Dr. Keith J. Schiager, director of the Radiological Health Department at the University of Utah, has been elected president-elect of the national Health Physics Society.
Schiager will be installed as president-elect at the 6,000-member international society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in July. He will become president in 1992.A native of South Dakota, Schiager graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in physics. He earned a master of public health degree and a doctorate in environmental health at the University of Michigan.
Schiager became director of radiological health at the U. in 1982. He previously taught and did research at Colorado State, where he was director of a graduate program for radiation health specialists from 1964 to 1973, and at the University of Pittsburgh.
He is the 1990 president of the American Academy of Health Physics, an organization responsible for the professional certification of health physicists. He served on the Health Physics Society's board of directors from 1976 to 1979.
The society is dedicated to protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. The organization consists of scientists and other technical personnel involved in radiation safety throughout the United States and in more than 40 other countries. Engineers, biologists, physicists, medical doctors, lawyers and other professionals are members. Schiager became a plenary member in 1958 and a fellow in 1987.
The author of more than 70 journal publications and research reports, Schiager was certified as a health physicist in 1964 by the American Board of Health Physics. He has worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico.
Schiager has held numerous positions with the Health Physics Society, including the presidency of the Great Salt Lake chapter in 1984-1985. He was also president of the Central Rocky Mountain chapter in 1967-68 and 1980-81.
He also holds memberships in the American Academy of Health Physics, the American Nuclear Society, the International Radiation Protection Association, and the Society of Sigma, the national research society.