Hart Receives NEHA Sabbatical Exchange Award
For an unprecedented second time, Charles Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has received the Sabbatical Exchange Ambassador Award from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Honorees observe, learn and share with people of other countries and cultures and bring home that unique experience to their peers in the work place.
Hart will use the award to spend three to four weeks in Canada in May and June 2014 to visit and study undergraduate environmental health programs at five Canadian universities. He plans to compare and contrast educational systems for environmental health specialists and sanitarians and examine curricula, laboratories and relationships with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), among other topics. He’ll also be spending one day in each of the five communities accompanying local environmental health professionals on field visits.
“As the only person who has had the honor of winning this annual award twice, I feel particularly fortunate,” says Hart, who went to the United Kingdom in the exchange program in 1994. “One of the really great things about it is that you generally stay with environmental health services families, which is a wonderful opportunity,” Hart says.
The exchange program is a reciprocal one, with environmental health professionals from Canada and the United Kingdom visiting the United States and vice versa. Hart was the third recipient of the award when he visited the United Kingdom in 1994 to study university environmental health and science departments and indoor air quality. “Each year, the sabbatical topic is different, based upon the interests of the award recipient,” Hart says. He had the pleasure of hosting a U.K. professional from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in 2000.
In addition to developing relationships in Canada, Hart will present a paper with his findings at the National NEHA Conference in Las Vegas in July 2014. The paper will be published in the Journal of Environmental Health as well.
Sponsor of the sabbatical exchange program is UL LLC.