Charles Wilson, 2021 Annual Meeting Task Force Chair
There is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel! The Program Committee has met to finalize plans for the 2021 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, which will be held 25–29 July in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The committee put together a program like none before. In the coming months, we will headline several of the new special sessions as well as how HPS will pave the way for a new annual meeting format: HYBRID. All sessions will be available to attendees in-person or live streamed, with live and remote presentations, and even recorded for later viewing for those who want to watch all that HPS has to offer. Mark your calendars now. Information on the 66th HPS Annual Meeting can be found on the official meeting website.
Emily Caffrey, 2021 Midyear Task Force Chair
Registration has officially opened for the first-ever Health Physics Society workshop—"A Fresh Perspective." The workshop is 23–26 May 2021 at Clemson University and will be held as a hybrid meeting with both virtual and in person options.
Remember, this workshop replaces the traditional midyear meeting and promises to be a place where early-career members can share experiences, foster common goals, and gain valuable contacts. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the job market and career opportunities from the unique perspective of early-career health physicists. Of course, all are welcome to attend and participate in the workshop.
Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) sessions from the 2020 Health Physics Society (HPS) Virtual Workshop are still available for those who previously registered. HPS members may purchase access to the sessions.
If you are not yet a member of the HPS and would like to view the PEPs, you can join here.
Add the dates of the following Health Physics Society meetings to your calendar. Check the Meetings and Conferences page of the website for the most current information.
First Annual Workshop: 23–26 May 2021; Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; "A Fresh Perspective"
66th Annual Meeting: 25–29 July 2021; Phoenix, Arizona
67th Annual Meeting: 16–21 July 2022; Spokane, Washington
Steve Sugarman*, MS, CHP, SummitET® Vice President and Corporate Health Physicist, SummitET.com
Acknowledgements: Mark Basnight, SummitET® Vice President of Communications and Marketing; Holly Hardin, SummitET® Strategic Communications Program Manager
Words have meaning, and subtle shifts in the language we use can have a large impact on the message being delivered and the perceptions of the receiving audience. This is especially important when speaking about topics that may cause anxiety in people, such as radiation. Should the media report “radiation leaks” at some facility, a health physicist (HP) would know that radiation doesn't leak, but that radioactive materials do if not properly contained. Many people don't understand the difference between exposure and contamination. While the differences in various concepts may seem elementary to an HP, it's an extremely important difference and can be a primary driver in emergency response. After the accident at Fukushima, there were numerous articles written about the "antiradiation pill," yet one does not exist. These types of messages, coupled with a lack of understanding, shape people's perception of radiation and radioactivity.
The importance of effective communication cannot be overstated. Radiation can be a scary word. A lack of knowledge and/or not understanding how radiation works can lead people to make decisions they may not have made had they been more aware of the true nature of the potential hazard. As HPs, we play a key role in providing information and guidance to various stakeholders to help facilitate good decision-making.
A recent example of an overreaction based on a lack of understanding of the relative hazard happened on 8 January 2021 in Haddon Township, New Jersey. A student brought a uranium-glazed plate (Fiesta® ware) and Geiger counter that he had been given for Christmas to school to show a teacher. As a result, Haddon Township High School was evacuated over radiation concerns. Agencies that responded to the scene included local law enforcement, fire, HAZMAT, and even representatives from the county prosecutor's office. Unnecessary responses of this nature draw resources from areas where they may be needed, are expensive, negatively impact the involved institutions, create concern/fear for the public, and unintentionally increase risk to evacuees—not to mention the overall risk associated with just responding to an incident.
It can be difficult to take a complicated topic and simplify it into easily understood terms while maintaining factual integrity. The implications of effective communications are far reaching—whether it is helping an individual who has radiation-related concerns about an anticipated medical procedure or affecting the public's willingness to accept emergency-management recommendations during an incident involving radioactive materials. We should all hone our communication skills to help educate others about what radiation can and cannot do.
Let's consider how we process risk. According to the late Dr. Dennis Mileti, who specialized in disaster communication, people pick the messages they want to hear. For example, in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, people will select what they want to hear about the need for masks, about the timeline for a vaccine, about social distancing, etc. Messages that motivate behavior change must consider emotion, social networks, and group identity—all important things to consider. We must understand people's fears before we tell them what to do; make all public directives as specific, consistent, and clear as possible; and ensure messages come from many different sources when trust is rare. The pandemic has highlighted the distrust that mixed messages and mixed respect for experts can generate. These are not necessarily new issues, but they are certainly contributing to the complexity of the current information ecosystem.
