Kim Burns, PhD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
October 24, 2022
I would like to thank the members of Isotopes and Radiation Division (IRD) for electing me to be Chair for the 2022-2023 period. Now is an exciting time to be part of the IRD field. This year’s significant advancements in radiation detection, isotope production, nuclear medicine, and safeguards technology highlight a small subset of the scientific achievements supported by IRD.
As IRD chair, I encourage participation in the division from all ANS members. IRD is the ANS home for a diverse set of technical areas including gamma and neutron imaging applications; industrial measurements and applications; isotope production; nuclear and atomic analysis; neutron sources, beams, and applications; nuclear technology for life sciences; radiation effects; research reactors; safeguards, forensics, and non-proliferation; and transuranics. This is an extremely broad portion of the nuclear industry and provides a wide variety of opportunities for engagement. I became active in ANS as au undergraduate student and attended my first executive committee meeting, although not for IRD, while I was a graduate student with my graduate advisor. The various opportunities I have had within ANS allowed me to positively contribute to the ANS organization and grow my technical network. If you are interested in participating more in IRD, please reach out. We welcome new participation of ANS members in all of our activities.