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12 August 2022
HPS Student Corner - Students Participate in HPS Annual Meeting

Johnson Aina, Idaho State University, and Jordan Noey, University of Michigan
Photos courtesy of Dawn Montgomery

The 67th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, was indeed fantastic. The HPS Student Support Committee (SSC) recorded a good turnout of students at all our events! Many students worked at the meeting, and the SSC was able to host all the planned in-person events, including the return of the annual quiz bowl, speed networking, and a hybrid committee meeting.

Student workers at the 67th HPS Annual Meeting

 

The quiz bowl was an exciting competition where questions from all aspects of health physics were asked. There was some awesome participation with spectators cheering on the teams competing for the grand prize. The teams competing this year included students from Clemson University, Idaho State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Colorado State University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Quiz bowl team members:

  • Enrichment 95% - Yuiko Chino, Heechan Lee, Ignacio Bartol, Emmanuel Mate-Kole
  • Nucleons - Paul Pierson, Raquema Williams, Elif Kara, Aaron Otterstein
  • Natty Labbers - Samuel Dombkowski, Ceara Buckley, Cassia Fontes, Hailey Coffman
  • The Nukes - Jonas Smith, Johnson Aina, Sarah Donaher, Bryanna Wattier

The quiz bowl teams

 

The quiz bowl competition and spectators

 

The speed networking event witnessed 30 attendees (16 students, 5 early career professionals, and 9 established professionals). It was an exciting time—students met and connected with both early career professionals and experienced individuals within the HPS in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This year's speed networking witnessed professionals in industries such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Versant Medical Physics and Radiation Safety, Radiation Safety and Control Services Inc., the Department of Energy, etc. Professionals in academia were also present to mentor students and give insights on research and collaboration.

The speed networking event at the 67th HPS Annual Meeting

 

Lastly, the hybrid SCC meeting was held, and several deliberations were made. The committee recorded five new members (Jillian Newmyer, Jordan Hillis, Josh Hargraves, Steve Kustka, and DeMarcus Jackson) joining the team. Also, two vice chairs (Jordan Noey and Jillian Newmyer) were nominated to assist the chair.

The SSC looks forward to hosting a bigger event next year's HPS annual meeting in Gaylord National Harbor, Washington DC, with more even students participating!

12 August 2022
67th HPS Annual Meeting Photos: Part 2

HPS Web Operations

The 67th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting was held in Spokane, Washington, 17–21 July 2022. The meeting was fully hybrid and included both in-person and virtual options. Here is part 2 of our photos of meeting happenings—we will be sharing more soon.

If you attended the meeting live or virtually, you can view sessions by logging into the meeting site using the link you were sent when you registered. The Sign In button is at the top right side of the page. The sessions are available from the Schedule tab.

If you have trouble finding/accessing your Pathable link, email meetings@HPS.org and ask to have your sign-in information sent to you.

If you did not previously register and would like to view sessions from the meeting, register on the meeting website.

Sessions from the 67th HPS Annual Meeting will be available until 31 December.

 

Elda Anderson Breakfast

The Elda Anderson Breakfast was held Monday, 18 July, in honor of past and present recipients of the HPS Elda E. Anderson Award. In-person attendees included, front row, left to right, Ali Simpkins, Nicole Martinez, Sara Dumit, Emily Caffrey, Kenneth Kase, and Richard Brey; back row, left to right, Timothy DeVol, Scott O. Schwahn, Darrell R. Fisher, Jason Harris, Kathryn A. Higley, and Derek Jokisch.
Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

The online participants of the Elda E Anderson Breakfast included Paul Ziemer, Charles Wilson, Matt Mille, Jim Tarpinian, and the Secretariat's Mary Lou Robinson.
Screenshot courtesy of Charles Wilson

 

Early Career Member Gianna Porro's Meeting Experience

Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

This past July I had the opportunity to attend the HPS Annual Meeting in Spokane. Through this event I was able to expand my knowledge on current events and research topics throughout the health physics field. I am currently a health physicist (HP) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) within the radiation protection functional area. As an HP at LLNL, I provide field support to the operations and business organization, develop and revise policies in accordance with 10 CFR 835, and am currently in training to provide support for emergency response at LLNL's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center. I joined the HPS to find a group of like-minded professionals to help grow both professionally and personally within my career. One of the biggest draws of the HPS was the diverse and multidisciplinary nature, from academic to industrial to government relations aspects of health physics.

