51st Midyear Meeting

4–7 February 2018

Denver, Colorado


Hotel Reservations

The Denver Marriott City Center (1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202) is currently taking reservations for HPS block rooms, with prices starting at $180.  The Marriott will become the Hilton Denver City Center on 1 December 2017. When you reserve before 1 December, the room rate will be quoted as $205 and will then be reduced to $180 on 1 December. All reservations will carry over to the new hotel.

Meeting Information

The Program Committee Task Force chair for the 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Meeting is Neil Whiteside.

The Mile High City boasts 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, and natural beauty for a truly unique experience. To learn more about Denver and what to do while you're in town, stop by the Visit Denver website.  You can also check out this visitor webpage.

Continuing our format from recent years, the 51st HPS Midyear Meeting will be an open forum for all radiation protection  topics, not simply a topical meeting. The Program Committee has been actively engaging with presenters in a number of different categories and has collected over 70 abstracts.

HPS is proud to once again welcome the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and its workshop "Emerging Issues in Radioactive Waste Management." The workshop will start following the Monday-morning plenary session and continue on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the HPS Medical Health Physics Section will host a special session on 90Y microsphere brachytherapy issues.

We are also very excited to announce that Colorado State University (CSU) Professor Tom Johnson, CHP, PhD, is coordinating a special session that will include presentations from CSU health physics students as well as visiting scholars from Japan.

More details on the plenary session and a special session hosted by the Power Reactor Section will be available soon.

American Academy of Health Physics Courses, Saturday, 3 February

Course 1 – Beyond Regulatory Compliance: Improving Performance Through Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
Course 2 – So You Want to Be a Medical Radiation Safety Officer?

PEP Courses, Sunday, 4 February

1A – Contemporary Topics in Health Physics, Part 1 (Emery)
1B – Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (Instructor from ORTEC)
1C – Health Physics Readiness and Response to Natural Disasters (Van Cleef)

2A – Contemporary Topics in Health Physics, Part 2 (Emery)
2B – Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy (Instructor from ORTEC)
2C – Calibration and Use of Current Portable Radiation Survey Instruments (Voss)

3A – Spectroscopy Data Review for Health Physicists (Cleef)
3B – Next Generation of Portable Radiation Survey Instruments (Voss)
3C – Radiation in Flight (Shonka)

CEL Series

Monday, CEL 1 – A Radiation Grassroots Response Group—Your Responsibility and How To (White)
Tuesday, CEL 2 – Radiation Safety and Hurricane Harvey in Texas (Gutierrez)

Meeting Trips

Sunday, 4 February, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ski Trip–Winter Park Train ticket, $68: The ski train takes you from Denver's Union Station to the Winter Park Ski Resort. The train departs Denver at 7 a.m. and allows for a full day of skiing before departing Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. It's a convenient way to avoid traffic on I-70 and visit one of Colorado's most well-known ski resorts! As a reminder, lift tickets and gear rentals are not included in the price of the train ticket.

Wednesday, 7 February, 8 a.m.–noon

Technical Tour: Facility Tour of the U.S. Geological Survey TRIGA reactor, $35