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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 12 - p 1407-1408
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181601ea5
People and Events

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Jamie L. Stalker, MD, Medical Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill, was the Joan Wood Lecture series Honoree in October at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Dr Stalker presented “Flexibility and the Fickle Finger of Fate: A Peculiar Path from Musician to Medical Director” at Indiana University's Bloomington Campus.



The Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers and is designed to encourage undergrads to pursue advanced degrees in science. Joan Wood was a strong advocate of women in the sciences and was active in educational programs within the IU Department of Biology for many years.

Dr Stalker has worked as an internist and clinical instructor for the past 16 years. She has been trained in and practiced emergency response for chemical and radiation exposure, employee health, occupational clearance, personal emergency care, safety inspections, and wellness programming. She was the 26th honoree of the Series.

Dr Stalker has been an ACOEM member since 2006 and belongs to the Central States Occupational Medical Association, one of ACOEM's component societies. She received her MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), one of ACOEM's component societies, held its annual Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) on October 4 to 7 in San Diego, Calif. Highlights of the meeting included the presentation of WOEMA's Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in scientific writing and the Rutherford T. Johnstone Award for meritorious service that were presented during their awards luncheon on October 5.

Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Associate Professor, Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, was the 27th recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award. The award is presented annually to a member or former member of WOEMA who has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). Dr Hegmann was presented the award for his recent work on the revisions to the ACOEM Practice Guidelines. He has also published extensively in the field of OEM.



Dr Hegmann has been a member of ACOEM since 1991 and earned his Fellowship designation in 1996. He is Chair of the Evidence-based Practice Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the revisions to ACOEM's Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines, 2nd edition, and has also served as Chair of the Ergonomics Committee. He received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his MPH from the University of Utah. Dr Hegmann is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society.

R. Donna Baytop, MD, FACOEM, Medical Director of Solar Turbines in San Diego, was the 38th recipient of the Rutherford T. Johnstone Lectureship Award. This award is presented annually to a WOEMA member who has contributed significantly to the furthering of occupational and environmental medicine. After presenting her lecture at the WOHC, Dr Baytop donated her honorarium to WOEMA's resident scholarship program to assist occupational medicine residents participate in future educational conferences.



Dr Baytop has been an ACOEM member since 1982 and was elevated to Fellowship status in 1988. She received her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr Baytop has served WOEMA as Board Chairman, President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, a member of their Board of Directors, and as a Delegate to the ACOEM House of Delegates.

The Global Health Council's 35th International Conference will be held May 27 to 31, 2008, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. “Community Health - Delivering, Serving, Engaging, and Leading” is dedicated to exploring the cycle of community health issues – the problems, the solutions, and the impact of the solutions.

Early discounted registration ends March 28, 2008. Pricing is $425 for Global Health Council members and $600 for nonmembers. For more information and on-line registration, visit or call 802/649-1340.

The 20th International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) will be held June 9 to 11, 2008, in conjunction with the 10th International Symposium on Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Environmental and Occupational Health (NEUREOH) on June 11 to 13. The venue for “Multiple Exposures, Multiple Effects” is the Ramada Plaza Herradura Conference Center in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The EPICOH-NEUREOH 2008 is organized by the Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances, Universidad Nacional (IRET-UNA) in Heredia, Costa Rica, in collaboration with the International Commission on Epidemiology in Occupational Health and The Scientific Committee on Neurotoxicology and Psychophysiology.

Joint topics will include exposure assessment and modeling; biomarkers; gene/environment interactions; pesticides; physical, chemical, biological and psychological hazards; social, cultural and economic determinants – lifestyles; ethics, human rights and social justice; and neuroepidemiology.

EPICOH topics will focus on work injuries; cancer; musculoskeletal disorders; reproductive disorders; respiratory disorders; cardiovascular diseases, skin diseases; ethnicity, migrants; and zoonosis. Topics related to NEUREOH will include neurotoxic disorders in children; fetal origins; neurotoxic disorders in adults; neurobehavioral changes by different neurotoxic agents; methods for assessing neurobehavioral deficits; and animal models in human risk assessment.

For more information, contact Jennifer Crowe, Conference Secretary; telephone + 506 853-5957; e-mail: or; Web site:

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