By Peter Caracappa
Fall is in the air! The temperatures are cool–the leaves are turning–and (after a childhood filled with repeated disappointment and utter futility) I get to watch my Philadelphia Phillies make their mark on another MLB post-season.
I look forward to ANS’s semi-annual national meetings, as they provide an opportunity to tune in to some of the cutting-edge technical content and hottest topics in the nuclear industry, and give the technical divisions a chance to touch base, regroup, and plan for the future. These meetings are tremendously valuable, but the expectation that someone would be able to attend every meeting is no longer realistic, especially for the
younger members of the industry. As the Young Members Group relies on
these very same people to function, we need to ensure that attending national meetings is not an impediment to their involvement. Sometimes we are more successful than at other times, but we continue to try to find ways to promote the young members’ involvement between and around the national meetings.
That being said, the YMG does have its formal gatherings during the ANS national meetings. In Las Vegas, the YMG Executive Committee is meeting on Monday, November 8, over lunch (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). The meeting is open to everyone–I promise we don’t bite! We will be setting the direction for our committees and for the YMG as a whole for the coming months, so if you have been interested in getting involved and not sure where to start, this is the place to be. Of course, attendance at the meeting is not a requirement–anyone who cannot be there should drop me a line ahead of the meeting (click here), and we will be happy to slot you into our plans going forward.
As part of a robust technical program at the national meeting, the YMG is also co-sponsoring a tutorial on the Mortiz code on Thursday morning, November 11, in conjunction with the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division. Come by to learn a little about this very useful tool.
I’ll be looking for you in Vegas!
Peter Caracappa is a clinical assistant professor and radiation safety officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York State. He was a founding executive committee member of the Young Members Group and currently serves as its chair. He is a contributor to the ANS Nuclear Cafe.