Remember who your information consumers are—what modalities they use and what their preferences for information consumption are. While society evolves and we try to understand the vast diversity of culture, we can all agree that communication can be complex. Understand the emotional status of your audiences and tailor messages to address their fears and/or perceptions. Strong emotions are not likely to be overcome by simply providing facts. When addressing fear and concern, the person giving the information and how it is perceived will oftentimes overshadow what has been said. Set up information expectations and stick to what you know—and be forthright with what you don't know. Remember that the people you are talking to may have fears and preconceptions that as an HP you overcame long ago, and your empathy when dealing with a situation will likely go as far—or farther—than the facts you are providing.
*Steve Sugarman, a member of the Health Physics Society Public Information Committee has responded to numerous radiation events throughout his career. The importance of good communications cannot be overstated. Steve subscribes to the idea verbalized by Sydney J. Harris—The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
Wendy Kuhne, Section President
Nominations Wanted for Inclusivity in Health Physics Award
The Inclusivity in Health Physics Award is given annually by the Women in Radiation Protection (WiRP) Section to a member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) who, in the past year, has made significant efforts in widening participation and promoting inclusion within health physics and related disciplines. Such efforts might include (but are not limited to) (1) improving the experience, involvement, and/or development of under-represented persons and/or (2) fostering attitudes, relationships, or environments that are welcoming and accessible to all. Nominees may be at any career stage and are not required to be a member of the section. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Submissions are due by Friday, 7 May 2021 to WiRP Section President Wendy Kuhne.
The package for this award should include:
- Letter of nomination including why the person is deserving of this award.
- Two letters of recommendation, one from within HPS, one external to HPS (to provide information on the broader context of inclusivity in the nominee's professional life).
- Nominee's personal statement (assumed to indicate acceptance of the nomination).
- Nominee's one-page biosketch.
The winner will be announced at the Society awards ceremony at the 2021 HPS Annual Meeting.
This award will be given annually unless no qualified nominees are received that meet the award criteria.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine invites the public to provide comments on "Assessment of Strategies for Managing Cancer Risks Associated With Radiation Exposure During Crewed Space Missions," a study commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The public comment period will be open until 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, 18 April 2021.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments for consideration by the study committee (as individuals or on behalf of an organization) via email. All materials and comments received will be placed in the committee's public access file and may be provided to the public upon request. Materials and comments received may also be included in the committee's report.
David J. Allard, CHP
In my last "HPS History Corner" column I noted March as Women's History Month with the article "We Need More Women in STEM." And because she won Nobel Prizes in physics and in chemistry, I highlighted Marie Curie as an (obvious) and widely known trailblazer for women in science.
Here I'd like to call your attention to someone not as well known, yet a noteworthy woman in STEM—Sarah Frances Whiting, an early physics professor at Wellesley College outside Boston. I was recently working through my "fun reading pile" and spotted an article on Whiting in the August 2020 issue of Physics Today, specifically on her "Photography of the Invisible." Apparently, while an old science building on the Wellesley campus was being cleaned out, a number of early x-ray prints and photographs of Whiting using a Crookes tube and fluoroscope were discovered. These images were made in early 1896, within a few weeks of the newspaper accounts of Roentgen's discovery. Whiting had established a very well-equipped lab for her undergraduate physics course and had the apparatus available to repeat Roentgen's work. Very quickly, she radiographed a hand with a ring and other objects. Her x-ray work and lectures on the subject were well documented in local newspaper accounts of the day, but sadly, her work as a physicist and trailblazer educator of women did not endure. Thankfully, these images survived and are now documentation of her wonderful legacy as a physics professor at a college that was ahead of its time.
This account of Whiting's work is well worth the read. From now on, I'm going to cite Whiting as an early American x-ray pioneer when I talk to high school and college students. I hope you will do the same while encouraging young women, minorities, and all students to pursue a STEM education, and possibly, health physics!
Enjoy these articles on Whiting:
An In Memoriam piece for John Villforth, who died 14 September 2019, has been posted on the Health Physics Society (HPS) website.
