The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society
Requests that you:

Who:  Dr. Nolan Hertel - HPS President-elect
GW Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering 
Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program 
Georgia Institute of Technology

What:  Dinner and Presentation

When:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:30 PM

Where:  Golden Lamb - 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036. (513) 932-5065.

More details to come!

The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(a follow-up to our April 13, 2017 meeting)

John Cardarelli II, PhD, CHP, CIH, PE, RSO

CAPT John Cardarelli is a US Public Health Service Officer detailed to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He serves as a Health Physicist on the CBRN Consequence Management Advisory Team (CMAT) to provide scientific and technical support for local & state governments, federal agencies and international partners on radiological issues associated with (1) emergency response, (2) risk assessment, (3) policy development, (4) decontamination technologies, and (5) environmental characterization. He is the lead for developing and maintaining the EPA airborne radiological detection capability within the Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) program and serves as the radiation safety officer for the NRC licensed materials within CBRN CMAT. He also is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health.


Brant Ulsh, PhD, CHP

Dr. Ulsh is a Certified Health Physicist, and has over thirty years of academic training, and governmental, academic, and private industry work experience in radiation fields including health physics, nuclear engineering, radiobiology and radioecology. He is currently a Principal Health Physicist with M. H. Chew & Associates in Cincinnati. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Health Physics, both from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University. He has authored one book chapter, 17 peer-reviewed publications, 22 scientific presentations, 10 scientific poster presentations, and 6 scientific abstracts. He serves as an affiliate faculty member of Colorado State University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He has held numerous leadership positions in both the Cincinnati Radiation Society, and the Health Physics Society, and he served as a member of the International Radiation Protection Association Radiation Protection Strategy and Practice Committee.


Current low dose radiation protection policies:  State of the science and public health implications

Drs. Cardarelli and Ulsh will discuss how regulators in the US regulate low dose and dose-rate (LDDR) radiation. They will explore logical issues arising in discussions of regulatory policies. They will also examine the state of the science that underpins current regulatory philosophy, and present recent relevant scientific evidence. They will describe public health implications of current LDDR radiation protection policies and real-world outcomes (e.g. Fukushima). They will conclude by presenting some thoughts and suggestions on possible future improvements in regulatory policy.


Envision Cinemas Bar & Grille (VIP Room)

4780 Cornell Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45241 (See map below)


5:30 pm:  Social

6:00 pm:  Dinner

6:50 pm:  Welcome and announcements

7:00 pm:  Speakers


$27.00 per person

**  R.S.V.P. w/ Names & No. of attendees to by Friday, May 12, 2017  **

Map of Meeting Site

Envision Cinemas Bar & Grille

CRS Meeting at Envision

The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scott J. Winters
Nuclear Engineer
VEGA Americas, Inc.


Source Security Classification and Future Impact to Regulators and Licensees

Since 1986, Mr. Winters has worked with companies, organizations and agencies to develop comprehensive radiation safety programs for industrial applications.  Industries served include the oil and gas, petro-chemical, refining, steel, paper and mining.  He has also been an advisor, instructor, presenter and/or affiliated with the following organizations: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), Institute of Scrap Recycling, National Safety Council, International Pipe Inspector’s Association, Steel Manufacturer’s Association, Canadian Occupational Safety, International Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC), American Society of Safety Engineers, Industrial Hygiene Association and National Health Physics Society. Scott was an active supporter of the South Texas Chapter’s affiliate program for many years and still attends various HPS chapter meetings.

Scott has owned and/or served as a board member for Suntrac Services, Industrial Safety Consulting Services, NORMEX International, REMide and was manager of industrial radiation services at Chase Environmental Group.  He currently works as a Nuclear Engineer at VEGA Americas in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his primary duties include programmatic support for domestic and international compliance.

Experience includes development, coordination and implementation of health physics monitoring and protection protocols for TE-NORM in support of over one-million man hours associated with industrial maintenance outages.  He has been a major contributor for research and field testing of patented chelation technology for decontaminating critical petro-chemical components, and for research at the University of Pittsburgh for pilot testing of isotope extraction from waste, and protective metal barriers, which resulted in thirteen (13) patents.  Scott’s favorite memories include summer surveys in the Nevada desert and tug boat cruises on the Mississippi River tracking orphaned sources!


