Howard Dickson, Local Arrangements Committee
In the past few years, Orlando has been ranked as the number-one destination for family vacationers by USA Today's Tripology and tops Priceline's list of affordable destinations. The New York Times named Orlando one of its most popular places to go, with seven of the top 10 theme parks in the world.
We know how to make 2019 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting attendees feel welcome and offer an experience that will be remembered long after the meeting ends.
There are plenty of activities on International Drive (I-Drive): take a spin on the Orlando Eye observation wheel, test your driving skills on a high-performance go-kart, or relax and bowl a few games. There are also countless fine-dining options on I-Drive and a short distance away in one of our other dining districts. Orlando is fast becoming a haven for foodies, home to numerous celebrity chefs at area hotels and entertainment complexes, with so many diverse menus that you'll want to try them all.
And, with a bit of planning, maybe take in a show at the brand-new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts would be feasible.
For golfers, there is an abundance of golf courses designed by the greats like Palmer and Nicklaus and the Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Course at the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort.
When you stay at the Hilton Orlando, in the heart of Orlando's entertainment area, you're centrally located near a variety of things to do:
- Orange County Convention Center (connected to Hilton Orlando)
- Pointe Orlando (1.9 km)
- SeaWorld® Orlando (2.4 km)
- I-Drive; Orlando Eye – ICON 360 (4.8 km)
- Universal Orlando Resort™ (7.8 km)
- Orlando Premium Outlets (8 km)
- Walt Disney World® Resort (11.7 km)
- The Mall at Millenia (13.3 km)
- Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (21.5 km)
- Orlando International Airport (21.6 km)
In addition, there are many things to do at the Hilton Orlando, including two resort pools, a lazy river, water slide, large fountain, private cabanas, full-service spa, fire pits, and more.
The May 2019 issue of SAFRON Updates on Patient Safety in Radiotherapy is now available on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website. The IAEA supports a voluntary, anonymized, nonpunitive incident learning system for radiotherapy centers around the world. SAFRON (SAFety in RAdiation ONocolgy) collects information on near events and events that reach the patient to improve safety in radiotherapy. Twice a year, an update is published to improve the understanding of how the events occur and, more importantly, how we can learn from the events in an effort to prevent the events. The SAFRON system and its data can be viewed by anyone who registered with the NUCLEUS. A facility wishing to use SAFRON as its incident learning system will need to register and be approved.
Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) republished RadTown, EPA's Radiation Education Website. The new RadTown includes five new factsheets, updated information to reflect scientific advancements since 2014, brand new graphics, and additional resources for students, teachers, and curious internet browsers to learn more about radiation in the world around them.
Featured on RadTown is a suite of educational lesson plans for middle and high school teachers. These activities focus on atomic structure, radioactive decay, radiation protection, and community advocacy based on environmental data. Anyone can use the RadTown educational activities and some everyday objects to help students learn about radiation protection and have fun while doing so. Check out RadTown, and if you have questions, comments, or feedback, please email Lauren Matakas.
- Introduction of new CHP Corner Editor Dan Sowers.
- An article from Todd Davidson as chair of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee.
- A call for nominations for the Joyce P. Davis Memorial Award.
- An article from Ed Davis as chair of the AAHP Nominating Committee.
A new list of short course offerings has been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Radiation Safety Officer Training Course—Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
Low radiation doses, low dose rates, and their biological effects are again a hot topic in the June issue of Health Physics. David Kocher and Owen Hoffman argue that the effectiveness of low-energy radiation in causing cancer is more uncertain than the most recent National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements report on the subject presents. Abel Gonzalez asserts that the fundamental limits of radiation epidemiology preclude it from illuminating low dose, low dose-rate effects, and David Kocher and colleagues weigh in on the matter. Bill Sacks and Greg Meyerson review assumptions and conventions that they assert bias studies in favor of a linear no-threshold model and against hormesis. The effects of the radiation exposures typical of today's occupational and environmental scenarios is one of the most relevant and contentious contemporary topics in radiation protection. Readers will certainly benefit from the fresh insights provided by these respected members of our field.