The most notable experience of the conference was the overwhelming amount of support from fellow HPs and their eagerness to offer guidance and share their experience within the field. As someone who is starting their career in the industry, it is important to learn about different areas of emphasis and research within health physics. In addition to networking with a wide variety of scientists with expertise in varying topics, the annual conference was a great opportunity for continuing education. As I am transitioning from academia to industry, it was helpful to hear about others career paths and gain the opinion of industry professionals. As I solidify the trajectory of my career, it was inspiring to have a group of knowledgeable individuals who I can consider mentors.

I am so thankful for my experience at the conference and the connections I have made, I look forward to making a lasting contribution within this field.

 

Health Physics Society Garage Sale, 2022 Edition

Photo courtesy of Andy Thompkins

Kenneth Krieger, CHP

HPS held another garage sale at the meeting in Spokane and the items for sale included several old survey meters, several old books (some predating the 1950s), and miscellaneous items. Some items of interest were a magnet of Miss Atomic bomb from 1957, an action figure of Einstein, and an old Nuclear Chicago absorber kit from the mid-50s. At last count, the auction raised over $1,700 for scholarships and student travel grants for the Society.

Photos courtesy of Barbara Hamrick

 

5K Fun Run/Walk

The 5K Fun Run/Walk was held Tuesday morning, 19 July. The course began on the river side of the Spokane Convention Center and followed the Centennial Trail east, across the Spokane River, through the Gonzaga University campus, to Mission Park, and back. Awards were presented after the run and runners received T-shirts.
Photos courtesy of Gene Carbaugh

 

HPS Publications Booth

The HPS Publications team – including, left to right, Health Physics Managing Editor Mary Gene Ryan, Health Physics Editor in Chief Brant Ulsh, Health Physics Editorial Assistant Deanna Baker, and Web Operations Editor in Chief Barbara Hamrick – greeted attendees with information about HPS publications, invited suggestions, and answered questions. Attendees who filled out a survey were entered into a drawing for radiation-related books. Kathy McLellan, far right, was one of the lucky winners.
Photos courtesy of Casper Sun

 

American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP)

AAHP leadership present at the 67th HPS Annual Meeting included, front row, left to right, Past President Scott Schwahn, Past Secretary Elaine Marshall, Director Cheryl Olson, Director Igwekala Edwin Njoku, and Past Director Wayne Gaul; back row, left to right, President-elect Armin Ansari, Executive Director Michael Canino, ABHP Chair/Ex-Officio Member Kyle Kleinhans, President Gus Potter, Secretary Willie Harris, Treasurer Tracy Ikenberry, CHP Corner Editor Dan Sowers, and ABHP Vice-Chair Allen Mabry.
Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

 

Military Health Physics Section

The incoming slate of officers of the Military Health Physics Section of the HPS includes, left to right, LCDR Jeffrey Caudill, USN, Secretary-Treasurer; LCDR Caleb Tracy, USN, Board Member; Lt.Col. Christina Peace, USAF, President-elect; COL Ricardo Reyes, USA, Outgoing President; CAPT Greg Fairchild, USN, Incoming President; Michael Bak, Board Member; and Daniel Mannis, Board Member. The officers were installed at the Military Health Physics Section Business Meeting on 21 July 2022 in Spokane, Washington, at the annual HPS meeting.
Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

Uniformed Services active duty and retired members of the Military Health Physics Section, including HPS President CAPT John Cardarelli, USPHS (Ret.), at the annual meeting of the HPS in Spokane.
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

 

At the 68th HPS Annual Meeting booth, left to right, Kathy Held, Kathy McLellan, Mike Boyd, and David Zuenkel provided information about the next annual meeting, which will be held 23–27 July 2023 at Gaylord National Harbor.
Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

 

This year's Night Out took place Wednesday, 20 July, at O'Doherty's Irish Grille and Pub, a short walk from the Davenport Grand. Attendees enjoyed a delicious Irish meal followed by Songs and Stories of the Pacific Northwest by noted Northwest folk entertainer Hank Cramer. Hank is in high demand for folk festivals, concerts, and cultural presentations, and hails from Winthrop, Washington (home to HPS Past President Nancy Kirner). He even has some ties to our profession as a retired emergency planner. Check out his website at hankcramer.com.
Photo courtesy of Susan Carbaugh

12 August 2022
View 67th HPS Annual Meeting Sessions

If you attended the 67th Health Physics Society Annual Meeting live or virtually, you can revisit sessions you loved or those you missed by logging into the meeting site using the link you were sent when you registered. The Sign In button is at the top right side of the page. The sessions are available from the Schedule tab.

