President’s Annual Message

                                          2018 Year in Review

As I write this message in 2019, we are preparing to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) at our 55th Annual Meeting. With excitement and anticipation for the challenging year ahead, it is my duty to provide the President’s Message for the NCRP 2018 Annual Report. It is an honor for me to pick up the reins of the NCRP Presidency from Dr. John D. Boice, Jr., who has so ably led this great organization for the past seven years. Dr. Boice stepped down from the Presidency on December 31, 2018, but, thankfully, he remains very active at NCRP as Director of Science, with special emphasis on the Million Person Study (MPS).

As Dr. Boice has frequently stressed, NCRP is YOUR National Council. We strive to be responsive in radiation protection matters related to all of our stakeholders — federal agencies, Congress, the public, and, of course, Council members, program area committee (PAC) members, and scientific committees (SC). I welcome hearing from you about how we can better serve you and the nation as a whole.

As I look forward to 2019, I am proud to also reflect back and herein report on the many accomplishments of NCRP in 2018. NCRP Publications completed:

  • NCRP Commentary No. 27, Implications of Recent Epidemiologic Studies for the Linear-Nonthreshold Model and Radiation Protection, prepared by SC 1-25 (Chair: Roy E. Shore; Co-Chair: Lawrence T. Dauer), was published in April 2018 and since publication has been cited regularly to explain the use of linear-nonthreshold (LNT) for protection of a population. Its preparation was supported by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
  • NCRP Report No. 181, Evaluation of the Relative Effectiveness of Low-Energy Photons and Electrons in Inducing Cancer in Humans, prepared by SC 1-20 (Chair: Steven L. Simon), was published in May 2018. Preparation of this timely evaluation of the biological effectiveness of lower-energy radiations was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • NCRP Report No. 178, Deriving Organ Doses and their Uncertainty for Epidemiologic Studies (with a Focus on the One Million U.S. Workers and Veterans Study of Low-Dose Radiation Health Effects), was published in November 2018. This comprehensive tome prepared by SC 6-9 (Chair: André Bouville; Co-Chair: Richard E. Toohey) recognized that high-quality dosimetry is critical to all radiation sciences. Impressively, this Report was supported by 11 federal agencies, as well as 11 other national laboratory, academic/research institutions, and private-sector collaborators.
  • NCRP Report No. 180, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018), was skillfully prepared by Council Committee (CC) 1 (Co-Chairs: Kenneth R. Kase and Donald A. Cool). The late December publication of this outstanding report was a major accomplishment and provides an expanded look at radiation protection recommendations for the United States, replacing the classic NCRP Report No. 116 (1993). Report No. 180 goes well beyond the 2007 recommendations from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). This Report is the new standard of radiation protection recommendations for the United States and was made possible by financial support from the NRC and CDC.
  • Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the NCRP, held in March 2017, with the theme “Assessment of National Efforts in Emergency Preparedness for Nuclear Terrorism: Is There a Need for Realignment to Close Remaining Gaps?” was published in the February 2018 issue of Health Physics [Health Phys 114(2):109–231, 2018].
  • Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of NCRP, held in March 2018, on “Radiation Protection Responsibility in Medicine” was published in the February 2019 issue of Health Physics [Health Phys 116(2):111–294, 2019].

Committees at work:

