Printer Friendly

Awards Remember Rall.

Two new awards pay tribute to David P. Rall, the former NIEHS and National Toxicology Program director, who died in September 1999. Rall was a pioneer in the field of environmental health science, and is widely hailed for his work as an advocate for incorporating science-based prevention into public health policy.

In November, Eula Bingham, a professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, received the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health from the American Public Health Association. Bingham worked as assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 1977 to 1981. The award recognizes Bingham for her outstanding record of accomplishments in fighting to protect workers, consumers, and citizens from the danger of environmental and industrial disease. She was instrumental in the passage of the first community right-to-know program, in Cincinnati, which allowed workers access to their company medical records and records of toxicants in the workplace, and also called for chemical labels and worker education programs to help employees understand the labels.

"[Bingham's] scientific and ethical standards have always been of the highest order, and her dedication to and outspokenness on occupational health issues during her long career ... have always been an inspiration to me and to many of her students and colleagues," says John Bucher, deputy director of the NIEHS Environmental Toxicology Program.

Stuart Bondurant, a professor of medicine and dean emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, was honored in October with the David Rall Medal, given by the Institute of Medicine for particularly distinguished leadership as a chair of a study committee or similar activity. Bondurant is past president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the former acting president of the Institute of Medicine.

In his years with the Institute of Medicine, Bondurant exhibited outstanding leadership as the chair of committees on controversial and highly visible topics, the selection committee said, citing his objective, balanced, and skilled work on groups studying the safety of silicone breast implants and the science base for tobacco harm reduction.

Bondurant says he has "unqualified respect" for Rail, and adds, "Many of the things we do today are legacies of his wisdom."
COPYRIGHT 2001 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Greene, Lindsay A.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Jan 1, 2001
Words:369
Previous Article:Fool's Gold Mining.
Next Article:Too Clean for Comfort.


Related Articles
Barbarism squared. (Editor's Note).
Three-star fiasco: a potential promotion for an antigay Army general shows just how little gay fights issues mean in the military. (Military).
Huff selected for APHA's Rall Award. (NIEHS News).
David Rall and the National Toxicology Program.
SEMI TOUGH.
LGBT PDA.
Back in action: after joint chiefs of staff chairman Peter Pace called homosexuality immoral, seven retired officers came out. Their new duty?...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |