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2 July 2015
Meeting App for Annual Meeting

There is a 60th Annual Meeting App that works for members only.  Click here to log in.  The username is your email address and password is your last name with the first letter capitalized.

You can also download the event app from the App Store and Google Play. Search: HPS 2015

 

1 July 2015
14th International Congress of the Radiation Protection Association 9–13 May 2016, Cape Town - South Africa

All are invited to participate in the 14th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 9–13 May 2016. Following the theme "Practising Radiation Protection—Sharing the Experience and New Challenges," the congress will mark two unique milestones: it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first IRPA congress (IRPA was established in 1964 and held its first international congress in 1966) and it is the first IRPA international congress to take place on the African continent.

The congress will feature a comprehensive scientific and technical program and the IRPA associate societies business program, complemented with traditionally warm, vibrant, and friendly African social and cultural events.

More information can be found on the IRPA14 website.

 

28 June 2015
New ICRP Report 128 on Radiation Dose to Patients

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has published ICRP Publication 128, Radiation Dose to Patients From Radiopharmaceuticals: A Compendium of Current Information Related to Frequently Used Substances.

The abstract for the report reads as follows:

This report provides a compendium of current information relating to radiation dose to patients, including biokinetic models, biokinetic data, dose coefficients for organ and tissue absorbed doses, and effective dose for major radiopharmaceuticals based on the radiation protection guidance given in Publication 60 (ICRP, 1991). These data were mainly compiled from Publications 53 , 80, and 106 (ICRP, 1987, 1998, 2008), and related amendments and corrections. This report also includes new information for 82Rb-chloride, iodide (123I, 124I, 125I, and 131I) and 123I labelled 2.-carbomethoxy 3.-(4-iodophenyl)-N-(3-fluoropropyl) nortropane (FPCIT).

The coefficients tabulated in this publication will be superseded in due course by values calculated using new International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements/International Commission on Radiological Protection adult and paediatric reference phantoms and Publication 103 methodology. The data presented in this report are intended for diagnostic nuclear medicine and not for therapeutic applications.

The report is available for purchase in print or pdf format.

 

12 June 2015
APS News Article on Federal Travel Restrictions

A recent article in the newsletter of the American Physical Society (APS) discusses the impact that federal travel restrictions have on conference attendance. In "Scientists Criticize Curbs on Travel," Michael Lucibella writes about a letter sent to the chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee by the APS and 125 other scientific organizations that criticizes the travel curbs on Department of Energy and Department of Defense employees for attendance at scientific conferences. Lucibella also summarizes a March 2015 Government Accountability Office report that discusses the requirements and their impact.

 

8 June 2015
IRPA Nominee Voting

Don't forget to vote for a nominee to become a candidate as a delegate to the 14th Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA14). Some Health Physics Society (HPS) members have nominated members, but then not proceeded to Step 2 to vote.

In the Members Only section of the HPS website, you can find a listing of HPS members who have been proposed as IRPA nominees by a voting member of the HPS. When one of these proposed members accumulates 20 votes from the HPS voting membership, he or she becomes an IRPA nominee.

There is still time to nominate an HPS member or yourself as a candidate. There are currently 9 designees out of the total of 20 slots available to the HPS. More information is on the Members Only IRPA page.

 

 

8 June 2015
Reduced-Cost HPS Meeting Registration Ends After 9 June

Get ready to go to Indy for the 2015 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting!

Accommodations – Both the Westin and the Hyatt are filling up and both are connected to the Convention Center.

The Westin Indianapolis, 50 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States Phone: 1-317-262-8100, $129 per night. Click on the hotel name to make your reservation.

The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204, $129 per night. Click on the hotel name to make your reservation.

Registration

Secure online registration is open for the 2015 HPS Annual Meeting at ssl4.westserver.net/hpschapters/2015AM/registration/index.php.Register by 9 June 2015 for discounted rates. This is your last chance to make tour reservations—tours that don't fill up will be cancelled.

Have you registered for the Professional Development School?

You can register here. The PDS—Radiation Risk Estimates—will be held at Purdue University, 9–10 July. You can find the agenda here.

Annual Meeting Program Details

View the sessions and program information including tours, American Academy of Health Physics courses, PEPs and CELs at hps.org/documents/2015_preliminary_program_annual_meeting.pdf.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • A plenary session including talks featuring speakers from the Nuclear Energy Agency, Louisiana State University, and Northwestern University and also featuring the president of the Republic of Georgia Chapter of HPS.
  • The special workshop Health Risks From Low Doses and Low Dose-Rates of Ionizing Radiation.
  • The special session Celebrating our Past—Looking to the Future, featuring many HPS past presidents.
  • The Pub Crawl, an Indy Speedway tour, the 5k Run & Walk, and the Night Out at the zoo.
  • Radioactive Mike Night at the Slippery Noodle.
  • An app for the meeting to keep you up to date with the latest changes and additions.
  • A great exhibit hall and much more!!

For more information, contact the HPS Secretariat at 703-790-1745 or hps@burkinc.com.

 

 

28 May 2015
Driving to the HPS meeting?

If you are driving to the 2015 Health Physics Society meeting in July and are on a budget, here are some parking options for downtown Indianapolis.

