2018 HPS Annual Meeting in Review
15–19 July, Cleveland, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Enjoy photos and information from the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting and Professional Development School, which were held in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.


Photos courtesy of Casper Sun

50-Year Member: President Abelquist presenting 50-year member Genevieve S. Roessler with a plaque. Other 50-year members include (not pictured) James E. Carey, Louis B. Levy, Bernard R. Quinn Sr., McLouis J. Robinet, and William A. Roventine.


Elda E. Anderson Award: Shaheen A. Dewji


Founders Award: Howard Dickson


Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award: Xie George Xu


Health Physics Honor Roll: Frank Costello


Frank Costello's Award was accepted by Kent Lambert on behalf of the Costello family.


Health Physics Honor Roll: Gary Kephart


Gary Kephart's Award was accepted by his sister and brother.


Health Physics Honor Roll: Randy Scott


Randall Scott's Award was accepted by Kurt Geber.


2018 Fellows: left to right, Carl Tarantino, Andy Karam, Jim Willison, Michael Lewandowski, Ali Simpkins, Peter Darnell, and Eric Abelquist; not pictured: William Lorenzen and Steve Brown


ABHP William McAdams Outstanding Service Award: Govind Rao


ABHP Joyce P. Davis Memorial Award: Charles Roessler



Elda E. Anderson Breakfast: left to right, Jason Davis, Mike Stabin, Glenn Sturchio, Scott Schwahn, Shaheen Dewji, Kathryn Higley, Ali Simpkins, Eric Abelquist, Derek Jokisch, and Timothy DeVol



2018 Military Health Physics Section Awardees: left to right, Paul K. Blake, Civilian Superior Service Award; Captain Michael Noska receiving John C. Taschner Leadership Award on behalf of Captain John J. Cardarelli, II; Lieutenant Danial A. Sowers, Young Military Health Physicist of the Year Award; and Colonel John Cuellar, Military Health Physics Section president. Photo courtesy of Greg Komp


Homeland Security Section (HSS) Distinguished Service Award: left to right, HHS President-elect John Hageman, award winner Brooke Buddemeier, HHS Past President Doug Draper, and HHS Awards Committee Chairman Ken Groves.

Award Recipients Not Pictured

Student Fellowships 2017–2018: Burton J. Moyer Memorial Fellowship - Michael Abel, Purdue University; Health Physics Society Fellowships - Daniel Workman, Colorado State University, and Bethany Broekhoven, Louisiana State University; Robert Gardner Memorial Fellowship - Amber Harshman, Colorado State University; Robert S. Landauer, Sr., Memorial Fellowship - Samuel Cope, North Carolina State University; Richard J. Burk, Jr., Fellowship - Trung Tran, University of Florida; J. Newell Stannard Memorial Fellowship - Li Mao, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Dade W. Moeller Scholarship Award Memorializing Kelly Austin - Mara Watson, Clemson University; Dade W. Moeller Memorial Scholarship Award - Dawn Montgomery, Clemson University; F. Ward Whicker Scholarship - Jaimie Daum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Student Travel Grant Recipients: Bernice S. Akuana, Alcorn State University; Benedicta Amankwa, Alcorn State University; Kathryn Bales, University of Tennessee; Gerald Braley, Colorado State University; Chad Burns, Georgia Institute of Technology; Marco Carmona, University of Michigan; Edgar Chung, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; Andrew Daudelin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Alec Donahue, Oregon State University; Ryan Fabian, Colorado State University; Barbara Fisher, Texas A&M University; Bhavin Gandhi, University of Michigan; Lekhnath Ghimire, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Robert Golduber, University of Michigan; Blaine Gustafson, Idaho State University; Tinashe Gutu, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Trish Hander, Illinois Institute of Technology; Joshua Hayes, Colorado State University; Norbert Hugger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Sofia Ioannidou, Georgetown University; Candace Krout, Bloomsburg University; Logan V Latosz, University of Michigan; Kevin Liu, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; Samantha Lockerby, Illinois Institute of Technology; Lisa Manglass, Clemson University; Jasmine L Mapes, University of Michigan; Loren Mata, University of Michigan; Jonathan Miller, University of Michigan; Bria Moore, Duke University; Nhung Nguyen, Colorado State University; Austin Nichols, Texas State Technical College; Jordan Noey, University of Michigan; Blessing Oladele, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria; Aaron Otterstein, Idaho State University; Joseph Perrotta, Rowan University; Justin Raudabaugh, Duke University; Marcia Robinson, Purdue University; Timothy Rogers, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Christopher Sain, University of Massachusetts Lowell; James Seekamp, University of Michigan; Brianna Smiley, Duke University; Melanie Snyder, Alcorn State University; Brooke Stagich, Clemson University; David Trimas, University of Michigan; Andrew Turner, Idaho State University; Jayendra Vattikonda, Alcorn State University; Adam Willey, Clemson University; Jeffery Xiao, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; and Fangbo Yuan, University of Michigan

