Overall Best in Session Student Posters, First Place went to Shuang Gao for “Performance of N95 FFR Filter and HVAC Filter Challenged with Combustion Aerosols.
The SECP committee presents the Golden Seed Award to individuals who have made significant contributions to industrial hygiene that go beyond their job responsibilities. Areas include contributions to student development, mentoring and early career guidance. This year’s recipient was Mr. John Moore, III, Senior Industrial Hygienist at Georgia Power. He was recognized at AIHce 2014 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony by AIHA President Barbara Dawson.
The Student and Early Career Professionals sponsored podium sessions, round tables and lunch talks at AIHce 2014 in San Antonio. Those sessions included:
Session recordings from AIHce 2014 are now available online through AIHce On-Demand. Visit the webpage:
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Also, check out the Event Page on AIHA to view highlights, videos, photos and abstracts of AIHce 2014 conference events.
Let us know what sessions you want to see again!
By Andrew Burgie, M.S.
This past Spring of 2014, the Fellow Special Interest Group (SIG), Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee, the Local Section Committee (LSC), and the Student Local Section Committee (SLSC) have organized forces to create a new Outreach Project Team to facilitate various outreach opportunities among the groups nationally regarding Industrial Hygiene Awareness and Recruitment.
The proposed idea is to have the Fellows SIG assist in reaching out to various entities (such as schools, industry, community groups, etc.) in various cities to publicize our profession as experienced, respected, and well-seasoned ambassadors. The Local & Student Local Sections would each have Outreach Coordinators that would coordinate the outreach needs of their Sections in various cities by working with their local Fellows, whenever possible.
Once these local needs are ascertained, a dedicated group of volunteers coordinated by the Student and Early Career Professionals would then design appropriate outreach materials to address the needs being conveyed by the Outreach Coordinators of various Local & Student Sections. Obviously, these materials would undergo a vetting process among the AIHA technical committees and other pertinent entities, depending on the materials requested.
The three main groups presently being targeted are high school, elementary, and college level students, but this may evolve as we think about outreach to industry and community groups.
Anyone that has conducted outreach in the past is encouraged to submit their presentations, lesson plans, hands-on activities/projects, materials, etc. to our Project Team so that we can have a diverse pool of resources to enable interested IH professionals to educate the public about the importance and relevance of our profession nationwide (and worldwide).
We already have a few generalized presentations regarding “What Is An IH?” ready to go for the elementary and high school audience and are busy working on other presentations. We will keep you posted on the progress of this exciting team initiative and we look forward to fielding any constructive criticism or ideas that you may have for us.
Andrew Burgie is the Co-Director of the Center of Occupational and Environmental Health at the CUNY School of Public Health and SECP Team Leader of the Outreach Project.
Congratulations to the Mentoring Project Team for being presented the Outstanding Project Team Award by the AIHA! The AIHA quoted “This team has supported the next generation of IH professionals by developing and deploying an effective model for matching students and early career professionals with senior professionals for mentoring.”
We Were Busy!
The Mentoring Project Team along with many mentors and mentees were actively spreading the mMentoring Project Group Receives Award at AIHce 2014 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony entoring program. From the AIHce booth, lanyards, buttons, badge ribbons and the Networking Event, the mentoring group reached many attendees of the conference. The 4th Annual Mentoring Networking Event, sponsored by ABIH, was another success and has grown to over 250 people. The event focused on bringing mentors and mentees together. There were breakout areas for individuals to meet geographically and pairs were made at this event
AIHA provided a badge scanner for the Mentoring group to capture attendees at the Mentoring Booth and Networking Event. Over 300 people were scanned. Currently the Mentoring Group is working on organizing the names and pairing mentors and mentees together.
By Michelle Coutu
As more and more of our lives go online so does the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee (SECP)! The SECP Mentoring Group has kicked off our social media communications by reaching out to mentors and mentees on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. But as our committee grows, so must our online presence. We are expanding to include a SECP specific Blog, Facebook, and Twitter account.
But posting the latest news and Wise Words Wednesdays quotes isn’t enough, and we need your help!
We’ve created these spaces for you to share and discuss your ideas and projects. Of course we can tell you all about how SECP is partnering with the Fellow SIG to promote the IH profession to students and young adults, or how we are already planning insightful and relevant roundtables for the AIHce in 2015. We could do all the talking, but we would rather listen to you! We want to hear about how you’re participating in your local section or what new project you think SECP should be working on.
As students and early career professionals we know that no one can do it alone. We all learn from each other and depend on each other to sort thought the difficult challenges of establishing ourselves in our profession. Social media is a unique platform that we can use to support each other no matter where we are or where we go.
AIHA has now recognized the Mentoring Project Team as a Committee within the AIHA organization. With this announcement, the Mentoring Project Team is no longer a part of the Student and Early Career Professional Committee; however it will remain tied with various collaborated efforts. The Mentoring Project Team is now referred to as the Mentoring Program and Professional Development Committee. There will be elections held for committee leadership – a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. If anyone is interested in these positions, please contact Melissa Rupert (Mentoring Project Team Leader) at MRupert@SevenGenHSE.com.