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UTHealth safety expert to receive American Chemical Society award

HOUSTON – (April 4, 2012) – Robert J. Emery, DrPH, vice president of safety, health, environment & risk management at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been selected to receive the 2012 Howard Fawcett Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety.

Established in 1983, the Howard Fawcett Chemical Health and Safety Award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the field of chemical health and safety. The award will be presented to Emery at the 2012 Fall American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia in August.

“Dr. Emery is known to many on campus as `Safety Bob,’ and every day at UTHealth, Safety Bob and his team are working to ensure that education, research and health care service activities take place in conditions that are optimally safe and healthy,” said George M. Stancel, Ph.D., UTHealth’s executive vice president for academic and research affairs. “We are proud that he is being recognized on the national level for his work in the areas of chemical health and safety.”

Emery, who also serves as an associate professor of occupational health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, focuses his academic work on health and safety outcomes, occupational health and safety for vulnerable populations, applied health physics, interdisciplinary approaches to safety and hazardous waste management, disaster preparedness and response, and public health risk communications.

Emery became a leader on UTHealth’s safety team in 1993 and four years later joined the faculty at The University of Texas School of Public Health, where he earned his DrPH.

He is a member of Texas Radiation Advisory Board and holds numerous board certifications and registrations in the field of environmental and occupational health and safety.