Health Physics Society (HPS) member Tim Jannik passed away 2 July 2021. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
Written by Kelli Trotter, Clemson University
Edited by Dawn Montgomery, PhD, Clemson University, HPS Student Support Committee
Kelli Trotter, MS student at Clemson University
The Student Support Committee is proud to showcase another outstanding health physics graduate student, Kelli Trotter, who is working to complete her MS in environmental health physics at Clemson University. We hope you enjoy learning a bit about her background, internship experiences, and current master's research!
Kelli is working under Nicole Martinez, PhD, CHP. She came to Clemson to study environmental engineering and found out about the nuclear engineering and radiological sciences minor during her sophomore year through speaking with Dr. Martinez. During the spring semester of her junior year, she began preparing to enroll in graduate school as part of the five-year bachelor's to master's program in environmental health physics. Kelli is in the preliminary stages of her master's thesis but is currently collecting initial readings of radon levels around Clemson's campus using the Radon Eye, a simple radon detector that can be plugged into an outlet and paired with a smartphone to read the measurements. Her thesis objectives include comparing building ages with radon levels in the lower levels of the buildings, comparing various radon-detecting equipment, and possibly mapping out the correlating readings with the ages of the buildings using GIS.
Kelli's experience as an environmental engineer includes a summer internship through the Department of Energy's (DOE) scholars' program with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). She was placed with the Infrastructure and Area Completion Division (IACD) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. During her time with IACD, she was able to learn about the process of remediating and monitoring hazardous waste found on SRS land due to past oversight of the dangers of the material. Kelli's mentors allowed her to go on tours with representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and DOE. Kelli learned firsthand how regulators and on-site program managers efficiently discussed risk assessments, possible challenges with decommissioning, and steps for moving forward. Her interest in risk communication, engineering ethics, and promoting mentorships was commended several times by her mentors. She hopes that her interactions with SRS and the DOE were not limited to just one summer since she loved seeing the engineering solutions being implemented at SRS and the multitude of projects that DOE had a hand in.
Kelli currently expects to graduate in August 2022 and is on the lookout for jobs in the public sector with specific interest in living around Washington, DC.
Radiation Protection Professionals Week is 7–13 November 2021. Each year, coinciding with the anniversary of the discovery of x rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on 8 November 1895, the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and other radiation protection organizations proclaim Radiation Protection Professionals Week to recognize those who provide leadership in protecting the public from the hazards of radiation. The dedicated work of these individuals ensures that radiation and radioactive materials are used safely and beneficially in industry, medicine, academia, energy, and government sectors, while protecting the public and environment from adverse effects of excessive radiation exposure. CRCPD encourages you to inform the administration of your agencies and to find innovative ways to celebrate this week and recognize the work of your radiation control staff.
Until 3 November 2021, registrants of the International Commission on Radiological Protection's (ICRP) Future of RP Workshop can not only access all presentations (on-demand and the recorded live sessions), but still interact with presenters, authors, and other attendees through the event portal. Registration is FREE and can be completed by visiting the ICRP workshop page. Please join the conversation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). According to the announcement, "Members of the BOSC constitute a distinguished body of non-EPA scientists, engineers and economists who are experts in their respective fields." EPA will consider nominees from industry, business, research organizations, academia, government, and nongovernmental organizations. Nominations are open through 11 November 2021. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by an organization via the BOSC website. HPS members who self-nominate and wish support from Health Physics Society (HPS) should notify the Society operations editor, who will coordinate with HPS President John Cardarelli.
An agency report concludes that the February event at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) reactor can be traced to mistakes made by NIST staff, which has suffered a loss of experience in the last several years.
Read the full article by William Thomas on the Physics Today website.
"Meeting the Challenges in the Practice of Radiation Protection"
20–24 February 2022
Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
This coming February, the Health Physics Society (HPS) joins with the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Nuclear Society (ANS), Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA), National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and Mexican Society of Irradiation and Dosimetry (SMID) to host the first ever North American Regional Congress for the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) both virtually and in person in St. Louis, Missouri!
IRPA Night Out
If you are looking for live local St. Louis, Missouri, music and Cajun-themed food, then come on out to the Broadway Oyster Bar on Tuesday night, 22 February 2022. IRPA will be hosting a night out for all attendees to relax and socialize. Tickets will be available to purchase later, and transportation to and from will be provided. For more information on Broadway Oyster Bar, check out its website. A limited menu will be available beforehand to preorder food selections, and the price of food will be included in the ticket. Drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.
IRPA is pleased to offer a technical tour the last day of the conference, 24 February. More details will be provided at a later date.
