RadResponder Network is now provided free to all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial response organizations, allowing users to uniformly establish a flexible, efficient, and networked approach to the management of radiological data. For more information, see the article on the Health Physics Society website.
Cindy Flannery, CHP, NRC
Annie Caputo and David A. Wright were sworn in as U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioners last week by NRC Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki. Commissioner Caputo will serve the remainder of a five-year term ending 30 June 2021. Commissioner Wright will serve the remainder of a five-year term ending 30 June 2020. Jeff Baran, who began his first term as commissioner in October 2014, was confirmed by the Senate for a new term expiring 30 June 2023.
Commissioner Caputo previously served as senior policy advisor for Chair John Barrasso on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also held this position for then-Chairman James Inhofe from 2007 to 2012. From 2005 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015, Commissioner Caputo worked for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce handling nuclear energy issues. Prior to her positions on Capitol Hill, she worked for Exelon Corporation. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering.
Commissioner Wright previously served as President of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic energy consulting and communication business. He also served as a member and chair of the South Carolina Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2013. He was elected and served as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners from 2011 to 2012. Additionally, he served as a council member, mayor, and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Commissioner Wright received a bachelor's degree in political science from Clemson University.
Commissioner Baran previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 11 years. He also worked on a range of NRC issues including new reactor licensing, existing reactor oversight, and decommissioning. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Commissioner Baran served as a law clerk for Judge Lesley Wells of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Commissioner Baran earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science from Ohio University. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Come to the Health Physics Society (HPS) publications booth at the 2108 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, for your chance to win a great book! Books that have been donated for the drawing so far are listed on the Health Physics News Upcoming Meetings page and are valued at over $5,500.
The 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Professional Development School (PDS) is designed with lectures specifically addressing the changing dynamics of health care and medical physics. We hope to better define how medical health physicists are part of a health care system enterprise in a way that complements occupational safety, medical physics, diagnostic imaging quality, and patient outcomes. For more information on the PDS and the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting see the Upcoming HPS Meetings newsletter page.
Oftentimes the Health Physics Society (HPS) annual meeting will include an evening excursion for social activities. In this picture from the 2001 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland, left to right, Nancy Daugherty, Regis Greenwood, and Debbie and Bruce Zibung enjoy dinner on a lake cruise.
The HPS History Committee has collected thousands of pictures from the annual meetings and midyear meetings. Check out what we have posted on the HPS website—or better yet, come to Cleveland next month and be a part of new pictures we take. See you in Cleveland!!
Great news! Using the link and special promotional code below, adult general-admission tickets for the Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can be purchased at the discount rate of $18 (regularly $26). This offer is available online only and is valid 9–24 July 2018.
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The plenary session at the 2018 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Cleveland will focus on low-dose radiation—research, dosimetry, regulatory impact, and hidden burden of conservatism. "Health Physics and the Realm of Low-Dose Radiation" is the organizing theme of the session, which will be held Monday, 16 July, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
- Welcome from the Honorable Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland.
- To set the stage for the rest of the plenary, Dr. Eric Abelquist will open the session with comments on low-dose radiation research update, minimum dose constraint (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement's negligible individual dose and concept of ALARA stopping point), and public communication challenges.
- Dr. James Conca, an independent writer frequently contributing to Forbes, will be the Dade Moeller Memorial Lecturer. He will discuss radiation limits and their impact on decommissioning and the overall expense when you regulate to levels less than background.
- Dr. Roger Coates, International Radiation Protection Association president, will be the Morgan Lecturer. In "Prudence and the Hidden Burden of Conservatism," he will address the need to ensure a more conscious and appropriate balance between the ethical values of prudence and beneficence, which takes account of societal "value for money" and the public benefit.
- Dr. Antone Brooks will be the Landauer Lecturer. For many years, Dr. Brooks was the chief scientist of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science low-dose program. He recently authored the book Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program, which chronicles the DOE science program. He will give an overview of the DOE low-dose radiation program.
- Dr. Rui Qui, from the China Radiation Safety Society, is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Physics of Tsinghua University in China. Her talk, "Latest Development and Applications of the Multiscale Chinese Reference Phantoms," will discuss her work yielding data that provides references for the revision of the national standard for the estimation of the examinee's organ doses generated by x-ray diagnosis in China.
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:
Advanced Detection of Concealed Radiological Threats—Videnus, LLC.
Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services
Advanced Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services
Operation and Calibration of Instruments—Radiation Safety & Control Services
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Training Course—Versant Medical Physics & Radiation Safety
The preliminary program for the 63rd Health Physics Society Annual Meeting has been posted on the Society website. Start making your plans now to attend the meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.
The 63rd Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting will be held 15–18 July 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. For information on sessions being planned, the professional development school (PDS), and the first health physics garage sale, see the Upcoming HPS Meetings newsletter page. This month, the special session "Accelerators," the HPS publications book drawing, the PDS think-tank panel discussion, the Quiz Bowl, and the night out are highlighted. For additional information, visit the 63rd Annual Meeting page on the HPS website.
American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) President Kathy Pryor provides her message in the June 2018 edition of the CHP Corner, which is now posted! This edition also includes important information regarding AAHP activities at the upcoming 63rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society. Read the June CHP Corner on the AAHP website.
The Health Physics Society (HPS) has been supporting passage of bill H.R. 4657 to restart the Department of Energy (DOE) Low-Dose Radiation Research Program. (See David Connolly's column on the topic in the May 2018 issue of Health Physics News.) HPS member Dr. Antone Brooks has authored the book Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program, published by Washington State University Press. If you haven't purchased a copy of the book by the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Brooks may have some available for purchase at the meeting. If you want to read it before then, it is available on amazon.com for $39.95. Brooks will be a plenary speaker at the Cleveland meeting and has also generously donated three copies of his book for the HPS publications booth book drawing.
Read "ConRad 2017" by Health Physics Journal Editor in Chief Brant Ulsh—his Editor's Pick for the July issue of the Journal.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) draft report "The Use of Effective Dose as a Radiological Protection Quantity" is now available for public consultation. Comments from individuals and organizations are welcome. The draft document can be downloaded from the ICRP website. Comments must be submitted through the ICRP website no later than 3 August 2018.