Awards Presented at OEHN Celebration

Sara Jewell (Photo Barbara Burgel)

Barbara Resnik and Heather Barr (Photo Barbara Burgel)

Oisaeng Hong and Barbara Plog (Photo Barbara Burgel)

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COEH members Barbara Plog and Sarah Jewell, and alumna Heather Barr, were honored at UCSF's Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) Celebration on June 10, 2010.

Director OiSaeng Hong presented Plog and Jewell with Occupational Health Nursing Hero Awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of occupational health and safety. Past recipients include Bob Harrison, Marion Gillen, Suzanne Llewellyn, Julia Faucett and Patricia Quinlan.

Plog, director of COEH's Continuing Education Program, was chosen for her dedication to teaching occupational health and safety to OEHN graduate students over the past 20 years. “She was also honored as the editor of one the premier industrial hygiene textbooks used by OEHN students,” noted Barbara Burgel, clinical professor in the School of Nursing. In her award letter, Hong called Plog the “rock star of industrial hygiene” for making the safety of workers her top priority.

Jewell, past clinical professor and associate division chief of UCSF's Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) at San Francisco General Hospital, was honored for teaching and mentoring OEHN students for more than a decade. Her toxicology course was well regarded by students and faculty. Jewell, past co-director of UCSF's OEM Residency and Fellowship Program, is known for her research that investigates the occupational and environmental risk factors of Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Heather Barr received the Barbara A. Resnik Writing Award, which encourages students and alumni to publish articles relevant to the field of occupational and environmental health nursing. Barr graduated from the OEHN Program in 2009. Her winning manuscript was entitled, “Shiftwork and Cardiovascular Risks.”

The award was established in 1991 to recognize the contributions of Barbara Resnik, professor emeritus, founder and former director of UCSF's OEHN Program. Resnik, 83 years young, was on hand to present the award to Barr at OEHN's Spring Celebration, along with a $250 prize.

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