Each year, The Synergist asks candidates for the AIHA Board of Directors to participate in a candidates’ forum. This year’s candidates were asked to respond to the following question:
One key responsibility of boards that represent professions, like AIHA's Board of Directors, is to build or enhance the pipeline of early career professionals. What are your ideas for increasing interest in industrial hygiene as a career? What will it take to get the next generation of professionals engaged?
This year’s ballot includes two candidates for vice president, two for treasurer-elect, and four for director.
AIHA members will be notified via email when the election opens in early March. The email will contain a link to the secure online voting site. Members will use their email address and membership identification number to access the voting system.
Members who require a paper ballot must submit their request by email to ballot@aiha.org no later than Friday, Feb. 24. The paper ballot will be mailed by early March and must be returned postmarked no later than Friday, March 17, to be counted in the election. 
For more information, please contact Felicia Fett at (703) 846-0702 or 
AIHA Candidates’ Forum
AIHA Presidents AIHA acknowledges the men and women who have served as presidents of the association. Their leadership and vision have contributed significantly to the advancement of the organization and the profession.
2016: Steven E. Lacey 2015: Daniel H. Anna 2014: Christine A.D. Lorenzo 2013: Barbara J. Dawson 2012: Allan K. Fleeger 2011: Elizabeth L. Pullen 2010: Michael T. Brandt 2009: Cathy L. Cole 2008: Lindsay E. Booher 2007: Donald J. Hart 2006: Frank M. Renshaw 2005: Roy M. Buchan 2004: Donna M. Doganiero 2003: Thomas G. Grumbles 2002: Gayla J. McCluskey 2001: Henry B. Lick 2000: Steven P. Levine 1999: James R. Thornton 1998: James C. Rock 1997: D. Jeff Burton 1996: S. Z. Mansdorf 1995: Vernon E. Rose 1994: Jeremiah Lynch 1993: Harry J. Ettinger 1992: Henry J. Muranko 1991: Robert E. Sheriff 1990: John L. Henshaw 1989: Frederick M. Toca 1988: William H. Krebs 1987: Emil E. Christofano 1986: Alice C. Farrar 1985: Howard L. Kusnetz 1984: Gene X. Kortsha 1983: Charles H. Powell 1982: Ralph G. Smith 1981: Newell E. Bolton 1980: James E. Long 1979: Donald R. McFee 1978: Paul E. Toth
1977: Paul F. Woolrich 1976: Evan E. Campbell 1975: Edward J. Baier 1974: John A. Pendergrass 1973: Jerome T. Siedlecki 1972: Paul D. Halley 1971: John A. Zapp, Jr. 1970: Franklin W. Church 1969: David W. Fassett 1968: Lewis J. Cralley 1967: Clyde M. Berry 1966: William T. McCormick 1965: Vincent J. Castrop 1964: William E. McCormick 1963: Harry F. Schulte 1962: Kenneth M. Morse 1961: Willis G. Hazard 1960: Jack C. Radcliffe 1959: Elmer P. Wheeler 1958: Kenneth W. Nelson 1957: Charles R. Williams 1956: Lester V. Cralley 1955: Nathan V. Hendricks 1954: Herbert T. Walworth 1953: Henry F. Smyth, Jr. 1952: William R. Bradley 1951: Anna M. Baetjer 1950: Allen D. Brandt 1949: Edgar C. Barnes 1948: James H. Sterner 1947: Theodore F. Hatch 1946: Frank A. Patty 1945: Robert A. Kehoe 1944: John J. Bloomfield 1943: Helmuth H. Schrenk 1942: Philip Drinker 1941: Donald E. Cummings 1940: Warren A. Cook 1939: William P. Yant
What Kind of Near-miss Was Ebola? As I write this in mid-October 2014, Americans are still getting used to the new and scary risk of Ebola. Ebola fears led to a number of airline passengers being yanked off planes because they exhibited flu-like symptoms and had some connection, however remote, to Africa. So far they’ve all tested negative for Ebola. If that remains true, the number of such disruptions will soon decline precipitously. 
Are these events warnings that we should continue to take seriously, “casting a wide net” to reduce the odds of missing an actual Ebola case onboard? Or are they false alarms that we should learn to stop worrying about? Most experts, officials, and journalists say they’re false alarms. But that answer will change in hindsight if a traveler from West Africa ever infects some fellow passengers with Ebola.
Ebola also offers an object lesson in learned overconfidence. The discovery that two nurses were infected with the virus while treating an Ebola sufferer at a Dallas hospital raised many questions. Did the nurses breach PPE protocols? Were the protocols insufficiently protective in the first place? Is it realistic to expect healthcare workers to be 100 percent meticulous in following such protocols? 
One relevant fact: every nurse has considerable experience with breaches of infection control protocols that didn’t end in infection. And all too often the lesson learned isn’t that “We need to be more meticulous.” It is that “Infection control is pretty forgiving. Even when we mess up, it doesn’t usually do any harm.” Then along comes a much less forgiving pathogen, Ebola, and learned overconfidence becomes life-threatening.
Peter Sandman