National Student Science Award Nominations Due by 30 May 2013
The National Student Science Awards recognize outstanding contributions by students in grades 6–12 to the understanding of the applications of radiation and its impact on the environment and health. Nominations for this award can be made by any plenary member of the Society or by a chapter. This award is presented at a meeting of the nominating chapter or a chapter near the awardee's residence.
Each nominee shall be an individual currently in grades 6–12 who has contributed reports or presentations of projects on radiation benefits, applications, and impacts at local science fairs or at a similar extracurricular scientific event where multiple projects are presented.
Each nomination should include either a report of the project that has been written by the nominated student or a set of pictures that illustrate the student's display. The nomination shall also include a discussion of the criteria used by the nominator for selecting the nominee's project. Additional supporting letters may also be included.
The Awards Committee may grant up to four awards in any year. Nominations are due by 30 May 2013 to Kathy Pryor, Awards Committee chair, at Kathy.email@example.com.
Thomadsen Named Chair of the NRC Advisory Committee on the Medical Use of Isotopes
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has named Health Physics Society member Bruce Thomadsen, PhD, CHP, as chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Use of Isotopes (ACMUI). The chairman is appointed by the director of NRC's Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs.
The ACMUI, a group of experienced health care professionals, advises the NRC on policy and technical issues that arise in the regulation of medical uses of radioactive materials in diagnosis and therapy. The ACMUI members come from various disciplines and comment on changes to NRC regulations and guidance; evaluate certain nonroutine uses of radioactive material; provide technical assistance in licensing, inspection, and enforcement cases; and bring key issues to the Commission's attention for appropriate action.
New Member Welcome Packet on HPS Members Only Website
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Membership Committee, working with HPS Web Operations, has developed a new member welcome packet, which you may find here. The packet provides an introduction to the Society with a summary of benefits for members and instructions on how to navigate the HPS Members Only site. While the focus of the packet is for new members, all members are welcome to use the packet as often as needed. You may download a copy by right-clicking the link at https://hps.org/membersonly/.
Homeland Security News
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), has announced the National Radiological and Nuclear Detection Challenge, a participation challenge for state, local, and tribal law enforcement, other first responders, public safety officials, and Civil Support Team members.
The challenge will be a competitive radiological and nuclear detection (RND) search exercise held 20–22 August 2013 at the I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center located in Alcoa, Tennessee, near Knoxville. The competition is designed to develop and recognize enhanced RND search skills, train on the use of various pieces of RND equipment, and influence vendors and developers to adapt and improve RND equipment capability and suitability for field use.
DNDO will offer a travel reimbursement for the first 250 registered state, local, and tribal law enforcement, other first responders, public safety officials, and Civil Support Team competitors.
More information can be found in the Federal Register announcement at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-08/pdf/2013-10928.pdf.
Edward Maher Appointed to NAS Committee
Edward F. Maher, ScD, CHP, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) new Committee on Research Directions in Human Biological Effects of Low Level Ionizing Radiation.
NRC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Petition-for-Rulemaking Process
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on a proposal to streamline and clarify its process for addressing petitions for rulemaking. Proposed changes to that process, to be published in the 3 May 2013 Federal Register, aim to improve transparency and make the process more efficient and effective.
HPS becomes an Affiliate of American Institute of Physics
The Health Physics Society (HPS) has been approved for American Institute of Physics (AIP) Affiliate membership. There are a number of benefits that HPS members have as an affiliate of the AIP. One benefit is that HPS members are able to subscribe to the Physics Today journal at the AIP member's current rate of $59 per year. See more benefits here.
Online Registration for Annual Meeting
Online registration for the annual Health Physics Society meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, is now available here.
HPS Members Receive Reduced Rates for Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting
The Health Physics Society (HPS) and the Radiation Research Society (RRS) have partnered to offer member rates for each other's annual meetings. This new partnership allows HPS members to attend the RRS annual meeting at the RRS member meeting rate.
HPS members can obtain the discount code here.
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