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Dr Howell Round receives prestigious award for contributions to medical physics

Congratulations to ACPSEM Member Dr Howell Round who has been selected as one of AFOMP's "Outstanding Medical Physicists from AFOMP Region", where his medical physics contributions have been highly recognised.

The award was given to Dr Howell Round as part of AFOMP's 20th anniverary celebrations, and this particular acolade was to honour and recognise people within the AFOMP region who have provided longstanding medical physics contributions covering education, training, research and professional development for the last 20 years. AFOMP received 36 nominations from 14 different countries, and were tasked with selecting the most oustanding people from a list of exceptional nominations.

Dr Howell Round has been an ACPSEM Member since 2002 and is now retired from a longstanding career within medical physics.

Dr Howell Round first encountered medical physics while on a work placement at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand, while doing a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree in physics at the University of Waikato. He went on to do an MSc in medical physics at the University of Surrey, UK. On returning to New Zealand he took up a position as a medical physicist at Waikato Hospital before going on to complete a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. This was followed by two years as a diagnostic imaging physicist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Australia, before starting an academic career as a lecturer at the University of Waikato in 1985. While there he chaired the University’s Physics and Electronic Engineering Department for seven years before becoming an associate professor until he retired in 2017.

Howell Round has conducted research in medical ultrasound, radiotherapy treatment planning, dose optimization, nuclear medicine, and applications of electronics and electronics education. He also published papers on medical physics education and training, continuing professional development, workforce issues and medical physics policy.

In conjunction with John Drew (Australia) he developed TEAP, the clinical physicist training and education program of the Australasian College of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. This was later adopted by the IAEA as the basis for its clinical training programs.

Howell has been President of the ACPSEM, Secretary General of AFOMP and Secretary General the International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM). He also served on and chaired numerous committees of ACPSEM, AFOMP, IOMP and IUPESM and continues to serve on committees of ACPSEM and IOMP.

Howell was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Physics (1986), Fellow of the ACPSEM (2002), Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (2013) and Fellow of the International Organization for Medical Physics (2019). He is a recipient of the ACPSEM Distinguished Service Award (2010) and the IOMP International Day of Medical Physics Award (2017). He is an Honorary Professor of Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Vietnam.

Thank you to Dr Howell Round for his contributions to ACPSEM and medical physics.

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