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I dont like to lose, and that isnt so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective.Knute Rockne
The Nuclear Science and Technology Division (NSTD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) sponsored the first workshop of the newly formed Computational Medical Physics Working Group (CMPWG) on October 26, 2005. The CMPWG was formed in November 2004 within the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and is jointly hosted by three ANS divisions Mathematics and Computations, Biology and Medicine, and Radiation Protection and Shielding. It is an international group dedicated to the validation and advancement of computational tools in medical and health physics applications (http://cmpwg.ans.org).
The workshop was held to address several key areas:
ˇ identify the medical physics problems and experiments for computational benchmarks,
ˇ identify the software tools, their applications, strengths and weaknesses,
ˇ identify applications suitable for parallel computing, and
ˇ identify the roadmap for benchmarking activities.
Discussions centered on the need for experimental data, the importance of both Monte Carlo and deterministic methods, and the need to evaluate current nuclear data for medical physics. These activities are aimed at improving dose predictions for radiation therapy and other medical activities that utilize ionizing radiation.
CMPWG consists of individuals from the American Nuclear Society (ANS), American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and Health Physics Society (HPS).
The following institutions were represented at the workshop.
ˇ Georgia Institute of Technology,
among others. If you have interest in the area, we invite you to join us.
Contact: B.L. Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oslo, 7 October 2005The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.
At a time when the threat of nuclear arms is again increasing, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to underline that this threat must be met through the broadest possible international cooperation. This principle finds its clearest expression today in the work of the IAEA and its Director General. In the nuclear non-proliferation regime, it is the IAEA [that ensures] that nuclear energy is not misused for military purposes, and the Director General has stood out as an unafraid advocate of new measures to strengthen that regime. At a time when disarmament efforts appear deadlocked, when there is a danger that nuclear arms will spread both to states and to terrorist groups, and when nuclear power again appears to be playing an increasingly significant role, IAEA´s work is of incalculable importance.
In his will, Alfred Nobel wrote that the Peace Prize should, among other criteria, be awarded to whoever had done most for the abolition or reduction of standing armies. In its application of this criterion in recent decades, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has concentrated on the struggle to diminish the significance of nuclear arms in international politics, with a view to their abolition. That the world has achieved little in this respect makes active opposition to nuclear arms all the more important today.
IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei Statement on Occasion of Receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005
What do I feel at this occasion? Gratitude, pride, and hope.
Gratitude: With this recognition, the Norwegian Nobel Committee underscores the value and the relevance of the work we have been doing. It recognizes the urgency of addressing the dangers we face: nuclear proliferation, nuclear armaments, and nuclear terrorism. The award will lend prominence and impetus to the IAEAs ultimate objectiveof passing to our children a world free of nuclear weaponsand for that I am deeply grateful.
Pride: It is at once humbling to receive such an extraordinary honour, and an occasion for me to take great pride in all the men and women who serve at the International Atomic Energy Agency. This is an acknowledgement of their untiring efforts in the service of peace - efforts that the Prize Committee has characterized as being of incalculable importance.
v The IAEA was founded with a simple credo: Atoms for Peacemeaning that nuclear science should be used safely and securely in the service of humankind - in peaceful applications related to energy production, health, water, agriculture and other aspects of developmentand not for its destruction. More than anything, this award suggests that, almost five decades later, we are still focused unwaveringly on living up to that objective.
Hope: It has long been my belief that the road to international peace and security lies through multilateralismthe collective search by people of all racial, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds to find a common ground, based not on intimidation or rivalry but on understanding and human solidarity.
v In a practical sense, this means developing a functional system of international security that does not derive from a nuclear weapons deterrentbut rather based on addressing the security concerns of all.
v Ultimately, the news I have just received - that we are being awarded the Nobel Peace Prizegives me renewed hope that, working in concert, the international community can achieve this goal. It strengthens my resolve to fulfil both aspects of the Agency´s mandate: ensuring that the benefits of nuclear energy are distributed as broadly as possible in the service of humankind, and working towards a world free of nuclear weapons.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), founded with the credo: Atoms for Peacemeaning that nuclear science should be used safely and securely in the service of mankindhas been acknowledged five decades later for its efforts in the service of peace by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, shared jointly with the present Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei. The Agency, known for its urgency in addressing the dangers of nuclear proliferation, nuclear armaments, and nuclear terrorism, is also known for advancing nuclear science for its peaceful applicationsthose related to energy production, health, water, agriculture, and other aspects related to human betterment.
