Improving Health Through Medical Physics

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 42 No.2 — March | April 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT Angela R. Keyser, Alexandria, VA

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Who does what on the AAPM HQ Team? See a list with contact information and brief descriptions of responsibilities online. An Organization Chart is also provided.

Research Seed Grant Application Deadline is April 5

Three $25,000 Research Seed Grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources. Funding for grant recipients will begin on July 1 of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings. Sponsored by the AAPM Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.

AAPM Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline is April 29

The fellowship is awarded for the first two years of graduate study leading to a doctoral degree in Medical Physics. Both BSc and MS holders are eligible to apply. A stipend of $13,000 per year, plus tuition support not exceeding $5,000 per year is assigned to the recipient. Sponsored by the AAPM Education & Research Fund.

New Online NCRP Publication Available

Commentary No. 026 - Guidance on Radiation Dose Limits for the Lens of the Eye (2016)

AAPM Meeting News
Mark your calendars for four upcoming AAPM meetings:
Quality, Safety and TG100 Workshop

March 17, 2017 – just prior to the Spring Clinical Meeting
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana
Earn 7 SAM credits in one day!

AAPM Annual Spring Clinical Meeting

March 18-21, 2017
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana
Register Now!

The Spring Clinical Meeting program is available online. Also, note that several AAPM groups plan to meet during the 2017 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting. A list of AAPM activities is available online. Please make time during the meeting to visit the vendors and thank them for their support of AAPM and the medical physics profession.

AAPM 2017 Summer School

Clinical Brachytherapy Physics
June 10-14, 2017, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
View program and register now! The deadline to register with discounted registration fee is May 3. Campus housing reservations must be made by May 17.

AAPM 59th Annual Meeting and Exhibition

July 30 – August 3, 2017, Denver, Colorado
This year's program focusing on "Connecting Our Pathways, Unifying Our Profession" will be held in the Colorado Convention Center.

Staff News

Congratulations to Robert McKoy, CPA on his promotion to Director of the Finance Team. Robert joined the HQ team as Controller in April 2014 and very soon proved to be invaluable during the Ad Hoc Committee on HQ Space Needs deliberations and ultimate building purchase and relocation of AAPM HQ operations. I have come to rely heavily on his input and he has the respect of the rest of the team. Michael Woodward, Lisa Rose Sullivan and Robert will continue to serve with me as the AAPM management team.

I am pleased to report that Karen MacFarland has been recertified as a "Certified Meeting Planner" (CMP). The CMP designation recognizes those who have achieved the meeting industry's highest standard of professionalism. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and an academic examination. Karen received her initial certification in 2007.

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