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HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics
Eric Goldin, president of the Health Physics Society, is a radiation safety specialist with 40 years of experience in power reactor health physics, supporting worker and public radiation safety programs. A certified health physicist since 1984, he has served on the American Board of Health Physics, and since 2004, he has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ Program Area Committee 2, which provides guidance for radiation safety in occupational settings for a variety of industries and activities. He was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012 and was elected to the NCRP in 2014.
Goldin’s radiological engineering experience includes ALARA programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring.
The HPS, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is the largest radiation safety society in the world. Its membership includes scientists, safety professionals, physicists, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals from academia, industry, medical institutions, state and federal government, the national laboratories, the military, and other organizations.
The HPS’s activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Its members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.
Goldin talked about the HPS and health physics activities with Rick Michal, editor-in-chief of Nuclear News.
R. D. M. Garcia, C. E. Siewert, J. R. Thomas Jr.
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 186 | Number 2 | May 2017 | Pages 103-119
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2016.1273627
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The long-standing problem of implementing the PN method effectively for spherical geometry is revisited in this work. It is shown that a least-squares approach to the method resolves to a great extent the numerical instability reported for the first time by Aronson in 1984. In the proposed version of the method, a small loss of accuracy is still observed for intermediate orders of the approximation, but in high order (typically N ≥ 199), full accuracy is recovered, and the method can be used with confidence even for extremely high orders of the approximation. Numerical results of benchmark quality are tabulated for the quantities of interest for two basic transport problems in spherical geometry: the albedo problem for a sphere and the critical-sphere problem, both including cases that show the effects of scattering anisotropy described by the binomial law.