Society News Archive

3 November 2015
November Health Physics News Highlights

In this issue of Health Physics Newswe bring you a cover story of international suspense and intrigue. Of course we mean none other than the lowdown on what transpired at the 59th Annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which was held 14–18 September 2015 in Vienna, Austria. You will be fascinated!
This month President Nancy Kirner reminds us that National Radiation Protection Professionals Week is just around the corner. And for the linear no-threshold (LNT) addicts, she provides cogent comments on current LNT initiatives. Clearly LNT is a matter of interest to our members because two other stalwart health physicists join the discussion in Members' Points of View. The editors encourage our members to continue the dialogue by using our LinkedIn presence.
How about the Colorado State University (CSU) students who got a chance to visit Japan and witness firsthand the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi accident? Read all about the experiences of six CSU health physics graduate students who participated in the Fukushima Ambassadors Program.
The November newsletter pages are filled also with valuable news items of general interest:

  • Do you know how important consequence-management exercises are? If not, you need to read Ted Lazo's column "Exercising to Death."
  • The Student Corner this month profiles PhD candidate Janelle Mann at CSU.
  • The Boice Report assures us that the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, to stay current, intends to conduct a review of recent human health studies that are applicable to radiation protection.
  • David Connolly makes us aware of an important new government entity called the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which was established to create a cellular network that would be used by first responders in an emergency.
  • The REAC/TS column emphasizes the role that health physicists play in communicating radiation hazards to medical practitioners.
  • Anyone in need of health physics training will surely find what they need among the listings under Short Courses.

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