Society News Archive

11 August 2011
2011 Is the International Year of Chemistry

The Health Physics Society has partnered with the American Chemical Society to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry.

Of interest to students is the summer schools in nuclear and radiochemistry that the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society has been sponsoring since 1984.

Over 500 undergraduate students, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, have spent six weeks either at San Jose State University, San Jose, California, or at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York. Candidates must be U.S. citizens & should be undergraduate "hard" science or engineering majors completing their sophomore or junior year; no previous experience in nuclear science is necessary. Students receive six semester-units of transferable academic credit awarded by either San Jose State University or the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

More details on activities of mutual interest will be in an upcoming Health Physics News article.

Health Physics Society members also may be interested in the feature article in the January 2008 issue of Health Physics News, "Problems with Irradiated Gemstones", by Andy Karam that illustrates one application of chemistry in our profession.