VEGA Americas, Inc. - Cincinnati Campus

4141 Rosslyn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (See map below)                                                                   


5:30 pm:  Social

6:00 pm:  Dinner

6:50 pm:  Welcome and announcements

7:00 pm:  Speaker



$25.00 per person 

**  R.S.V.P. w/ Names & No. of attendees to by February 25, 2017  **


Map to Meeting Site

The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lieutenant Colonel David L. Pugh

Chief of the Consultative Services Division

Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine


An Overview of the Air Force Radiation Assessment Team

Lt. Col. David L. Pugh is Chief of the Consultative Services Division, Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, where he is responsible for providing occupational and environmental health consult services for the United States Air Force.  He is also Team Chief of the Air Force Radiation Assessment Team, which provides rapid, global response to radiological incidents and accidents.  Lt. Col. Pugh has held multiple bioenvironmental engineering and health physics positions at base level and Headquarters Air Staff.  Previously, he served as Executive Officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health, Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC.  He also was assigned as a health physicist for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Defense Programs Office in Washington, DC.

Lt. Col. Pugh is board certified in health physics and in 2007 was recognized as the ‘Air Force Health Physicist of the Year.’  In 2008, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

1994 Bachelor of Science, Physics, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater VA
1996 Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2014 Air Force Fellow – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN


The Air Force Radiation Assessment Team (AFRAT) is a consultative team for the Department of Defense for radiological incidents and accidents capable of providing on-scene health effects expertise, commander guidance, radiological monitoring, environmental sampling, and dosimetry.  The AFRAT team was established in 1967 and is currently managed by the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.  The AFRAT team participates in multi-agency exercises and has a 40+ year history of providing vital support to the Air Force and Department of Defense.

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana
9436 Waterfront Dr., West Chester, OH 45069 (See map below)

5:30 pm:  Social
6:00 pm:  Dinner
6:50 pm:  Welcome and announcements by CRS President
7:00 pm:  Speaker

$27.00 per person

**  RSVP w/ Names & No. of attendees to by November 5, 2016  **

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BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eric W. Abelquist, PhD, MBA

Executive Vice President, ORAU

President-elect, HPS


What happens to ALARA if LNT hypothesis is abandoned?

Dr. Eric W. Abelquist, ORAU Executive Vice President, works in collaboration with the President/CEO promoting collaboration between ORAU and its university partners, DOE, ORNL, Y-12 and others. A recent UT MBA graduate, Abelquist leads entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives that develop business growth for the organization.  He works with the President/CEO in formulating organizational strategic objectives, overseeing key strategic initiatives, community initiatives and best business practices. Abelquist also advises the President/CEO on scientific and engineering issues that advance scientific research and education opportunities.  He received a PhD in nuclear engineering from UT Knoxville, and BS and MS degrees in radiation sciences from the UMass-Lowell.

Abelquist is President-elect of the Health Physics Society, working with the President to establish the strategic vision and direction for our Society, and looking forward to visiting our 30+ Chapters.

Abelquist began his 20+ year career at ORAU as a project leader responsible for overseeing a team of health physics technicians and conducting characterization and independent verification surveys at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) sites. He later worked for many years as the survey program’s associate director where, most notably, he contributed to the development and implementation of the Multiagency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM), and developed the first MARSSIM training course that has now been offered nearly 100 times. Abelquist continues to provide technical assistance in various aspects of decommissioning surveys and has published a textbook entitled Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users in 2001, with the 2nd ed. recently published (2014).


Health physicists are specialists in radiation safety, effectively balancing the risks and benefits from activities that involve radiation.  The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) introduced the radiation protection principles of justification and optimization—i.e., no practice involving exposures to radiation should be adopted unless it produces sufficient benefit to the exposed individual (or society) to offset the detriment it causes; optimization requires that the likelihood of incurring exposures, the number of people exposed and the magnitude of their individual exposure should be kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).  The linear-non-threshold model (LNT) is responsible for the ALARA principle.  LNT assumes a linear dose–response relationship for the induction of cancer and heritable effects, according to which an increment in dose induces a proportional increment in risk, even at low doses.  As such, the LNT conveys the message that there is no safe level of radiation dose.  LNT is responsible for exaggerated risks at low doses and has resulted in spending limited societal resources to reduce exposures unnecessarily. 

