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					August 14, 2003                                        Web site: http://www.stc-hps.org                                               Vol. 24, No. 2
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                           Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists



                                                                                                       The undergraduate student winners of
                                                                                                       the R.D. Neff Award are: (left to right)
                                                                                                       Laura Strban, Radiological Health
                                                                                                       Engineering, 04; Andrea Heap,
                                                                                                       Nuclear Engineering, 04; Ashley Tull,
                                                                                                       Radiological Health Engineering, 04; and
                                                                                                       Kristen Epresi, Nuclear Engineering, 04.




           STC Election
             Results
      outh Texas Chapter (STC)

 S    members and friends, the ballots
      you cast have been counted, and
 congratulations are in order for those
                                                        W
                                                                ith the fast-paced improvements in the electronic media capabilities of the
                                                                membership of the South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society, the
                                                                time is right to request if any or all members of the Chapter want to only be
                                                        notified by e-mail of a new issue of The Billet. The e-mail notification of a new
 you elected. They are:                                 issue of The Billet would contain the WEB site address of The Billet in a PDF format
                                                        as a hyperlink, e.g.,
          John Salsman, President-Elect
                                                                                    http://stc-hps.org/billet.htm
          Pete Myers, Treasurer-Elect
          Eva Legler, Executive Council                    Getting The Billet only electronically could accomplish at least three good things:
                                                        (1) you would have faster access to The Billet, (2) you could see it in full-color,
     The STC’s Officers and Directors                   (3) you would save mailing costs, and (4) you could save a tree (is this good?).
 for 2003–2004 are listed on page 2                        To sign up for getting your e-mail notice announcing each new issue of The Billet,
 of The Billet. President Charlton has                  send an e-mail to
 asked the individuals to serve as
 Chairpersons of the STC committees,                                                   STCEditor@swri.org
 and they can be found on page 5 of
 The Billet. Please join me in wishing                      Stating: “I only want to see The Billet the “E” way” OR any such words to that
 them good fortune as they serve the                    effect. Once you do this you will be notified by e-mail of a new issue and also be
 Chapter & HPS throughout the year.                     dropped from the hardcopy (snail-mail) mailing list.

          Thank you,                                       Thanks,
          Mary Van Baalen, STC Secretary                   John P. Hageman, Editor for The Billet
                                                           Ph. 210-522-2633, Fax. 210-522-4836
2                                 Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists


THE BILLET
    President
    Michael A. Charlton                                         Neff Award Winner                                         Clark High
    UTHSC at San Antonio
    San Antonio
    Charlton@uthscsa.edu
                         210-567-2955
                                                                                                                     School Student
    President-Elect
    John Salsman
    TAMU
                                                                                                                          Wins 2003
    College Station         979-862-8116
    jmsalsman@tamu.edu                                                                                                  Wylie Award
    Past President
    Robert John Emery
    Environmental Health/Safety
                                                                                                                          lizabeth Lee, a sopho-

                                                                                                                    E
    University of Texas-Houston
    Houston                 713-500-8100                                                                                  more at Clark High
    bemery@admin4.hsc.uth.tmc.edu
                                                                                                                          School in San Antonio,
    Secretary
    Mary G. Van Baalen                                                                                              is the Southwest Research
    UTMB-Radiation Safety                                                                                           Institute® (SwRI®) 2003 Wylie
    Galveston             281-483-9998
    mary.vanbaalen-1@nasa.gov                                                                                       Award winner. Elizabeth is
    Treasurer                                                                                                       the daughter of Huey-Jen
    Ken V. Krieger                                                                                                  and Dr. Yi-Der Lee, a senior
    Earth Tech Inc.
    San Antonio            210-271-0925
                                                                                                                    research engineer in the
    ken_krieger@earthtech.com                                                                                       Mechanical and Materials
    Treasurer-Elect                                                                                                 Engineering Division (18)
    Pete H. Myers                                                                                                   of SwRI.
    TDH, Bureau of Radiation Control
    Austin        512-834-6688 Ext. 2209                                                                                The Wylie Award, named
    pete.myers@tdh.state.tx.us                                                                                      in honor of former director
    Executive Council                                                                                               of Materials Engineering
    Jim R. Sharp
    Sharp Radiation Safety Services                                                                                 Robert D. Wylie, who died
    Alvin                   281-455-7781                                                                            in a plane crash in 1972
    jsharp713@aol.com
                                                                                                                    while on Institute travel, is
    Stacy Krieger                             Kate Maness, Safety Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety,
    Earth Tech Inc.                           University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston, was the       presented annually to an
    San Antonio             210-271-0925      graduate category winner of the Neff Award for her dosimetry paper.   outstanding individual entry
    stacy_krieger@earthtech.com                                                                                     in the senior division at the
    Eva Legler                                                                                                      Alamo Regional Science Fair.
    Memorial Hermann Hospital
    Houston              713-527-5043                                                                                   Ms. Lee’s award-winning
    legg@mhhs.org                                                                                                   project is “The Breakdown
    Editor
                                                             Meters for Costa Rica                                  of a Funnel-Shaped Vortex:
    John P. Hageman
    Southwest Research Institute®                                                                                   Phase II – The Effects of
                                                                         Robert J. Emery
    San Antonio             210-522-2633                                                                            Eccentricity.”
    STCEditor@swri.org
                                                                                                                        John Hageman, the
                                                 he South Texas Chapter of the HPS has successfully facili-

                                            T
    Managing Editor
                                                                                                                    Institute’s Radiation Safety
    Alana Woods                                  tated a donation of radiation meters to Costa Rica. Two
    Southwest Research Institute                                                                                    Officer, served as the judge
    San Antonio             210-522-3760         refurbished portable radiation survey meters will soon be
                                                                                                                    and selected Ms. Lee’s
                                            hand delivered to Costa Rica, compliments of Orchid Bio
    Associate Editor                                                                                                project from an impressive
    Susan Jablonski                         Sciences and Ludlum Measurements. Mark Kunkel of Orchid
    TCEQ                                                                                                            field of entries. Ms. Lee
                                            Bio Sciences had contacted Dwane Stevens of Ludlum
    Austin               512-239-6731                                                                               demonstrated detailed and
    SJABLONS@tceq.state.tx.us               Measurements about the disposal of two GM meters. Dwane
                                                                                                                    in-depth knowledge of the
    Technical Editor                        thought of the Radiation Safety Without Borders project and
                                                                                                                    physics and mathematics of
    David Norman                            contacted Bob Emery. Ludlum then facilitated the delivery of the
    NORM-Rad Services                                                                                               vortex characterization.
    Graham              940-549-6578        units to the University of Texas Health Science Center School of
                                                                                                                        In addition to the award,
    David.Norman@norm-rad.com               Public Health, where Dr. Sarah Felknor will hand deliver them
                                                                                                                    Ms. Lee, her parents, and her
    Graphic Designer                        on her next scheduled trip to San Jose. The efforts and contribu-
    Jean Fox                                                                                                        science teacher have been
                                            tions of both Orchid Bio Sciences and Ludlum Measurements to
    Southwest Research Institute                                                                                    invited to the Institute to visit
    San Antonio             210-522-2839    the Radiation Safety Without Borders program are greatly appre-
                                                                                                                    with staff members in Lee’s
                                            ciated. Others wishing to donate equipment and supplies to this
    The Billet is sponsored by the South                                                                            field of interest and to tour
    Texas Chapter Affiliate Members and     worthwhile chapter/national HPS outreach effort should contact
                                                                                                                    related facilities. x
    is printed as a courtesy by Southwest   Bob Emery via e-mail at Robert.J.Emery@uth.tmc.edu. x
    Research Institute in San Antonio.
                   Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                3