Beer lovers of all kinds can find joy in the local breweries in St. Louis. Home to the original Anheuser-Busch brewery built in 1852 by a German immigrant, you can schedule a tour of the brewery, see the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses in person (the Clydesdales were used to carry beer in the 19th century), and taste some Anheuser-Busch products in the process. Schlafly, Four Hands, Square One Brewery & Distillery, and Urban Chestnut are other breweries within a 10-minute drive that offer craft beers of all types.
The conference hotel, Union Station, has many activities available for all ages and is a great opportunity to bring your family to explore St. Louis without ever leaving the hotel. The 11,150-square-meter aquarium offers educational opportunities to learn about Missouri's local freshwater rivers and aquatic animals, a 950-cubic-meter marine habitat with sharks of all shapes and sizes, and mysterious deep-sea creatures such as octopi and jelly fish. Take a ride on the St. Louis Wheel, a 60-meter-high observation wheel that is fully enclosed and boasts views of the St. Louis skyline. Families may also enjoy the Union Station Carousel, Mini Golf, a Mirror Maze, and a Ropes Course all in the same building as the conference hotel.
The Gateway Arch
Known as the Gateway to the West, the Arch is an architectural feat that's at the top of the to-do list when visiting St. Louis. Get a group of fellow attendees to ride the tram to the top of the arch or explore the Museum at the Gateway Arch below. Tickets are selling out early and quickly, so make sure to buy tickets before arriving to town!
Mardi Gras in St. Louis
With Mardi Gras celebrated in St. Louis from 6 January–1 March, you can be sure to find some themed celebrations about town including
- 19–20 February: Taste of Soulard
- 20 February: Purina Pet Parade
- 20 February: Tito's Vodka Wiener Dog Derby—Fan favorite
- 25 February: Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball
Neighborhoods of St. Louis
St. Louis can be broken up into many neighborhoods, each with its own unique appeal. Some neighborhoods closest to the conference hotel include:
- Soulard – the first established neighborhood in St. Louis
- The Hill – famous for Italian markets and restaurants
- Downtown St. Louis – where the conference hotel is
Read more on the different neighborhoods at Explore St. Louis.
Other Local Activities
Outside of the hotel, you can find a variety of activities to fulfill any of your interests including:
- Upper Limits Indoor Rock-Climbing Gym located next to the hotel
- Stifel Theater – no events scheduled yet
- Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
- The Fabulous Fox Theatre – Mean Girls will be showing during the conference
- Ballpark village – no events scheduled yet
- Field House Museum
- Enterprise Center – Home of the St. Louis Blues hockey team, however no games are scheduled at this time due to the Winter Olympics. Imagine Dragons concert 23 February
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Saint Louis Zoo
- City Museum
- River City Casino
- The Butterfly House
- Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
- St. Louis Riverfront Cruise
- Saint Louis Science Center
- James S. McDonnell Planetarium
- …and much more!
For more information about the meeting please visit the HPS/IRPA 2022 meeting microsite.
Wade C. Morris, Chapter President
Phillip H. Jenkins
The Cincinnati Radiation Society (CRS) chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS), in partnership with the Ohio Valley Section (OVS) of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), held a very informative, engaging, and successful virtual meeting. Approximately 25 members met on Thursday, 30 September 2021, to hear Phillip H. Jenkins, PhD, CHP, present on the Mound Plant Radon Program and the Bowser-Morner Radon Reference Laboratory. The presentation provided an excellent insight into the broad world of radon exposures from uranium mining and milling operations, as well as the specialized field of radon testing, coupled with industry-leading expertise and a radon chamber designed to mirror chambers formerly used by the Environmental Protection Agency to meet a spectrum of performance testing, radon spiking, and monitor calibration needs. This meeting was yet another successful collaboration within the CRS & OVS scientific communities.
John Cardarelli, HPS President, 2021–2023
I recently had the pleasure of meeting members of the Florida Chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) during the Society's annual meeting near beautiful St. Augustine, Florida (the country's oldest city). It was my first in-person visit to a chapter where I was able to meet all the attendees, enjoy great conversations, and play ping-pong with Florida Chapter Treasurer Rodney Nickell. It was a close match, but the victory was mine—this time. The agenda included great presentations on the NASA Mars Perseverance mission by Kurt Geber, CHP; Radiation Protection and Safety in Veterinary Medicine by Debbie Gilley (Photo 1); characterization and remediation activities in Japan by Steve Rima, CHP; an update on the IRPA 16 planning by Kevin Nelson, CHP (Photo 2); and a dynamic presentation on consumer laser pointers where Patrick Murphy popped a balloon from across the room! (Photo 3).
