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ABSA Biosafety Honor Awards

Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award

Arnold G. Wedum

Arnold G. Wedum is revered as the person most responsible for creating the biosafety profession. He was a caring and wonderful mentor for many of the early leaders of ABSA. His traits of determination and persistence served biosafety well. He was one of the first to publish papers on how infectious aerosols were created in the lab and how to control those aerosols. He was a brilliant man whose knowledge of biological safety was sought by the leaders of the United State’s biological research community. The NIH Advisory Committee valued his council regarding safety practices appropriate to recombinant DNA research.

Dr. Wedum’s intellect, his deliberate and careful style in assessing hazards, and his vast experience remain instructive to all of us today. He brought to light the fundamental concepts of our profession. His lifelong efforts promoted occupational health and safety in infectious disease research and gave our profession credibility and a valid scientific relevance.

2016 Recipient: Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In recognition of outstanding work that provided greater knowledge in the field of biosafety, the Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 1976.

The Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award is given to an active ABSA member, or emeritus, for outstanding contributions to biological safety accomplished through teaching, research, service, or leadership.

2016 Recipient: Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In recognition of his outstanding contributions in teaching, research, service and leadership this year’s G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award recipient is Paul Meechan. Paul received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY College, a PhD in Radiation Biology from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s of Public Health and Safety Management from Tulane University. Paul holds RBP and CBSP certifications from ABSA International and a CHMM certificate. Paul is the Senior Advisor for Laboratory Safety in the Office of the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety where he has the responsibility for providing expert safety advice to leadership on regulatory issues that face laboratories at the CDC and serves as a liaison between the Office of the Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Safety with other EHS offices within the CDC. Paul is a Past President of ABSA and also served two terms on the ABSA Council as Secretary. He has served as the Nominations Committee Chair and on many Federal task forces and committees. He served on the Mid-Atlantic Biological Safety Associations (MABSA) council as Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Past President. He is currently President Elect for South Eastern Biosafety Association (SEBSA) as well as the Biosafety Symposium Program Chair.

Paul provided lead effort on the CEN Workshop on Biosafety Professional Competencies and participated in the extended Biosafety Advisory Group meeting which led to the WHO Laboratory Bio Risk Management Strategies Framework for Action 2012-2016. He participated in the multiagency, multisector workshop that created the Guidelines for Biosafety Ad Hoc reviewer for the Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories. Paul was also Director/Head for WHO Collaborating Centre for Applied Biosafety Programs and Training. This collaboration provided scientific and technical biosafety/biosecurity consult; assisted WHO with the development of international policies, guidance, and recommendations associated with bio risk management and the transport of infectious substances; assisted and supported WHO in strengthening laboratory bio risk management; as well as assisted WHO in developing many training tools. Paul coauthored a chapter in the Biological Safety Principles & Practices and was a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Biosafety where he also published research his research on the Use of Ultraviolet Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets.

Paul has provided numerous talks on biosafety/biosecurity to many groups, organizations, and associations over the years. He was the Co-Chair of ABSA International’s Principles & Practices of Biosafety in 2011-2013 and also instructed at many of the courses. He was part of the Steering Committee for the 14th CDC International Symposium, an instructor at the Eagleson Institutes BSL3 Seminar Series Advanced BSL3 Practices and Procedures, and a highlighted speaker at the USDA Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium in 2015.

Past Recipients

2015 – Ben Fontes, RBP, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2014 – Robert Hashimoto, MS, RBP CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of California, Berkeley, CA
2013 – Janet Peterson, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2012 – Debra Hunt, DrPH, RBP, CBSP, Duke University, Durham, NC
2011 – Robert J. Hawley, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant, Frederick, MD
2010 – John Keene, DrPH, RBP, CBSP, Global Biohazard Technologies, Inc., Midlothian, VA
2008 – Deborah E. Wilson, DrPH, CBSP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
2007 – Joseph R. Songer, Ames, IA
2006 – Maureen Ellis, RBP, The Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Ottawa, ON Canada
2005 – David Stuart, PhD, The Baker Company, Sanford, ME
2004 – W. Emmett Barkley, PhD, Bethesda, MD
2003 – Manuel S. Barbeito, CBSP, Frederick, MD
2002 – Donald Vesley, PhD, RBP, Columbus Heights, MD
2001 – Diane O. Fleming, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Bowie, MD
2000 – Jerry J. Tulis, PhD, Raleigh, NC
1999 – Jonathan Y. Richmond, PhD, RBP, Jonathan Richmond & Associates, Southport, NC
1998 – Byron S. Tepper, PhD, CBSP, BioControl, Inc., Lutherville, MD
1997 – Melvin W. First, ScD, Harvard University, Boston, MA
1995 – Richard H. Kruse

Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award

2016 Recipient: Brian Petuch, RBP, CBSP

The Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award is given to a current ABSA member for outstanding contributions to ABSA International by promoting the field of biological safety and fostering, by example, the high professional standards of the Association’s membership.

2016 Recipient: Brian Petuch, RBP, CBSP, Merck & Co. Inc

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, this year’s recipient is Brian Petuch. Brian serves as the corporate Biological Safety Officer for Merck. He is a Certified Biological Safety Professional as well as a Registered Biosafety Professional. Brian has presented and shared his research, his knowledge, and his experience for almost 3 decades at various meetings and symposiums to include the Society for Industrial Microbiology, American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, American Industrial Hygiene Association, New Jersey American Industrial Hygiene Association, New Jersey American Society of Safety Engineers, New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association, Annual Decon/WMD Symposium, CDC National Symposium on Biosafety, Mid-Atlantic Biological Safety Association, as well as ABSA International.

Brian currently serves as the Chief of the Burlington County HazMat Team, Burlington County Office of Emergency Management, in Burlington County, NJ. Burlington County is the largest county in the State of New Jersey and covers almost 900 square miles. In this capacity he provides on-scene risk assessment for team members during chemical, biological and radiological incidents; researches and implements rapid detection technology for chemical and biological threat assessment; and implements decontamination SOPs for toxins and microbial agents. Brian works with FBI and County Prosecutor to implement evidence collection capability for chemical, biological and radiological samples and is a member of County Counterterrorism Task Force, Bioterrorism Response Team.

Brian has a background as a research scientist, a fermentation microbiologist, and a vaccine technology engineer and has published his work on several occasions. Brian currently serves both ABSA International and the Mid-Atlantic Biological Safety Association in a number of capacities. He is very active on the BIOSFTY listserv and is always willing to provide assistance passing on whole documents, Standard Operating Procedures, relevant publications, and his experiences on to anyone who is in need. This willingness to share shows his dedication to the field of Biosafety.

Everett Hanel, Jr.

Everett Hanel, Jr. was a member of Dr. Wedum’s safety group at Fort Detrick from 1943-1972. Following his tenure there, he became the Director of the Health & Safety group at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, MD. His efforts were central in the development and perpetuation of the Biological Safety Conference and the organization we know as ABSA. In 1983 Everett was chosen to be the first President of ABSA International. In recognition of his significant contribution to this organization throughout his lifetime career in biosafety, the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award was established in 1993.

