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No. 415 July 1999
People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later
to find time for illness
.--John Wanamaker

Year 2000

Feedback from developers and users on issues related to Y2000 compatibility on RSICC-distributed codes is welcome and needed! Please contact RSICC via email or post related information on our electronic notebook. Updated information about Y2K issues in RSICC packages may be found at http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/year2000.html. The following disclaimer applies to all RSICC-distributed codes/data libraries.
This material was prepared as an account of Government sponsored work and describes a code system or data library which is one of a series collected by the Computational Center (RSICC). These codes/data were developed by various Government and private organizations who contributed them to RSICC for distribution; they did not normally originate at RSICC. RSICC is informed that each code system has been tested by the contributor, and, if practical, sample problems have been run by RSICC. Neither the United States Government, nor the Department of Energy, nor Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, nor any person acting on behalf of the Department of Energy or Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or functioning of any information code/data and related material, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, the Department of Energy, Energy Systems, nor any person acting on behalf of the Department of Energy or Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.

NRC Codes Made Available

Several U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) software packages which were transferred from the ESTSC to RSICC were incorporated into the RSICC computer code collection. Please browse the computer code abstracts available at RSICC's www site for more information on these packages.

PSR-426/ADASAGE
PSR-420/DEPOSITION
PSR-428/Q&A
PSR-422/RELAP3B/MOD110
PSR-423/RELAP5/MOD1/025 (VAX) and RELAP5/MOD1/029 (CDC)
PSR-135/SNAKE

CHANGES TO THE COMPUTER CODE COLLECTION

Three changes or additions were made to the computer code collection during the month. Three new code systems were replaced with newly frozen version. Two changes resulted from foreign contributions.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, Australia, contributed a newly frozen version of this neutronics code system which may be used for calculations of a wide range of fission reactors, fusion blankets and other neutron applications. AUS98 has a nuclear cross section library based on ENDF/B-VI and includes modules which provide for reactor lattice calculations, one-dimensional transport calculations, multi-dimensional diffusion calculations, cell and whole reactor burnup calculations, and flexible editing of results. Calculations of multi-region resonance shielding, coupled neutron and photon transport, energy deposition, fission product inventory and neutron diffusion are combined within the one code system.

The major changes from the previous release, AUS87, are the inclusion of a cross-section library based on ENDF/B-VI, the addition of the POW3D multi-dimensional diffusion module, the addition of the MICBURN module for controlling whole reactor burnup calculations, and changes to the system as a consequence of moving from IBM mainframe computers to UNIX workstations. AUS98 is operable on SGI workstations under IRIX 6.4, Sun workstations under SunOS5.6, and should be operable on other UNIX workstations. Both Fortran 77 and ANSI C standard compilers are required. The AUSPLOT module, which is a useful but not essential part of AUS98, requires a Tcl interpreter with Tk such as WISHX. AUSPLOT also requires the GNUPLOT interactive plotting program. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM in a Unix tar file which includes source code for AUS98 and auxiliary programs, two data libraries, sample problem input and output, and an installation script. References: ANSTO/E734 (July 1998), ANSTO/E726 (November 1996), ANSTO/E712 (December 1993), ANSTO/E410 (July 1977). Fortran 77 and C; UNIX workstations. (C00519MNYWS01).

AEA Technology, Winfrith, United Kingdom, and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank, Issy-les-Molineaux, France, contributed a newly frozen version of this deterministic code system for reactor-lattice calculations. The new release, WIMSD-5B, runs on personal computers and incorporates the UPD update emulator, which was developed at LANL. An update file containing all the modifications to generate a non-platform-dependent source file was added to the package. The Winfrith improved multigroup scheme (WIMS) is a general code for reactor lattice cell calculation on a wide range of reactor systems. In particular, the code will accept rod or plate fuel geometries in either regular arrays or in clusters and the energy group structure has been chosen primarily for thermal calculations. For the included 1986 library with 69 energy groups, 14 nuclides were processed from JEF-1; other data were derived primarily from the UKAEA Nuclear Data Library.

