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17 January 2019
From the President: January 2019

View Health Physics Society (HPS) President Nolan Hertel's January video message welcoming the new year and reporting on the HPS government liaison team's December visit to agencies and congressional staff.

16 January 2019
IRPA Meeting in Conjunction With HPS Midyear

The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) radiation safety culture in medicine meeting for North America will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Meeting in San Diego, California. This meeting will be held Wednesday, 20 February, 1–5 p.m. and Thursday, 21 February 2019. Meeting registration is free for all registered midyear meeting attendees.

Speakers from IRPA, the World Health Organization, Image Lightly, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, HPS, and other organizations will discuss what radiation safety culture in medicine means to their organizations. Day 2 will feature group discussions on how a radiation safety culture in medicine can be crafted. Be part of this important discussion and meet leading speakers in the field. If you are interested in IRPA, attend this meeting. If you have questions, please contact Steven King.

16 January 2019
January CHP Corner

The January issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) website and emailed to the readership. This issue contains:

  • The 2018 American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) certification exam results.
  • A reminder to apply for the 2019 ABHP exam by 15 January 2019.
  • A call for a new editor of the CHP Corner.

Find the CHP Corner on the AAHP website. Enjoy!

15 January 2019
New HPS Publications Style Guide

Visit the Health Physics Society (HPS) website to check out the newly updated HPS Publications Style Guide. Intended for anyone writing for HPS publications, this guide covers the style used for items posted on, written for Health Physics News, and submitted for the Health Physics Journal.

The most important sections with which to familiarize yourself if you are preparing items for

  • Section I.H: References, Citations, Resources, Footnotes, and Press Releases
  • Section VI: About SI Units
  • Section II: Specific Guidelines for Health Physics News and HPS Website
  • Section IV: Specific Guidelines for Ask the Experts Website
  • Appendix A: Word List

Use Appendix C: Reference Examples if you are preparing a posting that has references. It will help guide you in putting them in the correct format.

15 January 2019
52nd HPS Midyear Meeting Program

Jack Kraus, Program Committee Chair

The 52nd Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Meeting, 17–20 February 2019 in San Diego, California, will be a memorable meeting! The Society has been active in getting a wide range of speakers for this meeting. The preliminary program is now available on the HPS website. Highlighted in this article are some of the unique sessions to be held at the San Diego Sheraton in just a little over a month.

NCRP/Military Workshop

The HPS Military Health Physics Section is pleased to be working with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) to host a special session/workshop on military health physics. A full day of military-related talks, picked by the HPS and NCRP, will be featured Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. The talks will offer a historical perspective of our military health physics programs, current program roles and projects, and exciting insights into the future. Half of our midyear plenary session will feature talks from military health physics as well. Stay tuned to the next newsletter for more details on the plenary.


Another special feature of this midyear meeting will be the inclusion of an HPS cosponsored workshop with the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) on radiation safety culture in health care. The workshop will be held on the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday of the meeting, 20–21 February 2019. With participants from IRPA, HPS, the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Medical Physics, and more, this two-day event will be a global discussion on establishing a sustainable safety culture program in health care. The meeting will be hands-on, with breakout groups, facilitated discussion and question-and-answer sessions planned! Best of all, this workshop is FREE to all paid HPS midyear meeting attendees (separate registration required if not attending the midyear meeting). Check out the meeting page on the HPS website soon for an updated posting and outline on the workshop. Please contact Steve King with any questions.

We will see you in San Diego!

15 January 2019
Watch Out for Annual Meeting Hotel Scam

It has come to our attention that many of our Health Physics Society (HPS) meeting participants have been contacted by third-party companies (specifically NTA Travel) claiming to be able to book rooms for the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting in Orlando. Beware, as these companies are housing pirates and NOT affiliated with HPS—they will ask for your credit card and charge it immediately for your entire stay and you will not be able to change or cancel your reservation! There are plenty of rooms available at the Hilton Orlando hotel. All meeting links are available on the HPS Meeting page. The only way to book your room at the reduced HPS block rate is directly at the special hotel reservation link.

If you receive calls or emails that do NOT come directly from either or, they are unauthorized outside vendors and should be regarded as a potential scam.

Please contact Society headquarters with any questions.

15 January 2019
Call for Papers: 2019 HPS Annual Meeting

Deadline: 28 February 2019

The 64th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) will be held 7–11 July 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Please consider submitting an abstract of your work (including special session abstracts) through the HPS website for presentation at this meeting, which covers the full spectrum of radiation protection specialties. All are welcome to come and share their work.

There are still openings for a few more special sessions. If there is a special topic you want to present to the health physics community, a special session is a great way to introduce it and initiate scientific dialogue with your peers. For more information, please contact Annual Task Force Chair Timothy Taulbee.

