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ASSE Author Designates Book Royalties to Fund Occupational Safety and Health Scholarship

Posted in on Wed, Apr 7, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (April 7, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that Dr. George Byrns, Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Health Sciences at Illinois State University (ISU), has designated royalties from the sale of his ASSE published book, Hazard Recognition and Control in Institutional Settings, to fund a scholarship he established through ISU in 2005 to support growth in the occupational safety and health profession.

The scholarship, called “The Environmental Health Discovery Scholarship Fund,” was established to assist students who decide later in their college careers to become environmental health majors. Scholarships are awarded annually at $1,000 per year ($500 per semester). In order to qualify as a candidate for this scholarship students must be enrolled in good standing at ISU, must be a junior or a senior majoring in Environmental Health in the Department of Health Sciences and must demonstrate strong academic achievement by maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Candidates that are awarded the scholarship during their junior year will automatically be funded during their senior year, provided they continue to meet the aforementioned requirements. The maximum amount of funding per student is $2,000 over two years of study.

To apply, each student must submit a letter of interest to the department describing why he or she wishes to become an environmental health professional. Additionally, students must provide three letters of reference that indicate suitability for the field of study.

Dr. Byrns’ book, Hazard Recognition and Control in Institutional Settings, was published in 2009 by the American Society of Safety Engineers. The book focuses on environmental health in hospitals, universities and nursing homes, and serves as a practical guide for professionals, as well as a text for environmental health and safety students interested in professional practice in institutions. The book provides best practices for analyzing and controlling hazards and includes exercises to illustrate real-world application of concepts.

For more information on the Environmental Health Discovery Scholarship Fund at ISU, please visit For more information about Dr. Byrns’ book, Hazard Recognition and Control in Institutional Settings, or to order a copy, please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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