I look forward to more in-person visits between now and next July when the Society will install our next president-elect. So, keep your eyes open for the ballot that should be coming out in the next few weeks.
I also want to thank the stream of volunteers who support our various committees and sections. It's great to see the enthusiasm among our members actively engaging to support our mission. If you are interested in helping to provide courses in an expanding format to include live and virtual platforms, we are seeking a few more volunteers to join the Continuing Education Committee. Duties will include seeking and reviewing course materials, scheduling courses, and proctoring courses for future HPS meetings. Just click the volunteer button at the bottom of this page and be ready to have some fun.
Finally, I want to remind our members to start making plans to attend the first-ever IRPA North American Regional Congress in St. Louis, Missouri, February 2022. The Program Committee is developing a fantastic agenda that you will not want to miss.
Photo 1: Debbie Gilley giving her presentation on IAEA Safety Series Report 104, Radiation Protection and Safety in Veterinary Medicine. Did you know that racehorses routinely get CT scans?
Photo 2: Kevin Nelson, CHP, giving an update on IRPA 16 and challenging us to think creatively to provide a dramatic opening for the conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, in 2024.
Photo 3: Patrick Murphy gave a talk on eye injuries and aircraft illuminations from consumer laser pointers. These can cause significant injuries and the number of reported sightings by airline pilots is skyrocketing.
"Meeting the Challenges in the Practice of Radiation Protection"
20–24 February 2022
Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
This coming February, the Health Physics Society (HPS) joins with the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Nuclear Society (ANS), Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA), National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and Mexican Society of Irradiation and Dosimetry (SMID) to host the first-ever North American Regional Congress for the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) both virtually and in person in St. Louis Missouri!
The North American Regional Congress will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. The hotel occupies the 1894 Union Station, connects to the Union Station Aquarium and St. Louis Ferris Wheel, and is just minutes away from the Scottrade Center, the Peabody Opera House, Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch, Lumiere Place Casino, and the Americas Dome.
The conference will include talks covering a wide range of health physics interests as well as several trainings throughout. Topics include:
- Scientific Basis of Health Physics
- Biological effects of radiation
- Epidemiology of radiation exposure
- Characterization of Radiation Exposures
- External dosimetry
- Internal dosimetry
- Environmental and wildlife dosimetry
- Instrumentation and measurements
- Nonionizing Radiation/5G
- Applied Health Physics
- Nuclear facilities
- Medical health physics
- Veterinary health physics
- Military health physics
- Environmental health physics
- Natural radioactivity
- Space radiation
- Disasters in health physics
- Regulations and Communications
- Regulatory issues
- Communications with the public
- Homeland Security and Emergency Response
- Reasonableness in Health Physics
- Health Physicists' Response to a Pandemic
- Controversies in Medical Health Physics
The IRPA Young Scientists and Professionals Award will be given at the conference. The purpose of this award is to promote professional development of and recognize the accomplishments made by early career scientists and professionals working in radiation protection in all its subfields. To apply for the award, review the rules. Important deadlines to apply are as follows:
- Abstract submission deadline – 15 October 2021
- Abstracts provided to respective Associate Society for evaluation – 1 November 2021
- Associate Society selection of nominees – 1 December 2021
- Papers due to Award Organizer and Associate Society – 15 December 2021
- Associate Society indication if paper not approved – 15 January 2022
- Formation of jury complete – 15 January 2022
- Start of Regional Congress – 20 February 2022
For more information about the meeting please visit the HPS/IRPA 2022 meeting microsite.
Virtual Webinar Series, 19–20 October 2021, 12:00–2:00 pm ET each day
The 2006 Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII report is the latest in a series of reports published by the National Academies that examine radiation exposures and human health. BEIR VII utilized data from the atomic bomb survivors and from the occupational, medical, and environmental studies that were available at the time to develop models for calculating risks of radiogenic cancers in the US population following low doses of radiation. The BEIR VII report did not cover radon exposure, which was reviewed in the earlier BEIR VI report published in 1999. Models and approaches recommended in the BEIR VI and BEIR VII reports and extensions and modifications to them have been foundational in the US radiation protection system. Recognizing the need to periodically review available data and update models for calculating risks, the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies will host a two-day webinar on 19 and 20 October 2021. Each day will be limited to two hours of focused presentations and discussions starting at 12:00 (ET) each day. Attendees need to sign up for each day separately. You can review the draft agenda on the webinar website.
On 19 October, the webinar will examine the question: What do we know about cardiovascular effects at low doses of radiation? You can register here for the 19 October webinar.