The final abstract submittal deadline is 28 February 2019. The Program Committee will meet face-to-face on 8 March to plan the annual meeting by placing submitted papers into appropriate sessions, organizing the various sessions into rooms and time slots, and coordinating with AV people on layout and room size, etc. BEFORE we can do this, the Program Committee must REVIEW all of the abstracts. Thus, the Program Committee respectfully requests that you submit your abstract by the 28 February 2019 deadline to give us one week to review them in preparation for our planning meeting on 8 March.

Submittal and presentation guidelines can be found in the meetings area of the HPS website.

15 January 2019
Recommended Online Reads

We are starting a new column in Health Physics News. If you have seen a website that contains information that would be of interest to health physicists, please let us know. Just send the URL and a brief explanation of what makes it interesting to News Editor Mary Walchuk.

Our first website was recommended by Steve King. He suggested that for some interesting information on radiation values from airline flights, scroll down to the Cosmic Rays in the Atmosphere section on the website. There you can read about a new predictive model of aviation radiation called E-RAD, and you can see the Hot Flights Table, a daily summary of calculations of radiation exposure from airline flights.

15 January 2019
Disney Discounts: 2019 HPS Annual Meeting

Howard Dickson, Local Arrangements Committee

Those of you who plan to attend the 2019 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, 7–11 July 2019 might be interested in some of the summertime deals in the Orlando area. Disney has released the details of its much-hyped free dining promotion for the summer of 2019. The deal, when booked by 10 February, gives travelers booking a stay at select Walt Disney World hotels free access to the "Disney Dining Plan," which pays for meals at the theme parks and resorts around the complex. Under the deal, guests who pay full price for a room essentially eat for free (although the deal doesn't include gratuities). More special offers can be found on the Disney website.

Other attractions will be offering competing deals, so you might want to check them all out.

Find more information on the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting on the HPS website.

11 January 2019
Newly Elected Officer and Board Members

Congratulations to the officer and Board of Directors members who will take office at the 2019 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, in July:

Treasurer-elect Ali Simpkins

Director Timothy Taulbee

Director Latha Vasudevan

1 January 2019
Health Physics Journal February Editor's Pick

Radiation Protection in Medicine

Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief

The February issue of Health Physics presents the work from the 2018 meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). Outgoing NCRP President John Boice—who passes the baton to incoming NCRP President Kathryn Held on 1 January 2019—summarizes the work of the various NCRP program area committees in 2018 and presents the NCRP's vision for the future. In 2018, the NCRP meeting focused on "Radiation Protection Responsibility in Medicine." The papers in this important issue include consideration of the doses resulting from imaging procedures, the risks and benefits of these procedures, and technological advances. These issues are certainly on the minds of members of the public, so I encourage all our readers to browse the February issue and catch up on the latest developments in this area.

31 December 2018
January 2019 Short Course Listings

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 Course—Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.

Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Training Course—Versant Medical Physics & Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO 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

Packaging and Shipping Class 7 (Radioactive) Material—Plexus Scientific Corporation

28 December 2018
Apply for Student Scholarships and Fellowships

Information on student scholarships and fellowships is now available and can be viewed in the Students area of the Health Physics Society website. The deadline to apply is 28 February 2019.

26 December 2018
What to See in Orlando During the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting

Howard Dickson, Local Arrangements Committee

Welcome to the Sunshine State for the 2019 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hilton Orlando 7–11 July 2019. Orlando is officially the most popular visitor destination in the world, being home to nine major theme parks.

While the sun shines most of the time, the subtropical climate also means frequent afternoon showers, especially in the summer. Consequently, you may wish to consider alternative attractions to rainproof your time in Orlando. Here are a few highly recommended destinations guaranteed to help you stay dry:

Orlando Science Center

This four-story museum in downtown Orlando provides educational fun for all ages. You can explore the permanent collections to learn about space, dinosaurs, alligators, and more. Stay for a movie or documentary on the IMAX.

Orlando Museum of Art

Located in Loch Haven Cultural Park next to the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Museum of Art features a notable collection of American contemporary art as well as traveling exhibits and African art. The Chihuly sculpture in the rotunda is fabulous.


If rail travel is the mode of transportation you favor, you will love Orlando's new two-story commuter train. Kids ride free and, for a minimal fare, you can ride for more than an hour through the city and over lakes to the northern-most point in DeBary and back. Stations are located in Winter Park, downtown, and near the Florida Mall.


Maybe not intended to be a tourist attraction, nevertheless you might find IKEA a welcome change of pace. You can spend hours in IKEA, just wandering through the maze of fun furniture and design ideas. Free breakfast is served weekdays at 9:30 a.m., and an indoor playground is offered for kids who are potty trained. Play areas are also set up throughout the store, keeping little ones entertained while you shop.

