Health Physics Society President Emeritus Raymond H. Johnson passed away on 8 September 2020. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has recently launched the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP), aimed at encouraging young women to pursue a career in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or nonproliferation.
Scholarships will be provided for up to 100 successful applicants annually, subject to availability of funds. It will cover university tuition fees up to 10,000 euros per year and living expenses based on the cost of living for the university's location, up to 10,000 euros per year, for a maximum of two years.
The application process is now open for the MSCFP 2020 cycle, for scholarships in academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022. Scholarships will be awarded for master's degrees in nuclear- related fields only. Examples of related fields are listed here.
The Health Physics Society (HPS) is providing videos of 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop sessions for those who have registered. Sessions are being recorded and will be available within 48 hours of the live event.
To access the videos please click here and enter your HPS Virtual Meeting Invoice number that is on your payment receipt.
If you have trouble accessing the video function, please contact the Secretariat.
On 10 September 2020, the Health Physics Society (HPS) Women in Radiation Protection Section and Membership Committee kicked off the 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop (the replacement programing for the 2020 HPS Annual Meeting) with the special session "Diversity and Inclusion." There were over 260 attendees and many actively participated throughout the session. We are very happy about the reach we achieved and the discussion we were able to motivate. A video of this first special session is available here.
"Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity" included three presentations that were supplemented by a panel discussion during the second half of the session. The presenters for the session were Kendall Berry, Sidni Moore, and Bae Chu. Berry introduced earlier and current Society initiatives to increase diversity, support inclusion, and further equity within the Society. These initiatives, including the Society's "Respectful Behavior Policy," are intended to broaden the range of radiation safety specialists who find a home in the Society. Moore presented a shocking historical account of segregation and exclusion in the field of health physics during the Manhattan Project and post-war eras and tried to answer the question of how these early experiences by African-American radiation safety specialists might still have an impact today. Chu quizzed the audience on their experience with diversity, inclusion, and equity in their respective workplaces. Even though the audience felt, for the most part, that they were immersed in diverse places of work, about half still witness discriminatory behavior or feel that to remain successful they have to guard themselves because of personal characteristics unrelated to their professional skills or capabilities.
For the panel discussion, the presenters were complemented by three others: Lisa Manglass, Jermiah Billa, and Michael Bellamy. Moderated by Nicole Martinez and Alex Brandl, the discussion centered on personal experience with harassment or difficulties and discomfort in the workplace or during professional functions due to personal traits. In the Society, as well as in many other STEM fields, the majority of professionals are Caucasian males, often aged between 40 and 60 years. Professionals who perceive themselves as different than that cohort frequently ask themselves, "Am I good enough?" Simply preparing for the workday requires additional consideration, concern, and caution.
The panelists recognized that we, as a Society and in the profession, have made significant progress already with respect to diversity, inclusion, and equity, but also feel that there is still room for growth. Understanding, exposure, and mentoring were uniformly viewed as the greatest opportunities and assets to motivate further diversity and retain professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences in the Society and in the field of health physics. If we can self-reflect to try to identify our blind spots, and if we can actively work on being inclusive to all members of Society, regardless their sex, race, age, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs, we will be a welcoming and comfortable professional home for all.
Future workshops will be a series of virtual sessions that are hoped to aid member involvement and engagement since the traditional annual meeting earlier this summer had to be canceled due to the pandemic. More information on all workshops and PEP courses included in the 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop can be found on the workshop website.
The 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop, which is being held in place of the annual meeting, began on 10 September 2020 and continues through 21 October 2020.
The seven-week virtual workshop includes two technical sessions each week (Tuesday/Thursday) and two days of PEP courses each week (Monday/Wednesday). View the list of specialized topics and expert speakers here.
Here are five reasons you don't want to miss the 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop, which features the leading-edge education and practices only HPS can bring.
- Content – Weekly courses, specialized topics, and expert speakers.
- Continuing Education – Credits available for attending technical sessions and/or PEP courses.
- Interaction – Panel discussion and questions answered by industry experts.
- Value – Technical sessions are only $250 for all seven weeks of content or $50 for individual sessions. PEP courses are only $79 each.
- Community – Bringing the HPS community together in this time of distancing!
Technical sessions and PEP courses will be recorded and available for viewing at any time. If you purchase a session or a PEP but cannot attend in person, you will be able to login and see videos of the sessions you purchased. Register here.
See the virtual workshop website for registration and current workshop information as it becomes available.
Be sure to also join us for the second HPS Business Meeting, Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 3 pm Eastern. Click here to register.
