Health Physics News

October 2012

Highlights of the 45-page online October 2012 issue of Health Physics News

  • COVER —— Curious about Curiosity? In the cover story this month, Randy Scott, radiation safety officer at the Kennedy Space Center, will give you a Mars Science Laboratory update.
  • FROM THE PRESIDENT —— President Armin Ansari informs Health Physics Society (HPS) members what their volunteer colleagues are doing on their behalf and asks for opinions and information they may have on the HPS ad hoc committees.
  • INSIDE THE BELTWAY —— David Connolly discusses the relationship the HPS has with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and how they will be working together in the next two years to obtain and publish scientific data from the Fukushima disaster.
  • THE BOICE REPORT #5 —— When you've finished reading this month's Boice Report, you won't want to miss the upcoming 2013 National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Annual Meeting. John Boice tells you everything you might want to know about what will take place at the meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, 11–12 March 2013.
    • NRC directs the agency's staff to develop an environmental impact statement and a revised waste confidence decision and rule on the temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel.
    • The NRC finalizes guidance documents for post-Fukushima requirements.
    • The NRC completes FY2012 nuclear education grant awards and announces FY2013 federal funding opportunities.
    • The HPS website will have a place available for members to list books they have authored or edited.
    • There's a new Journal app for the iPad® for Health Physics and Operational Radiation Safety.
  • COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES —— The Membership Committee launches a new Member-Get-a-Member Contest.
  • NOTES ——
    • Mark your calendars for the 58th HPS Annual Meeting to be held in Madison, Wisconsin.
    • HPS affiliate member Terence Moore died 25 August 2012.
    • Health care officials comment on HHS proposal for radioisotope incentives.
    • Georgia Tech school of nuclear engineering celebrating 50th anniversary.
  • IN MEMORIAM —— The obituary of Robert D. Forrest, CHP, from Exton, Pennsylvania.
  • BOOK REVIEW —— This month, Mark Maiello reviews the book A Guidebook to Nuclear Reactors by Anthony V. Nero, Jr.
    • Bob Emery gives a different view on the Society's name.
    • Alan Fellman suggests that it's time to follow the science regarding LDR and LNT.
    • David Pawel and Jerome Puskin respond to Fellman.
  • GETTING TO KNOW THE HPS —— This month's interviewee is Glenn Sturchio.
  • RADIATION SAFETY PSYCHOLOGY —— Do We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety? – Part IV.
  • REAC/TS —— Doran Christensen and colleagues discuss deaths from failure of yttrium-90 polystyrene beads.
    • Continuing Education Committee Chair Jim Willison reports on the courses that took place at the annual meeting.
    • Kathy Shingleton highlights the AAHP Special Session, "The National Ignition Facility: Bringing Star Power to Earth," that was held at the Sacramento HPS meeting.

  • FROM THE ARCHIVES —— Check out this month's photo from the 1983 HPS Annual Meeting held in Baltimore.
  • ADVERTISEMENTS —— 5 display ads and 11 short courses are offered this month.

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