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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."
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Author:Greene, Lindsay A.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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