What if the radiation safety community abandoned LNT?  It likely won’t happen anytime soon (if at all), but it’s constructive to consider how the health physics profession would deal with this game-changer.  Abandoning the LNT model radically changes our radiation protection paradigm—if a threshold exists, and low doses of radiation below the threshold are indeed safe, then there is no benefit for driving radiation doses below the threshold (dose limit).  In this “no-LNT” scenario, an effective radiation safety program protects against adverse health effects via compliance with appropriate dose limits, with no additional requirement to ensure doses are as low as reasonably achievable.  However, we can define a new “ALARA” concept that is used to establish the level (perhaps an administrative dose limit) below the dose limit that is reasonable to achieve—i.e., ALARA serves as a mechanism for setting administrative limit to ensure compliance with dose limits.


VEGA Americas, Inc. - Cincinnati Campus

4141 Rosslyn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (See map below)                                                                   


5:00 pm:  VEGA Americas Campus Tour (Optional)

6:00 pm:  Dinner

6:30 pm:  Welcome and announcements by CRS and OVAIHA Presidents

6:40 pm:  Welcome by VEGA and Presentation on Company, Products and Services

7:00 pm:  Chapter Business and Speaker



$25.00 per person 

**  R.S.V.P. w/ Names & No. of attendees to by August 26, 2016  **


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The Cincinnati Radiation Society Chapter of the Health Physics Society


June 30, 2016

Marcel F. Villani, Ph.D.
North America Technical Director Measurement and Expertise
Canberra Industries, Inc.


Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant –
The Feasibility of Fuel Debris Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) for Waste Management and Nuclear Material Accountancy Purposes

Dr. Marcel F. Villani received his B.S. in Physics (1987), M.S. in Nuclear Physics (1990), and Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics (1992) from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell Campus. After receiving his Ph.D., Marcel performed his post-doctoral work at the University of Kentucky Van de Graaff Facility (1992-1994). Upon completion of his post-doctoral work, Marcel joined Canberra Industries as a scientist (1994) and has held numerous positions in systems engineering, product development and R&D. Currently, Marcel is the North America Technical Director for the Measurement & Expertise (M&E) Division at Canberra. The M&E work involves Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) including characterization of drummed TRU waste designated for shipment to WIPP, as well as characterizing waste for facilities currently under deactivation and D&D such as the Paducah (Kevil, KY) and Portsmouth (Piketon, OH) Gaseous Diffusion Plants.

Abstract:   The Fukushima Daiichi reactors I-IV suffered severe damage from the great tsunami of March, 2011 which was triggered by a major earthquake. The reactors I-III were in operation and lost all electrical power as the backup generators were destroyed by the tsunami resulting in a melting of the fuel assembly and associated structural materials. The reactors were finally stabilized and the melted fuel and associated assemblies solidified at the bottom of the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) forming a brittle composition of glass-like material called corium. It is expected that this corium will be broken into small and large fragments called fuel debris. In the last few years, efforts have been switching to removing the fuel debris from the site while following strict guidelines for waste management and nuclear material accountancy. For nuclear material accountancy, special Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) techniques must be employed in what are expected to be extremely harsh environments with respect to activity, decay heat and interfering elements. In the presentation I will frame the waste management and nuclear material accountancy challenges and discuss the proposed NDA techniques that might provide the solutions.


The Pub at Rookwood Mews
2692 Madison Road Norwood, OH 45208

5:30 PM (Social)
6:00 PM (Dinner)
7:00 PM (Speaker)

$30 Dinner Fee for All Attendees (Includes Dinner and non-alcoholic drinks with refills).
Please note: Alcoholic beverages (cash bar) will be at your own expense.

