Editor's Note

Welcome to the Winter 2012 Communicator

 Image  By Brian Boyer
INMM Communicator Editor

I am getting out the Communicator in the coldest and snowiest week of the year so far.  However, after the fires last summer we welcome snow at Los Alamos! I hope all of you are doing fine in the holiday seasons here and around the world. 


Happy 20th Anniversary to ABACC and thanks
for all their fine hospitality and warm weather!

Once again we have a mix of contributions this issue from our technical divisions and articles by contributors. Josh Tackentien from Brookhaven National Laboratory and ISPO has an article on the trip Josh and Rick Wallace made to Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn. USA, to talk about safeguards, nonproliferation, INMM, and opportunities in the field.  I have put together an article about ABACC’s 20th anniversary and the seminar they held in Rio de Janeiro in November. We also have one of our young professionals, Mark Laughter of the IAEA, making a return writing engagement telling us about his first year in Vienna as a safeguards inspector

I put in a new feature this month to honor some members on their achievements just to show that this is a big field filled with diverse folks.  My first honorees are Frank Pabian of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dave Hanks of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Russell Leslie newly of the International Atomic Energy Agency. I hope to continue this feature and ask you to send me items on people who deserve recognition.    

We also have features on the two of our technical divisions from Shirley Cox, chair of the Facilities Operations (FOTD) Technical Division, and James Larrimore, chair of the International Safeguards (ISD) Technical Division, describing their divisions’ activities.

As in every issue of the Communicator, we have news about the Institute’s internal operations in a column by INMM Vice President Ken Sorenson, Inside Insights and another on Member News by Al Garrett, chair of the Membership Committee.


J.W. Marriott Las Vegas – Site of our last EC Meeting

We just had the Executive Committee meeting in Las Vegas, NV which is actually quite a bargain these days. We are getting ready for a big meeting in Orlando, FL this summer.  The next Executive Committee which will have the Technical Program Committee review to build the annual meeting program will be Feb 28-29 in Orlando, FL. We are always looking for volunteers for the Technical Program Committee.  As always, I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any items you would like to have in the Communicator, please forward them to me. We are the Communications Committee!

Spreading the news of what is and what goes on in our profession is our mission! We would also like to continue our push to get submissions for JNMM.

Of course, the Communications Committee is still looking for volunteers: drop me a line at