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13 June 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Look What's Happening!

Kevin Nelson, IRPA 16 Organizing Committee Chair

Held jointly by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and the Health Physics Society (HPS), the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting will take place 7–12 July 2024 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. Here is information on events you should be sure to attend.

The Associates Societies Forum (ASF), being held Sunday, 7 July, is an opportunity to present topics of interest to all IRPA Associate Societies. HPS in one of 53 IRPA Associate Societies. An update from all IRPA Task Groups will be presented, as well as brief presentations from those running for IRPA Executive Council for the next term and from Associate Societies wishing to host IRPA 18 in 2032. It will be similar to our HPS Business Meeting.

We are really excited about the Opening Ceremony for IRPA 16 on Monday, 8 July! All attendees are welcome and are encouraged to attend. As part of the Landauer Lectureship, we have arranged to have a former NASA astronaut speak at the Opening Ceremony. This only makes sense since we are so close to the Space Coast. As the chair of the IRPA 16 Organizing Committee, I will be moderating this session. You will also hear remarks from IRPA President Bernard Le Guen, HPS President Elizabeth Brackett, and IRPA 16 Program Committee Chair Renate Czarwinski. Come early as we may have a surprise waiting for you.

The Seivert Lecture will occur immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Monday. The Rolf M. Sievert Award is IRPA's highest award in recognition of outstanding contributions to radiological protection, and the award honors the memory of a leader and pioneer in radiological protection, Professor Rolf Sievert. This year's recipient, Dr. María del Rosario Pérez, is from Argentina. From 2007 to 2022, Pérez worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) Radiation Program. Currently, she serves as an advisor of the Board of Directors of the ARN, the nuclear regulatory authority of Argentina, in the area of radiation protection of patients, workers, and the public, including medical preparedness and response to radiological and nuclear emergencies.

The Health Physics Society (HPS) Business/Members Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9 July, at 5:30 pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given on the meeting and the Society in general, after which members are given the opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the Board of Directors.

The Gala Dinner will occur on Tuesday evening, 9 July, from 7 to 9 pm in room Gatlin B in the Convention Center. Tickets are $100 each. Dress is business casual, and the dinner will offer attendees an opportunity to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere with your radiation protection colleagues from around the world. Chicken will be the main course but, of course, we are used to this at HPS meetings.

The IRPA General Assembly, being held on Wednesday, is where the official business of IRPA occurs. Based on the current paying membership of the IRPA Associate Society, delegates vote on key issues and topics including rule changes, new IRPA Executive Council members, and preference for upcoming IRPA International Congress meetings. The United States, i.e., HPS, has the largest delegation with 17, followed by Great Britian with 13. Only delegates are allowed to attend this meeting.

For more information, to view the program, and to register for the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting, visit the meeting website.

13 June 2024

Health Physics Editor's Note: Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

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

It's that time of year where we here at the Health Physics Journal are setting our sights on the Health Physics Society's (HPS) annual meeting. This year, we return to Orlando, where the HPS is partnering with the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) for a joint meeting. As always, the July issue of the Health Physics Journal will contain the abstracts from the HPS meeting, and this year we will have the IRPA abstracts too! Make sure to peruse the presentation abstracts and highlight those you want to be sure not to miss in Orlando.

Each year, the HPS annual meeting gives us the opportunity to connect with our readers and authors at the Publications Booth in the exhibit hall. We invite all of you to stop by the booth and say hello, ask questions, and provide feedback to us. We really do enjoy renewing our relationships with each of you, and this year the partnership with IRPA will extend this opportunity to our colleagues from around the world. Don't forget your sunscreen, and see you in Orlando!

13 June 2024

New Member Discount! Limited Time Only! 

HPS Membership Committee

In celebration of the first International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) International Congress held in the United States in 51 years, non-Health Physics Society (HPS) members new to the HPS can pay just $52 for an HPS membership lasting until 31 December 2025. This new member discount will be available 1 July–30 September only and applications must be completed online. Attendance at the HPS/IRPA meeting is not required to take advantage of this discount, and we encourage you to share this offer with your non-HPS peers, counterparts, and professional contacts across your respective industries.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Najjar.

Cheers to many more successful years of the HPS!

13 June 2024

Share Your Extra HP Professional Books

Do you have professional health physics books you no longer use but that would be helpful to someone else in the field? As you clean out your office, consider listing the books you want to share on the HP Professional Book Sharing page on the Health Physics Society (HPS) website.

Are you looking for professional health physics books, but have a limited budget? Peruse the titles on the HP Professional Book Sharing page and see if any fit your needs. Then contact the person giving away the book to arrange shipping. The book giver and receiver are responsible for arranging and paying for shipping. The upcoming annual meeting would be a good time to deliver books to each other to avoid having to ship them.

To have a book that you want to give away listed on the page, email HPS News Editor Mary Walchuk a photo of the cover; the title, author, publisher, and publication date; and your email address and we will list your book(s).

13 June 2024

Health Physics Fund Raffle Time!

Kendall Berry, MSPH, CMLSO, HPS Treasurer, 2022–2024

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen US Media Site

That's right, we are drawing closer to the annual meeting, and it is raffle time! This year we are again tapping into the electric vehicle idea with a fun twist. Did you know VW has reintroduced the van as an electric vehicle? The VW ID. Buzz will arrive at US dealers in 2024. Enter this year's drawing and you could win the first-place award of $50k toward a VW ID. Buzz (or take the cash).

But wait, there's more! There will be a second-place award of $2,000 and a third-place award of $1,000, if we reach our raffle sweet spot. Until that point, we will run this as a 50/50 raffle (Health Physics Fund and the first-place winner each get half of the proceeds).

Ticket sales will be closed on 9 July 2024 at noon ET or after 2,000 tickets have been sold. Winner(s) will be announced during the 9 July HPS Business/Members Meeting. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Please consider supporting the Health Physics Fund and participate in this year's raffle by texting "HPF2024" to 33100 or by clicking here!

13 June 2024

Only One Issue of Health Physics News in July

Health Physics News will not be published on 15 July 2024. We will publish a 1 July issue and then after the IRPA 16/69th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, we will be busily preparing our annual meeting photo highlights and continuing work on preparing for the new HPS website. News items will still be posted in the Current News section of the HPS website from time to time, but a newsletter recap will not be emailed to members until 1 August. Then we will be back on our regular two-issues-a-month schedule.

12 June 2024

Members Forum: DOE Office of Environmental Management Update

A new thread has been started under the Decommissioning Section category in the Members Forum on the Health Physics Society website. The message provides a link to the latest issue of the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management EM Update bulletin.

To join the discussion, HPS members should log in to Members Only and then click here.

12 June 2024

Members Forum: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Decommissioning

A new thread has been started under the Decommissioning Section category in the Members Forum on the Health Physics Society website. The message provides information on Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel & Waste Disposition Paul Murray's update to the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel (CEP) on the key priorities of the federal spent fuel management program at the CEP's 13 June quarterly meeting.

To join the discussion. HPS members should log in to Members Only and then click here.

12 June 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Program Highlights

Held jointly by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and the Health Physics Society (HPS), the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting will take place 7–12 July 2024 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Make your plans to attend and take part in the highlights listed here and many more daily sessions, committee meetings, and other activities. See the meeting website for schedules and more information. Click here to register.

