld intended to further their career
in nuclear medicine are eligible candidates. Submis-
sion deadline is October 15, 2004.
For further information about both scholarships,
Professional Development and Education Fund News
investing in a better future
Your Support is Critical
As we celebrate the Society’s 50th year of ex-
istence, we honor the talents and achievements
of the men and women whose commitment a
half-century ago built a strong foundation for
the Society of Nuclear Medicine. To continue
this legacy of excellence, your support is critical.
We ask you to join the SNM Donor community
if you haven’t already done so. You can make a
contribution at the Annual Meeting at the ERF
Booth or mail in a donation. Your tax-exempt,
charitable gift to the Education and Research
Foundation for the Society of Nuclear Medicine
will be used to expand educational and research
opportunities in nuclear medicine. Thank you
for including the Society among the worthy
causes you support!
To mail in a donation, make out your check in
U.S. dollars to Education and Research Founda-
tion SNM. Mail to:
The Education and Research Foundation
1850 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, Virginia 20190-5316
Attention: Development Department
To make a credit card donation, call Kathy
Bates, Director of Development, at 703.708.9000,
All donations to the ERF and SNM are recog-
nized with a letter of appreciation that can be
used as documentation of your charitable contri-
bution. Let the Development Oﬃce know if you
haven’t received one.
Become a Corporate Friend
In its relatively brief existence, Corporate Friends have served a pivotal role in the Professional Development and
Education Fund. They have helped build a foundation for success not only through their monetary contributions,
but through their involvement in the development of PDEF-sponsored programs as well. Their input has been
valuable. We invite other companies to consider joining us. Stop by the booths of Corporate Friends for their view
on their participation, or contact Kathy Bates, the SNM Inc. Director of Development, at the Annual Meeting by
visiting the ERF or SNM booths, or calling her at 703.708.9000, ext 1028.
Applications for 2005 Awards and
Grants Now Being Accepted
The following awards and grants are administered by the
Society of Nuclear Medicine and funded by the Educa-
tion and Research Foundation. For
applications and additional information visit,
Awards and Grants Funded by
the Education and Research Foundation
Alavi-Mandell Awards recognize ﬁrst time senior-authors
of scientiﬁc articles published in The Journal of Nuclear
Medicine. Deadline: At time of manuscript submission.
Mark Tetalman Award recognizes the accomplishments
of a young investigator in nuclear medicine.
Deadline: November 15, 2004.
Paul Cole Scholarships are oﬀered to students accepted
or enrolled in certiﬁcate, associate or bachelor degree
nuclear medicine technology programs. Deadline:
October 15, 2004.
Pilot Research Grants provide seed money to young
scientists carrying out clinical or basic research in nuclear
medicine. Deadline: November 15, 2004.
Student Fellowship Awards enable students to spend
elective quarters and/or summers working on clinical and
basic research activities in the U.S. with experts in nuclear
medicine. Deadline: November 15, 2004.
Benedict Cassen Prize and Fellowship are administered
and funded by the Education and Research Foundation.
For information visit www.snmerf.org.