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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 11 - p 1295-1296
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181601ea5
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Benjamin Hoffman, MD, MPH, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Solid Wastes Management Association. The award ceremony was part of the Environmental Industry Associations Inspirational Awards Breakfast on May 8, 2007, held during WasteExpo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.


This award is bestowed upon those who have rendered unusual service to the Association and is presented to recognize the highest spirit of volunteerism and involvement, personal integrity, professionalism, and performance in an honorable and ethical manner. Dr Hoffman was selected for the key role he played for Waste Management and the waste industry on critical emerging issues, including the disposal of animal carcasses, management of homeland security waste, removal of needles from the solid waste stream, and abandoned babies left in dumpsters.

Dr Hoffman is Chief Medical Officer at Waste Management of Houston, Texas. He has been an ACOEM member for 20 years and served on the Committee on Publications. He belongs to the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, one of ACOEM’s component societies. Dr Hoffman received his MD from Mt Sinai School of Medicine training in internal medicine at Brown University, and was a Kaiser Fellow in environmental and occupational medicine at Yale University where he received his Masters in Public Health. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine.

Joseph Fortuna, MD, MACOEM, was honored at the 21st Annual Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Outstanding Achievement Awards Dinner on August 20, 2007, at the Henry Ford Center in Dearborn, Michigan.


Dr Fortuna received his second AIAG Individual Achievement Award for his leadership skills in confronting the challenge to change health care in the North American automotive industry. He is the co-founder and serves as chair of the AIAG’s Health Focus Group activities. His work has helped respond to concerns regarding health-related productivity and the impact of health care costs on industry. Dr Fortuna has partnered with key stakeholders and organizations to attack the root causes of health care costs by improving quality; reducing waste in the system; and improving health awareness and behavior in employees, and dependent and retiree populations.

Dr Fortuna is Medical Director for Power Train and AHG Divisions at Delphi Corporation in Troy, Mich. He has been a member of ACOEM since 1987 and achieved Master Status in 1999. He is a past and current member of the ACOEM Board of Directors and is Chair of the Section on Underserved Populations and a member of the Council on Special Occupational Health Interests. He received the 2002 ACOEM President’s Award for his leadership as Speaker of the House of Delegates and for his enthusiasm and energy as a visionary for the College. Dr Fortuna is a member of the Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, and was a past president of the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, two of ACOEM’s component societies. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University.

The International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) will hold its 7th International Scientific Conference on February 18–22, 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan. The venue for “Occupational Hygiene in High-Tech Industry” is the Taipei International Convention Center.

The conference will include a wide variety of local, Asian, and international experts to address the issues of the most newly developed knowledge and successful experience in the occupational health and safety field. The format of the conference is a mix of plenary and workshop sessions. Speakers include David Caple, President of the International Ergonomics Association; Kurt Leichnitz of Germany, Consultant in Occupational Hygiene; and Thomas Smith, Professor of Industrial Hygiene at Harvard University.

Topics range from “Biological Monitoring: A How To Guide and Case Studies,” “Particles and Health: Environmental Forensic Analysis,” “Practical Tools for Modeling of Occupational Exposure,” “Overview of Laboratory Biosecurity Principles,” and “Confined Space: Assessment, Entry and Rescue” to “Laser Safety Officer Responsibilities,” “Biohazard Risk Assessment,” “Emergency Response in High-Containment Laboratories,” and “Laboratory Incident Investigation and Risk Management Techniques.”

For additional information contact the Conference Secretariat, Ms Han Chiang, Round Table PCO, telephone: 886-2-2562-2568; fax: 886-2-2565-1255; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

The 33rd Annual Conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) will be held February 21–23, 2008, at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Ore. Topics will include a keynote address entitled “Noise Exposure: Acute Insults and Delayed Neurodegenerative Outcomes” presented by Sharon Kujawa, PhD, Director of Audiology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School.

For more information contact the NHCA at 7955 East Prentice Avenue, Suite 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111; telephone: 303/224-9022; Web site:

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