April 7 - 9, 2022 | Tri-Cities, Washington

About Symposium

We are soliciting the interest of students and faculty from academic institutions with defined programs in nuclear or radiological sciences, early career health physicists, and anyone else who is interested in the latest trends in the radiation protection field in attending/participating in an upcoming Northwest regional health physics meeting.

The Columbia Chapter of Health Physics Society (CCHPS), in conjunction with the Herbert M. Parker Foundation and American Nuclear Society Eastern Washington Section (ANS-EWS), is planning to hold the first Herbert M. Parker Symposium in Richland, Washington, April 7-9, 2022. We are moving ahead with plans for an in-person symposium, but are also considering the possibility of a hybrid (i.e. combination of in-person and virtual) meeting. Attendees will be required to comply with Washington State and local mandates pertaining to COVID-19.

This symposium, entitled RADIATION PROTECTION - THE NEXT GENERATION, is designed to allow students and young professionals to hear from and interact with seasoned radiation protection professionals and prospective employers. We are inviting participants from a broad range of radiation protection disciplines including health physics, medical physics, nuclear engineering, and other related fields.

Program At-A-Glance

The program for this symposium begins Thursday evening, April 8th, with the Spring 2021 Herbert M. Parker Lecture, followed by a series of topical plenary sessions on Friday, April 9th, and a conference banquet Friday evening. The morning of Saturday, April 10th, will be devoted primarily to a career fair with an opportunity for attendees to meet and interact with academic, research, and prospective employment organizations.

A technical tour of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s Hanford B-Reactor will be offered on Saturday afternoon. Additional, alternative technical tours which may be offered Saturday afternoon include the Hanford Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the IsoRay brachytherapy source production facility.

Students will also be offered the opportunity to provide poster presentations on their current academic or research work. A session on Friday afternoon will be devoted specifically to viewing and interacting with these poster presentations.

Need CEUs? The symposium organizers are applying for the continuous educational credits from ABHP and NRRPT.

Important Dates

  • Early Registration Opens — October 1, 2021

  • Abstract¹ Submission Opens — October 1, 2021

  • Abstract Submission Closes — December 10, 2021

  • Abstract Acceptance Notice — January 7, 2022

  • Early Registration Closes — January 18, 2022


  • General registration² — $175 ($215 after January 18)

  • CCHPS Members — $155 ($195)

  • Students³ — $65

  • Exhibitor booths⁴ $250 ($315)

  • Career Fair/Academic booth⁵ — $175

Student Support

Scholarship Opportunities

Every year CCHPS awards multiple scholarships to students in a health physics-related educational path at an accredited institution. Eligible fields of study include, but are not limited to: radiation protection; radioecology/environmental monitoring; nuclear engineering; x-ray/nuclear medicine; or health physics certification. The CCHPS will be offering academic scholarships to students participating in the poster session. The symposium organizers are working on providing more scholarship opportunities.

Travel Grants

We are working closely with our partners to provide travel grants to students planning to attend and present a poster at the symposium.

¹ Abstracts are accepted only for student poster presentations.² includes one year CCHPS membership fee for new members.³ fee will be waived for students presenting a poster. includes one year CCHPS student membership fee for new members.⁴ includes one standard booth (pipe and drape booth with a standard table, two chairs, and 110V power available) and one complimentary registration. Email symposium@cchps.org for details and space availability. ⁵ includes a standard table, two chairs, and 110V power; and one complimentary registration.

Michael Stabin


Marianne Sowa


Tony Brooks

PNNL (retired)

James Conca

UFA Ventures

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Preliminary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

  • Calvin Manning (Framatome) - Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Michael Shymanski (Bechtel) - Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Jerry Kurtz (Hanford) - Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Kevin Doody (Hanford) - Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • John Gough (Swedish Health Services) - Medical Health Physics

  • Michael Boyd (US EPA) - Scientific & Regulatory

  • Earl Fordham (WA DOH) - Scientific & Regulatory

  • Caitlin Condon (PNNL) - Scientific & Regulatory

  • Nancy Kirner (Kirner Consulting, Inc., retired) - Applied Health Physics

  • Linda Synoground (DOE/RAP) - Applied Health Physics

  • Steve Reese (OSU) - Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Wesley Boyd (DOE) - Scientific & Regulatory

  • Mike Ault (US Ecology) - Applied Health Physics

Herbert M. Parker

Herbert M. Parker (1910-1984) was a British-American medical physicist. He worked at Chicago, Oak Ridge, and Hanford during the Manhattan Project, and is perhaps best known for inventing the rep (a precursor of the rad) and helping develop the rem to measure radiation dosage.

After earning an M.S. in Physics from the University of Manchester in 1931, Parker worked at Christie Hospital and the Holt Radium Institute in Manchester. Parker moved to Seattle, Washington in 1938, and led radiological physics at the Tumor Institute at the Swedish Hospital. In 1942, Parker joined the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago as a research associate. The following year, he was assigned to Oak Ridge, where he was responsible for starting the radiological safety program.

In July of 1944, at the suggestion of Manhattan District Medical director, Robert Stone (he was personally recommended by Arthur Holly Compton) he was asked to organize a radiation protection program in the Medical Department of the Hanford Engineering Works, then operated by the DuPont Company, later by the General Electric Company. Accordingly he headed a section in the Medical Department at Hanford known as Health Instruments and developed a radiation protection program at Hanford, which within a short time became a separate component, the Radiological Sciences Department.

Herbert Parker’s influence on radiation protection, Health Physics, was monumental in that much of the technology developed at Hanford was adopted world wide. He also personally contributed significantly to the development of radiation protection philosophy and standards, establishing the first maximum permissible concentration for airborne plutonium, as well as developing the concept of physical and biological doses as radiological quantities with their own individual units. Parker received numerous honors and awards for his accomplishments, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978.