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LOWELL - The American Public Health Association has granted its highest occupational health and safety awards to two University of Massachusetts Lowell professors.
Charles Levenstein of Brookline, professor emeritus of work environment, and David H. Wegman of Newton, dean of the School of Health and Environment, were named as co-awardees of the Alice Hamilton Award for 2004 by the Association's Occupational Health and Safety Section (OHS). The award is the section's highest honor and is given only to persons who have made a lifetime contribution to the health and safety profession.
"Both of these men have contributed, each in his own way, to the occupational health and safety profession over the decades," said Dave Kotelchuck, OHS chairperson. "In recent years their careers have been inextricably intertwined as they and their colleagues have made the occupational safety and health program of the University of Massachusetts Lowell one of the leading health and safety programs in the United States."
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Wegman has served on seven committees of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council and on more than three dozen research and evaluation government commissions. Dr. Levenstein, now professor emeritus of work environment policy, serves as editor of New Solutions: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Policy, and Work, Health and Environment.
The award ceremony honoring the professors was part of this week's American Public Health Association convention in Washington, D.C.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.