                            Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair
                                                        John P. Hageman


      his year, both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Alamo

T     (San Antonio) Regional Science and Engineering Fair
      received an award of excellence for a project related to radi-
ation from the South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society.
    The Junior Award recipient was Ms. Kathryn Wittman, who
attends Bradley Middle School in the North East Independent
School District in San Antonio. Ms. Wittman’s project was titled:
“Solar Water Heaters.” She quantitatively measured the best color
and finish of a homemade solar water heater. In her research, she
experimented with angles of heater positions relative to the sun
and with various heater-box covers to determine the most effi-
cient means of heat transfer. She planned to determine the costs
associated with building a solar water heater for a home swim-
ming pool. Her knowledge of her project topic and of the physics
of radiant energy was excellent.
    The Senior Award recipient was Ms. Amanda Chapman, who
attends Lee High School, also of the North East Independent
School District in San Antonio. Ms. Chapman’s project was titled:
“Light Intensity Via Surface Roughness.” She did extensive
research on metal surface roughness characteristics and developed
part of the testing apparatus to measure how the reflective light
intensity for a mono-energetic light source varied with surface
roughness variations on copper metal. She researched her topic
well and had several references to support her project planning
and conducting her research. Ms. Chapman’s knowledge of her
project topic and of radiant energy was also excellent.
    The South Texas Chapter awarded a plaque to each student
(see the photos taken by
Jim Lewis) and presented
each student with a Chart of
the Nuclides (GE Nuclear
                                                                     Letter of Thanks
Energy). Both students are             Dear Mr. Hageman and Dr. Lewis,
also given a complimentary
one-year student membership            On behalf of the Alamo Regional Science Fair Board of Directors, I would like to
in the South Texas Chapter,            thank you for supporting and contributing to the 47th Annual Fair held at St. Mary’s
and they were invited to the           University on March 20–22. Your organization’s (the STC-HPS) Special Awards
April 2003 South Texas                 contribution rewarded the hard work and dedication of two area student participants:
Chapter meeting/student                Kathryn Wittman of Bradley Middle School and Amanda Chapman of Lee High
paper presentation in                  School. We feel that such recognition helps to encourage these young people in their
College Station.                       future pursuit of science. We cannot predict the impact that exposure to science has
    Jim Lewis and John                 on these young minds, but we know that new discoveries in science and engineering
Hageman, with logistic                 are constantly changing our world. Thank you for being a part of this.
support from Ken and Stacy
Krieger, were the Special              We are truly grateful to organizations such as yours. We hope that you will consider
Awards judges at the Alamo             supporting Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fairs in the future.
Regional Science and                   Sincerely,
Engineering Fair for the               Marsha Burrows
South Texas Chapter. x                 Special Awards Chairperson
4                      Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




                                        Fund Giving Exceeds Previous Year
                                             David Fogle, Outgoing Chair, Admissions Committee

                    hen responding to their 2003 dues renewal notices, many Chapter members were generous enough

             W      to donate to our Student Scholarship Fund and Science Teacher Workshop Fund. More people
                    donated to our funds this year than last year. Next time you see these good people, take a moment
             and thank them for supporting your Chapter and furthering education in health physics.


                                            Student Scholarship Fund
Michael W. Adams                  David Followill                      David R. Miller                     Wanda Rowe-Horwege
Steve Allen                       Agapito C. Gayton                    Linda K. Morris                     John M. Salsman
Edgar D. Bailey                   Edwin Giles                          Karen Myers                         Roger Sawyer
Sara M. Bernal                    John P. Hageman                      Peter H. Myers                      Ron Scheele
Ronald Bradford                   Betty Hail                           Andrew Neil                         Bruce Schoenbucher
J. Stanley Bravanec, III          Kenneth A. Hardy                     Scott M. Nichelson                  Jim R. Sharp
Mark Buxkemper                    H. Merrick Harrison                  M.E. (Bud) Norton                   Sharon M. Sharp
Luz N. Cheng                      Ken Krieger                          Jack Owens                          John E. Simek
Robert N. Cherry, Jr.             Stacy Krieger                        John Pickett                        Carolyn Sloan
Roy Craft                         Jim Lewis                            Carmine M. Plott                    Arthur C. Tate
Leonard Earls                     Larry W. Luckett                     John W. Poston, Sr.                 Mary Van Baalen
David Engelbretson                Gerry Luther                         Gerald T. (Tim) Powell              John C. White
Darrell B. Faldyn                 Ruth E. McBurney                     Debra Ratliff                       Wayne A. Wiatrowski
Danette Fennesy                   Christopher M. Meyer                 Richard Ratliff                     John M. Williford


                                    Science Teacher Workshop Fund
Michael W. Adams                  Danette Fennesy                      Ruth E. McBurney                    Wanda Rowe-Horwege
Steve Allen                       David B. Fogle                       Linda K. Morris                     John M. Salsman
Bernadette Baca                   Agapito C. Gayton                    Karen Myers                         Roger Sawyer
Edgar D. Bailey                   Edwin Giles                          Peter H. Myers                      Ron Scheele
Sara M. Bernal                    Diane Griffiths                      Andrew Neil                         Bruce Schoenbucher
Ronald Bradford                   John P. Hageman                      Scott M. Nichelson                  Jim R. Sharp
J. Stanley Bravanec, III          Betty Hail                           M.E. (Bud) Norton                   Sharon M. Sharp
David G. Cadena                   Kenneth A. Hardy                     Jack Owens                          Carolyn Sloan
Luz N. Cheng                      H. Merrick Harrison                  Robert R. Perry                     Arthur C. Tate
Robert N. Cherry, Jr.             Susan M. Jablonski                   John Pickett                        Mary Van Baalen
Roy Craft                         Ken Krieger                          Carmine M. Plott                    Wayne A. Wiatrowski
Leonard Earls                     Stacy Krieger                        John W. Poston, Sr.                 John M. Williford
David Engelbretson                Jim Lewis                            Gerald T. (Tim) Powell
Albert E. Evans                   Larry W. Luckett                     Debra Ratliff
Darrell B. Faldyn                 Gerry Luther                         Richard Ratliff



                                                 Generous Contributor
                                                               David Fogle
      n the words of the contributor, the     served the STC-HPS and have done                   Student Scholarship Fund and its

    I STC received an “at-large dona-
      tion honoring women like Kathy
    Cadena, Alta Craft, etc. who have
                                              (such a great) public service.” The
                                              donor’s contribution, shared
                                              between the South Texas Chapter’s
                                                                                                 Science Teacher’s Workshop Fund,
                                                                                                 totaled $210. x
                        Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                          5




                                                   Committee Chairs

        Committees                                             Current Chair                        Length of Service*           > 3 years

Standing          Program                                      President-Elect Salsman                         1                    N/A
                  Admissions (Membership)                      Susan Jablonski                                 1                    No
                  Public Relations                             Sharon Sharp                                    1                    No
                  Nominations                                  David Fogle                                     1                    No

Appointed         Science Teachers Workshop                    Eva Legler                                      1                    No
                  Affiliates                                   Steve Vittatoe                                  1                    No
                  Legislation                                  Bob Wilson                                      3                    No
                  Publications                                 TBD                                                                  No
                  Student Assistance                           Linda Morris                                    4                    Yes
                  Task Force for Nuclear Training Endeavors    Marty Meltz                                     2                    No
                  Strategic Planning                           Ruth McBurney                                   2                    No

*Years Completed After Selection




                                                                               Two Texans Set Precedence
                       In Memoriam
                              Rick Jacobi
                                                                                    in CRCPD History
                                                                                                  Cindy Cardwell
       lice Bryant, wife of long-time member Bill Bryant,

A      died on February 11, 2003. Many members of the
       chapter knew Alice, who frequently accompanied Bill
                                                                  Reprinted from Bureau of Radiation Control Radiation Report, Summer 2003
                                                                        ichard Ratliff, Chief of the Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC),
to national and chapter meetings over the years.
    Alice was born in 1934 and grew up in Fort Worth,
Texas, where she was active in her high school band and in
                                                                 R      became Chairperson of the Conference of Radiation Control
                                                                        Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) as of May 7, 2003.
                                                                  Richard takes over the position from Cindy Cardwell, Deputy
choral groups. She attended Texas Wesleyan College on a           Director, Standards, Radiation Control. Cindy takes over as
music scholarship. She and Bill were married in Fort              Past-Chairperson. Both Richard and Cindy will serve in these
Worth, where they met while Bill was stationed there on           capacities for a year. This is the first time in the 35-year history
military duty with the US Air Force.                              of the organization that two chairpersons from the same state
    Alice continued her interest in music throughout her          have served back-to-back terms.
life. She was an active member of the Great Hills Baptist             The CRCPD is a nationwide organization with membership
Church where she sang in the choir and worked in the              consisting primarily of state radiation control program staff.
music ministry. Alice was a lifetime member of Sigma              Members also include federal regulatory agency staff and other
Alpha Iota, the century-old fraternity of college students        members of the radiation safety community, including interna-
and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music.                 tional members. The objectives of the organization are to promote
    She was an employee of the Austin Independent School          consistent radiation protection practices, provide leadership in
District (AISD) for twenty years. She set up the internal         radiation issues, improve efficiency in providing radiation pro-
audit department for the district and was the first internal      tection, and enhance relationships with members.
auditor for AISD. Alice was a Certified Fraud Examiner                Many of the Bureau of Radiation Control staff are very active
and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc.          members of the CRCPD. Their involvement ensures that BRC
    Alice was an avid shopper. She enjoyed antique shopping       stays current on the latest developments in radiation safety and
and garage sales. She conducted several garage and estate         security issues; that a solid network of resources from other state
sales for other people. Alice was renowned for completing         radiation control agencies, the federal government, and other
her Christmas shopping early in the year.                         radiation safety professionals is maintained, and that Texas
    After her retirement in 1994, Alice devoted her time to       practices and viewpoints are known on a nationwide basis. The
traveling with Bill and enjoying time with her three daugh-       knowledge gained from BRC staff participation helps to ensure
ters, their husbands, and seven grandchildren. x                  that BRC provides the best possible service to our licensees and
                                                                  registrants. x
6                     Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