Plenary Sessions

Sunday, 7 July
Associates Society Forum

Monday, 8 July
Opening Ceremony
Sievert Lecture
Plenary Panel #1: The Systems of RP for Ionising & Nonionising Radiation
Plenary Panel #2: Current Status of the Scientific Basis for Radiation Safety, Protection Recommendations, and International Standards

Wednesday, 10 July
Plenary Panel Discussion IRPA/IOMP/FORO Safety Culture
Plenary Panel Discussion World Café "Finding the Next Generation of Radiation Protection Professionals"
Plenary Round Table WIN/WIR

Friday, 12 July
Plenary Panel #3: Fostering Education, Training, and Competences in Radiological Protection
Plenary Panel Discussion #4: Recurring Medical Exposures of Patients
Closing Session

Business Meetings

HPS Business Meeting—Tuesday, 9 July
IRPA General Assembly—Wednesday, 10 July

Social Events

Sunday, 7 July
Welcome Reception

Monday, 8 July
Coffee Breaks and Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Open Mike Night

Tuesday, 9 July
Coffee Breaks and Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
AAHP Luncheon
Gala Dinner

Thursday, 11 July
HPS Awards Lunch

Student Events

Saturday, 6 July
Student Orientation

Sunday, 7 July
Student Icebreaker
Quiz Bowl

Monday, 8 July
Speed Networking

Courses, Posters, and More

AAHP Courses—Saturday, 6 July
Professional Enrichment Program—Sunday, 7 July
Poster Sessions—Monday–Wednesday, 8–10 July
Continuing Education Lectures—Tuesday–Thursday, 9–11 July
Refresher Courses—Tuesday–Friday, 9–12 July
Challenging Health Physics Questions—Tuesday–Thursday, 9–11 July
Childcare—Sunday-Friday, 7–12 July

Exhibit Hall Hours

Sunday, 7 July, 5–7 pm, Welcome Reception
Monday, 8 July, 9:30 am–5 pm
Tuesday, 9 July, 9:30 am–5 pm
Wednesday, 10 July, 9:30 am–4 pm

Registration Desk Hours

Saturday, 6 July, 3–4:30 pm
Sunday, 7 July, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Monday, 8 July, 8:30 am–3 pm
Tuesday, 9 July, 8:30 am–3 pm
Wednesday, 10 July, 8:30 am–2:30 pm
Thursday, 11 July, 8:30 am–2 pm
Friday, 12 July, 8:45–10:45 am

12 June 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Free Books—Enter the Drawing!

HPS Web Operations

We will be giving away these great books at the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting, being held 7–12 July 2024 in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to visit the Health Physics Society Publications Booth in the exhibit hall Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon for your chance to win.

Thank you to the authors, editors, and publishers who have donated over $4,000 worth of books, including fiction and nonfiction covering a wide range of topics:

  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer – Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (available from Penguin Random House, ISBN 9780375726262)
  • An Introduction to Radiation Protection in Medicine – Edited by Jamie V. Trapp and Tomas Kron (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN 9781584889649)
  • The Atomic City Girls Janet Beard (available from HarperCollinsPublishers, ISBN: 9780062666710)
  • At Work in the Atomic City: A Labor and Social History of Oak Ridge, Tennessee – Russell B. Olwell (available from The University of Tennessee Press, ISBN 13: 978-1-57233-644-5, ISBN 10: 1-57233-644-7)
  • City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee 1942–1946 Charles W. Johnson and Charles O. Jackson (available from The University of Tennessee Press, ISBN: 978-0-87049-309-6)
  • Dead Hot – M.K. Coker (available from Amazon, ISBN-10: 1545120609, ISBN-13: ‎978-1545120606)
  • Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARRSIM Users, Second Edition – Eric W. Abelquist (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 9780367867133)
  • Environmental Health, Fourth Edition Dade W. Moeller (available from Harvard University Press, ISBN: 9780674047402)
  • Fundamentals of Health Physics & Radiation Protection Dr. Philip C. Fulmer (available from Amazon, ISBN-13: ‎979-8989597901)
  • The Girls of Atomic City Denise Kernan (available from Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 978-1-4516-1752-8)
  • The Health Physics Solutions Manual, Third Edition – Thomas E. Johnson (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN: ISBN-10: 1929169051, ISBN-13: 978-1929169054)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot (available from Penguin Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-5218-9)
  • Khan's The Physics of Radiation Therapy, Sixth Edition John P. Gibbons (available from Wolters Kluwer, ISBN: 9781496397522)
  • Laser Safety Management – Ken Barat (available from CRC Press, ISBN 9780824723071)
  • Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program Antone L. Brooks (available from WSU Press, ISBN: 978-0-87422-354-5)
  • Nuclear Medicine Physics: A Handbook for Teachers and Students – Technical Editors: D.L. Bailey, J.L. Humm, A. Todd-Pakropek, and A. van Aswegen (available from International Atomic Energy Agency, ISBN: 978-92-0-143810-2)
  • Principles of Nuclear Radiation Detection – Geoffrey G. Eichholz and John W. Poston (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 9781315895970)
  • Quantitative Environmental Risk Analysis for Human Health, Second Edition – Robert A. Fjeld, Timothy A. DeVol, Nicole E. Martinez (available from Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-119-67532-7)
  • Radiation Answers: Answers to Your Questions About Radiation and You – Health Physics Society (out of print, ISBN: 978-0-9825161-0-2)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Guide for Technologists, Second Edition – Thomas E. Johnson (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169-16-0, ISBN-13: 978-1929169160)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Workbook for Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169078, ISBN-13: 978-1929169078)
  • Radiation Protection: Solutions Manual – David J. Dolan and Thomas E. Johnson (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169153, ISBN-13: 978-1929169153)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Guide for Canadian Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson and Francis E. Tourneur (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169-17-7, ISBN-13: 978-1929169-17-7)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Workbook for Canadian Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson and Francis E. Tourneur (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169-21-4, ISBN-13: 978-1929169-21-4)
  • Radiation Protection: Canadian Solutions Manual – David J. Dolan, Francis E. Tourneur, and Thomas E. Johnson (available from Pastime Publications, ISBN-10: 1929169-18-4, ISBN-13: 978-1929169-18-4)
  • Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology – Edited by Richard J. Vetter and Magdalena S. Stoeva (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 978-0-367-57521-2)
  • Radiation Risks in Perspective – Kenneth L. Mossman (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 9780367453435)
  • Radioactive Air Sampling Methods – Edited by Mark L. Maiello and Mark D. Hoover (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 9780849397172)
  • Radiobiology for the Radiologist, Eighth Edition – Eric J. Hall and Amato J. Giaccia (available from Wolters Kluwer, ISBN-13: 978-1-4963-3541-8, ISBN-10: 1-4963-3541-4)
  • Silent Source: A Medical Thriller – Jim Smith (available from Amazon, ISBN: 978-1939398703)
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women – Kate Moore (available from Sourcebooks, ISBN: 978-1-4926-5095-9)
  • Understanding Radiation Science: Basic Nuclear and Health Physics – James Mannie Shuler (available from Universal Publishers, ISBN: 1-58112-907-6
  • X-Ray Imaging: Fundamentals, Industrial Techniques and Applications – Harry E. Martz, Jr., Clint M. Logan, Daniel J. Schneberk, and Peter J. Shull (available from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 9780849397721)
11 June 2024

Military Health Physics Section Awards

Steve Rademacher, Military HP Section Awards Committee Chair

The Military Health Physics Section is honored to announce the section's 2024 awards:

  • The John C. Taschner Leadership Award: Captain Thad Sharp, MSC, USN
  • The Superior Civilian Service Award: Richard T. Whitman, PhD, US Customs and Border Protection (Retired)
  • The Young Military Health Physicist of the Year Award: Captain Jian Zhang, USAF, BSC
7 June 2024

Members Forum: Decommissioning Section Seeking Input

A new thread has been started under the Decommissioning Section category in the Members Forum on the Health Physics Society website. The section Board is reaching out for volunteers for officer and Board member positions and is asking for input on increasing Decommissioning Section activity.

