CRPA-ACRP Bulletin


2022 Anthony J. Mackay Student Paper Contest Winners

Every year, CRPA’s Student and Young Professionals Committee organizes the Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest. The 2022 contest was held in conjunction with the ICRP2021+1 Symposium in Vancouver, BC, in November 2022.Two prizes were awarded this year, one for the best overall presentation (international) and the best Canadian presentation.


Embracing the Future: A Recap of the ICRP 2021+1 Session on Involving Young Professionals

Among sessions of technical and scientific importance at the recent ICRP 2021+1 conference in Vancouver, one session was strategically aimed at growing the radiation protection field. Specifically, the session explored how we can increase the involvement of young people in radiation protection. Omar, along with his co-chair, Mike Boyd from the US Environmental Protection Agency, set out to invite young professionals from around the world, with experience in different organizations and subfields, who could bring their ideas to the forefront. In this article, Omar shares his key takeaways from the session.

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CRPA(R) Prep, February 2023

In this issue, we’ve invited a couple of people who recently prepared for and successfully completed the CRPA(R) registration exam — Devin Sullivan and Laila Omar Nazir — to tell us about their experiences. We asked them to tell us why they wrote the exam, how they prepared, what their strategy was for writing the exam, and what advice they would give to someone thinking about writing the exam.


A Hundred Thousand Welcomes from CRPA’s 2023 Conference Committee

On behalf of the local organizing committee for CRPA’s upcoming Halifax conference, Pauline and Gary extend a hundred thousand welcomes to CRPA members, exhibitors, sponsors, and guests. In the article, they extol the many virtues of their beautiful city, outline plans for the scientific program, and invite you to participate in a number or enticing ways. The theme of this year’s conference is “Working Together.” Keep reading to learn more.

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Due South, February 2023

After reuniting with Canadian colleagues in chilly Vancouver (after four long years), Scott checks in from South Texas. In addition to his typical weather report and Sasky Pack update, he provides a report from the State of Texas Chapter regulatory conference, which was in Austin, TX, in November, and a preview of upcoming HPS events: The 2023 Hybrid Internal Dosimetry Workshop, which will be on February 6 to 9, 2023, at Oregon State University, and the HPS annual meeting, which will be on July 23 to 27, 2023, at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC, area.


Let’s Be Clear: Risk Communication for Radiation Safety Professionals (Part III) — Provide Context to Help Readers Make Sense of Your Message

In Part I of this series, we defined risk and risk communication, discussed the need to consider the perspectives of your audience, and explored some of the barriers to effective risk communication. In Part II, we talked about some of the ways plain language can make your risk communication easier to understand and more effective. In Part III, we are exploring the importance of providing context (additional information) to help readers understand the meaning behind the information so they can put risk into perspective.


CRPA’s Professional Development Committee Update, February 2023

2022 was another busy year for the CRPA Professional Development (PD) Committee, who made sure there were some great training offerings for our members and beyond. We added three new sessions to our online portfolio, which can be access as pay-per-view versions via our Thinkific site. The CRPA PD Committee was also responsible for organizing the Continuing Education Day at ICRP 21+1 in Vancouver in November. Ed Waller made sure we could offer six diverse, great quality sessions by prominent members of the Canadian and international radiation protection and radiation science community.


Board Update, February 2023

As we get ready for whatever 2023 has to offer, Tara thought this was a good time to look back on the past year. She notes that, while 2022 began with plenty of uncertainty—we weren’t quite sure in-person activities were a guarantee—there was hope on the horizon. CRPA hosted a well-attended virtual annual general meeting and several successful online events. As the year wound down, people had emerged from isolation and we were finally able to gather in person for ICRP 2021+1, which CRPA was proud to cohost.