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Heather Whitney, Ph.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Heather Whitney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics | Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL, United-States

Dr. Heather Whitney's work focuses on radiomics of cancer imaging.

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Biography

Dr. Whitney's research is in medical physics, and specifically how the principles of physics can be used to improve the measurements made by technologies such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other medical imaging tools. Her current work focuses on radiomics of cancer imaging.

Education (4)

Vanderbilt University: Ph.D., Physics 2009

Dissertation Title: Studies of the Design, Use, and Characteristics of Methacrylic Acid-Based Polymer Gel Dosimeters

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: M.S., Medical Physics 2007

Thesis title: Relative and Absolute Three-Dimensional Polymer Gel Dosimetry

Vanderbilt University: M.S., Physics 2006

King College (Bristol, TN): B.S., Physics and Performing and Visual Arts 2003

summa cum laude, honors in independent study. Minor in mathematics.

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (9)

Deep Learning Radiomics Technology in the Classroom Computer Modeling Physics Physics Education Medical Physics Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine Learning

Accomplishments (2)

Wheaton College Junior Faculty Achievement Award (professional)

2015

King University Young Alumnus Achievement Award

2014

Professional Affiliations (9)

  • Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago
  • Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA)
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (Member, Committee on Women in Physics)
  • American Physical Society
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
  • SPIE

Presentations and Event Appearances (31)

INVITED TALKS

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Successful Grant Writing

With Virginia Shaffer, Academic Grants Officer | Wheaton College Topics in Learning and Teaching (TiLT) (2016)  

Faith and Learning in the Classroom

With Christina Bieber Lake, Wheaton College Department of English | Wheaton College Advanced Integrative Seminar Faculty Training (2016)  

Making Your Physics of Music Course Truly Cross-Disciplinary

Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting (2015)  

James Clerk Maxwell: A Model for Twenty-first Century Physics in the Christian Liberal Arts

Wheaton College Science Sandwich Seminar (S 3 ) (2015)  

Discourse Communities as a Framework for Writing in Physics (and Beyond)

With Jim Beitler, Wheaton College Department of English | Wheaton College Project Teacher Lecture Series (2015)  

Discourse Communities as a Framework for Writing in Physics

With Jim Beitler, Wheaton College Department of English | American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, San Diego, CA (Winter 2015)  

More than a Thousand Words: Making Medical Images More Meaningful

Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (2014)  

Nineteenthcentury insights that inspire Physics in the modern Christian Liberal Arts

Wheaton College Humanities and Theological Studies Brown Bag Colloquium (2013)  

Light as a Model for Fourier Analysis of Complex Sound Waves

American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, New Orleans, LA (Winter 2013)  

Report from the Calvin Seminar on Religion, Modernity, and the Hermeneutics of Science

With Becky Eggimann, Wheaton College Department of Chemistry | Wheaton College Science Sandwich Seminar (S 3 ), Wheaton, IL (2012)  

CONTRIBUTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS | * indicates student researcher

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Robustness of radiomic breast features of benign lesions and luminal A cancers across MR magnet strengths

Whitney H M, Drukker K, Edwards A, Papaioannou J, Giger M L. | SPIE Medical Imaging (2018)  

Additive Benefit of Quantitative Radiomics in Distinguishing Between Benign Lesions and Luminal A Cancer Subtypes on a Large Clinical Breast MRI Dataset.

Taylor N*, Drukker K, Edwards A, Papaiannou J, Giger ML, and Whitney H M. | Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (2017)  Chicago, IL

Development of active learning tools for a course on physics and music

American Association of Physics Teachers Conference (Summer 2011)  

Clicker program implementation at a small liberal arts university

American Association of Physics Teachers Conference (Winter 2010)  

CONFERENCE POSTERS | * indicates student researcher

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Additive Benefit of Quantitative Radiomics in Distinguishing Between Benign Lesions and Luminal A Cancer Subtypes on a Large Clinical Breast MRI Dataset.

