The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) continues to solicit nominations for ICRP committee membership for the 2021–2025 term. Should you or anyone in your organization be interested in joining an ICRP committee, nomination packages must be submitted by 31 March 2021. The requirements for the nomination package, as well as other pertinent information, can be found on the ICRP website.
Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor
The March 2021 issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics website. In this edition, Academy President Scott Schwahn invites you all to get connected and stay visible. Our editor provides a quick book review/recommendation on two good page-turners. Don't miss this edition!
The March products and services offerings have been posted on the Products and Services page of the HPS website. Information on the following product/service is available:
FDA 510k Cleared RadGil2 X-Ray Blood Irradiator—C&C Irradiator Service, LLC.
The March short course offerings have been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Certification Review Course Part I and Self Study Course Part I—Bevelacqua Resources
Certification Review Course Part II and Self Study Course Part II—Bevelacqua Resources
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Radioactive iodine experiment in 1937, left to right, Arthur Roberts and Saul Hertz. Photo courtesy of Barbara Hertz
Every health physicist is acutely aware of the enormous benefit nuclear medicine has made to mankind. This month we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the early use of radioactive iodine (RAI).
Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Saul Hertz (1905–1950) predicted that radionuclides "...would hold the key to the larger problem of cancer in general" and may just be the best hope for diagnosing and treating cancer successfully. Yes, RAI has been used for decades to diagnose and treat disease. Today's "theranostics"—a term that is a combination of "therapy" and "diagnosis"—is utilized in the treatment of thyroid disease and cancer.
This short note is to celebrate Dr. Hertz, who conceived and brought from bench to bedside the medical uses of RAI, then in the form of 25-minute iodine-128. On 31 March 1941, Hertz administered the first therapeutic use of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cyclotron-produced RAI. This landmark case was the first in Hertz's clinical studies conducted with MIT physicist Arthur Roberts, PhD.
Hertz's research and successful utilization of radionuclides to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions established the use of radiation dosimetry and the collaboration between physics and medicine and other significant practices. Sadly, Hertz (a WWII veteran) died at a very young age.
To read and hear more about Hertz and the early history of RAI and theranostics see:
- Saul Hertz MD 1905–1950
- "Celebrating Eighty Years of Radionuclide Therapy and the Work of Saul Hertz"
- "The Story of Saul Hertz"
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
You may be aware that the Health Physics Journal has a program to waive page charges for student-authored papers. The goal of this program is to encourage young health physicists to share their work during a phase of their careers when they may not have the financial resources to do so. By the same logic, we have decided to expand this successful program to our senior colleagues too. Many health physicists no longer have institutional support to cover publication charges once they retire, but they still have a career's worth of experience to share. To be eligible to apply for the page charge waiver, authors must be:
- Either (a) enrolled as a student at a college or university and provide a signed Student Page Charge Waiver Form at the time they submit their paper or (b) retired from full-time employment and lacking institutional support.
- The first author listed on the paper.
- A member of the Health Physics Society.
Please note that a page-charge waiver depends on available funding and is, therefore, not guaranteed even if the criteria above are met.
It is easier than ever to advertise your company and present your courses, events, products, and services to Health Physics Society (HPS) members.
The HPS is now offering banner advertising on its website. This is in addition to the classified ads (short courses, events, products/services) and the newsletter banner ads that we have been offering.
We have also updated the HPS Website and Newsletter Advertising Information, including a change in the rate schedule, ad specifics, and deadline information.
The new contact for advertising is Amy Sullivan, who also handles HPS meeting sponsorships and advertising.
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.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
As I reviewed the contents of the April issue of Health Physics, I was struck by the geographical distribution of the authors. We have papers from eight US states, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China—and that's just the corresponding authors. Radiation safety is truly a nationwide and global enterprise, and the journal is a vital resource to learn from our colleagues around the world.
My Editor's Pick for April is the paper by Nasser A. Shubayr, "Study of Radiological Assessment Models for Contaminated Soil, Buildings, and Outdoor Surfaces: Overview, Comparison, Similarity With Chemical Models, Challenges, and Lessons Learned."
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
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.
In mid-February, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) opened the call for abstracts and the student paper contest for the 6th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection (ICRP 2021), taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1–4 November 2021. The submission deadline date for both abstracts and the student contest is 7 July 2021. For more information about ICRP 2021, please visit the conference website.
On 31 January 2021, the Health Physics Society (HPS) responded to a request from the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), via a letter signed by HPS President Eric Goldin. Specifically, HPS commented on "IRPA Guiding Principles on 'Reasonableness' in the Optimisation of Radiation Protection." Initial comments of the request were submitted in September 2020. For the second round of comments, input was sought from standing committees, sections, and individual members.
