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23 May 2017
SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents

In 2016, a workshop for international journalists was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, funded by the Stanley Foundation and supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Reporters in an effort to increase the understanding of radiation incidents and how to better report on this technical topic. There were many subject matter experts at the workshop along with many IAEA and European experts. The workshop was well represented with the lead European, US and Middle Eastern journalists (BBC, NPR, CNN, Business Today, Arms Control, Al-Jazeera, etc.) that routinely cover radiation related topics. The resulting report of the workshop will be especially of interest to journalists due to the included infographics.

Its guidelines provide basic safety information for the protection of journalists that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. The guide will be translated into language versions for international use. Carolyn Mac Kenzie, its author, is a recognized radiation protection specialist. Feedback on the guide was received from specialists in the field of health physics, emergency response, and journalism. The Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters encourage use of this report for educational purposes. Any part of the material may be duplicated with proper acknowledgment.


22 May 2017
Marriott Hotel Sold Out for HPS Room Block

The Raleigh Marriott Hotel City Center is sold out for the Health Physics Society (HPS) room block for the 2017 HPS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attendees should contact the Raleigh Sheraton for rooms.

Why should I book at the conference hotels?

The hotel rates that the HPS has negotiated include many benefits for you and for the HPS. Based on the number of rooms in HPS block of hotel rooms, the hotels provide complimentary meeting room space and reduced food and beverage charges. These savings are passed on to attendees through HPS inexpensive registration rates. If the HPS is unable to meet its room-block commitment because attendees are making reservations at other hotels, the hotels charge HPS an attrition fee to make up the hotel's lost revenue. If this were to become a trend, HPS would be forced to increase the registration fee and cut services.

Is it important for me to let the reservations agent know that I'm associated with the HPS meeting?

Yes. HPS receives credit only when registrants tell hotel staff that they are attending the HPS meeting. Please make sure the reservations agent knows you are attending the HPS meeting—whether you or someone else makes your reservation—or make your reservation through the link on the HPS site and it will be handled automatically.

Why does HPS reserve a block of rooms?

The HPS reserves a block of rooms to assure availability of rooms for meeting attendees, especially during the tourist season, when it can be very difficult to find an affordable hotel room. In addition, if HPS didn't reserve a block of rooms, it would be subject to room-rental fees and full food and beverage costs, which would greatly increase the cost of holding the meeting.

What is HPS doing to reduce these attrition fees and still keep the meeting affordable?

HPS tracks sleeping-room reservations and cancellations at the meeting so that it can more accurately block a number of rooms that will be filled by attendees in the future. However, every discount we receive at a hotel is based on the number of room nights we block, so as we reduce our block, we are consequently paying more for other services at the hotel. Reducing the block means that attendees will either have to pay a higher registration fee or that services will have to be cut.

Please stay at the HPS conference hotels!


11 May 2017
University Grants Program and Prospective Topics for Nuclear Safety Research Webinar

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be hosting "University Grants Program and Prospective Topics for Nuclear Safety Research" on 6 June 2017, 1–3 p.m. The NRC is hosting this webinar for the external NRC grants community and it will cover topics including:

  • The IUP Funding Opportunity Announcement for scholarships, fellowships, and faculty development.
  • Opportunities for all eligible institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions.
  • Prospective Topics for Nuclear Safety Research.

Please register online for the webinar to obtain meeting call-in information and to receive future updates.

The following NRC staff can be contacted regarding this webinar: Nancy Hebron-Isreal, IUP program manager, 301-415-6996,, and Sarah Shaffer, 301-415-2031,

Meeting slides will be posted on the public meeting web page approximately one week prior to the meeting date.

Additional information on the grants program can be found on the NRC website.


4 May 2017
2017 HPS Award Winners
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Awards Committee is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to the HPS and to the profession and practice of health physics. The nominating person, chapter, or section is listed in parentheses after the names. The awardees will be recognized at the 2017 HPS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 11 July. Congratulations on your achievements!
Distinguished Public Service Award: Michael Ryan
Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award: John Zimbrick (Central Rocky Mountain Chapter)
Elda E. Anderson Award: Jason Davis (East Tennessee Chapter)
Fellow Award:  
  • Bruce Busby (Cascade Chapter)
  • Kelly Classic (Jan Braun)
  • Lawrence Dauer (Dennis Quinn)
  • Jacob Kamen (Dennis Quinn)
  • Kyle Kleinhans (East Tennessee Chapter - Wade Adams)
  • Kenneth Krieger (South Texas Chapter - Susanne Savely)
  • Ted Lazo (Gen Roessler)
  • William Morris (Military Section – Greg Komp)
  • Joseph Shonka (Atlanta Chapter)
Founders Award: George Chabot (New England Chapter)
Health Physics Honor Roll:
  • David Alberth (Baltimore-Washington Chapter)
  • Kenneth Eger (East Tennessee Chapter)
  • Jeff Leavey (Mark Linsley)


2 May 2017
Meeting Preliminary Program Available

The preliminary program for the 2017 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, being held 9–13 July in Raleigh, North Carolina, is available on the HPS website.

