Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2018 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards that will be presented at the Mark of Excellence Breakfast during AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee is accepting nominations for its 2018 Rachel Carson Award through Feb. 28. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found online. Nominations for the Nonionizing Radiation Committee’s John A. Leonowich Award are due March 1; the nomination form is available online. And the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee is seeking nominations for its 2018 Golden Seed Award through March 16; for more information or to submit nominations, email Thursa La. AIHA Accolades NIOSH Chief of Staff Frank Hearl, MS, PE, was recently selected by the Society for Risk Analysis, an international society intended to provide an open forum for those interested in risk analysis, for the SRA Fellows class of 2017. SRA Fellows are selected for their substantial achievements in science or public policy relating to risk analysis and their service to the society.  Congratulations to Lauralynn Taylor McKernan, ScD, CIH, of NIOSH, who received the Occupational Health and Safety Industrial Hygiene Impact Award from the University of Cincinnati in October. This award recognizes McKernan’s contributions to industrial hygiene to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers throughout her career.  Jeffrey R. Miller, PhD, CIH, CSP, a senior scientist with Oak Ridge Associated Universities, recently began his term as chair of the ABIH Board of Directors following one year of service as vice chair. During its annual fall meeting, ABIH also elected AIHA member Dirk Yamamoto, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, as the new vice chair, and four new board members, including AIHA Fellows Donna Doganiero, CIH, FAIHA, and Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. AIHA to Hold Special Ballot for Bylaws Amendments In July, AIHA will invite members to vote on proposed changes to the association’s bylaws that would redefine categories of membership and introduce a new procedure for nominating the officers of AIHA’s Board of Directors. The ballot will be conducted electronically through the Votenet system, which is the same system AIHA uses for its annual election.  To take effect, bylaws amendments must be approved by two-thirds of AIHA’s voting members. The Board has developed an FAQ document to explain the rationale behind the proposed amendments. The FAQ is available on the AIHA website. AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson discussed the proposed changes to membership categories in the January Synergist. A forthcoming article from Nelson in the March issue will address the proposed nominating procedure. Apply for the AIHA Distinguished Lecturer Program AIHA invites new applications for its Distinguished Lecturer Program, which identifies experts within the association who are willing to provide lectures in their area of expertise to the industrial hygiene community and to AIHA's outreach partners. The program is hosted by the AIHA Fellows SIG, and features prominent experts in industrial hygiene who are prepared to lecture on recent research, new developments, and topics of interest that affect workplace safety and the environment. 
The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2018. For more information or to access the online application form, visit AIHA's website. A complete list of individuals participating in AIHA’s Distinguished Lecturer Program is also available online. Lecturers are listed together with the topics on which they’re prepared to present. These experts are located throughout the U.S. and Canada, and the Distinguished Lecturer Program enables AIHA Local Sections and other interested groups to connect with and learn from experts in the field of industrial hygiene by scheduling presentations at local, regional, or international meetings. Please visit AIHA's website for answers to frequently asked questions about the program. Team from University of Michigan Wins Student Development Challenge The AIHA Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee and Workplace Health Without Borders-US recently cosponsored a workplace contaminant controls development challenge for students to promote worker health and safety in developing countries. The inaugural challenge focused on reducing silica exposures arising from work with agate stones. The team from the University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Program—including Emily Armstrong, Courtney Crawford, Abilene Emerson, Andrea Guytingco, Sophia Ridl, and Steven Vanderlaske—won the challenge with a proposal using a cardboard enclosure, fan, and impact plate. Congratulations to the University of Michigan team and their advisor, Professor Edward T. Zellers. Visit the HPECC page or the WHWB-US website to learn about related activities. 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 free PDC registration(s) for auditing courses at AIHce EXP.  Applications are due by March 28, 2018. For more information, email Erin Breece, CEC staff liaison, or visit AIHA's website. Vote in the 2018 AIHA Board Election  From Feb. 15 to March 2, AIHA members will use their last name and membership identification number to access the voting system for the 2018 Board of Directors election. Members had until Jan. 23 to submit a request for a paper ballot. 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 at (703) 846-0745 or via email.

Dates and Deadlines February 22 AIHA eLearning webinar: “Graphene and Safe Nanomaterial Handling Practices.” February 28
Deadline for AIHA Distinguished Lecturer applications. March 12–16 Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Cosponsored by the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society. March 28 Deadline for membership applications for AIHA’s Continuing Education Committee. 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.