If you have trouble finding/accessing your Pathable link, email meetings@HPS.org and ask to have your sign-in information sent to you.

If you did not previously register and would like to view sessions from the meeting, registration is still open on the meeting website.

Sessions from the 67th HPS Annual Meeting will be available until 31 December.

12 August 2022
Upcoming HPS Meetings

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.

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

67th Annual Meeting - 2022
17–21 July 2022, Spokane, WA
Note: Sessions are available for viewing until 31 December 2022. Use the link you received upon registration (email for help if needed) or register here.

11 August 2022
HPS Treasurer During a Pandemic – Well That Was Interesting!

Ali A. Simpkins, HPS Treasurer 2020–2022

Current HPS Treasurer Kendall Berry, left, and Past Treasurer Ali Simpkins
Photo courtesy of Casper Sun

Having recently completed my term as treasurer of the Health Physics Society (HPS), I thought it would be a good time to share with you my experience as well as how the Society is doing financially. I assumed the role of treasurer-elect in summer of 2019 and was very excited to be serving in this role for the society that I had been involved with for so long. As treasurer-elect, you shadow the treasurer for the first year to learn the ropes, which means I was to assume the role of treasurer in July of 2020. We all know how different the world was in the summer of 2020! Around the same time, my boss retired, and I assumed his position. I know we all had our own struggles during the pandemic, but boy I had a lot on my plate. I am happy to report that two years later as I finish my term, things are looking good on all fronts.

One of the most important things that the treasurer does, along with the Finance Committee, is prepare the draft budget for our next fiscal year (which runs September through August) for Board of Directors (BOD) approval. This process usually begins in April so the budget can be finalized and presented to the BOD for its approval at the annual meeting. As you all know, in 2020 we did not have an in-person annual meeting but, rather, delayed the meeting to September and it was all virtual. Consequently, the preparation of the budget was delayed and with everyone's day job becoming much more challenging, it was difficult to even find the time to prepare the budget—but we did. Budget planning when you are unable to be in the same room posed some difficulties, but we managed. One thing we learned that was very helpful was that planning the budget over a period of time rather than in one long session proved to be very beneficial and we even carried that method forward in subsequent years.

Being involved in all financial decisions for the Society, the Finance Committee worked to set the meeting rates for these new virtual/hybrid meetings and workshops. The Finance Committee had many discussions with respect to setting rates that make it affordable for members while still keeping the Society financially viable. Holding hybrid meetings is very expensive, and serious consideration will need to be given to this in the future.

Despite the decline in membership, YOUR Society remains strong financially. We ended the 2021 fiscal year 286K in the black despite being budgeted to be 32.7K in the black. Keep in mind that the summer meeting for 2020 was delayed until fiscal year 2021 so two annual meetings occurred during that fiscal year when normally there would have been one. The current fiscal year 2022, which ends in August, is looking good and we anticipate it being in the black despite being budgeted 85K in the red. Additionally, our reserves continue to be strong.

I completed my term as treasurer at the HPS meeting in Spokane last month and I know the HPS is in good hands with Kendall Berry as your new treasurer. While serving brought many challenges, it was very satisfying when so many important decisions needed to be made. I would like to express a huge thanks to HPS Executive Director Brett Burk and his team for countless hours of help. Also, I would like to thank Kendall Berry, your new treasurer, as working with her as treasurer-elect she offered invaluable input. Thanks for trusting me to be treasurer. I am very hopeful for the future of the Society and look forward to staying involved.

9 August 2022
Did You Know? - HPS Development of American National Standards

HPS Web Operations

Did you know that the Health Physics Society (HPS) is an Accredited Standards Developer with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)? The HPS Standards Committee (HPSSC), two Accredited Standards Committees (ASC), and the HPS standards coordinator constitute the HPS standards organization.

