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8 October 2007
GSA Release No. 07-39

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Deborah Imel Nelson
Deborah Imel Nelson
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Deborah Imel Nelson to Receive 2007 Henry F. Smyth, Jr., Award

Boulder, CO - Dr. Deborah Imel Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Geological Society of America, is recipient of the 2007 Henry F. Smyth, Jr., Award of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. The award will be given at the Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene in Louisville, KY, 23 October 2007. Following receipt of the award, Nelson will deliver the annual Smyth Award Lecture at 8:45 a.m., 23 October, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel.

The Henry F. Smyth, Jr., Award, established by the Academy of Industrial Hygiene in 1981, recognizes individuals who have identified significant needs in the profession and made major contributions toward their fulfillment.

Dr. Nelson is being recognized for her work in the area of control banding. She has developed and delivered control banding workshops throughout North America and is co-author of Control Banding: Literature Review and Critical Analysis, prepared for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Guidance for Conducting Control Banding Analyses, published by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

"Deborah Nelson has been a consistent visionary for the industrial hygiene profession," said John Mulhausen, President of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. "This award recognizes her ability to see what's coming and galvanize people to respond in effective ways."

A native of Tulsa, OK, Nelson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in environmental health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Before joining the Geological Society of America staff in 2004, Nelson was a professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She also served as an occupational health scientist for two years at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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