                           Minutes of the Executive Council Meeting of the
                          South Texas Chapter of Health Physics Society, Inc.
                                            Hyatt Regency x San Antonio, Texas
                                                    November 15, 2002

Persons in Attendance: Executive Council (EC) Members:                 President Emery welcomed HPS President-Elect Ken Case to
Bob Emery, President; Mike Charlton, President-Elect; Susan         the meeting. Each of the individuals in attendance introduced
Jablonski, Past-President; Mary Van Baalen, Secretary; Ken          themselves. Mr. Case was very complimentary of the efforts of
Krieger, Treasurer; Stacy Krieger. Not in Attendance: Chris         the STC.
Maxwell and Jim Sharp.
                                                                    President’s Report — Bob Emery. Bob reiterated his desire that
Committee Chairpersons: In Attendance: David Fogle,                 the EC members e-mail reports to him prior to the meeting. He
Admissions Committee Chairperson; Bob Wilson, Legislative           will compile and e-mail a packet to each member. In this fash-
Committee Chairperson; Mike Charlton, Program Committee             ion, he hopes to streamline the meeting. Bob has gotten advice
Chairperson; Susan Jablonski, Science Teacher Workshop              and support from the UTH-HSC media affairs group for the
Chairperson; John Salsman, Publications Committee                   upcoming Midyear meeting. A media advisory was created and
Chairperson; John Hageman, Editor, The Billet and Midyear           routed electronically to the EC for review. Mike Charlton also
LAC Co-Chairman; Linda Morris, Student Assistance                   routed the advisory to HPS national for comments. The advisory
Committee Chairperson; Ruth McBurney, Ad Hoc Strategic              was returned to UTH-HSC Media Affairs and then circulated to
Planning Committee Chairperson, Midyear LAC Co-Chairman,            regional media outlets. A list of anticipated media questions
Jim Lewis; Marty Meltz, Ad Hoc Task Force on Nuclear                have also been developed for the plenary speakers.
Training Chairperson. Not in Attendance: Rob O’Donel,                   Bob has completed his initial trip with the UTH-HSC group
Affiliate Membership Committee Chairperson; Rick Jacobi,            to Costa Rica for the Radiation Safety without Borders initiative.
Public Relations Chairperson; John Poston, Sr., Nominations         Summary articles have been published in The Billet, the HPS
Committee Chairperson; Karen Myers, Public Relations                Newsletter, and Operational Radiation Safety. Funding for the
Committee Chairperson. Chapter Members and Guests in                initiative is through the State Department. The State Department
Attendance: Roy Craft, Alta Craft, Al Evans, Bob Cherry,            has an interest in source security. However, source security is
Janet McCrary, Christy Shriver, John White, Jackie Plough,          not the main concern of the individuals in Costa Rica.
and Ken Case, HPS President Elect.                                  Therefore, Bob has approached MDACC medical physics out-
                                                                    reach program that might assist the individuals in Costa Rica. It
Call to Order — Bob Emery. A quorum was established, and            is Bob’s belief the EC will need to develop criteria (example
President Emery called the meeting of the Executive Council (EC)    technical competency matches Costa Rica’s needs, language
of the South Texas Chapter of Health Physics Society, Inc. (STC),   skills, availability, etc.) for choosing individuals. It might even
to order at 4:00 p.m.                                               be that it is necessary to develop a committee specifically for
                                                                    managing this initiative.
Approval of the Agenda — Bob Emery. A motion was made by                Bob reported that he has received a large amount of input
Mike Charlton to accept the agenda with a meeting ending time       from the various presentations given on the Texas Radiation
of 5:00. Mary Van Baalen seconded the motion. There being no        Safety Compliance Assistant web project. He (or Janet) has
discussion, President Emery called for a vote on the motion, and    made presentations to the North Texas Chapter HPS and the
the motion was passed unanimously.                                  Texas Dental Assistants. He will be presenting to the affiliates
                                                                    tomorrow.
Approval of Minutes of EC Meeting on August 16, 2002 —                  Bob reported that he has created an evaluation form for
President Emery asked the EC if there were any changes to be        future student presentations. Mary Van Baalen will forward the
made to the minutes of the meeting held August 16, 2002. A          draft form to the EC and Committee Chairs for review. It is
change to indicate that Ken Krieger was in attendance was rec-      anticipated that this form will be used at the April meeting.
ommended. A motion to accept the minutes with the correction            Bob reported on the educational outreach endeavors under-
was made by Mike Charlton. Susan Jablonski seconded the             taken since the previous meeting.
motion. There being no discussion, President Emery called for a
vote on the motion, and the motion was passed unanimously.
                       Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                         7




Treasurer’s Report — Ken Krieger. Stacy Krieger reported for          Nominations — John Poston, Sr. No information to report.
Ken that the Chapter is in excellent financial health with total      Nominations will need to be determined prior to the next meeting.
assets of $109,551.74.                                                Public Relations — Rick Jacobi. Prepared and sent to the
    Stacy also reported that the scholarship funds were transferred   HPS Newsletter articles announcing the Midyear Symposium
to the operating funds until an investment with a reasonable          in San Antonio.
interest rate becomes available.                                          Prepared an article on the longest continuously active member
Reimbursements: John Hageman was approved for reimbursement           of the Chapter, Bruce Schoenbucher. Karen Meyers has agreed
for salt used for a Science Teacher Workshop. Stacy Krieger was       to take over and continue preparing these articles in the future.
approved for reimbursement for door prizes for tomorrow’s                 Worked with Susan Jablonski to secure the participation of
meeting. Susan Jablonski requested reimbursement for some             Dr. Ines Triay, Manager of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as a
individuals that traveled to the CASE meeting in El Paso.             speaker at the Midyear Symposium
    Mary Van Baalen made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s               Worked with DOE Headquarters to get that agency interested
Report. Mike Charlton seconded the motion, and the motion             in participating in the Midyear Symposium in the form of a poster
passed by unanimous voice vote.                                       session or otherwise. Efforts to date have not been successful.

