June 2007

Black Lung: Dust Hasn’t Settled on Deadly Disease
Louisville Courier Journal—June 24, 2007
Article featuring Carol Rice, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
A 1969 law set the level of coal-mine dust that miners can breathe during an eight-hour shift at 2 milligrams per cubic meter of air. But 38 years later, they're still dying—more than 20,000 nationwide since 1990.

Occupational Hygiene Students Recognized at National Conference
Five students in the environmental health department’s division of environmental and occupational hygiene won awards and scholarships at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, held June 2–7 in Philadelphia. Chunhui He was honored for the best student poster in occupational epidemiology for a study on the complex demands of shift work for nursing aides in nursing homes. Matt Hammer received the Tichauer Award for the best student poster in ergonomics for his study on bottle shell grip design and ergonomic stress on employees in the beverage delivery industry. Susan Kotowski received the Tichauer Award for the best student podium presentation in ergonomics for gender-specific cue effectiveness as a potential injury mediator during lifting of unknown weights. Yulia Iossifova received the H. Kenneth Dillon Memorial Award for the best biosafety and environmental microbiology student poster for her comparison of different assays for detecting-β-D-glucan in purified glucan standards, pure fungal cultures and home dust samples. Each winning project was partially funded by the UC Education and Research Center pilot project program, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 

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wo first year M.S. students won scholarships sponsored by the AIH Foundation.  Chad Brenneman received the Kyle B. Dotson Scholarship and Celeste Hemphill received the Liberty Mutual Scholarship.

In addition, Robert Eninger received the John J. Bloomfield Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. This award is given to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing field work and who demonstrates significant contributions to the profession.