For more information on the 64th Annual Meeting of the HPS, see the Meetings and Conferences area of the HPS website.

26 December 2018
ANSI Standard N43.2-1991 to Be Revised or Withdrawn

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard "Radiation Safety for X-Ray Diffraction and Fluorescence Analysis Equipment" (N43.2-1991) is due for revision or withdrawal under ANSI policies. This standard was reviewed and reaffirmed in 2010 and has as its scope the following:

This standard provides guidelines specific to the radiation safety aspects of the design and operation of x-ray diffraction and fluorescence analysis equipment. It does not include electrical safety guidelines or other safety considerations outside the realm of radiation safety.

Much of this standard remains relevant and useful; however, technologies just emerging in 1991 and completely new technologies have come into common application in analytical x-ray machines and have proceeded without standards guidance. This standard needs to address these elements and consequential operational changes.

The subcommittee responsible for this standard is soliciting members to form the writing group (WG) to consider and prepare a revised standard. If you are interested in working on the revision of this standard, please send a letter of interest and a CV to ANSI N43.2 WG Chair Ted de Castro.

Submissions must be in a public domain or standard format—i.e., PDF or RTF. Thank you.

26 December 2018
What's New With Ask the Experts

Marcia Hartman and Gen Roessler

Health Physics Society (HPS) members are familiar with the Ask the Experts (ATE) service started by HPS Past President Gen Roessler in 1999. Nearly 13,000 questions have been submitted and personally answered by our experts. Many of these questions and answers are posted along with FAQs and information sheets under 28 different radiation safety categories. The service has around 300 experts, and our ATE pages draw over one million visitors per year to the HPS website.

ATE recently welcomed new topic editors. Paul Charp is our new laser, infrared, and ultraviolet editor. He is taking over part of the nonionizing category and Gary Zeman will continue as the editor on other topics of that category. Jan Johnson is our new environmental and background radiation editor, succeeding Linnea Wahl. Linnea deserves many thanks for all of her excellent work for ATE. Earlier this year she became the new managing editor for the Health Physics Journal.

Vicki Morris is our new medical and dental patient issues decision editor, succeeding Steve King. Steve has worked effectively with Kent Lambert on that category for several years, but is now involved in a number of new HPS roles, including HPS treasurer.

Short résumés and photos of our new editors can be seen on our Meet the Editors page.

Gen has been invited to give the Third Thomas Tenforde Topical Lecture at the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) annual meeting on 2 April 2019. The theme of the meeting is "NCRP Meeting the Challenge at 90: Best Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Radiation." The title of her talk is "HPS Ask the Experts: Our Most Intriguing Questions and Answers." Gen is pleased that the HPS will have a chance to present the achievements the Society has made in the area of public outreach.

We thank our many experts and topic editors for all their work for ATE.

26 December 2018
PEP and CEL Call for Abstracts for 2019 Annual Meeting

The Health Physics Society (HPS) Continuing Education Committee is accepting titles and abstracts for the Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) and continuing education lecture (CEL) sessions for the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The topic should be in the field of health physics, medical physics, emergency response, homeland security, lasers, accelerators, environmental health physics, or calculations pertaining to health physics.

The PEP and CEL course honorarium has changed. You will receive either a $500 check or full registration credit regardless of the number of PEPs taught. You will receive a $250 check or partial registration credit for teaching one or more CELs.

Abstracts are due by 1 April 2019. Please do not wait until the last minute. Send abstracts and inquiries to Dennis Clum or Katharine McLellan. Thank you!

18 December 2018
2019 HPS Midyear Meeting AAHP Courses

The listing of American Academy of Health Physics courses that will be held at the 2109 Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Meeting is now available. For this listing and much more information on the meeting, which will be held 17–20 February in San Diego, California, please visit the 52nd Midyear Meeting page on the HPS website.

17 December 2018
December SAFRON Update

The December 2018 SAFRON update—"The Bad Apple Theory"—is now available on the International Atomic Energy Agency website.

SAFRON, Safety in Radiation Oncology, is an integrated voluntary reporting and learning system of radiotherapy incidents and near misses. SAFRON publishes periodic updates covering various topics related to safety in radiotherapy.

1 December 2018
Upcoming HPS Meetings

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.

52nd Midyear Meeting: 17–20 February 2019; San Diego, California

64th Annual Meeting: 7–11 July 2019; Orlando, Florida

53rd Midyear Meeting: 26–29 January 2020; Bethesda, Maryland

65th Annual Meeting: 4–9 July 2020; National Harbor, Maryland

66th Annual Meeting: 25–29 July 2021; Phoenix, Arizona

67th Annual Meeting: 16–21 July 2022; Spokane, Washington

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