Secretary’s Report — Mary Van Baalen. Mary reported that no           Appointed Committee Reports
electronic notifications from the Texas Department of Health          Science Teacher Workshop — Susan Jablonski. A workshop
for rulemaking have been forwarded to her. She discussed the          took place in conjunction with the “Science Teachers Association
proposed formal records retention schedule specifically stating       of Texas Annual Conference CAST 2002: Science Without
which records the Chapter will keep or discard. Discussion was        Borders” in El Paso on November 7–9, 2002. Attendance was
tabled until the issue of contracting for administrative services     not as hoped. Susan hopes to improve attendance in the future.
is resolved. Mary contacted Donna Passions with the Texas                 A daylong workshop has been tentatively scheduled in
Institute for Continuing Legal Education for a listing of the         Houston at Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital. The plan is
services that can be provided. Discussion among the EC followed.      to provide break & lunch foods, meters, and materials to attendees.
It was decided that Mary would approach Ms. Passions for              Memorial will again be assisting with the planning and cost of
quotes for:                                                           the food.
    x Building/converting/maintaining membership database                 A workshop is in the works for the Big Springs area in coop-
    x Communicate with membership                                     eration with Fujitsu Network Communications. Susan has been
    x Develop membership directory                                    in contact with Mr. George Banash, who is working with the
    x Develop/maintain web pages                                      individual schools to plan this workshop.
    x Maintain records within reason                                      Susan reported that she and David Fogle won an award for
    x Examples of services that are attractive to affiliates          their presentation at an environmental conference.
    Mike Charlton sent a letter to Jeannette Hilsabeck requesting     Affiliate Membership — Rob O’Donel (provided electronically).
that the STC be designated as an organization that can grant          The current number of affiliates stands at 29. There will be 7
CEUs to its membership.                                               affiliates attending this meeting.
                                                                          There will be no Affiliate Fair in Jan/Feb 2003. The next fair
Standing Committee Reports                                            will be Jan/Feb 2004.
Program — Mike Charlton. Mike reported on the format for                  Membership forms will be sent to all current and past affiliates
tomorrow’s meeting. A benefit of holding the meeting at this          before January 2003.
hotel is to work out logistics for the midyear meeting.               Legislation — Bob Wilson reported that bills are starting to be
   The midyear meeting will be January 26–29, 2003. There             filed for the upcoming legislative session.
will be a thank you breakfast on January 28.                          Publications — John Salsman. John requested that if the EC
   A discussion was held regarding the schedule of the April          had any suggestions for changing the style of The Billet, please
meeting and the program. The student chapter at TAMU has              forward them to John Hageman or him.
been very helpful.                                                        The next deadline for The Billet is February 21, 2003.
   The STC breakfast at the National meeting has been scheduled.      Ad Hoc Task Force on Nuclear Training Endeavors — Marty
Admissions — David Fogle. Ten persons applying for membership         Meltz. Two survey forms to identify personnel and equipment
were approved for membership by the EC. Chapter membership            resources had been prepared. It is believed that these resources
now stands at 285.                                                    could be used in the event of a radiological terrorism event.
   Work continues on the directory by Chris Maxwell. The                  Discussed the need to identify a State agency to take respon-
Chapter Directory should be ready for publication for the annual      sibility for distributing, collecting, summarizing, and redistrib-
meeting.                                                              uting information to local terrorism preparedness officials.
   Dues renewal time is approaching.
                                                                                                                           Continued on p. 8.
8                       Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




    Discussed the necessity of cooperation between cities should          Linda brought to the EC attention that reservations have been
one city become contaminated and no longer have access to              made at the Hilton for the four rooms for students to provide
resources.                                                             assistance at the Midyear meeting.
    Discussed medical preparedness needed.                                Applications for educational grant for Fall 2003 will be
Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee — Ruth McBurney pre-               available at this meeting, the Midyear, as well as online.
sented the National HPS Strategic Plan to the EC for review and
comment.                                                               Old Business
Student Assistance Committee — Linda Morris. Linda was                 Discussion about advertising in The Billet was tabled.
granted permission to order 10 sets of awards for participation        Other agenda items were covered in previous discussions.
in six Texas science and engineering fairs during Spring 2003.
Judges have been identified for these fairs.                           New Business — None
    Linda also reported on the new evaluation form developed
by Bob Emery and Janet McCrary.                                        Adjournment — President Emery adjourned the meeting at
                                                                       5:30 p.m. x




                             Minutes of the Executive Council Meeting of the
                            South Texas Chapter of Health Physics Society, Inc.
                                        TAMU Rudder Tower x College Station, Texas
                                                      April 25, 2003

Persons in attendance: Executive Council (EC) members in               Approval of the Agenda — Bob Emery. A motion was made by
attendance: Bob Emery, President; Mike Charlton, President-            Mike Charlton to accept the agenda with a meeting ending time
Elect; Susan Jablonski, Past-President; Mary Van Baalen,               of 6:30 p.m. Mary Van Baalen seconded the motion. There
Secretary; Ken Krieger, Treasurer; Stacy Krieger, Executive            being no discussion, President Emery called for a vote on the
Council Member; Chris Maxwell, Executive Council Member;               motion, and the motion was passed unanimously.
Jim Sharp, Executive Council Member.
                                                                       Approval of Minutes of EC Meeting on November 15, 2002 —
Committee Chairpersons in attendance: David Fogle,                     President Emery asked the EC if there were any changes to be
Admissions Committee Chairperson; Bob Wilson, Legislative              made to the minutes of the meeting held November 15, 2002.
Committee Chairperson; Mike Charlton, Program Committee                Since the minutes were not published in the last issue of
Chairperson; Susan Jablonski, Science Teacher Workshop                 The Billet, it was suggested that they be published in the next
Chairperson; John Salsman, Publications Committee                      issue of The Billet. A motion to accept the minutes was made by
Chairperson; John Hageman, Editor, The Billet; Linda Morris,           Chris Maxwell. Ken Krieger seconded the motion. There being
Student Assistance Committee Chairperson; David Fogle,                 no discussion, President Emery called for a vote on the motion,
Membership Committee Chairperson; Ruth McBurney, Ad Hoc                and the motion was passed unanimously.
Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson; Marty Meltz, Ad Hoc
Task Force on Nuclear Training Chairperson. Not in Attendance:         President’s Report — Bob Emery. Bob reiterated his desire
Rob O’Donel, Affiliate Membership Committee Chairperson;               that the EC members e-mail reports to him or the upcoming
Rick Jacobi, Public Relations Chairperson; John Poston, Sr.,           president prior to the meeting. He hopes that this will streamline
Nominations Committee Chairperson. Chapter Members and                 the meetings in the future should Mike Charlton continue this
Guests in Attendance: Roy Craft, Alta Craft, Al Evans, Janet           practice.
McCrary, Christy Shriver,                                                 Bob reported that the media relations activities at the
                                                                       midyear meeting went well. Bob sent letters of thanks to the
Call to Order — Bob Emery. A quorum having been established,           UTHSC Media Relations group for the assistance provided
President Emery called the meeting of the EC of the South Texas        during the midyear. Tomorrow’s luncheon speaker, David Bates,
Chapter of Health Physics Society, Inc. (STC), to order at 5:00 p.m.   UTHSC Houston, will talk about interacting with the media.
                      Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                         9