The HPS would also like to pay tribute to other members who have died within the past few years and some of the "HPS greats." If you would like to write an In Memoriam piece for one of the following, please contact Web Operations Editor in Chief Barbara Hamrick.
- Keith Shiager (d. 3 March 2021)
- Pete Darnell (d. 25 March 2021)
- Lynn A. Fitz-Randolph (d. 20 December 2019)
- Roy Parker (d. 1 January 2021)
- John Johnson (d. March 2020)
- Bill Kirk (d. 22 April 2019)
- Jim Williams (d. 14 February 2020)
- Eugene "Gene" Kramer (d. 11 March 2019)
- Frank Cosolito (d. 3 July 2018)
- Elda Anderson
- Robley Evans
- K.Z. Morgan
David Connolly, HPS Congressional Liaison, The Connolly Group
It is now just over a year since I have physically been in the US Capitol and had a face-to-face meeting with a senator, member of the House of Representatives, or any of their staff persons, and this lack of normal contact is beginning to affect me. From my vantage point, the best way to represent the Society with the Congress is to be walking around the Capitol complex attending meetings, running into people, monitoring hearings, and listening to some of the floor debates. Although I can do some of those things through the internet, the lack of both the physical interaction and the depth of knowledge obtained from these interactions makes me feel somewhat inadequate in trying to perform my duties. Notwithstanding this COVID-19 reality of the last year and my misgivings, there have been some noteworthy legislative achievements for the Health Physics Society in the last year that I will discuss over the next month.
Among the perennial legislative goals of the Government Relations Program is to achieve funding for the study of health physics in universities and colleges throughout the country. One of the main vehicles to do this is the Integrated University Program jointly administered by the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For the past number of years, the funding level for this program has not moved off of the $15 million mark despite our efforts to get it increased. However, in a positive development, the Appropriations Committees recognized the value of the program in their report (which explains why they fund particular programs) with the following language:
Integrated University Program.--The agreement notes the alarming statistics highlighting the severe shortage of highly trained nuclear specialists and the lack of academic programs to train and prepare individuals for work in the nuclear sector. The budget request again attempts to defund this program, despite continued success in developing highly qualified nuclear specialists to meet national needs. The agreement provides $5,000,000* to continue the Integrated University Program, which is critical to ensuring the nation's nuclear science and engineering workforce in future years. [NOTE: the phrase "budget request" used in this quote means the request submitted by the Trump Administration, which the Congress ignored.]
The acknowledgement by the Appropriations Committee of the need for support in academic programs was a very positive step that we will build on in our future advocacy—an advocacy that I hope to be doing in person in the very near future!
*The total appropriation is $15 million drawn from other accounts.
Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor
The April 2021 issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics website. In this edition, Academy President Scott Schwahn encourages participation in the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) 6th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection (ICRP 2021). Realizing how important ICRP 60 and ICRP 103 are to what we do daily, this could be your calling to be part of an initiative that changes the world!
The National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Radiological Security is offering the webinar "Relationship Building for Radiological Response" on 29 April 2021, 2–3:30 pm EDT.
Response is the most critical component for radiological security. Too often, sites that use radiological material have difficulties starting and maintaining a relationship with their local law enforcement agencies that would be tasked with responding to their facilities. Join Emily Adams and Ed Baldini from the Office of Radiological Security as they host a panel discussion with long-standing partners on the topic of Relationship Building for Radiological Security through a four-step process of PREPARE, PARTNER, PROTECT, and PROVIDE. Each partner panelist will share their respective best practices and lessons learned from their individual perspectives. Online registration is now open.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB). Among other disciplines, nominees are sought with expertise or experience in analytical chemistry, atmospheric science, dose-response assessment, epidemiology, ecological sciences and ecological assessment, exposure assessment, human health risk assessment, modeling, public health, and radiological risk assessment.
Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to these advisory committees. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format using the online nomination form under the ''Nomination of Experts'' category at the bottom of the SAB home page. Nominations should be submitted no later than 3 May 2021. Complete details may be found in the full Federal Register Notice.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an external expert peer review and public comment for the EPA Multiple-Path Particle Dosimetry (MPPD) Model Software (MPPD EPA 2021 v. 1.01) and its associated ''Technical Support Documentation and User's Guide (External Review Draft)'' ([EPA/600/R– 20/406]). The document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development, with contributions from Applied Research Associates, Inc., and Fred J. Miller, LLC. EPA is seeking comments by external experts and the public on this draft model software version and associated documents.
