2000 WILLIAM A. McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to JAMES E. TURNER by the American Board of Health Physics at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Denver, Colorado, June 25-29, 2000
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The American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) is proud to present the William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award to James E. Turner. This award is given annually to a Certified Health Physicist who has made significant contributions towards the advancement of professionalism in health physics and to the health physics certification process. The strength of the profession and the certification process relies on the professional strengths and leadership of the people who serve the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), the American Board of Health Physics, and the Panels.
Jim became certified in 1966. He served on the Comprehensive Certification Panel of Examiners from 1987 to 1992 and he was elected President of the American Academy of Health Physics for 1993. Jim's service on the Panel is recalled as superb. He was one of the Panel's most knowledgeable and helpful members. He was a prolific contributor to the question pool and the source of guidance for many panel members. He was a real gentleman who never made you feel that he was your technical superior, but certainly was and every one on the Panel knew it. During his tenure as president-elect and president of the AAHP, he led the effort to develop a draft Vision Statement for the AAHP. This Vision Statement was published in the December 1992 HP Newsletter and formed the basis for the development of the AAHP Long Range Strategic Plan. Jim also facilitated the transition of the ABHP from a separate corporation into an arm of the AAHP. During this period the AAHP approved the ABHP Policy Manual and gained responsibility for the funds formally held by the ABHP.
Jim has been associated with the radiation protection field from nearly the beginning of his career. He received an A.B. in physics from Emory University in 1951. He continued his education with an M.S. in industrial hygiene from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the University of Gottingen, Germany, for one year as a Fulbright-Scholar (1953-1954). Finally, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1956.
Jim's first job was as a teacher at Yale University from 1956 to 1958. The official title was Instructor of Physics. He then moved to working with the Atomic Energy Commission in Headquarters from 1958 to 1962 as a radiological physicist. In 1962, he moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he subsequently held a number of positions, starting in the old Health Physics Division. He became Associate Division Director from 1974-1977, before returning full-time into research. He was named a Corporate Research Fellow at ORNL in 1988. He retired from ORNL four years ago.
In 1978, Jim was President of the East Tennessee Chapter, Health Physics Society. This chapter presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. As a member of the Health Physics Society, Jim was elected to be a member of the Board of Directors from 1980 to 1983. The Society in 1988 honored his commitments in the area of health physics by making him a Health Physics Society Fellow and then in 1992 honored him again with the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award.
Jim has served as a researcher in the field of interaction of radiation with matter, early physical/chemical events in irradiated liquid water, atomic and molecular interactions, and interaction of metal ions with nucleic acids and proteins (chemical dosimetry). Jim and his family spent a year during 1969 and 1970 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. There, as a visiting scientist, he carried out research on the use of negative pions for radiotherapy. He was a World Health Organization Consultant for two months, teaching health physics at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Bombay, India, in 1967 and again in 1973. In 1978 and 1979, he was a consultant to the Institute of Nuclear Energy, Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his employment days and since retirement, he has also spent extended periods as a visiting scientist at the GSF-Institut fur Strahlenschutz, Neuherberg, Germany. As a result of all his research and teaching activities, Jim has been the author/co-author of over 250 open literature publications in the area of radiation physics and dosimetry and the chemical toxicity of metal ions. He has written or co-authored three textbooks on radiation physics and health physics, one of which is recommended reading for candidates preparing to take the Certification Exam (Atoms, Radiation and Radiation Protection, Turner, J. E., New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1995). Jim was also K. Z. Morgan's co-editor of Principles of Radiation Protection.
In addition to all these research and publishing activities, he has been an active participant in many national and international organizations. From 1962 to 1965, Jim was a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection Task Group on High-Energy Dosimetry. From 1963 to 1965, he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)-National Research Council (NRC) Subcommittee on Penetration of Charged Particles. From 1977 to 1984, he was a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. From 1980 to 1984, he was a member of the committee that prepared ICRU Report 37 on Stopping Powers for Electrons and Positrons. And, from 1988 to 1992, he was a member of the NAS-NRC Committee on Dosimetry for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) (1988-1992). Jim and colleagues at ORNL hold a patent, Ionizing Radiation Detector System, that was granted in June 1990.
As stated earlier, Jim's first job was as a teacher. In reality, he never quit teaching. He just changed where and how he did it. Many students across the country perhaps know him from his textbooks, review articles, or PEP courses given over the years at the HPS annual meetings. For those fortunate enough to live in East Tennessee, you may have actually had the privilege of being in a class taught by Jim in the University of Tennessee Evening School, where he is still an adjunct professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. This past semester he taught a graduate course, Contemporary Health Physics, Preparation for the ABHP Part II Exam.