Some of the video clips from the midyear will be shown during          Mike Charlton made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s
his presentation.                                                   Report. Mary Van Baalen seconded the motion, and the motion
    The Radiation Safety Without Borders initiative is moving       passed by unanimous voice vote.
along. Sarah Felknor visited with the Costa Rican officials, and
Ludlum has some instruments to donate. Since the State              Secretary’s Report — Mary Van Baalen. Mary reported that no
Department is focused elsewhere currently, the article written      electronic notifications from the Texas Department of Health for
for Operational Radiation Safety has yet to be cleared and          rulemaking have been forwarded to her.
published. Bob will get the donated equipment hand carried to           Mary was unable to contact Donna Passions with the Texas
Costa Rica. George Anastas has been pursuing funding outside        Institute for Continuing Legal Education for a listing of the services
of the State Department.                                            that can be provided. Discussion among the EC followed. Mary
    Bob reported that he has been asked by the CRCPD to             will still approach Ms. Passions for quotes to:
present the Texas Radiation Safety Compliance Assistant web             x Build/convert/maintain membership database
project. He has a student working on the project for the summer.        x Communicate with membership
    Bob reported that he created an evaluation form for future          x Develop membership directory
student presentations. It will be used for the meeting tomorrow.        x Develop/maintain web pages
The students have been given the form in advance. Judges for            x Maintain records within reason
tomorrow are Mary Van Baalen, Janet McCrary, and Jim Sharp.             x Get examples of services that are attractive to affiliates
Discussion was held on expanding the number of awards to be             Jeanette Hilsabeck with the Professional Licensing
given based on category of degree—Associates, Bachelors,            Certification Division notified the STC that it is registered with
Masters, and Doctoral. It was decided that the Chapter would        the PLCD as an organization that can grant CEUs for LMP and
give awards for any category of student who would present at        MRTs. Eight hours will be given to the LMP, while eight hours
future annual meetings. Category examples include High              will be given indirectly to the MRTs for tomorrow’s meeting.
School, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral.                   Mary announced the results of the election. John Salsman is
    Bob reported on the educational outreach endeavors under-       the Chapter’s new president-elect. Pete Myers is the treasurer-elect
taken since the previous meeting. A listing of individuals that     and Eva Legler is the new EC member.
have requested the educational materials provided at the training
program at the VA hospital during the previous fall.                Standing Committee Reports
    Bob reported that he has written two letters of nomination;     Program — Mike Charlton. Mike reported on the agenda for stu-
one for Bob Cherry for HPS President and one for John Poston        dent presentation at tomorrow’s meeting. Informal reception with
for the Robley Evans Award. A thank you letter was received         the students to be held following the EC meeting.
from Will Slatery, a winner in the Brazos Valley Regional               The annual breakfast will be July 22, 2003, in conjunction
Science Fair. A generically addressed letter requesting nomina-     with the annual meeting in San Diego.
tions was given to Mike Charlton.                                       The fall meeting will be September 13, 2003, in Houston,
    Bob also stated that he is prepared to give his “State of the   and the topic will be Homeland Defense Preparedness.
Chapter” address.                                                   Admissions — David Fogle. Nine persons applying for member-
                                                                    ship were approved for membership by the EC.
Treasurer’s Report — Ken Krieger. Ken Krieger reported that         Nominations — John Poston, Sr. Nominations had been
the Chapter is in excellent financial health with total assets of   received, and the election for new officers took place.
$102,942.23. He suggested that the EC look at meeting costs         Public Relations — Rick Jacobi. No activity.
more closely in the future. Discussion among the members
followed.                                                           Appointed Committee Reports
    Ken also reminded the EC that the scholarship funds had         Science Teacher Workshop — Susan Jablonski. A workshop
been transferred to the operating funds until an investment with    took place in conjunction with the “Science Teachers
a reasonable interest rate becomes available.                       Association of Texas Annual Conference CAST 2002: Science
    John Hageman questioned whether the STC had received            Without Borders” in El Paso on November 7–9, 2002. Attendance
reimbursements from National for expenses related to hosting        was not as hoped. Susan hopes to improve this in the future.
the midyear. Ken will follow up with Sue Burke.                        The upcoming STW in Houston has been put on hold.
Reimbursements — Stacy Krieger was approved for reimburse-             Susan has been preparing an instruction packet to assist the
ment for meeting supplies. David Fogle was reimbursed for           next Science Teacher Workshop Chair.
expenses. Mary Van Baalen received reimbursement for supplies       Affiliate Membership — Rob O’Donel (provided electronically).
related to the ballot mailings. John Hageman received reim-         There are 23 paid affiliates. The list of current affiliates has
bursement from the Chapter for postage. Pete Meyers received        been sent to John Hageman for The Billet.
reimbursement for the cost of the STC post office box.
                                                                                                                         Continued on p. 10.
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Legislation — Bob Wilson reported on the current bills before         Science Fairs, will be attending tomorrow’s meeting. Amanda
the legislature.                                                      sent a thank you note to the Chapter that was distributed.
Publications — John Salsman. John reminded the EC that dates             Linda also reported on the new evaluation form developed by
and locations for upcoming meetings need to be set in order to        Bob Emery and Janet McCrary, which will be used at tomorrow’s
meet publication dates for The Billet. Discussion regarding holding   presentation. Two awards, Bachelors and Masters, will be given.
the next meeting in Austin or San Marcos followed.                       Linda has been diligently distributing the applications for
   John requested that the EC consider proposing to the mem-          educational grants for Fall 2003. The deadline is May 25, 2003.
bership if they would like to receive The Billet electronically.
Publishing The Billet electronically would save considerable          Old Business
mailing costs. This survey will be added to the next member-          Comments from the EC on the success of the midyear meeting
ship form.                                                            Discussion on advertising in The Billet was tabled.
Ad Hoc Task Force on Nuclear Training Endeavors —
Marty Meltz. Marty provided a status report of the Homeland           New Business
Defense Equipment Reuse Program (HDER). Logistics regarding           Mike Charlton reported on next year’s committee chairs.
the program are still being resolved. The EC determined that          Program Committee — John Salsman
Mr. Meltz could determine two local contacts from each large          Admissions Committee — Susan Jablonski
metropolitan area to attend the HDER training class.                  Nominations Committee — David Fogle
   Improvements are being made to the Radiological Event              Public Relations Committee — Sharon Sharp
Preparedness Registry. He is requesting additional funding from       Science Teacher Workshop — Eva Legler
the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical              Legislative Committee — Bob Wilson
Research at UTHSCSA for these improvements. The goal is to            Publications Committee — needed due to John Salsman’s election
make this registry available nationwide. The EC agreed to fund        Student Assistance Committee — Linda Morris (voted on by EC)
possible programming changes to this system.                          Nuclear Training Endeavors — Marty Meltz
Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee — Ruth McBurney pre-              Strategic Planning Committee — Ruth McBurney
sented the National HPS Strategic Plan to the EC for review and
comment.                                                              Adjournment — President Emery adjourned the meeting at
Student Assistance Committee — Linda Morris. Linda reported           6:50 p.m. x
that Amanda Huffington, winner of the last two Central Texas
                       Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                        11




                                                   McBurney Garners Chapter Nomination
     Sooo                                                         David Fogle, Chair, Nominating Committee

     Piggy                           he South Texas Chapter        meeting at the Society’s annual               The Chapter Nominations

  Piggy Piggy
     ????
                                T    of the Health Physics
                                     Society (STC-HPS)
                                recently forwarded a letter to
                                                                   meeting in San Diego. The del-
                                                                   egates will be selected by the
                                                                   Board of Directors at its meet-
                                                                                                             Committee would like to
                                                                                                             thank the other candidate for
                                                                                                             Chapter nomination, John
                                the offices of national HPS,       ing on Thursday, July 24, 2003.           Hageman, CHP. John had
   Paul Frame, CHP, Ph.D.       signed by STC-HPS President            The rules for selecting               initially requested Chapter
                                Mike Charlton, officially          IRPA delegates was changed                sponsorship, but when he


Q:
                                making Ruth McBurney, CHP,         to permit each Chapter and                learned there might be a
                                the Chapter’s nominee for          Section to nominate one mem-              chance to send two Delegates
                                Delegate status to the next        ber of the Chapter or Section             from the STC-HPS, John
              Shielding
                                meeting of the International       as a candidate for selection              withdrew his nomination and
              containers
                                Radiation Protection Associa-      without requiring the nominee             decided to chance his accept-
are often referred to as
                                tion (IRPA) International          to obtain the signatures of 20            ance as a Delegate sponsored
“pigs.” Why is that?
                                Congress in Madrid, Spain.         voting members of the HPS as              by the HPS Board of Directors,


A:
                                    As a whole, the HPS is         sponsors. The designation will            to which John was most
                                eligible to send 30 delegates      be by letter from the President           recently elected. x
                 The origin     to the Madrid meeting in           of the Chapter or Section in
                                                                                                                            x
                 of “lead       May 2004. Ten individuals          office at the time of the nomi-
                                will be selected from the HPS      nation, and the nominee must                   Late Breaking News:
pig,” like that of many
                                Board of Directors, and the        be a member of the Chapter.                  Both John Hageman and
words and phrases, is
                                remaining 20 will be selected      Each Chapter and Section will                 Ruth McBurney were
uncertain. As a rule, the
                                from the general membership.       only be able to nominate one                     appointed by the
most likely explanation is
                                Nominations had to be received     person as the nominee. All such              HPS Board of Directors
the simplest. The term
                                by the Society’s Executive         candidates are still subject to                 as delegates to the
“pig” has been used for
                                Director, Dick Burk, no later      selection by the HPS Board                   IRPA Meeting in Spain.
many years to refer to
small crude castings of         than the end of the business       of Directors.                                            x
lead and iron. It is derived
from the practice of pour-
ing the molten metal into                                Mary Van Baalen Changes Jobs
a trench—branching off
from the central trench            wanted to inform the            the last couple of years, I have          Since we live in the Clear Lake
were a number of short
molds. The overall
appearance was that of
                                I  Chapter that I have accepted
                                   a job at NASA (National
                                Aeronautics and Space
                                                                   been working parttime on a
                                                                   PhD in Space and Life
                                                                   Sciences at UTMB with the
                                                                                                             area, I will now be working
                                                                                                             within a ten-minute drive
                                                                                                             from my house. It will surely
newborn pigs suckling –         Administration) and, there-        goal to look at space as another          beat the hour commute that I
the molds were the “pigs”       fore, resigned my position at      occupational radiation envi-              have right now. The death of
and the central trench was      UTMB (University of Texas          ronment. This position will               my nine-year-old niece earlier
the “sow.” Originally, the      Medial Branch, Galveston)          allow me to complete my                   this year really made me real-
trench was simply carved        June 6, 2003. My new posi-         research and write my disser-             ize how very fortunate I am to
into the ground, and the        tion as Deputy Radiation           tation in conjunction with my             have healthy children and how
molds (pigs) were holes         Health Officer is within the       job. It will also enable me to            we need to make the most of
dug into the bottom of the      space radiation health group at    understand much better the                the time we have.
trench. It is not known         NASA, and as such, I will be       funding environments within                   I hope to still be active in
when the term “pig” was         working within programs that       the space program should I                the South Texas Chapter so I
first applied to the lead       monitor radiation exposure         wish to pursue a faculty                  will still be seeing many of
shields used to carry           during space flight. I will be     appointment at a university in            you at the Chapter functions. It
radioactive sources.            given the opportunity to work      the future.                               will take me a couple of weeks
Nevertheless, it is likely      with the International Partners        This job also fits very               to get transitioned to my new
that it was first used by the   for the Space Station on           well with my family life. My              job. However, I will still have
personnel who were asked        setting standards for radiation    girls are rapidly approaching             my UTMB e-mail address due
to cast the shields. x          exposures received during          their teen years, and I feel that         to my position within the grad-
                                long duration missions. For        I need to be closer to them.              uate school there. x
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                         South Texas Chapter of Health Physics Society, Inc.