** R.S.V.P. w/ Names & No. of attendees to by June 28, 2016 **

The Pub at Rookwood Mews



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Cincinnati Radiation Society is pleased to be able to present a live discussion / rebroadcast of a NAMP (National Analytical Management Program) webinar by Dr. Robert Litman, Environmental Management Services (EMS), titled "High Resolution Gamma Ray Spectrometry Analyses for Normal Operations and Radiological Incident Response." The rebroadcast will be hosted by Joseph Guido and will take place at the VEGA Americas, Inc. Cincinnati Campus Training Center (see map below). Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Location: 4170 Rosslyn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Meeting Schedule:

5:30 - 6:00 social 
6:00 - 7:00 dinner
7:00 - 8:30 presentation

Cost: $10.00 / person

About the NAMP webinar series:

NAMP offers web-based lectures on specific radiochemistry topics developed in cooperation with the EPA, other Federal agencies, and university partners. Each webinar series presents short (1 ½- to 2-hour) webinars on specific radiochemistry topics presented by renowned university professors and leading scientists in radiochemistry. The selected topics are designed to strengthen the participant in areas of professional engineering practice identified by the nuclear industry or national laboratories, including but not limited to actinide chemistry in the environment and in the nuclear fuel cycle.

** Please RSVP to Include any dietary restrictions.

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CRS Meeting - February 25th, 2016

posted Feb 4, 2016, 8:42 PM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 8:23 PM ]


Thursday, February 25, 2016
6 PM to 8 PM
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Liberty Township
Proton Therapy Center
7777 Yankee Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45044

The Proton Therapy Center at

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital / University of Cincinnati Health

Michael Lamba, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT:  Proton therapy is a significant advance in external beam radiotherapy. The Cincinnati Children’s / UC Health Proton Therapy Center is completing construction and will open its doors for patient treatments in the fall of 2016. This seminar will describe the Bragg peak advantages of proton therapy relative to conventional radiotherapy, the equipment utilized to produce and deliver the proton beams, the treatment process, and the technologies employed. The type of proton beam delivery system used at the facility, pencil beam scanning, is a relatively new technology and there are opportunities for further development. The differences in the biological effects of proton and photon radiation are not well known and require further study. The Cincinnati proton facility will have a treatment gantry dedicated to research – the only U.S. clinical facility with a dedicated research beam. Planned and potential research projects will be discussed. With this highly technical resource employed in a clinical environment there is great potential for the exchange of ideas and collaborative research.


BIO:  Dr. Michael Lamba is a Professor in Radiation Oncology and Director of Physics in the Proton Therapy Center at the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center.  Dr. Lamba received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia and his M.S. in Radiological Sciences and Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Cincinnati.  His doctoral thesis involved radiation dose mapping using MRI in a superheated emulsion chamber.

Dinner will be kept simple with pizza and soft drinks.  A dinner fee of $5 for members ($10 for non-members) is requested.


Please RSVP for this meeting at ASAP.


** If you have not yet paid your CRS membership dues ($10) for the 2015-2016 membership year, please consider paying during this meeting time.

2012 Vendors Meeting - May 3, 2012

posted Mar 29, 2012, 11:16 AM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 6:37 PM ]

2012 CRS Vendors Meeting!

You’re invited to attend the 2012 Vendors Meeting hosted by the Cincinnati Radiation Society!

Vendors such as, ORTEC, LACO, Dade Moeller & Associates, Perkin Elmer, Canberra, Landauer, and ORAU  will be presenting information on
radiation monitoring devices, emergency response, and technology available for nuclear, health, and the environmental industries.

Come discover what these local companies have to offer!
Opportunities for participating as a Vendor are still available, so if you know anyone who may want to participate as a Vendor,
please feel free to pass on the attached Vendor Invitation (below).  The deadline for applying can be extended at your request. 


Also, if any companies who would like to join the CRS as an Affiliate Member - see the Affiliate Membership Form (below)!

Vendors and Attendees will need to RSVP for this event at:

March 6, 2012 CRS Meeting!

posted Mar 2, 2012, 7:22 AM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎   [ updated Mar 2, 2012, 7:24 AM ]