Past Recipients

2015 – Robert Ellis, PhD, CBSP, RBP, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
2014 – Dr. Raymond Hackney, DrPH, CBSP, Duke University, Durham, NC
2013 – Thomas P. Boyle, RBP, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ
2012 – Murray Cohen, PhD, CIH, Frontline Foundation, Atlanta, GA
2011 – Barbara Johnson, PhD, RBP, Biosafety Biosecurity International, Herndon, VA
2010 – Joe Kanabrocki, PhD, CBSP, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2009 – Joseph Kozlovac, RBP, CBSP, USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD
2008 – Robert J. Hashimoto, CBSP, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2007 – Daniel F. Liberman, PhD, Novartis, Cambridge, MA
2006 – Richard Rebar, RBP, CBSP, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA
2005 – Dr. Robert J. Hawley, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Midwest Research Institute, Frederick, MD
2003 – LouAnn Burnett, CBSP, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2002 – Joseph Van Houten, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ
2001 – Karen Brandt Byers, RBP, CBSP, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
2000 – Stefan Wagener, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB Canada
1999 – Gerard J. Spahn, PhD, CBSP, Carlsbad, Ca
1998 – Mary L. Cipriano, RBP, CBSP, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL
1997 – Mary Ann Sondrini, The Eagleson Institute, Sanford, ME
1996 – A. Lynn Harding, MPH, CBSP, Chattanooga, TN
1995 – Jonathan Y. Richmond, PhD, RBP, Jonathan Richmond & Associates, Southport, NC
1994 – Diane O. Fleming, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Bowie, MD
1993 – Jerry J. Tulis, PhD, Raleigh NC
1992 – Max D. Peters
1991 – John M. Eagleson, Jr.
1990 – Donald Vesley, Columbia Heights, MD
1989 – Manuel S. Barbeito, CBSP, Frederick, MD
1988 – Jerome P. Schmidt, PhD, CBSP, San Antonio, TX
1987 – W. Emmett Barkley, PhD, Bethesda, MD
1986 – Joseph R. Songer, Ames, IA
1985 – Everett Hanel, Jr., National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD

John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award

John H. Richardson

John H. Richardson was an early mentor and teacher of biological safety. He has been a prolific author of many biosafety articles as well a contributing author to many of our recognized guides to biosafety. Some of his contributory works are: coauthoring the 2nd edition of the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL); contributing author to: Biosafety in the Laboratory: Prudent Practices for the Handling and Disposal of Infectious Materials (1989); contributing author to: Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research: Biology and Management (1995); as well as contributing author: Laboratory Safety: Principles and Practices, 2nd edition.

2016 Recipient: Robert J. Emery, DrPH, RBP, CBSP

The John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award was developed for, and shall be given to an individual, to recognize them for a specific contribution that has enhanced ABSA International and/or the profession of biosafety. The recipient must be a member of ABSA International.

2016 Recipient: Robert J. Emery, DrPH, RBP, CBSP

In recognition for a specific contribution that has enhanced ABSA International and the profession of biosafety this year’s recipient is Robert Emery. In addition to his professional duties as Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the UT School of Public Health, Dr. Robert Emery has been actively involved in multiple teaching, research, and mentorship activities associated with the biosafety profession. Bob has been a long term, active member of ABSA International, is both an RBP and CBSP, and has contributed research articles to the ABSA International journal, Applied Biosafety. Three years ago, Bob received a workforce training grant for the development of a novel biosafety technician certificate program in collaboration with Houston Community College. This program was unique in that it specifically targeted training for disabled veterans and minority populations. Bob also created a 3 day Biosafety Officer continuing education course which is hosted by the NIOSH sponsored Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Bob also regularly provides two very popular professional development courses on Biosafety Program Management as part of the annual ABSA International Conference. Because Bob is also board certified in six other areas beyond biosafety (health physics, safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials, security and risk management) he has provided numerous professional development courses that served to increase awareness of the biosafety professional amongst these groups. For example, Bob regularly provides a continuing education course for the Health Physics Society entitled “Introductions to Biosafety for Health Physicists” Most recently, Bob helped create a graduate-level academic course in Infection Control and Biosafety within the UT School of Public Health Biosafety that is designed to serve as the foundation for an envisioned academic track in support of these fields

Dr. Emery is also actively involved in many research activities and has a number of publications in the field of biosafety in peer-reviewed journals including Applied Biosafety, the Journal of Occupational Environmental Hygiene and the American Journal of Infection Control. Dr. Emery provides service and leadership to the biosafety profession in many ways. He was instrumental in laying the foundation for the creation of the Southern Biosafety Association, which is an ABSA International affiliate serving Texas and the surrounding states. He also serves as a mentor for many graduate students and practicing professionals and is constantly making young professionals aware of the importance of professional association membership. In addition to becoming certified himself, Bob has encouraged and supported 5 others to achieve board certification as CBSPs.