Because communicating the principles of radiation protection, radiation detection, and health physics is so important to Jim, he made a significant contribution in the area of the published word. Jim was one of the editors of the Health Physics Journal from 1974 to 1979. He was an Associate Editor of Radiation Research from 1980 to 1983 and again from 1991 to 1995. He is presently on the Editorial Boards of two other journals: Radiation Measurements and Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. Despite Jim's brilliance and notoriety, Jim has remained a down-to-earth and approachable individual.
Finally, in his spare time, for 45 years Jim has been the husband of Renate Turner, whom he met when he was a Fulbright student in Germany. They have three children.
Today, the American Board of Health Physics would like to recognize his many distinctive accomplishments and contributions to the certification process. I take great pride and privilege in presenting the 2000 William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award to James E. Turner.
Robert P. Miltenberger, Vice Chair ABHP
1999 WILLIAM A. McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to BRYCE L. RICH at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 27 - July 1, 1999
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The American Board of Health Physics is proud to present the William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award to Bryce L. Rich. This award is given annually to a certified health physicist who has made significant contributions toward the advancement of professionalism in health physics and to the health physics certification process. The strength of the certification process relies on the professional strengths and leadership of the people who serve on the Academy, Board, and Panels. Bryce has made significant contributions in the service of all three.
Bryce became a certified health physicist in 1961 and soon afterwards became extremely active in the certification process. He was selected to serve on the Panel of Examiners in 1965 and served as Chair of the Panel during the period 1969 through 1973. Those of us who have held a Panel Chair position know that we barely survive the current one-year tenure. We cannot even begin to imagine that someone had the sheer physical stamina to hold this job for three consecutive years, but Bryce did exactly that. One year after leaving the Panel Chair position, Bryce was elected to the American Board of Health Physics. He was elected the Board's Secretary/Treasurer during 1974-1975 and the Board Chairman in 1976. Bryce served as the Board Chair for three consecutive years (1976-1978).
Bryce's commitment to professional certification was not just limited to the ABHP. Because of his tried and proven management of the ABHP certification process, in 1982 Bryce was asked to serve on the Formation Board for the fledgling National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT).
By 1982, the size and maturity of the certification program had prompted the ABHP to encourage greater participation by the growing body of CHPs. A new organization was proposed and its charter was defined and developed over the next three years, to a very large extent through Bryce's leadership and hard work. This organization's charter was to provide CHPs with more of a voice in the selection of Board Members and in the ongoing certification process. In 1986 this new organization, the American Academy of Health Physics, was in its inaugural year and it needed proven leadership and wisdom to ensure a successful premier. Without hesitation, the prevailing leadership of the time turned to the one leader who had given so much of his time, energy, and expertise to the certification process, and who also understood that the certification process serves the CHP, not the process itself. Bryce Rich was that leader; the first (Pro-Tem) President of the American Academy of Health Physics.
At the national level, Bryce is a Charter Member of the Health Physics Society and has held the following national HPS offices: Standards Committee Chairman (1978-82); Board of Directors (1982-1985); President-Elect (1982-83), President (1983-84), and Past-President (1 984 - 85); Awards Committee Chairman (1985-86); President Emeritus Committee Chairman (1989-90); HPS Fellow (1986); and HPS Chapter President for Eastern Idaho (1960) and Northern California (1972).
Bryce's accomplishments in so many areas of health physics are equally impressive and worthy of mention. His career spans more than 45 years of professional experience in such diverse areas of practice as enriched fuel processing, safety management, high-level waste management, R&D reactor operations, analytical processing and analysis, fuel storage, defense programs, and decontamination/decommissioning.
In 1953, Bryce graduated from Idaho State University with a double major of physics and mathematics. In 1954 he completed a one-year AEC fellowship in Radiation Safety at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the tutelage of Karl Morgan, Elda Anderson, and Myron Fair. From 1954-1959 he worked at Idaho Falls National Laboratory Chemical Processing Plant as a health physics supervisor. From 1959-1963 he was the Chief of Health Physics at the INEL Engineering Test Reactor.
