Due South / Direction Sud
Howdy, y’all. I’m writing this in late September, but summer is still hanging on in South Texas (temperatures are still in the low-30s). Hopefully it will cool off soon. In an attempt to avoid the scorching Texas summer heat, I did a lot of travelling this summer (see “Sasky Pack” photo).
Health Physics Society annual meeting summary
Cleveland, OH, was the venue for the Health Physics Society (HPS) annual meeting held July 15 to 19, 2018. It attracted about 1,000 attendees, including several fellow CRPA members.
From Monday afternoon through Thursday afternoon, approximately five concurrent programs occurred. It was hot and humid for the first two days, after which we had pleasant weather.
This year the annual Tuesday night awards banquet was changed to a Wednesday morning awards breakfast. While the food was great, the awards program was still a little on the lengthy side in my opinion. I prefer CRPA’s brief and more spontaneous awards program.
Health Physics Society State of Texas Chapter annual meeting summary
My home HPS chapter hosted its annual topical meeting and affiliates fair in early September in the Dallas–Fort Worth area (near one of the two nuclear power reactor sites in Texas). Unfortunately, due to my teaching schedule, I was not able to attend.
Next up will be the annual student meeting, which will most likely be held in Waco, TX, in late March or early April. Waco is the town where the show Fixer Upper is filmed. It is about a 90-minute drive (in good traffic) from the Dallas–Fort Worth airport.
I will attempt to report on chapters that are a wee bit closer to the US–Canada border in the future.
Health Physics Society upcoming meetings
HPS will be hosting its mid-year meeting in San Diego, CA, February 17 to 20, 2019. Early registration will begin a few months before then and, most likely, the HPS-member early registration fee will be US$495.
I’m thinking a lot of Canadians will be tired of winter by February and I can almost guarantee San Diego will have nice weather. San Diego is famous for its world-class zoo, the gas lamp district, and its beaches.
The mid-year meeting is generally quite a bit smaller than the annual summer meeting (200 to 400 projected attendees). HPS announced at the annual meeting in July that the mid-year meetings will be discontinued, which I think is a shame.
More details about the February meeting can be found at http://hps.org/meetings/meeting49.html.
Here is “Sasky Pack,” the CRPA backpack Scott received at CRPA 2017 in Saskatoon, at the Mile 0 marker of the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria, BC. He is hoping Sasky Pack will make it to see the other Mile 0 marker in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, next year.