                                      Fall Meeting
                           McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science
                                         Houston, Texas

                                             September 19–20, 2003

      his meeting will be       occupational health, public           radiation” as well as careers       shifts from 11:00 a.m. until

T     dedicated to participa-
      tion in an event being
sponsored by the
                                health, and security related
                                organizations. The event
                                will be widely publicized
                                                                      in health physics. As David
                                                                      Fogle put it so eloquently,
                                                                      “it is a unique opportunity
                                                                                                          about 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                             The buffet will include:
                                                                                                          scrambled eggs with
McGovern Museum of              and likely receive signifi-           to interface with other safety      chives, pepperjack cheese
Health and Medical                                                    disciplines discussing a            and tortillas; bacon and
Science. The event is enti-                    x                      shared issue – national             sausage; breakfast potatoes;
tled, “Protecting the                  The day is                     security and consequences
                                                                                                                       x
Health of Houston When                                                of terrorism.”
                                      dedicated to
Disaster Strikes!” The day                                                The general schedule of           …we can fulfill a
is dedicated to explain, and      explain…the ways                    activities for the meeting
display, to the community                                             will be an Executive                     part of our
                                  health is protected
the ways health is protected                                          Council meeting Friday              educational mission
in times of crisis. The            in times of crisis.                evening at the UT-Health
museum, like many of us,                                              Science Center at Houston,              by providing
has had many inquiries                          x                     Operations Center Bldg,              information about
about homeland defense          cant media coverage. This             from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
information in the post 9/11    will be a great opportunity           We will have a buffet                   “the safety of
world, so this will be a way    for STC-HPS to interact               breakfast on Saturday                   radiation”…
of addressing this need.        with the public and provide           morning at the Warwick
The event is oriented           radiation emergency pre-              Hotel with a guest technical                     x
toward kids, so there will      paredness information in a            speaker. Meeting attendees          breakfast pastries; sliced
be lots of equipment, dis-      friendly environment. In              will then proceed to the            seasonal fruit; yogurt, gra-
plays, etc. The museum is       addition, we can fulfill a            McGovern Museum to set              nola, breakfast cereals, and
inviting participation from     part of our educational mis-          up the booth for the Event.         berries; and chilled juices,
emergency response (fire,       sion by providing informa-            STC-HPS members will                coffee, and tea.
EMT, police, etc.) safety,      tion about “the safety of             man the booth for one-hour


                                                                  x
                         CEUs Awarded for LMP & MRT Certifications†
                            †Based on evaluation of finalized agenda by TDH – Professional Licensure staff.
                        STC-HPS members will be notified via e-mail of CEU amounts and affected certifications.

                                                                  x
            Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists         13




                                    Preliminary Agenda

                                   Friday, September 19, 2003

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.      Executive Council Meeting – Longhorn Room
                      UT-Health Science Center at Houston
                      1851 Crosspoint Drive (Operations Center Bldg.)



                                 Saturday, September 20, 2003
                                 Warwick Hotel – Houston, TX

7:30 – 7:45 a.m.      Registration
                      Presidential Room – 12th floor


7:45 – 9:15 a.m.      Buffet Breakfast


8:10 a.m.             Welcome and Introductions – John Salsman, STC-HPS President-Elect


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.      Technical Presentation with Q/A
                      Speaker: To be determined


9:15 – 9:30 a.m.      Meeting attendees drive to McGovern Museum


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Attendees set up and prepare booth: posters, displays, instruments,
                      fiestaware, vaseline glass, x-ray tubes, check sources, BRC info., etc.


11:00 – 3:00 p.m.     STC-HPS members man booth for one-hour shifts
                      Members not working booth visit and interact with other attendees
                      and participants at various booths


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.      Meeting adjourned; volunteers take down booth
14                       Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




                                           Driving Directions to the Warwick
     From Austin:
     x Take 290 East to 610 South to 59 North
     x Exit Richmond/Fannin
     x Turn right on Richmond. Go two lights
     x Turn right on Fannin
     x Drive approximately one mile
     x The Warwick is on the right

     From Dallas:
     x Take 45 South to 59 South
     x Exit Fannin (one-way street)
     x Drive approximately one mile
     x The Warwick is on the right

     From San Antonio:
     x I-10 East to 610 South to 59 North
     x Exit Richmond/Fannin
     x Turn right on Richmond. Go two lights
     x Turn right on Fannin
     x Drive approximately one mile
     x The Warwick is on the right




                                             The Warwick Accommodations
           5701 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 x 1-800-298-6199, Phone 713-526-1991, Fax 713-526-0359


           he Warwick, built in 1925 and set in the very heart of Houston’s museum district just minutes from downtown, has

     T     recently undergone a multimillion-dollar restoration to return this historic landmark to its original grandeur. The project
           enhanced all guest rooms, suites, and public areas, while preserving the hotel’s rich history and heritage. Oversized
     accommodations, with views of the Houston skyline or Hermann Park, feature multi-language voice mail, dataports, cable
     televisions with movie channels, in-room coffee-making facilities, irons, and hair dryers.


     IMPORTANT NOTICE
     A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, 2003, until August 20, 2003,
     under the name “South Texas Chapter Health Physics Society.” Room rates will be $109 per night – single or double occu-
     pancy. A limited number of rooms are available at the State rate of $80 per night (I.D. required at check-in). Room rates are
     subject to applicable state and local taxes. A limited number of rooms are available under this room block. To secure these
     excellent rates, you must call the reservation telephone number listed above EARLY and specify that you are with the South
     Texas Chapter Health Physics Society. After the reservation deadline, it is unlikely that rooms will be available at these rates,
     so make your reservations early!
              Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                           15




                                         Museum Information
                        John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science
                                        1515 Hermann Drive
                                    Houston, Texas 77004-7126
                                           713-521-1515

      he John P. McGovern              Texas-sized human body, the            Fewer than 10 institutions in

T     Museum of Health & Medical
      Science (MHMS) is Houston’s
only interactive science center and
                                       Pavilion includes giant models of
                                       human organs and dozens of
                                       hands-on exhibits and science
                                                                              America are focused on quality
                                                                              health education for the general
                                                                              public and school groups. MHMS
a member institution of the world-     stations. Visitors of all ages may     currently serves more than
renowned Texas Medical Center.         explore how each system of the         180,000 visitors annually, includ-
Located in the heart of the city’s     body works and how to stay             ing over 40,000 school children in
rich and varied Museum District at     healthy.                               organized field trips. In 2002, the
1515 Hermann Drive, the museum             Though MHMS can trace its          museum welcomed its millionth
offers an exciting “inner body         history to 1962, it opened in the      visitor. This popularity ranks
experience.”                           John P. McGovern Building in 1996.     MHMS as the most visited health
    Interactivity begins in the Jim    The museum added bilingual             museum in the country and one of
Hickox Amazing Body Pavilion.          programming in 1998 to better          the top public attractions in the
Designed as a voyage through a         serve its Spanish-speaking guests.     Houston area.


