News & Events
New Venue for CIRMS 2020 Annual meeting.
Building Synergy Among Standards Labs and End Users
28th Annual CIRMS Meeting
April 20-22, 2020
The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD
President’s Letter –
Invitation to 2020 CIRMS Meeting in Rockville, MD
October 2, 2019
Distinguished Colleagues and Friends, It is my honor to invite you to attend the 28th annual meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held April 20 – 22, 2020 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. The meeting’s theme is “Building Synergy Among Standards Labs and End Users”. There are two exciting new additions to this year’s meeting. First, the new location of Shady Grove. This location is just down the road from NIST (Gaithersburg, MD), and will enable us to meet without dealing with the increased security aspects of meeting at NIST.
The venue is also just a short walk away from lots of nice shops and restaurants. Second, we are planning on publishing a synopsis of our meeting in a peer-reviewed Journal. We are still sorting out which Journal this will be, but having it published will help gain exposure to the consensus Needs Report that we work so hard each year to complete. The meeting will retain all the best aspects of meeting on the NIST campus, with plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoons.
Our community is strong and growing and we are excited to welcome you to help us continue to develop cutting-edge research and innovation in order to support the ionizing radiation community. This year’s theme will cover a broad range of topics and will bring together experts from academia, industry, and national labs from across the United States and over seas to address key issues and develop a consensus Needs Report. We have several working groups that are putting together a program that will stimulate discussion and continue discussions from last year’s meeting. I invite you to visit our website www.cirms.org for updates on the evolving program.
In addition, we will be inviting Young Investigators (students, residents, and post docs) to submit an abstract for the Young Investigator’s competition. The abstracts will be reviewed and scored, and the top abstracts will be awarded a cash prize. This has become a great tradition and you can see all the past winners on our website. For those who aren’t selected for a prize, but are deemed to have submitted a noteworthy abstract, you will be invited to bring a poster and present your work in a poster blitz session. This session will give the Young Investigators a chance to highlight their work and direct interested attendees to their poster. Additionally, participation at the CIRMS meeting is an excellent way for to network with some of the preeminent scientists in the field of radiation measurements.
For the rest of you interested in the scientific portion of the CIRMS meeting, I would like to invite you to submit an abstract to be presented as a poster presentation during the conference. This year’s meeting will provide ample opportunity for scientists attending the meeting to present their research. These poster sessions will allow for the free exchange of ideas associated with radiation measurements and standards that will be considered as material for the CIRMS Needs Report, a document that we have provided to members of Congress in the past to help establish federal funding priorities for the ionizing radiation standards community. CIRMS 2020 sponsors are also invited to present posters that enable the attendees to better learn about the wide variety of organizations and corporations that support CIRMS.
CIRMS is an organization made up of leaders from the academic, government, and industrial sectors who are dedicated to identifying the needs for new measurement technologies and the development of new standards in the field of ionizing radiation. In addition to the general plenary sessions, there will be several working group sessions devoted to aspects of radiation sources in radiation therapy (medical), industrial applications, and radiation safety and security. In every working group session, the needs for measurement standards in these areas will be explored by discussing the current “CIRMS Needs Report” and adding, modifying or deleting needs for standards as necessary. The final conclusions of these working group sessions will be presented in a joint plenary session at the end of the meeting and a synopsis submitted to a peer-reviewed Journal for publication. I look forward to seeing all of you at the 28th annual CIRMS meeting. Your participation will help further the field of ionizing radiation measurements and standards.
Wesley Culberson, PhD
Remembering Randy Caswell, One of the Founders of CIRMS
Kathryn D. Held, President of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) in her President’s Annual Message has reported passing of Randall S. Caswell, once a NCRP Council Member.
Please read a full story here at: https://ncrponline.org/about/presidents-message/
2019 CIRMS 27th Annual Meeting
April 8-10, at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
June 10, 2019
From the CIRMS President, Dr. Culberson:
CIRMS 2019 Meeting Highlights:
The Council on Ionizing Radiations Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) 27th Annual Meeting was held April 8th - 10th, 2019 at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg MD. The focus of the meeting this year was on “Strengthening the Economy and Homeland Security with Radiation Measurements and Standards”.
