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12 January 2022
Science Support Committee Call for Science Teachers

A Call for All, Well Some, Science Teachers and Science Fair Winners

Kenneth Krieger, CHP, Committee Chairman

Recently Health Physics Society (HPS) President John Cardarelli released a video about the Science Teachers Workshop (STW) the Science Support Committee (SSC) has put together. We are working toward holding a virtual STW during the 2022 HPS Annual Meeting in Spokane. We are trying to gather about 8–12 science teachers from around the country to see how well a virtual STW can be held. So if you know a science teacher who would like to participate in this workshop, please have them, or you, contact a member of the SSC and we can put them on the list for potential participants in this program. If this works out, we may try and have periodic virtual STWs. Since it has been hard for science teachers to meet in person for their classes, no less a workshop, we are attempting to make it easier for them to participate in a workshop. Please have them contact us as soon as possible so we can send them a survey meter kit for the workshop.

Also, this article is also a reminder that ALL chapters can nominate a science teacher from their chapter for the Geoffrey G. Eichholz Outstanding Science Teacher Award. This is where we recognize a teacher who has gone above and beyond in the field of teaching nuclear or health physics science. Nominations are due by 1 March.

There is a Student Science Award that can be given out as well. This is where a chapter nominates a science fair winner from their chapter. This nomination is due by 30 May. Both the teacher and science fair winner can attend the meeting to receive their award in person or can be virtually awarded the prize in absentia.

Nominations are due by the 1 March for the Outstanding Science Teacher award and 30 May for the Student Science Award in order for the Nominating Committee to process and award the prizes. Please think about these nominations because in the last several years these awards have not been given due to a lack of nominees. Click here to make your nominations.

12 January 2022
2022 HPS Annual Meeting: Time Is of the Essence

Spokane, Washington, 17–21 July 2022

Deirdre Elder, Meeting Task Force Chair

You only have about three weeks to submit an abstract for the Health Physics Society (HPS) 67th Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, 17–21 July 2022. There will be a wide variety of technical sessions and we want your abstract. Give a talk or share a poster! The meeting will include both in-person and virtual options.

The final deadline for abstract submission is 4 February. Find details in the Call for Abstracts and submit your abstract soon.

If you would like to plan a special session or have any questions, contact the Program Committee Task Force chair.

Go to the meeting website to submit an abstract and find information about the meeting, including hotel details and information for presenters. Additional materials will be added over the coming months, so check back as you prepare for the meeting.

12 January 2022
February Health Physics Journal: Interesting!

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

We work in a very broad field. Health physics includes topics as diverse as lasers, radon, accelerators, internal dosimetry, emergency preparedness and response, radiography, external dosimetry, military applications, fate and transport modeling, environmental protection, radiation biology, and epidemiology—just to name a few. If you are like me, the articles that most often catch my attention are those that relate to my particular corner of our field. But looking over the contents of the February issue of Health Physics, I was struck by how many articles jumped out at me even though they don't directly relate to what I do on a day-to-day basis. Articles in this issue I definitely plan to read include:

"World Atmospheric CO2, Its 14C Specific Activity, Non-Fossil Component, Anthropogenic Fossil Component, and Emissions (1750–2018)" by Kenneth Skrable and colleagues

"Compensatory Considerations for Radiological Emergency Response and Public Protective Actions During the COVID-19 Pandemic" by Angela E. Leek and colleagues

"Estimation of the Thyroid Equivalent Doses to Residents in Areas Affected by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Due to Inhalation of 131I Based on Their Behavioral Data and the Latest Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Model Simulation" by Eunjoo Kim and colleagues

Be sure to check out these and the rest of the articles in the February issue. It's an interesting lineup!