The IAEA is an important channel for communicating and exchanging nuclear information and technology related to nuclear safety across national and other political boundaries. As the European OECD offered channels for interaction with the European nuclear community for information and technology exchange in nuclear safety areas, so did the IAEA for the non-OECD countries. The Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC) was successful in advancing technology in radiation transport and shielding due to the cooperation and exchange of personnel, technology, and data, through channels provided by the OECD Nuclear Energy Data and Computer Code Centers (NEDAC) and the IAEA Nuclear Data Center (INDC) and working groups sponsored by each.
The orientation visits and exchange of data and
personnel were important in the early development of RSIC. Interaction with
both OECD and IAEA began in the 1960s and continued through the years. An RSIC staff member, Henrietta
Hendrickson, spent useful time in the
We applaud the Norwegian Nobel Committee on its wisdom for conveying the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on the IAEA. It is a well earned honor for the efforts of many IAEA staff members who have served the cause of peace while they promoted the benefits of nuclear energy for the betterment of the people of the earth.
-Betty F. Maskewitz
Los Alamos National Laboratory,
PARTISN is the evolutionary successor to
CCC-547/DANTSYS. User input and cross section format is very similar to that
of the DANTSYS code. PARTISN accepts basic multigroup cross sections for
isotopes, in either of the standard interface files (ISOTXS or GRUPXS) or in
a card‑image library whose form is referred to as
The program is written in ANSI standard F90 with a few C language routines used to interface to the operating system. No executables are included in the package, so compilers are required on all systems. PARTISN stresses most f90 compilers, so please ensure that the compiler version you are using is at least as recent as the one listed below on which the LANL developers ran the code system.
v Lahey‑Fujitsu LF95 Fortran Compiler Version 6.20 on Intel PC running Linux
v Absoft 8.2 on Redhat Enterprise WS 3.0
v IBM XLF Fortran Compiler Version 22.214.171.124 on IBM RS/6000
v MIPSpro Fortran Compiler Version 126.96.36.199m on SGI
v Compaq Fortran Compiler V5.5.0‑1 on Compaq Alpha under Digital Unix
v Cray J90 and T90 with CF90 Version 188.8.131.52
v Lahey-Fujitsu Fortran Compiler version 7.1 under Windows in a Cygwin environment
RSICC tested this release in serial mode on IBM RS/6000 under AIX 5.1 with XL Fortran 08.01.0000.0003 and on a Pentium IV running WindowsXP SP2 with Lahey/Fujitsu Fortran 95 Compiler Release 7.10.02 and in parallel and serial modes on AMD Athlon with Lahey/Fujitsu Fortran 95 L6.10a under Red Hat Linux 7.3.
Parallelization is performed using MPI. The program is designed to run on UNIX-like operating systems. In addition to Fortran and C compilers, program building requires GNUmake (Version 3.74 or later), GNU awk (Version 3.0 or later), and cpp. The package is transmitted on a CD which includes documentation, source files, installation procedures, and a test case in a Unix tar file. Reference: LA-UR-05-3925 (May 2005). Fortran 90 and C; IBM, SGI, Alpha, Cray and PC - Linux and Windows (C00707MNYCP01).
An error was identified in SCALE 5 that may impact certain type of unit cells, specifically asymmetric and symmetric slab cells (ASYMSLABCELL and SYMMSLABCELL). Users are encouraged to read more about the problem and to follow the checklist in the links below to determine if the error applies to their problems and if the potential impact is non-trivial.
Official notice and checklist: http://rsicc.ornl.gov/rsic-cgi-bin/enote.pl?nb=scale5&action=view&page=-1
In SCALE 5, the LATTICECELL input format was changed to use keywords. As part of these changes, errors were introduced in the calculation of dimensions for asymmetric and symmetric slab cells. These programming errors in the Materials Information Processor (MIPLIB) cause an inaccurate Dancoff factor calculation from a SCALE 5 control sequence and will cause errors in the predicted k-eff value that uses the Dancoff factor. The error only occurs for control sequence input files that use the ASYMSLABCELL or SYMMSLABCELL option and the new SCALE 5 input format (keywords READ COMP). Please follow the links above for additional information.
NRC Chairman, Nils J. Diaz, was inducted into the Hispanic Engineer National
Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Hall of Fame during a ceremony on
October 7 at the 17th Annual HENAAC Conference in
Dr. Diaz holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear
Engineering Sciences from the
Dr. Diaz was serving a second five-year term at the NRC when he was designated as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by President George W. Bush on April 1, 2003.