                                                       x
                                  Museum Directions & Parking
         he John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science is located at 1515 Hermann Drive in

    T    Houston’s Museum District. The museum offers its visitors complementary surface parking in its lot
         located on the east side of the building on Crawford Boulevard.

          From I-59

          x    If Southbound on I-59, exit I-59 at Fannin Street
          x    If Northbound on I-59, take Richmond/Fannin Exit and follow signs for Fannin Street
          x    Drive south on Fannin. Turn left on Binz and proceed past the Children’s Museum
          x    Turn right on Crawford and enter the bus lane or parking lot

          From I-45 N

          x    Take I-45 to 288 South
          x    Exit Calumet Street
          x    Turn right on Binz (second light)
          x    Turn left on Crawford and enter bus lane or parking lot

          From South Loop 610

          x    Take 610 to 288 North
          x    Exit Calumet Street
          x    At top of ramp and at first light, turn left on Binz
          x    Turn left on Crawford and enter bus lane or parking lot
16                    Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




                                                                Registration
                       Please submit a registration form for each member or guest attending the meeting and mail to the address below.



                                                   Fall Meeting
                             Protecting the Health of Houston When Disaster Strikes!
                                                             September 19–20, 2003

                   McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science & Warwick Hotel x Houston, Texas

                                                       Pre-Registration Form
               Hotel Registration Deadline — August 20, 2003 x STC Registration Deadline — September 12, 2003


 Attendee’s Name

 Attendee’s Address

 City                                                                       State                                        Zip


 ❏ STC Member (breakfast, technical meeting, including museum admission) - $ 20

 ❏ Non-STC Member (breakfast, technical meeting, including museum admission) - $ 30**

 ❏ Non-STC Member (breakfast and museum admission) - $ 25*

 ❏ Student (breakfast, technical meeting, including museum admission) - $ 10

 ❏ Need a receipt for this meeting
 ❏ Need CEU certificate
 ❏ I am willing to take a one-hour shift at the STC booth during the Museum event


 Mail registration form(s) with your check (made payable to the STC-HPS) to arrive before September 12, 2003, to:

          Kenneth V. Krieger
          5003 Northfield Drive
          San Antonio, TX 78228-1064
          Phone (210) 271-0925
          Fax (210) 271-3061



Preregistration will close on September 12, 2003. If you will not be able to attend the meeting, please call and cancel your
reservation PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2003. Any reservations not cancelled by September 12, 2003, will be regarded as
confirmed reservations, and funds will be collected for the meeting. Refunds will be honored only for cancellations made before
September 12, 2003. Registration fees collected after September 12, 2003, or at the door, if available, will be $10 extra.

 * If contemplating on-site purchase of breakfast, meeting space and breakfast cannot be guaranteed on the day of the meeting.

**Nonmembers may select the option of applying for South Texas Chapter–Health Physics Society membership at the meeting
  and enjoy privileges of membership at future Chapter events.
                      Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists                                           17




                            South Texas Chapter – Health Physics Society
                         Chapter Dues Payment/Membership Application Form
                                     (Please Print – This information is used for mailing labels and directory listing.)


Name                                                                            Business Name

Home Address                                                                    Business Address




Home Phone                                                                      Business Phone

Home Fax                                                                        Business Fax

Email


❏ I only want The Billet electronically.
❏ I would prefer to receive mail at: ❏ Home ❏ Business                                  ❏ I would like to be a Meeting Mentor
❏ I would prefer to receive calls at: ❏ Home ❏ Business                                 My interest or area of expertise

❏ Yes, I am a National HPS member.
❏ Yes, I am a Certified Health Physicist.
❏ Yes, I am a Registered Radiation Protection Technologist.


Please check the STC-HPS committee(s) on which you would like to actively serve.
❏ Nominating                 ❏ Meeting Program               ❏ Admissions (Membership)                                     ❏ Publications
❏ Legislation                ❏ Public Relations              ❏ Affiliate                                                   ❏ Other/Ad Hoc
❏ Student Assistance


Enclosed is my check #__________ made payable to the STC-HPS for the following:
STC-HPS dues for the year:

             Regular membership:                                  $10.00/yr ×_____Years               = $____________________

             Student membership:                                    $5.00/yr ×_____Years              = $____________________

             Student Scholarship Fund Donation (tax deductible)*                                      = $____________________

             Science Teachers Workshop Donation (tax deductible)*                                     = $____________________

             Total Enclosed                                                                           = $____________________
*For two $10 donations you get a free STC lapel pin.

Please mail this form with your check or money order (please do not mail cash) to:
                        Susan Jablonski                                                      Phone: 512-239-6731
                        Admissions (Membership) Committee Chair                              Fax: 512-239-5151
                        14904 Haley Hollow                                                   Email: SJABLONS@tceq.state.tx.us
                        Austin, TX 78728
18                     Health Physics Society x South Texas Chapter x Radiation Safety Specialists




                SOUTH TEXAS CHAPTER–HEALTH PHYSICS SOCIETY—2003 AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

     he affiliate membership of the South Texas Chapter (STC) is listed below. Our affiliates help support our Chapter functions,

T    and we should support them. They contribute substantially to the STC, and each should be thanked by our considering their
     products or services first. Also, tell them we sent you. (Affiliates: Please review your listing below and email any corrections
to: svittatoe@canberra.com)

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Jerry Wiza                                    Steve Vittatoe                                 Tom Maloney
17650 Duvan Drive                             Route 2 Box 154F3                              Post Office Box 909
Tinley Park, IL 60477                         Gladewater, TX 75647                           Friendswood, TX 77546
WEB: www.adcoservices.com                     WEB: www.canberra.com                          WEB: www.isotexdiagnostics.com
E: jwiza@aol.com                              E: svittaoe@canberra.com                       E: isotex@aol.com
T: 708-429-1660                               T: 903-297-2987                                T: 281-482-1231
F: 708-429-9759                               F: 603-971-6389                                F: 281-482-1070