The Federal Register Notice states: "The external review draft document and model software (MPPD EPA 2021 v.1.01) are not final and do not represent, and should not be construed to represent, any final Agency policy or views. When revising the document and the model software, EPA will consider any peer or public comments submitted during the public comment period specified in this document."
The public comment period began 23 March 2021 and ends 22 April 2021.
To obtain a copy of the external review draft or the associated MPPD software (EPA 2021 v.1.01), contact Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) with the Subject line: MPPD. ERG may also be reached by phone at 781-674-7362.
The April short course offerings have been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Packaging and Shipping Class 7 (Radioactive) Material—Plexus Scientific Corporation
Health Physics Statistics Online Training Course—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Operational Health Physics II – Air Sampling and Internal Dosimetry, Neutrons, Decommissioning, Waste, Non-Ionizing, and Transportation—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Livestream Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training—Kentek Corporation
Certification Review Course Part II and Self Study Course Part II—Bevelacqua Resources
Wayne M. Glines, President, Board of Trustees, Herbert M. Parker Foundation
The Herbert M. Parker Foundation continues its public lecture series with its Spring 2021 Parker Lecture Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 5–6 pm PDT (USA). David J. Allard, MS, CHP, FHPS, Director, Pennsylvania State Bureau of Radiation Protection, will present the lecture "Radium in Pennsylvania—Miracle or Menace." In cooperation with Washington State University Tri-Cities and Northwest Public Broadcasting, this lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Washington State University Tri-Cities YouTube channel.
Allard's lecture will address the historical benefits of radium as well as its health effects on workers and members of the public. The presentation will also illustrate how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has led in radium-related research and controls, including the ongoing efforts to monitor and mitigate radon in buildings from naturally occurring radium in soil, as well as a recent extensive evaluation of radium that returns with oil and gas production. Radium has had many benefits in treating cancer and other areas, but it has also served as a detriment in others. This presentation will provide a look into the origins of the use of radium and its impact on our world.
As the Pennsylvania state's director for the Bureau of Radiation Protection, Allard is responsible for accelerator, x-ray, environmental surveillance, nuclear safety, radiological emergency response, radioactive materials, decommissioning and site clean-up, low-level radioactive waste, and radon programs. He is the governor's official liaison to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and technical lead on oil and gas radium, as well as industry-generated naturally and technologically enhanced radioactive material issues.
Herbert M. Parker Foundation lectures have been approved for continuing education credits by both the American Academy of Health Physics and the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists.
The Herbert M. Parker Foundation was founded in 1987. Herbert M. Parker was a pioneer in radiation protection and safety in the 1940–1960s. He was specifically chosen to develop and implement health and safety programs for the Manhattan Project at the Hanford Site and was the first manager of the Hanford Laboratories, the predecessor to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Herbert M. Parker Foundation was established to honor and perpetuate Herbert M. Parker's legacy of ethical and scientific standards, and his concern for the protection of people and the environment, by sponsoring programs that support scientific and educational activities promoting technical advances and enhancing public understanding of science and technology as applied to radiation protection and related sciences.
To learn more about the Herbert M. Parker Foundation and its activities including the Parker lectures, visit the foundation's website or contact Wayne M. Glines by email or by phone at 1-509-366-8382.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
A few months ago, we celebrated the life of the Health Physics Journal's previous Editor in Chief Mike Ryan. Unfortunately, our profession has suffered even more losses. The May issue of the Journal memorializes two more of our colleagues, Mel Chew and Ray Johnson.
I worked for Mel at the company he founded for eight years before he passed, and I knew him for several years before that. He was truly one of the kindest people I have known. Mel was among a small handful of mentors who took a direct interest in my career over the years, and he went out of his way to guide and help me along. I bet reading this, many of you are picturing teachers, supervisors, and colleagues who similarly helped you.
I didn't know Ray as well, but I knew him well enough to know it is going to be very strange going to future annual Health Physics Society (HPS) meetings and not seeing him there. Ray was everywhere, giving talks and training courses, and I marveled at his energy. Reading Kathy McClellan's tribute to Ray, I realize I only saw the tip of the iceberg of Ray's service to the HPS and to our profession.