Lowndes McLaughlin, 77, research scientist and teacher, died October 26,
2005, at his home in
From 19731991, he was an advisor to the Accelerator and Environmental Science Departments, Risř National Laboratory, Denmark, and from19911995 to the Dosimetry Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
William McLaughlins honors include the U.S.
Department of Commerces Silver Medal (1969) and Gold Medal (1979); the
National Bureau of Standards Applied Research Award (1985); the American
Nuclear Society Radiation Science and Technology Award (1987); and the
Elsevier Science Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes Gold Medal (1995).
He received the Research and Development 100 Award three times in his
career. In 1999, the Washington
Academy of Sciences honored him for outstanding achievement in the physical
sciences. He was a member of the
American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society
of America, the Health Physics Society, and Cosmos Club in
He was the lead author of two key books in his field, Dosimetry for Food Irradiation, and Dosimetry for Radiation Processing, as well as chapter contributions to several other books. He was an editor of numerous other volumes and of the International Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes (1989-1999).
V. Harper died July 15 in
Morgan died at the age of 78 on June 30 in
Rotblat was 96 when he died on August 31 in
G. Taecker, former director of Argonne National Laboratorys
International School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, died August 19 at
the age of 86. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and it was there that he developed an
interest in nuclear engineering. He became a professor of chemical
Kelly Woods, died August 4 at the age of 92. After receiving a doctorate
in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he
joined the engineering department of DuPont in 1940. He later served as a
technical advisor for the plutonium production reactors at the Hanford Site
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC) has announced an aggressive recruiting campaign to deal with anticipated retirements and to bring up staffing levels to handle an expected rise in applications for new reactor licenses in 2007 and 2008. About 350 employees in both entry-level and higher positions will be added next year. NRC employment information and links to the NRCareers job application system can be found at http://www.nrc.gov/who-we-are/employment.html. For dates and details of other planned recruitment events, those interested should contact Jim Horn at 301-415-7703 or JEH2@nrc.gov.
The Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program of the University of Cincinnati (UCNRE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering. Screening of applicants will begin on January 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Details on this opportunity are available at the following website: http://www.eng.uc.edu/dept_min/positions/. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, a brief statement of research, teaching, and service objectives, copies of two representative publications, and the names of three professional references to:
Dr. Henry Spitz, Search Committee Chair
Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program
Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering Department
Email: NREFacultySearch@uc.edu, phone: (513) 556-2003
RSICC attempts to keep its users and contributors advised of conferences, courses, and symposia in the field of radiation protection, transport, and shielding through this section of the newsletter. Should you be involved in the planning/organization of such events, feel free to send your announcements and calls for papers via email to email@example.com with conferences in the subject line by the 20th of each month. Please include the announcement in its native format as an attachment to the message. If the meeting is on a website, please include the url.
Every attempt is made to ensure that the links provided in the Conference and Calendar sections of this newsletter are correct and live. However, the very nature of the web creates the possibility that the links may become unavailable. In that case, please call or mail the contact provided.
Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters
Organizer: HQC Professional Services
MCNPX is packed with new and exciting plotting features, including numerous mesh tally options which can be superimposed on your geometry plot and plotted within the MCNPX run, eliminating the need for post-processing and costly additional plotting package(s). You can plot particle flux, tracks, dosage, and energy deposition as well as source points and many others.
The workshops include hands-on instruction, generally on PC Windows machines. Subject to participant export approval from the MCNPX beta test team, participants will be able to access the Fortran 90 version of MCNPX 2.4, the LA150 (150 MeV) cross-section data for over 40 isotopes for incident neutrons and protons and 12 for photonuclear interactions, and a notebook of viewgraphs.
Follow-up consultation for class participants will be provided.
The classes are taught by experienced MCNPX code developers and instructors. More information on code versions and capabilities is available at MCNPX Workshops web site http://mcnpxworkshops.com.
The American Nuclear Society Radiation Protection and Shielding
Division Biennial Topical Meeting will be held April 36, 2006, at the
Workshops will be offered on April 2 and 6, both morning and afternoon. These continuing education classes with the time and location are listed in the conference website.
There will be no charge to those registered for the conference for any of the workshops, although pre-registration is requested. Attendance at the conference will provide continuing education credits for various technical certifications depending on the degree of participation by the attendee.
The Trinity Site is also available to the general public independent of the conference on Saturday, April 1, 2006. The Trinity Site is the location of the worlds first detonation of a nuclear weapon.
The call for papers, program and contact information for the conference can be found at http://www.ans-rpsw-carlsbad.com/.