Editor's Pick:

World Atmospheric CO2, Its 14C Specific Activity, Non-Fossil Component, Anthropogenic Fossil Component, and Emissions (1750–2018)

 

12 January 2022
AIRRS Section Announces Outstanding Radiation Safety Program Award

Carl Tarantino, Section President, and Latha Vasudevan, Section President-elect

The Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS) Section of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is announcing a new award—"Outstanding Radiation Safety Program." This award is intended to acknowledge the outstanding radiation safety program in an academic, industrial, or research institution that uses radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices.

Eligibility:

  • The program must belong to an academic, industrial, or research institution that uses radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing devices.
  • The program should encompass a broad range of ionizing radiation use.
  • The program should have direct oversight of radiation safety responsibilities at the institution.
  • Award winners for the previous three years are ineligible.

Nominations may be made by any member of HPS.

Nomination must include:

  • The unique radiation safety problem or situation (e.g., a commendable response to a large incident, steps taken to address an unusual or novel procedure, or a large number of labs or clinics to serve),
  • A description of how this problem was addressed,
  • A summary of the positive results or impacts of corrective measures taken, and
  • A description of the scope of responsibility of the program (for example, number and staff positions within the Radiation Safety Office, uses and types of ionizing radiation, number of active labs, number of people trained, etc.).

Selection Criteria:

  • Awardee must meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Awardee must send a representative to theHPS annual meeting to accept the award.

The award consists of an HPS plaque and paid registration to attend the HPS annual meeting.

Nomination packet should be submitted to Steven Grimm and Danny McClung.

The nomination process will open 1 January 2022 and the deadline for submission of the nomination packet is 1 March 2022. The SOP for this award is found on the AIRRS web page under the Awards tab.

11 January 2022
In Memoriam: Peter A. Darnell

Health Physics Society (HPS) member Pete Darnell passed away 25 March 2021. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.

11 January 2022
Applications Open for Student Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

Students, it is time to apply for awards to help toward your health physics education. The Students area of the Health Physics Society (HPS) website offers an abundance of information on scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to health physics students. For 2022–2023, HPS is offering several scholarships and fellowships. The HPS also offers travel grants for HPS member students planning to attend the next annual meeting of the HPS. The deadline for submission of applications for scholarships, fellowships, and travel grants is 1 March 2022.

Advisors and HPS members, please encourage health physics students you know to apply soon.

11 January 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.

2022 IRPA North American Regional Conference
20–24 February 2022, St. Louis, MO

67th Annual Meeting - 2022
17–21 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.

7 January 2022
Help Write In Memoriam Tributes for HPS Members

The Health Physics Society (HPS) would like to pay tribute to members who have died within the past few years and some of the "HPS greats." If you would like to write an In Memoriam piece for one of the following, please contact Web Operations Editor in Chief Barbara Hamrick.

  • Fred Sanders (d. 6 November 2021)
  • Lynn A. Fitz-Randolph (d. 20 December 2019)
  • Roy Parker (d. 1 January 2021)
  • John Johnson (d. March 2020)
  • Bill Kirk (d. 22 April 2019)
  • Jim Williams (d. 14 February 2020)
  • Eugene "Gene" Kramer (d. 11 March 2019)
  • Frank Cosolito (d. 3 July 2018)
  • Elda Anderson
  • Robley Evans
  • K.Z. Morgan
3 January 2022
Two for One: 65 Seconds With 65

Health Physics Society (HPS) President John Cardarelli starts the new year with two "65 Seconds With 65" videos.

In the first, Cardarelli announces a call for Science Teacher Workshop volunteers to participate in a virtual workshop during the HPS 2022 Annual Meeting in July.

 

In the second, he discusses IRPA 2022, announces the results of the recent HPS election, and offers members a challenge for the new year.

31 December 2021
January Short Course Listing

The January 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.