Cincinnati Radiation Society of the Health Physics Society


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Marilyn J. Goske, M.D., is the Corning Benton Endowed Chair for Radiology Education and staff radiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. With special expertise in ultrasound and gastrointestinal imaging, Dr. Goske is a nationally-recognized pediatric radiologist primarily focused on medical and web-based education for pediatric radiology residents and fellows.  She is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR).  As former president of SPR, she is the founder and chair of the national Image Gently campaign focusing on using kid-sized imaging, rather than adult-sized, for children in the United States.  This international campaign brings together 50 organizations representing more than 600,000 imaging specialists who are involved in pediatrics, radiology, physics and radiology technology.  Dr. Goske has written and presented extensively on subjects relating to professional standards of practice and patient care in radiology and has been published in  of books, scientific journals and on-line publications. She currently is a reviewer for Pediatric Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Dr. Goske earned a medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Conn., in 1977. She completed a residency in diagnostic radiology, served as chief resident and completed her fellowship in pediatric radiology at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., an affiliate of The University of Rochester.  Dr. Goske also completed a fellowship in medical education in 2005 at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine’s Division of Education in Cleveland, Ohio. While at the Cleveland Clinic she and Dr. Janet Reid, her associate, developed a comprehensive Web-based pediatric radiology curriculum that is widely used by radiology residency programs throughout the United States.


Benefits of medical imaging that use ionizing radiation are well known. However, there is concern that growing use may place children at increased risk for cancer later in life. Dr. Goske’s talk discusses the reasons behind the concern, the relative risk from different imaging studies and provides an update on a new patient specific dose estimate for CT.  Computerized tomography is one of the greatest medical innovations in this century. CT scan’s capability to “see” inside the human body quickly and painlessly has helped revolutionize medical care throughout the world.  Yet, recent reports of medical error indicate that overdose from CT scans does occur.  It behooves the medical community to act aggressively to lower radiation dose during medical imaging. Children are more susceptible to changes in their cells from a given dose of radiation compared to adults.  Another key difference between adults and children is that children have more remaining years of life during which radiation-induced cancer could develop.  Finally, we know from phantom or simulation studies that if a child has a CT scan using an adult technique, the child’s dose is greater.  This talk will discuss imaging risk and the role of the Image Gently campaign in informing medical professionals what they can do to promote radiation protection for children locally. Image GentlySM is an education and awareness campaign to promote radiation protection for children worldwide. Sponsored by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, a consortium of more than 64 groups that represents over 800,000 health care professionals, the campaign hopes to change practice locally.


In conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to understand the factors in the United States that have led to the concern regarding medical imaging and radiation in children, understand the basic risk associated with performance of CT scans, and identify factors that make children more susceptible to radiation compared to adults.  Furthermore, the audience will be able to review imaging tests and their relative radiation dose, discuss the AAPM new patient dose estimate, SSDE, as well as discuss the Image Gently campaign and list resources for parents and physicians with questions regarding radiation dose and imaging studies in children.


December 8, 2011 CRS Holiday Dinner & Meeting

posted Nov 22, 2011, 7:03 AM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎


Cincinnati Radiation Society

Holiday Dinner and Meeting

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Join the Cincinnati Radiation Society at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH for a festive Holiday dinner and meeting to be presented by:

Doug Draper

Topic:  The Great Mound Diamond Caper

Doug Draper joined the Cincinnati Radiation Society in 1983.  He became the Society’s President-Elect in 1985, and in the same year he became the captain of the Mound Radiological Assistance Team.  In this capacity he led a team of Health Physics personnel that responded to various emergency responses as directed by DOE Region 5 located at Argonne National Laboratory.  For our meeting, Doug will share one of the more interesting callouts of the Mound Radiological Assistance Team, which he describes as "The Great Mound Diamond Caper."


6:00 PM (Social), 6:30 PM (Dinner), 8:00 PM (Speaker)




The Golden Lamb Inn   (513-932-5065)

27 S Broadway

Lebanon, OH  45036

Please reply to with your choice of entrée and dessert and the number of guests you will bring by December 5th at the latestGuests and spouses are encouraged to attend.


Dinner Includes (with cost based on dinner selection):

Signature salad of mixed greens with julienne green apple, smoked cheddar cheese and candied pecans served with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side

Choice of Entrée:  (Please make one selection)

#1 Entrée Choice:

#2 Entrée Choice:

#3 Entrée Choice:

$35.00 members,

$40.00 non-members

$35.00 members,

$40.00 non-members

$40.00 members,

$45.00 non-members

Butler County Roast Turkey with Golden Lamb Dressing, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Vegetable of the day

Shrimp and Scallop Fettuccini with Fresh Mushrooms, Fresh Baby Spinach and Freshly Chopped Red Onions


Prime Rib

of Beef (served medium), Au Jus with Baked Potato and Vegetable of the day


Choice of dessert (included w/ meal): (Please make one selection)

Carrot Cake  OR  Cheesecake with Strawberries  OR  Chocolate Raspberry Brownie


*Meeting will be on the Second Level Floor; CASH BAR available on second level only (credit on lower level). 