We can't ever truly replace friends and colleagues like Ray and Mel. We can only honor their memories by "paying it forward" through service to our profession and helping younger health physicists we cross paths with when opportunities present themselves. I'm sure knowing they inspired us to serve would have made Mel and Ray smile.
Editor's pick for the May issue of Health Physics: "Dose Estimation of Landfill Disposal of Removed Soil Generated Outside Fukushima Prefecture"
Wade C. Morris, Chapter President
The Cincinnati Radiation Society (CRS) chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) held yet another very informative, engaging, and successful meeting. Approximately 30 members met on Thursday, 18 March 2021, to hear HPS President-elect John Cardarelli II, PhD, CHP, CIH, PE. Dr. Cardarelli summarized news about recent HPS accomplishments, upcoming meetings, support to academic institutions over the years, and the latest updates to the 2021–2022 strategic plan. This meeting also served as a trial run for a chapter to sign up and utilize the HPS virtual meeting capabilities. After a relatively slow 2020, it was great to see friends and colleagues again.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) is accepting abstracts and ePosters until 7 July 2021 for ICRP2021, the 6th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1–4 November. To read more, please visit the ICRP2021 website.
In March 2020, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) released Publication 147: Use of Dose Quantities in Radiological Protection. The abstract and link to the full publication can be found on the ICRP website.
Ira Garelick, Chapter President
On 9 March 2021, the New Jersey Chapter of the Health Physics Society hosted a Zoom meeting at which Nancy Stanley, MS, of the New Jersey Bureau of Environmental Radiation, gave the talk "NJ DEP Radiological Emergency Response Preparedness and Training." Nancy reviewed the state Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) role should there be a radiological dispersal device event. She also updated the chapter on recent DEP actions regarding training of first responders throughout the state. She related that the DEP recently received some grant money for training activities. The 35 participants thoroughly enjoyed her talk!
Lainy Cochran, Committee Chair
Calling all health physics technicians – You can be a Full member of HPS!
The Membership Rules have been updated to be more welcoming of all professionals working in the practice, science, or technology of radiological protection. In addition to health physicists, scientists, and engineers, acceptable experience has been expanded to allow for the inclusion of health physics technicians. Full Membership includes the benefits of Associate Membership plus the ability to hold office and vote. Apply today at https://hps.org/join/!
Emily Caffrey, 2021 Workshop Task Force Chair
Registration has officially opened for the first-ever hybrid Health Physics Society workshop, "A Fresh Perspective." The workshop is 23–26 May 2021 at Clemson University. There are both in-person and virtual opportunities to participate.
The workshop promises to be a place where early-career members can share experiences, foster common goals, and gain valuable contacts. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the job market and career opportunities from the unique perspective of early-career health physicists. Of course, all are welcome to attend and participate in the workshop.
Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) courses will be offered virtually on Sunday, 23 May. The HPS Continuing Education Committee has highlighted the diversity within the health physics community and come up with courses that are really in the spirit of expanding one’s professional knowledge with a focus on new applications and fundamentals (who couldn’t use a refresher). Please register for these PEP courses on the workshop website.
The webinar "Fukushima: 10 Years On" is being offered by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) 6 April 2021, 5–7 am (ET). The webinar is dedicated to the health consequences of the Fukushima accident, focused on two items: the health monitoring program of the evacuated population and affected population and the thyroid screenings. Registration is free and is now open on the IRPA website.
Invitation to Submit Papers to ORS
Carl Tarantino, AIRRS President
On behalf of Operational Radiation Safety (ORS) Senior Associate Editor Brant Ulsh, I am writing to invite you to submit articles to ORS in the academic, industrial, and research radiation safety areas. This journal has special collections of articles set up that generally mirror the organization of the various Health Physics Society (HPS) sections. These collections aggregate papers from the journal around a specific topic, with the idea that interested readers will have a resource to gather all relatively recent articles on a particular topic in one convenient place. In the recent past, the editorial board has not received sufficient papers to support a collection on academic, industrial, and research radiation safety. HPS wishes to turn that tide around!
