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22 May 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

22 May 2024

Trust in Science: Understanding the Trends and Implications for Science Communication

Wayne Glines, Health Physics News Contributing Editor

The National Academies Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication will hold the virtual workshop "Trust in Science: Understanding the Trends and Implications for Science Communication" Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2–3:30 pm ET.

Recent survey data show declines in trust in science that mirror earlier trends for other institutions, including journalism and government. New research is shedding additional light on those patterns and illuminating some of the mechanisms that underlie the aggregated trends.

In this virtual webinar, researchers consider the differences between credibility, confidence, and trust; describe new empirical findings; and discuss the implications for how to communicate science in a complex information landscape.

Moderator: Mariette DiChristina, Boston University

Panelists: Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan; Katherine Ognyanova, Rutgers University; and Liz Hamel, Kaiser Family Foundation

Click here to register.

For more information, please contact HRhodes@nas.edu.

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

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.

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.

14 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.

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

National Academies Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board Meeting

Wayne Glines, Health Physics News Contributing Editor

The Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB) 44th meeting will take place 6 June 2024, 1–5 pm ET, and will explore topics of (1) the Department of Energy's plans for disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste, (2) the National Nuclear Security Administration's support for and updates on medical isotope production without the use of highly enriched uranium, (3) the latest scientific advancements on FLASH technology and high-dose rate cancer treatment, and (4) the Los Alamos National Laboratory's nuclear programs relevant for NRSB, including nuclear security, neutron science, radioactive waste management, and securing disused radioactive sources.

This hybrid meeting will take place both online and in person at the Keck Center in Washington, DC. Registration is required to attend. To learn more about this meeting, please visit the event web page. Email NRSB with questions.

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.

1 May 2024

May Short Course Listings

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

Occupational Internal Dosimetry—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Gamma Spectroscopy—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

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)

30 April 2024

Health Physics 2023 Michael T. Ryan Outstanding Paper of the Year Award

Recipients of the 2023 Michael T. Ryan Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, clockwise from top left, Arthur Rood, Helen Grogan, Justin Mohler, John Till, Emily Caffrey, and Colby Mangini
Submitted photos

The Editorial Board of the Health Physics Journal has selected the paper "Potential Airborne Releases and Deposition of Radionuclides From the Santa Susana Field Laboratory During the Woolsey Fire" as the 2023 winner of the Michael T. Ryan Outstanding Paper of the Year Award. Authored by Arthur S. Rood, H. Justin Mohler, Helen A. Grogan, Colby Mangini, Emily A. Caffrey, and John E. Till, this paper was selected from among all those published in Health Physics in 2023. The papers were judged on scientific merit, accuracy, balance, innovation, and impact.

The Michael T. Ryan Outstanding Paper of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Michael T. Ryan, who served as editor in chief of the Health Physics Journal from 1999 to 2017.

"Potential Airborne Releases and Deposition of Radionuclides From the Santa Susana Field Laboratory During the Woolsey Fire" is available to Health Physics Society members on the Health Physics website.

Congratulations to the authors!

Paper authors hiking at Smith Rocks in Oregon, left to right, Justin Mohler, Emily Caffrey, John Till, Helen Grogan, Shawn Mohler, Colby Mangini, and Art Rood.
Submitted photo

30 April 2024

Central Rocky Mountain Chapter Spring Technical Meeting

Deirdre Elder, Chapter President
Photos courtesy of Thomas Johnson

The Central Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Health Physics Society held its annual Spring Technical Meeting at Colorado State University (CSU) on 25 April 2024. Thirteen CSU graduate students in radiochemistry, health physics, and radioecology spoke about their research work and competed for prizes for best talk.

 

All of the talks were interesting and informative, and the job of the judges was not easy. At the end of the day, Maella Coupannec won first prize for her talk "Evaluation of Extraction Chromatographic Resin for the Purification of Ra-226 Legacy Waste: A New Ac-225 Production Pathway for Cancer Treatment." Paige Witter won second prize for "Alanine Neutron Dosimetry at Colorado State University" and Billy Stephenson won third prize for "Determination of Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 in Freshwater Fish Near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant."

 

Deirdre Elder (left) awarding the first prize to Maella Coupannec for her talk "Evaluation of Extraction Chromatographic Resin for the Purification of Ra-226 Legacy Waste: A New Ac-225 Production Pathway for Cancer Treatment."

 

Page Witter presenting her second-place-winning talk, "Alanine Neutron Dosimetry at Colorado State University."

 

Billy Stephenson presenting his third-place-winning talk, "Determination of Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 in Freshwater Fish Near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant."