Look at the estimated rates at bestparking.com. The website also has apps that can be downloaded to mobile devices.

 

26 May 2015
IRPA Bulletins 4 and 5 Now Available

International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Bulletins 4 and 5 have been posted on the IRPA website. Bulletin 4 is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, and Spanish. Bulletin 5 is available in Arabic, English, and Japanese and should be available soon in the other languages.

 

21 May 2015
HPS Response to NRC on Proposed Revisions to 10 CFR 20

Health Physics Society President Barbara Hamrick has provided comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the NRC's proposed revision to 10 CFR 20.

 

21 May 2015
NRC Requests Data Collection on Patient Releases After I-131 Therapy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on its intention to request the OMB's approval for the information collection "Destinations of Released Patients Following Treatment With Iodine-131 and Estimation of Doses to Members of the Public at Locations Other Than Conventional Residences Receiving Such Patients."

Although most patients return to their homes after receiving diagnostic or therapeutic treatment with 131I, some patients released by the licensee may stay at another location (such as a hotel) for a few days. However, the extent of this practice is unclear.

The same uncertainty exists regarding patients returning to nursing homes and other institutional settings. Therefore, one of the main objectives of this study is to obtain reliable statistical data that provides good estimates of the prevalence of these practices.

The second objective is to determine, by measurements, the external and internal doses received by members of the general public at hotels, nursing homes, or other institutional settings that receive treated patients immediately after their release.

The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions:

  1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility?
  2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate?
  3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected?
  4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology?

Comments must by submitted by 20 July 2015.

 

18 May 2015
President-Elect's Webinar Presentation

Did you miss the president-elect's presentation this year? Health Physics Society President-elect Nancy Kirner will be hosting two online renditions of her "Ten Things I've Learned as a Health Physicist" presentation on Tuesday, 19 May, at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and on Thursday, 21 May, at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). If you want to attend, email Nancy at nancy.kirner@gmail.com with your email address and identify which session you wish to attend.  Attendance is limited to the first 20 people to sign up for each session. 

Click here to view President-elect Kirner's slide show.

 

5 May 2015
Mo-99 Topical Meeting to be held in September

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Material Management and Minimization Conversion Program is hosting the "2015 Mo-99 Topical Meeting" to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel 31 August through 3 September 2015.

The 2015 Mo-99 Topical Meeting website has been developed to present the meeting topics, key dates, and useful links and templates for online registration, hotel reservations, and abstract/paper submittals.

The NNSA is inviting all entities and stakeholders involved in the production, distribution, and use of Mo-99 to attend the topical meeting and present their recent progress in the production of reliable supplies of this important medical isotope without the use of highly enriched uranium.

Presentations and papers from the 2014, 2013, and 2011 Mo-99 Topical Meetings are available on the Mo-99 Technology Development website.

 

2 May 2015
Rooms Available at the Westin Conference Hotel in Indianapolis

Are you preparing for the 2015 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Indianapolis? Be sure to make your hotel reservations while there are still rooms available at the conference rates. Rates will increase after 10 June 2015 or when rooms are sold out, which could happen before that date.

The Westin Indianapolis Hotel is the main conference hotel and will be the location of committee meetings, professional enrichment program courses, continuing education lectures, and the American Academy of Health Physics courses.

The single/double room rate is $129. The Westin is located at 301 West Washington Street in Indianapolis. The hotel phone number is 1-888-627-8414. Be sure to mention the Health Physics Society when making reservations by phone to get the conference discount rate.

Don't forget that there are four full days of sessions at the meeting, so plan to stay through Thursday.

 

22 April 2015
Preliminary Program and Additional Government-Rate Rooms at HPS Annual Meeting

The preliminary program for the 2015 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting is now available on the annual meeting page.

Additionally, a new block of rooms at the government rate of $98 has been set up at the Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, which is a part of the Hilton Hotel chain.

The Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown is across from Circle Centre, near the convention center, at 105 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225 (phone: 317-261-1200).

The rate is good between 11 July and 17 July. Reservations must be made by 19 June to receive this rate!

Registration forms for the 2015 HPS Annual Meeting are available on the meeting website. For attendees who need to use a different charge card or form to pay for their social-program activities, there is a separate registration pdf form called Social Program Registration. Preregistration with the lowest fees is available until 9 June.

More information about the meeting is available on the meeting website.

 

17 April 2015
DOE Report on February 2014 WIPP Accident

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II report on the 14 February 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The AIB completed an exhaustive investigation at WIPP and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to examine the cause of the radiological release at WIPP and identify managerial controls and safety measures necessary to prevent or minimize the probability or severity of a recurrence of this type of accident.

Based on postevent chemical, radiological, and fire forensic analyses, the AIB concluded that the release was caused by an exothermic reaction involving the mixture of organic materials and nitrate salts in one drum that was processed at LANL in December 2013. The AIB also concluded that an underground salt haul truck fire that occurred at WIPP on 5 February 2014 did not cause or contribute to the radiological release event. The AIB's findings identify shortcomings within both contractor and federal processes at LANL, WIPP, EM, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

This report follows the AIB's Phase I Report, which focused on the immediate response to the radiological event. The AIB also conducted a  separate investigation into the 5 February truck fire in the underground portion of the WIPP facility.