In 1963, he moved on to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Camp Mercury, Nevada Test Site, where he was the Health & Safety Group Leader. In this capacity, he provided significant analytical improvements in the detection of weapon test releases and in the site's sampling and analysis capabilities during the very crucial time when weapons testing went underground. In 1966 he transferred to Livermore, California, as Health Physics Group Support Leader where he supervised areas of radiation safety, industrial hygiene, high explosive and fire safety, that supported priority national initiatives such as Weapons Testing, Tritium Processing, and Natural Gas Stimulation in the West. In 1973, while still employed by LLNL, Bryce was transferred to Washington, DC, for one year as Technical Coordinator for a group of 20 prominent senior scientists on loan to the NRC to process the overwhelming licensing work load created by the “booming” commercial power reactor industry.
Late in 1973, he returned to Idaho Falls National Laboratory in a contractor position as Health Physics Supervisor where he became a widely-recognized expert in beta dosimetry, chairing an international symposium in beta dosimetry, and providing expert technical support to HQ DOE, NRC, EPRI, ASTM, and numerous other national and international agencies, expert panels, and consensus committees. In support of the NRC, he served on various expert groups during the aftermath of the Three Mile Island accident. From 1980 to 1992, Bryce was Manager and Technical Director for radiological support for EG&G Idaho, INEL where he frequently interfaced with DOE, NRC, OECD, NCRP, ASTM, and ANSI. In the mid 1980's, he chaired the working group that developed the Uranium Manual of Good Practices.
In 1992, Bryce became DOE'S Radiological Safety Director and Principle Scientist for Radiation Safety for INEL, Mound Facility, Rocky Flats, and NTS. Today, Bryce is a widely-respected and highly-sought radiation safety consultant to government and government contractor programs throughout the DOE complex.
Bryce's leadership and professionalism in the early years of the ABHP and AAHP contributed immensely to the continued growth and national recognition of the CHP credentials and the practice of health physics. Today, we honor and recognize his many singularly distinctive accomplishments and contributions. I take great pride and privilege in presenting the 1999 William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award to Bryce L. Rich.
Edward F. Maher, Vice Chair ABHP
1998 WILLIAM McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to DALE H. DENHAM at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 12-16, 1998
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The American Board of Health Physics is proud to present the William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award to Dale H. Denham. This award is given annually to a certified health physicist who has made significant contributions towards the advancement of professionalism in health physics and to the health physics certification process. The strength of the certification process relies on the professional strengths of the people who serve on the Board and Panels and on the clarity and consistency of its documentation. Dale has made significant contributions in each of these key areas.
Regarding documentation, we, as health physicists, have come to understand that in the eyes of the regulator, we are only as good as the records we keep. Dale applied this principle to the American Board of Health Physics, as he was the person who formatted and compiled the various memos, motions, minutes, and mechanics of the Panels of Examiners into the Board's Examination Panel Procedures Manual in 1985. This document implements the Board's Policy Manual and delineates how the examination is to be constructed to reflect the specifications of the professional practice of health physics. Dale also implemented the Board's direction and coordinated the development of the first serial multiple choice questions appearing on Part II of the comprehensive examination. Dale's legacy has recently paid dividends in that the Board's Procedures Manual was a key element in the recent application for accreditation of the professional certification in health physics by the Council of Engineering Scientific and Specialty Boards.
Dale actually began his service to the certification process in 1983, when he was appointed to the Comprehensive Panel of Examiners. That was during the time when there was also a Power Reactor Panel of Examiners, and the Part I examination was in the capable hands of Richard Bowers, 1991 recipient of the McAdams Award. Dale served as Vice-chairman in 1985 and as Chairman of the Comprehensive Panel of Examiners in 1986. Prior to Dale's tenure as Chair of the Comprehensive Panel of Examiners, each question on the Part II examinations was graded by only one person. Under Dale's gentle leadership, the Board recognized the inherent difficulty in assuring fairness with only one grader. In 1985, he helped coordinate the first multiple grading of Part II examinations, using a group of peers to review each candidate's response to each Part II examination question. Following Dale's lead, the concept of multiple graders for each question became a Board policy and grew from his original three to five, and now we are back to having three graders for each non-multiple choice question. Dale's legacy lives on.
Having "graduated" from the Panel of Examiners, he also served on the American Board of Health Physics during some of the formative years of the Academy, serving well as a member (1987) and in the offices of Parliamentarian (1988-1989) and Vice-Chairman (1990-1991). Dale has also served on Part I question development and validation panels. In more recent years, Dale has shared his wealth of professional experience, training, and knowledge of the examination process with others seeking certification in the practice of health physics. He has served as an instructor for examination preparation refresher courses offered by the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society and for those courses offered by the Washington State University-Tri-Cities campus. From 1995 through 1996, he coordinated the examination preparation refresher courses for Washington State University-Tri-Cities.
