AIHA Names 14 New Distinguished Fellows Fourteen individuals have been designated as AIHA Fellows this year. These individuals have been nominated by their peers and recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the industrial hygiene profession. The new distinguished Fellows received their awards during the third annual Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast at AIHce EXP 2017 in Seattle, Wash. Congratulations to the new AIHA Fellows: Dianne Grote Adams, CIH, CSP, CPEA; T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP; John Baker, CIH; Catherine C. Bobenhausen, CIH, CSP; Steven Eugene Guffey, PhD, CIH; Laura Hodson, CIH; James H. Jones, CIH; Michael D. Larrañaga, PhD, PE, CIH, CSP; Christine A.D. Lorenzo, CIH; Charles R. Manning, PhD, CIH; Jerome E. Spear, CSP, CIH; David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH, ROH; Bonnie L. Weeks, CIH; and John N. Zey, CIH. “This designation indicates a significant, long-term commitment to our profession, and it is an honor to recognize the contributions of each new Fellow on behalf of AIHA,” said AIHA President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP. “I am inspired by their dedication to protecting worker health and to our association.” Fellows are nominated by a local section, special interest group, committee, or other formal AIHA entity for their achievement in the field of industrial hygiene. Individuals are approved as Fellows by the AIHA Board of Directors after a recommendation by the Awards Committee. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership. More information, including the full list of AIHA Fellows, is available on AIHA's website. AIHF Awards More Than $131,800 in Scholarships
The Board of Trustees of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has selected 51 outstanding students to receive more than $131,800 in scholarships this year. The recipients have distinguished themselves through their commitment to their studies, their communities, and the profession of industrial hygiene. "We must prepare and encourage the next generation of industrial hygienists," said AIHF Board of Trustees President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP. "We are competing with other science and engineering disciplines for the next generation of professionals, and we want the best and brightest with us, protecting worker health. I want to congratulate these scholarship winners on their hard work, to encourage even more students to apply next year, and to thank all of the donors who made this possible." See the list of scholarship recipients on AIHA’s website. 3rd China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposium to Be Held in August
Together with the National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety, SAWS, China (NCICS), and the Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection, AIHA will co-host the third China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposium and first International Occupational Health Forum in Beijing, China, August 22–23, 2017. More than 300 professionals and practitioners in occupational health are expected to attend the OccuHealth Forum, which is intended to enhance the management capacity of companies in occupational health and improve research and development capacity in occupational health. The forum will also address challenges faced by occupational health regulators and companies. The symposium’s two-day program will focus on topics such as emergency response to accidents involving chemical toxicants, control technologies for noise and vibration, health risk assessment on nanomaterials, application of big data in occupational health, and occupational diseases. View a full list of topics in the event brochure online (PDF). Learn more on the event website. Call for New AIHA-LAP, LLC Volunteers AIHA-LAP, LLC is seeking qualified volunteers to fill positions on the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) and the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to serve terms beginning in March 2018. The AAB is responsible for approving laboratories for accreditation and reaccreditation once site assessments are conducted. AAB members are also responsible for approving policy changes and participating on ad hoc task forces formed to address certain policy matters that may arise. TAP members advise the staff and AAB on technical laboratory matters and review accreditation packages for the major programs: industrial hygiene, environmental lead, environmental microbiology, food, and unique scopes. Newly appointed volunteers will be required to attend the LLC’s annual training and orientation meeting in the first quarter of 2018. AAB and TAP applications are available from the AIHA-LAP website. All applications must be submitted by July 30, 2017. For additional information, please contact AIHA-LAP Managing Director Cheryl O. Morton at or (703) 846-0789. Reminder: Next Synergist Issue
This month’s Synergist is a combined issue for the months of June and July. AIHA members and Synergist subscribers will not receive a new issue in July. The next new issue of the magazine will be delivered in August. Don’t forget to check out the SynergistNOW blog for some summer reading. SynergistNOW recently featured posts about the March for Science, building and managing your career, and more. The blog is available to everyone with an interest in IH and OEHS, and AIHA members and nonmembers alike can subscribe to receive weekly blog updates via email. The Synergist team wishes you a wonderful summer! AIHA Accolades In April, AIHA student member Justin Artman was recognized as a featured student by the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois State University, where he is pursuing a degree in both safety and environmental health. Artman was nominated by the Safety faculty because of his involvement in the program.
Congratulations to Charles L. Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, for his new designation as Distinguished Career Scientist at NIOSH. Geraci recently received the Director’s Intramural Award for Extraordinary Science, which recognizes outstanding contributions by intramural scientists and support staff to science excellence at NIOSH. Geraci is associate director for nanotechnology at the agency.
Michael Grabell, who presented the 15th Annual Upton Sinclair Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting at AIHce 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, was recently published in the May 8, 2017, issue of The New Yorker. Read his new article, “Exploitation and Abuse at the Chicken Plant.” In Memoriam Bruce Allerton Hertig, a longtime member of AIHA from 1962 to 2001, passed away on May 1, 2017. He was 92. Hertig earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Columbia University in New York, his Master of Science in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his MPH and Doctor of Science at University of Pittsburgh. He went on to teach mechanical engineering for nearly 20 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then worked as an ergonomist until his retirement in 1988. Read more on The News-Gazette website.
Dates and Deadlines June 12–18 OSHA's inaugural Safe + Sound Week, co-sponsored by AIHA. August 22–23 Third China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposium and first International Occupational Health Forum in Beijing, China.
September 19–20 AIHA-RMS/ASSE Fall Technical Conference in Arvada, Colo. September 25–29 Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Co-sponsored by the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society.

October 30–31 AIHA Fall Conference on Leadership and Management in Tampa, Fla. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.