To join the discussion. HPS members should log in to Members Only and then click here.

5 June 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: IRPA16 Communication, Stakeholder Involvement, Education, and Training

Renate Czarwinski, IRPA 16 Program Chair

The IRPA 16 Congress to be held in Orlando, Florida, 7–12 July 2024 is an important international conference, attracting radiation protection practitioners from around the world. This is an opportunity to share practices, reconnect with colleagues and friends, and build your network.

For this congress, the topical area of Communication, Stakeholder Involvement, Education, and Training aims at sharing experiences in interacting with the public and developing the capacity to appropriately apply the radiological protection system. Two sessions will be dedicated to education and training, one session will address risk perception and communication, and one session will share experiences on stakeholder involvement and radiological protection culture.

The organizers received 86 abstracts for the main topical area Communication, Stakeholder Involvement, Education, and Training, with only 20 selected as oral presentations. The remainder, evaluated as high quality by the Programme Committee, will be offered as poster presentations.

Speakers from nine different countries and two international organisations (IRPA and IAEA) will be giving presentations addressing general topics on education and training and communication as well as their application in specific domains such as medical, waste management, legacy sites, or environmental monitoring.

Join us in July for an opportunity to learn from your colleagues around the world.

31 May 2024

June Short Course Listings

The June short course offerings have been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:

Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training—Kentek Corporation

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.

Facility Decommissioning Training Course—Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

Environmental Monitoring Online Training Course—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Applied Health Physics—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

30 May 2024

Ads? Why?

Kendall Berry, MSPH, CMLSO, Website Development Planning Task Force Chair

Have you noticed ads on the HPS.org website? Ads like this at the bottom of the page:

This is only a test!

As your Website Development Planning Task Force has been gathering data, we have learned that the decay calculator and Ask the Experts pages are viewed frequently. The idea that ads could generate income is one that has been floated numerous times, but never tested. Right now, as we are redeveloping our website, the task force opted to gather some data and learn if ads are an untapped potential revenue source. The intent was to have ads on the decay calculator and Ask the Experts pages only, but ads have been popping up on other pages too, which is good information for the task force. The task force will use the data and knowledge gained to inform the Board of their options and the HPS Board will ultimately decide if ads are part of the new website. So, for now, this is a test, this is just a test.

30 May 2024

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.

29 May 2024

San Diego Chapter Up and Running

Bridget Smith, Chapter Secretary

The San Diego Chapter of the Health Physics Society is up and running after a four-year hiatus. Officers Brianna Tuma-Marcella, Rene Michel, and Bridget Smith have organized a number of events, including a virtual meeting with speaker Carolyn MacKenzie, CHP, discussing "Securing, Removing, and Replacing Possible Dirty Bomb Material" and a live meeting at San Diego State University with speaker Barbara Hamrick, CHP, discussing "Artificial Intelligence and Health Physics."

In addition, we are holding social mixers throughout the year for our members. Our next virtual meeting will be 11 June 2024 at 7 pm PST. Our speaker will be Dr. Armin Ansari, director of the Center for Science and Technology at the US Environmental Protection Agency. We will be posting and/or live streaming this video on the San Diego Chapter YouTube channel.

Please contact us for more information about our chapter.

San Diego Chapter February 2024 Meet Up
Photo courtesy of Bridget Smith

 

March 2024 San Diego Chapter meeting at San Diego State University
Photo courtesy of Ken Smith, CHP

 

28 May 2024

Student Highlight: Sophie Brodish and Auden Oliveri

Written by Sophie Brodish, Oregon State University, and Auden Oliveri, Reed College
Edited by Jillian Newmyer, Oregon State University

The Health Physics Society (HPS) Cascade Chapter Meeting was held at Reed College on 10 May 2024. We wanted to highlight Sophie Brodish and Auden Oliveri, two students serving in leadership positions in this chapter.

Sophie Brodish (she/they) is the president-elect of the HPS Cascade Chapter. She is a second-year graduate student at Oregon State University, focusing on neutron radiography and its application to post-irradiation examination of irradiated fuel. They are additionally passionate about mentorship, mentoring of a number of undergraduate students within her research group. She got into HPS through her advisor, who requested that she speak at the HPS meeting as a wee undergraduate years ago, and fell in love with the fascinating research that extends over a broad range of health physics disciplines. Her advice for students wanting to get involved is to look around at the bulletin boards around campus. They are a fantastic opportunity to discover events that get lost in the sea of incoming emails. And attend a chapter meeting! You never know who you'll get to meet (usually a group of incredibly cool people who collectively possess a wide range of career experiences).

Auden Oliveri (they/he) is a rising senior chemistry major at Reed College and a senior reactor operator at the Reed Research Reactor. They currently serve as the secretary of the Cascade Chapter of HPS, and as president of the Reed College Student Section of the American Nuclear Society. They are passionate about diversity in nuclear, science communication, and nuclear policy. They got involved with the Cascade Chapter after hearing about it while taking a course to become a radiation safety officer. Their boss encouraged them to present research at one of the meetings and they became secretary that same year. Their advice is getting involved in HPS by talking to staff members at your school—specifically if you don't have a health physics major—which gives you the opportunity to learn about more options and might even help you get a job. Also be confident in your skills and the perspective you bring to meetings. Have fun with it!

We thank Sophie and Auden for sharing their experiences within HPS and encourage other students to explore and get involved within their local chapter.

Sophie Brodish presents their research at the HPS Cascade Chapter Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Jillian Newmyer

 

Auden Oliveri (left) and Sophie Brodish (right) present the chapter updates at the HPS Cascade Chapter Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Jillian Newmyer

 

28 May 2024

Joint Workshop on Initiatives of Low-Dose Research Co-Ordination

Co-organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and its International Dose Effect Alliance (IDEA) network, and by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) High-Level Group on Low-Dose Research (HLG-LDR), the Joint Workshop on Initiatives of Low-Dose Research Co-Ordination continues collaboration between both organizations through a series of workshops and webinars on low-dose research. The workshop will be held online and in person at NEA headquarters 25–26 June 2024 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

The IDEA initiative was established in 2016 and, since then, provides the opportunity for low-dose radiation research organizations and individuals around the world to meet to exchange information on programs, priorities, and strategic research.

The HLG-LDR supports radiological protection policy, regulation, and implementation choices by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of research through global co-ordination of ongoing and future low-dose research projects. Other existing initiatives worldwide, such as the ones in Canada, Europe, and Japan, also contribute to this effort and are identified as major players in the elaboration of the program of this event.

