Nanotechnology Committee

Six key areas have been identified as Strategic Goals for the Health Physics Society. In this document, the committee outlines how the formation of the Nanotechnology Committee fits into the strategic goals of the society. These six goals are to (1) Promote the science and sound practice of radiation safety, (2) Enhance support for society membership; (3)Provide enhanced scientific and professional development; (4) Promote the health physics profession; (5) Ensure the society's role as a source of expertise in radiation safety and (6) Promote collegial relationships between the society and other professional organizations:

Goal 1: Promote the science and sound practice of radiation safety. The Nanotechnology Committee considers that each of the the objectives of Strategic Goal 1 (subparts 1.1 through 1.4) will be impacted by the science of nanotechnology. 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 (Objective 1.1) 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 (Objective 1.3). The HPS should participate at the national and international level to help promulgate suitable protection standards (Objectives 1.2 and 1.3) and finally to challenge members of the radiation protection community to develop new high-quality methods of measurement and evaluation for radiation related nanotechnology (Objective 1.4).

Goal 2: Enhance support for society membership: 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 (Objectives 2.1, 2.2). 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 (Objectives 2.3, 2.4), 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.

Goal 3: Provide enhanced scientific and professional development:; 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 five 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 (Objectives 3.1, 3.3).

Goal 4: Promote the health physics profession: To recruit and retain its membership, the society must remain current and offer value (Objective 4.1). 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 (Objective 4.5). Through its willingness to learn and support new developments in such a disruptive technologies, this society serves it its membership (Objectives 2.1, 2.2, and 2.5) and prepares young researchers to become future leaders of the society (Objectives 4.3 and 4.4). Above all, the society must be deemed to be relevant to the times in which it operates.

Goal 5: Ensure the society's role as a source of expertise in radiation safety: 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 (Objective, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3).

Goal 6: Promote collegial relationships between the society and other professional organizations: 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 (Objectives 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3). Members of the Nanotechnology Committee have shared their expertise with other Nanotechnology working groups. Recently,NCRP has committed to writing a report on Nanotechnology in Radiation

Through these well-defined goals, the Nanotechnology Committee seeks to position the Society as the Pre-eminent authority on the use and careful development of guidelines for radiative nanomaterials.

Current Members

Director: Jim Bogard, '18
Chair: Mark Hoover, '18
Lorraine Marceau-Day, '19
Carter Ficklen, '18
Sophie Holiday, '19
L. Scott Walker, '18