Certification Review Course Part I and Self Study Course Part I—Bevelacqua Resources

Certification Review Course Part II and Self Study Course Part II—Bevelacqua Resources

Applied Health Physics—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Introduction to Radiation Safety Online Training Course—ORAU's Professional Training Programs

Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training—Kentek Corporation

30 December 2021
Call for PEP/CEL Abstracts: 67th HPS Annual Meeting

Mike Mahathy, Organizing Committee Chair

The 67th Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting will be held in Spokane, Washington, 17–21 July 2022. Spokane is a beautiful city with several parks, magnificent waterfalls, and fascinating museums. Find a lot more information about things to do in the city and surrounding area at Visit Spokane. This meeting will be hybrid—a mix between in-person and virtual participation.

We are calling on you to present a Professional Education Program course (PEP) or Continuing Education Lecture (CEL) as part of the HPS continuing education program. PEP courses include two hours of instruction on topics of current interest to a practicing health physicist while CEL lectures include one hour of seminar covering a wide variety of professional topics of interest to health physicists.

Abstracts can be submitted using this link. Instructors will have the option of presenting live in person or live virtually; please select "PEP" or "CEL" in the Session Topic pull-down menu. PEPs will be presented on Sunday, 17 July, and in the afternoons on 18–21 July. CELs will be given in the mornings on 18–21 July.

Course materials should be pertinent to the current practice of radiation safety and protection, medical health physics, or research. Please note the deadline for submission is 4 FEBRUARY 2022 but submitting earlier helps ensure your course is accepted. This deadline is needed to allow time for abstracts to be reviewed for continuing-education credits by granting organizations.

An accepted course abstract is a commitment to present the course. Instructors of PEP and CEL courses will be remunerated per HPS policy. The Continuing Education Committee looks forward to seeing your course abstract.

Final Deadline: 4 February 2022
Submit your abstract here.

30 December 2021
2022 IRPA North American Regional Congress Coming Soon!

Charles Wilson, Meeting Task Force Chair

"Meeting Challenges in the Practice of Radiation Protection"
20–24 February 2022
Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

This is not a typical midyear meeting.

This February, the Health Physics Society (HPS) embarks on something brand new and huge. We join 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!

With over 150 abstracts, the meeting is set up to be the HPS's largest February meeting in years. The Program Committee has been meeting regularly to further refine the hybrid format helping guarantee a phenomenal meeting for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Hear experts share experience as they cover some of the most impactful events in health physics history during Wednesday's all-day session on Disasters in Health Physics. This session will include talks on radium dial workers, Trinity Nuclear Test studies, the 1967 Pennsylvania linear accelerator accident, Goiânia, the WA irradiator incident, TMI, recent FBI efforts, and more!

Tuesday, the AAPM has helped put together a panel on Controversies in Medical Health Physics. Experts will discuss some of the most pressing issues in the area, including gonadal and fetal shielding, cumulative effective dose (CED) use in imaging, misuse of risk estimates, and extravasations.

For those of you coming in person, the Local Arrangements Committee has organized recommended social activities every evening! From seeing the arch to seeing isotope production, we've got excitement ready to go!

As a reminder, attendees will be able to watch all sessions after the conference as well!

Have questions? Contact Task Force Chair Charles Wilson or Jennifer Rosenberg or click here to register today!

29 December 2021
HPS 67th Annual Meeting: 17–21 July 2022 in Spokane

Spokane, Washington
17–21 July 2022

Deirdre Elder, Meeting Task Force Chair

Happy New Year!

Make a New Year's resolution to present a paper at the 2022 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Spokane, 17–21 July. There will be a wide variety of technical sessions and we want your abstract. Give a talk or share a poster! The meeting will include both in-person and virtual options.

The final deadline for abstract submission is 4 February. Find details in the Call for Abstracts and submit your abstract at the meeting website.

If you would like to plan a special session or have any questions, contact the program committee task force chair.

Click here for the meeting website where you can submit an abstract and find information about the meeting, including hotel details and information for presenters. Additional materials will be added over the coming months, so check back as you prepare for the meeting.

