If you visited HPS.org on 13 March, you were in for a bit of a surprise. Did you notice that the icons changed on the public and members only home pages?
The change was made for several reasons. First, the icons we were using were actual graphics that we had to purchase or try to create. Second, the graphic icons were large files, so it took users more time to load our home pages. And third, since the graphic icons were large, our historical log files were also large, and that caused the need to continue to purchase extra memory space.
By making this change, your pages will load more quickly, and we won't need to purchase graphics or memory space (or, at least, not so often).
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 and the corresponding professional development school, see the Upcoming HPS Meetings newsletter page. For additional information, visit the 63rd Annual Meeting page on the HPS website.
Ronnie Bogard, Advisory Board for the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
Alvin Weinberg, circa 1960; photo courtesy of ORNL
Efforts are underway to digitize the papers of Dr. Alvin Weinberg (1915–2006) and make them accessible to the public. If you are familiar with the terms "big science" and "technological fix" then you are likely familiar with Weinberg's body of work. He began his work in theoretical physics at the University of Chicago and was part of the team that created the first nuclear chain reaction, known as the Chicago Pile. Weinberg became the research director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1948, and he was the laboratory director from 1955 to 1973. He was a pioneer in reactor design and energy research, including the Molten Salt Reactor. He later founded and became the director of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Institute for Energy Analysis.
Weinberg believed maintaining the early history of Oak Ridge and its role in World War II and scientific achievements was critical. Weinberg donated over 200 boxes of his papers to the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) and asked that they preserve them as part of their Oak Ridge history collections. The Weinberg Papers consist of correspondence, laboratory notebooks, manuscripts, reports, publications, and slides and include documents dated from the 1940s to the 1980s. A project team with representatives from ORAU, ORNL, Friends of ORNL, Y-12, University of Tennessee, and CMOR are working to convert the Weinberg Papers collection to digital format so that they are easily searchable and also preserved.
Weinberg was not only a proponent of nuclear technology, he was also a philosopher, an ethicist, and a mentor. Through this project he will continue to influence future generations. (Donations to aid in the project can be mailed to Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 469 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Include "Weinberg Project" in the memo line of the check.)
In January 2018, Health Physics Society (HPS) President-elect Nolan Hertel, PhD, visited Indiana to share his talk on radiation protection research needs and the state of health physics and the HPS. Prior to his meeting with the Hoosier Chapter, Dr. Hertel visited the health physics faculty and students at Purdue University. Read about his visit on the Health Physics Academic Programs page of the HPS website.
"Applicability of Radiation Response-Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," cosponsored by the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society, will be held 30 September–3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington, and will provide an international forum for the discussion of current regulations and standards regarding low-dose protection. Visit the conference website to find more information and register. For additional information on the conference, contact Conference Chair Dr. Alan Waltar or Technical Program Chair Dr. Tony Brooks.
Read "What's New on Radon?" by Health Physics Journal Editor in Chief Brant Ulsh—his Editor's Pick for the April issue of the Journal.
The March 2018 edition of the CHP Corner has been posted. Read about changes to the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) Nominating Committee. Candidates for election to key AAHP positions have been identified! You will also find an update from the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee.
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:
Certification Review Course Part I; Self Study Course Part I; Background Materials Review; Part I Question & Answer CD and Site License; Part I Additional Question & Answer Volume; NRRPT Question & Answer CD and Site License—Bevelacqua Resources
Certification Review Course Part II; Self Study Course Part II; Background Materials Review; NRRPT Question & Answer CD and Site License—Bevelacqua Resources
Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
2018 Occupational Internal Dosimetry—The MJW Companies
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Advanced Detection of Concealed Radiological Threats—Videnus, LLC.
Depleted Uranium Workshop—Technical Management Services, Inc.
Neutron Detection and Measurement—Technical Management Services, Inc.
Radiation Detection and Measurement—Technical Management Services, Inc.
Often the Health Physics Society midyear meeting shares the weekend with large sporting events that distract attendees. In this picture from the 2015 HPS Midyear Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, left to right, Elizabeth Gillenwalters, Kathy Pryor, and Eric Golden share a moment before the Super Bowl. Kathy is wearing her Seahawks jersey to support the team.
The Health Physics Society (HPS) position statement "Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management" and its supporting document "Background Information on 'Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management'" are now available on the HPS website. This is the latest revision of the HPS position statement initially issued in October 1993. The background document should be considered an adjunct to the position statement and is not a stand-alone document.
Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High-Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).
- Preapplication Due Date: 25 January 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (required)
- Encourage/Discourage Date: 27 February 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Due Date: 4 April 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time