Applications for awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program are being accepted until 15 May 2018.
The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.
The 60 recipients of the recent 2017 Solicitation 2 cycle SCCSR Program award come from 47 different universities across the nation and carry out part of their doctoral dissertation/thesis research in 12 DOE national laboratories/facilities.
For more information and application instructions, visit the SCGSR website.
Online registration is now available for the 2018 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, including the professional development school, tours and events, American Academy of Health Physics courses, and Professional Enrichment Program courses. Preregister by 13 June 2018 for lower rates.
Join the Committee on the Disposal of Surplus Plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for its next public meeting, Wednesday, 2 May 2018, in Washington, DC. This meeting will serve as a data-gathering session, featuring invited speakers from both federal and nonfederal agencies and their discussions regarding the Department of Energy's plans to dispose of surplus plutonium at the WIPP. Registration is now open for the meeting, which will be held both in person and via webcast. For more information, visit the Current Projects area of the National Academies website.
Note that the committee accepts written comments at any time during the study. Please send written comments to Plutonium_Disposition@nas.edu.
If your membership expiration date is 31 December 2017, please renew now on the Health Physics Society website.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association-Northern California Section (AIHA-NCS) symposium "Dangers on the Horizon—Are We Prepared?" will be held 26 April 2018 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, California. This technical symposium is specifically for those in occupational safety, health, environmental, and affiliated fields. AIHA and non-AIHA-NCS members are welcome to attend, but may be asked to provide photo and/or governmental ID at registration. For more information, visit the AIHA-NCS website.
Health Physics Society (HPS) member Geoffrey Eichholz passed away on 8 January 2018. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
Jess Revill, Society for Radiological Protection, Rising Generations Group (UK) Chair
The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) will be officially launching its Young Generation Network (YGN) at the Fifth European IRPA Congress in June this year. IRPA YGN is open to students and radiation protection professionals (or professionals in allied fields) in the first 10 years of their career and aims to support less experienced individuals by offering them opportunities to network with other specialists from around the world. Currently the IRPA YGN Leadership Committee is headed by representatives from Austria, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. We will be hosting a special session at the congress with individual countries presenting details of their specific YGN activities and how this knowledge can be shared to establish or benefit YGN groups in other regions.
The IRPA YGN Leadership Committee also encourages young radiation protection professionals to get involved in the following IRPA work groups/committees:
- Public Understanding Task Group.
- Society Admissions and Development Committee.
- Radioactive Source Security Task Group.
- Higher Education, Research and Teaching (HERT) Radiation Safety Culture Task Group.
- Rules Committee.
- IRPA15 International Congress Programme Committee.
- Publications Commission.
This is a great opportunity to work together with some of the leading experts in the field and make a contribution on an international level. The committees/task groups conduct their work over the internet/phone, so there should be no obligation to travel to meetings. Applications are open to all members of national radiation protection YGNs and, where a national YGN is not in place, students or professionals working within the first 10 years of their career in the field of radiation protection or its allied fields.
If you are interested, send a short paragraph (no more than 250 words) by 31 May 2018 to Jess Revill explaining which group/committee you wish to support and why. The IRPA YGN Leadership Committee will review all applications and inform the successful candidate in due course. Learn more about the IRPA YGN on its Facebook page.
The 63rd Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting will be held 15–18 July 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. For information on sessions being planned, the professional development school, and the first health physics garage sale, see the Upcoming HPS Meetings newsletter page. For additional information, visit the 63rd Annual Meeting page on the HPS website.
In February and March 2018, Health Physics Society (HPS) President-elect Nolan Hertel, PhD, visited the Deep South Chapter and the North Carolina Chapter to share his talk on radiation protection research needs and the state of health physics and the HPS. Prior to his meetings with the chapters, Dr. Hertel visited the health physics faculty and students at Louisiana State University and North Carolina State University. Read about his visits on the Health Physics Academic Programs page of the HPS website.
A new list of short course offerings has been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Advanced Detection of Concealed Radiological Threats—Videnus, LLC.