Florida Chapter Volunteer Award: Donald M. Phillips

Student Science Award: Steven Drabbant (Improved Reception Techniques to Overcome the Sun's Negative Effect on Radio Propagation) and Yasmin Jackson (Radioactive Dinner)

Accelerator Section Awards: Kevin Liu, H. Wade Patterson Award, and Ye Eun Kim, Lutz Moritz Award

Nonionizing Radiation Section 2018 Service Award: David H. Sliney

Working Group Chairs for Published HPS/ANSI Standards: Rick Cummings/N13.52-2018 (Personnel Neutron Dosimeters [Neutron Energies Less Than 20MeV]); Reaffirmed Standards for 2018—Carol Berger/N13.41-2011(R2018) (Criteria for Performing Multiple Dosimetry), Mike Stabin/N13.54-2008(R2018) (Fetal Radiation Dose Calculations), Chuck Salsbury/N43.3-2008(R2018) (For General Radiation Safety: Installations Using Non-Medical X-Ray and Sealed Gamma-Ray Sources, Energies Up to 10 MeV)

HPS Officers and Board of Directors

2019 HPS Officers and Board of Directors: left to right, Director Mike Mahathy, Director Jeffrey Whicker, Secretary-elect Sander Perle, President Nolan Hertel, Director Jan Braun, Director Thomas Johnston, Director Tara Medich, Secretary Karen Langley, President-elect Eric Goldin, Director Jason Harris, Treasurer Steven King, Director Kendall Berry, and Executive Director Brett Burk; not pictured: Past President Eric Abelquist, Director John Cardarelli, and Director Thomas Morgan. Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

The Gavel and the Chicken

2018–2019 President Nolan Hertel (left) handing 2018–2019 Past President Eric Abelquist the gavel award for completing his term as president. Photo courtesy of Casper Sun


2018–2019 President Nolan Hertel (right) presenting the chicken to 2018–2019 President-elect Eric Goldin. Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

Plenary Session

The plenary session "Health Physics and the Realm of Low-Dose Radiation." Photos courtesy of Casper Sun


President Eric Abelquist opens the plenary session.


Mayor Frank Jackson welcomes attendees to Cleveland.


James Conca receives the Dade W. Moeller Lectureship Award for his presentation "What Have Inappropriate Radiation Limits Done to Our Nuclear Waste Disposal Program?"


Roger Coates receives the G. William Morgan Lectureship Award for his presentation "Prudence and the Hidden Burden of Conservatism."


Antone Brooks receives the Landauer Memorial Lectureship Award for his presentation "Low-Dose Radiation Biology: Past, Present, and Future."


Rui Qui presents "Latest Development and Applications of the Multiscale Chinese Reference Phantoms."

Special Session: Nanotechnology Activities and Opportunities

Nanotechnology Committee special session organizers: left to right, Jason Davis, Sophie Holiday, Mark Hoover, and Tristan Hay. Photo courtesy of Sophie Holiday

During the Nanotechnology special session, Tristan Hay presented "Challenges Regulating Radioactive Nanoparticles From a Regulator's Point of View"; Jason Davis presented "Biokinetic Changes at the Nano Level—Dissolution and Phagocytosis"; and Jeff Whicker provided the update "Revision of ANSI 13.56, Sampling and Monitoring Releases of Airborne Radioactivity in the Workplace of Nuclear Facilities." The session concluded with the annual Nanotechnology Committee business meeting and discussions of plans for transition to the Aerosols/Nanotechnology Section. Discussions are ongoing and input and ideas from across the HPS are welcome and can be emailed to Mark Hoover.

Special Session: Medical Health Physics

Cochair Kendall Berry, center, introduces Sandy Konerth, left, as Cochair Deirdre Elder looks on. Photo courtesy of Linda Kroger


Dr. Mike Stabin imparts his words of wisdom on the crowd. Photo courtesy of Linda Kroger


Andy Miller enlightens the group on treatment with 223Ra. Photo courtesy of Linda Kroger


Bryan Lemieux discusses 131I therapy. Photo courtesy of Linda Kroger

Poster Session

Photo courtesy of Casper Sun


Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

Continuing Education Committee

Continuing Education Committee members discussing the path forward. Photo courtesy of Kathy McLellan, committee chair

Health Physics Society Standards Committee

HPSSC annual meeting in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of Casper Sun


