News & Events
September 1, 2018
Distinguished Colleagues and Friends,
It is an honor to invite you to the 27th Annual Meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held April 8-10, 2019 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD in the USA. The CIRMS community has a long history of engaging meeting topics that not only foster research initiatives, but also creates a conversational environment that promotes and creates progress as well as change in the respective political environments.
The 26th Annual Meeting focused on “Radiation Technologies for the Future.” We were honored to host plenary speakers from various sectors of ionizing radiation, including homeland security, NASA’s Starshot program, polymer synthesis, and medical applications. In addition to our plenary and breakout sessions we are eager to share our student award winners for 2018. Each year we receive many outstanding abstracts from students around the world and it is difficult to select just a handful to share their work at our annual meeting.
The 2018 CIRMS Student Travel Grant Award winners were Alexandra Bourgouin, from Carleton University, who shared her work on the energy dependence of Wair in high energy electron beams; Kevin Mecadon from the University of Maryland, who shared his work on radiation grafting of ionic liquids for the synthesis of polymer fuel cells; Mary Peters, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, who shared her work on the impact half-value later geometry on the output of small animal irradiators, and Natalie Viscariello, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who shared her work on the verification of dosimetry of radiobiology x-ray irradiators. I would also like to acknowledge our Student Travel Grant sponsors: NIST, Sterigenics, Hopewell Designs, IBA Industrial, Landauer and ASTM International.
It is only through the support of our corporate sponsors that CIRMS can continue to support our future scientists. As we look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence in supporting applied research, industrial applications, public health, and fostering young scientists in the field of ionizing radiation, we welcome and need your support as a corporate sponsor. Several support and membership levels are available, and details can be found at http://www.cirms.org/membership.html. The strength of our organization comes from you and we welcome you to join!
Next year’s meeting theme, “Strengthening the Economy and Homeland Security with Radiation Measurements and Standards” is designed to give attendees an in-depth review of the current status on the economic impact of the uses of ionizing radiation and further demonstrate the needs of the Homeland Security sector to continue improvements. Over several decades, the strategic framework cultivated by the CIRMS community has garnered national and international support and recognition. Known for its coordinating role and technical resourcefulness, the annual meetings of CIRMS are regularly attended by professionals from academia, industry, and government, who have interests and needs arising from the use of ionizing radiation, concerns about radiation safety and protection, and traceability of measurement in quality assurance. While making a concerted effort to provide a fertile platform for discussing measurement and standards needs and formulating prioritized action plans, CIRMS’ annual meetings also offer a valuable venue for career-driven students to present their research and develop successful careers in the field of radiation technology.
In addition to the invaluable networking and learning opportunities that the CIRMS community creates, a Needs Report is published and available for members of Congress and the community to reference for prioritizing federal funding for support of the national infrastructure needed to develop essential ionizing radiation metrology and measurement standards. Professionals in industry and academia can also benefit from reference the Needs Report during grant or funding requests. Active CIRMS members are welcome and encouraged to communicate their needs as focus areas in the Needs Report.
The meeting agenda is formulated to include plenary presentations, breakout sessions, student project talks, casual social events, and poster viewing sessions. To enhance your meeting experience and facilitate engaging peer interactions, I encourage you to submit an abstract summarizing your research (instructions can be found at http://www.cirms.org/abstract-submission.html). While all presenters will have opportunities to interact with live audiences following their presentation, the poster sessions will allow you and your peers to engage in relevant and detailed discussions. CIRMS 2019 sponsors are also invited to present posters that enable the attendees to appreciate and learn about the organizations and corporations that support CIRMS’ mission. Our meeting organizer will gladly offer reasonable space for table top displays.
Development of the next generation of researchers in the field of ionizing radiation technology is an important part of CIRMS’ mission. CIRMS strongly encourages junior investigators to participate in this annual meeting and present posters to showcase their ongoing research projects. To recognize excellence in ionizing radiation research, up to 4 junior investigator winners will be selected from essays received by January 18th 2019. If you are working with a junior investigator (high school through post-graduation within 1 year) who is conducting research in the field of radiation technology, please encourage them to participate so that they will be able to broaden their view and network with the preeminent scientists in the field.
CIRMS is an organization made up of prominent scientists and researchers from academia, industry, and government dedicated to identifying the needs for new measurement technologies and the development of new standards in the field of ionizing radiation. Therefore, the CIRMS annual meeting provides a unique opportunity to meet and discuss new developments, current trends, and future directions in metrology research, measurement standards, and industrial applications. In each breakout session, the current needs and future challenges in radiation metrology and measurement standards will be explored and discussed. Recommendations from each breakout will be presented in a joint plenary session at the end of the meeting and incorporated into the CIRMS Needs Report.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the 27th Annual CIRMS meeting. Your active participation in the exciting and dynamic discussions on advancement of radiation technologies for improving future industrial development, economic growth, and quality of life will be greatly appreciated.