This two-day training course on neutron spectra unfolding will be held
April 78, 2006, in
A series of lectures in the morning sessions will provide an introduction to unfolding as well as allow for discussions on the theory of unfolding. In the afternoon sessions participants will work on specific examples at PC-workplaces using the UMG software package provided by PTB (UMG: Unfolding with GRAVEL and MAXED, currently distributed by NEA as code package NEA-1665 and by RSICC as code package PSR-529). We will focus on Bonner sphere measurements for our discussion of few-channel unfolding, and on liquid scintillation spectrometer (NE213) measurements for our discussion of multi-channel unfolding.
The number of participants will be restricted due to the limited number of PC-workplaces available. Therefore, you should register as soon as possible. For on-line registration and further information please visit the website at: http://www.ptb.de/utc2006/. Contact: Burkhard Wiegel, PTB, email Burkhard.Wiegel@ptb.de The fee for the course is 800 Euro and includes a CD with a complete set of notes and unfolding software, as well as refreshments.
DATES: 1721 July 2006 (4.5 days)
FEE: $1,450 per person
Course content: Extensive interactive practice sessions are conducted on a personal computer. Topics will include an overview of the MCNP code and the Monte Carlo method, input file preparation, geometry, source definition, standard MCNP tallies, interpretation of the output file, exposure and dose rate calculations, radiation shielding, photon skyshine, detector simulation and dosimetry. Students will be provided with a comprehensive class manual and a diskette containing all of the practice problems. This course has been granted 32 Continuing Education Credits by the AAHP (2005-00-003), and 4.5 CM points by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. The course is offered by the Health Physics Measurements Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Registration is available online at: http://drambuie.lanl.gov/~esh4/mcnp.htm.
Make checks (U.S. dollars on a U.S. bank ) payable to the
Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax: 505-665-7686, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical questions may also be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; e-mail: email@example.com.
Please note that this course is separate from and independent of the courses being offered by the MCNP and MCNPX Teams at LANL.
Richard H. Olsher
The Canadian Nuclear Society has announced that the ANS Reactor Physics
Topical PHYSOR-2006, Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation, will be
You are invited to visit the meeting website at http://www.cns-snc.ca/physor2006/ to obtain updated information and to download a copy of the call for papers. The conference chair is Benjamin Rouben, FCNS Manager, Reactor Core Physics Branch, AECL Sheridan Park (phone 905-823-9060 x 4550, fax: 905-822-0567, email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The technical program co-chair is Ken Kozier, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0 (Phone: +1-613-584-8811 + ext.5059, email: email@example.com).
The Twelfth International Congress on Neutron
Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12) will be held October 913, 2006, in
9th European Nuclear Congress (ENC 2005), Dec. 1114, 2005, Palais de Congrčs, Versailles, France. Contact: Sylvie Delaplace, FSEN (phone 33-1-53-53-3216, fax 33-1-53583211, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sfen.fr/enc2005).
International Conference on Application of Radio-tracers in Chemical, Environmental and Biological Sciences (ARCEBS 06), Jan. 2327, 2006, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Contact: Susanta Lahiri at email@example.com.
German Atomic Forum Winter Meeting, Feb. 89, 2006, Berlin. Contact: Anette Wiederhold, dbcm GmbH, Conference Office WT 2006, Kamillenweg 16-18, D-53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany. (fax 49-0-2241-9389712, email Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Waste Management 2006 (WM06) Feb. 26Mar. 2, 2006,
HEART Conference, March 610, 2006,
TopNux: Securing the FutureThe Role of Nuclear Energy, March 2123, 2006, London, England. Contact: Dionne Bosma, ENS (phone 32-2-505-3054, fax 32-2-502-3902, email Dionne.email@example.com).
14th Biennial Topical Meeting of the ANS Radiation Protection and Shielding Division, April 36, 2006, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Contact: http://www.ans-rpsw-carlsbad.com/.
Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC VII), April 37, 2006, Kona, Hawaii. Contact: B. Stephen Carpenter, General Chair, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1090, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (phone 301-975-4119).
International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management
Conference (2006 IHLWM), April 30May 4, 2006, Las Vega, Nevada. Contact:
Daniel B. Bullen, General Chair, Exponent,
ANS Annual Meeting, A Brilliant Future: Nexus of Public Support in Nuclear Technology, June 48, 2006, Reno, Nevada. Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=n.
Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation, Sept. 1014, 2006, Vancouver,
BC, Canada. Contact:
Ken Kozier, Technical Program Co-Chair, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL),
Chalk River Laboratories,
ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, Securing the Future in Times of Change, Nov. 1216, 2006, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=n.
ICENES2007, Istanbul. Contact: http://www.icenes2007.org/