 

30 April 2024

Hoosier Chapter April Meeting

Rick Whitman, Kathi Haldeman, Stan Hampton, Patrick Byrne, and Tim Kleyn

The Hoosier Chapter (Indiana) held a meeting on 25 April 2024 at the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis. Twenty-five members were in attendance for a dinner and presentation by Dr. Aaron Specht of Purdue on his research using XRF to detect bone lead levels in people at several locations in the United States, Iraq, and elsewhere. Two in attendance joined our chapter that evening.

Dr. Aaron Specht speaking at the Hoosier Chapter Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Rick Whitman

30 April 2024

From the President: Join Us for the IRPA16 International Congress/HPS 69th Annual Meeting in July

Liz Brackett, HPS President, 2023–2025

The technical program for the IRPA/HPS meeting is now available! Check it out here. With numerous international speakers, this is shaping up to be a great meeting. But that's not all—we have many other exciting plans in store for you. HPS is dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, and productive experience for all participants at Society events and as we gear up for the meeting, our committees have been working hard to make sure there's something for everyone. Here are just some of the things we have planned:

At the meeting, attendees can expect to receive assistance and information, including resources for the LGBTQIA+ community, information for our international attendees provided by the International Collaboration Committee, and local area information provided by the Local Arrangements Committee. Childcare is once again available for those wishing to bring their families (click here for information and to register)—Orlando is a great family destination.

The popular "Speed Networking" event will be back this year on Monday evening, 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 resumes 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.

For anyone who enjoys noodling on a technical health physics problem, and especially those who are preparing for (or recently completed) a certification exam, we're excited to bring back the Challenging Health Physics Questions (CHPQ) activity on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the meeting during the lunch hour. Participants will work in small groups to solve written questions authored by Drs. Deepesh Poudel and Thomas Johnson, the creators of the popular question series published in Health Physics News. Wherever you are on your technical journey, this is a great opportunity to meet health physicists from multiple disciplines and discuss practical and fundamental HP problem solving. Click here for photos and information from the 2023 CHPQ activity.

Every IRPA Congress has a public outreach event, and this year is no different! Ask the-Experts volunteer topic editors and experts will be on hand at various times throughout the conference to answer questions about radiation safety, medical exposures, waste management, nuclear power, and so much more. To increase participation and reach, the Radiation Expert "office hours" will be offered virtually, advertised locally, and available to anyone with an internet connection. Interested in volunteering? Reach out to ate@hps.org with your specialty ASAP!

Dr. Sara Dumit, the HPS nominee for the IRPA 16 Young Professional Award in Radiation Protection, is set to give an exciting presentation. Check out the teaser video and get a glimpse of what's in store for you. Don't miss this opportunity to see a rising star in the field!

Join the Membership Committee from Sunday, 7 July, through Wednesday, 10 July, at the Exhibit Hall, where you can receive HPS swag giveaways! Discover our booth for a chance to win fantastic prizes—including a beach basket, fine wine, and an exclusive HPS thermos—in our free raffle. Explore the benefits of HPS membership and learn why it's essential for professionals to stay connected in the field. Plus, take advantage of our special membership discount promotion available exclusively during the event. Whether you're already a member or considering joining, don't miss out on this opportunity to connect, engage, and win with HPS! See you at the Exhibit Hall—your gateway to a thriving community and invaluable resources.

Stay tuned for more information as we continue to plan events. We can't wait to see you at the meeting! 

30 April 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.

30 April 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: Program Near Completion—Register and Make Reservations Now! 

Charles Wilson, IRPA 2024 Task Force

 

Well over 850 abstracts were reviewed for the IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Orlando 7–12 July 2024. But the program organizers have focused on much more than just high-quality presentations. At this year's meeting, panels and opportunities for focused discussion are carved heavily into the program, required in nearly every session and sometimes the focus of the session. We are very confident this will be a meeting unlike any in recent Health Physics Society history. There are as many as six simultaneous tracks some days, and the program lasts through Friday morning. Register NOW!

The hotel block has continuously filled up unusually fast despite adding more room blocks and the Secretariat is comparing room reservations to registrations. We cannot add any more rooms on Wednesday and Thursday.

Our Program Committee recommendations:

  • Go ahead and reserve the days the rooms are available in the block (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) at the time of this news article.
  • Depending on the day you check, Rosen Shingle Creek has non-HPS rate rooms available from Wednesday on. You'll quickly notice the exceptional rate the HPS was able to negotiate and will see why we aren't able to add more.
  • Alternatively, you can still reserve the days the rooms are available in the block (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) and then book one of the hotels down the street for about the same rate. Recommendations include:
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando-John Young Pkwy/S. Park
    • Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando South Park
    • Courtyard Orlando South/Grande Lakes Area

While this may not be ideal, this speaks highly of how well attended this meeting will be!