On October 20, we will examine the question: What have we learned about radon risks since publication of the BEIR VI report? You can register here for the 20 October webinar.
Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
The November issue of Health Physics contains several articles on medical/veterinary applications of ionizing radiation. As we all know, high doses of ionizing radiation delivered at high dose rates increase risks of cancer and, in extreme cases, may cause acute tissue damage. However, at much lower doses, radiation is an invaluable tool to diagnose and treat disease. Health physicists working in the medical arena appreciate that radiation is truly a two-edged sword. Be sure to check out the following medical health physics articles in the November issue:
- "Age-Dependent Radiation Dose Rates From Canine Sn-117m Treatments" by Matthew G. Arno and Chad Smith
- "Radiation Protection Evaluation of Medical X-Ray Imaging Centers in Qazvin, Iran" by Azam Janati Esfahani and Susan Cheraghi
- "Evaluation of the Correction Methods Using Age and BMI for Estimating CT Organ Dose Using a Radiophotoluminescence Glass Dosimeter and a Monte Carlo-Based Dose Calculator" by Weishan Chang and Yusuke Koba
- "Evaluation of Radiation Shielding Requirements and Self-Shielding Characteristics for a Novel Radiosurgery System" by Qinjan Cao, Jun Tan, Yue Ren, Wanchun Xiong, Xiaofeng Wei, and Wei Cheng
- "Concerning the Metareview: 'Pre-Natal X-Ray Exposure and the Risk of Developing Pediatric Cancer – A Systematic Review of Risk Factors and a Comparison of International Guidelines'" by Bill Sacks
- "Reply to Sacks" by Fleur Wit, Colinda C.J.J. Vroonland, and Harmen Bijward
From 14 October 2021 to 3 November 2021, those registered for the International Commission on Radiological Protection's (ICRP) digital workshop on the Future of Radiological Protection will be able to access on-demand presentations and interact with the authors. To access these presentations, and the live sessions on 19–20 October, you must register on the ICRP workshop website. While there is a voluntary base fee, those interested in this workshop may register for free if they wish to do so.
Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor
The October 2021 issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics website. This important edition has a succinct explanation of changing certification exam fees and schedule by American Board of Health Physics Chair Dr. Wei-Hsung Wang. Check it out today!
The October short course offerings have been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training – Virtual—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Radiation Safety Officer Training – Virtual—ORAU's Professional Training Programs
Packaging and Shipping Class 7 (Radioactive) Material—Plexus Scientific Corporation
Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training—Kentek Corporation
Wei-Hsung Wang, CHP, ABHP Chair
To ensure the consistent, credible, and sustainable function of the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), the ABHP had updated its Policy Manual, which was subsequently approved by the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Health Physics on 19 August 2021. The major changes relevant to the application and administration of the examination are outlined below:
- Fee (fee schedule will be reviewed by the ABHP every four years):
|Type||Part I Examination||Part II Examination|
- The examination must be taken in the year of eligibility (i.e., approval to sit for the examination is valid for one year only).
- Part I Examinations are available at testing centers world-wide during a time period specified by the ABHP, but are typically prior to the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS). Part II Examinations may be conducted at the typical locations based upon candidate's preference and proctor's availability. The Part II Examination will no longer always be on the Monday of the HPS annual meeting. Both Parts of the Examinations will be offered in June 2022. Specific dates will be announced later.
- Personal calculators for the Part I Examination are not permitted, but are allowed for the Part II Examination. For the Part I Examination, a computer-based calculator (TI-30XS) will be available to the candidates.
Please contact the ABHP Secretariat if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in pursuing certification in health physics.
The Campus Radiation Safety Officers (CRSO) is a voluntary, scientific, and professional society that was formed in the 1970s to support health physicists working specifically in educational environments. The vision and mission of the CRSO is to provide inexpensive, focused opportunities for information exchange. In practice, the CRSO organized and supported smaller, more focused and informal national and regional conferences in a roundtable format. CRSO conferences always focused on topics found in higher-education environments.
The CRSO has been inactive for several years, so key individuals began looking for avenues to continue to foster their initiatives and utilize their funds. After consultation with the Health Physics Society (HPS) leadership, it seemed the most logical thing to do was to enter a joint venture with the Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS) Section of the HPS as their goals and objectives were aligned with the CRSO mission.
The key CRSO members and AIRRS Section leadership discussed the possibility of a joint venture. On 1 September 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the AIRRS Section of HPS and the CRSO. To further support this joint venture, CRSO donated its existing funds to the AIRRS Section to be managed and maintained by the AIRRS Section "in good faith." The combined funds will be used to continue to foster, support, and promote educational, research, and operational objectives both efficiently and effectively.
