In This Issue
From the Director’s Desk
John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH
Championing Young WorkersA “champion” is commonly defined as the victor of a competition or challenge. A less common usage of the word “champion,” one that has particular resonance for us at NIOSH, is the meaning that denotes an early advocate for an innovative cause or idea.
Retirement of Diane Porter, NIOSH Deputy Director for Management
On May 1, NIOSH Deputy Director for Management retired from NIOSH. In her 33 years at NIOSH, Diane has provided unwavering support and inspiration for NIOSH in several leadership positions. For 12 years, Diane was the NIOSH Associate Director for Policy and Legislation. In 1994, Diane became the Associate Director for Management and Operations. In January 1998, Diane entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) and subsequently was appointed to the position of NIOSH Deputy Director for Management. Over her long career, Diane’s many contributions have been recognized by the receipt of many awards—which are too numerous to name here. But one does stand out. In 2010, Diane received the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award—which is a rare honor—and one richly deserved. Diane, we at NIOSH will miss your sure guidance, but you deserve a wonderful retirement, and all of us at NIOSH wish you the best one ever!
NIOSH Presents 2015 Science Awards for Innovative Occupational Health, Safety Research
On April 23, NIOSH recognized several NIOSH researchers and partners for their significant contributions to the field of occupational safety and health over the past year. The annual awards are an opportunity for NIOSH to honor researchers for excellence in science that informs and supports the prevention of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about the NIOSH Science Awards, including winners and nominees for all categories, go tohttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
Provide Your Comments on Electronic Health Records
Now is the time to provide your comments on the value of work information in Electronic Health Records (EHRs)! On March 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking detailing planned changes to the rules for certification of EHR software. The deadline to submit comments is May 8. The Federal Register notice can be found here athttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/
FR-2015-03-30/pdf/2015-06612. pdf. Discussion of potential inclusion of industry, occupation, and other work information begins on page 16829.
NIOSH Morgantown and WVU Partnership: Mentoring High School Students in Southern West Virginia
NIOSH and West Virginia University, Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) have teamed up in Morgantown to help students at Shady Spring High School HSTA Club (near Beckley, West Virginia) develop research projects in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Last fall, the students from the Shady Spring High School HSTA Club visited the NIOSH Morgantown facility where they had an opportunity to learn about the field of occupational safety and health and then met one-on-one with potential mentors and discussed project ideas. On April 28, the students returned to Morgantown to meet with their mentors to review their findings and finalize their presentations in preparation for the HSTA Science Symposium in May. They also participated in a poster session from 3pm–4pm in the lobby of NIOSH. Learn more athttp://wvuhealthnews.com/news/
story?headline=niosh-wvu- partnership-mentors-southern- west-virginia-high-school- students
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