The code system was tested at RSICC on DEC Alpha under Digital Unix and on Sun under Solaris using Fortran 77 compilers. The PC version was tested on a Pentium in a MS-DOS box of Windows95 using the Lahey F77L-EM/32 Fortran 77 compiler V5.2. It is also expected to run on IBM under MVS and on VAX under VMS. The package is transmitted on a CD-ROM in both tar and DOS self-extracting compressed formats. References: NEA-1507/02 (June 1997) and AEEW-R 2133 (September 1986). Fortran 77 or 90; DEC Alpha, Sun, PC (C00656MNYCP00).

Argonne National Laboratory contributed two newly frozen versions of the ABAREX optical-statistical model code system developed for the calculation and fitting of energy-averaged neutron cross sections. The package now includes two code systems:

1) isotopic ABAREX, which was revised in this update, and

2) ELEMENTAL ABAREX, which was added to the package in this update.

The modifications to the 1999 release of the isotopic ABAREX code were made to accommodate some European Fortran compilers and will not change results from the previous 1998 release. ELEMENTAL ABAREX is an extension of ABAREX, designed for the interpretation of neutron interactions with elemental targets consisting of up to ten isotopes. The contributions from each of the isotopes of the element are explicitly dealt with and combined for comparison with the elemental observers.

The ABAREX code systems were tested at RSICC on a PC using the Lahey F77L3-EM/32 Version 5.2 compiler under Windows95 in a MS-DOS box. The executables are included in the package. The codes were also compiled on an IBM RS/6000 under AIX4.2.1 with the xlf compiler 3.2.5.4 and on a DEC Alpha OpenVMS system with Dec Fortran ver6.3. The codes are distributed on one diskette in DOS self-extracting, compressed files. References: ANL/NDM-145, Rev. I (June 1999) and ANL/NDM-147 (June 1999). Fortran 77; PC, VAX, and IBM RS/6000 (P00248/MNYCP/01).

Students Participate in City Policy-Making

The July 1999 issue of Nuclear News carried a story on page 41 describing the investigation by students of the Santa Fe Preparatory School of a local facility licensed to launder protective clothing. The clothing "could" be contaminated with radioactive materials. I followed up with the teacher, Jay Shelton. He has participated in laboratory programs for high school science teachers and used the experience in the classroom to engage his students in real science. No decision has come down in the lawsuit brought by the facility against the city of Santa Fe. I also wanted to get a comment from one of the students, and Mr. Shelton put me in touch with Mr. Kevin Schwanfelder. His comments follow. Kevin is now preparing to pursue undergraduate work at Brown. In the interest of looking at both sides of an issue, the website for Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) is http://www.nuclearactive.org/.

Alice F. Rice

Now here are Mr. Schwanfelder's comments:

The Atomic Laundry project began when I was in ninth grade after a series of articles appeared in the paper accusing a local facility that washed radioactive-contaminated clothing from nearby labs of posing a very serious health risk to Santa Fe. My teacher, Jay Shelton, eager to promote good science in such conflicts, worked with students that year and into the summer to investigate the threat of the laundry. It was a great opportunity for us as students to do "real" science. We measured radiation levels at the laundry itself, and its disposed waste by taking samples at the sewage plant and waste discharge points. In short, we found almost undetectable risk from the facility, and out of an attempt for clarity (not lobbying), we publicized our results. However, our work was rejected; editorials even accused us of being bribed by the labs.

The experience turned out not only to teach me about science, but the societal context surrounding it. I saw firsthand how public belief was such a powerful factor in situations, and how it led to political implications and economic concerns. I also remember going to a hearing and listening to an American Indian woman speak about her spirituality and her regard for the land while describing her fear of radiation. She found as much truth in what she believed as we found in our instruments, and I realized how numbers on our paper could not alone describe the whole situation.

Now, as I head off to college, I am excited not only to pursue my love for physics but my interest in philosophy, politics, anthropology, and other people-centered fields. Even in the science world there is a responsibility to understand and communicate well with the public (emphasis added). As different as these two worlds may be at times, as I saw in the Atomic Laundry project, they are, and need to be, intertwined.

