Every year, at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Chairs and Co-Chairs of ANSI/HPS Working Groups that have completed a new or significantly revised American National Standard are officially recognized and presented with a plaque, and the Working Group members are recognized with a certificate.
Richland employee Tracy Ikenberry is a Co-Chair of the Working Group that recently (October 2011) completed the new American National Standard, ANSI/HPS N2.1-2011, Radiation Symbol. (His Co-Chair is Dr. John W. Poston, Sr., of Texas A&M University.) As such, Tracy was to be recognized with a plaque at the Sacramento meeting.
But, because Tracy also is the Chair of the ANSI/HPS Accredited Standards Committee N13, Radiation Protection, he was the person who was supposed to be presenting the plaque…to himself!
Since Tracy wasn’t going to be attending the meeting, and because he also has the responsibility of procuring the HPS plaques each year (thanks, Harrington’s Trophies in Richland!), we held a little impromptu ceremony at our Richland office to give Tracy his duly-earned recognition.
Tracy’s Vice-Chair of the ANSI/HPS Accredited Standards Committee N13, Michelle Johnson of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), came over to the office to present Tracy with his plaque.
“We had a little fun with it,” said Tracy, “and [fellow Dade Moeller employee] Larry Anderson obliged with a photo.”
American National Standard ANSI/HPS N2.1-2011, Radiation Symbol, is available on the Health Physics Society website, either as a free download for HPS members, or for purchase ($50) by non-members.
Dade Moeller, a long-time affiliate member of the Health Physics Society, employs more Certified Health Physicists than any other company in the United States. The company supports its several employees who, like Tracy, benefit the health physics field by participating in American National Standards efforts.