The Nanotechnology Committee seeks to position the Society as the Pre-eminent authority on the use and careful development of guidelines for radiative nanomaterials.
Since nanotechnology is here to stay and since its science represents a paradigm shift, it is safe to assume that future educational goals for HP students should include the study, understanding and implementation of suitable practices for the careful handling of radioactive nanoparticles as well as the society's role in helping to formulate new standards and enhanced radiation safety practices to deal with this potentially disruptive technology. The HPS should participate at the national and international level to help promulgate suitable protection standards and finally to challenge members of the radiation protection community to develop new high-quality methods of measurement and evaluation for radiation related nanotechnology.
The society can best serve its membership by continually expanding its understanding of new technologies such that the HPS becomes the repository for all matters concerning the co-mingling of radiation and nanotechnology. Through its web portal the HPS can serve the needs of society members who have been thrust into a new world and do not know where to turn, at the section, chapter and student levels. Additional information on how nanotechnology may affect the current sections of the HPS is available from the Nanotechnology Committee.
The society, the program chairs and the continuing education committee have already supported the Nanotechnology Workgroup (and its successor, the Nanotechnology Committee) in presenting high-quality technical programs during society meetings. These have included sessions related to nanotechnology, selected CEL’s and PEP’s to communicate the importance of nanotechnology and through the formation of the committee on nanotechnology have exhibited a willingness to move the society forward as science and technology forces a re-evaluation of society priorities.
To recruit and retain its membership, the society must remain current and offer value. By providing information, soliciting advice, and contributing to the radiation protection aspects of developing technologies, the HPS demonstrates its worth to its membership. With a History Committee already in place, the HPS can offer both a retrospective look (radiation protection) portions of which could be extremely valuable for an evolving technology (Nanotechnology) and can also document from its inception this new phase of radiation protection for a changing world. Through its willingness to learn and support new developments in such a disruptive technologies, this society serves it its membership and prepares young researchers to become future leaders of the society. Above all, the society must be deemed to be relevant to the times in which it operates.
To ensure that the HPS remains the preeminent society on radiation safety, it must constantly ensure that HPS can offer suitable position statements and policy guidance to its members, government entities and provide the public with the information it so desperately seeks.
The HPS should continue to provide expertise to other professional organizations and to step to the forefront in assuming the dominant role for radiation protection in nanotechnology whilst learning of the unique characteristics of nanotechnology which might make traditional radiation protection models unsuitable. Only from such multidisciplinary action can suitable protection guidelines be formulated. Members of the Nanotechnology Committee have shared their expertise with other Nanotechnology working groups. NCRP has committed to writing a report on Nanotechnology in Radiation Protection.
Director: Jeff Whicker, '20
Chair: Mark Hoover, '19
Lorraine Marceau-Day, '19
Sophie Holiday, '19