Kevin Schwanfelder

Obituaries

Munir Ahmad Khan, head of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from 1972-1991, died April 22, 1999. Khan served as chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors from 1986-1987. He was a member of ANS since 1974 and an ANS Fellow.

John T. "Chick" Hayward died May 23 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Hayward was a retired naval vice admiral and aviator. He joined the Manhattan Project in 1944. In the 1950s he participated in the development of the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and in the founding of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory program.

Karl Z. Morgan, 91, a pioneering health physicist, died Tuesday, June 8, 1999, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Morgan was a member of the Manhattan Project. He was health physics director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1943 to 1972. He was a professor of nuclear energy in the school of nuclear engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1972 to 1982, then became a consulting professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Dr. Morgan helped set international standards for radiation exposure and influenced the formulation of a federal law in 1968 requiring the medical profession to control excessive doses of radiation during X-rays. He also testified in key radiation cases, including the lawsuit brought by the family of nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood.

In 1949, he organized the health physics fellowship programs at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester, with many of these programs extended to other universities.

A native of Kannapolis, N.C., he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina and his doctorate, also in physics, from Duke University. Before his work at the Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago, he was chairman of the physics department at Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina.

Dr. Morgan was the first president of the Health Physics Society, editor and chief of the Health Physics Journal for two decades and founder and president of the International Radiation Protection Association.

He was also chairman for 20 years of the Internal Dose Committee of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, which sets radiation standards for all countries.

CONFERENCES, COURSES, SYMPOSIA

RSICC attempts to keep its users/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 raf@ornl.gov with "conferences" in the subject line. 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.

Third International Conference on Isotopes

The Third International Conference on Isotopes (3ICI) will be held in the Renaissance Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, September 6-10, 1999. The conference will be hosted by TRIUMF, Canada's national accelerator facility and a major center for isotope production and applications in research and medicine, in conjunction with the Canadian Chapter meeting of the International Isotope Society. Persons interested in presenting an oral or poster paper should prepare a one-page abstract in accord with the instructions on the web page. Further information is available from Ms. Elly M. Driessen, TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 2A3 (phone 604-222-7352, fax 604-222-1074, email ici@triumf.ca, url http://ipg04.triumf.ca/index.html).

Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry

The Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry will be held September 12-17, 1999, in Osaka, Japan. About every three years this symposium provides a forum for the interchange of state-of-the-art techniques, databases and standardization of radiation metrology. The Symposium will be of value to those involved in reactor dosimetry, including researchers, manufacturers and representatives from industry, utilities and regulatory agencies. The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the European Working Group on Reactor Dosimetry (EWGRD). It is organized by ASTM Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and EWGRD.

The Symposium theme is dosimetry for the assessment of irradiated reactor materials and reactor experiments, featuring radiation metrology techniques, databases and standardization. Inquiries and requests to be added to the mailing list should be sent to one of the following:

North & South America, East & Southeast Asia:

Dr. David W. Vehar
ASTM Program Secretary
Sandia National Laboratories, MS-1136
P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1136, USA

Phone: 505-845-3414, fax: 505-844-0798
email: dwvehar@sandia.gov

Europe, Africa, Asia (other), and Australia:

Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim
EWGRD Programme Secretary
SCK/CEN
Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, BELGIUM

Phone: 32-14-332277, fax: 32-14-321529
email: haitabde@sckcen.be

MCNP Visual Editor Training Class

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering an MCNP visual editor (MCNP-VISED) training class from September 13-16, 1999.

The four day class will cost $1250. The code package (PSR-358) can be obtained directly from RSICC. As co-sponsor of the class, RSICC will be offering attendees a copy of the latest MCNPVISED software package at its minimal rate. The deadline for signing up is August 13. For additional information on the visual editor see http://www.pnl.gov/health/health_prot/ved/ved.html. The class content can be found at http://www.pnl.gov/health/health_prot/ved/ved2tc.html. Payment for the class can be made by check (US dollars), Mastercard, Visa, or purchase requisition. For additional information contact:

Battelle
c/o Randy Schwarz

MS K8-34
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
email: randy.schwarz@pnl.gov
phone (509)372-4042

SAMMY Training Course Scheduled for September 1999

Two ORNL staff members, N. M. Larson and L. C. Leal, will be presenting a workshop covering the SAMMY code, used for analysis of neutron-related data in the resolved and unresolved resonance region. The workshop, sponsored by the OECD/NEA Data Bank, will take place in NEA, Issy les Moulineaux, near Paris, France, from September 27 to October 1, 1999.

