Health Physics News

June 2012

Highlights of the 40-page online June 2012 issue of Health Physics News, which includes the CHP News

  • COVER — Is it finally time to consider changing the name of our Society? In this month’s cover story, Health Physics Society (HPS) President-elect Armin Ansari gives a brief history of the phrase "health physics," the feedback Armin got from HPS members during his chapter tour about changing the Society name, arguments against the name change, what will and will not change, and what is next.
  • FROM THE PRESIDENT — HPS President Kathy Pryor stresses the importance of the Society becoming more involved with other professional organizations so that the HPS is on the top of the list when expertise in radiation safety is needed.
  • THE HPS EFFECT — Rich Vetter talks about the "label" the HPS has in Washington, DC.
  • INSIDE THE BELTWAY — David Connolly believes that the leadership of the HPS has become a recognized entity in both Congress and the executive departments – particularly the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • THE BOICE REPORT — This new column in Health Physics News, written by John D. Boice, Jr., is intended to provide interesting, brief reports on the latest from the International Commission on Radiological Protection, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations as they apply to radiation science.
  • BOOKS OLD, OBSCURE, OR OUT OF DATE – A REVIEW — Mark Maiello reviews NCRP’s The Control of Exposure of the Public to Ionizing Radiation in the Event of Accident or Attack.
    • Is it time to revise the fissile material symbol?
    • News from the ANSI/HPS Committee N43.
    • Darcy Campbell describes her experience as a mentor in the HPS student mentoring program.
    • Doug Akers gives insights on the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi based on the Three Mile Island Unit 2 accident.
    • J. Scott Kirk and Jack Kraus announce that Waste Control Specialists LLC has received the first shipment of low-level radioactive waste for disposal into the Texas Compact Waste Disposal Facility.
    • Tom Johnson and Pete Sprenger highlight the activities of the Colorado State University Student Branch of the Health Physics Society.
    • Mark Maiello reports on the Greater New York Chapter spring meeting.
  • RADIATION SAFETY PSYCHOLOGY — This month's article features the power of the subconscious mind.
  • GETTING TO KNOW THE HPS — The interviewee this month is Katherine Sarmast, health physicist at Cabrera Services, Inc.
  • REAC/TS — This month a review of some recent calls received at REAC/TS that don’t necessarily deal with injuries or illnesses.
  • ODDS AND ENDS — In his very last "Odds and Ends" column for Health Physics News, Paul Frame tells about the original radiation warning symbol.
  • ADVERTISEMENTS — 6 display ads and 9 short courses are offered this month.

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