  • CC 2, Meeting the Needs of the Nation for Radiation Protection (Chair: Wayne D. Newhauser; Co-Chair: Jacqueline P. Williams), is expanding on our “Where are the Radiation Professionals (WARP)?” initiative, NCRP Statement No. 12 (2015). The Committee writing teams, covering all facets of the radiation sciences, have made substantial progress, with a final draft commentary expected for review by PACs and subject matter experts soon.
  • SC 1-24P2, Radiation Exposures in Space and the Potential for Central Nervous System Effects (Phase II) (Chair: Leslie A. Braby; Vice Chair: Jacob Raber), has completed a report that is undergoing final review in the NCRP office, then formatting, before publication. This critical look at the potential impacts of space radiation on cognitive and behavioral functions in astronauts would not have been possible with the financial support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • SC 1-26, Approaches for Integrating Radiation Biology and Epidemiology for Enhancing Low-Dose Risk Assessment (Chair: R. Julian Preston; Co-Chair: Werner Rühm), is making steady progress and is planning to send a draft report to PAC 1 and subject matter experts (SME) for review soon. This is a CDC funded activity. SC 2-7, NCRP Report No. 182, Radiation Safety of Sealed Radioactive Sources (Chair: Kathryn H. Pryor), has been prepared and is in final editing stages for publication, to be sent to the printer shortly. SC 2-8, Operational Radiation Safety Program (Chair: Kathryn H. Pryor), is updating NCRP Report No. 127 (1998) with the intent of providing guidance to individuals with responsibility for establishing and implementing operational radiation safety programs.
  • SC 3-1P2, NCRP Commentary No. 28, Implementation of Guidance for Emergency Responder Dosimetry (Co-Chairs: Stephen V. Musolino and Adela Salame-Alfie), is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded guide for “boots-on-the-ground dosimetry” in the event of a radiological/nuclear incident. It is in the final editorial process before publishing.
  • SC 4-5, NCRP Report No. 177, Radiation Protection in Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging (Co-Chairs: Alan G. Lurie and Mel L. Kantor), is currently being revised and edited for publication after having completed Council review.
  • SC 4-7, Evaluating and Communicating Radiation Risks for Studies Involving Human Subjects: Guidance for Researchers and Institutional Review Boards (Chair: Julie E.K. Timins), report is in final revision stages after having completed Council review.
  • SC 4-8, Improving Patient Dose Utilization in Computed Tomography (Chair: Mannudeep K.S. Kalra; Co-Chair: Edwin M. Leidholdt, Jr.), commentary has completed several draft versions and initial PAC review should begin shortly.
  • SC 4-9, Medical Exposure of Patients in the United States (Chair: Fred A. Mettler, Jr.; Co-Chair: Mahadevappa Mahesh), report evaluates changes in medical radiation exposure to patients since NCRP Report No. 160 (2009). The CDC-sponsored report has completed the Council review process and should start the formatting, final review, and staff editing stages soon.
  • SC 4-10, NCRP statement on Error Prevention in Radiation Therapy (Chair: Steven G. Sutlief), is being prepared and should be ready for initial PAC review later in 2019.
  • SC 4-11, statement on Gonadal Shielding During Abdominal and Pelvic Radiography (Chair: Donald P. Frush; Co-Chair: Keith J. Strauss), will be a succinct recommendation that should be available for PAC review soon, then is expected to progress on an accelerated schedule.
  • SC 5-2, Radiation Protection for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM) from Oil and Gas Recovery (Chair: William E. Kennedy, Jr.). This CDC-funded commentary has been through PAC and SME review and is being revised in preparation for Council review.
  • SC 6-11, Dosimetry Guidance for Medical Radiation Workers with a Focus on Lung Dose Reconstruction (Co-Chairs: R. Crag Yoder and Lawrence T. Dauer), will prepare a commentary evaluating dosimetry in a large cohort of medical radiation workers, an effort of critical relevance for the NASA-funded SC 1-27 activity described below.
  • SC 6-12, in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded effort, has undertaken the project Development of Models for Brain Dosimetry for Internally Deposited Radionuclides (Chair: Richard Leggett; Vice Chair; Sergey Y. Tolmachev) as part of the MPS. This work may also be applicable to concerns of NASA with regards to high-LET radiation effects on the central nervous system.

Scientific committees to start soon:

  • SC 1-27, Evaluation of Sex-Specific Differences in Lung Cancer Radiation Risks and Recommendations for Use in Transfer Models (Chair: Michael M. Weil), is a NASA-funded initiative of great relevance to astronauts on long-duration missions beyond low-Earth orbit.
  • SC 6-10, Occupational Doses of Pilots and Aircrew, a CDC-funded initiative, is being planned.