HPS Standards Committee: back row, left to right, Gus Potter (N13 member), Greg Komp (N43 chair), Chris Passmore (HPSSC member), Jim Herrold (ISO/TC85/SC2 chair), Dave Bytwerk (HPSSC member), Kyle Kleinhans (HPSSC member). Front row, left to right, Michelle Baca (HPSSC member), Shirley Xu (HPSSC member), Antonio Triventi (HPSSC chair), Matthew Barnett (N13 chair), Sandy Perle (HPSSC member). Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

The Health Physics Society Standards Committee (HPSSC) annual meeting was convened in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, 18 July 2018. The purpose of the HPSSC is to oversee the writing and publication of ANSI/HPS consensus-balloted standards in the health physics topical area in response to requests from various organizations and individuals or upon the initiative of the HPSSC itself. The HPSSC is currently overseeing the activities of two ANSI Accredited Standards Committees, N13 and N43, with the intent of ensuring integration among the respective standards. The HPSSC is also concerned with HPS organizational representation to other national and international standards organizations such as N42 and ISO/TC85/SC2. For additional information about the ANSI/HPS standards and HPSSC activities, please visit the committee website.

HPJ and ORS Editorial Board

Some members of the Health Physics Journal/Operational Radiation Safety editorial board: left to right, Steve King, William Rhodes, Deanna Baker, John Hageman, Craig Little, Andrew Thatcher, Rodican Reed, Vaclav Vylet, Cynthia Jones, Andrew Karam, Glenn Sturchio, Joseph Ring, Brant Ulsh, Robert Cherry, Ali Simpkins, J. Matthew Barnett, Ron Goans, and David Medich. Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Quiz Bowl

Photo courtesy of Casper Sun


Quiz Bowl winners from Colorado State University, left to right, Nhung Nguyen, Joshua Hayes, Ryan Fabian, and Ian McNabb. Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Norbert Hugger

Colorado State University won this years' Quiz Bowl cup! These students managed to beat out four other teams in CHP knowledge. This year's event was tremendous fun as the teams not only had to contend with each other, but some particularly spirited and vocal judges. We hope to see students and professionals alike at next year's Quiz Bowl.

Young Russian Scientists

Young Russian Scientists attending the annual meeting: left to right, Maksim Tiukhai, Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine (URCRM), Chelyabinsk; Alisa Kotikova, URCRM; Taisiia Bulynina, State Research Center–Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological Agency (FMBC), Moscow; Aleksei Maksimov, FMBC, Barry Fountos, DOE, Germantown, Maryland; Mariia Tikhonova, Southern Urals Biophysics Institute, Ozersk; Vladislav Nikiforov, URCRM; Roza Diusenova; and Tyler Wendelken, Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Barrett Fountos

Barrett N. Fountos

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Russian Health Studies Program sponsored seven young scientists from the Russian Federation at the annual meeting in Cleveland. This annual activity is an important aspect of binational technical exchange promoted by the Russian Health Studies Program under the Joint Coordinating Committee for Radiation Effects Research Agreement of 1994. These young Russian scientists are from institutes participating in the Russian Health Studies Program. Participation in the HPS meeting required delivering either an oral or poster presentation on topics ranging from environmental radiation, internal dosimetry, and bioassays to risk analysis. HPS member Barry Fountos, the DOE Program Manager for the Department of Energy, mentored the scientists and introduced them to the current and past presidents of HPS, including Nolan Hertel, who also serves as the US cochair of the Russian Health Studies Program Scientific Review Group; Brant Ulsh, the editor in chief of Health Physics; and other senior HPS members. For background information, see the Russian Health Studies Program website (program point of contact: Barrett Fountos, 301-903-6740).

Health Physics Garage Sale—A Follow-Up

Ken Krieger, far right, organized the first Health Physics Garage Sale. Gen and Chuck Roessler check out the items available. Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Kenneth Krieger, CHP

I had many comments that this was more of an auction rather than a garage sale. I agree, but the original idea was to get these items out of someone's garage and off the shelf so others could enjoy them. The garage sale was a success in several aspects. It raised about $650 for the HPS and many people came to look at the items, which sparked some good conversations. Some items that generated interest were a piece of graphite from the original reactor pile, the original BEAR report, and the proceedings from the initial meeting of the International Radiation Protection Association in Rome.

Several people said, "I should have brought my ___"—hopefully everyone will remember to bring their ___ next time, so we can have a greater variation of items not only to make the garage sale a money maker for HPS, but also to generate more stories and conversations about the items as well.

Companion Program

The Companion Program included many activities throughout the week. Photos courtesy of Phil Simpkins



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Publications Booth Book Drawing

Ted Adams and Grace Wong were among the many people who won books this year. Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Thank you to the following donors who helped make the HPS Publications Booth book drawing a great success. We gave away more than 50 books, worth over $5,500. If you are interested in a book that you saw but did not win, here is ordering information.

