COEH Retirements

Photo: David Rempel
David Rempel

Professor David Rempel retired from UCSF at the end of 2014 following a 25-year career as the director of the University of California Ergonomics Program. He remains a professor emeritus of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and will continue his affiliation with COEH by managing ongoing grants and assisting in the transition to a new director of the Ergonomics Program.

His research focuses on the etiology and prevention of work-related upper extremity disorders through the design of workplace tools and tasks. He recently managed a 5-year study with six universities to better understand workplace factors related to carpal tunnel syndrome. The overhead drilling device — a 10-year project — led to the development of an overhead drill rig and a universal drill rig that are being sold and used in the construction industry — both devices reduce workers’ exposure to physical stressors and silica dust.

Rempel obtained his MD from UCSF in 1982, his MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley in 1981, and a BA in Engineering from UC San Diego in 1977. He is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. In addition to 17 book chapters, he has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Rempel continues to serve on the National Research Council’s Board on Human Systems Integration. He will also continue to serve on the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Physical Agents Committee and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.



Photo: Alan Buckpitt
Alan Buckpitt

COEH faculty Alan Buckpitt announced his retirement from UC Davis. He will continue to serve as a professor emeritus of Molecular Biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Buckpitt’s 35 year career with the University of California included five years at UC Irvine before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 1985. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Chemical Pharmacology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and subsequently in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute.

Buckpitt’s laboratory focuses on the mechanism by which environmental chemicals produce tissue selective toxicity in the respiratory system. He taught in the pharmacology/toxicology graduate program, including a specialized course in drug metabolism. He won the Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology in 1985.

Buckpitt earned his PhD and MS in Pharmacology from Indiana University in Bloomington and his BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. In April, 2015, the journal PLOS ONE published his co-authored paper, “Simultaneous Quantification of Multiple Urinary Naphthalene Metabolites by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry.”



Photo: Barbara Plog
Barbara Plog

Barbara Plog, MPH, CIH, CSP, has retired from her position as director of the COEH Continuing Education Program after 28 years with the University of California. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Program coordinates a range of accredited courses for practicing health and safety professionals.

Concurrent with her role of director, Plog was a lecturer in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She taught graduate courses in Occupational Safety and the Professional Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Prior to her role of director of the COEH Continuing Education Program, she served as Assistant Director of Technical Services of the Labor Occupational Health Program.

She was the Editor-in-Chief of “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene,” 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Editions with COEH Deputy Director Patricia Quinlan. The book is considered an important reference tool for practicing safety and industrial hygiene professionals. She received her BA degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 1973 and her MPH degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1981.

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