Past Recipients

2015 – Sean Kaufman, MPH, Behavior-Based Improvement Solutions, Woodstock, GA
2011 – James M. Welch, Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Kingsport, TN
2009 – William C. Griffin, MD
2006 – A. Lynn Harding, MPH, CBSP, Chattanooga, TN
2005 – Patrick Condreay, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC
2004 – Jerome P. Schmidt, PhD, CBSP, San Antonio, TX
2003 – Phil Hagan, MPH, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
2002 – Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2001 – Richard Fink, CBSP, Wyeth, Andover, MA
2000 – Elizabeth A. Gilman, RBP, CBSP, Wyeth, Cambridge, MA

ABSA’s Annual Recognition Awards

Eagleson Lecture Series Award

Nikolaos Vasilakis, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX

2016 Recipient: Nikolaos Vasilakis, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX

Zika Virus—A Reemerged Arbovirus


Past Recipients

2016 Nikolaos Vasilakis, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX
Title: Zika Virus—A Reemerged Arbovirus

2015 Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Title: Novel HIV Vaccination and Eradication Strategies

2014 Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Title: Challenges Facing Public Health Over the Next Decade

2013 Marc Lipsitch, MD, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Title: Biosafety and Bioethics: Special Challenges of Gain-of-Function Experiments and Potential Pandemic Pathogens

2012 David Schaffer, PhD
University of California- Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Title: Directed Evolution of Designer Viral Vectors for Therapeutic Gene Delivery

2011 Jennifer Goodrich, PhD
Department of Homeland Security, Ft. Detrick, MD
Title: Challenges Integrating Bioforensics and Biosafety

2010 June Medford, PhD
Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Title: The Promises and Challenges of Synthetic Biology

2009 Robert B. Tesh
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Title: Laboratory Surveillance of West Nile Virus Activity in the Houston Metropolitan Area

2008 Alan Barrett
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Title: Biocontainment: The Continual Need for Interactions Both Inside and Outside the Institution

2007 Jeffrey Leid, PhD
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Title: Bugs, Biofilms and Biosafety

2006 Ralph Timperi, MPH
Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD
Title: Global Biosafety

2005 No Award Presented

2004 Paul W. Brown, MD
Consultant
Title: Wrapping Up the Mad Cow Story

2003 R. Mark L. Buller, PhD
Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Title: IL-4 Enhancement of Poxvirus Lethality, Implications for Smallpox

2002 Ron Atlas, PhD
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, President ASM
Title: Current Issues Dealing with Recombinant DNA

2001 Randall Murch, PhD
Federal Bureau of Investigation Forensics Division
Title: Biosafety in Forensic Investigation

2000 Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Title: AIDS: Considerations for the 21st Century

1999 Ronald Crystal, MD
Cornel University Medical College, New York Weill Cornell Center, New York, NY
Title: A Decade of Gene Therapy

1998 JoAnn Burkholder, PhD
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Title: Pfiesteria Piscicida

1997 Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Title: Mad Cows, Demented People and Biocontainment

1996 Patti A. Wetzel, MD
AIDs Educator
Title: Occupational Exposure for Healthcare Workers: A Personal Perspective

1995 Richard Preston
Author
Title: The Hot Zone

1994 Mary Gilchrist, PhD
Abbott Laboratories
Title: Laboratory Safety Beyond Bloodborne Pathogens TX or TB

1993 Gary Simpson, MD, PhD
New Mexico State Health Department, Santa Fe, NM
Title: Hantavirus 101

1992 Alan Hinman, MD
Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
Title: Tuberculosis-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

John M. Eagleson, Jr.

The Eagleson Lecture is in memory of John M. Eagleson, Jr. The keynote speaker for the Biological Safety Conference shall be the speaker that is sponsored by the Eagleson Institute. The Eagleson Lecture Series Award recipient is selected in recognition of accomplishments that contribute to the awareness of biological hazards. The topic of the lecture shall be consistent with the mission of the Eagleson Institute, which is to promote the principles and practices of laboratory safety. The subject of the lecture shall be timely with an emphasis on emerging issues rather than the presentation of historical information. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) shall recommend nominees to the Eagleson Institute for selection.

Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation Lecture Series Award

The Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation

The Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), a non-profit organization, is designed to promote safe research practices and help fund further research in the areas of zoonotic diseases. The Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. was formed in loving memory of Beth Griffin, whose vibrant, young life was prematurely ended after contracting the rare macaque-born B virus (previously known as Herpes B Virus).