Our keynote address was given by Dr. R. Joel England, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,
Making a Particle Accelerator on a Chip: Recent Advances and Potential Applications
Four awards were given this year to the top students working in industrial and medical applications. Sponsors of these awards included Landauer, Hopewell Designs, IBA Industrial Inc., and Sterigenics.
- 1st prize - Sponsored by Landauer
Emily J. King – University of Wisconsin – Madison, Medical Radiation Research Center
Design of a medium-energy free-air ionization chamber
- Sponsored by Hopewell Designs, Inc.
Irwin Tendler – Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering
Scintillator –based optical Imaging for use in remote surface dosimetry
- Sponsored by IBA Industrial, Inc.
Xiaoya (Judy) Wang – McGill University, Medical Physics
Quantifying differences between theoretical models in calculations of Compton mass energy-transfer coefficients
- Sponsored by Sterigenics
Alexandra Bourgouin – Carleton University, Medical Physics
Determination of Wair in high-energy clinical electron beams using aluminum detectors
There were a total of four breakout sessions on Monday afternoon, April 8th:
1) Medical Applications - Measurement Needs for Validating Dosimetry Methods for Epidemiological Studies of Health Risks Following Radiotherapy.
2) Radiation Protection - Radiological Reference Materials for Consequence Management of Nuclear Emergencies.
3) Industrial Applications - A Consortium for Radiation Science: Development of a Network of Facilities for Industrial Applications with Electron, Gamma-Ray and X-Ray Beam Capabilities.
4) Joint Session: Medical Applications, Radiation Protection & Industrial Applications, Session Title: Chemistry and Biology of the DNA Damage and its Modification, Session Chair: Dr. Amitava Adhikary, Department of Chemistry, Oakland University.
On Tuesday, April 9th there were four plenary sessions:
Plenary Session I
- Dr. Bert Coursey, National Institute of Standards and Technology handed out this year’s Randall S. Caswell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards. It was presented to Dr. Roberto Uribe-Rendon, Kent State University. Professor Roberto Uribe-Rendon’s studies the physical, biological, and chemical changes high-energy electron beams can have on different types of materials such as polymers, composite, and biological materials. In studying these changes, Dr. Uribe-Rendon has seen how they can have a positive impact on our everyday lives.
Plenary Session II
- Kip Kelley, Mirion Technologies - Kip Kelly’s talk focused on Radiation Mapping for Emergency Situations using Unmanned Vehicles – from Slight Contamination to Nuclear Disaster. An unmanned ariel vehicle can be outfitted with various radiation detection payloads to safely determine radiation threats.
Plenary Session III
- Dr. Niek Schreuder, Provision Solutions, LLC - The Economics of Particle Therapy. Dr. Schreuder provided a concise overview of the current status of proton therapy for cancer therapy. He then discussed the global economics and mechanisms to keep costs to a minimum while provided necessary care to patient.
Plenary Session IV
- Dr. Antonio Damato, Memorial Sloan Kettering - Recoil-Based Short-Lived Alpha Emitting Devices: A Novel Brachytherapy Concept. Dr. Damato presented the physical basis for alpha therapy and followed with an overview of the dosimetry challenges with dosimetry standardization.
There were five breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon including one joint session:
1) Medical Applications - Targeted Radionuclide Therapies (TRT). The Session Chair was Dr. Jacek Capala from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.
2) Radiation Protection - Radiological Reference Materials for Consequence Management of Nuclear Emergencies, Session Chair: Dr. Stephanie Healey, Food and Drug Administration.
3) Medical Applications - Radionuclide Therapy and Standards, Session Chair: Dr. Wesley Culberson, University of Wisconsin.
4) Joint Session: Industrial Applications & Radiation Protection Session, Title: Cesium-137 Irradiators
Session Chair: Dr. Spencer Mickum, Hopewell Designs Inc.