30 April 2024

IRPA 16/69th HPS Annual Meeting: So Many Books to Give Away!

HPS Web Operations

We have received more great books!

Each year, we gather new copies of health physics-related books and then hold a drawing to give the books away—free!—to many lucky winners. This year's meeting, being held 7–12 July 2024 in Orlando, Florida, will be bigger than ever and will include a great number of international attendees. Make sure you come visit the Health Physics Society Publications Booth in the exhibit hall Monday through Wednesday for your chance to win.

Thank you to the authors, editors, and publishers who have donated over $4,000 worth of books (and more are coming):

  • 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)
  • 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)
25 April 2024

New England Chapter Annual Technical Meeting

Andrew Najjar, Chapter Secretary

The New England Chapter of the Health Physics Society will be hosting its annual technical meeting on 18 June 2024 at the Bentley University Conference Center located at 175 Forrest St, Waltham, MA. Please reach out to nechps@gmail.com for more information.

25 April 2024

Health Physics Journal Editor's Note: Diversity of Thought

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

Heads up, readers! The June issue of Health Physics is a special issue organized by guest editor Mike Mahathy on The Science and Implementation of LNT. As you know, the linear no-threshold model of radiation effects is one of the most debated and long-running controversies in the field of radiation protection. Mike did a great job of soliciting articles from authors presenting the full range of opinions on this subject, and I encourage readers to challenge their views by reading them all.

As a reminder, because of my long and public history of publishing and presenting on the topic of LNT, I have recused myself from any involvement with LNT-related manuscripts submitted to the Journal. I have taken this measure so that authors and readers can be confident that there is no editorial conflict at Health Physics on this subject, and we will not censor any viewpoint on the topic. In short, I am committed to making the Journal a neutral forum where authors are free to make their case and where readers can encounter the diversity of opinion on LNT. Read the articles carefully, evaluate the arguments presented, and make your own informed decisions on this important issue!

22 April 2024

AIRRS Section Call for Officer Nominations Deadline Extended

Latha Vasudevan, Section President

The Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS) Section of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is still seeking nominations for the following positions. Self-nominations are always encouraged.

  1. Secretary-elect (one-year term as secretary-elect, two-year term as secretary, 2024–2027)
  2. Director (three-year term, 2024–2027)

Board members are expected to attend monthly/quarterly Executive Board meetings to discuss planning for a special session at the annual HPS meeting, AIRRS initiatives, AIRRS awards, and any other special projects that may come up. More information on officer roles is listed on the AIRRS website.

Please submit your nominations (including a brief biosketch) to the AIRRS Section officers by 7 May 2024 to be considered for the ballot. All officers and Board members must be HPS members in good standing to run.

18 April 2024

Public Meeting on Decommissioning of Nuclear Ship Savannah

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will hold a public meeting 8 May 2024 to discuss the license termination process for the historic Nuclear Ship Savannah, docked in Baltimore.

The meeting is scheduled for 6–7:30 p.m. Eastern time onboard the NS Savannah. Members of the public may participate in person, online via Microsoft Teams, or by phone. The ship is located at Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal, at 4601 Newgate Ave. in Baltimore.

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) submitted its license termination plan for the ship in October 2023. The NRC staff accepted the plan and a related license amendment request for formal review in December 2023. At the public meeting, the NRC staff will discuss the license termination process and receive public comments on remaining cleanup activities described in the license termination plan.

The plan addresses remaining remediation activities and final radiological surveys or scans to ensure that any residual radioactivity will be within allowable limits of NRC regulations. The NS Savannah's reactor was removed in 2022 and transported to a nuclear waste disposal facility.

The NS Savannah was removed from service in November 1970 and the fuel was removed from the ship in December 1971. As the first and only nuclear-powered commercial vessel, the ship is a registered National Historic Landmark. MARAD's intent is to decommission the NS Savannah in a manner that minimizes any physical impacts on the ship's structure. Unlike a land-based nuclear power plant, the NS Savannah is waterborne, mobile, and of historic significance, presenting unique aspects for decommissioning.

Written comments on the license termination plan may be submitted through the federal rulemaking website, www.regulations.gov, under Docket ID NRC-2024-0060, or by mail to Office of Administration, TWFN-7-A60M, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff. The deadline for filing comments is 3 June 2024.

More information about the decommissioning of the NS Savannah is available on the NRC website.

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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