Academic Forum Program

The 2010 Academic Forum will discuss the value of SH&E education and the Academics Practice Specialty to SH&E professionals with a focus on research and publishing and outreach to the “E” in SH&E. Eligible attendees include full-time academicians and members of the Academics Practice Specialty.

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 12:00pm to 5:15pm.
  • Sponsored by the Academics Practice Specialty.
12:00PM – 12:30PM

Opening Remarks and Lunch

Hamid Fonooni, Ph.D., CPE; Interim Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Technology Systems, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Administrator, Academics Practice Specialty

12:30PM – 1:00PM

Let’s Play Two: Body of Knowledge and Environmental

This opening session of the Academic Forum will discuss the two themes of today’s event: research and publishing and the “E” in SH&E. In past Forums we have concentrated on student needs, teaching students, best programs for student learning, etc. This year we want to look at the academician’s research and publishing projects – how to and what for. In addition, we will use this opportunity to reach out to our fellow academicians in the fields of environmental management, environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental safety, environmental health and medicine, etc.

Susanne Tepe, Ph.D., MBA, FSIA, Associate Professor of Occupational Health and Safety, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1:00PM – 1:40PM

Integrating Environmental Aspects into the Safety Professional’s Job

This presentation includes an exploration of environmental aspects specific to the role of today’s safety professional. Topics include an examination of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), management of satellite accumulation areas, and the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPRCRA) with a focus on chemical inventories, MSDS libraries, and the completion of Tier I and Tier II reports. We will explore Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiatives and the global harmonization of hazard communication, specifically the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.

Ms. Wanda D. Minnick, CSP, Safety Instructor
Jan K. Wachter, CSP, CIH, Sc. D., Safety Science Department
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

1:40PM – 2:20PM

The Nature of Academia

Many qualified individuals throughout the world compete for limited academic positions. These positions are sought, partially, because of the potential to conduct research, to participate in service activities, and to teach. It has also been recognized by university and college administrators that research is a very strong venue for income and visibility for their institutions, and hence, sustainability to educational programs. Therefore, terms such as, “publish or perish,” are still common around university halls. This paper discusses these issues, and the new developments in this area.

Magdy Akladios, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CPE, CSHM, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

2:20PM – 2:30PM


2:30PM – 4:00PM

Roundtable Discussion

Results of Academic Practice Specialty Survey: Value of the Academic Practice Specialty to the SH&E Professional & Short and Long Term Strategies to Reach Out to Environmental Academicians

4:00PM – 4:10PM


4:10PM – 5:00PM

Research to Practice

What does it mean to conduct research? Does research prevent incidents? The process is quite involved. Concept development, literature review, experimental design, funding, human subjects, data collection, analysis and publication must be addressed. Is it enough to publish results in scientific journals? What about intellectual property? Do you know your research is effective? The path from concept development to estimation of effectiveness will be discussed.

Joel M. Haight, Ph.D., P.E., Chief-Human Factors Branch, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pittsburgh, PA 15236


Closing Remarks