University of California

The COEH M. DONALD WHORTON WRITING AWARD

The M. Donald Whorton Writing Award is offered by the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. The award program strives to honor the late Dr. Whorton by encouraging and recognizing important new voices in occupational and environmental research.

Students and recent alumni (within 5 years of graduation) from any of the COEH-affiliated programs are eligible to submit a manuscript for consideration for the Don Whorton Writing Award. Papers may be co-authored; however the student/alumnus must be first or senior author. To be considered, papers must be recently published or accepted for publication.

Submission:

  • A nominating cover letter should be submitted stating the title, name of author(s) and author contact information. Both self-nominations and nominations by others will be accepted.
  • An electronic copy of the paper must be attached.
  • Submissions are due to COEH Deputy Director, Patty Quinlan (pquinlan@medsfgh.ucsf.edu) by February 20.

Process for Review:
The paper will be evaluated by a review panel designated by COEH. The papers will be judged based on the following criteria:

a. Addresses a significant issue/problem in the field of occupational and environmental health (20 points)

The significance should be illustrated by one or more of the following:

    1. Originality
    2. Public health significance
    3. Severity of the hazard addressed
    4. Contribution to understanding and addressing health disparities
    5. Sheds light on an under appreciated problem or emerging issue in occupational or environmental health

b. Strength of findings (30 points)

    1. Quality of research design or approach
    2. Quality of data
    3. Quality of interpretation of results

c. Analysis by author makes a significant contribution to the field of occupational and environmental health, indicated by at least one of the following: (25 points)

    1. Provides new insights
    2. Suggests new strategies for prevention of occupational and environmental injuries, illnesses, and/or hazardous exposures

d. Quality of writing (25 points)

    1. Well organized
    2. Use of clear, concise writing style

Notification:  The winner will be announced in March/April.

The award: 

$500.00
Recognition in the COEH newsletter, Bridges, and an invitation to present at a COEH event.

Contact:
Patty Quinlan, MPH,  CIH
Deputy Director, COEH
University of California
School of Public Health, EHS
50 University Hall, #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360510-642-8365
pquinlan@medsfgh.ucsf.edu


COEH Honors Dr. M. Donald Whorton

Don Whorton was an internationally-recognized occupational health physician and workplace epidemiologist, with long ties to COEH. He graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's first graduating class in 1968 and went on to receive his masters degree in public health with a focus in environmental medicine from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Harvard Service Boston City Hospital and his residency in internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital. He was board certified in occupational and internal medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Don Whorton advanced the field of occupational medicine through epidemiological studies that led to a greater understanding of workplace exposure. Notably, he discovered the link between workplace exposure to the nematocide DBCP and male infertility. He was the founding director of the COEH’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked until he went into private consulting in 1978.  Don continued his involvement with COEH, through teaching and serving on the COEH Advisory committee.

Don continued his important work in occupational and environmental health until his untimely death in 2008.

 

Submit application to:
Patty Quinlan, MPH,  CIH
Deputy Director, COEH
University of California
School of Public Health, EHS
50 University Hall, #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
510-642-8365
pquinlan@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Due Date:
February 20, 2015

2015 COEH M. Donald Whorton Writing Award Poster