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ACGIH® Honors Its 2013 Awards Recipients



Cincinnati, Ohio — May 10, 2013 — ACGIH® will honor its 2013 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition held May 18-23, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Each year, ACGIH® honors individuals and/or groups who have made significant contributions to the profession through their leadership and dedication. This year's awardees join that distinguished list.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient: Günter Oberdörster, DVM, PhD

The Herbert E. Stokinger Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology.

Dr. Oberdörster is Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester. He has also been the Director of the University of Rochester Ultrafine Particle Center, principal investigator of a Multidisciplinary Research Initiative in Nanotoxicology, and is currently Head of the Pulmonary Core of the NIEHS Center Grant. Dr. Oberdörster's research interests include the effects and underlying mechanisms of lung injury induced by inhaled non-fibrous and fibrous particles, including extrapolation modeling and risk assessment. His studies with ultrafine particles influenced the field of inhalation toxicology, raising awareness of the unique biokinetics and toxicological potential of nano-sized particles. Dr. Oberdörster has served on many national and international committees and is recipient of several scientific awards. He is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Aerosol Medicine; Particle & Fibre Toxicology; Nanotoxicology; International Journal of Hygiene & Environmental Health; Nanomaterials and the Environment, and Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives. He was a member of ACGIH® from 1983 through 2001.

Dr. Oberdörster's contributions to the occupational health and industrial hygiene profession have earned him the Herbert E. Stokinger Award.

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Erica Jones, CIH

The John J. Bloomfield Award 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.

Ms. Jones received a 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. During her training she completed several internships with NIOSH, which set the stage for her continued dedication to prevention through design and engineering control concepts.

Since graduating, Ms. Jones has held a mix of research and engineering industrial hygiene positions and field industrial hygiene positions with ExxonMobil, which have enabled her contribution to both design and tactical industrial hygiene issues. As a hygienist with ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, part of the Research and Engineering branch of the company, she actively applied prevention through design concepts to eliminate overexposure potential in process designs. As the lead hygienist for a refining facility in California, Ms. Jones provided comprehensive management and leadership for site health programs, including exposure assessment/reassessment strategies for over 80 Similar Exposure Groups. In this role, she also identified opportunities, gained leadership buy-in, and advanced engineering control projects to reduce potential for personnel exposure to chemical and physical hazards.

Ms. Jones is also active in industrial hygiene professional organizations. She has served in multiple officer roles for her AIHA local section in California and is currently the Chair of the AIHA Engineering Committee. She is looking forward to continuing her professional involvement with the opportunities provided by the Bloomfield Award.

As a young industrial hygienist, Ms. Jones has already made numerous contributions to the field and is expected to continue to be a leader in environmental health and safety.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient: Carol Rice, PhD, CIH

The Meritorious Achievement Award is given to members of ACGIH® who have made outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene.

Dr. Rice is an occupational hygienist with more than 35 years of experience in professional practice and 25 years in academic research and teaching and worker health and safety education. She specializes in the assessment of current industrial exposures and the evaluation of working lifetime exposures and has a special interest in the use of historical exposure data to reconstruct past human exposures for occupational epidemiology studies. Dr. Rice directed the NIOSH-sponsored Education and Research Center (ERC) at the University of Cincinnati from 2008 until June of 2012 and served as Deputy Director for the previous nine years. She continues to serve the ERC as the Deputy Director of Occupational Hygiene and organizer of off-campus learning experiences, and is active in several research projects including beryllium, refractory ceramic fibers and Libby amphibole. Dr. Rice has served on a number of advisory boards and is currently a member of the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Rice joined ACGIH® in 1983 and is currently an active member.

In 1987, Dr. Rice organized the multi-state, multi-institution Midwest Consortium (MWC) for Hazardous Waste Worker Training. The MWC participants include site workers, emergency responders and workers in a range of industrial settings; the Consortium also serves the needs of minorities and low-income residents impacted by hazardous materials in their neighborhoods. From 2009 to 2012 she worked with students to establish a partnership with the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, serving low-wage and immigrant workers.

Dr. Rice's dedication and service to the occupational health and industrial hygiene profession, and her commitment to ACGIH®'s mission render her a worthy recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient: David Michaels, PhD, MPH

The William Steiger Memorial Award honors individuals from the social/political sphere whose efforts have contributed to advancements in occupational safety and health.

Dr. Michaels is an epidemiologist, currently on leave from his position as Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. He is the author of studies examining the health of workers, as well as of numerous publications on science and regulatory policy. Dr. Michaels is a graduate of the City College of New York, and holds an MPH (Master of Public Health) and PhD from Columbia University. As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Michaels has worked to strengthen the agency's enforcement in high risk industries, improve OSHA's whistleblower protection program, promote common sense worker protection programs and standards, expand compliance assistance provided to small employers, and increase outreach to the vulnerable populations who are at greatest risk for work-related injury and illness. He has also increased OSHA's focus and capabilities in the areas of data analysis and program evaluation.

From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Michaels served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health, where he helped create the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, a program that compensates nuclear weapons workers who contracted occupational illnesses as a result of exposure to radiation, beryllium and other hazards. The program has provided more than $8 billion in compensation to sick workers and the families of deceased workers. In 2006, Dr. Michaels was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award, and in 2009, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award given by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, for his work in scientific integrity and for gaining compensation for nuclear weapons workers.

ACGIH® is pleased to honor Dr. Michaels as the recipient of this year's William Steiger Memorial Award.

Note to Reporters: Photos of the Awards recipients are available upon request.

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Amy Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director