All-time “Jeopardy!” Champion and Leading Brain Scientist to Headline Keynote Sessions at AIHce EXP 2017

​​The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is pleased to announce Ken Jennings and Dr. John J. Medina as speakers for The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP).

Release No. SPR-17-0202-01

Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications 
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (February 2, 2017)- No conference is complete without inspiring speakers. The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP) is pleased to announce the keynote speakers who will be bookending this “must-attend” event for occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals. Ken Jennings, all-time “Jeopardy!” champion, and Dr. John J. Medina, a leading brain scientist, will present the main sessions of AIHce EXP, which will be held June 4-7 in Seattle, Wash., with professional development courses being offered on June 3, 4, and 8. AIHce EXP provides the tools and strategies that industrial hygienists and OEHS professionals need to protect worker health, as well as plentiful networking opportunities to help them build and foster strong relationships with other professionals. 

Kicking off AIHce EXP is keynote speaker Ken Jennings, all-time “Jeopardy!” champion; his presentation in entitled, “Life in the Form of a Question.” Jennings was born just outside of Seattle, but he grew up overseas. During the 15 years he spent in South Korea and Singapore, his only lifeline to American pop culture was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched “Jeopardy!” religiously after school. He moved back to the United States to attend university, where his passion for trivia stayed with him. While working as a software engineer for a healthcare company, he got the call that he had been accepted on “Jeopardy!” His appearance on the show led to a six-month winning streak during which he won a total of 74 games and $2.52 million. 

Since his six-month “Jeopardy!” run, Jennings has been keeping busy. He speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and has co-invented two trivia games. He has released the book “Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs,” about his bizarre “Jeopardy!” adventures and about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, as well as “Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks,” a book about the allure of geography. His latest book is “Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.”

Closing out AIHce EXP on Wednesday afternoon is leading brain scientist Dr. John J. Medina. Dr. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. His celebrated book “Brain Rules,” a New York Times bestseller, has become the standard handbook of understanding and improving the brain, which in turn improves our lives.

Medina has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year, and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year.

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