AAPM Executive Director’s Column Angela R. Keyser, College Park, MD AAPM Annual Meeting in Vancouver I expect that most attendees of the recent Joint AAPM/COMP meeting would agree that Vancouver is a wonderful meeting destination. I heard over and over again …..”we should meet here every year!” Once again, registration numbers exceeded previous years’ totals with roughly 4,400 attendees, including more than 2,700 scientic registrants. The success and continued growth in the meeting is due in large part to the countless volunteers who devote their time to planning an outstanding program. Thank you for all that you do for AAPM and the medical physics profession. I also want to acknowledge the hardworking team of professionals at HQ who take such great pride in doing their very best for the organization and each other. Thank you for giving 110%! Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2012 AAPM Annual Meeting to be held July 29 – August 2, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. Meeting News September 23 in the last day to register for the 2011 CT Dose Summit: Interdisciplinary Program on Scan Parameter Optimization for Imaging Physicians, Technologists and Physicists, to be held October 7-8 in Denver, CO. Program Directors Cynthia McCollough and Diana Cody have put together an outstanding faculty with the goal to provide practical information for users that will help them operate their CT scanners wisely, improving the quality and usefulness of CT images while reducing the radiation dose to patients. Make sure to register for the RSNA meeting by November 4 to receive the complimentary registration provided to all AAPM members. The AAPM Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Mark your calendars for the 2012 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting to be held March 17-20, 2012 in Dallas, TX. As part of an agreement between AAPM and ACMP, AAPM is folding the ACMP Annual Meeting into a new program managed by AAPM. Program information is expected shortly! New Report Available Report of AAPM Task Group #144 -- Recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine on dosimetry, imaging, and quality assurance procedures for 90Y microsphere brachytherapy in the treatment of hepatic malignancies. 2012 Awards Deadlines Approaching October 15 is the deadline for nominations for the William D. Coolidge Award, Marvin M.D. Williams Award, Edith H. Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award and AAPM Fellows as well as applications for the AAPM-IPEM Medical Physics Travel Grant. AAPM Forms new chapter At the recent AAPM Board meeting, a proposal to form the Arizona Chapter of the AAPM was approved. This brings the total of AAPM chapters to 21. If you are not involved with your local chapter, please consider attending an upcoming meeting. Chapter information can be found online at: http://www.aapm.org/org/chapters/ US Physics Team Each year, AAPM joins with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and other societies to sponsor a team to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition (IPhO). This year the team received 2 gold medals and 3 silver medals at the IPhO held in Bangkok, Thailand in July. For more information about the accomplishments of the US Team and all the teams attending the Olympiad, please go to: http://aapt.org/physicsteam/2011/ .