RICHLAND, Wash. â" Darrell Fisher, a radiation scientist with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected president of the Health Physics Society, a 5,000-member, internationally recognized scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety.Â
Fisher leads the Isotope Sciences Program at PNNL, which focuses on isotope production and applications development for government and private industry.
Fisher has been active in the Health Physics Society for 36 years, serving as board member, treasurer, parliamentarian, and chair of its major committees.Â His three-year term includes one year as president-elect and one year as past-president of the society.Â
"In the coming year, our professional society will continue to seek congressional support for university teaching programs in health physics and nuclear engineering, and federal agency support for international standards development," Fisher said.Â We also seek a broader role in federal policy development for nuclear materials and waste management."
Fisher's term began in July at the Society's 57th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif.Â At that same meeting, PNNL health physicist Kathy Pryor concluded her year as the society's president.
"Kathy provided outstanding leadership and set a high standard," Fisher said. "I look forward to serving and doing what I can to help advance the society and increase its influence for the nation, profession and membership."
Fisher joined PNNL in 1978 after earning a master's degree and doctorate in nuclear engineering sciences from the University of Florida.Â He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Utah.