  • The HPSSC is concerned with integration among the respective HPS ASCs and with HPS organizational representation to other national and international standards organizations. The HPSSC is charged with prioritizing and publishing HPS standards.
  • ASC N13 develops consensus standards dealing with or pertaining to radiation protection. Radiation protection includes the protection of individuals or groups from occupational or environmental exposure to radiation or radioactive materials.
  • ASC N43 is concerned with radiation protection aspects of radiation-producing equipment used in industrial and nonmedical research and development activities (excluding nuclear reactors).
  • The HPS standards coordinator is concerned with coordination and administration of HPS standards activities involving the HPSSC, N13, and N43.

To learn more, visit the HPS Development of American National Standards page of the HPS website.

ANSI/HPS standards are available to HPS members for no charge on our Members Only website and to the general public for purchase through our exclusive distributor, IHS, at the IHS Standards Store.

8 August 2022
Arlington Military Funeral Services for John and Joanne Villforth

Military funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery for Health Physics Society member John Villforth, who died 14 September 2019, and his wife Joanne, who died 5 November 2019. The military honors will be on Wednesday, 7 September 2022, at 3:00 pm Eastern.

8 August 2022
The HPS Standards Organization Special Session a Tremendous Success

Antonio Triventi, HPS Standards Committee Chair

At the 67th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Spokane, the HPS Standards Organization Special Session was held on Wednesday, 20 July 2022, in the Centennial Ballroom, 9:30–11:50 am.

The special session was conducted in two parts separated by a break. In the first part, speakers provided insights regarding the activities carried on by:

  • The HPS Standards Committee (HPSSC) - Antonio Triventi (HPSSC chair and special session chair).
  • The ANSI N13 Committee - Matthew Barnett (ANSI N13 chair).
  • The ANSI N43 Committee - Richard Whitman (ANSI N43 vice chair).
  • The ISO TC85/SC2 Committee - Jim Herrold (US NTAG ISO/TC85 chair and US TAG ISO/TC85/SC2 chair).

In the second part, a group of panelists including Barnett, Herrold, Gus Potter (ANSI N13 vice-chair), and Triventi addressed questions from the audience present in person and connected remotely through the meeting website.

The panel discussion turned out to be a very engaging moment where HPS members had a tangible opportunity to learn more about the standards-development process, the rewarding aspects of volunteering, and how to get involved. Especially relevant, encouraging, promising, and inspiring was the clear interest shown by several students and early-career professionals who were in attendance and who indicated they would like to contribute. They asked insightful questions during the panel discussion and followed up afterwards by providing their contact information and résumés for consideration.

In conclusion, the HPS Standards Organization Special Session accomplished its goal of garnering attention to standards and to bringing in new contributors to keep supporting and sustaining the standards-development process.

The special session was recorded and is available until 31 December for those who have registered for the 67th HPS Annual Meeting. Log into the meeting site using the link you were sent when you registered. The Sign In button is at the top right side of the page. The sessions are available from the Schedule tab. If you have trouble finding/accessing your Pathable link, email meetings@HPS.org and ask to have your sign-in information sent to you. If you did not previously register and would like to view sessions from the meeting, registration is still open on the meeting website.

For questions, comments, and feedback, contact Antonio Triventi.

Speakers at the HPS Standards Organization Special Session, left to right, Antonio Triventi, Matthew Barnett, Richard Whitman, and Jim Herrold
Photos courtesy of Casper Sun

8 August 2022
August 2022 CHP Corner

Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor

The August 2022 issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) website. This month highlights the AAHP/American Board of Health Physics award winners recognized in Spokane, provides CEC submission guidance following the July meeting, and hosts a call for NRRPT exam panel members. Don't miss it!

4 August 2022
HPS Members in the News: Fulbright Scholar Michael Stabin

Dr. Michael Stabin has been invited to visit Bariloche, Argentina, as a Fulbright Scholar. From 19 to 23 September, an advanced school on radiological protection will be held at Balseiro Institute. There will be lecturers both from Argentina and abroad, and Stabin will deliver one or more of the lectures, in addition to delivering talks on Friday afternoon to the university group. Stabin will also spend two weeks visiting a nuclear medicine facility and will provide information to the staff there about use of radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine therapy, internal dosimetry, and issues of radiobiology. 