In this context, a scientific committee has been convened to prepare the workshop program, with participants from EPRI and its IDEA network, NEA CRPPH and its HLG-LDR, European research platforms MELODI, ALLIANCE, Japanese network PLANET and Canadian COHERE.

The specific objectives are:

  • To share knowledge on the latest research findings on low-dose radiation health outcomes and biological mechanisms associated with low-dose radiation exposure of humans and non-human species, as well as on new research methods and approaches.
  • To identify and develop mechanisms to expedite outreach to the radiological protection community on the importance of co-ordination in the field of low-dose research.
  • To strengthen the development of education and training resources for the next generation of researchers and radiological protection professionals.
  • To develop initiatives to bring together researchers and regulators, amplifying the impact of key research findings and thereby facilitating the transition of scientific research results to real-world applications.

Click here for the workshop agenda, more information, and registration instructions.

 

28 May 2024

ICRP Task Groups 113 and 98 Draft Reports Open for Consultation

Wayne Glines, Health Physics News Contributing Editor

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) is soliciting comments on two draft reports that are open for consultation. If you would like to have a say in the future of radiation protection, read these draft reports and share your insights.

  • Task Group 113 Report: Reference Organ Absorbed and Effective Dose Coefficients for Common Radiographic Examinations—comment before 16 August 2024
  • Task Group 98 Report: Radiological Protection in Areas Contaminated by Past Activities—comment before 20 September 2024

Find these draft reports, see more information, and submit your comments on the ICRP Consultations Page.

22 May 2024

Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section Award

Bill Irwin, Section President

The Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is honored to announce the section's 2024 Distinguished Service Award recipient, Craig M. Marianno, PhD, CHP; his award will be presented at the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting in Orlando. Congratulations to Craig for all the hard work he has done on behalf of the Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section. Details on the section meeting and award presentation will be available in Orlando; every effort will be made for those section members who are not attending in person to participate.

22 May 2024

Did You Know? - Resources for Your Classroom

HPS Web Operations

Did you know that the Health Physics Society (HPS) website includes a page dedicated to helping teachers introduce radiation-related subjects to their students? Head over to Resources for Your Classroom to find these helpful teacher aids:

  • Career Information
    All about careers in radiation safety—from the HPS
  • Radiation Science Instrumentation and Radiation Sources
    • The HPS Radiation Instrument Kit, a collection of equipment and materials loaned by the HPS to teachers for basic radiation science demonstrations and laboratory exercises
    • Simple-to-use and inexpensive computer-based equipment for basic science experimentation—produced by Vernier Software & Technology
    • Inexpensive radiation sources for use in the classroom—provided by Spectrum Techniques.
    • A list of manuals for a wide variety of civil-defense radiation survey meters—from Oak Ridge Associated Universities
    • Instructions for converting a surplus civil-defense Geiger-Mueller counter to a digital counter with audio output—from HPS Virginia Chapter
  • Safety of Radiation Sources in the Classroom
    Guidance for the Use of Exempt Quantities of Radioactive Material in the Secondary School—from HPS Science Support Committee
  • Demonstrations and Classroom Activities
    • Irradiated salt demonstration—from the HPS
    • Calculate your annual radiation exposure activity—from the US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Calculate your annual radiation exposure activity—from the American Nuclear Society
    • Radioactive decay simulation using candy—from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
    • Radioactive decay simulation using pennies—from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
    • Half-Life: A Classroom Exercise—from the HPS
14 May 2024

State of Texas Chapter Spring Meeting

Latha Vasudevan, PhD, CHP, Chapter Public Relations Chair
Photos courtesy of Latha Vasudevan

The State of Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society (STC-HPS) held its two-day spring meeting 19–20 April 2024 at the Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

On the first day, we had technical presentations from radiation safety professionals followed by the STC-HPS Executive Council meeting. The chapter typically hosts the spring meeting as a platform for students to highlight their project presentations and to offer the best paper presentation award. Part of the second day covered student paper presentations. All student presentations were equally good, and the judges had a tough time tallying the scores.

Londyn Franklin received the STC-HPS Excellence Award for Best Radiation or Radiation-Related Project.

The highlights were the presentations from the high school science fair winners. The 2024 Texas Science and Engineering Fair was convened at Texas A&M University, where the regional science fair winners presented their projects. STC-HPS members Linda Morris and Latha Vasudevan served as judges, scanned through over 200 poster presentations from different categories, and identified one that closely aligned with the chapter's mission on radiation protection. They presented the STC-HPS Excellence Award for Best Radiation or Radiation-Related Project to Londyn Franklin, a state finalist from the Dallas Regional Science Fair. Her project was titled "Radiation Resilience: A comparative Analysis of Super Absorbent Polymers and Traditional Space suit Materials for Radiation Protection." She was also offered an opportunity to present her work at our chapter's spring meeting in College Station. Londyn was able to come and present her work on 19 April. It was quite impressive to see her present her work flawlessly in front of radiation safety professionals.

Another high school student who was invited to present her work during the chapter meeting was Samikshya Mahapatra. She is a College Station High School student, and her project was titled "Development and Demonstration of a low-cost strip PET Scanner Prototype." She was qualified for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Los Angeles in May 2024. Her work was so thorough, and her presentation piqued so much interest among the audience. It was quite encouraging to see the young researcher making an extremely well-prepared presentation reflecting the caliber of future professionals.

We had about 40 attendees for the spring meeting and the meeting was successfully concluded by announcing the prize winners for both undergraduate and graduate student category. The STC-HPS presented checks for the best presentations.

  • First Place ($250) undergraduate category—Maxwell Koester
  • First Place ($250) graduate category—Zavier N. Ndum
  • Second place ($150) graduate category—Christopher Martin
  • Third place ($100) graduate category—John Corder

The chapter also offered a $50 check to Jordan Hillis for the work she has done for the HPS student branch and $50 gift cards to each of the high school students for their phenomenal work.

The chapter thanks the speakers and the attendees for their outstanding contribution and for making this meeting successful.

The full agenda can be found on the State of Texas Chapter website

Samikshya Mahapatra presenting "Development and Demonstration of a Low-Cost Strip PET Scanner Prototype

 

Max Koester presenting "Navigating Organizational Changes in the Health Physics Community"

 

Zavier N. Ndum presenting "Microdosimetry – The Descriptor of Radiation Quality"

 

STC-HPS leadership with student members

 

14 May 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Program Available Online

The electronic version of the program for the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting is now available on the meeting website.

Click here to take a look at the program and see all the wonderful oral presentations that will be given at the meeting, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, 7–12 July 2024.

Click here to register for the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting.

10 May 2024

Past DOE Nuclear Energy Officials Roundtable

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) invites you to a unique event featuring six former leaders of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy on Monday, 20 May 2024, 11:00 am–12:00 pm ET.

Charting the course at the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy is no easy task; however, some amazing individuals have served our nation in the Assistant Secretary of Energy for the Office of Nuclear Energy role. ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy will host a roundtable discussion featuring some of those stellar leaders and will discuss their perspectives on the current state of nuclear energy and where the industry is headed. ANS holds this special event featuring these former impactful civil servants in honor of Peter Lyons (1943–2021), appointed Assistant Secretary of Energy for the Office of Nuclear Energy in 2010 and former ANS Fellow.

Register now. Can't attend live? Register and we will send you a link to the recording. Submit questions for the roundtable discussion in advance.

