OSH Students, Maegan Alexander, Cameron Bishop, Morgan Huston, and Alex Klapp, with OSH Faculty, Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, represented MSU’s AIHA Student Chapter by presenting and attending the AIHA Alabama 5th Annual Future of the Profession Event in Birmingham, AL.
OSH Students, David Lawrence, Ariana Jen, and Blake Thomas, along with OSH Chair, Dr. Wortham were invited to attend the 15th Annual Southern Company Contractor Safety Forum.
Dr. Randal Keller, Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, has completed a second term with the Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization, Board of Army Science and Technology, of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
During his term Dr. Keller served as Chair of the Committee on Disposal Options for the Rocket Motors of Nerve Agent Rockets at Blue Grass Army Depot; as a Member of the Committee on the Assessment on the Process Safety for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants; of the Committee to Evaluate the Safety and Environmental Metrics for Potential Application at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities; and the Committee to Review and Assess Industrial Hygiene Standards and Practices at Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.
These committees produced the following studies:
OSH Students, Doug DeMoulin and Austin Blakely, represented MSU’s AIHA Student Chapter by presenting at the Tennessee Valley Section AIHA Conference in Knoxville, TN. Doug DeMoulin presented on Application of RFID Technology in Search and Rescue Operations. Austin Blakely presented on Challenges of Industrial Hygiene Monitoring in a Refinery.
Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, received the 2016 Safety Technical Group Best Student Paper Award (First Place) from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society at the HFES International Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Award was for his paper entitled “Relating The Strength Capabilities of Children to the Design of School Bus Emergency Roof Hatches."
Dr. Bassam Atieh is Appointed Residential College Head of Richmond College
The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bassam Atieh, Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, as the new College Head of Richmond College. Dr. Atieh has a very impressive record of working with students outside the classroom and will be a valuable addition to the residential college system according to Don Robertson, vice president for Student Affairs.
Dr. Kristen Spicer led OSH 330/630 on a Study Abroad Tour to Ireland to Gain Irish Perspectives on Risk Management.
2016 OSH Awards and Recognition Reception
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health celebrated its annual Awards and Recognition Reception on April 29, 2016, in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center. OSH students were recognized for receiving over $105,000 in scholarship money and for receiving NIOSH grant tuition assistance. May/August 2016 graduates were recognized, as well as honored for their upcoming receipt of the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. The first cohort to graduate from the Online M.S. OSH program was recognized. Rho Sigma Kappa, OSH’s Honor Society, inducted the deserving students for spring 2016. The Dr. David G. Kraemer Outstanding Contributor award was given to a deserving undergraduate student, and the Thomas R. Begley Memorial Award was awarded to two deserving graduate students. The undergraduate Honor's Recipients for outstanding academic performance and outstanding senior were also named. OSH faculty were also recognized: Dr. Bassam Atieh for twenty-five years of service at MSU, and Dr. Randal Keller for twenty years of service at MSU. Dr. David Fender was also recognized for his upcoming retirement after twenty-one years of outstanding service at MSU, as well as for being the recipient of Murray State’s Board of Regent's Teaching Excellence Award.
Murray State recipients include Clint Combs (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Braden Cook (Elizabethtown, Ill.), Brice Griesemer (Shelbyville, Ill.), Alec Jackson (Dexter, Mo.), James McIntyre (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Kelly Mehner (Waterloo, Ill.), Tanner Neese (Greenville, Ill.), Rachel Ragovin (Murray, Ky.), Josh Reed (Harrisburg, Ill.), Eric Sapp (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Luke Whitmore (Shepherdsville, Ky.).The eleven students are all working towards a degree in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) through the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
“The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University is proud of its students’ accomplishments. We are very appreciative of the annual commitment made by the professional membership of the American Society of Safety Engineers in providing our students support in the form of scholarships,” said OSH Department Chair Dr. Tracey Wortham. “In addition, the ASSE Foundation also awarded an OSH department lecturer a significant scholarship to pursue doctoral studies. The OSH Department is grateful that the ASSE Foundation endeavors to ensure the future of the safety profession by supporting advancements in our students’ education and careers.”
“The OSH degree program is a source of pride to Murray State University, and we are pleased and proud to see that our students majoring in this program are being recognized with these scholarships,” said Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean Dr. Stephen Cobb. “We thank ASSE for their generosity and support in educating the next generation of OSH professionals.” “We are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships and grants through the generous contributions of our donors,” said ASSE Foundation Board Chair Michael Murray. “We are committed to strengthening the OSH profession by helping these groups advance their education and careers.”