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The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), a component society of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, recently recognized two ACOEM members for their achievements in advancing the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine. The awards were presented on Sep 20 at WOEMA’s 46th Annual Conference held at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. John R. Balmes, MD, Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California at San Francisco, was the 23rd recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing.

Dr. Balmes was cited for his creative achievements including demonstrating that people with asthma have increased airway inflammation after exposure to ozone compared to those without asthma, and that supplemental vitamin A and beta-carotene do not protect workers exposed to asbestos from lung cancer. The author of numerous texts and scientific papers, Dr Balmes is also a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Balmes was the 23rd recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary medicine, Dr Balmes has been a member of ACOEM since 1982. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1976.

The 34th Rutherford P. Johnstone Award for Outstanding Service in Occupational Medicine was presented to Royce Moser, MD, MPH, for his lifetime of research on occupational and environmental medicine; aerospace medicine; disease prevention and health promotion; and management and evaluation of occupational and environmental health programs.

Dr Moser received his medical degree and MPH from Harvard Medical School and is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in both occupational and aerospace medicine. He served 23 years with the US Air Force, attaining the rank of Colonel, and served most recently as Commander of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base. Presently Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, Dr Moser is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is nationally known for his textbook Effective Management of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Programs: A Practical Guide.

A member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1982, he was elevated to Fellowship in 1988 and served the College as its vice president for medical affairs from 1995 to 1997. Dr Moser received the College’s 1996 Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit for his efforts to strengthen academic excellence in occupational and environmental medicine. He was also the recipient of the 1998 Harriet Hardy Award from the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society.

On Mar 19, the Metro-Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, one of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s 31 component societies, will hold its annual meeting at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. The theme of the meeting is “Risk Communication.”

For more information, contact William Wright, MD; telephone: 301/578-8010; fax: 301/578-8117; e-mail: william.wright@coreinc.com.

The American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the School of Business at Queen’s University, will convene the fifth interdisciplinary conference on occupational “Work, Stress, and Health,” Mar 20–22 at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The theme of the conference will be “New Challenges in a Changing Workplace.”

Interactive poster presentations, papers, symposia, and workshops on new research findings, policy, and prevention/intervention programs will address 16 major themes—new work contracts; organizational policies and work redesign; hours of work; psychosocial factors and health; work, family, and community; physical safety at work; flexible work processes; advances in research methodologies; bridging from research to practice; best practices; special populations in the workforce; prevention and intervention; disability and disability management; mass disaster and terrorism; legal issues; and training in occupational health psychology.

For more information, contact Wesley Baker, Conference Coordinator, American Psychological Association, 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002; telephone: 202/336-6033; fax: 202/336-6117; e-mail: wbaker@apa.org; Web site: http://www.apa.org/pi/work/wsh5.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) was saddened to recently learn of the death of long-time member Joseph A. Arminio, MD. Dr Arminio, of Montchanin, Delaware, passed away Sep 3, at age 79.

A 1946 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Dr Arminio was certified by the American Board of Surgery. His area of specialty was hand surgery and he was a founding member of the Hand Society of Delaware. He also served as a consultant to the medical director of the GM Saturn Plant in Wilmington, and as director of the hand clinic at Christiana Care Health System. In addition, for 20 years, he was director of medical services for the City of Wilmington.

Dr Arminio joined ACOEM in 1955 and was elevated to Fellowship in 1973. He was very active in his local component chapter, the Delaware College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, serving as that organization’s president in 1966 and later as a member of the Board of Directors.

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CALENDAR OF MEETINGS

Jan 14–18, 2003

Second Annual Caribbean Dermatology Symposium, Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort and Casino, Dorado, Puerto Rico. Information: Caribbean Dermatology Symposium, telephone: 866/1637-3376; e-mail: help@caribederm.org; Web site: http://www.caraibederm.org.

Jan 15, 2003

Meeting of the Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC. Information: Dr William Wright, e-mail: william.wright@coreinc.com.

Jan 18, 2003

“Annual CME Meeting” of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Community Meeting Room, Tulsa County Medical Society, Tulsa Oklahoma. Information: Tanya Luce, Executive Administrator, c/o Tulsa County Medical Society, 2021 S Lewis, Ste 560, Tulsa, OK 74104; telephone: 918/743-6184; fax: 918/743-0336; e-mail: OCOEM@t-c-m-s.com.

Jan 24–25, 2003

“37th Annual Conference” of The Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine held in conjunction with the Denver Colorado Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Embassy Suites Southeast, Denver, CO. Theme: “Regulatory and Other Current Issues in Occupational Health.” Information: Melanie Hughes, MBA, 20 W Dry Creek Circle, Ste 110, Littleton, CO 80120; telephone: 303/798-0601; fax: 303/798-1315; e-mail: hughesstuart@msn.com; Web site: http://www.rmaom.org.

Feb 28-Mar 2, 2003

Winter Scientific Meeting of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, OR. Information: Linda Slane, NAOEM Executive Administrator, 2033 Sixth Ave, Ste 1100, Seattle, WA 98121; telephone: 206/441-9762; fax: 206/441-5863; e-mail: LLS@WSMA.ORG; Web site: http://depts.washington.edu/nwoem/home.htm.

Mar 7–8, 2003

The 26th Annual Carroll P. Hungate Postgraduate Seminar, Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park, Kan. Theme: “Occupational and Environmental Health.” Information: Linda Smutz; telephone: 816/523-3383; fax: 816/523-3393.

Mar 13–15, 2003

Central States OMA “Spring Seminar,” The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Ill. Information: Marlyce Nutt, 3905 Boone Creek Circle, McHenry, IL 60050; telephone: 815/759-9484; fax: 815/759-9488; e-mail: marlyce@csoma.org; Web site: http://www.csoma.org.

Mar 19, 2003

Meeting of the Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. Information: Dr William Wright, e-mail: william.wright@coreinc.com.

Mar 20–22, 2003

Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, “Work, Stress, and Health: New Challenges in a Changing Workplace,” Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada. Information: Wesley Baker, Conference Coordinator, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002; telephone: 202/336-6124; fax: 202/336-6117; e-mail: wbaker@apa.org; Web site: http://www.apa.org/pi/work/.

May 2–9, 2003

“American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC),” Atlanta, GA. Information: ACOEM, 1114 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; Web site: http://www.acoem.org.

May 21, 2003

Meeting of the Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC. Information: Dr William Wright, e-mail: william.wright@coreinc.com.

Sep 16–20, 2003

50th Annual Scientific Meeting” of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, in conjunction with the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, San Francisco Hilton and Towers, San Francisco, CA. Information: AAEM, 421 First Avenue SW, Ste 300 East, Rochester, MN 55902; telephone: 507/288-0100; fax: 507/288-1225; e-mail: aaem@aaem.net; Web site: http://www.aaem.net.

Sep 19–20, 2003

Central States OMA “Fall Seminar,” Pere Marquette Hotel, Peoria, Ill. Information: Marlyce Nutt, 3905 Boone Creek Circle, McHenry, IL 60050; telephone: 815/759-9484; fax: 815/759-9488; e-mail: marlyce@csoma.org; Web site: http://www.csoma.org.

Oct 12–16, 2003

“State-of-the-Art Conference,” Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Information: ACOEM, 1114 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; Web site: http://www.acoem.org.

Items for consideration in the Calendar may be sent to Marianne Dreger, ACOEM Publications Department, 1114 North Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; fax: 847-818-9266; e-mail: mdreger@acoem.org. material must be sent six months prior to events.

©2002The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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