10 May 2024

Rad Air NESHAP Meeting – 2024 Draft Agenda and Registration

J. Matthew Barnett and Christine Lobos

325 Nozzle - from Traverse Port
Photo courtesy of J. Matthew Barnett

On Tuesday, 23 July 2024, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency are hosting a no-cost virtual/hybrid Rad Air NESHAP meeting. The event will run from 11:10 am to 3:15 pm EDT. On Wednesday, 24 July 2024, for those attending in-person in Richland, Washington, there will be an opportunity to tour the Hanford Site and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to learn more about radioactive air emissions programs.

Program presentations include:

  • Department of Energy Subpart H Report, by C. Lobos and S. Snyder
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Overview of the Radionuclide NESHAPS, by J. Walsh and J. Rustick
  • CAP88-PC – Lessons in Proper Use, by B. Littleton
  • Tritium Exit Signs – Are They a Rad-NESHAP Concern?, by K. Hyatt, D. Fuehne, R. Lattin, and S. Didla
  • Flanged Tritium Waste Containers at Los Alamos – Adventures in Design, Planning & Permitting, by R. Lattin, D. Fuehne, K. Hyatt, and S. Didla

Registration is now open at the 2024 Rad Air NESHAP Meeting Registration Link. Or copy/paste the link into your browser to register: https://www.energy.gov/ehss/articles/national-emission-standards-hazardous-air-pollutants-neshap-compliance-monitoring

Additional information including time and weblink to the session/meeting will be emailed to registrants as it becomes available. Individuals may also contact Matthew Barnett and Christine Lobos for other information.

The organizing committee includes:

  • Christine Lobos, DOE-HQ
  • Matthew Barnett, PNNL
  • Jonathan Walsh, EPA-HQ
  • Sandra Snyder, PNNL
  • Joe Rustick, EPA-HQ
10 May 2024

Student Profile: Emmanuel Matey Mate-Kole, Georgia Institute of Technology

Written by Emmanuel Matey Mate-Kole, Georgia Institute of Technology
Edited by Johnson Aina, HPS Student Support Committee

The Student Support Committee is proud to showcase another outstanding health physics graduate student, Emmanuel Matey Mate-Kole, who is a nuclear and radiological engineering PhD candidate in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics (NRE/MP) Program, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). We hope you get to know Emmanuel through learning about his background, experiences, and current PhD research work.

Emmanuel is currently a third-year PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Shaheen Dewji in the Radiological Engineering, Detection, and Dosimetry Laboratory (RED²). Achieving candidacy status involved a two-stage process for Emmanuel: passing his PhD qualification examination at the end of the first year at Georgia Tech and successfully defending his PhD proposal during the third year. In addition to his primary PhD track, Emmanuel chose to maximize his utilization of course resources from other departments at Georgia Tech, culminating in a minor in computational mathematics and statistics. His current research encompasses "Evaluation of Exposure Pathway, Internalized Uptakes, and Dosimetry for Defense and Consequence Management Applications" and "Enhancement of Biokinetics Using Physiologically Based Models for Internalized Radionuclides." Specifically, his research involves a novel stochastic expansion of biokinetic models for dose assessment and the development of radiation countermeasures for internalized radiation exposures during mass population exposure events and military scenarios. Essentially, his research directly supports US national security efforts in preparedness for malicious events such as nuclear attacks, radiological incidents, and chemical accidents, providing crucial assistance to agencies such as the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and National Institutes of Health. His experiences in internal dosimetry with expertise in biokinetic modeling seamlessly align with pharmacokinetic modeling for pharmaceuticals.

Emmanuel graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana with a BSc in physics (with a biomedical physics emphasis). After completing his undergraduate studies, he served as a teaching and research assistant in the physics department for one year. During this period, he provided assistance in undergraduate-level courses, including but not limited to, health physics (including nuclear energy), atomic physics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, medical physics, and radiobiology. Additionally, he supervised general physics laboratory work and managed research projects in nuclear and biomedical laboratory physics.

Prior to attending Georgia Tech, Emmanuel earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering with a major in nuclear reactor physics and engineering at the Université Paris-Saclay in France. Throughout his master's program, he was a recipient of the prestigious and competitive Université Paris-Saclay International Master's Scholarship. During the first year of his master's program, he embarked on a research internship at Ire`ne-Joliot Curie Laboratory of Physics of Two Infinities (IJCLAB) – Health Unit, Paris-Saclay. His research focused on the characterization of 3D microdosimeters and the development of a graphical user interface using Python for application in hadron therapy. The analysis toolkit developed during this internship continues to be utilized by the laboratory to date. Emmanuel also interned as a research engineer at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Paris-Saclay, France, within the Reactor Studies and Applied Mathematics unit (SERMA) and under the Laboratory of Stochastic & Deterministic Transport (LTSD) division. His research work at the CEA focused on the Study of Doubly Angular and Energy Differential Gamma-Ray Albedo Library for Gamma Dose Rate Calculation, involving the TRIPOLI-4 Monte Carlo Code and the NARMER-1 code, which ultimately formed his master's thesis.

Currently, Emmanuel is an active member of the Health Physics Society (HPS), Radiation Research Society, American Nuclear Society, and World Institute for Nuclear Security, demonstrating his active commitment for professional engagement. He has played a pivotal role in the success of the HPS conferences since 2022. His contributions include serving as a graduate student worker during the 67th HPS Annual Meeting, as well as having the honor of being invited as a session chair of the HPS Hybrid Internal Dosimetry Workshop at Oregon State University in 2023. He was also the recipient of the HPS J. Newell Stannard Fellowship in the 2022/2023 academic year—a recognition of his academic achievements, outstanding scientific contributions, and professional dedication in the field of health physics as a graduate student. Emmanuel has delivered technical presentations nationally and internationally, including a number of invitations to serve as a course instructor in internal dosimetry, biokinetic modeling, radiation dosimetry, and basis of computer programming (C++ and Python) as applied to radiation transport and dosimetry. Recently, he was invited to join the leadership of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurement and Standards (CIRMS), where he volunteered to support the Radiation Protection and Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Emmanuel anticipates graduating in summer 2025 and aims to secure a research appointment at a national laboratory. He is a talented investigator and an advocate for harnessing the power of computational science for transformative change. His expertise extends to the application of machine learning techniques, bringing data-driven precision to radiation dosimetry and monitoring domains.

8 May 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Student Events

Jill Newmyer, Student Support Committee Chair

The Student Support Committee of the Health Physics Society (HPS) will be hosting a variety of events during the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Orlando, 7–12 July 2024. Come by and check them out!

Student Icebreaker Event

The student icebreaker will be held on Sunday, 7 July, 2–3 pm, right before the Quiz Bowl. Come out to meet and network with fellow students!

Quiz Bowl

Ever wanted to test your radiation protection knowledge against other students? Which school actually has the best health physics program? Group together and quiz your smarts in our annual HPS Quiz Bowl, sponsored by the Student Support Committee. The 2024 Quiz Bowl will be on Sunday, 7 July, 3–5 pm. Teams will be limited to eight teams with a maximum of six people per team. Sign-up for teams will be sent out via email and on-site 30 minutes before the start. See you there!

