Three EOHSI Members Receive Awards at SOT 2017 – Baltimore, MD

Posted at 9:33 am March 31, 2017, in Members in the News

Achievement Award

Jason R. Richardson, PhD, DABT 

Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Dr. Richardson received his PhD in environmental toxicology in 2002. He received his postdoctoral training in molecular neuroscience and neurotoxicology at Emory University. Dr. Richardson spent 10 years at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, where he served as deputy director and then director of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology. In 2015, Dr. Richardson was recruited to Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he serves as a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, acting associate dean for research for the College of Pharmacy, and the founding director of neurodegenerative disease and aging research focus area. Read More

 

Education Award

Debra L. Laskin, PhD  

Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Dr. Laskin has made outstanding contributions to toxicology education, significantly impacting the careers of many students, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty. She joined the faculty of the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy in 1982. In 2000, she achieved the status of distinguished professor and in 2007 was awarded the Roy Bowers Endowed Chair in Pharmacy because of her exceptional accomplishments. Read More

 

Public Communications Award

Bernard D. Goldstein, MD  

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Goldstein’s public communications work began in the early 1980s at Rutgers Medical School as chair of the Department of Environmental and Community Medicine and as the founding director of the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI). Working with colleagues, a multidisciplinary program was developed which included a specific division devoted to environmental health education and outreach. EOHSI activities included curriculum for K–12 education and other efforts aimed at enhancing the environmental knowledge and course content of high school science teachers. EOHSI faculty also developed a speaker’s bureau to respond to requests from public groups for experts on New Jersey’s well-documented environmental issues and developed lectures and materials to specifically educate newspaper reporters. Due to his passion and conviction that the public deserves to understand the risks and real-life impacts of toxic exposures, he published many op-ed pieces on subjects ranging from the importance of animal research to how to avoid summertime ozone. As a center director for the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and head of the organization of center directors, Dr. Goldstein lobbied for inclusion of outreach programs and created a template for communications components in future NIEHS centers. Read More