Members, particularly chairs, of SCs are encouraged to write and submit papers to peer-reviewed journals describing findings from NCRP committee work. In addition to papers published in the meeting proceedings in Health Physics, in 2018 such papers included:

  • Dauer LT, Bouville A, Toohey RE, Boice JD Jr, Beck HL, Eckerman KF, Hagemeyer D, Leggett RW, Mumma MT, Napier B, et al. Dosimetry and uncertainty approaches for the million-worker study of radiation workers and veterans: overview of the recommendations in NCRP Report No. 178. Int J Rad Biol. Nov 19, 2018. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Shore RE, Beck HL, Boice JD, Caffrey EA, Davis S, Grogan HA, Mettler FA Jr, Preston RJ, Till JE, Wakeford R, et al. Implications of recent epidemiologic studies for the linear nonthreshold model and radiation protection. J Radiol Prot. 38:1217–1233, 2018.

Other NCRP-related publications in 2018 included:

  • Boice JD Jr, Kronenberg A, Ullrich RL. In memoriam. R.J. (Michael Fry), M.D. 1925–2017. Radiat Res 189:1–4, 2018.
  • Boice JD Jr, Ellis ED, Golden AP Girardi DJ, Cohen SS, Chen H, Mumma MT, Shore RE, Leggett RW. The past informs the future: an overview of the Million Worker Study and the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works Cohort. Health Phys 114:381–385, 2018.
  • Boice JD Jr. Response to letter to the editor by Mortazavi et al. (re: Space the final frontier: research relevant to Mars). Health Phys 114:346, 2018.
  • Boice JD Jr. (Translation by Yasuhito S, Yoshisada S, Kazuo S.) 放射線防護に用いられる直線しきい値なし(LNT)モデル: NCRP 最新知見(総説)Isotope News 2018年 4 月号No. 756, Available at: V2.pdf.
  • Boice JD Jr, Leggett RW, Eckerman KF, Tolmachev SY, Woloschak GE, Golden AP, Ellis ED. Response to Mortazavi et al. on Detecting bone-seeking radionuclides in brain tissue. Health Phys 115:389–390, 2018.
  • Cohen SS, Mumma MT, Ellis ED, Boice JD Jr. 2019. Validating the use of census data on education as a measure of socioeconomic status in an occupational cohort. Int J Rad Biol. 19 Nov 2018. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ellis ED, Boice JD Jr, Golden AP, Girardi DJ, Cohen SS, Mumma MT, Shore RE. Leggett RW, Kerr G. Dosimetry is key to good epidemiology: workers at Mallinckrodt Chemical Works had seven different source exposures. Health Phys 114:386–397, 2018.
  • Golden AP, Cohen SS, Chen H, Ellis ED, Boice JD Jr. Evaluation of statistical modeling approaches for epidemiologic studies of low-dose radiation health effects. Int J Radiat Biol. 30 Nov 2018 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Hagemeyer D, Nichols G, Mumma MT, Boice JD Jr, Brock TA. 50 years of the Radiation Exposure Information and Reporting System and importance to the Million Person Study. Int J Radiat Biol. 25 Oct 2018 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Leggett RW, Tolmachev SY, Boice JD Jr. 2019. Potential improvements in brain dose estimates for internal emitters. Int J Rad Biol. 4 Dec 2018 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Mumma MT, Cohen SS, Sirko JL, Ellis ED, Boice JD Jr. Obtaining vital status and cause of death on a million persons. Int J Radiat Biol. 9 Nov 2018 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Yoder RC, Dauer L, Balter S, Boice JD Jr, Grogan H, Mumma M, Passmore CN, Rothenberg LN, Vetter RJ. Dosimetry for the study of medical radiation workers with a focus on the mean absorbed dose to the lung, brain and other organs. Int J Radiat Biol. 19 Nov 2018 [Epub ahead of print].

The work of NCRP is presented at various venues by the officers and chairs/members of PACs and SCs. Presentations of NCRP work in 2018 included:

