ACGIH Congratulates 2013 Award Winners

The recipient of the association's William Steiger Memorial Award is a familiar name: Dr. David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, the assistant U.S. secretary of labor for OSHA. He'll receive it May 19 during ACGIH's membership reception and annual meeting.

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, which is co-sponsoring this year's AIHce conference with AIHA, has announced the names of its 2013 award winners who will be honored during the Montreal event. The best-known name among them is Dr. David Michaels, the OSHA assistant secretary and epidemiologist who is receiving the William Steiger Memorial Award on May 19, during ACGIH's membership meeting, for his efforts that have contributed to advancements in occupational safety and health.

Other honorees this year include:

  • Gunter Oberdorster, DVM, Ph.D., who is receiving the Herbert E. Stokinger Award during the AIHce opening session and will present the Stokinger Lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 23, 2013 in room 510B of the convention center. His lecture will be entitled "Hazard and Risk Characterization of Inhaled Carbon Nanomaterials." Oberdörster is a professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester and also has been the director of the University of Rochester Ultrafine Particle Center, principal investigator of a Multidisciplinary Research Initiative in Nanotoxicology, and he is currently head of the Pulmonary Core of the NIEHS Center Grant.
  • Carol Rice, Ph.D., CIH, is receiving the Meritorious Achievement Award on May 19 at the annual membership meeting. This award is given to members who have made outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene. Rice has been a member since 1983, directed the NIOSH-sponsored Education and Research Center at the University of Cincinnati from 2008 until June 2012 and served as its deputy director for the previous nine years, and in 1987 organized the multi-state Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training.
  • Erica Jones, CIH, is receiving the John J. Bloomfield Award, which is presented to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing fieldwork and who demonstrates significant contribution to the profession. She earned her BS in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2004 and an MHS in occupational and environmental hygiene from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Besides working for ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, she has served in multiple officer roles for her AIHA local section in California and is currently chair of the AIHA Engineering Committee.

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