The workshop is intended for those who are interested in the theory of neutron cross sections in the resonance region (R-matrix formalism and approximations thereto), and in the use of the SAMMY code for analysis of experimental neutron-induced cross-section data (for extracting values and covariances for resonance parameters, to be reported in the evaluated data files). Topics include R-matrix theory, data-reduction effects, Doppler- and resolution- broadening, self-shielding and multiple-scattering corrections, the use of covariance information, techniques for performing detailed analyses, and many others.

The workshop will include several hands-on computer applications using the last released version of SAMMY (M2). Computer exercises will lead the participant through the various features of the code, beginning with simple examples and leading to realistic situations. Additional details about the workshop, including registration information, are available on the web site http://www.nea.fr/html/dbdata/sammy99.htm.

N. M. Larson

Introduction to MCNP Short Course

Personnel from the X Division of Los Alamos National Lab have agreed to teach a four-day short course on MCNP September 29-October 2, 1999, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The first 20 paid applicants will be accepted and the cost ($1800) will be reduced if payment is received by August 1, 1999. Registration will close on September 1, 1999. This introductory class is for people who have never used MCNP or have very limited experience with the code and will include interactive computer sessions. Time will be available to discuss individual questions and problems with MCNP experts or to pursue topics mentioned in the talks. The class will use the pre-release version 4C of MCNP. A manual will be provided for use in the classroom. As co-sponsor of the workshop, RSICC will provide a CD with the code package and the data after the class is over for a nominal cost of $300 payable to RSICC. Apply by email to Dr. T. S. Elleman, e-mail elleman@ncsu.edu (please copy to Dr. R. P. Gardner; e-mail gardner@ncsu.edu). Make checks or money orders payable to MCNP/IRRMA and mail to:

Dr. T. S. Elleman
Nuclear Engineering Department, Box 7909
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 USA
phone 919-515-3620
fax 919-515-5115
It is possible to register on-line at http://www.quantumres.com/temps/mcnp.html.

IRRMA '99

The 4th Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications IRRMA '99, will be held October 3-7, 1999, in Raleigh, North Carolina. It will bring together scientists and engineers from around the world with an interest in the use of nuclear radiation and radioisotopes for industrial measurement applications. IRRMA '99 is sponsored by the Isotopes and Radiation Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the Eastern Carolinas Section of ANS, the Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes at North Carolina State University, and Quantum Research Services, Inc. Presentation summaries will be published by ANS and will be available at the meeting. Selected papers will be published in full in the journal Applied Radiation and Isotopes, published by Elsevier Science. Additional information may be found at http://www.quantumres.com/temps/irrma.html or contact
Dr. Thomas S. Elleman
Department of Nuclear Engineering
North Carolina State University, Box 7909
Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 U.S.A.
Telephone 919-515-2302
Fax 919-515-5115
E-mail elleman@eos.ncsu.edu

"Half a Century of Radiation Shielding Research and Its Evolution into the Next Era" is the theme for the 9th International Conference on Radiation Shielding to be held October 17-22, 1999, in Tsukuba, Japan. It is sponsored and organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and co-sponsored by the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency-Nuclear Science Committee (NEA-NSC), Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ), and the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC). Detailed information about the conference may be obtained from Yujiro Ikeda, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai Research Establishment, Neutron Science Research Center, Spallation Neutronics Laboratory, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki-ken 319-11 Japan (phone 81-29-282-6074, fax 81-29-282-5709, email ikeda@fnshp.tokai.jaeri. go.jp) or from the web page at http://icrs9.tokai.jaeri.go.jp.