  • John D. Boice, “The Million Person Study – Research Relevant to Mars Focusing on CNS Effects.” 2018 NASA Human Research Investigators’ Workshop; The Gateway to Mars. Galveston Texas, 22–25 Jan 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “Radiation Epidemiology — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webinar presented by the National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, Emergency Management, Radiation and Chemical Branch. Atlanta, Georgia, 28 Feb 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “Military Relationships with the NCRP” — a series of five presentations. Ionizing Radiation Working Group Meeting of the Department of Defense, Falls Church, Virginia, 15 Mar 2018.
  • John D. Boice “The Once and Future NCRP.” Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 11 May 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “The Million Person Study – States and Space.” 50th Annual Conference on Radiation Control, Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. Charleston, South Carolina, 23 May 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “Michael Fry and Radiation Epidemiology Mice to Men and NCRP and Prevention.” A Tribute and Celebration – Michael Fry’s Impact on Radiation Research at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society, Chicago, Illinois, 24 Sept 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “Million Person Study of Low-Dose Health Effects – Focus on DOE Workers and Space.” DOE symposium on International and Domestic Health Studies among Radiation-Exposed at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society, Chicago, Illinois, 25 Sept 2018.
  • John D. Boice, “Your Once and Future NCRP.” Division of Radiological Health – Journal Club, Centers of Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, White Oak, Maryland, 14 Nov 2018.
  • Brooke Buddemeier, “Guidance for Emergency Response Dosimetry,” presentation given to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Urban Search and Rescue Response System (US&R) Advisory Meeting, College Station, Texas, 13-14 Dec 2018.
  • Donald A. Cool, “NCRP Report 180 – Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018)” presentation to Canadian Radiation Protection Association Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, May 2018.
  • Donald A. Cool, “Work of ICRP and NCRP Towards New Recommendations,” presented at CRCPD Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2018.
  • Donald A. Cool, “NCRP Report 180 – Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018),” presentation at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, July 2018.
  • Donald A. Cool, “Translating Science to Recommendations: NCRP Council Committee 1,” presented at the HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, July 2018.
  • Donald A. Cool, “NCRP Report 180 – Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018),” presented at the Nuclear Energy Institute Radiation Protection Forum, Naples, Florida, July 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, series of four lectures on Radiation Biology for Radiation Oncology, presented at Hospital de Amor, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held for John D. Boice and Roy Shore, “Radiation Epidemiology and Low Dose Health Effects,” presented at the AAHP Special Session at the HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, July 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, “Radiation Protection and Your National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP),” presented at the Mid-Atlantic States Radiation Conference, Cockeysville, Maryland, Sept 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, “National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP),” presented at the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements/International Commission on Radiological Protection Joint Session, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, “Thoughts from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP),” presented at the International Commission on Radiological Protection Special Liaison Organizations Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, “Roles of Hypofractionation and High-LET in Efficacy of Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy,” invited lecture presented at International Particle Medicine Research Symposium, Takasaki, Japan, Oct 2018.
  • Kathryn D. Held, “The Once and Future NCRP,” presented at the meeting of the Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards, Dec 2018.
  • Kathryn H. Pryor, “Report No. 182, Radiation Safety of Sealed Radioactive Sources,” presentation given to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum, Inc., Fall 2018 Low-Level Waste Forum Meeting, Richland Washington, 4 Oct 2018.
  • Roy E. Shore, “NCRP Commentary 27: Implications of Recent Epidemiologic Studies for the LNT Model of Radiation Protection and for DREF,” presented at ANS/HPS conference on Applicability of Radiation-Response Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards, Pasco, Washington, Sept 2018.

I hope I have reported all presentations given on behalf of NCRP and apologize if I’ve missed talks by anyone. We so appreciate the work of our members who have taken the time and effort to beautifully represent NCRP to a variety of stakeholders!

In 2018, NCRP received funding support from a number of grant and contract sources. New in 2018 was a five-year grant from the DOE Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security, of $700,000 per year, to support the MPS. In 2018, NCRP work, including scientific committees and the MPS, continued to be supported through ongoing funding from the following organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Protection (SC 1-20, SC 1-26, SC 4-9, SC 5-2, SC 6-9, and SC 6-10);
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (SC 1-24P2, SC 6-11, and MPS);
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (SC 3-1P2);
  • U.S. Department of Energy (SC 6-12 and MPS);
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (SC 3-1P2); and
  • U.S. Navy (MPS).

We gratefully acknowledge the significant support from these agencies and organizations and thank them for their continued interest in and funding of NCRP. This support is critical to our ability to provide the scientific service to the nation that is NCRP’s mission.

