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DONALD E. CUMMINGS MEMORIAL AWARD
Established in 1943 as a tribute to AIHA’s third president, the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award recognizes an AIHA member’s outstanding lifetime contributions to the knowledge and practice of industrial hygiene. The Cummings Award also honors the recipients’ demonstrated practical application of IH knowledge to protect worker health and acknowledges these contributions outside of the field of IH—in EHS, occupational health, public health, or business, for example. Recipients of the award present the Cummings Memorial Lecture at AIHce. The recipient of the 2015 Cummings Memorial Award is André Dufresne, PhD, CIH, of Montreal, Québec, Canada. Dufresne has worked in the IH profession since 1978. In 2008, he became professor and director at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Université de Montréal, and was active until his retirement in 2014. View the complete list of Cummings Award winners on AIHA’s website. How long have you been a member of AIHA? I’d say around 15 years. In three words, please describe how you feel about being selected to receive this award. Landmark: I am privileged to be the recipient of this award among many applicants. Honor: the selection committee added my name to this prestigious list of superstars in industrial hygiene. Recognition: in this distinction, I see the recognition from my peers. What significance does receiving this award hold for you? Being the first French Canadian to receive this international recognition is very exciting. However, I receive this award with great humility and want to share it with all the people who were behind me during my entire career, especially my colleagues at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the Université de Montréal for their unwavering support during the implementation of our new French master’s program in industrial hygiene. What advice would you give to a young professional in the field of IH/OH? If you like science and if you like to work with people, go for the industrial hygiene profession. I would also tell them that an essential skill as an IH is the ability to collaborate. What year was the Occupational Hygiene Instrumentation Laboratory founded, and what function does it serve for occupational hygiene today? In 2010, the first graduate program in the French language in North America was launched in the Université de Montréal’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Since then, three laboratories dedicated to teaching chemical and biological hazards, physical hazards, and control of hazards have been created, along with a major research laboratory mainly dedicated to research on nanoparticles. Today, the director of these laboratories is Professor Maximilien Debia.
Mark of Excellence
Editor’s note: The Mark of Excellence is a monthly feature, special to the digital Synergist, that honors the recipients of the 2015 AIHA and ACGIH awards. Two individuals will be featured each month.
André Dufresne, PhD, CIH
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