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Student accomplishments

Murray State OSH student receives the Murray State AIHA Student Section Scholarship

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health student, Asia Blanton, was awarded the fall 2021 Murray State AIHA Student Section Scholarship. A Murray State AIHA Student Section Scholarship is awarded to a deserving AIHA student section member each semester by the Murray State AIHA faculty advisors, Dr. Bassam Atieh and Dr. Rupkatha Bardhan.
-Posted November 2021

Murray State OSH student receives a NSC Women in Safety Scholarship

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health student, Lexi Stone, was a recipient of the National Safety Council's (NSC) Women in Safety Scholarship. This scholarship helps support women pursuing safety as a career and promotes safety as a career path for those women studying business or engineering. The Women in Safety Scholarship is a cash award of $5,000, renewable for up to four years.  View a list of  the 2021 scholarship recipients.
-Posted October 2021

Murray State OSH student recognized for internship experience

Murray State's Blue and Gold Report recognized Occupational Safety and Health graduate student, Kevonte Turnley, for his internship with Savannah River Remediation (SRR). Read the story.
-Posted August 2021

Murray State ASSP Student Section places 2nd in Outstanding Student Section Award competition

The Murray State ASSP Student Section placed 2nd out of 16 schools in the 2020-2021 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award (OSSA) competition. The Murray State ASSP Student Section received 1st place in the 2019-2020 OSSA competition. 
-Posted June 2021

Murray State OSH students receive KSHN Scholarships

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health students receive $9,000 in SAFE Awards from the Kentucky Safety and Health Network (KSHN). SAFE Award recipients include Ena Handzic, Paige Miller, Lily Sanchez, and Colton Schanz. Annually, KSHN provides scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate college students studying occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or a related field. The scholarships are referred to as the Scholastic Achievement for Education Awards, or  SAFE Awards. Since 2005, KSHN has awarded nearly $495,000 in SAFE Awards to college students.
-Posted July 2021

Murray State OSH students and faculty receive ASSP Foundation Scholarships

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health students receive $17,500 in scholarships from the ASSP Foundation. Scholarship recipients include OSH students - Brock Burnham, Melina Eaker, Avery McClain, and OSH faculty - Ms. Julie Boyd, who is pursuing her doctoral degree. See a list of all ASSP Foundation scholarship recipients.
-Posted June 2021

Murray State OSH Graduate Student receives 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship

Murray State OSH graduate student, Clark Adams, was a recipient of a 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship receive $5,000 and registration to this year’s virtual American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP) being held May 24-26, 2021. This is a great educational opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics in the field.

The purpose of this scholarship program is to recognize graduate students for their high level of academic achievement, contributions to the profession, and intent to pursue careers in the discipline of Occupational Health and Safety. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of 3M occupational health and safety professionals. Candidates are evaluated based on academic achievement, related work experience, and professional goals. This program strives to recognize the brightest future talent through this annual award.
-Posted April 2021

Murray State OSH students volunteered to assist with the first Calloway County Regional Vaccination Site Event

The Calloway County Health Department opened the first Regional Vaccination Site at the CFSB Center on the Murray State's campus Sunday, Feb. 14th. Approximately 450 vaccinations were given through the combined efforts of the nursing staff from the Calloway County Health Department, EMS and nursing staff from the Murray-Calloway County Hospital, and faculty from the Murray State School of Nursing.

The event ran smoothly largely due to the efforts of student volunteers from the Murray State Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) department and the School of Nursing. OSH students were members of various OSH courses as well as the American Society of Safety Professionals student chapter.

This event focused on serving the Murray population ages 70+. Event volunteers assisted with on-site registration, served as patient observers and assisted individuals from and to their vehicles. The kindness shown by these young people was extraordinary. Their willingness to serve their community during this challenging time was appreciated by all.
-Posted February 2021 

Murray State OSH students receive 2020 BCSP Foundation scholarships

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health students, Melina Eaker and Logan Forsythe, were recipients of a combination of $10,000 in Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation scholarships which are provided to Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Programs (QAP). View a list of all BCSP Foundation scholarship recipients..
-Posted February 2021


OSH Awards & Recognition Reception


OSH Awards & Recognition Reception



OSH Awards & Recognition Reception


Murray State ASSE Student Chapter Participates in the 2012 Mudicine Run
The Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter got “down and dirty” to help the local community. Approximately 30 OSH students  and 2 OSH faculty members participated in the first ever “Mudicine Run” in Marshall County. The proceeds of this 5k were raised to help support the new free health clinic. Students showed up bright and early ready to run, the race started with a 2 mile run followed by a mile of muddy obstacles. The morning was filled with laughter and cheering as each team crossed the finish line. This is just one of the many ways our local ASSE chapter is building friendships and giving back to the community.
 