N'ocean 2000

An international workshop on Utilization of Nuclear Power in Oceans, N'ocean 2000, will be held February 21-24, 2000, Tokyo, Japan. It is sponsored and organized by Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport. This workshop aims to promote the utilization of nuclear power in oceans by offering information about nuclear-powered ice breakers, deep-sea research ships, high-speed carriers, radioactive materials transport ships, nuclear-power plants in oceans, other facilities concerned with oceans and the economical, environmental and scientific effects, and to seek further benefits from the utilization of nuclear energy by discussing with international scientists, engineers and others who are interested in these topics. In order to fully respect the workshop mission, papers should concentrate on peaceful application of nuclear energy in oceans. The workshop is expected to lead to international joint research.

Topics will include:
  • Marine Reactor
  • Nuclear-Powered Ice Breaker
  • Nuclear-Powered Deep-Sea Research Ship
  • Nuclear-Powered High-Speed Carrier
  • Concepts of Future Nuclear Ship
  • Safety of Nuclear Ship
  • Economy of Nuclear Ship
  • Nuclear Ship Engineering Simulation System
  • Barge for Nuclear Power Production, Heat Generation and Desalination
  • Radioactive Materials Transport Ship
  • Offshore/Undersea Nuclear Power Plant
  • Radioactive Materials Storage Facility in Ocean
  • Economical, Environmental and Scientific Effects
  • Laws/Regulations Regarding to Nuclear Ship
  • Free Navigation System of Nuclear Ship
  • International Cooperation

Further details are available from
Nobuteru Nariyama (Conference Secretary)
Nuclear Technology Division
Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport
6-38-1, Shinkawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0004, Japan
Tel: +81-422-41-3138
Fax: +81-422-41-3136
e-mail: nari@srimot.go.jp

url: http://www.srimot.go.jp/ncl/ws/index.html

ICONE-8 Call For Papers

The Eighth International Conference On Nuclear Engineering, ICONE-8, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 2-6, 2000. It sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Société Française de l'Energie Nucléaire (SFEN) and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Papers are invited for publication and presentation on topics related to "Nuclear Energy in the New Millennium." ICONE is a comprehensive international conference on nuclear engineering which features 400-500 peer-reviewed full-length papers in 10 technical tracks:

  • Plant Operations and Maintenance
  • Major Component Reliability and Materials Issues
  • Structural Integrity, Dynamic Behavior and Seismic Design
  • License Renewal, Life Extension, Decommissioning and Decontamination
  • Safety, Reliability and Plant Evaluations
  • Next Generation Systems
  • Thermal Hydraulics
  • Basic Nuclear Engineering Advances
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Spent Fuel and Radwaste Management
  • Codes, Standard and Regulatory Issues

Authors should submit a 400-word abstract with return address, phone, fax, and E-mail information by September 15, 1999, for consideration.

Online: http://www.icone-conf.org/icone8/

E-Mail: Submit-icone8@icone-conf.org

Mail: George Bockhold, US Technical Chair, c/o PO Box 116502, Gainesville, FL 32611-6502, USA; Telephone: 1+352-392-9722; fax: 1+352-392-8656.

(Include your abstract with track number in one of the following formats: PC: MSWord, WordPerfect, postscript, pdf, or text file, MAC or UNIX: send TWO printed copies.)

ISRP-8

The 8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-8) will be held in Prague, the Czech Republic, June 5-9, 2000. The Symposium, a triennial event organised by the International Radiation Physics Society (IRPS), is devoted to current trends in radiation physics research and potential future issues. The scientific sessions will include invited lectures by leading experts in the field and poster presentations of contributed papers. Papers are solicited for the following proposed scientific sessions:

  • Fundamental processes in radiation physics
  • Radiation sources and detectors
  • Radiation in physical and material sciences
  • Radiation in medicine and biology
  • Radiation in space, earth and environmental sciences
  • Radiation in archaeometry and the history of art
  • Radiation technologies and industrial applications

If you are interested in attending the symposium, please contact:

Professor Ladislav Musílek
Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering
Bøehová 7, 115 19 Praha 1,
Czech Republic
Fax: +4202 2320861, e-mail: musilek@br.fjfi.cvut.cz

Additional and updated information may be obtained from http://www.fjfi.cvut.cz/ISRP-8.htm.

