The Jack B. Hatlen Distinguished Service l Award is presented by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) to an individual whose long service best exemplifies Jack’s dedication to the profession, to mentoring students and young faculty members, to providing high quality education in the Environmental Health Sciences, and to promoting the profession of Environmental Health. The award is named for Jack Hatlen, Associate Professor Emeritus of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Jack received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in its first graduating class in 19479. He went one to work in food and milk sanitation before returning to the UW as the campus sanitarian and part-time lecturer in Environmental Health. That position evolved into full time teaching and directing the undergraduate program for more than 30 years. Throughout his career Jack has mentored thousands of students and colleagues encouraging them to look at the field broadly and always keep in mind that first and foremost, Environmental Health is about protecting the public’s health from environmental hazards. This year’s recipient of the Jack B. Hatlen Distinguished Service is Dr. Carolyn Hester Harvey, a recently retired Professor of Environmental Health at Eastern Kentucky University. Carolyn’s distinguished career mimics that of Professor Hatlen in that she first entered the field as a practitioner, in her case as an Industrial Hygienist Dr. Harvey earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in 1967 majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry, from East Tennessee State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree (1979) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD 1994) degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health, in Houston, Texas. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled: Impact of Environmental Regulations on Lead in Air and Water in Texas. Dr. Harvey entered the field of Environmental Health in 1967 as a Microbiologist / Shellfish Sanitarian with the Texas Department of Health in Galveston County, Texas. A year later she was lured away by the Union Carbide Corporation, Texas City, Texas where she worked as an advanced environmental engineer responsible for RCRA compliance, monitoring unit operations, and managed a wastewater treatment facility. In 1979 She left Union Carbide to work with Waste Environmental Technology, Inc. of Houston, Texas. For another ten years she worked training personnel, marketing, performing regulatory compliance, and ensuring the health and safety of people whom she supervised. From 1989-1996 she worked as an Environmental consultant working with asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, Phase I, II, III, and specifications for abatement of asbestos and lead. Environmental consulting for several institutions and companies including Texas Southern University, A.G. Environmental, Coastal Environmental, Environmental Endeavors, Texas City ISD, and several other companies. She also taught courses in asbestos, lead, toxicology, IH sampling, OSHA HAZWOPER. From 1996-2001 – Carolyn taught Environmental Health at East Tennessee State University as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health. There she taught industrial hygiene, ventilation, solid/hazardous waste, air pollution in both undergraduate and graduate program. She also taught in the Health Career Opportunity Program and chaired 25 theses committees. In 2001-she left ETU to join the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health Science & Medical Laboratory Science at Eastern Kentucky University. There she also directed the Master of Public Health Program (2009-2014) held the rank of Full Professor became department Chair. She taught graduate courses in ventilation, industrial hygiene, toxicology in both the Environmental Health Program and the MPH program. From 2004-present she has been the Vice President of JHB Environmental/Occupational Health Consultants, LLC, consulting with industry, city, county, state and federal governments in the areas of occupational and environmental concerns including noise, ergonomics, HAZWOPER training, OSHA training, exposures to chemicals, dust, mold, and other environmental contaminants. She has over a dozen professional publication and has received numerous accolades and honors, including: National Environmental Health Association Past President’s Award for Recognition of Longstanding Service and Contributions to NEHA and to the Environmental Health Profession- 2008 ·President of National Environmental Health Association 2014-2015 ·Member of the International Environmental Health Faculty Forum 2012-present ·Member of International Federation of Environmental Health Board of Directors 2013-15 ·Council on Linkages Board of Directors 2011-2015 ·NCEH/ATSDR Advisory Board 2011-14 ·Technical Editor Board of NEHA Journal – 2011-present ·American Academy of Sanitarians Diplomate, Board of Directors 2016-2019 Carolyn retired from active teaching at EKU on January 1 2017.
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