Regina Fulkerson, Ph.D.
CALL FOR SESSION CHAIRS
Distinguished Colleagues and Friends:
The Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) is seeking session chairs for the breakout sessions at the 27th Annual Meeting, held at NIST in Gaithersburg Maryland, USA. The meeting will be held April 8th – 10th with breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. The breakout sessions of the CIRMS meeting feature focused talks in the three subcommittee areas of ionizing radiation: Medical Applications, Industrial Applications and Materials Effects, and Radiation Protection. An archive of the proceedings from past meetings is featured on the CIRMS website: www.cirms.org.
The 2019 annual meeting is featuring a new format for our breakout sessions, by calling upon you, the experts to share a topic that is of interest in one of the above fields. This format allows the members of CIRMS and meeting attendees to learn what is important to you so we can all better respond to the need for standards or additional research/funding needed.
What you can do:
Send a proposed breakout session topic to the CIRMS sub-committee chairs:
- Medical Applications: Ronnie Minniti: email@example.com and Wes Culberson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Industrial Applications and Materials Effects: Roberto Uribe: email@example.com and Kim Morehouse: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Radiation Protection: Stephanie Healey: Stephanie.email@example.com and Jacqueline Mann: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find 5 speakers for your 90-minute session (after receipt of approval email from CIRMS sub-committee chairs). Each speaker will have 10-15 minutes to share their work.
Any remaining time will be dedicated to further discussions on the session topic and related needs.
- Work together with the sub-committee chairs to finalize speaker order and discuss any questions related to conference registration or other needs.
- TOPIC SUBMISSION TO SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRS: JULY 15TH 2018
- LIST OF INVITED SPEAKERS TO SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRS: AUGUST 15TH
CIRMS 2019 Annual Meeting
April 8-10, 2019 at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
Please join us for the 27th Annual Meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held on April 8-10, 2019 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD.
The meeting’s theme is “Strengthening the Economy and Homeland Security with Radiation Measurements and Standards".
The technical program next year will consist of oral and poster presentations and three parallel working group sessions that address measurement and standards needs in the following topics:
• Medical Applications
[diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, nuclear medicine]
• Radiation Protection and Homeland Security
[radiochemistry, waste analysis, personnel dosimetry, electronic dosimeters, bioassay
and internal dosimetry environmental dosimetry, first responder needs]
• Industrial Applications and Materials Effects
[dosimetry for radiation processing, radiobiology, low dose standards, safety at radiation facilities, food irradiation]
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation and possible presentation during the working group sessions.
The deadline for your abstract submission is March 1, 2019.
CIRMS meeting will provide ample opportunity for scientist’s attending the meeting to present their research during two poster sessions (one on Monday and one on Tuesday).
As always, CIRMS 2019 sponsors are invited to present posters that enable the attendees to better learn about the wide variety of organizations and corporations that support CIRMS; limited space for table top displays will also be available.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the 27th annual CIRMS meeting in April of 2019 and your active participation in the exciting and dynamic discussions to be held on the evolving visions of advanced manufacturing and technology in the radiation arena.
Updates on the evolving program will be posted to the agenda website as they develop.
Presidents Past Letter
2018 CIRMS 26th Annual Meeting
April 16-18, at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
May 11, 2018
From the CIRMS President
CIRMS 2018 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.
Regina Fulkerson, Ph.D. CIRMS President
2017 CIRMS 25th Anniversary Meeting
The 2017 CIRMS 25th Anniversary Meeting in Gaithersburg, MD at NIST came to a successful conclusion on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.
CIRMS Executive Committee would like to thank all the Meeting Organizers, Speakers, Session Chairs, and Meeting Assistants for their part in the success of this meeting.
The Committee would also like to thank all the sponsors for their contributions and making the Student Travel possible with the Student Travel Grants.
We would like to thank all the attendees for coming to the meeting and all the speakers for presenting their work this year at the CIRMS Anniversary meeting.
All the presentations were outstanding as well as the discussions that these presentations helped stimulate. We sincerely appreciate the wonderful presentations that you all put together.
We will be updating the needs report published on the CIRMS website based on the input that was received and will let you know of potential follow ups in the different areas.
As traditional,presentations will be made available on the CIRMS website as the .pdf files in the Library. We will start uploading them on the CIRMS website in the following days.
Again, thanks for attending!
For those who have been with CIRMS for the last 20 years or so, we have a nice surprise, an archive CIRMS 2000 Meeting Group Photo.
Please enjoy and let us know if you found yourself in there!
CIRMS Honors the Past
Honoring the Past. Looking to the Future.
A tribute to people who helped the CIRMS grow.
