Steven Biegalski
Chair of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Program
Georgia Institute of Technology
steven.biegalski@me.gatech.edu
(404) 385-5973

August 10, 2021

I would like to thank the members of Isotopes and Radiation Division (IRD) for electing me to be Chair for the 2021-2022 period.  Now is an exciting time to be part of the IRD field.  Recent advancements in radiation detection, nuclear medicine, and electron cold pasteurization of agricultural products are making positive impacts on society.  IRD is the home for these technologies within the American Nuclear Society.

IRD has recently merged with the Biology and Medicine Division (BMD) to forge a more robust group.  This synergy increases IRD’s contributions to areas including radioisotope cancer therapies, radiation dosimetry, and radionuclide production for medical applications.  We anticipate with great alacrity the IRD submissions to the national ANS meetings in representing these areas.

As IRD Chair, I would like to thank the Gozani Family for recently contributing an endowed Graduate Scholarship to be awarded through the IRD.  Inaugural applications for this scholarship will commence in November 2021.  Graduate students conducting research focusing on areas relevant to nuclear applications to Homeland Security are highly encouraged to apply.  We are grateful for this new scholarship to benefit deserving students.

IRD members should be as excited as I am regarding the upcoming International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC).  (https://www.marcconference.org/)  The first MARC meeting occurred thirty-four years ago in 1987.  MARC XI will be held April 3-8, 2022 in Kona, HI.  This meeting, organized by IRD, is recognized as one of the leading meetings in this field of research.

I encourage all ANS members to engage with IRD.  We welcome new participation of ANS members in all of our activities.  It is also important for currently active members to recruit their interested colleagues.  I was brought to my first IRD Executive Committee meeting (just to listen in) by Professor Amares Chatt in 2004.  That introduction led to me being an active IRD member today.  So, please take that first step to increasing your participation level with IRD.  The seeds you plant today will bear great fruit for the IRD of the future.

Regards,

Steven Biegalski