Students: AIHF Scholarship Applications Are Due Jan. 19 The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year. Students are evaluated on academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals as an industrial hygienist, and potential for leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Several AIHF scholarships have specific criteria, and schools or students who meet those criteria will be given first consideration. Students who complete an application will be considered for all the scholarships for which they are eligible. The AIHF Scholarship Selection Committee will determine the scholarship awards during the selection process.
All application materials must be submitted via email by Jan. 19, 2018. For more information on AIHF scholarships and eligibility requirements, visit the AIHA website.
Donations to AIHF scholarship funds or memorial grants can be made online. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in industrial hygiene will receive scholarships.
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $1.8 million to more than 600 students studying industrial hygiene and related disciplines at 50-plus different schools and universities. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter or remain in the industrial hygiene profession.
Cast Your Ballot in the 2018 AIHA Board Election Once again, AIHA has partnered with Votenet, a nationally recognized company, to provide a safe, secure web-based voting system during the 2018 Board of Directors election cycle. From Feb. 15 to March 2, 2018, AIHA members will use their last name and membership identification number to access the voting system.
Members who require a paper ballot must submit their request by email no later than Tuesday, Jan. 23. The paper ballot will be mailed by early February and must be returned postmarked no later than Thursday, Feb. 22, to be counted in the election.
For more information, please contact Elsa Greer via email or (703) 846-0745. Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2018 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards. The following awards will be presented at AIHce EXP 2018, which will be held May 21–23, in Philadelphia, Pa.
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 2018 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 online. Please send nominations to Thursa La.
Golden Seed Award. The Student and Early Career Professionals Committee seeks nominations for its 2018 Golden Seed Award through March 16. 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 Mark of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, May 23, at AIHce EXP 2018. Reminder: Membership Renewals Due A new year is upon us, which means it’s time to renew your AIHA membership. If you have yet to renew, there is still time to do so before your access to members-only content, resources, and publications, like The Synergist and JOEH, is suspended. Please renew no later than Jan. 31 via the online renewal portal to avoid any disruption in your member benefits.
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 to help you get the most out of your membership. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact AIHA Member Services via email or (703) 849-8888. Call for Volunteers: AIHA Finance Committee The AIHA Finance Committee is a standing committee that works with AIHA’s Board of Directors, chief executive officer, and managing director of finance to monitor the finances of the association. There is currently one opening on the Finance Committee that the Board must fill for a three-year term beginning May 2018.
Individuals interested in volunteering on the committee should review the roles and responsibilities and submit an application by Jan. 31. Download the application (PDF) from the AIHA website.
Please email Belinda D’Agostino or call (703) 846-0721 with any questions. Not Receiving AIHA Email? AIHA recently upgraded its membership database. As a result of this change, AIHA is using a new email address to send communications to members. Please whitelist so that you can continue receiving AIHA emails, including The Synergist Weekly and The Synergist Newswire, as dictated by your profile preferences.
If you haven’t signed in to the AIHA Member Center since the upgrade, please visit the website for instructions on how to log in to your new dashboard. 2018 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 in mid-February. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a listing, you can still get an online-only listing. For more information, contact Wanda Barbour via email or (703) 846-0782.
The Consultants Listing is also available online. 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 $54. 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 AIHA Member Services.

Dates and Deadlines
January 19 Deadline to submit AIHF scholarship applications for 2018–2019. January 31 Deadline to submit applications for the AIHA Finance Committee. March 12–16 Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Co-sponsored by the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society. May 21–23 AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. 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.