The Fulbright program is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists. Under the Fulbright program, competitively selected American citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad, and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States. The prestigious Fulbright program provides 8,000 grants annually to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching.

1 August 2022
Sara Dumit Recognized by Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Sara Dumit with HPS Past President Eric Goldin, left, and HPS President John Cardarelli
Photo courtesy of Edward Wallace

Health Physics Society member Sara Dumit was recently interviewed for a Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting blog article by Daniela Thiel. In the article, she is recognized for her work in health physics, her receipt of the 2022 John D. Boice, Jr. Young Investigator Award from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, the 2022 Elda E. Anderson Award from the Health Physics Society, and her participation in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as a young scientist (conducted online, which led to her participation in the 71st meeting in 2022 as well.)

Read the interview with Sara on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings website.

1 August 2022
August Short Course Listings

The August 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—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Radiation Safety Officer Training—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training—Kentek Corporation

29 July 2022
Public Information Committee Updates "Celebrating Women in Radiation Protection" Web Page

Sara Dumit, Committee Member

Dear Health Physics Society (HPS) members, the Public Information Committee continues to populate the "Celebrating Woman in Radiation Protection" area of the HPS website! We keep collecting and writing biographies from notable women active in the HPS, women in memoriam, and also women in leadership positions in the HPS. We have recently added six new biographies to the "Women Leadership of the HPS" page (Anderson, Caffrey, Dumit, Manglass, Root, and Simpkins). Please, check it out!

We also want to hear from you. Nominate a notable woman today using the google form found at "please let us know" on the Celebrating Women in Radiation Protection page.

Thank you so much!

29 July 2022
September Health Physics Journal: Radiation Protection Goes International . . . and Interplanetary

Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief

The September issue of Health Physics once again provides a snapshot of radiation safety research around the world. Close to home, Michael D. McMahon and Jeffery C. Chancellor present their study "Accident Simulation Study for Nuclear Power Plants Impacting Louisiana: Differences in 2017 vs. 1992 Protective Action Guidelines." Farther afield, Mengxue Li and colleagues report on their "Assessment of Occupational Exposure to Eye Lens Dosimetry for Interventional Radiology Workers in China During 2017–2019." But wait – there's more! Radiation safety even goes to outer space with the paper by Amy Zhu and Johnny Stone titled "Bearing Extremes: Impacts From Simulated Outer Space Conditions and Effective Ultraviolet Radiation Shielding Materials on Tardigrade Life History." Be sure to peruse the September issue and catch the latest research from around the world, and beyond!

Editor's Pick: "Analysis of ICNIRP 2020 Basic Restrictions for Localized Radiofrequency Exposure in the Frequency Range Above 6 GHz"

26 July 2022
ePoster Abstract Deadline for ICRP 2021+1 Extended

Regardless of whether or not you can attend ICRP 2021+1 in person, interested parties are encouraged to submit an ePoster for the 6th International Symposium on Radiological Protection by 9 September 2022. More information can be found on the symposium website.

26 July 2022
IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship

The application period for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

The MSCFP aims to help increase the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of both men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation.

Named after pioneer physicist and twice Nobel Prize laureate Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in the nuclear field. Selected highly motivated female students receive a scholarship for master’s programmes in nuclear-related studies at accredited universities. They are also provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA for up to 12 months.

Scholarships are awarded annually, with 150 female students selected per year depending on the availability of funds. Consideration is given to field of study and geographic and linguistic diversity. For more information, click here.

26 July 2022
Did You Know? - HPS Positions, Position Statements, and Fact Sheets

HPS Web Operations

Did you know that the Health Physics Society (HPS) issues positions, position statements, and fact sheets?

HPS Rule 6.1.II provides a mechanism to create an official position of the HPS. Proposed positions may come from any member of the HPS and require a two-thirds vote by the Board of Directors (the Board) to become official. Often, proposed positions are referred to the Scientific & Public Issues Committee (S&PIC) for review or revision before coming to the Board for a vote.

Once the position is adopted by the Board, the Board may direct the S&PIC to develop a position statement to support the position. The S&PIC comprises the president, the president-elect, and the three most recent past presidents. Position statements developed by the S&PIC do not require Board approval.

Similarly, fact sheets do not require Board approval but are generated by the Public Information Committee and reviewed by the S&PIC. Both position statements and fact sheets are considered official public documents as described in Rule 7.1.24.