Beth Griffin
Jaime Yassif, PhD, Open Philanthropy Project, San Francisco, CA

The E. R. Griffin Lecture Series Award recipient is selected in recognition of accomplishments that contribute to the awareness of biological and occupational safety. The topic of the lecture shall be consistent with the mission of the Foundation, which is to promote the safe research practices and help fund further research in the areas of zoonotic diseases.

2016 Recipient: Jaime Yassif, PhD, Open Philanthropy Project, San Francisco, CA

The Open Philanthropy Project-Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness Initiative


Past Recipients

2016 Jaime Yassif, PhD
Open Philanthropy Project, San Francisco, CA
Title of Lecture: The Open Philanthropy Project-Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness Initiative

2015 Ian Crozier, MD
Infectious Diseases, Kampala, Uganda
Title of Lecture: A Survivor’s Story: Dual Citizenship at the Ebola Bedside

2014 Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, PhD, JD, LLM, MPA
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
Title of Lecture: The Global Health Security Agenda: Prevention, Detection, and Response to Infectious Disease Threats

2013 Kavita M. Berger, PhD
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
Title of Lecture: The World is Small: Addressing Biological Risks as a Global Science Community

2012 Ann Tourigny Turner, PhD, CAE
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Memphis TN
Title of Lecture: Power of Associations

2011 Indrawati Sendow, DVM
Indonesian Research Center for Veterinary Science, Bogor, Wet Java, Indonesia
Title of Lecture: The Development of Biosafety and Biosecurity in Indonesia

2010 Maureen Ellis, RBP
Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Title of Lecture: The Year of Building International Biosafety Communities

2009 Gary Fujimoto, MD
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
Title of Lecture: New Metrics in Medical Monitoring

2008 Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Atlanta, GA
Title of Lecture: Animal Biosafety: Developing the Technician Workforce—AALAS Activities in Support of this Effort

2007 James R. Swearengen, DVM
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Frederick, MD
Title of Lecture: Biowarfare and Biodefense: Past, Present, and Future

2006 Kevin Anderson, PhD
Department of Homeland Security, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, Frederick, MD
Title of Lecture: The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center: Building an Enduring Capability for Homeland Security

2005 Benjamin J. Weigler, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Title of Lecture: A National Survey of Occupationally Acquired Zoonotic Diseases in Laboratory Animal Workers

2004 Julia Hilliard
National B Virus Resource Center, Atlanta, GA

Robert I. Gross Student Award

Vincent Manna, BS, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ

This is awarded to a student in recognition of academic achievement in biological safety. The award provides a grant to a student to register, attend, and present a technical paper or poster at the annual conference. The student must be in a degree granting program at the baccalaureate or graduate level in an academic discipline or field that is relevant to biosafety. Membership in ABSA is not required. The Scientific Program Committee selects the grant recipient from among the student applicants who submit abstracts.

2016 Recipient: Vincent Manna, BS, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ

Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens Using a UVC Emitting Device for Whole Room Sanitization


Past Recipients

2016 Vincent Manna, BS
Rowan University, Stratford, NJ
Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens Using a UVC Emitting Device for Whole Room Sanitization

2015 Shannon E. Ronca, BS
University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston
Developing a Neurological Assessment Protocol Safe for Implementation in High- and Maximum-containment Facilities

2010 James D. Johnston
University of Utah
Hand Hygiene in the Biosafety Level 2 Lab: Is It a Matter of Training?

2009 Joanie Kenney
University of Texas Medical Branch
Evaluation of Transmission Potential of Two Chimeric Western Equine Encephalitis Vaccine Candidates in Culex Tarsalis

2008 Jodi Beaudry
Northern Arizona University
Rapid and Definitive Identification of B. anthracis Biocontaminants Using Expedited DNA Extraction Protocol and Sensitive Real-Time SNP Analysis

2006 Rebecca E. Colman
Northern Arizona University
DNA Fingerprinting of Yersinia pestis for Forensic and Public Health Investigations: Methods for Identifying Plague Infection Sources