*PLEASE NOTE:  Second Story Level is only accessible by stairs (no elevator- this is a historic building).

September 22, 2011 CRS Meeting

posted Aug 22, 2011, 2:15 PM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎

We will be voting on a new President-elect, and on a fellow position for the CRS Board at this upcoming meeting.  We are seeking nominations for both positions.  There is currently one nominee for each position.  If anyone else is interested in giving a nomination, please contact CRS President Eva Dupuis-Nouillé at before September 20th.


In addition, we are seeking volunteers to support the CRS in performing Science Teacher Workshops.  A committee will be formed to make this happen for Cincinnati and possibly other districts.  Individuals with contacts to administrators/coordinators for the accreditation process would be especially helpful. If anyone else is interested please contact CRS President Eva Dupuis-Nouillé at Additional details will be discussed at the next meeting.


Cincinnati Radiation Society of the Health Physics Society


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP

Health Physics Society President-Elect

Presentation Topic:  Grassroots Preparedness, a Radiation Risk Scale, & Marketing of Health Physics

Armin is a health physicist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serving as subject matter expert in CDC’s radiation emergency preparedness and response activities. Armin received both his BS and PhD degrees in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas, starting his career as a radiation biologist, and did his postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He was a senior scientist with the radiological consulting firm of Auxier & Associates before joining CDC in 2002.  Armin was the lead author of the CDC guide for state and local public health planners on population monitoring, and a contributing author to the federal Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation. He was the 2009 recipient of Excellence in Public Health Practice Award from the National Center for Environmental Health, and a 2011 recipient of Outstanding Achievement Award from Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors. Armin is also an adjunct associate professor of nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of Georgia East Metro Medical Reserve Corps, and a member of Gwinnett County Community Emergency Response Team. He recently published the text book Radiation Threats and Your Safety: A Guide to Preparation and Response for Professionals and Community.  Armin had served on the Board of Directors of the Health Physics Society (HPS), and was recently elected by its membership to serve as President-Elect.



This presentation has three distinct segments. The first segment discusses the significant impact that radiation professionals (health and medical physicists, nuclear medicine professionals, radiologic technologists, nuclear engineers, and others) can make toward better preparing their local communities for response to a radiation emergency. An available funding opportunity to facilitate recruitment and training of local radiation professionals into existing local volunteer registries is described. In the second segment, a Radiation Risk Scale is proposed as a simple tool for communicating radiation risk to the public, leaders, and decision makers. This scaling system offers several distinct advantages: a) It is simple; 2) It conveys meaning and provides a frame of reference immediately; c) It does not require any understanding or use of radiation units or any mention of radiation dose rates or radioactivity levels; d) It is not affected by differences in specific national or international radiation dose limits, concentration limits, or other regulatory standards; and e) it can be used during an emergency situation or in its aftermath to promote responsible action by the public. The third and final segment of the presentation addresses the need to market the profession of health physics. An idea is presented and audience opinion and feedback is solicited using an anonymous multiple choice form.



Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center (at University of Cincinnati)

151 Goodman Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45219

(513) 487-3800


6:00 PM (Social),  6:30 PM (Dinner),  8:00 PM (Speaker)

Dinner is a buffet – non-alcoholic beverages will be included, and a cash bar is available for alcoholic beverages.  Both the technical meeting and dinner will be in the Caminetto Private Room.

Fee for Dinner: Members: $30; Non-Members, Guests: $35 (Please reserve. Don’t reserve and not show. The CRS will be charged for a minimum of 20 attendees.) Annual $10 dues can be paid at the meeting.

RSVP at by September 20, 2011

Next Meeting:  The Vendors Meeting is scheduled at Vinoklet Winery & Vineyard mid-October; the exact date is to be announced.