The CRSO members who persevered and helped create this joint venture are Kelly Classic, Jim DeZetter, Jim Herrold, Ninni Jacob, Marcum Martz, Susan Masih, Vicki Morris, Ken Smith, and Paul R. Steinmeyer.
The AIRRS Section leaders who worked with the CRSO are Carl Tarantino (President), Cathy Ribaudo (Past Secretary/Treasurer), Caitlin Root (Secretary/Treasurer), and Latha Vasudevan (President-elect and HPS Board Director).
Both the CRSO and the AIRRS Section leaders thank the HPS Secretariat for facilitating the donation of funds from CRSO to the AIRRS Section.
The Delaware Valley Society for Radiation Safety (DVSRS) chapter of the Health Physics Society is hosting a short virtual meeting via Zoom on 13 October 2021 at noon (EST). There will be a presentation given by Dustin Miller, CHP, RRPT, on decommissioning funding plans.
The presentation will be free to members and $10 dollars for nonmembers (includes the price of membership). If you are interested in attending the event, please contact the DVSRS by email for information on registering.
On 30 August 2021, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (IRPA) Task Group on the Revision of the System of Radiological Protection requested input on an ICRP paper, Keeping the ICRP Recommendations Fit for Purpose, by Chris Clements. Health Physics Society President John Cardarelli nominated Dr. Brant Ulsh to the task group, and Ulsh reviewed and commented on the paper. We hope you will read his submitted comments. The original paper is available here. You can personally engage by attending the ICRP Digital Workshop on this topic 19–20 October 2021.
NC State University is rolling out a new program that allows students and working professionals to obtain a graduate certificate in health physics. The certification process involves taking four classes, from a roster of six options, providing industry-needed skill sets in health physics. Classes can be taken in person or online.
"The practice of health physics overlaps certain aspects of nuclear engineering, but focuses on radiological protection and radiation safety," said Robert Hayes, who will be overseeing the certification program. "Our online master's program in nuclear engineering is already ranked first in the country, and we think this certification program will give our students—or working professionals—an opportunity to further advance their careers and nicely compliments our new undergraduate minor in health physics."
Did you know that your Health Physics Society (HPS) website has pages of photos from HPS annual meetings and midyear meetings? You can find photos from the History Committee and photo essays from Health Physics News on these pages. We are currently bringing the pages up to date to include 2020 and 2021 meetings.
Because of the unusual nature of the recent meetings during the COVID pandemic, Web Ops does not have photos from the HPS First Annual Workshop that was held at Clemson University in May 2021. Did you attend the meeting either in person or virtually? If you have good-quality photos or screen shots of virtual sessions to share, please send them to News Editor Mary Walchuk. We need permission to use the photo from the person who took it, and we need a short caption to go with it.
Andrew McUmber, Chapter President
In the month of September, Northeastern New York Chapter members hosted instructors from FEMA, who trained some of the region's health physicists and technicians on radiological incidents. Over 15 radiological professionals attended the course, PER-316 (Radiological Accident Assessment Concepts), after which a comprehensive exam was administered. The venue was the SUNY Albany School of Public Health. The course was preapproved to provide 40 continuing education credits.
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.
2022 IRPA North American Regional Conference
20–24 February 2022, St. Louis, MO
67th Annual Meeting - 2022
16–21 July 2022, Spokane, WA
68th Annual Meeting - 2023
23–27 July 2023, Gaylord National Harbor
2024 IRPA 16th International Congress
7–11 July 2024, Rosen Shingle Creek, FL
71st Annual Meeting - 2026
5–9 July 2026, Gaylord National Harbor
First Annual Workshop - 2021 - A Fresh Perspective
Videos of PEPs are available to those who registered.
2020 HPS Virtual Workshop
Ongoing—videos of sessions and PEPs are available with a registration fee.
Adela Salame-Alfie, PhD, FHPS, is the recipient of the Homeland Security Emergency Response Section 2021 Service Award.
Left to right, Director Latha Vasudevan, Past Director Jan Braun, Director Mike Boyd, Director Jama VanHorne-Sealy, Treasurer Ali Simpkins, Secretary Nicole Martinez, Past President Eric Goldin, Treasurer-elect Kendall Berry, Director Tim Taulbee, Past Director Mike Mahathy, President John Cardarelli. Not pictured: Executive Director Brett Burk, Director Kathryn Higley, Director Adela Salame-Alfie. Photo courtesy of Craig Little