The OPERRA project (Open Project for the European Radiation Research Area) launched in June 2013 and its goal was to build up a legal and logistical coordination structure to administer future European Union (EU) calls for projects in radiation protection.
The main purpose of the OPERRA project addressed all radiation protection research fields (risks associated with low doses of ionizing radiation, radioecology, management of radiological and nuclear emergencies, dosimetry, medical uses of ionizing radiation, etc.), particularly by implementing EU calls for research projects.
The final analysis of the responses is available at http://www.melodi-online.eu/operra_eSurvey.html.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has asked all International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) societies to propose nominations for membership in the ICNIRP commission for the 2016–2020 term of office. Send nominations to the ICNIRP Secretariat email@example.com until 14 September 2015 using the form and providing all necessary documentation (DoI and CV with publication list). All forms are available for download on the elections page of the ICNIRP website.
Following ICNIRP statutes, every four years ICNIRP elects the commission members for the next term of office and extends a call for nominations to IRPA and its societies. For the 2016–2020 term of office, the election will take place at the next annual general meeting, 18–20 November 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.
In June 2015 the Atomic Heritage Foundation convened a two-day conference in Washington to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project. On the second day of this conference participants heard from several speakers about the Manhattan Project National Historic Park that will be established in 2016.
This unit of the National Park Service will encompass Manhattan Project sites at Los Alamos, New Mexico, Hanford, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It will join 49 other National Historic Parks such as Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, and Chaco Culture, New Mexico.
Legislation establishing this park was included in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law last December. The bill culminated a 15-year effort, initiated by former Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM), to preserve significant sites associated with the development of the atomic bomb. The National Park Service and the Department of Energy are collaborating on the establishment and management of this park. Under this legislation the park will "preserve and protect . . . nationally significant historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project," "improve public understanding of the Manhattan Project" and its legacy, "enhance public access," and work with other interests to preserve and protect other "historically significant resources."
(Text from FYI, The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News, used with permission.)
All are invited to participate in the 14th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 9–13 May 2016. Following the theme "Practising Radiation Protection—Sharing the Experience and New Challenges," the congress will mark two unique milestones: it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first IRPA congress (IRPA was established in 1964 and held its first international congress in 1966) and it is the first IRPA international congress to take place on the African continent.
The congress will feature a comprehensive scientific and technical program and the IRPA associate societies business program, complemented with traditionally warm, vibrant, and friendly African social and cultural events.More information can be found on the IRPA14 website.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has published ICRP Publication 128, Radiation Dose to Patients From Radiopharmaceuticals: A Compendium of Current Information Related to Frequently Used Substances.
The abstract for the report reads as follows:
This report provides a compendium of current information relating to radiation dose to patients, including biokinetic models, biokinetic data, dose coefficients for organ and tissue absorbed doses, and effective dose for major radiopharmaceuticals based on the radiation protection guidance given in Publication 60 (ICRP, 1991). These data were mainly compiled from Publications 53 , 80, and 106 (ICRP, 1987, 1998, 2008), and related amendments and corrections. This report also includes new information for 82Rb-chloride, iodide (123I, 124I, 125I, and 131I) and 123I labelled 2.-carbomethoxy 3.-(4-iodophenyl)-N-(3-fluoropropyl) nortropane (FPCIT).
The coefficients tabulated in this publication will be superseded in due course by values calculated using new International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements/International Commission on Radiological Protection adult and paediatric reference phantoms and Publication 103 methodology. The data presented in this report are intended for diagnostic nuclear medicine and not for therapeutic applications.
A recent article in the newsletter of the American Physical Society (APS) discusses the impact that federal travel restrictions have on conference attendance. In "Scientists Criticize Curbs on Travel," Michael Lucibella writes about a letter sent to the chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee by the APS and 125 other scientific organizations that criticizes the travel curbs on Department of Energy and Department of Defense employees for attendance at scientific conferences. Lucibella also summarizes a March 2015 Government Accountability Office report that discusses the requirements and their impact.
International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Bulletins 4 and 5 have been posted on the IRPA website. Bulletin 4 is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, and Spanish. Bulletin 5 is available in Arabic, English, and Japanese and should be available soon in the other languages.
Health Physics Society President Barbara Hamrick has provided comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the NRC's proposed revision to 10 CFR 20.
The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Material Management and Minimization Conversion Program is hosting the "2015 Mo-99 Topical Meeting" to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel 31 August through 3 September 2015.
The 2015 Mo-99 Topical Meeting website has been developed to present the meeting topics, key dates, and useful links and templates for online registration, hotel reservations, and abstract/paper submittals.
The NNSA is inviting all entities and stakeholders involved in the production, distribution, and use of Mo-99 to attend the topical meeting and present their recent progress in the production of reliable supplies of this important medical isotope without the use of highly enriched uranium.
Presentations and papers from the 2014, 2013, and 2011 Mo-99 Topical Meetings are available on the Mo-99 Technology Development website.
Next year's Local Arrangements Committee is already working on the 61st Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, which will be held 17–21 July 2016 in Spokane, Washington.
The committee has set up a website that is full of information on things for you and your family to do in your free time. More information will be added as plans are confirmed. Plan to attend the meeting and to enjoy the local area.