News & Events
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, Landauer 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 Jansson, 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and Wes Culberson: email@example.com
- Industrial Applications and Materials Effects: Roberto Uribe: firstname.lastname@example.org and Kim Morehouse: email@example.com
- Radiation Protection: Stephanie Healey: Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org and Jacqueline Mann: email@example.com
- 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 February 26, 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.
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
CIRMS 25th Anniversary – Honoring the Past. Looking to the Future.
A tribute to people who helped the CIRMS grow.
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).