Plutonium Futures--The Science

The Plutonium Futures--The Science conference will be held at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10-13, 2000. Conference participants will examine present knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of plutonium and other actinides in complex media and materials; discuss current and emerging science (chemistry, physics, materials science, nuclear science, and environmental effects) of plutonium and actinides relevant to enhancing global nuclear security; and promote the exchange of ideas. The scientific program will include invited plenary and keynote lectures followed by presentations of invited and contributed papers in oral and poster sessions. The plenary sessions will include participation by policy makers and elected officials as well as scientific leaders. English is the official language of the conference. The extended abstracts from the conference will be published. The conference will cover scientific topics in plutonium and actinide sciences including actinides in the environment and the science underlying plutonium disposition. Conference subtopics include:

  • Separations
  • Matrix interactions
  • Materials compatibility
  • Plutonium metallurgy
  • Detection and analysis
  • Environmental and biosphere chemistry
  • Nuclear fuels
  • Novel plutonium/actinide compounds and complexes

If you are interested in Plutonium Futures--The Science and wish to receive the future announcements, including the Call for Papers, complete and submit the on-line Information Request Form (http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/nmt/nmtdo/PuConf2000/2krequest.html). You may also email or write to:

Plutonium Futures--The Science
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nuclear Materials Technology Division
P.O. Box 1663
MS E500
Los Alamos, NM, USA 87545

Contact: Andria Liesse
Telephone: 505-665-5981
Conference E-mail: Puconf2000@lanl.gov
Fax: 505-667-7966

Radiation Protection for Our National Priorities:
Medicine, the Environment, and the Legacy

The Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of the American Nuclear Society invites you to attend its Year 2000 (RPS2000) topical meeting to be held in Spokane, Washington, September 17-21, 2000. This meeting will cover issues associated with radiation protection and health physics. Papers summaries are due December 1, 1999. RPS2000 is being organized in conjunction with the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society. In addition to the technical paper sessions there will be a full range of classes and seminars for HPS certification credit. Spokane River Park, the site of the Expo '74 world's fair, has been developed into an outstanding convention center with activities for everyone, from fishing to opera, within steps of the hotel. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.ambinet.com/ans/rps2000.htm.

ANS 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy

The 2000 American Nuclear Society 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy will be held at the Olympia Park Hotel in Park City, Utah, October 15-19, 2000. It will be an international forum for presentation and discussion of scientific and technical information covering all aspects of fusion technology, including the most recent developments in both inertial and magnetic confinement fusion energy. The meeting website provides detailed information on abstract submittal, meeting registration, lodging, and activities. The web site can be found at: http://ev2.inel.gov/ParkCity/. Please plan to join us in Park City in October of 2000.

REAC/TS Radiation-Accident Courses

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is part of the Medical Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education established by the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake national and international programs in science and engineering education, training and management systems, energy and environment systems, and medical sciences. The REAC/TS staff offers several courses in the handling of radiation accidents. A brief description of the courses follows.

Handling of Radiation Accidents by Emergency Personnel is a 3-day course designed for emergency room nurses and physicians who may need to administer initial hospital aid to a radiation accident victim. Lectures, complemented by demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and a simulated radiation accident drill, will emphasize the handling of the victim. Discussions include the fundamentals of radiation, detection and measurement, prevention of the spread of contamination, dose reduction for the victim and attending personnel, and the role of the medical physicist in caring for contaminated accident victims.

Health Physics in Radiation Accidents is a 4-day course for health physicists and radiation protection technologists who may be called upon to respond to accidents involving radioactive materials and injury to personnel. The major topics are radiological emergency procedures and the role of the health physicist in a medical environment.

Medical Planning and Care in Radiation Accidents, a 4-day course designed for physicians, presents an advanced level of information on diagnosis and treatment of acute local and total body radiation exposure, internal and external contamination, combined injuries, and multi-casualty incidents involving ionizing radiation.

The course dates and registration information may be obtained from L. Gail Mack, Registrar, REAC/TS, MS-39, Oak Ridge Inst. for Science & Education, P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117 (phone 423-576-3132, email mackg@orau.gov).

