Health and Safety Historians Receive 2018 Rachel Carson Award

Published April 12, 2018

AIHA’s Environmental Issues Committee has announced that Dr. Gerald Markowitz and Dr. David Rosner are the co-recipients of the 2018 Rachel Carson Award for their outstanding contributions towards advancing the public’s awareness of environmental safety and health issues that adversely affect communities and the environment. Markowitz and Rosner have co-authored and edited numerous books and articles on occupational safety and health, including Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children; Are We Ready? The Public Health Response to 9/11; Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America; and Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution.

Markowitz and Rosner testified in a 2013 lawsuit that resulted in a landmark $1.1 billion judgment against three major companies, which were ordered to remove lead paint from 4.7 million older homes in California cities.

Markowitz and Rosner will give a presentation about their work at the Environmental Issues Committee Meeting during AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in room 301 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. The presentation is open to all conference attendees.

The Rachel Carson Award will be presented on Wednesday, May 23, at the AIHce EXP 2018 Mark of Excellence Breakfast.

Markowitz is a distinguished professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. In 2017 Markowitz was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academies of Science.

Rosner is the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and professor of history in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He is also co-director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.