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News and Events

Latest News

Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran Named AIHA Fellow
Professor Gurumurthy RamachandranMay 16, 2014 - Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the field of industrial hygiene.

The award letter from AIHA to Ramachandran stated “the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the AIHA Awards Committee, and the AIHA Board of Directors all agree that you are deserving of this high recognition.”

Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellow Award. It’s given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

Ramachandran will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. He will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.

Read the AIHA’s press release


PhD Student, Susan Arnold, Named AIHA Fellow
Susan Arnold
May 16, 2014 - Susan Arnold, an industrial hygiene doctoral student, has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the prestigious Fellow Award. It is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

Susan will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. She will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.

Read the AIHA’s press release


MCOHS IH Students Receive AIHF Scholarships
May 14, 2014 - The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded scholarships to three students in the Industrial Hygiene program. The recipients are:

  • Nicole Gryska, AIHF Scholarship
  • Jennifer Sahmel, TSI/Arthur J. Abrams Memorial Scholarship
  • Yuan Shao, Gary and Bonnie Olmstead Scholarship

AIHF grants scholarships to students based on excellence in their academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals and potential for leadership in the profession. The awards will be conferred at the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in San Antonio, during the General Session on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

To learn more about the scholarships, read the news release.


2014 NORA Symposium
Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities

2013 NORA Symposium - Dr. David Hemenway(May 1, 2014) - The 2014 NORA Symposium was held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota. The featured speakers were Marc Schenker, MD, MPH and Xóchitl Castañeda.

The topic of the symposium was "Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities". The presentation focused on demographics and causes of global migration, the relationship of migration to work, the lack of immigrant health visibility and research and the causes and evidence for disparities in occupational health outcomes for immigrant workers, including increased workplace injury and illness compared to native workers. In addition , the cultural and personal impacts of these disparities was addressed, as well as suggestions on how and why to reduce the disparities in occupational health outcomes.

NORA 2014Dr. Marc Schenker is Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, and Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement at the University of California, Davis. He is Director of the Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the Migration and Health Research Center. Dr. Schenker's research has addressed health hazards in the agricultural environment, semiconductor industry and other workplaces.

Xóchitl Castañeda has been the Director of Health Initiative of the Americas, at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, since 2001. A medical anthropologist by training, Xóchitl was educated in Guatemala and Mexico. She was a Professor of Public Health Sciences and a P.I. Researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. In 2010, the California Latino Legislative Caucus awarded her with the National Spirit Award for her leadership in initiatives to improve the quality of life of Latino immigrants in the U.S.

The event also included a pre-symposium poster viewing, as well as introductions and brief presentations made by:

Sue Gerberich, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Director, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Division Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Beth Virnig, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Research, School of Public Health

Watch a video of the symposia


 

Upcoming Events

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training
October 20-21, 2014
Cost: $450

Don't just collect spirograms! Build confidence in your ability to use NIOSH-approved techniques for obtaining the best spirometric test results with a variety of clients. This 2 day workshop covers the most current standards and recent developments in pulmonary function testing. If you are an occupational health nurse, physician, industrial hygienist, technician, medical assistant, or employee health practitioner responsible for performing accurate pulmonary function testing, you will greatly appreciate this course. All participants will have ample opportunity to practice pulmonary function testing utilizing a variety of spirometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.

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Occupational Hearing Conservation Training
October 22-24, 2014
Cost: $600

What's that you say? Sorry, my ear plugs are still in! If your company has an Occupational Hearing Conservation program this course is for you. If you are a nurse or an allied medical and industrial health practitioner you will learn to perform pure tone air conduction hearing tests and other associated duties of the Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC) as a member of the occupational hearing conservation team. All participants will have ample opportunity to practice hearing testing utilizing a variety of audiometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.

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NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Training
October 27, 2014
Cost: $225

Stay Current and Above the Crowd! This one-day, interactive course is designed as an update for those who have successfully completed the initial NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Course within the past five years and can provide a copy of that training certificate to the course director. In this interactive workshop, an emphasis will be placed on practical aspects of spirometric testing and making sense of spirometric results. Students are encouraged to supply information on the spirometers they currently or plan to use and samples of spirograms from their work setting.

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Occupational Hearing Conservation Refresher Training
October 28, 2014
Cost: $275

Stay Current and Above the Crowd! This one-day course will qualify those holding a current CAOHC certification for recertification. All participants will have ample opportunity to hone their skills by practicing hearing testing utilizing a variety of audiometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.

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