The 2020 American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) and Health Physics Society (HPS) Salary Survey is currently underway until 31 October 2020. Please click here to participate in the 2020 AAHP/HPS Salary Survey. The survey is easy to complete and will only take a few minutes. Your confidential participation will benefit the entire membership.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
It happened with a blinding flash followed by a deafening roar in the New Mexico desert at 5:29 am on 16 July 1945. Trinity was the first detonation of a nuclear device and demonstrated the feasibility of a nuclear weapon of the same design as the Fat Man bomb that decimated Nagasaki less than a month later. The October issue of Health Physics is a special issue focused on the estimation of radiation doses and the projection of biological effects experienced by the residents of New Mexico from the Trinity test. Drs. Steve Simon, Andre Bouville, Nancy Potischman, and Harold Beck and their colleagues present their studies on various aspects of the dose-reconstruction effort. Drs. John Boice and Elizabeth Cahoon and their colleagues present their estimates of pregnancy and genetic effects and cancer risks from Trinity. Be sure to read the October issue, and learn about Trinity—the event that changed the course of history in a flash.
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Health Physics Society members Mel Chew, President Emeritus John Auxier, and President Emeritus Ray Johnson. Mel died on 30 June 2020, John died on 27 August 2020, and Ray died on 8 September 2020. In Memoriam pieces are being prepared for the Health Physics Journal and for posting on the HPS website and will be announced in Health Physics News.
Health Physics Society member James Robert Cassata passed away recently. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
The September Products and Services offerings have been posted on the Products and Services page of the HPS website. Information on the following products and services is available:
Radiation Dosimetry Services—PL Medical Dosimetry Services
The September short course offerings have been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Introduction to Radiation Safety Online Training Course—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
MARSAME Online Training Course—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Training Course and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Principles of Radiation Shielding—Technical Management Services, Inc.
The 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop is just around the corner. The workshop, which is being held in place of the annual meeting, begins on 10 September 2020. See the virtual workshop website for registration and current workshop information as it becomes available.
Session Highlight: Argonne National Laboratory Response to 237Np Incident – Tuesday, 15 September 2020
In August 2017, a health physics technician responded to a personal contamination incident where a researcher splashed neptunium solution on their lab coat. Further investigation revealed that the solution had penetrated through the lab coat and splashed onto the individual's forehead. The researcher later revealed that the neptunium was dissolved in a hydrofluoric/nitrite acid solution, complicating the incident response further. This presentation will focus on the challenges faced and lessons learned during this complex contamination incident. Challenges included initial response and assessment, getting hospital staff to focus on an acute chemical exposure and not being distracted by low-level radioactive contamination, and removal of fixed skin contamination. Further actions by the individual made the dose assessments difficult. The presentation will also discuss the unique approaches taken to determine internal and external exposure.
All sessions will begin at 2 pm EDT and run to approximately 5:20 pm EDT.
The Program Committee chair is Chris Shaw.
The Task Force chair for the Program Committee is Zach Tribbett.
Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor
The August 2020 issue of the CHP Corner is available to all on the American Academy of Health Physics website. In this issue we highlight earning continuing education credits in the upcoming Health Physics Society Virtual Workshop and issue a call for CHPs in the Spotlight!
Radiation safety experts worldwide are invited to take part in sharing practical experience of implementing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety standards to protect workers, patients, the public, and the environment from natural and artificial radiation sources at a fully virtual IAEA conference. "International Conference on Radiation Safety: Improving Radiation Protection in Practice" will be held 9–20 November 2020. The virtual conference has been extended from a one-week period to two weeks.
More than 600 participants have been designated through their national authority to participate, many of whom will be delivering oral presentations and displaying posters based on their research online at the event.
Although the deadline to apply to present has passed, anyone interested in joining the discussions and listening to the presentations can fill in the participation form on the conference webpage without the need to have national designation. For those who would like to just listen to the conference, view-only livestream access will be available on the conference website.
A special program for students and professionals aged 35 years and younger is being organized as part of the conference. The IAEA is organizing professional-development events for young people, including virtual networking opportunities and a speaker series in which experts from the various fields in radiation safety will offer career insight. If you wish to participate, please complete this form.
More information on the recently announced virtual format can be found here. For more information about the International Conference on Radiation Safety, contact the conference secretariat or follow #RaSa2020 on social media.
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.
2020 HPS Virtual Workshop: 10 September–21 October 2020. The 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop is being held in place of the July 2020 meeting, which was cancelled as an "in person" meeting due to the COVID pandemic.
66th Annual Meeting: 25–29 July 2021; Phoenix, Arizona
67th Annual Meeting: 16–21 July 2022; Spokane, Washington