Murray State ASSE Student Chapter Participates in the 2012 Mudicine Run
The Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter got “down and dirty” to help the local community. Approximately 30 OSH students  and 2 OSH faculty members participated in the first ever “Mudicine Run” in Marshall County. The proceeds of this 5k were raised to help support the new free health clinic. Students showed up bright and early ready to run, the race started with a 2 mile run followed by a mile of muddy obstacles. The morning was filled with laughter and cheering as each team crossed the finish line. This is just one of the many ways our local ASSE chapter is building friendships and giving back to the community.     
 

Murray State ASSE Student Chapter Participates in the 2012 Mudicine Run
 

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety & Health’s Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Students graduating with a B.S. or M.S. in Occupational Safety & Health may immediately apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) certification and with two years experience in the safety and health management field apply for and take the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) exam.

The Institute for Safety and Health Management is the credentialing organization founded by the National Safety Management Society (NSMS), to promote the establishment of professional standards. Through the ISHM certification program, the Institute promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of management. For more information go to www.ishm.org.




Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter Hosts a Tornado Relief Drive for Oklahoma

The Murray State ASSE Student Chapter held its second Tornado Relief Drive on May 28, 2013. Four volunteers from Murray State's ASSE Student Chapter helped with efforts to collect items needed to aid Oklahoma cities in their recovery effort from the F4 tornado that destroyed large parts of Moore, Oklahoma and other nearby cities. Murray State ASSE students used the Dollar General storefront in Murray, KY, as the venue for the drive. A big thank you to Dollar General and all of the people who were kind enough to donate several hundred dollars worth of needed items for Oklahoma.


Dr. Bassam Atieh, Dr. Randal Keller, and Dr. Gary Morris co-authored
Dr. John W. Wells, Jr., authored
published in the September 2013 issue of Professional Safety. The publication was also referenced by the ISHN Magazine. For reference click here.

 


 
Fall 2013 OSH Graduate Assistants/NIOSH Grant Recipients
 

Dr. David L. Fender and Clinton T. Wolfley co-authored
published in the January 2014 issue of Professional Safety. 
Dr. David L. Fender and Clinton T. Wolfley co-authored
published in the January 2014 issue of Professional Safety.

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous donation from the Chevron Corporation.

 

Alumni accomplishments

Murray State OSH alumnus and faculty publish in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Mr. Laramie Lock, Murray State Occupational Safety and Health alumnus, and Dr. Oluwabunmi Dada, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, co-published along with Mr. Jacob S. Shed, “Aerosol Transmission of Infectious Disease and the Efficacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 63(11). View the article.
-Posted November 2021

Murray State OSH alumna recognized in Safety+Health article

Ms. Holly Burgess,  Murray State University Occupational Safety and Health alumna, received a spotlight in the Safety+Health article, A Team of One: Despite the Challenges, Solo Safety Pros Can Make an Impact.
-Posted September 2021

Murray State OSH alumna elected to ASSP Area Director - Region VII: South

Ms. Selena D. Schmidt, CSP, Murray State University Occupational Safety and Health alumna (BS, MS), was elected as the ASSP Area Director - Region VII: South.  Ms. Schmidt is a Senior Risk Control Consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance, as well as the Middle TN ASSP Chapter President and the Region VII ASSP WISE Committee Chair. 
-Posted April 2021

Murray State OSH alumna recognized in the Top 22 Under 40 by the Murray State Alumni Association Young Alumni Council

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health alumna, Jayme Hobson, was recognized by Murray State's Alumni Association Young Alumni Council in the Top 22 Under 40, Class of 2021. 

Jayme Hobson, CSP, STS, received the Safety and Health Recognition Award from the Iron Workers International Union in 2018. This is the first time the award has been presented to a nonunion safety professional and recognizes Jayme’s efforts to address safety and health hazards, and to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. As a young professional, Jayme has been active serving on the American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation NextGen Board from 2013-16 and providing guidance for future professionals through serving on the Future Safety Leaders Conference Committee in 2012. In 2017 she was recognized as a Safety Crusader by Grainger Inc. Congratulations, Jayme!
-Posted February 2021 

 

Faculty and department accomplishments

Murray State OSH faculty publish in COVID

Dr. Rupkatha Bardhan, Dr. Traci Byrd and Dr. Julie Boyd, faculty in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, co-published "Safe Return to Work for Domestic Workers in the Time of Covid-19"  in COVID, 1(3), 575-589. View the article. 
-Posted November 2021

Murray State OSH alumnus and faculty publish in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Mr. Laramie Lock, Murray State Occupational Safety and Health alumnus, and Dr. Oluwabunmi Dada, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, co-published along with Mr. Jacob S. Shed, “Aerosol Transmission of Infectious Disease and the Efficacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 63(11). View the article..
-Posted November 2021

