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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 emdupuisn@gmail.com 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 emdupuisn@gmail.com. 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 meeting@crs-hps.org by September 20, 2011

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