Calendar

Your attention is directed to the following events of interest.

August 1999

Computational Methods in Reactor Analysis and Shielding, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

Nuclear Criticality Safety, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

Monte Carlo Analysis, Aug. 16-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Contact: Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 423-974-2525, fax 423-974-0668).

GLOBAL '99, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 1999, Jackson, Wyoming. Contact: todd.allen@anl.gov; Argonne National Laboratory - West, P. O. Box 2528, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83401-2528 (phone 208-533-7760, fax 208-533-7863, http://www.anlw.anl.gov/global99/)

September 1999

3rd International Conference on Isotopes, September 6-10, 1999, Vancouver, Canada. Contact http://ipg04.triumf.ca/index.html.

Tenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry, Sept. 12-17, 1999, in Osaka, Japan. Contact: Dr. David W. Vehar (phone 505-845-3414, fax 505-844-0798, email dwvehar@sandia.gov) or Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim (phone 32-14-332277, fax 32-14-321529, email haitabde@sckcen.be).

MCNP Visual Editor training class, Sept. 13-16, 1999, Richland, Washington. Contact: Randy Schwarz, MS K8-34, P.O Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (phone 509-372-4042, fax 509-372-6421, email randy.schwarz@pnl.gov).

SCALE Criticality Course (KENO V.a), Sept. 13-17, 1999, INSTN, Saclay, France. Contact: Enrico Sartori, OECD/NEA Data Bank, Le Seine-Saint Germain, 12 boulevard des Iles, F- 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (phone 33-0-1-4524-1072; fax 33-0-1-4524-1110; email sartori@nea.fr).

6th International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety, September 20-24, 1999, Versailles, France. Contact: http://www.ipsn.fr/icnc99/.

October 1999

4th Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications IRRMA '99, Oct. 3-7, 1999, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Dr. Thomas S. Elleman, Department of Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7909, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 U.S.A. (phone 919-515-2302, fax 919-515-5115, email elleman@eos.ncsu.edu, url http://www.quantumres.com/temps/irrma.html).

5th Annual Workshop on Monte Carlo Simulation of Radiotherapy Treatment Sources using the OMEGA/BEAM Code System, Oct. 4-7, 1999, Ottawa, Canada. Contact: Blake Walters, Ionizing Radiation Standards, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0R6. (phone 613-993-2715, fax 613-952-9865, e-mail bwalters@irs.phy.nrc.ca, url http://www.irs.inms. nrc.ca/inms/irs/BEAM/beamhome.html).

Half a Century of Radiation Shielding Research and Its Evolution into the Next Era (ICRS-9), Oct. 17-22, 1999, Tsukuba, Japan, sponsored and organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. Contact: Yujiro Ikeda, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai Research Establishment, Neutron Science Research Center, Spallation Neutronics Laboratory, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki-ken 319-11 Japan (phone 81-29-282-6074, fax 81-29-282-5709, email ikeda@fnshp.tokai.jaeri.go.jp, url http://icrs9.tokai.jaeri.go.jp.

November 1999

International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 14-19, 1999, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: Dr. John L. Boccio, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Building 197C, Upton, New York 11973-5000 (phone 516-344-7690; fax 516-344-5266, email boccio@bnl.gov).

February 2000

Utilization of Nuclear Power in Oceans, N'ocean 2000, Feb. 21-24, 2000, Tokyo, Japan. Contact: Nobuteru Nariyama (Conference Secretary), Nuclear Technology Division, Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, 6-38-1, Shinkawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0004, Japan (phone +81-422-41-3138, fax +81-422-41-3136, email nari@srimot.go.jp, url http://www.srimot.go.jp/ncl/ws/index.html).

April 2000

Eighth International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE-8, April 2-6, 2000, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Contact: George Bockhold, US Technical Chair, c/o PO Box 116502, Gainesville, FL 32611-6502, USA (phone 352-392-9722, fax 352-392-8656, email Submit-icone8@icone-conf.org, url http://www.icone-conf.org/icone8/).