Radiation Detection and Measurement—Technical Management Services, Inc.
Certification Review Course Part I; Self Study Course Part I; Background Materials Review; Part I Question & Answer CD and Site License; Part I Additional Question & Answer Volume; NRRPT Question & Answer CD and Site License—Bevelacqua Resources
Certification Review Course Part II; Self Study Course Part II; Background Materials Review; NRRPT Question & Answer CD and Site License—Bevelacqua Resources
Facility Decommissioning Training Course—Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
DOT, NRC, & IATA Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Material Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
ABHP Exam Prep Part I & II Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
The 2018 Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting was held 4–7 February in Denver, Colorado. Read "A Sampling of Sessions" for summaries and photos from some of the talks.
Read "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by Health Physics Journal Editor in Chief Brant Ulsh—his Editor's Pick for the May issue of the Journal.
Health Physics Society (HPS) member Donald Aulenbach passed away on 19 August 2017. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
Meetings of the Health Physics Society HPS often bring together those from competing schools. One of the more entertaining sights are the dueling hand gestures from the Aggies of Texas A&M (Gig em') and the Longhorns of the University of Texas (Hook 'em Horns). Here, left to right, John Salsman, Bob Emery, and Becky (Rabbe) Grabarkewitz display their school signs while Jay Poston looks on during the 2008 HPS Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Assuring Radiation Protection (U18), RFA-FD-18-021—the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Devices and Radiological Health is announcing its intention to accept and consider a single-source application for the award of a cooperative agreement in fiscal year 2018 to the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD). This is in support of coordination of federal and state actions to assure radiation protection of the American public.
The primary purpose of this cooperative agreement is to assist CRCPD members (state radiation control programs) in their efforts to protect the public, radiation workers, and patients from unnecessary radiation exposure. Its goals will include:
- Producing radiation protection solutions that meet community needs.
- Assisting states with improving tools for radiation control.
- Coordinating federal, state, and tribal activities to achieve effective solutions to present and future radiation control problems.
- Obtaining the states' cooperation and participation on committees and working groups established to deal with individual problems.
- Planning and facilitating an annual meeting to develop and offer educational activities that demonstrate mutually beneficial techniques, procedures, and systems relevant to the mission of assuring radiation protection.
- Establishing committees to address, evaluate, and offer solutions for a wide range of radiation health and protection issues.
- Providing training in radiation control for CRCPD members.
The application due date is 4 June 2018. More information can be found on the National Institutes of Health grants website.
Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers, a three-credit-hour faculty development course, will be offered 11–15 June 2018 on the University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia Campus. This one-week course is designed to support instructors who wish to develop a deeper understanding of nuclear science and to implement this information in their classroom. The class is designed specifically for high school science teachers to provide the basics of nuclear science, types of radiation (including radiation detection and protection), industrial applications of nuclear science, and current and future nuclear power generation technologies (including the current fleet and small modular and advanced reactor concepts). Presentations will be technically oriented at an introductory graduate level, and are structured for secondary teachers of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth sciences, and related subjects. This class addresses the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas in the Physical Sciences, PS.1: Matter and Its Interactions (including HS-PS1-8).
Costs for participation in this class are paid by course sponsors. Contributing organizations that provide information and other resources used in the course include Ameren Missouri, MU and the MU Research Reactor, and the American Nuclear Society and Health Physics Society student chapters.
The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, will present the exhibit "Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project" 3 May 2018 through 3 March 2019. According to the museum's website, the "exhibition explores the vast, highly classified effort to produce the atomic bomb, with an emphasis on the three new 'secret cities' that were built to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who worked on the project." More information can be found on the National Building Museum website.
"Applicability of Radiation Response-Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," cosponsored by the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society, will be held 30 September–3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington. This meeting will provide an international forum for the discussion of current regulations and standards regarding low-dose protection. Visit the conference website to find more information and register. For additional information on the conference, contact Conference Chair Dr. Alan Waltar or Technical Program Chair Dr. Tony Brooks.