Advanced Measurement Technology               Earth Tech Inc.                                Isotope Products Laboratories
Pete Veres                                    Ken Kreiger                                    (Affiliate Membership Dues Outstanding)
5901J Wyoming NE PMB 284                      110 Broadway Suite 320                         Karen Lara
Albuquerque, NM 87109                         San Antonio, TX 78205                          24937 Avenue Tibbitts
WEB: www.ortec-online.com                     WEB: www.et-sa.com                             Valencia, CA 91355
E: pete.veres@ortec-online.com                E: ken_krieger@earthtech.com                   WEB: isotopeproducts.com
T: 505-797-4642                               T: 210-271-0925                                E: sales@isotopeproducts.com
F: 865-483-0396                               F: 210-271-3061                                T: 661-309-1010
                                                                                             F: 661-257-8303
Advocates for Responsible                     F&J Speciality Products, Inc.
Disposal in Texas                             Frank Gavila                                   K&S Associates, Inc.
(Affiliate Membership Dues Outstanding)       404 Cypress Road                               Thomas Slowey
Mr. Eddie Selig                               Ocala, FL 34472                                1926 Elm Tree Drive
5926 Balcones Dr. Suite 220                   WEB: www.fjspecialty.com                       Nashville, TN 37210-3818
Austin, TX 78731                              E: fandj@atlantic.net                          WEB: www.kslab.com
T: 512-391-0400                               T: 352-680-1177                                E: tslowey@kslab.com
                                              F: 352-680-1454                                T: 615-883-9760
Atomic Energy Industrial Laboratories                                                        F: 615-871-0856
(AEIL) of the Southwest, Inc.                 ICN Worldwide Dosimetry Service
Steven H. Allen                               Phil Harris                                    Ludlum Measurements, Inc.
9261 Kirby Drive                              3300 Hyland                                    Dwane Stevens
Houston, TX 77054                             Costa Mesa, CA 92626                           Post Office Box 810
WEB: www.aeil.com                             WEB: www.dosimetry.com                         501 Oak Street
E: shallen@aeil.com                           E: pharris@icnpharm.com                        Sweetwater, TX 79556
T: 877-866-2345 (toll-free)                   T: 800-548-0136 Ext. 9379                      WEB: www.ludlums.com
F: 713-790-0542                               F: 714-668-3149                                E: dstevens@ludlums.com
                                                                                             T: 800-622-0828
Bionomics, Inc.                               Inovision Radiation Measurements               F: 915-235-4672
John McCormick                                (Affiliate Membership Dues Outstanding)
Post Office Box 817                           Bryan Hughes                                   Microtec Services Inc.
Kingston, TN 37763                            1011 Goldfinch                                 Quintin Stokely
WEB: www.bionomics-inc.com                    Sugarland, TX 77478                            110 Charles Street
E: j_mccormick_bionomics@msn.com              WEB: www.inovision.com                         Pasadena, TX 77506
T: 865-376-0053                               E: hughesb@syncor.com                          E: qas.msi@ev1.net
F: 865-376-4291                               T: 800-850-4608 Ext. 3715                      T: 713-475-2274
                                              F: 281-494-5174                                F: 713-475-2362
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NELCO                                          PULCIR, Inc.                              Texas State Technical College
Paul Holsinger                                 Scott Eddlemon                            Linda Morris
4600 Homestead Road                            9209 Oak Ridge Parkway                    Honorary Affiliate
Houston, TX 77028                              Oak Ridge, TN 37830-3500                  3801 Campus Drive
Web: www.nelco.com                             WEB: www.pulcir.com                       Waco, TX 76705
E: info@nelco.com                              E: sales@pulcir.com                       E: lmorris@tstc.edu
T: 713-675-3266                                T: 800-862-1390                           T: 254-867-2952
                                               F: 865-927-6866
Owens Scientific, Inc.                                                                   The Delphi Groupe, Inc.
Jack Owens                                     Radiation Technology                      Ron Gauny
6906 Escondido Drive                           Jack Hendrick                             2211 South IH 35 Suite 400
Houston, TX 77083-1118                         Post Office Box 27637                     Austin, TX 78741
E: owenssci@flash.net                          Austin, TX 78755                          WEB: www.delphigroupe.com
T: 281-498-3311                                E: Radiationtech@msn.com                  E: rdgauny@delphigroupe.com
F: 281-933-0522                                T: 512-346-7608                           T: 512-462-1181
                                               F: 512-795-8718                           F: 512-462-1187
Perma-Fix Environmental Services
(Affiliate Membership Dues Outstanding)        Research Products                         Thermo-Electron RM&P
Ben Warren                                     International Corp.                       Mike Shepherd
1940 NW 67th Place                             (Affiliate Membership Dues Outstanding)   3467 Larch Pine Drive
Gainesville, FL 32653-1692                     Albert L. Eccker                          Duluth, GA 30096
WEB: www.perma-fix.com                         410 North Business Center Dr.             WEB: www.thermo.com/rmp
E: bwarren@perma-fix.com                       Mt. Prospect, IL 60056                    E: michael.shepherd@thermo.com
T: 352-395-1352                                WEB: www.rpicorp.com                      T: 770-476-1547
F: 352-372-8963                                E: services@rpicor.com                    F: 770-497-9188
                                               T: 847-635-7330
Phoenix Scientific Sales                       F: 847-635-1177                           Thermo MeasureTech
Bill Tucker                                                                              Ralph S. Heyer
Post Office Box 2074                           Solutient Technologies, LLC               2555 North IH 35
Roswell, GA 30077                              Steve Pocock                              Round Rock, TX 78664
WEB: phoenixscientificsales.com                7857 Freedom Ave. NW                      WEB: www.thermo.com
E: phoenixsales@mindspring.com                 North Canton, OH 44720                    E: Ralph.heyer@thermo.com
T: 770-642-8529                                WEB: www.solutientech.com                 T: 512-388-9287
F: 770-642-0466                                E: spocock@solutientech.com               F: 512-388-9333
                                               T: 330-497-5905, 877-787-8721
Protean Instruments Corp.                      F: 330-497-2045                           Waste Controls Specialists, LLC
Joe Bradley                                                                              Michael Lauer
231 Sam Rayburn Parkway                        Southwest Research Institute              5430 LBJ Freeway Suite 1700
Lenoir City, TN 37771                          John Hageman                              Dallas, TX 75240
WEB: proteaninstrument.com                     Honorary Affiliate                        E: mlauer@valhi.net
E: jbradley@proteaninstrument.com              P.O. Drawer 28510                         T: 972-450-4284
T: 865-717-3456 X 206                          San Antonio, TX 78228-0510                F: 972-448-1419
F: 865-717-3456                                WEB: www.swri.org
                                               E: jhageman@swri.org                      William B. Johnson
Protechnics Environmental Services, Inc.       T: 210-522-2633                           Dick Landfried
Larry Stephenson                                                                         Post Office Box 472
6316 Windfern Rd.                              Suntrac Services                          200 A.E.I. Drive
Houston, TX 77040                              Rob O’Donel                               Fairlea, WV 24902
WEB: www.corelab.com/protechnics/default.asp   1818 East Main Street                     WEB: www.johnsonnuclear.com
E: lstephenson@corelab.com                     League City, TX 77573                     T: 304-645-6568
T: 713-328-2673                                WEB: www.suntrac.com                      F: 304-645-2182
F: 713-328-2150                                E: rob@suntrac.com
                                               T: 281-338-2133
                                               F: 281-338-2136
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                                       BRC Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Agreement
                                                                                  Marilyn Kelso

Reprinted from Bureau of Radiation                   BRC Chief Richard Ratliff            individuals responsible for      Texas also charges lower regu-
Control Radiation Report, Summer 2003                welcomed attendees and               implementing it, made a          latory fees than the federal
                                                     introduced speakers, including       special appearance to speak at   government, which is fiscally
      n March 1, 1963, the                           Commissioner of Health               the celebration and exhibit.     beneficial to those in Texas

O     State of Texas and the
      United States Atomic
Energy Commission [now the
                                                     Dr. Eduardo Sanchez; retired
                                                     Commissioner of Health
                                                     Dr. Robert Bernstein; Charles
                                                                                              Being an Agreement State
                                                                                          offers Texans a comprehen-
                                                                                          sive radiation control program
                                                                                                                           who must be licensed to use
                                                                                                                           radioactive material.
                                                                                                                               The Texas Department of
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory                              Barden, P.E., past director of       where there is one agency to     Health (TDH), BRC regulates
Commission (NRC)] signed                             the Division of Occupational         contact for all radiation        all radioactive material
an agreement that gave Texas                         Health and Radiation; Dave           control issues instead of sev-   licensees, including uranium
licensing and regulatory                             Lacker, past bureau chief for the    eral federal agencies. There     recovery licensees, and the
authority over radioactive                           BRC; and Ron Fraass, Exec-           is more direct interaction       Texas Commission on Environ-
materials in the state, with the                     utive Director of the Confer-        between licensees and regula-    mental Quality regulates the
exception of special nuclear                         ence of Radiation Control            tors, which fosters a better     disposal of low-level radioac-
material in excess of a critical                     Program Directors (CRCPD),           understanding of our regula-     tive waste. Texas is one of
mass and radioactive material                        who presented the BRC with a         tions and a better understand-   only three states that also has
used by federal agencies.                            plaque honoring Texas’ 40-year       ing of those we regulate. As     regulatory authority over ura-
    To commemorate the                               agreement with the NRC.              an Agreement State, Texas can    nium recovery and low-level
40th anniversary of Texas                                Rep. Warren Chisum, who          offer more direct customer       radioactive waste disposal.
becoming an Agreement State,                         sponsored House Concurrent           service with quicker response    TDH BRC is also the lead
the Bureau of Radiation                              Resolution 20, commemorating         time to complaints, questions,   agency for emergency response
Control (BRC) held a celebra-                        the 40th anniversary of the          and other radiation-related      planning and response to
tion and educational exhibit.                        agreement and honoring the           issues that affect Texans.       nuclear accidents. x



                                                                              Future Meetings
  Date                                               Location                                     Topic                         Deadline for The Billet

  September 19-20, 2003                              McGovern Museum                              Health Protection             N/A
                                                     Houston, Texas                               When Disaster Strikes

  January 23-24, 2004                                Holiday Inn                                  Affiliates’ Fair              November 21, 2003
                                                     San Antonio, Texas

  April 2004                                         Texas A&M                                    Student Papers                February    , 2004
                                                     College Station, Texas

				
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