June 2000

8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-8), June 5-9, 2000, Prague, the Czech Republic. Contact: Professor Ladislav Musílek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Bøehová 7, 115 19 Praha 1, Czech Republic (fax +4202 2320861, email musilek@br.fjfi.cvut.cz).

July 2000

Plutonium Futures--The Science, July 10-13, 2000, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact: Plutonium Futures--The Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nuclear Materials Technology Division, P.O. Box 1663, MS E500, Los Alamos, NM, USA 87545 (phone 505-665-5981, fax 505-667-7966, email Puconf2000@lanl.gov).

September 2000

Radiation Protection for our National Priorities: Medicine, the Environment, and the Legacy, Sept. 17-21, 2000, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Harvey Goldberg, ANS-EWS, P.O.Box 941, Richland, WA 99352 (url email finfrock@ambinet.com).

October 2000

2000 American Nuclear Society 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy, Oct. 15-19, 2000, Park City, Utah. Contact: url http://www.ambinet.com/ans/rps2000.htm.

JUNE ACCESSION OF LITERATURE

The following literature cited has been reviewed and placed in the RSICC Information Storage and Retrieval Information System (SARIS), now searchable on the RSICC web server (http://www-rsicc.ornl.gov/SARIS.html). This early announcement is made as a service to the shielding community. Copies of the literature are not distributed by RSICC. They may generally be obtained from the author or from a documentation center such as the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Department of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia 22161. For literature listed as available from INIS contact INIS Clearinghouse, International Atomic Energy Agency, P.O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna.

Radiation Shielding Literature

Health Phys., 76, 635-638 . . . A Method to Detect Low-Level 63Ni Activity for Estimating Fast Neutron Fluence from the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb. . . ; Ito, Y.; Shibata, Y.; Imamura, M.; Shibata, S.; Nogawa, N.; Uwamino Y.; Shizuma, K. . . . June 1999 . . . High Energy Accelerator Research Organization.

Health Phys., 76, 639-643 . . . Absorbed Dose from Traversing Spherically Symmetric, Gaussian Radioactive Clouds. . . . Thompson, J.M.; Poston, J. W., Sr. . . . June 1999 . . . Westinghouse Safety Management Solutions, Inc.; Aiken, SC; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Health Phys., 76, 664-674 . . . Measurement of Surface Alpha Contamination Using Electret Ion Chambers. . . . Dua, S.K.; Biswas, S.K.; Szerszen, P.; Boudreaux, J.; Ebadian, M.A. . . . June 1999 . . . Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 261-272 . . . Neutron Spectrum Unfolding Using a Modified Truncated Singular Value Decomposition Method. . . . Stuenkel, D.; Holloway, J.P.; Knoll, G.F. . . . June 1999 . . . University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 312-325 . . . A Self-Adjoint Angular Flux Equation. . . . Morel, J.E.; McGhee, J.M. . . . July 1999 . . . Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 236-336 . . . Neural Estimation of First-Order Sensitivity Coefficients: Application to the Control of a Simulated Pressurized Water Reactor. . . . Accorsi, R.; Marseguerra, M.; Padovani, E.; Zio, E. . . . July 1999 . . . Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy.

Nucl. Sci. Eng., 132, 337-345 . . . Moderator Temperature Coefficient of Reactivity in Pressurized Water Reactors: Theoretical Investigation and Numerical Simulations. . . . Antonopoulos-Domis, M.; Housiadas, C. . . . July 1999 . . . National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos," Athens, Greece.

Prog. Nucl. Energy, 35, 1-64 . . . On A Rigorous Resolution of the Transport Equation into a System of Diffusion-Like Equations. . . . Ackroyd, R.T.; de Oliveira, C.R.E.; Zolfaghari, A.; Goddard, A.J.H. . . . July 1999 . . . Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.

Prog. Nucl. Energy, 35, 79-127 . . . Some Recent Trends and Progress in the Physics and Biophysics of Neutron Capture Therapy. . . . Nigg, D.W. . . . July 1999 . . . Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID.

No Pub. Desc. . . . Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities -- SATIF 4 . . . Workshop Proceedings, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 17-18 September 1998. . . . 1999. . . Nuclear Energy Agency, OECD, France.

Date Posted 08/02/99 (afr)

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