  • Accuracy Requirements and Uncertainties in Radiotherapy: IAEA Human Health Series No. 31 – International Atomic Energy Agency (available from IAEA, www-pub.iaea.org, ISBN:978-92-0-100815-2)
  • Basic Health Physics: Problems and Solutions, 2nd Edition – Joseph John Bevelacqua (available from Wiley, www.wiley.com, ISBN: 978-3-527-40823-8)
  • Basic Radiation Protection Technology, 6th Edition – Daniel A. Gollnick (available from Pacific Radiation Corporation, www.pacificrad.com, Book ISBN: 0-916339-14-9, CD ISBN: 0-916339-16-5)
  • Dead Hot: A Dakota Mystery – M.K. Coker (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1545120606)
  • Dosimetry of Small Static Fields Used in External Beam Radiotherapy: Technical Reports Series No. 483 – International Atomic Energy Agency (available from IAEA, www-pub.iaea.org, ISBN:978-92-0-105916-1)
  • Environmental Health, 4th Edition – Dade Moeller (available from Harvard University Press, www.hup.harvard.edu, ISBN: 978-0-674-04740-2)
  • The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, Third Edition – Jerrold T. Bushberg, J. Anthony Seibert, Edwin M. Leidholdt, Jr., and John M. Boone (available from Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, shop.lww.com, ISBN: 978-0-7817-8057-5)
  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine Dosimetry – Michael G. Stabin (available from Springer, springer.com, ISBN: 978-0-387-74578-7)
  • Health Physics and Radiological Health, 4th Edition – Thomas E. Johnson and Brian K. Birky (available from Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, shop.lww.com, ISBN: 978-1-60913-419-8)
  • Health Physics in the 21st Century – Joseph John Bevelacqua (available from Wiley, www.wiley.com, ISBN: 978-3-527-40822-1)
  • Health Physics: Radiation-Generating Devices, Characteristics, and Hazards – Joseph John Bevelacqua (available from Wiley, www.wiley.com, ISBN: 978-3-527-41183-2)
  • The Health Physics Solutions Manual, 2nd Edition – Herman Cember and Thomas E. Johnson (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-096259638-4)
  • Introduction to Health Physics, 5th Edition – Thomas E. Johnson (available from McGraw-Hill Professional, www.mhprofessional.com, ISBN: 978-0-07-183527-5)
  • Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program – Antone L. Brooks (available from WSU Press, wsupress.wsu.edu, ISBN: 978-0-87422-354-5)
  • The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness – Edited by Doran M. Christensen, Stephen L. Sugarman, and Frederick M. O’Hara, Jr. (available from ORAU, www.orau.org, ISBN: 978-0-9890502-0-3)
  • Radiation Answers: Answers to Your Questions About Radiation and You – Health Physics Society (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-0-9825161-0-2)
  • Radiation Protection and Dosimetry: An Introduction to Health Physics – Michael G. Stabin (available from Springer, www.springer.com, ISBN: 978-0-387-49982-6)
  • Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade – International Atomic Energy Agency (available at IAEA, www-pub.iaea.org, ISBN: 978-92-0-103914-9)
  • Radiotherapy in Cancer Care: Facing the Global Challenge – Edited by Eduardo Rosenblatt and Eduardo Zubizarreta (available from IAEA, www-pub.iaea.org, ISBN:978-92-0-115013-4)
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women – Kate Moore (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1-4926-4935-9)
  • Silent Source: A Medical Thriller – James Marshall Smith (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1-939398-69-7)


PDS Out-of-the-Box

Ron Leuenberger, CHP, PDS Administrative Dean


How did 32 hours of Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC) training come to be compressed into 2.5 days? See below! 

The 2018 Health Physics Society Professional Development School, "Medical Physics Future and Beyond: Evolution of Medical Health Physics" was held 18–20 July in Cleveland, Ohio. The PDS out-of-the-box included the following firsts for HPS:

  • PDS alignment with the annual meeting of the HPS, allowing those at the meeting to attend PDS lectures for Professional Enrichment Program and continuing education lecture credit.
  • Five hands-on breakout sessions (4 hours each, totaling 20 hours).
  • CAMPEP MPCEC (32 hours total with 12 lectures and 20 hours hands-on with 5 sessions).
  • Sponsor-provided six training locations, hands-on equipment, instructors, and two dinners.
  • A live-stream Think Tank Panel Discussion.

This PDS exposed approximately 100 students to out-of-the-box thinking on emerging technologies and challenges for medical health physicists to remain relevant into the 21st century. I thank the HPS Board for allowing us to present a new venue with forward thinking. I invite you, the membership of HPS, to hold on for the ride to come.

Sponsors, Sponsors, Sponsors:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Philips Healthcare
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • VA Healthcare System
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • LACO
  • Ludlum Instruments
  • Mirion