April 13, 2011 CRS Meeting

posted Apr 13, 2011, 1:41 PM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎   [ updated Apr 13, 2011, 1:42 PM ]

Cincinnati Radiation Society of the Health Physics Society


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Brant Ulsh, CHP

Topic: Recent Research Concerning Biological Responses to Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation

Dr. Brant Ulsh is a Research Health Scientist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where he has worked since 2003.  Dr. Ulsh is a certified health physicist, and he holds a PhD in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University, and a MS in Health Physics and a BS in Nuclear Engineering, both from the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Ulsh has diverse work experience ranging from regulatory compliance at nuclear power plants, to environmental monitoring at DOE sites, and most recently dose reconstruction for the largest radiation worker compensation program in the world.  Dr. Ulsh’s research interests and expertise focus on the biological and environmental responses to low doses of radiation, and occupational radiation dose reconstruction.



This presentation will focus on recent research – what it tells us and what it doesn’t tell us, about biological responses to low doses of ionizing radiation.  Brant will also discuss the recent catastrophe (on March 11, 2011) and the unfolding nuclear and environmental events in Japan, in addition to some observations on how the press, public, and scientific community reacted to these events, and whether or not these reactions are consistent with what we know about risks.



Twin Dragon Restaurant

7763 Tylersville Road  (near Cox Road and Tylersville Rd.)

West Chester, OH


6:00 PM (Social),  6:30 PM (Dinner),  8:00 PM (Speaker)

Dinner is a buffet – non-alcoholic beverages will be included, alcoholic beverages will be on your own.


Dinner fee for members $20 ($25 for non-members).  If you plan to attend the meeting, but do not eat, you will still be charged the above fees (restaurant policy for small parties in their private room).


Also if you have not paid your dues ($10) for the Fall 2010/Spring 2011 CRS membership, please have it paid during this meeting time.


Next meeting:  Mid-May (date is TBD)


Please RSVP for this meeting at ASAP.

September 17, 2009 CRS Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2009, 12:59 PM by CRS Admin   [ updated Apr 13, 2011, 1:43 PM by Cincinnati Radiation Society ‎(CRS)‎ ]

Cincinnati Radiation Society of the Health Physics Society


Wednesday September 17, 2009

Edward F. Maher, Sc.D., CHP, Associate and Senior Health Physicist, Dade Moeller & Associates

Edward F. Maher, Sc.D., CHP

Health Physics Society President-Elect

Associate and Senior Health Physicist

Dade Moeller & Associates

Presentation Topic:

New Concepts in Radiological Emergency Planning


O’Charley’s (Tri County)

4531 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati , OH 45245
(513) 753-6266
(which is about a half mile south of the Mall on SR 747,
 and on the right side of the street if you’re going south)

Social Time: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 - 7:45 pm

Presentation: 8:00 pm

Fee for Dinner:

Members: $30

Non-Members, Guests: $35

Dues are $10 per year 

We will meet at O’Charley’s (Tri County), which is about a half mile south of the Mall on SR 747, and on the right side of the street if you’re going south. Social hour will be from 6:00 to 6:30, then we will be seated so they can take our menu selections. They plan to offer sirloin with one side and salad or soup, grilled chicken with rice and one side, salmon with one side and salad or soup, and a grilled chicken salad. Non-alcoholic beverages and a dessert will also be served. The desserts choices will be chocolate cake, key lime pie and caramel pie. Technical speaker to start at 8:00. 

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We will also be collecting nominations and holding elections for the following offices:

President Elect of the Cincinnati Radiation Society and Secretary 

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Wednesday, September 17

posted Aug 20, 2008, 12:27 PM by CRS Admin   [ updated Aug 27, 2008, 5:23 AM ]

Please join us for the next CRS Meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Kingsgate Marriott near the University of Cincinnati in Clifton.  The President Elect of the national Health Physics Society, Howard Dickson, will be presenting.  Social time: 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 to 7:15, and presentation at 7:30 pm.  There will be a buffet featuring chicken, fish, beef, salad, side dishes, one non alcoholic drink, dessert, and a cash bar. Please see the link to see the possible menu and directions. The fee for dinner will be $30 for members and $35 for non members.  Dues are $10 per year and can be paid at the meeting. 
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