Speed Networking

The popular "Speed Networking" event will be back this year on Monday evening, 8 July, 5:30–6:30 pm. Open to all meeting registrants, this event is a whirlwind mixer designed to connect anyone looking for mentorship in health physics with those who have resources and advice to share! Participants are encouraged to bring LOTS of business cards and can certainly bring résumés or job postings if they would like. This is a great way for new attendees to find a mentor for the remainder of the conference or start a long-term mentoring relationship. This event is cohosted by the Mentorship and Student Support Committees.

30 November 2023

68th HPS Annual Meeting Highlights - More Meeting Photos 

HPS Section Awards

Accelerator Section

H. Wade Patterson Memorial Award: Sherry Adadi
Submitted photo

Lutz Moritz Memorial Award: Patrick Connolly
Submitted photo

 

Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety Section

AIRRS Section Travel Grant: Ashli Nieves
Submitted photo

AIRRS Section Travel Grant: Dan Strom
Submitted photo

 

Professional Education Program

Continuing Education Lectures

Dave Allard, CEL-9, Geiger-Mueller Counters 101
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

 

Professional Enrichment Program

William Irwin, PEP1-C, Critical Improvements for Health Physicists in Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies, Part 1: Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

Phil Egidi, PEP2-B, Revisiting and Redefining TENORM for the 21st Century
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

C. Maddigan, PEP2-A, Alpha Spectroscopy for the Health Physicist
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

 

Professional Development School

Dr. Thomas LaBone (MJW Companies) and Dr. Charles "Gus" Potter (Sandia National Laboratories) taught the 2023 PDS class, Occupational Internal Dosimetry.
Photos courtesy of HPS Professional Development School

 

Bingo in the Exhibit Hall

Visitors to the exhibit hall at the 68th HPS Annual Meeting were given bingo cards with a random selection of the meeting's vendors listed. They were encouraged to visit the vendor booths listed on their card to get a stamp. Once they had a bingo, they dropped their cards at the HPS Publications Booth. All winning cards were then entered into a drawing. Douglas Smith, Ed Kelly, and Dawn Montgomery's names were drawn and they each won an Amazon gift card. The bingo game encouraged attendees to visit many booths and was great fun for the players and vendors.

 

31 October 2023

68th HPS Annual Meeting Highlights – More Photos

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace unless otherwise indicated

Elda Anderson Breakfast

Professor Paul Ziemer, who wrote Elda E. Anderson's biography for the Health Physics Society website, and Dr. Sara Dumit, who edited it, together at the Elda Anderson breakfast at the 2023 HPS Annual Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Shaheen Dewji

 

2023 Members Meeting

Left to right, John Cardarelli reports on his two-year term as HPS president, Cardarelli passes the gavel to new HPS President Liz Brackett, Brackett presents her goals as the new HPS president.

 

IRPA 16 Planning Meeting

Left to right, Jason Harris, Scott Schwahn, Carolann Inbornone, and Kevin Nelson met to plan the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Orlando in July 2024.

 

Science Teacher Workshop

The HPS Science Support Committee hosted a science teacher workshop, which was held virtually and in person. Instructors included, left to right, Ken Krieger, Linda Morris, Dan Strom, George Tabatadze, and others.

 

Public Information Committee

The Public Information Committee met to discuss plans for the upcoming year. Members present included, left to right, Geena Quinones, Vice Chair Candace Krout, Chair Sara Dumit, Katharine McLellan, Dan Sowers, and Steve Sugarman.
Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

 

Speaker Ready Room

Left to right, Emily Caffrey and Zach Tribbett in the Speaker Ready Room

 

Registration Desk

Burk and Associates staff worked at the Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall throughout the meeting.

 

HPS Garage Sale

Many interesting instruments and books were among the items donated for the 2023 Health Physics Society Garage Sale. At last count, the items that were bid on added up to more than $1,200 for scholarships and student travel grants for the Society.
Photos courtesy of Rachel Johnson

 

Student Travel Grant Recipients

These students were among those who received the 2023 Health Physics Society Travel Grant for participation in the 68th HPS Annual Meeting.

 

Out and About in National Harbor

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center presented a daily light show.

 

Irene Goldin enjoying an evening at the Cadillac Ranch in National Harbor.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hamrick

 

A tour of the Nuclear Ship Savannah, a registered National Historic Landmark and the world's first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was held on 27 July in Baltimore Harbor.
Photo courtesy of Fred Brundick

 

The Capital Wheel at sunset.
Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

 

13 October 2023

Highlights of the 68th HPS Annual Meeting – Section Meetings

Military Health Physics Section

Health Physics Society Military Health Physics Section
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

Health Physics Society Military Health Physics Section, US Navy contingent
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

 

Women in Radiation Protection Section

Health Physics Society Women in Radiation Protection Section
Photo courtesy of Rachel Pope Nichols

13 October 2023

Highlights of the 68th HPS Annual Meeting – Quiz Bowl

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace

Thank you to the judges and workers who helped make this year's Quiz Bowl a fun and competitive event.

The winning Yellow Jackets team, left to right, Heechan Lee, Ignacio Bartol, Sherry Adadi, and Andrew Rosenstrom (all from Georgia Tech)

The Boilermakers team, left to right, Thomas Grier, Chandler Burgos, and Jacob Farkas (all from Purdue)

The Fermi team, left to right, Niranjan Chavan (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Eric Ofosu Asare (University of Ghana), and Mohammad Omar Faruque Fahim (University of Michigan)

The UAB Team, left to right, Alex Baty, Martin Murungi, Spenser Lynn, and Chandler Cotton (all from the University of Alabama)

27 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting - American Academy of Health Physics Awards

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace

William McAdams
Outstanding Service Award

Cindy Flannery

ABHP Vice Chair Kathleen Dinnel-Jones, left, presented Cynthia Flannery, CHP, with the 2023 William McAdams Outstanding Service Award.

Joyce P. Davis
Memorial Award

Jay Tarzia

AAHP President Carolyn MacKenzie, left, presented James P. Tarzia, CHP, with the 2023 Joyce P. Davis Memorial Award.

 

Nancy K. Johnson
National Service Award

Andy Miller

AAHP Past President Charles A. (Gus) Potter, left, presented Andy Miller, CHP, with the 2023 Nancy K. Johnson Outstanding Service Award.

Bill Fitzgerald
Service Award

Bill Fitzgerald

Bill Fitzgerald spoke after receiving the inaugural Bill Fitzgerald Service Award.

 

AAHP Distinguished Membership 2023
Kenneth Skrable, George Chabot, Kathryn Pryor, Kim Kearfott, Frazier Bronson,
Paul Ziemer, Ruth McBurney, Richard Toohey, Ken Kase, and Kent Lambert

Left to right, Kathryn Pryor, Ruth McBurney, AAHP President Carolyn McKenzie, Frazier Bronson, Paul Ziemer, Kenneth Kase, and Kent Lambert

 

CHP Award for Service
as AAHP President 2021

Scott O. Schwahn

AAHP President Carolyn MacKenzie, left, presented Scott O. Schwahn, CHP, the Award for Service as AAHP President 2021.

27 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting - HPS Section Awards

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace

Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section

Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section Award
Jacob Kamen

Section Awards Committee Chair Brooke Buddemeier, right, presented the Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section's Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Andrew Kamen, DABHP, CMLSO, Senior Director, Chief Radiation and Laser Safety Officer, Mount Sinai Health System Professor of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, New York.

