The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) is seeking nominees for the John D. Boice Jr. Young Investigator Award. This award, established 1 April 2019, will be given to recognize an early-career professional engaged in some aspect of science pertaining to radiation protection and measurements. The deadline for nominations is 1 August 2019. More information can be found on the NCRP website.
Eric Goldin became the first two-year-term president of the Health Physics Society (HPS) at the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. We asked him some questions about himself and his plans for the Society so you can get to know him better and learn what to expect from his presidency. Goldin shares with HPS members his thoughts on the Society and the field of health physics and his goals for his first year as president.
The International Congress Programme Committee of the 15th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA 15) cordially invites you to submit abstracts to IRPA 15, which will be held 11–15 May 2020 in Seoul, Korea. All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the website only. More information, including deadlines, is available on the IRPA 15 website.
While the CHP Corner is produced by the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), it is relevant to all health physicists, not just those who are certified!
- Excitement for the upcoming Health Physics Society meeting in Orlando.
- The 2019 McAdams award winner: Bill Rhodes.
- Call for AAHP nominations.
A new events listing has been posted on the Events page of the HPS website. Information on the following event is available:
NORM IX: Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material—The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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:
Applied Health Physics—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
MARSAME—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Radiation Safety Officer Training—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Radiation Safety Officer Training Course—Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
The August issue of Health Physics is a special issue highlighting 50 years of research at the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR). As Matthew Moury, the Department of Energy Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security, eloquently said in a commendation letter to the USTUR:
"The Nation owes a great deal of debt to the former nuclear workers who, as volunteer Registrants, continued to serve their country in the cause of advancing science. Their ultimate sacrifice, along with that of their loved ones honoring their wishes, has enabled USTUR to obtain, preserve, and make available for future research samples of tissues at autopsy. Because of their selfless acts, the scientists are able to develop more reliable epidemiological studies, more accurately project risks, and ultimately better protect the safety and health of current and future generations of nuclear workers through more effective standards for radiological protection. Their contribution and the difference they have made will not be forgotten."
Read about the research enabled by former nuclear workers' selfless sacrifices in "The United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR): A Five-Decade Follow-Up of Plutonium and Uranium Workers" and other articles in the August issue.
(Note to HPS members: to access Journal articles, please see this news item on the HPS Members Only home page.)
The 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, 17–21 November 2019. Joining with the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) of the Australian government, ICRP 2019 will highlight "Mines, Medicine, and Mars." Interested parties are encouraged to save these dates, register, and follow ICRP 2019's Facebook page as well as ICRP's twitter feed (@ICRP). Read more on the ICRP 2019 website.
Have you heard the news? Gen Roessler is retiring after serving 20 years as Ask the Experts (ATE) editor in chief. Read about her plans and the soon-to-be editor in chief in the article "ATE Update: Ending and Beginning."
Marcia Hartman, Society Operations Editor
Health Physics Society chapters are asked to submit annual reports to the HPS Board of Directors, and information about this was in the April 2019 issue of Health Physics News.
Here is some important information to know as you complete your chapter report:
- The current chapter report will be for the Reporting Year 2018–2019.
- If you had recent elections for new officers, do not enter that data into the report until after 1 August, when HPS fiscal year 2019 reports are finalized. If you want to list your incoming officers, they can be added to the body of your report, but the officer listing should be for the past year.
- After 1 August, the system is updated to Reporting Year 2019–2020.
You will also notice that if you need to enter new names for the leadership positions, the process has been changed. There now is a place in the directory for each HPS member to enter the chapter names for those chapters with which they are a member. When an HPS member has done this, the member's name will appear in the drop-down list for you to pick. If a name is not there, the HPS member has not entered that information in the directory file yet.
In the interest of time, it is probably quicker this year to contact me with a list of the members who need to be added to your chapter listing and I will let you know after they have been entered.