Ivy Tech presents Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award to John Cameron, Ph.D.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2012

Ivy Tech presents Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award to John Cameron, Ph.D.

John Cameron, Ph.D.
Founder, President, and Chairman
ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus awarded John Cameron, Ph.D. with the inaugural “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award” on Tuesday evening, October 2. The award was presented by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at a private recognition event.

“The Cook Center established the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award to draw attention to individuals in our communities who are leaders, job creators, and entrepreneurs in their field,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Dr. Cameron has a long and distinguished career in nuclear physics, medical technology, and research and development administration, and is among the pioneers in proton therapy.”

Dr. Cameron, a particle therapy physics pioneer, was awarded specifically in recognition of his leadership in the foundation of ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. in 2005, his pivotal role in the development of the then Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, now the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center, and of the ProCure Training and Development Center (TDC), established in Bloomington in 2008. ProCure TDC was the first facility in the world dedicated to proton therapy training.

Dr. Cameron served as professor of physics and director of the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility and has directed major multidisciplinary research and development institutes for the past 20 years. He has received nearly $250 million in grants and contracts and served on numerous advisory and review boards for the United States and foreign research agencies.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. formed a partnership in 2008 to provide students access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy simulation lab equipment and expert industry training at the ProCure Training and Development Center. Additionally, the partnership has enabled Ivy Tech-Bloomington to develop and offer a Proton Therapy Specialist certificate program, the first and only of its kind in the nation. To date, Ivy Tech-Bloomington has graduated 41 registered radiation therapists and 63 proton-certified students. The college receives proton certification inquiries from around the world.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s radiation therapy degree program is the only accredited two-year
program in the state. It is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s Radiation Therapy degree program, contact (812) 330-6013 or www.ivytech.edu/radiation-therapy.

For more information about the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, contact (812) 330- 6261 or www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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