Midyear Symposia Contributions to the Profession and the Society
C. A. Willis
This work collects, organizes, and evaluates information about past Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Symposia. The effort is needed because "organizational memory" is limited in this area. Specifically, the Symposia Committee's records cover only recent years and the HPS Secretariat, while cooperative, had little pre-1995 information. The effort is timely because many people who were principals in the earliest meetings are retiring. Information was obtained from Symposia Committee records, the Secretariat, personal records, host Chapters, and from direct contact with people who participated in past Midyear Meetings, including all the general chairpersons I could locate. Furthermore, most of the published proceedings were reviewed. The general conclusions are that the Midyear Symposia have contributed to the profession and to the Society in many ways, including getting the participants to such interesting places as San Juan, Honolulu, Reno, and Coeur d'Alene; exploring some aspects of the profession in more depth; contributing financially to both HPS and the Chapters; and increasing participation and interest in Society activities.
This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", Stockpile Stewardship - History, Management, and Safety of Materials Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.