The Million Person Study (MPS) continues to be the primary research effort spearheaded by NCRP with Principal Investigator John Boice. The MPS is recognized around the world as a major investigation needed to fill gaps in understanding the health effects of radiation exposures received gradually over time. Over the years, support to NCRP for the study has been received from many agencies (U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Navy, DOE, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National Cancer Institute, NRC, and in-kind support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and military services). Unfortunately, in recent times funding has been reduced substantially or eliminated from many of these organizations. Discussions led by Director of Science Boice continue with a number of organizations regarding possible opportunities to continue funding this important effort in radiation protection for NCRP and for the nation.

The 2018 54th NCRP Annual Meeting was a great success with its timely focus on “Radiation Protection Responsibility in Medicine.” The meeting was ably chaired by Larry Dauer and Don Frush, to whom we extend hearty thanks for a job well done. Highlights of the meeting included: the 15th Annual Warren K. Sinclair Keynote Address by Marvin Rosenstein, entitled “Jus•ti•fied and Com•men•su•rate”; the 42nd Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture by Hans-Georg Menzel on “Radiation Dosimetry Research for Medicine and Protection: A European Journey”; and the 2nd Thomas S. Tenforde Topical Lecture by Roy E. Shore, entitled “Do the Epidemiologic Data Support Use of the Linear Nonthreshold Model for Radiation Protection?” We continued activities that have become traditional, very special, elements of our meeting, including the presentation of the colors by the Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard from the Military District of Washington, D.C., the singing of the National Anthem by Ms. Kimberly Gaskins of NRC, and welcoming the Radiation Research Society (RRS)/NCRP Scholars.

Our upcoming 55th NCRP Annual Meeting, on April 1 and 2, 2019, promises to be a special occasion as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of NCRP. The meeting title is “NCRP Meeting the Challenge at 90: Providing Best Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Radiation,” and the Program Committee chaired by Fred A. Mettler, Jr. with Co-Chairs Jerrold T. Bushberg and Richard J. Vetter have organized what promises to be an enlightening, educational and entertaining meeting. There will be some special recognitions, in keeping with an anniversary celebration, as well as the named lectures: 43rd Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture by André Bouville on “Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests: Environmental, Health, Political and Sociological Considerations”; 16th Warren K. Sinclair Keynote Address by C. Norman Coleman on “Frontiers in Medical Radiation Science”; and the 3rd Thomas S. Tenforde Topical Lecture by Genevieve S. Roessler on “HPS Ask the Experts: Our Most Intriguing Questions and Answers.”

Planning is underway for the 2020 Annual Meeting of NCRP, to be held March 23–24, 2020. “Radiation and Flight: A Down-to-Earth Look at the Risks” will be co-chaired by Jacqueline P. Williams and Cary Zeitlin, and should be an uplifting experience.

There was one change in PAC leadership in 2018, as James A. Brink stepped down from his long-time role as Chair/Scientific Vice President (SVP) of PAC 4, and Donald L. Miller, who had been Co-Chair, stepped up into the SVP position. Lawrence T. Dauer is the new Co-Chair. Many thanks to Jim for a job well done, and we look forward to working with Don and Larry as they shepherd the activities of the largest NCRP PAC. The chairs/co-chairs remain the same for the other PACs. All these individuals do a wonderful job for NCRP; we could not function without their dedicated service. Thank you to all PAC chairs/co-chairs and all the PAC members.

I would like to highlight some innovations/improvements that have been undertaken:

  • Starting in 2018, we are putting unique cover designs on all reports and commentaries.
  • PAC 7 is now helping with “roll out” plans for NCRP publications. This includes “snazzier” publication announcements (e.g., first one developed for Commentary No. 27), creation of targeted messaging, and development of expanded and targeted audience contact lists.
  • PAC 7 is expanding our social media presence on Twitter®, Facebook®, etc., including a regular, monthly social media calendar. This expanded effort will continue in 2019, so stay tuned! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a total novice at these social media outreach opportunities, so I am very appreciative of the work being done in this arena by eager PAC 7 members. Please let us know if you have thoughts or ideas for topics to be included.
  • With the urging and help of members of PAC 7, especially Angela Shogren and Jessica Wieder, we plan to issue a quarterly newsletter to NCRP members to share NCRP news and activities. My initial letter was sent to Council and Distinguished Emeritus Members in early January 2019, and we will continue with the first quarterly newsletter in April 2019.

