May 22, 2023

AIHA to Honor Volunteers and Volunteer Groups at 2023 Mark of Excellence Ceremony

Phoenix (May 22, 2023)—AIHA will recognize individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the industrial hygiene (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession during the association’s annual Mark of Excellence Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on May 22 at 5 p.m. PDT in the Phoenix Convention Center. As one of the scheduled events for AIHce EXP 2023, the Mark of Excellence Ceremony will be held on the main stage in the conference’s expo hall, near the AIHA booth.

Awards will be presented for volunteer work in several categories, including leadership, mentorship, research, and advocacy. These awards represent a high level of achievement within the IH/OEHS profession and acknowledge recipients’ outstanding contributions to fostering and advancing IH/OEHS in workplaces and communities around the world.

“The individuals and volunteer groups we will honor today are distinguished by their innovative spirits and dedication to the advancement of our profession,” said AIHA CEO Lawrence Sloan. “It is a great pleasure to honor them for their exceptional work, and we hope that their achievements will inspire the next generation of IH/OEHS professionals.”

The recipients of the 2023 AIHA Named Awards are as follows:
  • Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA – President’s Distinguished Service to AIHA Award
  • Marc Cousineau (posthumous) Alice Hamilton Award for Social Responsibility
  • Kathryn A. Makos, MPH, CIH Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award for Outstanding OEHS Practice
  • Richard L. Neitzel, PhD, CIH, FAIHA Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award
  • Amanda Kramer, CIH Kusnetz Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Professional
  • Lu Li Lewis, CIH Yant Award for Outstanding International Service

The recipients of the 2023 AIHA Volunteer Groups Named Awards are as follows:

  • Changjie Cai, Peter Kim, PhD, Thomas H. Connor, Yingtao Liu, and Evan L. Floyd, PhD, CIH Lila Albin Award
  • Samuel Y. Paik, PhD, CIH, CSP – Fellows Special Interest Group Mid-Year Career Award
  • David J. Sencer CDC Museum, “The Health Effects of 9/11: An Online Exhibition” Health and Safety Virtual Exhibit of the Year Award
  • Glenn Murray and Doug PontslerDonna Doganiero Award
  • Jennifer L. Holliday, CIHOEHS Career Professional Award
  • Nicholas D’Antonio, Justin Newnum, CIH, CSP, Michael Kanellis, Brian Howe, and T. Renée Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHADavid L. Swift Memorial Award
  • LCDR Kasey Arguelles and LT Alicen JordanJoselito Ignacio OEHS Emergency Preparedness and Response Award
  • Zane N. Frund, Sricharan Chalikonda, Sara Angelilli, and Hope WaltenbaughJohn M. White Award
  • Christina Roll, MS, CIH, CSP – Aileen Yankowski Outstanding Leader of the Year Award
  • Jennifer L. MaclachlanTeen Workplace Health and Safety Committee Award
  • Lydia Renton, BSc, CIH, ROH, FAIHA Outstanding International Affairs Committee Volunteer Award
  • Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP Birkner Leadership Award
  • Arlen W. Siert, Ph.D.,CIH,CSP, "K4: Confined Space Flammable Toxic Spray Painter Precautions"- Rochelle Crew Memorial Award
  • Emanuele Cauda, PhD, Eric Dolan, CPS, CUSA, Andrew B. Cecala, Kyle Louk, BS, MS, PhD, Milan Yekich, AS, BS, MPH, Lauren Chubb, DrPH, CPH, and Andrew LingenfelterThe James B. D’Arcy Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Original Article Award
The recipients of the 2023 AIHA Star Awards are as follows:
  • Fellows Special Interest Group, Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group, and Women in IH Committee – Shining Star Award
  • Opioids Working Group – Soaring Star Award
  • Exposure and Assessment Strategies Committee – Rising Star Award
The Outstanding Volunteer Group Project Teams for 2023 are as follows:
  • Noise Committee Standard of Care for Hearing Loss Prevention Programs Project Team
    • Project team members: Coty Maypole, MPH, PhD, Sharon Sever, CIH, Tiffany Lyons, MPH, COHC, Angel Plaza, DrPH, Carmella Richards, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA, William Brazile, PhD, CIH, CSP, John Ratcliff, MSPH, Cullen Whittaker, PE, CIH, CSP, Samuel Mobley, CIH, CSP, and Kathryn Crawford, PhD, COHC
  • Leadership and Management Committee IH Performance Metrics Publication Update Project Team
    • Project team members: Scott Lawson, CIH, Steven Jahn, MBA, CIH, FAIHA, Eltaneice Bolden, CIH, CHMM, Celia Booth, CIH, CSP, and 30 other collaborators
The Outstanding Volunteer Group Members for 2023 are as follows:
  • Mary Malendia Maccree, BS, CIH, CSP Cannabis Industry Health and Safety Committee
  • Ashley Augspurger, PhD, CIH, CSP – Communication and Training Methods Committee
  • Colin J. Brigham, FAIHA – Ergonomics Committee
  • Joe Damiano, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee
  • Laura H. Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group
  • Carl O. Sall, CIH, CSP – Leadership and Management Committee
  • April Melinda Clayton, PhD, MPH – Minority Special Interest Group
  • Dawn M. Bolstad-Johnson, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA – Real-Time Detection Systems Committee
  • Jill M. Asch, MPH, CIH, CSP, and Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP – Women in IH Committee
The Outstanding Volunteer Groups for 2023 are as follows:
  • Career and Employment Services Committee
  • Confined Spaces Committee
  • Ergonomics Committee
  • Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee
  • Fellows Special Interest Group
  • Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group
  • International Affairs Committee
  • Laboratory Health and Safety Committee
  • Leadership and Management Committee
  • Minority Special Interest Group
  • Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group
  • Nano and Advanced Materials Working Group
  • Noise Committee
  • Opioids Working Group
  • PR(IH)DE Special Interest Group
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee
  • Real-Time Detection Systems Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Students and Early Career Professionals Committee
  • Teen Workplace Health and Safety Committee
  • Thermal Stress Working Group
  • Women in IH Committee

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