5) Industrial Applications: Session Name: Low Energy Electron Beam Standards and Applications for Industry, Session Chair: Dr. Mark S. Driscoll, The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
On Wednesday, April 10th there was a plenary panel discussion.
Panel Topic: Radiobiology and Blood Irradiators: Transitioning from Cs-137 to X-rays
- Dan Aitkenhead, Best Theratronics Ltd, Challenges of both Gamma and X-ray Blood Irradiators
- Keith A. Kunugi, University of Wisconsin, Considerations for Replacing Isotope-based Irradiators with X-Irradiators at the UW-Madison
- Dr. Kei Iwamoto, University of California Los Angeles, Gamma-irradiators, X-irradiators, and Radiobiology
- Panel Discussion with three panelists
On Wednesday, we listened to our Capstone Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Chapman, Department of Energy. His talk was on Radiation Protection in the 21st Century – a Look at the Turning Points in the Practice of Radiation Protection to Envision the Future.
Copies of the presentations given at the CIRMS 2019 Annual Meeting are posted on the CIRMS website at www.cirms.org in the Library, under Past Meetings. Due to the NIST’s big move we are exploring other options for our next year annual meeting and where it will be held at in 2020. We 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 discovering new applications and standards for ionizing radiation.
Wesley Culberson, PhD
New 2019/2020 President
CIRMS is pleased to announce our new president:
Dr. Wesley Culberson
University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
Dr. Wes Culberson takes over the helm from the outgoing
president Dr. Regina Fulkerson.
CIRMS 2019 Meeting
27th Annual CIRMS meeting at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD was held April 8 – 10, 2019.
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 Junior Investigator Travel Award 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.
Here is the 2019 Group Photo for you to enjoy!
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 upcoming 28th Annual Meeting in April, 2020. The meeting will be held April 20th – 22nd 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 2020 annual meeting will continue with 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: TBA
- 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, 2019
- LIST OF INVITED SPEAKERS TO SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRS: AUGUST 19TH, 2019
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.
MARSHALL R. CLELAND, FIRST PRESIDENT OF CIRMS
Dr. Marshall Cleland of Hauppauge, New York, passed away on April 24, 2019. Born in Vermillion, South Dakota on February 9, 1926, Cleland’s pursuit of his baccalaurate was interrupted by service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He obtained his B.A. in Physics from the University of South Dakota and went on to earn his doctorate in Nuclear Physics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1951. Following a year at the National Bureau of Standards then in Washington, DC, Marsh devoted his efforts to developing high power accelerators. This lead his co-founding of Radiation Dynamics, Inc. in Westbury, New York in 1958 and to the development and commercialization of his innovative accelerator, the Dynamitron™. Over 200 of these high-power accelerators are installed mostly in industrial facilities throughout the world for use in the manufacture of wire and cable, heat shrinkable products, tire components and other applications. RDI was acquired by the Belgian company, IBA, in 1999 and is now known as IBA Industrial Inc.
Dr. Cleland was awarded eighteen US patents and corresponding foreign issuances, including the basic patent on his accelerator design. He published more than 200 papers and chaired numerous sessions at radiation and accelerator conferences. He also was a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, ASTM International and the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS), of which he was a co-founder and its first President.
At the eighth International Meeting on Radiation Processing held in Beijing in 1992, Dr. Cleland was named an IMRP laureate. In 2004, he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2006, ASTM International conferred the Peter D. Hedgecock Award on Marsh for his sustained and exceptional contributions to the development and use of nuclear-related standards. In 2009, Marsh was awarded the CIRMS Caswell Award for Distinguished Achievements in the Field of Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards. The Rad Journal honored Dr. Cleland with its Gunderson Award in 2011 for his lifetime contributions to Radiation Safety and Technology. He also was made an IBA Fellow in recognition of his continued contributions to accelerator developments and their applications.
Dr. Cleland is survived by two daughters and two sons, four granddaughters, two grandsons and two great-grandsons. He will be interred in South Dakota next to his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Rosalie, who passed away eleven years ago.
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).