[ RadSafe ] SCCHPS Meeting Announcement, Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tosh Ushino rad_chp at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 7 14:30:35 CDT 2006

There will be a SCCHPS Meeting on Wednesday, April 26,

The speaker at the meeting will be James Barnes, CHP
of Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power.

Homeland Security:  A RAPID review for the "local"
Health Physicist

At the conclusion of the Cold War, the threat of
nuclear attack and annihilation was assumed to be
over, and considering the management paradigm of that
conflict, such assumptions were not unfounded.  The
destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11,
however, demonstrated that the U.S. had merely seen a
rearrangement of threats, not necessarily an
elimination of them.  Almost overnight, the media
started reporting plots to detonate "Radiological
Dispersal Devices" and "Improvised Nuclear Devices,"
and the security felt at the end of the Cold War
rapidly evaporated.  Our ports were suddenly open
doors to nuclear smugglers.  Aircraft were delivery
systems for atomic attacks on our cities.  "What if"
scenarios cited deaths to tens of thousands from
detonation of simple RDDs.

The situation presents a "target rich" opportunity for
a motivated health physicist to become involved, both
on a professional and on a volunteer basis.  But what
should he or she become involved in?  What is the
landscape of homeland security?  Who needs the help? 
Where are the opportunities?  Who's doing what?  These
questions will be addressed, and suggestions for
involvement outlined.

Since 2005, James Barnes has served as the Chairperson
of the Health Physics Society's Homeland Security
Committee.  He has been involved in a number of HPS
activities promoting the expertise of the Society's
members to outside organizations.  He has served as a
presenter at several HPS PEPs on Homeland Security
related topics.  He currently is co-chairing an ANSI
committee addressing training requirements for First
Responders to radiological events, and is on the
writing team for a proposed ANSI for radiation safety
for security screening personnel.  He has represented
the Society at several Conferences and Symposiums. 
Professionally, Jim is the Radiation Safety Officer
for Boeing -- LEOS (Santa Susana Field Laboratory). 
He is Certified by the American Board of Health
Physics, and is a Registered Radiation Protection

The meeting will be at Taix French Restaurant
(http://www.taixfrench.com/), 1911 Sunset Blvd, Los
Angeles, CA 90026

Social hour:  5 - 6 PM
Dinner:  6 - 7 PM
Meeting to start at 7 PM

The dinner is $25 per plate and the selections will
* Beef Bourguignon - Tender pieces of beef in Burgundy
wine mushroom sauce

* Fresh Filet of Salmon (Grilled) - Served with
Champagne sauce

Vegetarian selection available upon request

Please plan on paying at the door.

If you plan to attend, please send me your dinner
choice to me at tushino at dosimetry.com

See you there!

Tosh Ushino
Toshihide Ushino, CHP
Research Director
Global Dosimetry Solutions, Inc.
2652 McGaw Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614 USA
Phone: (949) 419-2413/(888) 437-1714 x2413
Email:    tushino at dosimetry.com
Web page: www.dosimetry.com

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