We are now offering advertising space for radiation safety-related events and products in addition to our short course and banner ads. Check the new advertising policy to see if your company or organization can benefit from advertising in Health Physics News and on the classified advertising pages of the HPS website (check out the short courses page to see the classified advertising layout that would also be used for events and products).
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:
Internal Dosimetry—Technical Management Services, Inc.
Radiation Safety Officer Training Course—Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Training Course—Versant Medical Physics & Radiation Safety
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.
52nd Midyear Meeting: 17–20 February 2019; San Diego, California
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
Read "Standard Chemical Company—The First US Nuclear Industry" by Joel O. Lubenau, David J. Allard, and Michael A. Sheetz. On 12 November 2018, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Health Physics Society sponsored a special meeting to dedicate a new historical marker at the University of Pittsburgh. The marker honors James J. and Joseph M. Flannery, brothers who founded the Standard Chemical Company, the first American company to produce radium.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has just placed two new reports into public consultation on www.icrp.org. "Radiological Protection From Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes" and "Radiation Weighting for Reference Animals and Plants" are available for reading. We invite you to take a look and provide your comments!
The 15th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) will be held in Seoul, Korea, 11–15 May 2020. Meeting announcements and information can be found on the IRPA website and the IRPA15 website.
Howard Dickson, Local Arrangements Committee
The Local Arrangements Committee is busily engaged with the Secretariat planning the best annual meeting the Health Physics Society (HPS) has ever held.
Please update your calendar to show that the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting will be in Orlando, Florida, 7–11 July. With the Hilton Orlando as the headquarters hotel, we will be located right in the heart of "where it's happening" at 6001 Destination Parkway just off International Drive. That means we will be close to a huge number of features and events that tourists rate highly. Think Sea World, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, iDrive 360, and many more.
The Secretariat has negotiated a very favorable rate of $174 plus tax, and no resort fee, at this magnificent 4.5 star-rated (Trip Advisor) hotel. You can book through a dedicated Hilton Orlando website.
The online program and registration form for the 52nd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS), which will be held 17–20 February 2019 in San Diego, California, are now available. The program will include the following:
- Plenary Session
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Special Session: Military Health Physics
- Poster Session
- Dosimetry/Medical Physics
- Contemporary Health Physics Issues
- Special Session: Medical Health Physics
- International Radiation Protection Association Special Session on Radiation Safety Culture in Medicine
Abstracts for the Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) and the Continuing Education Lectures (CEL) are also available.
PEP (Sunday, 17 February)
- Evaluation or MARSSIM and MARSAME Surveys
- Harmony in Concepts and Units for Internal Dose Calculations for Nuclear Medicine Applications or for Protection of Radiation Workers
- Medical Laser Safety Program—What Health Physicists Need to Know
- Alpha Spectroscopy for the HP
- Thorium Molten Salt Reactors (TMSR): Key Radiation Protection Challenges
- Full-Range Risk Training for Health Physicists
- Gamma Spectroscopy for the Health Physicist
- Quick and Dirty Radiological Dose Assessment Following a Rad/Nuke Emergency
- Technical Basis and Operational Experience for Clearance of Personal Property From SLAC Accelerator Facilities
CEL (Monday, 18 February, and Tuesday, 19 February)
- The Case Against LNT
- Dosimetry Challenges of New Nuclear Medicine Theranostic Agents
- Fundamentals of Environmental Health Physics
- Personnel Contamination Monitoring the 411
More information, including meeting registration and hotel reservations, can be found on the midyear meeting web page.
In Case of (Another) Emergency . . .
Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
The January issue of Health Physics again explores topics related to emergency situations. Back in October 2018, we published a few articles in this area, but there is much more on this topic than one issue can hold. In the January issue, Dr. Stephen V. Musolino and colleagues consider an "Evaluation of Repurposing Archetypal Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detectors for the Consequence Management Mission," Masahiro Hosoda and colleagues conducted a "Comparative Study on Performance Using Five Different Gamma-Ray Spectrometers for Thyroid Monitoring Under Nuclear Emergency Situations," Tim Adams and Rocco Casagrande report on "Modeling the Optimum Prussian Blue Treatment for acute Radiation Syndrome Following 137Cs Ingestion," and finally, Eugene Carbaugh and colleagues describe "A Contingency Plan for Catastrophic Loss of Bioassay Services." There's a lot to love in the January issue for readers involved in emergency response.
Donald Cool, ICRP
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the Commission is hoping to make a permanent change in the way we as professionals around the world access the Annals of the ICRP. The Annals are used to publish recommendations, the most recent general recommendations being Publication 103. Recommendations are published on many topics such as radon, medical exposure, and dose coefficients. To realize this change, ICRP needs to raise €500,000 by the end of 2018. The campaign—called "Free the Annals"—has already achieved 50% of that goal in firm commitments. Once achieved, access to all but the most recent two years of publications will be free, and it will continue this way indefinitely. We encourage Health Physics Society members across the country to speak with their organizations about the possibility of contributing to this worthy cause. Many individuals, globally and within the United States, have made personal contributions through the ICRP website. Interested members may contact Kelsey Cloutier for further details.
Read more on the ICRP website.
Nearly 200 attendees gathered in Pasco, Washington, 1–3 October 2018 to participate in the joint American Nuclear Society and Health Physics Society conference "Applicability of Radiation-Response Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards." Read an overview of this international conference—three days packed full with engrossing scientific presentations, lively panel discussions, and stimulating comments and questions from the floor.
It's February and 70 degrees with sunny skies. Or did you decide to stay home? February is a great time for a midwinter warm-up at the 2019 Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting in San Diego, California. The low temperature in San Diego is probably above the high temperature where you live.
Other than the great weather, we have an interesting program lined up for the meeting, which will take place 17–20 February. The Military Health Physics Section session leads off with a review of the history of its Health Physics Program. Not to give the talk away, but did you know the first guidelines for patient exposure were developed by the military in 1898? Military programs cover almost every aspect of health physics. We're sure they will have a program that matches your interest.
We will also have a Medical Health Physics Section special session on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, there is an International Radiological Protection Association special session on Radiation Safety Culture in Medicine.
Check the 52nd HPS Midyear Meeting web page for meeting information.
The Main Commission of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) held its 90th anniversary meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, 12–15 October 2018. The meeting included a review of each of the ICRP task groups, approval of two reports for public consultation (Relative Biological Effectiveness and Reference Animals and Plants, and Application of the Commission's Recommendations for NORM) and approval of a report for publication (Occupational Intake of Radionuclides Part 4). The meeting also included expansion of work on veterinary activities and establishing a new task group on individual sensitivity. The Main Commission held a joint session with the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements, a day-long discussion with organizations in liaison relationship with the ICRP, and participated in the 90th Anniversary Colloquium organized by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority SSM. During that colloquium, the ICRP presented the first Bo Lindell medal, recognizing an early- to mid-career individual making a significant contribution to the promotion of radiological protection, to Health Physics Society member Dr. Nicole Martinez of Clemson University. A summary of the meeting is now available on the ICRP website.
In his November message, Health Physics Society (HPS) President Nolan Hertel shares his thoughts on the recently held meeting "Applicability of Radiation Response Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," cosponsored by the HPS and the American Nuclear Society. He also addresses a unique opportunity to help educate the public about radiation by joining the First Lego League Challenge—Into Orbit.