Public Release:  55th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society

The future of the nuclear industry

Health Physics Society

McLean, VA, June 15, 2010 - "The Future of the Nuclear Industry" will be the Plenary Session topic of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) taking place June 28-July 1, 2010, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Honorable Gregory D. Jaczko, Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will be the lead presenter of the opening session on June 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Over 250 presentations between June 28 and July 1 will occur at the HPS Annual Meeting with topics that range from radiological incident consequence management to the National Cancer Institute dosimetry studies.

Highlights:

Monday afternoon

  • More power reactor information
  • Public perspective of risk
  • Low-level radioactive waste site monitoring

Tuesday (all day)

  • Radiation dose reconstruction
    • Radium dial painters
    • Japanese bomb survivors
    • 15-Country worker study
    • Radiologic technologists
    • Russian sites - Chernobyl, Mayak and Techa River

Wednesday morning

  • Radiological incident consequence management
    • The Federal Radiation Monitoring & Assessment Center
    • Mobile detection systems
    • Individual retrospective dosimetry
    • The Empire-09 exercise - Albany response to a dirty bomb

Wednesday afternoon

  • Military Health Physics
    • Intentional poisonings with radioactive materials
    • Medical implications of enhanced radiation weapons
  • NRC stakeholder workshop on radiation safety culture

Thursday morning

  • Medical
    • Radioisotope production in the United States
    • Federal guidance for radiography
    • CT radiation dose reduction
  • NCI dosimetry studies
    • Pacific nuclear testing fallout on Bikini and Enewetak
    • Nuclear tests in Kazakhstan
    • Mammography doses

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Reporters who would like to attend the meeting or who need assistance contacting the presenters should contact HPS Media Liaison Kelly Classic (media@hps.org or 507-254-8444). The preliminary program can be found at http://hps.org/documents/55_annual_meeting_preliminary_program.pdf.

ABOUT THE HEALTH PHYSICS SOCIETY

The Health Physics Society consists of approximately 5,500 radiation safety professionals whose activities include ensuring safe and beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive materials, assisting in the development of standards and regulations, and communicating radiation safety information.

The Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 1956. Its primary mission is excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. The Society has members in approximately 70 countries, and has established nearly 50 chapters and 10 student branches. Visit http://www.hps.org/ for more information.

Health physicists promote the practice of radiation safety. They work in occupational environments such as universities, local hospitals, manufacturing, and nuclear power plants as well as in environmental areas such as radioactive waste sites. They are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling radiation's potential risks relative to its benefits in applications such as fighting disease, supplying energy, and increasing security.

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