Dale has a wealth of experience and training that he gladly and willingly shares with those seeking self-improvement. He started his career in health physics ably armed with a double major in mathematics and physics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 1960. He then went north as an AEC Health Physics Fellow at the University of Washington and Hanford Atomic Products Operation, receiving his M.S. degree in Radiological Sciences as part of the first class of such graduates from the University of Washington in 1962. Dale then proceeded south to Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (now Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) where he provided health physics support for tritium, plutonium, and TRU facilities. It was at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory that he met his first office partner, Ron Kathren (current President of the American Academy of Health Physics and former President of the Health Physics Society).
Seeking to be back in the northwest, Dale moved north once more, this time joining Battelle's Pacific Northwest Laboratory, where he gained valuable experience in environmental monitoring and reporting. Dale then moved east to Radiation Management Corporation where he applied his environmental experience to managing the environmental monitoring programs for several nuclear power plants.
Yet, Dale's roots were in the west. So he came back to Lawrence Radiation Laboratory as Supervisor of Radiological Assessments and eventually back to Hanford where he again worked for Battelle adding the broad areas of risk assessment, emergency response, and operational health physics to his growing list of capabilities.
He is now Manager of Radiological Measurements and Environmental Support for Bechtel Hanford, Inc., where he has developed the company's Price Anderson Amendments Act procedure for evaluating potential radiological noncompliances, as well as a simplified procedure for reporting radiological occurrences.
Dale's accomplishments are many and varied. The American Board of Health Physics certified him in the comprehensive practice of health physics in 1969. In addition to his contributions to the American Board of Health Physics and American Academy of Health Physics, he has written more than a dozen articles published in Health Physics and has contributed to over 75 technical reports on topics related to health physics. He has also made oral presentations at more than 50 national or international meetings. His professional contributions also include participation on the ANSI Standards Committee that formalized the Fissile Material symbol, development of the first Battelle Criticality Safety Manual, and participation on ASTM and NCRP subcommittees developing decommissioning guidance.
In 1990, he was named a Fellow of the Health Physics Society. More recently, in 1997, he received the Herbert M. Parker Award presented annually by the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society. That award "recognizes individuals who have made accomplishments of fundamental importance to the practice, acceptance and advancement of the health physics profession or have performed exceptional service to the Health Physics Society." That award is named for Herb Parker, whose pioneering spirit led the development of Hanford's first radiation protection program.
Today's award is named for William A. McAdams, whose leadership, energy, and vision helped make Certification by the American Board of Health Physics possible. Today Certification by the American Board of Health Physics is one of the more respected professional certifications presently available. By his hard work, energy, and stamina, Dale H. Denham has carried out the vision of Bill McAdams and significantly contributed to the advancement of professionalism and the certification process. Congratulations Dale!
Nancy P. Kirner, Vice Chair ABHP
1997 WILLIAM McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to ROBERT MARTIN RYAN by the American Board of Health Physics at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Sun Antonio, Texas, June 29 - July 3, 1997
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The American Board of Health Physics is pleased to honor Robert Martin Ryan, CHP, as the 1997 recipient of the William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award. This award is given annually to a Certified Health Physicist who has made significant contribution toward the advancement of professionalism in health physics and to the certification program of the American Board of Health Physics.
Following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1957, Bob began his career in health physics with a Fellowship from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to study at the University of Rochester and Brookhaven National Laboratory. After this initial training, Bob joined the Naval Reactors program at the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, as a health physics engineer. There he worked on the design and construction of USS Long Beach and USS Bainbridge.
In 1960, Bob joined Alco Products in Schnectady where he participated in the development of the SM-1, SM-lA, and PM-2A military reactors. His duties as health physics engineer there included a seven-month assignment at Camp Century in Greenland for startup testing of the PM-2A reactor.
In 1962, as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Bob participated in Operation Domenic at Christmas Island. During this operation, he participated in environmental sampling of weapons debris and laboratory analysis of environmental samples. He attained the rank of Commander. Later that year, he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Director of the Office of Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. There he was responsible for a health physics program that included a 100 MeV linear accelerator, critical reactor facility, x-ray diffraction and fluorescence laboratories and numerous radioactive materials laboratories. In addition, Bob serves or has served on the radiation safety committees of three teaching and research hospitals in the Albany, New York, area, the General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center, and with NES, Inc.