2005 Cassandra Kelly
New York State Department of Health
Effects of Bacillus Spore Decontamination Methods on Forensic Evidence: An Evaluation of Decontamination Methods, Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide, Formaldehyde, and Autoclaving

2004 J. R. Hermann
Iowa State University
Aerosol Collection Media: Effect of Antifoams on Cell Viability and Virus Infectivity

2003 Kellie L. Perry
University of Maryland
Molecular Characterization of Tetracyline Resistant Bacteria from a Concentrated Hog Feeding Operation

2002 T. Scott Alderman
Duke University
Assessment of Bioaerosol Reduction Methods in Stem Cell Transplant Units at a University Hospital

2000 Robin Lynn Mecklem
University of Michigan
Defining and Managing Biohazardous Waste in Research- Based Universities in the U.S.: A Survey of Environmental Health and Safety Professionals

1999 Gwanpyo Ko
Harvard University
Influence of Relative Humidity on Particle Size and UV Sensitivity of Serratia Marcescens and BCGT Aerosols

1997 Mary Louise Graham
University of Ottawa
An Ex-Vivo Protocol for Testing Adenovirus 4 Inactivation of Human Skin

1996 Marc T. Latta
Duke University
Reported Versus Observed Risks of Exposure in the Operating Room

1995 Candace Pilon
University of Minnesota
Viability of Mycobacteria after Aerosol Collection in Respirator Filters and Surgical Masks

1994 Nicole McCullough
University of Minnesota
Respirator and Surgical Mask Filter Efficiencies Using Three Airborne Bacteria

1993 Michael Blayney
Dartmouth College
The Application of Multiple Regression analysis in Modeling Participant Responses to a Training Program in Biomedical Laboratory Safety

1992 Maureen Best
University of Ottawa
Development of a Combined Efficacy Test Method for Disinfectants

Robert I. Gross

The Robert I. Gross Memorial Fund was established in 1991 with the receipt of a gift from Marsha Gross in memory of Robert I. Gross.

The Hashimoto Award for Service and Honor (the HASH)

Robert Hashimoto, MS, RBP CBSP, SM (NRCM)

The award was created in honor of Robert Hashimoto, MS, RBP CBSP, SM (NRCM). Bob had a long history of service and leadership within ABSA International as well as during his 26 year career as a Biosafety Officer. He was a mentor to countless biosafety professionals and a friend to even more. 

Shelly Jones, RBP; Rhonda O’Keefe, CBSP; Susan Cook, CBSP; Jeff Owens, MPH, CBSP; Yolanda Stringer, MS, RBP, CBSP; J. Paul Jennette, RBP, CBSP; Rebecca Caruso, MPH, RBP, CBSP; David Gillum, RBP

The intent of this award is to recognize and thank individuals for their ABSA committee service.

2016 Recipients

Shelly Jones, RBP
Rhonda O’Keefe, CBSP
Susan Cook, CBSP
Jeff Owens, MPH, CBSP
Yolanda Stringer, MS, RBP, CBSP
J. Paul Jennette, RBP, CBSP
Rebecca Caruso, MPH, RBP, CBSP
David Gillum, RBP


2015 Recipients
Alexis Brubaker, CBSP
Cynthia Schwartz, PhD, RBP
Deb Sharpe, MPH, RBP
John Tonkiss, CBSP
Kim Heard, CBSP
Barb Owen, RBP, CBSP
Kalpana Renajaran, PhD, MPH, RBP
Susan Weekly, RBP
Noman Siddiqi, RBP
Jacqueline Wagner
Deborah Newby, PhD, CBSP

Richard C. Knudsen Publication Award

The Richard C. Knudsen Publication Award shall be given, when merited, to the author(s) of an article that reports a significant contribution in scientific investigation and/or health and safety, whether the authors are members or not of the Association. The article shall have been published in Applied Biosafety the year preceding the award. The nomination for this award is made by a committee formed by two members of the Publications Committee as well as two members of the Awards Committee.