 

Military Health Physics Section

John C. Taschner Leadership Award
Jeffrey S. Caudill

CAPT Gregory R. Fairchild, right, presented the John C. Taschner Leadership Award to LCDR Jeffrey S. Caudill, MSC USN.

 

Superior Civilian Service Award
Julie A. Clements

CAPT Gregory R. Fairchild, right, presented the Civilian Superior Service Award to Julie Clements.

 

Young Military Health Physicist of the Year Award
Aure J. Stewart

CAPT Gregory R. Fairchild, right, presented the Young Military Health Physicist of the Year Award to LT Aure J. Stewart, MSC USN.

 

Women in Radiation Protection Section

Inclusivity Award
Lisa Manglass

 

27 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting – 2023 HPS Awards

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace unless otherwise indicated

Elda E. Anderson Award
Deepesh Poudel

Deepesh Poudel, left, was presented the Elda E. Anderson Award by Eric Goldin.

 

Elda E. Anderson Award Acceptance Speech

Deepesh Poudel

Good afternoon,

I feel quite anxious at giving speeches, and even contemplated just waving from my seat, but I feel like it is important for me to step out of my comfort zone and express my gratitude to the wonderful people who have helped me get to where I am.

First on the list are Dr. Richard Brey and Dr. Jason Harris, my professors at Idaho State University. In 2010, I was an undergrad at Idaho State University enrolled in the biology program, but I also wanted to study physics, chemistry, and more. I was flipping through the undergraduate catalog and stumbled upon the health physics program—it had a little bit of everything I wanted to study: physics, biology, computer science, and mathematics! I emailed Dr. Brey right away, talked to him for an hour, talked to Dr. Harris, and I was convinced right there that it was the right field for me. Three degrees in health physics and 12 years later, here I am accepting this incredible honor! I am so grateful to Dr. Brey and Dr. Harris for not only teaching me the fundamentals of health physics, but also instilling in me the love for the field and for always, always being there for me, no matter what I needed.

I must also express my gratitude to Eric Krage, my classmate from Idaho State University, who encouraged me to "get out there" and got me into this addicting—and rewarding—path of volunteering for the Society.

I want to thank my current and past bosses at Los Alamos National Laboratory—Dr. Milan Gadd, Stephanie Archuleta, Jeff Hoffman, and Maria Nappi—for their relentless efforts to overcome the challenges of my foreign nationality and ensuring I could continue my work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). I am so thankful that my team lead at LANL, Dr. John Klumpp, thought I was the right fit for the job—I am very grateful that he provides an exceptional working environment that allows me to learn and grow. I am so grateful to have gotten a chance to work with Dr. Luiz Bertelli and Dr. Ray Guilmette and for the opportunities to continuously bother them with many questions. I am grateful for the opportunities to collaborate with incredible people in the field: Sergei Tolmachev, Guthrie Miller, Dunstana Melo, Maia Avtandilashvili, Sara Dumit, and George Tabatadze—I have learned so much from them! I am very grateful to Dr. Thomas Johnson for working with me together on many of the things I do for the Society.

I want to thank Dr. Charles Wilson from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for convincing me that I am a suitable candidate for this award and for putting together the nomination package. I am also thankful to Dr. Emily Caffrey—my role model when it comes to service for the Society—for writing the letter of support. I want to thank Dr. Craig Little and many of the people I mentioned earlier—Drs. Brey, Caffrey, Harris, Johnson, Tolmachev, and Wilson—for their supporting letters.

I would not be standing here without the support of my wife Ramila—her boundless love and her constant presence have been my source of strength. She believes in me more than anyone else does—perhaps not as much as my team leader but definitely more than myself. I am thankful to have someone like her by my side for the last 15 years, constantly reminding me of my potential. I am thankful to my parents for allowing me to leave Nepal to pursue a better future in the Unites States. Now that I am a father myself—I have a 2-year-old—I understand the pain and suffering my parents endured in letting me come to a country thousands of miles away, where I knew no one and barely spoke the language. I am so glad they made that sacrifice for me.

Finally, I want to thank the Health Physics Society that has given me so much over the last decade or so, from travel grants to scholarships and fellowships, but most importantly, for the network it exposed me to and for the opportunities it provided me. I hope to give back to the Society as much as it has given me.

I also hope to be able to live up to the expectations of the award. I was at the award breakfast on Monday, and I looked around at the remarkable individuals who have previously received the award, including my own professors and other individuals I deeply admire. I am incredibly humbled, and I can't help but acknowledge that I still have much to learn and accomplish on my journey! To me, the award is more of a reminder of what I still must do than it is a testament to my accomplishments so far.

Thank you!

 

Elda Anderson Breakfast

The Elda Anderson Breakfast was held Monday, 24 July, in honor of past and present recipients of the HPS Elda E. Anderson Award. Attendees included, front row, left to right, Paul Ziemer, Kenneth Kase, Ali Simpkins, Kathryn A. Higley, Nicole Martinez, 2023 Elda E. Anderson Award recipient Deepesh Poudel, Emily Caffrey, Sara Dumit, and Shaheen Dewji; back row, left to right, Scott O. Schwahn, Richard Brey, Derek Jokisch, Charles Wilson, Jason Harris, Peter Caracappa, and Timothy DeVol.

 

Founders Award
David Connolly

David Connelly, left, was presented the Founders Award by Eric Goldin.

 

Geoffry G. Eichholz Outstanding Science Teacher Award
Ann Marie Dubick

Submitted photo

 

Fellows of the Health Physics Society

2023 Fellows, left to right, Robert Hayes, James M. Shuler, Robert J. Emery, Elaine T. Marshall, Richard R. Brey, Jama VanHorne-Sealy, Kathleen Dinnel-Jones, Allen Mabry, James R. Sherrard, Thomas Morgan III, and John Cardarelli II

 

Lectureship Awards

Robert S. Landauer, Sr., Lectureship Award: James Giordano, PhD, MPhil

G. William Morgan Lectureship Award: Dr. Douglas Boreham, PhD

 

HPS 50-Year Members

Eric Goldin, center, presented HPS 50-year membership certificates to, left to right, David Miller, Craig Little, Stewart Bland, and Michael Wangler.

 

J. Stewart Bland

Arthur Desrosiers

Clayton French

Winborn Gregory

Bruce A. Horn

Eileen Hotte

Judson Kenoyer

Craig A. Little

Larry W. Luckett

Jay A. MacLellan

Robert L. Metzger

David W. Miller

Nicholas Panzarino

Sander C. Perle

Lawrence N. Rothenberg

Alan Schoenfeld

Joseph J. Shonka

Maria Sordi

Michael E. Wangler

 

 

50-Year Affiliate Member: ORTEC

Photo courtesy of Rachel Johnson

 

Student Fellowships

Burton J. Moyer Fellowship
Bryanna Wattier, Clemson University

Health Physics Society Fellowship
Anilu Diaz, Francis Marion University

Health Physics Society Fellowship
Heechan Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert Gardner Memorial Fellowship
Ignacio Bartol, Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert S. Landauer, Sr., Memorial Fellowship
Dmitri Margot, Georgia Institute of Technology

Richard J. Burk, Jr., Fellowship
Annelise Gonzales, Clemson University

J. Newell Stannard Memorial Fellowship
Emmanuel Mate-Kole, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dade W. Moeller Scholarship
Suman Shrestha, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dade W. Moeller Scholarship Memorializing Kelly Austin
Anna Manfredo, Illinois Institute of Technology

