Deadline extended for HPS Scholarships and Travel Grants Until 21 March 2014
The Health Physics Society is extending the deadline for Fellowships, Scholarships and Travel Grants to the annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, 13-17 July 2014. The deadline is 21 March 2014. Notification will take place on or around 15 April 2014.
ACS Annual Meeting Call for Papers
The 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, 10–14 August 2014.Two areas of special interest to health physicists have published a call for papers.
The Environmental Radiochemistry Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology and the Division of Environmental Chemistry.
The High-Level Waste Storage session is part of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL) and will focus on a diverse range of topics, including disposal site selection criteria, waste packaging and transport, application of computational models to storage site selection, and maintenance and environmental impacts: evaluation and determination.
More information can be found on the ACS website at www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/fall-2014.html. Submit abstracts on the ACS website at abstracts.acs.org; the deadline to submit is 24 March 2014.
AARST Radon Symposium Call for Papers
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) 2014 International Radon Symposium seeks the participation of members of the scientific and medical community, radon testers, diagnosticians, mitigators, educators, public policy leaders, and business leaders as well as consumers, both nationally and internationally.
HPS Members Access to International Society Newsletters Through IRPA Page on Members Only
The Health Physics Society (HPS) has joined with the Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA), the Society for Radiological Protection in the United Kingdom (SRP), and the French Society for Radiation Protection (SFRP) in an initiative to share society newsletters under the auspices of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA).
Understanding the Atom Booklets Online
The Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information Office (OSTI) has made the historical Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Understanding the Atom series of booklets available online on OSTI's OpenNet website.
Nuclear energy is playing a vital role in the life of every man, woman, and child in the United States today. In the years ahead it will affect increasingly all the peoples of the earth. It is essential that all Americans gain an understanding of this vital force if they are to discharge thoughtfully their responsibilities as citizens and if they are to realize fully the myriad benefits that nuclear energy offers them.
The internet link for the series is https://www.osti.gov/opennet/aec_atom.jsp.
NRC Student Grants Submission Deadline 31 March 2014
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) grants listed on the Scholarships and Grants page of the HPS website have a submission deadline of 31 March 2014. The available grants are titled:
PDS on Radiation Instruments
The Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is hosting a two-day professional development school (PDS) on radiation instruments just before the annual HPS meeting in Baltimore in July. Since 11 September 2001, the increasing concerns for national security have led radiation instrument manufacturers to develop many new and innovative instruments. While most health physicists are familiar with the traditional ion chambers, Geiger counters, and sodium iodide detectors, a vast array of new instruments is now available. This PDS will review new instrument designs, capabilities, and limitations and provide opportunities for demonstration and side-by-side comparisons.
EPA Requests Comments on Updating Nuclear Power Environmental Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that requests public comment and information on potential approaches to updating the EPA's "Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations" (40 CFR Part 190).
Solutions to ABHP Exams
Health Physics Society (HPS) members now have access to American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) exams and sample solutions for exams that were given during the years 1987–2001.
SI units are not used in these exams or sample solutions because the exams were all prepared using traditional units.
HPS Leadership Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected HPS leadership:
Third James E. Turner Memorial Symposium - Advances in Radiological Physics Accepting Abstracts
The Third James E. Turner Memorial Symposium, "Advances in Radiological Physics," will be hosted by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Health Physics Society 21–22 May 2014. The symposium honors the legacy of James E. (Jim) Turner, his
contributions to the field of microdosimetry, and his lifelong emphasis
on providing a strong radiological physics foundation to young health
physics professionals and students.
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