Back when it was formed in 1962, the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, or JILA as it was abbreviated, was among the first of its kind a collaboration between a major government agency (the National Bureau of Standards, the predecessor of NIST) and a major university (the University of Colorado at Boulder). In the ensuing years, its success has spawned other similar partnerships between scientific agencies and major research universities. But time marches on. Like NBS, which in 1988 required a name change to NIST to better reflect its expanded mission, the name Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics has outlived its usefulness. In 1962, JILA focused on measurements and analysis to support the burgeoning space program formed during the space race immediately following Sputnik; today JILA performs wide-ranging research in lasers, atomic physics, chemical physics, geophysics, semiconductor exploration, astrophysics, and gravitational and optical physics. A large part of the new mission is supporting standards for high-technology industries. So now, the institute will be known simply as JILA. ``The old name hardly reflects the breadth of the current institute,'' says James E. Faller, a NIST physicist and current chairman of JILA. ``In scientific circles throughout the world, the term JILA is well recognized on its own, so we adopted it as the sole name of the institute.''
Measurements of ionizing radiation are critical to many medical, environmental and industrial applications. Techniques for ensuring the accuracy of such measurements will be the focus of the fourth annual meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards to be held at NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters on Nov. 28-30, 1995. The technical program will cover medical applications, public and environmental radiation protection, occupational radiation protection and radiation effects. CIRMS' purpose is to advance and disseminate the physical measurements and standards needed for safe and effective technological applications of ionizing radiation. CIRMS brings together representatives from academic, industrial and government agencies involved in nearly every aspect of ionizing radiation. The registration fee for the November meeting is $125.