2016 Recipients: Matthew Philpott, PhD, RBP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Charlie Fautin, RN, Benton County Health Department, Corvallis, OR
Karyn Bird, DVM, PhD, Kathy O’Reilly, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Corvallis, OR

Title: A Laboratory-associated Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis published in Applied Biosafety, Number 20, Volume 3


Past Recipients

2016 Matthew Philpott, PhD, RBP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Charlie Fautin, RN, Benton County Health Department, Corvallis, OR
Karyn Bird, DVM, PhD, Kathy O’Reilly, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Corvallis, OR
Title: A Laboratory-associated Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis published in Applied Biosafety, Number 20, Volume 3

2015 Ryan Bayha; Kathryn L. Harris, PhD, RBP; Allan C. Shipp; Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay; Carrie D. Wolinetz NIH Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy, Bethesda, MD
Title: The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities Site Visit Program: Observations About Institutional Oversight of Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule Research

2014 Richard T. Robinson, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Diane J. Rodi, PhD, RBP, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
Shane Patzlsberger, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Halli E. Miller, MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Title: Characterization of Perpirable Aerosols Generated During Routine Laboratory procedures

2013 Claudia Bagutti, PhD, Matthias Mueller, PhD, Peter Brodmann, PhD, State Laboratory Basel-City, Basel, Switzerland
Martin Schmidlin, PhD, Safety Inspectorate, Liestal, Switzerland
Title: Washout Kinetics of Viral Vectors from Cultured Mammalian Cells

2012 Leslie C. Homer, MS, RBP, CBSP, Dennis T. Helfin, Kelly Stefano Cole, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA
C. R. Manning, Assay Technology, Inc., Livermore, CA
Title: Engineering and Work practice Controls for the Use of Anesthetic Gases during BSL-3 Rabbit Studies

2011 Charles P. Fontaine, Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc., Athens, OH
Timothy J. Ryan, Peter W. Coschigano, and Robert A. Colvin, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Title: Novel Testing of a Biological Safety Cabinet Using PCR

2009 – Michael D. Chute, BS, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD

2008 – John Howard and Vladimir Murashov, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC

2007 – Mark A. Czarneski, ClorDiSys, Inc., Lebanon, NJ

2006 – Jay Krishnan, Jody Berry, Greg Fey, and Stefan Wagener, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

2005 – Janet E. Meszaros, MS, Steris Corporation, Mentor, OH

2004 – R. Mark Buller, PhD, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

2003 – Benjamin H. Hoffman, Waste Management, Inc., Houston, TX

Richard C. Knudsen

Richard C. Knudsen did his post-doctoral studies through the National Institute of Health and the National Research Council. He became an immunologist at the Naval Medical Research facility in Bethesda, Md. In 1976, he studied swine flu virus for the USDA. Ten years later, he moved to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and later became chief of laboratory safety at the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Knudsen was a prolific writer and had articles published in the Journal of Bacteriology; Journal of Virological Methods; Journal of Experimental Medicine; Journal of General Virology; Journal of Immunology; Journal of Immunological Methods; and Applied Microbiology to name but a few. He assisted with the preparation of the Interim Biosafety Guidelines for Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. He also finalized a plan that reflected the views of the U.S. Department of Transportation and CDC. This document proposed that U.S. diagnostic specimen shipments should be regulated and that diagnostic specimen shipments using air transportation should be required to meet the standards of IATA Packing Instruction 650.

Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award

Arnold G. Wedum

Arnold G. Wedum is revered as the person most responsible for creating the biosafety profession. He was a caring and wonderful mentor for many of the early leaders of ABSA. His traits of determination and persistence served biosafety well. He was one of the first to publish papers on how infectious aerosols were created in the lab and how to control those aerosols. He was a brilliant man whose knowledge of biological safety was sought by the leaders of the United State’s biological research community. The NIH Advisory Committee valued his council regarding safety practices appropriate to recombinant DNA research.

Dr. Wedum’s intellect, his deliberate and careful style in assessing hazards, and his vast experience remain instructive to all of us today. He brought to light the fundamental concepts of our profession. His lifelong efforts promoted occupational health and safety in infectious disease research and gave our profession credibility and a valid scientific relevance.