In addition to the positions, position statements, and fact sheets, the HPS website hosts over 5,000 linked web pages, documents, pictures, and videos. These are not official positions or official public documents but are informational only. Web Operations hopes you enjoy browsing the diverse content available at hps.org.

19 July 2022
67th HPS Annual Meeting Photos: Part 1

HPS Web Operations

The 67th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting is being held in Spokane, Washington, 17–21 July 2022. The meeting is fully hybrid and includes both in-person and virtual options. There is still time to register for the last two full days of sessions, education, meetings, and events.

Enjoy this peek at meeting happenings so far, and stay tuned because we will be sharing more photos over the next several weeks.

Spokane is a beautiful city with several parks, magnificent waterfalls, and fascinating museums.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hamrick

 

Thank you to the sponsors of the 67th HPS Annual Meeting.

 

Be sure to visit the exhibit hall in between sessions to learn about the many vendors and to enjoy snacks. For those attending in person and virtually, an online floor plan is available for viewing information about the vendors.
Photo courtesy of Amy Sullivan

 

While in the exhibit hall, you can also find posters and Mirion's robot detector dog, Astro.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hamrick

 

Left, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward welcomes meeting attendees at the Monday morning plenary session. Right, Visit Spokane representative Bethany Lecher (standing) provides local information at the Companion Orientation.
Photos courtesy of Gene Carbaugh

 

Left, Stacey Haines and Gene Carbaugh greet students at the sign-in table for a Sunday morning PEP course. Right, Mike Clemmer presents PEP 1-B: Alpha Spectroscopy for the Health Physicist.
Photos courtesy of Ed Wallace

 

Carolyn McKenzie presents CEL-1: How to Remove and Replace Your Cesium Irradiator.
Photo courtesy of Gene Carbaugh

 

12 July 2022
Illinois Tech Student Branch News

Illinois Tech Students Celebrate Anniversary

The Illinois Tech Health Physics Program celebrated its 25th anniversary on 24 June 2022. The program began with the vision of Eli Port, Illinois Tech's radiation safety officer, and Carlo Segre, professor of physics. Since its founding, it has been designed to serve the needs of working radiation safety professionals. We also celebrated S.Y. Chen's retirement as the program's director for the last 10 years and the installation of David Scherer as the new director. Scherer comes to Illinois Tech from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

S.Y. Chen and David Scherer, surrounded by Illinois Tech health physics students at the 25th Anniversary celebration.
Photo courtesy of Mashael Almowallad

 

Illinois Tech Students Visit Missouri Research Reactor

Illinois Tech students traveled to the Missouri University Research Reactor (MURR) for a week to learn radiochemistry laboratory techniques. The course was taught by J. David Robertson, MURR's director, under an agreement with the Illinois Tech Health Physics Program. Students learned about techniques used at MURR ranging from neutron activation analysis for archaeological research to isotope production for medical imaging and therapy.

DJ Leclear (Illinois Tech) practices decontamination techniques under the watchful eye of Tim Graham (MURR).
Photo courtesy of Gayla Neumeyer

6 July 2022
AIRRS Section Establishes New Award

Latha Vasudevan, Section President-elect

The Outstanding Radiation Safety Program Award is brand-new, established in 2022 by the Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS) Section. The award acknowledges an exceptional radiation safety program in an academic, industrial, or research institution that uses radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices. The winning organization receives a plaque and the representative from the organization receives a complimentary registration at the Health Physics Society annual meeting.

The Outstanding Radiation Safety Program Award for 2022 goes to the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) Radiation Safety Office. This award will be presented at the AIRRS section business meeting on 21 July 2022.

6 July 2022
Midwest Chapter Spring Meeting

John Edwards, Chapter Past President

The Midwest Chapter of the Health Physics Society held its spring chapter meeting on Saturday, 11 June 2022, with around two dozen people in attendance. The meeting was held virtually and included three presentations:

  • Nuclear Medicine Theranostics – Krista Dillingham and Diane Elmer
  • Recent IEMA Regulatory Amendments Regarding the Use of Radioactive Material – Gary Forsee
  • Cs-137 in Soil, Chernobyl After 36 Years – Dr. Richard Whitman

We very much appreciate our speakers sharing their expertise through their engaging and interesting presentations!

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