Health Physics Society member Thomas Borak passed away on 25 January 2021. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
On 4 February 2021, World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new National Radon Database on policies and regulations, as well as an updated Radon and Health fact sheet. Over the past 18 months, WHO has developed a survey to gather the current state of affairs on radon activities and regulations around the world. Responses received from 58 countries (over a quarter of WHO's Member States) have been gathered in the new database. A list of regulations\reference levels for occupational radon exposure is included.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) is continuing to plan for the 1–4 November ICRP 2021 International Symposium in Vancouver and we are giving away one free registration. To enter the contest, all you need to do is click this link and fill in a bit of information by 28 February 2021. The draw will be on 1 March 2021. At this stage, organizers for ICRP 2021 are still planning to host this event in person.
Emily Caffrey, PIC Chair
Last year the Public Information Committee (PIC) launched an initiative to document and celebrate women in radiation protection. We started with the only six female presidents that the Society has seen, followed that up with newly elected women leaders, and added a section on some of the impressive HPS ladies currently in the profession. Most recently, Sidni Moore of the National Institutes of Health, working in conjunction with Sara Dumit of the PIC, have kicked off our newest effort—a new page that honors minority women who have contributed to the profession. Our first article tells us about the life and achievements of Hattie Carwell. Learn more about this impressive lady here!
Know a woman who deserves to be covered in this series? Contact PIC Chair Emily Caffrey.
The 2020 Health Physics Society (HPS) Salary Survey has been posted on the HPS website. Survey data was collected by having health physicists submit their responses to survey questions on a web-based data entry form. As in previous years, data was collected in conjunction with a salary survey of certified health physicists (CHPs). The CHP salary survey results have been reported separately in the CHP Corner.
Health Physics Society member Rupprecht Maushart passed away on 17 November 2020. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
Christopher T. Hanson has been designated by US President Joe Biden as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) 18th Chairman, effective immediately. Hanson replaces Kristine L. Svinicki, who departed the agency on 20 January 2021, after serving as Chairman since 2017.
"I am honored to have been selected by President Biden to serve as the next NRC Chairman and to lead the talented women and men who oversee the licensing and regulation of our nation's civilian use of radioactive materials," said Hanson. "I remain committed to ensuring that we continue to work collaboratively under our authorities established by Congress to assure the public adequate protection of health and safety in carrying out our regulatory responsibilities."
Hanson extended his gratitude to Svinicki for her service as an NRC Commissioner and Chairman, an esteemed career that began at the NRC in 2007. She is the longest serving member of the Commission in the agency's history.
The NRC is comprised of five Commissioners, one of whom is designated by the President as Chairman. The Commission was established to be a collegial body that formulates policies, develops regulations, issues orders to licensees, and adjudicates legal matters. The Commissioners serve five-year terms, with one term expiring every year on 30 June. No more than three Commissioners may be of the same political party.
Hanson was sworn in as a Commissioner of the NRC on 8 June 2020. He has more than two decades of government and private-sector experience in the field of nuclear energy. Prior to joining the NRC, he served as a staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he oversaw civilian and national security nuclear programs.
Before working in the Senate, Hanson served as a senior advisor in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy. He also served in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, where he oversaw nuclear and environmental cleanup programs and managed the department's relationship with Congressional Appropriations committees. Prior to joining DOE, he served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led multiple engagements for government and industry in the energy sector.
Hanson earned master's degrees from Yale Divinity School and from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on ethics and natural resource economics. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Health Physics Refresher Online Course
Sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society
Dates: 30 March–24 June 2021
Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday, 5 pm–7 pm (PST)
Duration: 13 weeks of class
Location: Online Course Delivery: https://class.cchps.org/
Registration Deadline: 29 March 2021
Tuition: $1,150 Registration fee
Prepare yourself to take Part I, Part II, or both parts of the Certification Exam of the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) or refresh your knowledge of health physics principles and practices through this 13-week intensive course. The course reviews fundamental concepts with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and preparation for the ABHP exam. The course will include typical Part I and II problems integrated with the lesson material. Solutions and methods will be presented to provide insight into an appropriate examination response.
Who Should Attend
Individuals who have met the requirements for taking either part of the ABHP Certification Exam and health physicists maintaining their ABHP continuing education requirements.
What the Course Covers
- Basic Physical Concepts and Necessary Mathematical Skills
- Interaction of Radiation With Matter
- Shielding and Activation
- Biological Effects of Radiation
- Internal and External Dosimetry
- Airborne Radioactivity and Control
- Measurement and Counting Statistics
- Environmental Health Physics
- Fuel Cycle and Transportation
- Regulations and Standards
- Waste Management
- Reactor Health Physics
- Medical Physics
- Nonionizing Radiation