Strengthening the Economy and Homeland Security with Radiation Measurements and Standards
27th Annual CIRMS Meeting 2019
April 8-10, 2019
NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

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CIRMS Conference April 16-18, 2018

CIRMS 2018 Conference Full Agenda

Subject: Radiation Technologies for the Future
  • April 16 Agenda
  • April 17 Agenda
  • April 18 Agenda
  • Breakout Sessions Presentations
  • Full Program with Abstracts
  • CIRMS 2018 Highlights
Continental Breakfast/Registration
8:30 am
President's Welcome
Dr. Zhichao Lin, President, CIRMS
9:15 am
Welcome to NIST
Dr. Michael G. Mitch Acting Chief, Radiation Physics Division, Physical Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology, MD

Intro to NEEDS REPORT and Student Award Introduction

Dr. Walter E. Voit
University of Texas at Dallas
9:30 am
Keynote Address
Dr. Eric Van Gieson, Biological Technologies Office
Program Manager, DARPA
Unconventional Approaches to Diagnosing and Mitigating the Effects of Radiation and WMD Exposure
About the Speaker
9:45 am
Discussion
10:15 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am
Plenary Session I
Brian Meincke, Assistant Vice President, Business Development,American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Standards and Innovation
About the Speaker
10:45 am
CIRMS Student Travel Grant Awards Presentation
11:15 am
Student Travel Grant Awards Presentation
Student Travel Grant – sponsored by NIST
Alexandra Bourgouin – Carleton University, Canada
Investigation of the Energy Dependence of Wair in High Energy Electron Beams
11:15 am
Student Travel Grant Awards Presentation
Student Travel Grant -sponsored by Sterigenics
Kevin Mecadon – University of Maryland
Radiation Grafting of Ionic Liquids to Synthesize Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
11:25 am
Student Travel Grant Awards Presentation
Student Travel Grant - sponsored by Hopewell Designs, Inc.
Mary Peters – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Impact of Half Value Layer Geometry on TG-61 Output for a Small Animal Irradiator
11:35 am
Student Travel Grant Awards Presentation
Student Travel Grant - sponsored by IBA Industrial, Inc.
Natalie Viscariello – University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Dosimetry Verification in Radiobiology X-Ray Irradiators
11:45 am
Poster Summaries
11:55 am
Poster Viewing
12:05 pm
Lunch
12:45 pm
Concurrent Working Group Sessions
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Medical Applications- Lecture Room A
Radiation Protection- Lecture Room B
Industrial Applications- Lecture Room D
1:45 pm
Adjourn
5:30 pm
Breakfast
8:30 am
President's Welcome
Dr. Zhichao Lin, President, CIRMS
9:15 am
Plenary Session II
Dr. Matthew Mille, National Cancer Institute (NCI)/ National Institutes of Health (NIH)
3D Printing Patient-Specific Phantoms for Imaging and Radiation Dosimetry: Recent Progress, Challenges, and Future Directions
About the Speaker
9:30 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am
Plenary Session IV
Pete Klupar,Director of Engineering, Breakthrough Starshot,
former Director of Engineering, NASA Ames Research Center
The Breakthrough Initiatives: Search for Life in the Universe
About the Mission
About the Speaker
10:45 am
Poster Summaries
11:15 am
Poster Viewing
11:30 am
Lunch
12:45 pm
Concurrent Working Group Sessions (continued):
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Medical Applications– Lecture Room A
Radiation Protection– Lecture Room B
Industrial Applications– Lecture Room D
1:45 pm
Adjourn Day 2
5:30 pm
Bus from Hotel to Restaurant
6:15 pm
Gala Dinner @ GUAPOS Fine Mexican Cuisine
9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 977 5655
6:45 pm
Breakfast
8:30 am
President's Welcome
Dr. Zhichao Lin, President, CIRMS
9:15 am
Plenary Panelists on Future Technologies
Dr. Neil Kirby, University of Texas at San Antonio
A DNA double-strand break dosimeter for radiation measurements
About the Speaker
9:30 am
Dr. Lynne Wathen, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
Radiation Biodosimetry Test Development Continues Apace
About the Speaker
9:45 am

Panel Discussion with three panelists
10:15 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am
Report on Needs in Ionizing Radiation
Dr. Walter E. Voit, University of Texas at Dallas
Past MPD Recap
Group leaders

Dr. Walter E. Voit, University of Texas at Dallas
Current/Future Work
11:15 am
Closing Address/New Officers
Dr. Zhichao Lin, President, CIRMS
12:30 pm
Lunch
12:45 pm
ExComm Meeting
1:45 pm
Adjourn ExComm
3:30 pm

Full Programs with Abstracts

CIRMS Highlights

CIRMS Meeting Highlights
The Council on Ionizing Radiations Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) 26th Annual Meeting was held April 16th - 18th, 2018 at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg MD. The focus of the meeting this year was on “Radiation Technologies for the Future”.
Plenary sessions addressed future applications of ionizing radiation in the fields of Medical Applications, Industrial Applications, Radiation Protection and Homeland Security. including in addition presentations on the topics listed below:
  • DARPA’s Electrical (Medical) Prescription program and its application to ionizing radiation, https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2015-10-05
  • The challenges & needs of the Breakthrough Starshot Mission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ixojIvymxM
  • How Big Data and Machine Learning will help improve radiation treatments
  • DNA Dosimetry
  • ASTM Standards & Innovation
  • The future of Radiation Processing and Sterilization

Four awards were given to students working in industrial and medical applications of radiation out of a total of 15 abstracts that were presented this year at the conference. Sponsors of these awards included IBA Industrial, ASTM committee E61, Sterigenics, NIST, and Hopewell Designs.

The Industrial Applications and Materials Effects Subcommittee organized four breakout sessions on the following topics: Gamma and Electron Irradiators and the need of radiation sources for industrial dosimetry calibrations; Current Issues in Radiation Processing including industry expectations for NIST and dose measurement challenges in electron beam dosimetry; Radiation Effects on Materials for Space Applications including radiation effects in DNA; and Low Energy Electron Beam Dosimetry, including the use of polyethylene films as a dosimeter, as well as the challenges associated to dose measurements with low energy electrons.

Several members of ASTM committee E61 contributed presentations for these sessions among others, Jon Janson, Kevin O’Hara, Spencer Mickum, Chris Howard, Emily Craven, Gary Pageau, and Roberto Uribe.

At the end of the meeting the officers for the upcoming year were introduced: Regina Fulkerson from Regina K Fulkerson Consultants, LLC as President, Wesley Culberson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as 1st Vice President, and Matthew Mille from the Radiation Epidemiological Branch of the NCI-NIH as 2nd Vice President.

Copies of the presentations given at the CIRMS 2018 Annual Meeting are posted on the CIRMS website at www.cirms.org in the Library. We are excited to share that our next annual meeting will be held at NIST April 8th-10th 2019, and will feature new breakout sessions hosted by industry experts to better tailor our meeting focus to our attendees needs. As President of CIRMS, I welcome you and your colleagues to attend our meeting and actively participate in leading the march towards new applications and standards for ionizing radiation.
Sincerely,
Regina Fulkerson, Ph.D.
CIRMS President
2018