The HPS is very interested in receiving papers in any area of academic, industrial, and research radiation safety, and is looking to assemble a special issue of ORS from AIRRS. If you or a colleague within or outside your workplace would be interested in sharing your projects, research, experiences, etc., you are invited to make submittals to ORS.
Students are especially encouraged to make a submission. The HPS offers a page-charge waiver to students who are first authors on submitted papers. In 2021, the HPS is expanding this program to retirees who do not have access to institutional support. There is a finite amount of funding to cover this initiative, so it will be available until resources have been expended.
The combination of these advantages and the intensive editorial support provided by the editorial board to authors to help them navigate through the publication process, the seemingly daunting task of a paper submission is made simple and significantly less burdensome. In addition, if an author is in need of financial assistance in preparing/submitting a paper following the HPS protocols, AIRRS is in a position to provide additional funding support to help offset some costs upon request.
Anyone who wishes to pursue a paper submittal in support of this special issue in ORS, please contact Carl Tarantino (email@example.com).
Eric Goldin, HPS President, 2019–2021
We hoped that we would be able to have a regular in-person Health Physics Society (HPS) annual meeting this July in Phoenix, but so very many institutions and employers are prohibiting travel for the near term. After many weeks of deliberations, negotiations, more zoom calls, and emails, the Society Board of Directors has decided that we will hold a hybrid meeting instead. It will be in-person for those of us who can attend and virtual for those who can't. For me, it's a bittersweet ending to my two-year tenure as HPS president. I sure wish that we could all meet in person and hold a regular meeting but with the pandemic, many people are simply not ready to take the risks of flying, meeting in large groups, etc.
This hybrid meeting will be a first for the Society—and a first for many professional organizations. The Secretariat has done a great job for us negotiating with the hotels and convention center to ensure that we will not be penalized for the reduced attendance. In addition, we will still have a great venue for vendors and displays. Our affiliates depend on your business and they look forward to seeing folks in person to show their products and services.
Even if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, this is a good time to volunteer for committees. Those are typically staffed around the time of the annual meeting and with little in-person communication, we may have plenty of vacancies. Many committee members are set to rotate off their committee assignments (officially at the Business Meeting), so the time is perfect for you to volunteer. Committee work is really the lifeblood of the Society. I counted over 20 committees on the main page. Each of the committee web pages lists the chair and members, their terms, and (for most of them) a "radio button" that allows you to volunteer. Very easy. HPS President-elect John Cardarelli will be busy filling committee rosters for the next few months, so please volunteer. You'll serve the Society, make new friends, and probably learn a lot.
We also encourage you to participate in sections, the focus areas for your particular field whether it's environmental/radon, accelerators, homeland security, instrumentation, power reactors, etc. There are 11 very active sections, some of which have special sessions at the meetings and all focus on the special radiation protection needs of that field.
I would be remiss if I didn't recommend that you also play an active role in your local chapter. Some of these chapters are amazingly active and have very regular meetings; some are less active and could use your participation. One thing that is often overlooked is the need to encourage chapter members to become Society members.
In addition to the annual meeting scheduled for July, don't forget about the Society's First Annual Workshop, which is set for 23–26 May at Clemson University, South Carolina. That meeting will be great and is focused on newer members: early career and students in particular. Registration just opened so please participate.
Let me close by again encouraging you to volunteer and participate. The Society will be better off with your active role.
Dr. Eric Ramsay recently published the fifth episode of the podcast VersantCast. This episode covers the topic of global oncology and the nonprofit organization Medical Physics for World Benefit with President Dr. John Schreiner. If you are interested, it can be listened to on the Versant website.
Versant also has a new blog post titled "A Guide to Limited vs. Broad Scope Radioactive Material Licenses," which breaks down four common types of licenses that can help facilities decide which is best for their needs.
Tracy Jue, Chapter Past Treasurer
The Northern California Chapter of the Health Physics Society (NCCHPS) traditionally holds five dinner meetings per year with presentations on various health physics topics of interest to its members. In the social hour before the dinner and the presentation, NCCHPS members have the opportunity to socialize and exchange their news. These in-person dinner meetings, which started in the 1980s, were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCCHPS chapter meetings now continue with virtual meetings.
The latest meeting was held 19 February 2021 and was the technical presentation "Cleanup at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center." Jessica Mintz, MS (nuclear engineering from Purdue University), a subject-matter expert for nondestructive assay measurements in the Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory presented information on her involvement with the cleanup at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center.
