Awards & Honors: NEHA 2009 AEC & Exhibition

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Once again, NEHA kicked off its annual conference with its awards and honors ceremony. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin opened the conference by giving a stirring conference welcome. The following awards and honors were bestowed at the ceremony.

Walter S. Mangold Award

Col. Anthony C. Aiken

NEHA's highest honor, the Walter S. Mangold Award-given for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health profession-was bestowed this year upon the very deserving Col. Anthony C. Aiken. Please see the accompanying story on page 46, which details Col. Aiken's contributions to the profession.

Certificates of Merit

Certificates of Merit are awarded to affiliate members who make exemplary contributions to the profession of environmental health. Each affiliate sets its own criteria for recognition, so recipients do not need to be NEHA members. For 2009, the following winners were announced.

* Alabama--Stanford Miller,

* Colorado--Brian Scheffee,

* Connecticut--VickyM. Carrier, PE, RS, MBA,

* Georgia--Dr. Harold Barnhart,

* Florida--Richard J. French Jr., RS,

* Hawaii--Jerry Haruno,

* Illinois--WilHayes, LEHR

* Kansas--Jerry C. McNamar MPH, RS,

* Kentucky--Mark Sears,

* Massachusetts--Jennifer Murphy, MPH,

* Minnesota--Henry S. Schreifels, REHS,

* Mississippi--Gene Paez, RS, MPH,

* Missouri--John N. McMullen,

* National Capital Area--Jessica Tapp,

* Nebraska--Leslie Theisen,

* Nevada--Carol Culbert,

* New Jersey--James Brownlee,

* North Dakota-Jim Heckman, RS,

* Ohio--Laura Kramer Kuns, RS,

* Oklahoma-Debbie C. Watts,

* Saudi Arabia--Brian F. Nelson,

* South Carolina--Mildred Lee Tanner,

* Texas-Tommy Wheeler, RS,

* Uniformed Services-LTC (ret.) Welford C. Roberts, PhD,

* Virginia--Jim English,

* Washington--Ned Therlen,

* Wisconsin-Chris Hinz, RS,

* West Virginia--Phillip R. Jones, and

* Wyoming--Becce Birdsley.

A. Harry Bliss Editor's Award

Robert Harrington

Dr. A. Harry Bliss was editor of the Journal in 1969, the year this award was first presented. When he retired, the award was named after him to honor his 40 years of involvement in Journal production. NEHA often gives this annual award to outstanding writers and columnists, but the award may also go to individuals who, through other significant contributions made to the Journal of Environmental Health, advance the cause and interests of both the association and the profession.

This year, NEHA is delighted to announce that the 2009 recipient of the Harry Bliss Award is Robert E. (Bob) Harrington, director of the City of Casper-Natrona County Health Department in Wyoming. For years, Bob has been making behind-the-scenes contributions, serving not only as a peer reviewer, but also as an expert resource for Journal staff. In presenting him with this award, NEHA expresses its respect for and appreciation of his reliability, his counsel, and his passion for the profession.

Bob served for 12 years as vice president of Technical Services, Public Health and Safety, for the National Restaurant Association, and before that at Amtrak as manager of quality assurance for the western region. He has BS and MS degrees in zoology from Colorado State University, and he began his career as a sanitarian in the El Paso City-County Health Department in Colorado.

Staff writer Rebecca Berg said, "Bob is one of the first sources I turn to when researching an article. His comments are always frank and well thought out, presented with startling clarity, and reflective of an understanding of the issues that is both grounded in the real world and conceptually sophisticated." As NEHA President Dick Pantages said in presenting the award, "Through his peer review work, his willingness to be interviewed on and off the record, and his steady stream of always constructive input into the Denver office, he has given us the kind of deep insights that have enabled this association to better represent its members and to more successfully navigate our way into a very uncertain future. …