F. Ward Whicker Scholarship
Jonathan Whipple, Oregon University

 

Student Travel Grant Recipients

Sherry Adadi, Georgia Institute of Technology

Johnson Aina, Idaho State University

Andrea Alipio, University of Santo Tomas

Samuel Arnold (AIRRS), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Eric Ofosu Asare, University of Ghana-School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences

Melissa Bailey, Oregon State University

Alex Baty (Decommissioning), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ridhita Binte Borhan (Decommissioning), University of Massachusetts Lowell

Chandler Burgos (AIRRS), Purdue University

Christine Dulohan, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School

Mohammad Omar Faruque Fahim, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Jacob Farkas (Decommissioning), Purdue University

David Gonzalez, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thomas Grier, Purdue University

Philip Gyan, KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School

Christina Hewett, Illinois Institute of Technology

Chukwuka James, Alcorn State University

Elif Kara, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Maruf Hassan Khan (Decommissioning), Purdue University, West Lafayette

Joeun Lee, Purdue University

William Lynn (Decommissioning), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Arielle Miller (Medical Health Physics), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Martin Murungi, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Stephen Reed, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Andrew Rosenstrom, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ricky Sahagun, Purdue University

Abdullahi Shittu, King Abdulaziz University

Lancer Smith (Medical Health Physics), University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sarah Sublett, Colorado State University

Theodore Thomas, Purdue University

Yi Wei, Georgia Institute of Technology

Paige Witter, Colorado State University

 

27 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting - Meeting Sessions

Photos courtesy of Edward Wallace unless otherwise indicated

Plenary Sessions

Monday Plenary speaker James Giordano, right, with then HPS President John Cardarelli. Giordano presented "Doctrinal Ethics in Research Practice: Professional Probity and Public Good."

Wednesday Plenary speaker Douglas Boreham presented "Biological Responses to Low Dose Radiation: An Evolutionarily Conserved Adaptive Mechanism."

 

Internal Dosimetry Session

Presenters at Tuesday afternoon's Internal Dosimetry session included, left to right, George Tabatadze, Sergei Tolmachev, Anne Van der Meeren, Chair John Klumpp, Martin Sefl, Daniel Hunton, Emmanuel Mate-Kole, Sara Dumit, Dmitri Margot, Deepesh Poudel, and Ignacio Bartol.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Daniel J. Strom, CHP

 

American Academy of Health Physics Special Session

AAHP Past President Charles A. (Gus) Potter highlighted the AAHP Special Session presenters.

Shaddya Rane presented "RDD Risk: A Holistic Model for Radiological Facilities during the AAHP Special Session."

25 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting - 2023 HPS Officers and Board of Directors

HPS leadership for 2023-2024 includes, left to right, Secretary Tim Kirkham, Director Derek Jokisch, Director Tanya Palmateer-Oxenberg, Executive Director Brett Burk, President Liz Brackett, Director Angela Leek, Treasurer-elect Mike Mahathy, Treasurer Kendall Berry, Director Shaheen Dewji, and Director Mike Boyd. Not pictured: Director Adela Salame-Alfie
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

14 September 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting - Publications Booth Book Drawing

Student Holden Snyder won one of the many books given away at the Publications Booth during the 68th HPS Annual Meeting
Photo courtesy of Mary Walchuk

Thank you to the following publishers and authors who donated books for the Publications Booth book drawing in the exhibit hall at the 68th Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. If you would like to purchase one of the books, links for ordering are provided.

  • Dead Hot: A Dakota Mystery – M.K. Coker (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1545120606)
  • Environmental Health, 4th Edition – Dade Moeller (available from Harvard University Press, www.hup.harvard.edu, ISBN: 978-0674047402)
  • The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, Fourth Edition – Jerrold T. Bushberg, J. Anthony Seibert, Edwin M. Leidholdt, Jr., and John M. Boone (available from Wolters Kluwer, ISBN: 978-1975103224)
  • The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging Study Guide – Jerrold T. Bushberg, J. Anthony Seibert (available from Wolters Kluwer, ISBN: 978-1975103262)
  • The Health Physics Solutions Manual, 3rd Edition – Thomas E. Johnson (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1929169054)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1400052189)
  • Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program – Antone L. Brooks (available from Washington State University Press, wsupress.wsu.edu, ISBN: 978-0-87422-354-5)
  • Laser Safety Management – Ken Barat (available at CRC press, ISBN 978-0824723071)
  • Laser Safety: Practical Knowledge and Solutions – Edited by Ken Barat (available at IOP Publishing, Inc. [ebook, PDF, Kindle], Barnes and Noble (hardcover), Online ISBN: 978-0750355049, Print ISBN: 978-0750355001
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Guide for Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson (available at Pastime Publications, ISBN: 978-1929169061)
  • Radiation Protection: Solutions Manual – Thomas E. Johnson and David J. Dolan (available at Pastime Publications, ISBN: 978-1929169153)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Workbook for Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson (available at Pastime Publications, ISBN: 978-1929169078)
  • Radiation Protection: The Essential Guide for Canadian Technologists – Thomas E. Johnson and Francis E. Tourneur (ISBN: 978-1929169177)
  • Silent Source – James Marshall Smith (available at amazon.com, ISBN: 978-1939398703)
4 August 2023

Highlights of the 68th HPS Annual Meeting – Challenging Health Physics Questions

Jessica Joyce, Mentorship Committee Chair

The Health Physics Society (HPS) Mentorship Committee was happy to host a group of motivated individuals at the 68th HPS Annual Meeting for this year's early-morning Challenging Health Physics Questions (CHPQ) event! Participants worked in small groups to solve written health physics questions about ion chamber detectors, neutron activation, and internal dosimetry. Each question was designed to take 30 minutes to solve and relied on provided information as well as foundational health physics concepts. Volunteer coaches Deepesh Poudel, Thomas Johnson, and Zachariah Tribbett provided coaching and grading. Want to challenge yourself? Reach out to the Mentorship Committee to get a copy of this year's CHPQs or plan to join us for the next event.

CHPQ participants plan their response to an internal dosimetry question related to Iodine-131 exposure from an escaped cat in a veterinary hospital.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Joyce

Our motivated CHPQ participants and coaches tested their problem-solving skills at this year's morning sessions.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Joyce

CHPQ Team 1 reviews their approach to estimating a thermal neutron cross section from a neutron activation reaction with volunteer coach Tom Johnson.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Joyce

CHPQ Team 2 reviews neutron activation calculations from first principles with volunteer coach Deepesh Poudel.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Joyce

4 August 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting – Student Worker Orientation

Jill Drupa of the Health Physics Society Secretariat presents an orientation to student workers on Saturday, 22 July 2023.
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

Student travel grant awardees attend the student worker orientation session Saturday, 22 July 2023.
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

4 August 2023

Highlights of 68th HPS Annual Meeting – Outgoing HPS Officers and Board Members

The Health Physics Society (HPS) thanks the officers and Board members who transitioned off the Board at the 68th HPS Annual Meeting in National Harbor, left to right, President John Cardarelli II, Director Jama VanHorne-Sealy, Secretary Nicole Martinez, and Director Kathryn Higley.
Photo courtesy of John Cardarelli II

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