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) held its 2019 annual meeting—"NCRP Meeting the Challenge at 90: Providing Best Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Radiation"—in Bethesda, Maryland, 1–2 April. A summary of the meeting, with photos, has been posted on the NCRP website. It is noteworthy that our own Dr. Gen Roessler gave the 3rd Thomas Tenforde lecture, speaking about the most intriguing questions received by the Health Physics Society "Ask the Experts" feature.
The inaugural edition of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) quarterly newsletter, NCRParticles, is now available. The newsletter contains information about the ongoing activities of NCRP.
National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report No. 182, Radiation Safety of Sealed Radioactive Sources, is now available. NCRP Report No. 182 is the "cradle to grave" guidance for sealed radioactive sources. More information can be found on the NCRP website.
The following was sent to the Health Physics Society Facebook page. It's a reminder that we are a strong scientific organization and each person's efforts do make a difference.
"I am not a health physicist and I am not in the field of radiation protection. However, I am a strong advocate for scientific-based risk assessment and for public education on issues related to things as misunderstood as radiation.
"I just wanted to say how much I love and admire your organization. Your outreach programs such as 'Ask the Experts' and your information is exquisite. Every science organization should look to yours as an example of the best one can be.
"You're a wonderful organization. You do so much good. Maybe one day I'll have a career change and be part of your field, but until there, I just want to thank you for being such a fantastic group.
"My deepest gratitude, just as Joe Public"
Howard Dickson, Local Arrangements Committee
Wake up—it is only two months until the 2019 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Orlando and you still have not registered.
I am sure you all know that Orlando is a unique place. It is clearly the most exciting family fun place on the planet. Don't miss your opportunity to bring the entire family and partake of the bountiful offerings. Like many of you, I am still a kid at heart and the new attractions in Orlando are very tantalizing.
Consider the latest at Universal Orlando—Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureTM—a rollercoaster scheduled to open 13 June, just in time for the AM. This is a "can't miss" for those of you into Harry Potter lunacy. Those of you who have read J.K. Rowling's books will recognize the important role that the motorbike plays in the story. (Suggestion: go read the book to heighten your anticipation of the ride.)
Or what about the new water slide that has opened at Aquatica Water Park—KareKare Curl (the name means "wave" in Maori). A sister park to Sea World, Aquatica is themed to the South Pacific. KareKare Curl offers a 30-second, 120-meter long, 10.5-meter drop down an enclosed tube producing a sense of weightlessness. How thrilling that must be!
Oh, by the way, the annual meeting offers all the usual technical and social features of a normal HPS meeting with all the pluses added by being located in Orlando. Make sure you don't miss this one. Now go fill out the registration.
Health Physics Society member Charles "Gus" Potter recently published the article "It's Time to Get Real About Radiation Risks" in the Albuquerque Journal.
Dave Coverly, speedbump.com, used with permission
Health Physics Society member Brian Joseph Perri passed away on 30 June 2018. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
Read the newest additions to "Three Mile Island: Reflections After 40 Years." Health Physics Society members continue to share their memories of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, which occurred 40 years ago this March.
Ali Simpkins, PIC Chair
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Public Information Committee (PIC), in conjunction with Divine Media & Co., has finished the first short video for the Ask the Experts feature on the HPS website! This video covers risks to an unborn baby from medical x-ray procedures on the mother. The video has been posted and will be joined by the second video on risks from medical exposures soon. You can watch the first video on the Pregnancy and Radiation page in the ATE area of the HPS website.
As always, the PIC is continuously looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and provide useful, scientifically accurate, and understandable information. We welcome any suggestions from the HPS membership on activities we should consider undertaking, and if you are interested in being involved, please contact Ali.
Genevieve Roessler, ATE Editor, and Kelly Classic, Web Operations Editor
The presentation of videos on the ATE area of the HPS website is an important communication tool that has been discussed for many years. We're appreciative of President Nolan Hertel's support for the effort and the talent and hard work of the PIC for this achievement.
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.
64th Annual Meeting: 7–11 July 2019; Orlando, Florida
53rd Midyear Meeting: 26–29 January 2020; Bethesda, Maryland
65th Annual Meeting: 4–9 July 2020; National Harbor, Maryland
66th Annual Meeting: 25–29 July 2021; Phoenix, Arizona
67th Annual Meeting: 16–21 July 2022; Spokane, Washington