Finances remain one of the biggest challenges for NCRP. As you will see in the fiscal statements, below in this Annual Report, NCRP’s net assets continue to decrease, although we have stemmed the tide somewhat. We are working through a back-log of under-funded/unfunded scientific committee work, to get publications out, but that effort continues to be a drain on finances. Another large drain on NCRP finances is the Annual Meeting, which is largely unfunded. In 2018, we were appreciative of meeting support by sponsors American College of Radiology Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Philips, Siemens, and GE Healthcare. The vagaries of the stock market are also an issue, unfortunately one we cannot control. Receipt of the five-year grant from DOE, mentioned above, in 2018 has been an important help to the NCRP financial position this year, but long-term planning remains difficult in light of the current uncertainties of government funding. The officers, Board of Directors, and Budget and Finance Committee are continuing to pursue multiple activities and explore opportunities to increase funding and improve NCRP’s financial position. We are reaching out to potential benefactors and donors, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. More involvement by the Council is crucial. We continue to encourage Council members to take advantage of the AmazonSmile® initiative and/or to remember NCRP with a charitable contribution or as a small percentage beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy. Your ideas (and your donations) are always welcome!

NCRP continues our active and fruitful partnerships with multiple national and international organizations. Partnerships with funding agencies have been described above. Other activities include NCRP officers serving on advisory committees and boards of other groups (e.g., Image Gently®, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Radiation Research Foundation), NCRP helping to organize sessions and providing members to serve as speakers and session chairs at meetings of other entities (see list of presentations above), and NCRP officers and members providing educational activities and material for other organizations (e.g., CDC, Vanderbilt, Harvard). These activities are critical to NCRP’s mission and help “spread the word” about NCRP. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you identify other opportunities for NCRP partnerships, formal or informal.

Importantly, NCRP continues its commitment to encouraging younger professionals in the radiation sciences to participate on our SCs, PACs, and at our meetings. We are looking to add diversity to our ranks by engaging with qualified junior investigators, women, and minorities. We continue the collaboration with RRS to have young investigators attend our annual meeting as RRS/NCRP Scholars. One success of that program that I happily report is that Evagelia C. Laiakis, who was a 2015 RRS/NCRP travel award winner, subsequently became a member of PAC 1, and is currently a nominee for Council membership. Please encourage your students, post-docs, or junior colleagues to become involved with NCRP.

I take this opportunity to remind readers of our website ( that highlights NCRP activities, publications, PACs, SCs and members-in-the-news. There’s lots of information there. Also, please follow us on Twitter® and Facebook®.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of one NCRP Council Member in 2018: Randall S. Caswell. Randy was elected to Council in 1967 and elected Distinguished Emeritus Member in 1991. He served on the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1981, was a member of the Nominating Committee from 1973 to 1977, and chaired the committee that produced NCRP Report No. 82, SI Units in Radiation Protection and Measurements (1985). He was a principal founder/driving force behind the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards.

As we move forward in these exciting times, I eagerly anticipate working with you all. We expect 2019 to be a fantastically productive year for NCRP, during which we will proudly celebrate our 90th anniversary. The challenges are large, but the opportunities are many and the expected outcomes are important for the field of radiation protection. In my note to the Members on January 7, 2019, I mentioned that the newly released NCRP Report No. 180, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018), embodies how NCRP is moving into the future, while recognizing and respecting our great legacy in radiation sciences. The cover and inside cover of that visionary report, reproduced here, are a fitting tribute to the 90 years of NCRP. As NCRP moves into the future, I look forward to working with our many partnering organizations and with wonderful scientific and professional colleagues.

Many thanks to the following for help in preparation of this President’s Report and for assistance in all things NCRP: Laura Atwell, Jerry Bushberg, Angela Shogren, and Jessica Weider, the NCRP staff and Council members. A special thanks to John Boice for all he has done for NCRP over many fruitful years. He will be a hard act to follow!

Kathryn D. Held, President

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