poster Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) 8th Annual Research Day Symposium. The MAP-ERC is a worker health and safety education and research center within the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, is funded by CDC/NIOSH. The AIH-RMS award was presented to Karin Adams, a graduate student studying Industrial Hygiene at CSU, for her outstanding work on noise exposure assessment for hockey referees. Recently, a new requirement was made for referees to wear a longer face shield. Karin found increased their noise exposures when blowing whistles through her research. Her research will assist the Colorado Ice Hockey Referees Association (CIRA) to develop a plan to decrease referee noise exposures in the future.
On April 7th
, AIHA-RMS members Chris Brossia, MaryAnn Heaney, Sarah Kaiman, and Emily Hornung served as "Special Award" judges at the 61st annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF). Because the judges thought that two projects were “outstanding” to promote the improvement of worker and/or community health and safety, they awarded two separate awards. A $150 award was presented to Valerie Keeney, a junior high student, for her project, The Relationship between Cloud Chambers, Alpha Particles, Radon-222, and Different Floors of a House (abstract available here
). A $100 Award was presented to Isaac Jordan, a high school student, for his project, A New Twist on Artificial Muscle: Using Supercoiled Polymer Fibers to Power Robotics and Prosthetics (abstract available here
). A special thanks goes out to judges for volunteering to serve on the judge panel. Please visit the CSEF website
for more information.