West Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society

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Specialists in Radiation Safety  •  Chartered June 27, 2010  •  www.hpschapters.org/wtc

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West Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP
Health Physics Society President-Elect

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP

Presentation Topic: Grassroots Preparedness, a Radiation Risk Scale, & Marketing of Health Physics 

Armin is a health physicist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serving as subject matter expert in CDC’s radiation emergency preparedness and response activities. Armin received both his BS and PhD degrees in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas, starting his career as a radiation biologist, and did his postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He was a senior scientist with the radiological consulting firm of Auxier & Associates before joining CDC in 2002.  Armin was the lead author of the CDC guide for state and local public health planners on population monitoring, and a contributing author to the federal Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation. He was the 2009 recipient of Excellence in Public Health Practice Award from the National Center for Environmental Health, and a 2011 recipient of Outstanding Achievement Award from Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors. Armin is also an adjunct associate professor of nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of Georgia East Metro Medical Reserve Corps, and a member of Gwinnett County Community Emergency Response Team. He recently published the text book Radiation Threats and Your Safety: A Guide to Preparation and Response for Professionals and Community.  Armin had served on the Board of Directors of the Health Physics Society (HPS), and was recently elected by its membership to serve as President-Elect. 


This presentation has three distinct segments. The first segment discusses the significant impact that radiation professionals (health and medical physicists, nuclear medicine professionals, radiologic technologists, nuclear engineers, and others) can make toward better preparing their local communities for response to a radiation emergency. An available funding opportunity to facilitate recruitment and training of local radiation professionals into existing local volunteer registries is described. In the second segment, a Radiation Risk Scale is proposed as a simple tool for communicating radiation risk to the public, leaders, and decision makers. This scaling system offers several distinct advantages: a) It is simple; 2) It conveys meaning and provides a frame of reference immediately; c) It does not require any understanding or use of radiation units or any mention of radiation dose rates or radioactivity levels; d) It is not affected by differences in specific national or international radiation dose limits, concentration limits, or other regulatory standards; and e) it can be used during an emergency situation or in its aftermath to promote responsible action by the public. The third and final segment of the presentation addresses the need to market the profession of health physics. An idea is presented and audience opinion and feedback is solicited using an anonymous multiple choice form.



The campus of the University of the Southwest
 in the Bill Daniels Campus Center Meeting Room (see Attachment).


The West Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society cordially invites you to attend a technical dinner meeting.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

6:00 pm

Speaker: Armin Ansari, Ph.D., CHP

 In addition to salad, rolls and tea, the dinner will feature sliced marinated chicken breast,
 braised beef tips with noodles, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, country style green beans, and a dessert. 
 If a vegetarian meal is needed, please include this request in your response.

Cost: $20 - Local Chapter members, spouses, and/or one guest

$15 - Students

RSVP Deadline: Noon on Monday, August 29, 2011. 
After this date we will not be able to accept any more attendees for dinner.


NOTE: Please feel free to forward this meeting notice on to others who may be interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

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