RANDY CASWELL, ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF CIRMS
Randall (“Randy”) S. Caswell, the driving force behind the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) and one of its principal founders, died on August 13, 2018 at the age of 94. In 1992, Randy was Chief of the NIST Ionizing Radiation Division when he realized that the nation needed an organization of scientists and engineers who were dedicated to standards and the measurement of ionizing radiation. His vision was that the organization would have equal representation from industry, academia and government, with the presidency and the vice-presidency rotating among these important constituencies.
In 2002, CIRMS created the Randall S. Caswell Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to ionizing radiation measurements and standards for the Nation. Randy was, of course, the first recipient.
Randy was born in Eugene, Oregon in February 1924, the son of a physics professor. He studied physics for two years at University of Oregon but, when his father was called to MIT at the outbreak of World War II, he transferred to MIT. He continued his studies in physics and joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He quickly enlisted for active duty as an Army private. He then attended Officer Candidate School at Aberdeen, MD, received a commission, and served as a junior officer in the Pacific campaign. He was promoted to the rank of Captain by the end of the war, and was scheduled for the second wave to go to Japan when the war ended.
After the war, Randy resumed his studies at MIT and obtained his B.S. degree in physics and then studied nuclear physics for a Ph.D. under Dr. Robley D. Evans (author of the famous text book The Atomic Nucleus). He was an associate professor of physics at the University of Kentucky from 1950 to 1952, but was looking for an opportunity to pursue research in nuclear physics. He was hired at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS, now NIST) in 1952 by Lauriston S. Taylor, and began his 42-year career in research on neutron standards. His early work was on experimental studies to characterize neutron sources and validate detectors used to measure neutron strength, fluence and absorbed dose. In 1957 he was promoted to Chief of the Neutron Physics Section.
As Chief, Randy managed the experimentalists in the Section and his personal research turned to the theoretical dosimetry, with a focus on neutron interactions, that lead to ground-breaking papers in microdosimetry, nanodosimetry, and the biophysics of radiation damage to tissue. This work was essential to understanding the health implications of neutron doses from occupational exposures to Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT).
From 1969 until his retirement in 1994, Randy held a number of senior management positions in radiation research programs at NBS/NIST, ranging from Acting Director of the Center for Radiation Research to the Chief of the Ionizing Radiation Division. During this period, Randy was managing over 100 scientists in measurements and standards for radioactivity, photon and electron dosimetry, and accelerator physics, as well as neutron physics and neutron dosimetry. Yet he somehow managed to balance this responsibility, continue his personal research, and take a major role in the key national and international committees developing scientific documents and policy decisions in radiation research. He first paid his dues by contributing to committee reports for the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the International Committee on Radiation Protection (ICRP). He was a natural leader in such organizations, and was selected as a commissioner, and then secretary, of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measures (ICRU). He also served for nearly two decades as the US delegate to the Section on Neutron Measurements of the Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures in Paris.
In 1982, Ohio Senator John Glenn wrote to President Reagan’s science advisor to complain that the Federal agencies did not have consistent positions on radiation research policies – on issues ranging from radon exposures and environmental radioactivity to health effects from nuclear weapons testing. In 1984, the White House created an advisory committee on radiation policies – the Committee on Interagency Radiation Research Policy Coordination (CIRRPC). CIRRPC had a high-level Policy Panel at the Assistant Secretary level, and a Science Panel comprised of senior scientists from each Federal agency. Randy, as the nation’s chief scientist for radiation sciences, was selected as the Chairman of the Science Panel. Over the next decade, he led the agencies in the development of science-based reports to guide Federal policy on radiation research for environmental protection and occupational and therapeutic exposures to ionizing radiation.
Randy received numerous awards for his leadership in radiation research. He was a recipient of the Silver and Gold Medals of the Department of Commerce and the Edward Bennett Rosa Award of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and served on the editorial boards of Radiation Research and the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data.
Over his half-century career, Randy served his nation as a soldier in wartime and as a teacher and researcher in peace; throughout his professional career, he has been recognized as a leader in radiation research. Randy is remembered by his friends and colleagues in CIRMS for his vision and leadership in setting up the Council, and for his kind support to colleagues in all the disciplines in the radiation sciences communities.
Katy Nardi CIRMS Executive Secretary
CIRMS Executive Secretary
1995 – 2012
Following the formal organization of CIRMS in 1992, the council grew rapidly and it was quickly recognized that CIRMS needed an Executive Secretary to handle the growing administrative workload. Katy Nardi stepped in to take on the task as the first Executive Secretary with full time responsibilities for all administrative tasks. For nearly two decades Katy was the face for CIRMS to its membership in industry, academia and government agencies.
During her tenure as Executive Secretary, the Council doubled in the number of organizational members, held annual conferences and workshops and produced four national Needs Reports. Katy was always the first to help members, answer questions from the public and make sure that CIRMS reports and newsletters made it to the appropriate contacts. All of the CIRMS community offer thanks to Katy for her friendship and valuable service to CIRMS.
RIP. It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you Katy passed away this August (2017).