During his 32 years in academia, Bob developed several courses in radiological engineering, medical health physics, and the environmental impact of nuclear power plant operations. He has introduced over 1000 students to the basic principles of health physics and has inspired many to pursue the field in greater depth. He has advised dozens of students in research leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees at Rensselaer. Bob has conducted courses to train physicians in the physics of radiology, the media in the technology of nuclear power, and numerous researchers in the safe use of radioactive material.
Bob's research interests include personnel dosimetry and the environmental impact of nuclear power plants. He has performed numerous measurements of neutron spectra at pressurized and boiling water reactors in addition to turbine skyshine measurements at a boiling water reactor. He worked closely with health physicists in industry to identify meaningful research projects for his students. Some of these research projects directly led to employment opportunities for his students.
Throughout his career Bob has recognized and emphasized the importance of professional development and certification. He became a diplomat of the American Board of Health Physics in 1968 and has maintained certification for the past 29 years. In the early 1980's Bob worked closely with Dick Bowers and Joe Sayeg on the ad hoc committee to develop the current Part I examination bank. After this, Bob served two terms on the Part II Comprehensive Panel of Examiners. In 1984 he organized a review course to prepare power reactor health physicists in central New York for the certification examination resulting in seven successful candidates.
His public service includes many valuable contributions to public education, particularly in the areas of emergency preparedness for nuclear power plants and radioactive waste disposal. Bob has served on several advisory panels to New York State agencies. During the January 1982 Site Area Emergency at the Ginna Plant in Rochester, New York, Bob provided calm factual commentary to the local news media. This commentary greatly helped public understanding and eased concern about the event. With the passage of the Low Level Waste Policy Act, Bob became active in efforts to site a low-level waste disposal facility in New York State. Through numerous public hearings and meetings he continued to provide a balanced perspective on radiation risks and the beneficial uses of radioactive material.
Bob became a plenary member of the Health Physics Society in 1959. He served on a number of committees including the Academic Education Committee. He is a charter member of the Northeastern New York Chapter and served as Secretary, President-Elect and President. He served as the program chair for the 1976 Mid-Year Meeting and as a member of the program committee for the 1994 Mid-Year Meeting. In 1991, Bob was inducted into the Fellow class in recognition of his contributions to the Health Physics Society and the health physics profession. Today, we recognize these same contributions and accomplishments with the William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award.
George J. Vargo, Vice Chair ABHP
1996 WILLIAM McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to FRAZIER L. BRONSON at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Seattle, Washington, July 21-25, 1996
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The William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award is presented each year by the American Board of Health Physics. Our purpose is to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of professionalism and health physics certification. This award is named for the man who exercised strong and dedicated efforts to identify the need, define the concept, organize the body, obtain the charter, and implement the initial certification program.
The Award was established in 1989 in honor of one of the Board's founders, William McAdams. William McAdams provided leadership, energy, and vision to the Board during its formation. He was a member of the 1958 Certification Committee formed by the Health Physics society to investigate the need for a Board. He then served as the Chair of the inaugural Board when it was formed in October 1959. Today's recipient, as have past recipients of the Award has made similar noteworthy and significant contributions to the advancement of our profession and health physics certification.
The award was first presented in 1989 on the 30th anniversary of the ABHP. The seven previous recipients of the William McAdams Outstanding Service Award are:
Jack Healy - 1989
Today, I am very pleased to announce that Frazier L. Bronson is the recipient of the eighth William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award. In making this award, the Board recognizes Frazier Bronson for his continuing and dedicated efforts in advancing the profession of health physics through certification. Frazier's contributions to health physics certification include leadership through the period when a number of refinements to the process of developing the certification examination were proposed and implemented.
Frazier received his certification in health physics in 1973. Prior to becoming certified, he participated as an instructor in instrumentation for the Baltimore-Washington Chapter's ABHP Certification Exam Preparation course from 1968 to 1974. He also co-developed, co-directed, and taught a portion of the Delaware Valley Chapter's 20-week ABHP Certification Exam Preparation Course in 1973 and 1974. Frazier served on the original panel of the Continuing Education committee from 1977 to 1979; he also participated in the first ABHPO Role Delineation process. From 1985 to 1989, Frazier served as a Board Member of the ABHP, including two years as Secretary-Treasurer (1986-1987) and two years as Chair (1988-1989).
During Frazier's tenure on the board several important processes were developed and initiated to improve the quality and consistency of the certification exam. The following list contains many of these improvements:
Frazier's closing comment on his ABHP tenure is indicative of his outlook, "Had a great time and worked with some really neat people."