Meeting registration can be made online or by hard copy and is found on the meeting website. The Professional Development School "Applied Health Physics" is being held 6–7 July and information is available on the website. Registration for this course is on the meeting registration form.

Don't miss this meeting! The deadline for reduced rates for registration is 7 June 2017.


26 April 2017
Annual Meeting News - Online Registration

Online registration for the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and the Professional Development School (PDS) is now available on the HPS website.

The annual meeting is being held 9–13 July 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The PDS "Applied Health Physics" will take place  6–7 July 2017, preceding the meeting. The tuition is $445 for HPS members, $595 for nonmembers, and $200 for full-time students. Registration will be included on the meeting registration form. More detailed information, including the lectures and speakers, is available on the PDS web page.

Preregistration deadline for reduced meeting rates is 7 June 2017.

There are limited rooms available at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel at government rates.


15 April 2017
Professional Development School: "Applied Health Physics"

The Professional Development School (PDS) "Applied Health Physics" will take place  6–7 July 2017, preceding the 2017 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Considering health physics through the lens of integrated facility programs, this PDS will address operational and programmatic trends that continue to define and impact our industry. With four main topic areas, the two-day PDS event will be hosted in four sections, with focused content and subject-matter experts presenting regulatory points, best practices, and reality checks. Each section will incorporate information salient to new professionals, as well as seasoned/management professionals, across major industries.

The tuition is $445 for HPS members, $595 for nonmembers, and $200 for full-time students. Registration will be included on the meeting registration form. More detailed information, including the lectures and speakers, is available on the PDS web page.  


15 April 2017
Current Events and Works-in-Progress Session Abstracts Submissions

Attendees can now submit their current events/works in progress abstracts for the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, 9–13 July 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

The current events and/or works-in-progress session(s) are intended for material and developments in the field of health physics that are so new that time does not permit the normal abstract-review process. All current events/works in progress presentations are poster presentations. All current events/works in progress abstracts must be accompanied by a justification for inclusion in this special category.

The submittal deadline is 1 June 2017.


20 March 2017
No Page Charges for Student Papers in HPS Journals

Just a reminder:

Health Physics students, here's your opportunity to publish your work free of page charges in the journals Health Physics and Operational Radiation Safety. Mike Ryan, editor of Health Physics, and Craig Little, editor of Operational Radiation Safety, are always looking for ways to encourage students to submit papers for publication. An objection that we sometimes hear is that students have no funds to pay for published page charges. While the page charges of the Health Physics Society's (HPS) journals are modest at $70 per published page, that amount is still sometimes an obstacle. Therefore, for the next year, from 1 July 2016 through 30 June 2017, we are offering to publish papers written by students free of page charges.

To qualify for publication without page charges, the paper must be submitted to one of the journals via the Editorial Manager website before the student author graduates. The student's academic advisor must verify the student's status. Additionally, the student must be the senior and corresponding author of the paper. Finally, since color figures are expensive to produce, there will be a charge for such figures at the rate published in the author guidelines on the Editorial Manager website.


7 March 2017
Nuclear Science & Engineering Summer School for Secondary Science Teachers

The University of Missouri-Columbia's NE 7313: Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers—a week-long, three-credit-hour course on the University of Missouri (MU) campus—is designed for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors who wish to develop a deeper understanding of nuclear science and to bring this information to their classrooms. The dates are 12–16 June 2017. Costs for participation in this class are paid by course sponsors. The class is designed specifically for high school science teachers to provide the basics of nuclear science, types of radiation (including radiation detection and protection), industrial applications of nuclear science, and current and future nuclear power generation technologies (including the current fleet and small modular and advanced reactor concepts). Presentations will be technically oriented at an introductory graduate level and are structured for secondary teachers of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth sciences, and related subjects.

This is the 35th summer course on energy topics to be conducted by UM Research Reactor faculty. Over 720 teachers have attended past classes, representing more than 250 schools across Missouri and the Midwest. The course instructor and guest speakers are subject experts on nuclear science, its engineering applications, and current topics in nuclear energy. They have worked extensively with regional high schools and community groups on educational initiatives. Contributing organizations that provide information and other resources used in this course include Ameren/UE, the University of Missouri and the MU Research Reactor, the American Nuclear Society, and the Health Physics Society.


2 March 2017
NAS Proceedings From SI Workshop

The National Academies has released the new workshop proceedings titled Adopting the International System of Units for Radiation Measurements in the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop.

The proceedings is available for free download on the National Academies Press website.


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