McAdams Award Honoree Remarks - 2021
McAdams Award Acceptance Speech
Thank you, Jeff. It is an honor and a privilege to receive this award and humbling when I consider the company of previous winners of this award. That list is long and distinguished. The process started when I was chosen to be on the Part II Panel. Govind Rao was Chair and Gus Potter Vice Chair, they welcomed me and taught me the importance and precision required in the Certification process. Thank you! It was a lot of work at first, but it lightened up when someone said he wasn’t feeling well and the reply was summarized in 4 elements: “First you have to tritium. If you can’t helium, and you can’t curium you may have to barium.” Seriously, the group of individuals that make up the Panels, Board and Academy are truly dedicated to making this Certification achievement meaningful throughout the World. They come together to make a critical mass of knowledge, professionalism, cooperation and experience that provides a platform for the basis of professional knowledge and wisdom. Remember the difference in knowledge and wisdom, knowledge is knowing the facts, as you new CHPs have demonstrated. However, wisdom is the ability to apply it in the real world.
If you look around in this room you will see a vast amount of wisdom in the gray hair. They are individuals that I would be comfortable in saying would be glad to help any other HP with a problem. We all work together as a team in this field to further advance and enlighten the world in the proper and safe use of radiation. I have requested reviews from many of them and they provided excellent comments and perspectives, without demeaning, and with my gratitude to them for making a better final product. Whether it is an Exam or a technical paper, always strive for excellence and clarity. This is an awesome responsibility that is greatly needed in these times of fear of science and false inaccuracies.
There is not enough time to mention or thank all the individuals that have assisted and encouraged me in this adventure. I would like to thank the Awards Committee for this honor and the individuals supporting them. Also all of the Panel, Board and Academy members past and present for their literally thousands of hours supporting the Certification process.
To all the newly or recently Certified CHPs I suggest at some point when you have a little more wisdom or want to have some fun. Get involved! Whether in your local chapter, become a Panel member or on committees (go to the aahp-abhp.org web site). Work with the local Science Fair to get kids enthused about science. You have a long and wonderful escapade ahead of you, embrace it and you will continue learning with joy.
Now did you hear:
A photon checks into a hotel. The bellhop askes, "Can I help you with your luggage?" It replies, "I don't have any. I'm traveling light."
A neutrino walks into a bar and the bartender says Do you want a drink? He replies No just passing through.
A neutrino walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink and the bartender says, “For you no charge.”
Sincerely I Thank Everyone for this Honor.