April 2000 Newsletter Highlights

The April 2000 issue of the HPS Newsletter is on its way and it's full of up-to-date news stories, ads, and job offers. Included in this issue is the Standard insert ANSI/HPS N13.6-1999 "Practice for Occupational Radiation Exposure Records Systems."

  • COVER — Dr. Robert Barish, CHP, medical physicist, and president of In-Flight Radiation Protection Services, Inc., is worried about in-flight radiation exposures to airline crewmembers. This month's cover story "In-Flight Radiation: The Right to Know" delves into his concern.
  • EDITORIAL — HPS Associate Editor Andrew Karam writes this month's editorial on an RSO's perspective of fetal radiation exposure estimates and the procedure that he follows to calculate a fetal dose of radiation.
  • PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE — Do you feel that the Health Physics Society name should be changed so that the interest of the HPS (radiation safety) would be more obvious? President Johnson speaks about changing the name — read his message and let him know what you think.
  • New ASSOCIATE EDITOR Andrew Karam is profiled in this month's Newsletter.
  • CORRESPONDENCE — Two letters address the problem of our Society's image.
  • INSIDE THE BELTWAY — According to Liz Gemski, the outlook for Congressional action on radiation safety issues in the second session of the 106th Congress is bleak.
  • COMMUNICATION INSIGHT — Ray Johnson begins a series of columns on News Media Interviews.
  • Eric Abelquist and Paul Frame interview media reporter Frank Munger who says what he thinks about the nuclear industry.
  • NONIONIZING SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM — You'll find out everything you wanted to know about ultraviolet radiation in this month's column.
  • REFLECTIONS — Kevin Collins shares his "night as a nuclear hero" when he spoke at a Yucca Mountain Environmental Impact Statement public meeting in Atlanta.
  • HIGHLIGHTS — Highlights and photos from the Midyear Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • VARIANCE MODELS — Ken Skrable admits he's wrong about variance models.
  • ABHP EXAM Q'S AND A'S — This month's ABHP question concerns a woman who is ten weeks pregnant and needs to have x rays. What would you recommend?
  • NOTES — Lots of information including the following: a "Revised Standard for Germanium Spectrometers," an update on the liaison efforts with the industrial hygiene community, Summer School 2000 update, things to do at the ARSCE meeting in Denver, names of 40 new members of the HPS, and the latest on the IRPA-10 meeting in Hiroshima.
  • CHP CORNER — George Vargo has some helpful suggestions on how to prepare for Part I of the ABHP Examination and you're encouraged to submit nominations for the William B. McAdams Award.
  • ADVERTISEMENTS — There are 5 pages of display ads, 25 short courses offered and 9 job offers.

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