Moyer Fund Update
The prestigious Burton Moyer Memorial Fellowship was established by the NCCHPS as an educational scholarship to encourage the study of the safe use of radiation for the benefit of all people. The fellowship has been continuously awarded for 35 years, since 1985. The names of recipients can be viewed on the NCCHPS website.
We appreciate donations to the Burton J. Moyer Fellowship Fund in any amount, no matter how small—the donations are tax deductible. You may donate online or make checks payable to NCCHPS and send or give them to our treasurer, with the notation "For the Moyer Fund."
The Burton Moyer Memorial Fellowship recipient for 2020–2021 is Joshua Hayes, from Colorado State University. His dissertation title is "The Pseudo Pelger-Huët Anomaly as a Potential Biomarker for Acute Radiation Dose in Rhesus Macaques." Hayes is currently researching the high throughput dicentric chromosome assays and working to optimize automation of the process using a Metasystems microscope.
Mike Mahathy, Organizing Committee Chair
Would you like to assist the Organizing Committee in planning, setting up, and conducting the first-ever International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) North American Regional Congress? We are now planning for the 2022 congress, which is sponsored by the Health Physics Society (HPS) and IRPA. The congress will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, 20–24 February 2022. Email Mike Mahathy if you would like more information on how you can help with this historic meeting.
More information on the congress can be found in the Meetings area of the HPS website.
Emily Caffrey, Committee Chair
Minority Women in Radiation Protection
Last year the Health Physics Society Public Information Committee (PIC) launched an initiative to document and celebrate women in radiation protection. Sidni Moore, of the National Institutes of Health, and Sara Dumit, of the PIC, have begun work on a new page that honors minority women who have contributed to the profession. The second fantastic female to be featured is Dr. Julianne Pollard-Larkin, the first African American woman to earn her doctoral degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Learn more here about this impressive lady.
Know a woman who deserves to be covered in this series? Contact PIC Chair Emily Caffrey.
In honor of Women's History Month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new Women in Radiation History website in RadTown. Marie Sklodowska Curie is without question the most famous woman in radiation science. She faced obstacles and prejudice and achieved breakthroughs that changed the world. Many other women also overcame professional challenges to advance our understanding of radiation, but their stories remain relatively unknown. Women in Radiation History introduces visitors to three such scientists: Lise Meitner, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Rosalind Franklin.
In addition, visitors can learn the story of a woman working in radiation science in our time, EPA's Radiation Division Director Lee Veal.
Learn more about RadTown and all of EPA's STEM Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, and Online Environmental Resources for Educators.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces the publication of Radiation Protection and Safety in Veterinary Medicine, Safety Reports Series No. 104, led by Debbie Gilley, a Health Physics Society member and IAEA radiation protection specialist. This safety report provides guidance on the safe use of radiation for imaging and treatment in veterinary medicine with the objective of ensuring the safety and radiation protection of workers and members of the public. The publication addresses occupational exposure and public exposure in the use of radiation in veterinary medicine and safety issues that should be considered in order to be compliant with the International Basic Safety Standards (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 3). Consideration is given to the topics of source security and emergency response that might arise with the use of radioactive material in veterinary medicine. Although primarily intended for regulators and workers in veterinary medicine, the publication will also be relevant for professional bodies, ethics committees, and suppliers of equipment and software.
Chris Harvey, Intersociety Relations Committee Chair
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Intersociety Relations Committee is in the process of looking for volunteers who are interested in serving in a liaison position to any of the following organizations below. The purpose is to "promote and strengthen collegial relationship between the [Health Physics] Society and other professional organizations that share similar interest." Liaisons serve for a term of two years (usually coinciding with the incoming president-elect) and can be reappointed, if interested. The only requirement is that you are an HPS member in good standing. You are not required to be members of other organizations. The position will only take up approximately a couple hours of your time, each month. There may also be availability for other organizations at a later date. If you are interested, please reach out to the Intersociety Relations Committee.
- American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
- American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- American Institute of Physics (AIP)
- American Nuclear Society (ANS)
- American Physical Society (APS)
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- N14 Committee (American National Standards Institute)
- N17 Committee (American National Standards Institute)
- Z88 (ANSI/AIHA) Standards Committee