Taylor N*, Drukker K, Edwards A, Papaiannou J, Giger ML, and Whitney H M. | Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (2017)  Chicago, IL

Behavioral and ERP responses to emotionally evocative images among high and low trait anger college age men

Ross K*, Addleman D*, Early A*, Reyes C*, Baker S*, O’Hora* H, Phinney R, Struthers W, Whitney H M, and N Thom. | Society for Neuroscience Conference (2015)  

Initial Investigation into Effect of Radiation Damping on Magnetization Transfer Parameters Extracted From Inversion Recovery Experiments

Willson, E* and Whitney, H M | International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference (2015)  

Development and Characterization of NMR Measurements for Polymer Gel Dosimetry

Kwong, Z S* and Whitney, H M. | American Physical Society April Meeting (2012)  

Magnetization transfer and relaxation properties of MAGIC-2 polymer gel dosimeters at high field

Whitney, H M. | Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Magnetic Resonance (2011)  

Using Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded in a course module on energy and the environment

Whitney H M. | American Association of Physics Teachers Conference (Winter 2010)  

Optimization of Quantitative Magnetization Transfer Imaging Using a Selective Inversion Recovery Pulse

Li K, Zu Z, Xu J, Gore J C, Whitney H M, Gochberg D F. | International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference (2009)  

PANELS

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Christian Liberal Arts Today

Wheaton College Junior Faculty Faith and Learning Series  2016

Wheaton College Women in Leadership Brunch

(student-organized)  2015

The Serve: Lecturing Effectively

Wheaton College New Faculty Development Seminar  2012-present

“Making the Transition from Graduate Student to Faculty Member

GradSTEP (Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development)  Online Panel Presentation, Vanderbilt University, 2012

Teaching at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

CIRTL (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Coffee Hour  Online Panel Presentation, 2012

CIRTL Forum Panel Presentation by New STEM Faculty

University of Wisconsin-Madison  2011

Academics and Published Research (2)

Courses Taught

- General Physics I
- General Physics II
- Analytical Mechanics
- Physics of Music
- Modern Science Skills Laboratory
- Computer Modeling
- Introduction to Medical Physics

Research

Dr. Whitney is interested in the basic physics research that goes into developing tools and techniques for medical physics. Her dissertation connected the radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging branches of medical physics in its focus of characterizing and better understanding three-dimensional dosimeters, made of gelatin and polymers, which can be analyzed using magnetic resonance imaging. Later, she did research into the effects of radiation damping in nuclear magnetic resonance. She currently conducts research in radiomics of cancer imaging.

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (9)

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES ------------------------------------------

* indicates student researcher

Accuracy and robustness of a simple algorithm to measure vessel diameter from B-mode ultrasound images Journal of Applied Physiology – Innovative Methodology 120: 1374-1379

Hunt B E, Flavin D C,* English E,* Whitney H M.

2016

James Clerk Maxwell: A Model for Twenty-first Century Physics in the Christian Liberal Arts Christian Scholars Review XLV 4: 345-364

Whitney H M.

2016

Characterization and suppression techniques for degree of radiation damping in inversion recovery measurements Spectroscopy Letters 48: 783-788

Keeler A* and Whitney H M.

2015

Radial Forcing and Edgar Allan Poe’s Lengthening Pendulum Am. J. Phys. 81: 682

McMillan M,* Blasing D,* and Whitney H M.

2013

Magnetization transfer proportion: a simplified measure of magnetization transfer in polymer gel dosimeters Phys. Med. Biol. 53, 7107

Whitney H M, Gochberg D F, and Gore J C.

2008

Optimization of MAGIC gel formulation for threedimensional radiation therapy dosimetry Phys. Med. Biol. 52, N241

Luci J J, Whitney H M, and Gore J C.

2007

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Handbook of Mathematics and Problem Solving for Introductory Physics, Institute of Physics Concise Physics series Institute of Physics Concise Physics series

Whitney, J F. and Whitney, H M.

2016

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