28 December 2021
Columbia Chapter CHP Exam Course and Parker Symposium

George Tabatadze, Chapter Council Member

Columbia Chapter Offers Online Health Physics Refresher Course

Prepare yourself to take Part I, Part II, or both parts of the certified health physicist (CHP) examinations or refresh your knowledge of health physics principles and practices through this 13-week intensive course. The course reviews fundamental concepts with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and preparation for the CHP exam. The course will include typical Part I and II problems integrated with the lesson material. Solutions and methods will be presented to provide insight into an appropriate examination response.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who have met the requirements for taking either part of the CHP exam and for certified health physicists maintaining their continuing education requirements. The course is approved for 40 hours American Academy of Health Physics continuing education credits.

Sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society

Dates: 8 February–5 May 2022

Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday (or Monday and Wednesday), 5–7 pm Pacific Coast Time

Duration: 13 weeks of class

Location: Online Course Delivery

Tuition: $1,150

Registration Deadline: 7 February 2022

Register at https://class.cchps.org/

 

Herbert M. Parker Symposium

The Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society (CCHPS), in conjunction with the Herbert M. Parker Foundation and American Nuclear Society Eastern Washington Section is planning to hold the first Herbert M. Parker Symposium in Richland, Washington, 7–9 April 2022 (contingent on local/state restrictions pertaining to COVID-19).

"Radiation Protection—The Next Generation" is a symposium designed to allow students and young professionals to hear from and interact with seasoned radiation protection professionals and prospective employers. We are inviting participants from a broad range of radiation protection disciplines including health physics, medical physics, nuclear engineering, and other related fields.

Abstract Submission Closes: 30 December 2021

Early Registration Closes: 18 January 2022

Student Scholarships

We are proud to announce multiple scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in or seeking enrollment to a health physics, nuclear science and engineering, or related educational program at an accredited institution.

This year, eight $2,000 scholarships are exclusively available to students presenting at the Herbert M. Parker symposium. To apply for any of these scholarships, register to present at the symposium, fill out the application form, and forward all necessary documents to the Scholarship Committee before the scholarship application deadline.

Scholarship Application Closes: 18 January 2022

Application form: https://symposium.cchps.org/scholarships

 

Check out this and other news from the Columbia Chapter on our news website.

21 December 2021
December 2021 CHP Corner

Dan Sowers, CHP Corner Editor

The December 2021 issue of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) website. In this edition, AAHP President Scott Schwahn reflects on success and opportunities of the year and wishes many thanks to the outgoing committee members. American Board of Health Physics Chair Wei-Hsung Wang reminds exam takers of what the Board expects of an applicant's professional report. Check it out today!

8 December 2021
ICRP Releases Latest Main Commission Meeting Summary

From 15 to18 November 2021, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Main Commission met in Frankfurt, Germany. The summary of that meeting can be found on ICRP's website.

7 December 2021
East Tennessee Chapter Meeting

John Aperans, Chapter President

On the evening of 2 December 2021, 85 members and guests of the Health Physics Society East Tennessee Chapter met in person, for the first time in almost two years, at the Gardenia Room of Rothchild's Catering in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joined by members of 12 chapter affiliates, a good time was had by all. Special thanks to the Tim Hughes Quartet, which provided seasonal music. Thanks to the generosity of the attended members and affiliates, $1,630 was collected for the meeting's special charity, the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

7 December 2021
Promote Your Profession on Social Media!

Dan Sowers, HPS Public Information Committee Chair

The Health Physics Society (HPS) Public Information Committee members are the ones behind the scenes managing our social media sites. We would love to help you (Yes, YOU!) promote that upcoming chapter meeting, brag about a colleague's recent award or promotion, or get the word out regarding what's new in your committee or section. Put a short blurb into an email, sweeten the deal with a picture or two, and send it our way: Candace, Samantha, and I will get it posted ASAP. And folks, if you're not following us on HPS social media, you risk missing the aforementioned festivities and info. Join us today at the low, low cost of mere electrons and a couple seconds of your time: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Hope to see you all in St. Louis for the 2022 IRPA North American Regional Conference in February. Cheers!

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