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AIHA NEWS AND NOTES
Cast Your Ballot in the 2016 AIHA Board Elections Once again, AIHA has partnered with Votenet, a nationally recognized company, to provide a safe, secure Web-based voting system during the March 2016 Board of Directors election cycle. Beginning in early March, AIHA members will use their e-mail address and membership identification number to access the voting system. Members who require a paper ballot must submit their request by e-mail to ballot@aiha.org no later than Friday, Feb. 19. The paper ballot will be mailed by early March and must be returned postmarked no later than Friday, March 18, to be counted in the election. For more information, please contact Judy Keithline at (703) 846-0702 or keithline@aiha.org.
 
Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2016 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards. The following awards will be presented at AIHce 2016, which will be held May 21–26, in Baltimore, Md. John A. Leonowich Award. The Nonionizing Radiation (NIR) Committee seeks nominations for the John A. Leonowich Award for educational excellence in NIR through March 1. The award recognizes the achievements made by current students in advancing understanding of NIR. The nomination form can be found online. Rachel Carson Award. The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee welcomes nominations for its 2016 Rachel Carson Award through Feb. 28. The award is presented to individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their EHS business, profession, or life’s work. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found on the committee's Web page. Please send nominations to Georgi Popov at gpopov@ucmo.edu. Golden Seed Award. The Student and Early Career Professionals Committee seeks nominations for its 2016 Golden Seed Award through March 28. Nominees must be AIHA members who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the IH profession among students and early career professionals. For more information, or to submit nominations, contact Thursa La. The Golden Seed Award winner and others will be honored at the AIHce Mark of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, May 25, at the Baltimore Convention Center. This signature event will celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by members and the volunteer community to the industry and the profession. Learn more at www.AIHce2016.org. Reminder: Membership Renewals Due A new year is upon us, which means it’s time to renew your AIHA membership. If you have not yet renewed, please take a moment and visit www.aiha.org to renew online today.
 
Now is also a great time to review and update your member profile, which can be accessed through the Member Center on the AIHA website. The Member Center includes important links to exclusive member benefits and other resources and a copy of the AIHA Membership Guide to help you get the most out of your membership. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact AIHA member services at infonet@aiha.org or (703) 849-8888. AIHA, SAIOH Begin Collaborative Partnership AIHA and the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in November to lay the foundation for a cooperative partnership between the two organizations. SAIOH, the professional registration body for occupational hygiene in South Africa, strives to ensure healthy working environments in Africa through excellence in occupational hygiene.
 
The collaborative partnership is for technical cooperation in several areas within industrial and occupational hygiene (IH/OH), including the exchange of scientific information and publications and the identification of opportunities for transferring and promoting knowledge and findings in the field of occupational health and safety. For more information, see the MOU. News & Notes
2016 Consultants Listing Coming Soon The Consultants Listing is a comprehensive print and online directory of OEHS companies across the nation that is requested by some of the top organizations in the industry. The latest edition of the Consultants Listing will be published this month. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a listing, you can still get an online-only listing. For more information, contact Wanda Barbour at wbarbour@aiha.org or (703) 846-0782. Call for Finance Committee Volunteers The AIHA Finance Committee is a standing committee that works with AIHA’s Board of Directors, executive director, and finance staff to monitor the finances of the association. There is currently one opening on the committee that the Board must fill for a three-year term beginning June 2016. Interested individuals should review the roles and responsibilities and submit an application by Jan. 31, 2016. The application is available on the AIHA website. Sponsor an International Affiliate Member Any AIHA member in good standing can sponsor an International Affiliate member by paying membership dues for that individual. Annual dues are $53. To sponsor an International Affiliate member, forward the candidate’s completed application with dues payment to AIHA. AIHA is unable to accept sponsored members’ applications online. For more information, contact Member Services. Dates and Deadlines January 31 Deadline to submit applications for the AIHA Finance Committee. February 29 Deadline for AIHF scholarship applications. April 18–21 AIHA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Columbus, Ohio.
 
May 21–26 AIHce 2016 (co-located with Stewardship 2016) in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md. October 24–25 AIHA Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas. For a complete list of events, visit the AIHA calendar.