Murray State OSH faculty named new College Head of Hart College

Dr. Traci Byrd, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, has been announced as the new College Head of Hart College. Dr. Byrd has an impressive resume of working successfully with students in campus life and academic capacities according to Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “We are very pleased that Dr. Byrd has agreed to serve in this very important student development position. She has been actively involved with students for the past few years both inside and outside the classroom and is ideally suited for this leadership position. She will be an outstanding addition to our Residential College Program”.
-Posted July 2021

Murray State OSH faculty publish in Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, co-published "Establishing the Basis for a School Bus Emergency Evacuation Time Standard"  in the Volume 10, June 2021 Issue, 100389, of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Read the article..
-Posted June 2021

Murray State OSH students and faculty receive ASSP Foundation Scholarships

Murray State Occupational Safety and Health students receive $17,500  in scholarships from the ASSP Foundation. Scholarship recipients include OSH students - Brock Burnham, Melina Eaker, Avery McClain, and OSH faculty - Ms. Julie Boyd, who is pursuing her doctoral degree. See a list of all ASSP Foundation scholarship recipients.
-Posted June 2021

Murray State OSH faculty receives a 2021 BCSP Foundation Research-Doctoral Dissertation Grant

Mrs. Julie Boyd, instructor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, was awarded a 2021 Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) $10,000 Research-Doctoral Dissertation Grant. The grant will provide funding in direct support of her safety and health research in Risk Assessment of the Industrial Hemp Processing Industry. According to BCSP, Mrs. Boyd has demonstrated excellence in academic performance along with a commitment to advancing the field of safety as a safety professional.
-Posted May 2021

Murray State OSH faculty receives a 2021 BCSP Foundation Research-Early Stage Grant

Dr. Rupkatha Bardhan, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, was awarded a 2021 Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) $19,000 Research-Early Stage Grant. This grant will focus on Managing Stress and Fatigue Among Truck Drivers. According to BCSP, Dr. Bardhan has demonstrated excellence in academic performance along with a commitment to advancing the field of safety as a safety professional.
-Posted May 2021

Murray State OSH faculty receives the Murray State Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, received the Murray State Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award. This award recognizes superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by Murray State University faculty members who are in the early phase of their careers and who show professional promise.
-Posted April 2021

Murray State OSH faculty receives the 2021-2022 Neil Weber Award for Excellence in the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Traci Byrd, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, received the 2021-2022 Neil Weber Award for Excellence in the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.  The Weber Award was established as a special tribute to Dean Neil Weber on the occasion of his retirement from Murray State University. The endowment for this award was provided through a generous gift by Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a JCSET alumnus who is a strong supporter of our faculty and students and one who shares our commitment to excellence in math and science education. Recipients are chosen by a committee, with selection based on the nominee’s achievements in several areas including: outstanding service and contributions to the university through academic research grants and development; classroom activities; student recruitment; governmental relations; publications; program leadership, and/or assistance with matters of accreditation.
-Posted April 2021

Murray State OSH faculty elected chair of the Applied and Natural Science Commission of ABET (ANSAC/ABET)

Dr. Randal Keller, professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, was recently elected to be chair of the Applied and Natural Science Commission of ABET (ANSAC/ABET) beginning in July, 2021. ABET consists of four commissions and accredits college and university programs (currently 4,307 programs at 846 colleges and universities in 41 countries) in the STEM disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Dr. Keller has been an ABET volunteer for fifteen years and has served on the Executive Committee since 2017.
-Posted April 2021

Murray State OSH faculty publish in IEEE Access

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, co-published "Seat Assignments With Physical Distancing in Single-Destination Public Transit Settings"  in the March 2021 Issue of IEEE Access. View the article.
-Posted March 2021

Murray State OSH faculty selected for Academic Leadership Development Institute

Dr. Oluwabunmi Dada, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, was selected for the Academic Leadership Development Institute cohort of 2021 by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The Institute is one of the Council’s premier professional development programs specifically targeted to support underrepresented faculty and staff on Kentucky’s campuses. Read the story.
-Posted March 2021

Murray State OSH faculty publish in Professional Safety

Dr. David Wilbanks, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, published “Contractor Safety Prequalification: Background, Current Practice, and New Paths” in the March 2021 Issue of Professional Safety.
-Posted March 2021

Murray State OSH faculty publish in Professional Safety

Dr. David Wilbanks and Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, assistant professors in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, along with Shurtape Technologies Corporate Safety and Health Manager, Dr. Richard Kilpatrick, published “Covid-19 Early Planning, Response & Lessons in OSH” in the January 2021 Issue of Professional Safety. 
-Posted January 2021

Murray State OSH faculty publish in Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University, co-published “Considerations for the Transportation of School Aged Children amid the Coronavirus Pandemic” in Volume 9, 2021, of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives . Read the article.
-Posted January 2021 

 

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