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CEC Accepting Membership Applications The AIHA Continuing Education Committee is now accepting self-nominations for membership. The committee comprises 12 members who serve four one-year terms. The CEC’s mission is to ensure quality educational opportunities that broaden knowledge, enhance technical competencies, and provide IHs with practical tools and skills. CEC members receive a variety of benefits, including a free PDC registration for auditing courses at AIHce EXP.  Applications are due by March 28, 2018. For more information, contact Erin Breece, CEC staff liaison, via email or visit the committee web page. In Memoriam Gary S. Kephart, CIH, CHP, CSP, CHMM, RRPT, passed away on Jan. 14, 2018. He was 64. Kephart had more than 35 years’ experience in environmental, health, and safety and radiation protection involving the operation, maintenance, and demolition of radiological and nuclear facilities. He began his career in the nuclear industry in 1976 with a unique combination of hands-on involvement, professional credentials, and team-building success. Kephart served on the Tennessee Valley Local Section Board of Directors from 2012 until 2018, and was president in 2016–2017.  Kephart enjoyed helping many organizations on both the national and local levels. He supported the Health Physics Society for more than 25 years and the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists for more than three decades. In 2002, NRRPT recognized Kephart’s long-term dedication and outstanding support to the organization with the Arthur F. Humm, Jr.  Award.  “Gary continually encouraged people to pursue further certifications, and dozens of coworkers can attest to his positive influence on their careers,” members of TVS-AIHA wrote. “His wit, positive influence, and organizational service will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to work with him.” Read more on AIHA's website. Yuma Pacific Southwest Section Makes Generous Donations to AIHF, University of Wyoming The Yuma Pacific Southwest section of AIHA has discovered what they call the “key to fundraising” for causes that promote education and occupational health: homemade apple pie. During its last two annual meetings, YPSW has auctioned off the dessert as part of its mission to further the reach of the industrial hygiene profession. Last year, a single apple pie raised $1,200 for the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation’s Stephen C. Davis Future Leadership Institute Memorial Grant, which was established in 2015 to groom global leaders in the next generation of IH/OH professionals. The grant provides travel assistance to AIHA’s Future Leaders Institute for up to four attendees who are not otherwise able to participate in leadership development. Stephen C. Davis, for whom the grant is named, valued mentorship and was a long-time member of YPSW before his untimely passing in 2016. At its most recent meeting in January, YPSW members gave $3,400 at the auction of two homemade pies. The proceeds were split between the Stephen C. Davis Memorial Grant and the Douglas Davis Memorial Fund at the University of Wyoming. YPSW anticipates that its 2019 auction will bring greater success as members compete to make the best dessert and raise the most money. For more information, email YPSW Past President Robert Lieckfield, Jr., CIH, FAIHA. Dates, Location for 2018 Road Courses Announced AIHA road courses are designed to meet the educational needs of today’s IH and OEHS professionals. New dates and locations for two road courses are now available.  Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene will be held twice in 2018 in Westerville, Ohio: March 19–22, and Sept. 17–20. This four-day course is designed for those who are new to IH or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, and will cover the basic concepts of health hazard recognition, evaluation, and control methods. Attendees will learn to select appropriate air sampling methods for airborne contaminants; calculate the time-weighted average from multiple samples; and compare sample results to the appropriate occupational exposure limits. Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals, an intermediate three-day course, will be held Oct. 15–17, in Westerville, Ohio. This course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in IH chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion. Attendees will learn how to apply the concept of similar exposure groups, conduct a qualitative exposure assessment for a SEG, and properly calibrate exposure monitoring equipment. Participants will also learn effective communication techniques for explaining results to employees and management. For more information, visit AIHA's website. Did You Miss an Issue?   Synergist staff have learned that a small group of members may not have received the December 2017 and January 2018 issues of The Synergist. If you are missing a copy of either issue, please email us so we can send a replacement. AIHA Accolades  Noel Tresider, CIH, COH, was recently honored as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, which recognizes service to the nation or humanity. Tresider, who received AIHA’s Yant Award in 2015, was recognized for his “significant service to workplace health in the field of occupational hygiene, and to the promotion and development of standards and training.”  New “Body of Knowledge” Available AIHA and IAQA have developed a technical framework, or Body of Knowledge, that outlines the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in the area of indoor air quality assessments. The BoK provides IAQ practitioners and employers with a compendium of knowledge and practicum as recommended by a joint panel of AIHA and IAQA experts. Winners’ Circle
Congratulations to Steve High and Sophie Naftalovich, the fourth- quarter 2017 winners of the online survey drawing that appeared in the Synergist Weekly e-newsletter. Both are the lucky recipients of $200 American Express gift cards. Dates and Deadlines March 28 Deadline for membership applications for AIHA’s Continuing Education Committee. May 8–11 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health in Bethesda, Md. May 21–23 AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. September 10–12 5th International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health in Hanoi, Vietnam.  September 24–26 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of events, visit the AIHA website.