Frazier has also compiled an impressive collection of accomplishments in job-related activities. He is currently Vice President, Applied Systems Development, Marketing Department at Canberra Nuclear. In this capacity he is responsible for technical development and marketing of applied spectroscopy products. Included are in-vivo counting hardware and software, low-level waste assay systems, in-situ gamma spectroscopy environmental assay units, dosimetry calculation software, mobile laboratories, and a wide variety of other products for specialized customer applications.
He has also served as HPS Representative to the ANSI N13 Full Committee (Radiation Protection) from 1967 to 1993. He has been a member of the ANSI N13.30 Working Group (Performance Criteria for Radiobioassay) from 1984 to the present time.
If you need to know anything about past operation of the ABHP, please consult the hallmark paper by Frazier, "The American Board of Health Physics: The First 35 Years," Health Physics 67:454-470, 1994.
Frazier exemplifies the professional ism and dedication to health physics and its practice. In appreciation and recognition of Frazier's many signification contributions to health physics certification and to the advancement of our profession, we take great pride in presenting the William McAdams Outstanding Service Award to him today.
Roger C. Brown, Chair ABHP Awards Committee, 1996 Vice Chair, ABHP
1995 WILLIAM McADAMS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Presented to WILLIAM R. CASEY at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Boston, Massachusetts, July 23-27, 1995
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The William McAdams Outstanding Service Award is presented each year by the American Board of Health Physics to recognize those individuals who have made important contributions to advancing the profession of health physics by encouraging its study through the certification process. The Award was established in 1989 in honor of one of the Board's founders, William McAdams. William McAdams provided leadership, energy, and vision to the Board during its formation. He was a member of the 1958 Certification Committee formed by the Health Physics Society to investigate the need for a Board. He then served as the Chair of the temporary ABHP formed in November, 1948, and as the first Chair of the inaugural board when it was formed in October, 1959. Today's recipient, and past recipients of the Award, have made similar noteworthy and significant contributions to the advancement of our profession and the certification process.
The Award was first presented in 1989 on the 30th anniversary of the ABHP. The six health physicists who have received the William McAdams Award are Jack Healy, 1989; H. Wade Patterson, 1990; Richard Bowers, 1991; Les Slaback, 1992; Ken Skrable, 1993, and Lee Booth, 1994.
Today I am very pleased to announce that William R. Casey is the recipient of the seventh William McAdams Outstanding Service Award. In making this award, the Board recognizes Bob Casey for this continuing and dedicated efforts in advancing the profession of health physics through certification. Bob's contributions to the certification process have a close parallel to those of William McAdams, as Bob provided dedicated and visionary leadership in another important formative period which led to the establishment of the American Academy of Health Physics.
Bob became a certified health physicist in 1974. He became active in the certification process shortly afterwards, joining the Comprehensive Panel of Examiners in 1976, and becoming Chair of that Panel in 1981. After completing his tenure with the Panel, he became a member of the Board, and served on the Board from 1982-1986. He was Chairman of the Board in 1986, having served as Vice Chair in 1985 and as the Board's first Parliamentarian in 1984. He was a member of the Board during a very significant time in its history, when the American Academy of Health Physics was being formed and when the roles and responsibilities of the two organizations were being defined. Bob was Chair of the Steering Committee for the formation of the AAHP in 1985 and 1986.
Bob continues to be very active in the certification process. He became President-Elect of the American Academy of Health Physics in 1993, served as President in 1994, and is currently Past President of the Academy. As President of the Academy, he was very instrumental in the successful final merging of the ABHP and AAHP.
Bob's accomplishments in other areas of health physics are equally impressive. He is currently the director of the environment, safety and health division at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has served on several NCRP committees, ANSI Working Groups, and DOE, NRC, and EPA advisory panels. His professional interests include operational health physics, especially accelerator health physics and emergency planning. Bob was a member of the Working Group which wrote the "Health Physics Manual of Good Practices for Accelerator Facilities," and was a member of the DOE Advisory Panel on Accelerator Radiation Safety. He has been a lecturer for a short course at Harvard University on planning for Nuclear Emergencies.
Bob is a leader in his professionalism and dedication to health physics and its practice. In appreciation and recognition of Bob's many signification contributions to the certification process and to the advancement of our profession, we take great pride in presenting him today with the William McAdams Outstanding Service Award.
Tom Buhl, Vice Chair ABHP