Established in 1976 to honor the memory of the man who is considered the “Father of Biosafety,” this award is given to an outstanding scientist or biological safety professional whose work has contributed to a better understanding of the occupational or environmental risks associated with infectious agents or biologically-derived materials, or whose contribution has led to the development of improved control methods in minimizing those risks.

The recipient is not required to be a member of ABSA. Candidates for the award will be chosen by the Scientific Program Committee and recommended to the Council for approval.


Past Awards

2015 Nancy Connell, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Developing a Culture of Awareness; Biological Arms Control, Dual Use Research, and Responsible Conduct of Science

2014 Mark Kay, MD, PhD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Nucleic Acid Based Therapeutics

2013 Michael Emerman, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Paleovirology: How Ancient Events Shape Modern Virus Pandemics in Humans

2012 Mark R. Denison, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
SARS Ten Years Later: Lessons for Science and Safety

2011 Paul S. Keim, PhD
Northern Arizona University
Genomics and a New Age in Global Disease Tracking

2010 David Relman, MD
Stanford University
What, Me Worry? Biosecurity in a Time of Biological Revolution

2009 Guangping Gao, PhD
University of Massachusetts
AAV Biology and Biosafety

2008 TeckMean Chua
Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association
Integration of a Global Biosafety Community—Overcoming Biosafety Challenges in the Asia Pacific Region

2007 Nicoletta Previsani and W. Emmett Barkley, PhD
World Health Organization
Biosafety, Past and Present

2006 John Howard
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nanotechnology and Risk: The NIOSH Perspective

2005 Dennis Kasper
Harvard Medical School
A Glimpse into the Molecular Basis for Symbiosis Between the Intestinal Microflor and the Mammalian Immune System

2004 Heniz Feldman, PhD
Canadian Science Center for Human and Animal Health
The Role of Field Diagnostics for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

2003 David Magnus, MD
Stanford University
Ethical Issues in Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms

2002 Thomas M. Folks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Occupational Exposures to Retroviruses

2001 Elizabeth Neumeir
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Safety Considerations in the Production of World Supply of Influenza Vaccine

2000 Peter J. Gerone
Tulane Primate Research Center
Biosafety, Now and Then

1999 Kirsty Duncan
University of Windsor
Searching for the Secrets of Spanish Flue in Svalbard, Norway

1998 Nancy K. Jaax and Jerry Jaax
USAMRIID University of Kansas
Experience in the Hot Zone—A Case Study in Emerging Disease Issues and Management

1997 Stanley B. Pruisner
University of California, San Francisco
Biology and Genetics of Prions

1996 William C. Patrick
Consultant to U.S. on Biological Warfare
Overview of the Old United States Biological Weapons Program

1995 Thomas Walton
National Animal Disease Center
Biosafety and Biocontainment: A View from a User’s Perspective

1994 Christopher Collins
Biosafety: The European Perspective

1993 Julia K. Hilliard
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
B Virus Zoonosis in Humans: A Current View

1992 Seymour Block
University of Florida
Historical Review of Disinfectants

1991 Peter Wright
Vanderbilt University
Lessons from Druidry: The Art and Science of Vaccinology

1990 Walter Dowdle
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Management Perspectives in Biosafety

1989 John Richardson
Emory University
Biosafety in Hindsight—Fifty Years of Progress and a Few Notable Failures

1988 Maxine Singer
Carnegie Institute
Junk Genomes

1987 Robert E. Shope
Yale University
Biosafety Concerns in Arbovirology

1986 Howard W. Larsh
Oklahoma University
Fungi: Interesting, Remarkable, and Extremely Complicated

1985 Renato Dulbecco
Salk Institute
Risks and Containment of Viruses

1984 Donald E. Gardner
Northrop Services, Inc.
Pulmonary Infections in a Compromised Host

1983 Peter W. A. Mansell MD
Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
AIDS

1982 W. Emmett Barkley, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Biosafety—A Discipline in Transition

1981 Fred C. Davidson
University of Georgia
Responsibility for Scientific Response to Nonscientific Judgments in the Public Arena

1980 Riley D. Housewright
National Academy of Sciences
Safe Drinking Water and Health

1979 Clarance J. Gibbs, Jr.
National Institutes of Health