The reports can be accessed on the DOE/EM website.

 

15 April 2015
Website for Next Year's Annual Meeting in Spokane

Next year's Local Arrangements Committee is already working on the 61st Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, which will be held 17–21 July 2016 in Spokane, Washington.

The committee has set up a website that is full of information on things for you and your family to do in your free time. More information will be added as plans are confirmed. Plan to attend the meeting and to enjoy the local area.

 

1 April 2015
Meeting Registration Form Available on the Website - Online in Mid April

Registration forms for the 2015 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting are available on the meeting website.

For attendees who need to use a different charge card to pay for their social program activities, there is a separate registration form for the social program only.

Preregistration with the lowest fees is available until 9 June 2015.

Online registration will be available in mid April.

 

27 March 2015
NRC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulations on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal facilities to require new and revised site-specific technical analyses and to permit the development of criteria for LLRW acceptance based on the results of these analyses.

These amendments would ensure that LLRW streams that are significantly different from those considered during the development of the current regulations (i.e., depleted uranium and other unanalyzed waste streams) can be disposed of safely and meet the performance objectives for land disposal of LLRW.

Comments will be accepted until 24 July 2015. The changes may be viewed and comments submitted on the federal government's rulemaking website, regulations.gov, using Docket ID NRC-2011-0012.

The NRC has issued a press release summarizing the proposed changes.

 

18 March 2015
60th Annual HPS Meeting Program is Available Online

The Online Program for the 2015 Health Physics Society annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana from 12-16 July 2015 is now available for viewing.

 

11 March 2015
Dainiak Named Director of REAC/TS

Nicholas Dainiak, MD, FACP, has been named director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

A deployable asset of the U.S. Department of Energy, REAC/TS provides 24/7 emergency medical response for incidents involving radiation anywhere in the world. REAC/TS also provides direct support for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Emergency Operations and the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC).

Adding to its depth of radiation response and consultation capabilities, REAC/TS is uniquely qualified to teach medical personnel, health physicists, first responders, and occupational health professionals about radiation emergency medicine. REAC/TS also operates a cytogenetic biodosimetry laboratory, one of only two in the United States, where chromosome aberration analysis is used for ionizing radiation dose assessment.

More information is posted on the REAC/TS website.

 

10 March 2015
Science Camp for Teachers and Students at Annual Meeting

The Indy Local Arrangements Committee for the 2015 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting has an exciting announcement! In honor of the 60th anniversary of the HPS, we will hold a "day of giving" event. This will be in the form of the first HPS science camp to be held during an annual meeting.

This camp is open to science teachers and students and allows the HPS to give back to the communities we visit. Admission to this camp is free of charge. However, attendance is limited to the first 50 teachers and 50 students. There will be a waiting list if there are last-minute cancellations. A pamphlet is available with more information.

The camp will consist of volunteers along with local students and teachers performing experiments together while learning about radiation and radiation safety. In the process, we will pass along information regarding our profession and educational opportunities. It is our hope to interest the next generation of health physicists and other radiation professionals. We will supply teachers with materials to take back to their classrooms and pass along to their future students.

If you are have any questions, contact Jeff Mason at Indy2015HPS@yahoo.com. In addition, if you wish to help finance the camp or donate items, please contact Jeff at the same email address. Do not let this opportunity pass you by as we look forward to making a difference in the communities we visit each summer—in Indianapolis and at future HPS meetings.

 

9 March 2015
Annual Meeting Travel Planning—Full Day of Presentations on Thursday

This year's annual meeting runs 12–16 July 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be a full day of presentations on Thursday, 16 July, as there was at last year's meeting.

When making your travel plans, make sure to plan to attend for four full days to ensure that you don't miss any of the sessions that are of interest to you.

 

17 December 2014
Inaugural HPS Science Camp at Indy Meeting

The Indy Local Arrangements Committee for the 2015 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting has an exciting announcement! In honor of the 60th anniversary of the HPS, we will hold a "day of giving" event. This will be in the form of the first HPS science camp to be held during an annual meeting.

The camp will consist of volunteers along with local students and teachers performing experiments together while learning about radiation and radiation safety. In the process, we will pass along information regarding our profession and educational opportunities. It is our hope to interest the next generation of health physicists and other radiation professionals. We will supply teachers with materials to take back to their classrooms and pass along to their future students.

The camp is in the formative stage, so there are plenty of opportunities for individuals to get involved in a "first." We are looking for volunteers to serve on a committee to oversee the event along with camp "counselors." We are also looking for material donations and for financial support to pay for expendables and take-away materials for the attending teachers.

If you are interested in serving as a committee member or playing a role at the camp, please contact Jeff Mason at Indy2015HPS@yahoo.com. In addition, if you wish to help finance the camp or donate items, please contact Jeff at the same email address. Do not let this opportunity pass you by as we look forward to making a difference in the communities we visit each summer—in Indianapolis and at future HPS meetings.

 

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