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Environmental Factor, June 2012

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Sandler honored by public health society

By Eddy Ball

Dale Sandler, Ph.D.

Sandler recognized the need for the GuLF STUDY, soon after the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS epidemiologist Dale Sandler, Ph.D., has been elected as an alumni member of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she earned her doctorate. New student, faculty, and alumni  members were formally recognized May 15 in Baltimore at the Alpha Chapter’s Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony.

Sandler is head of the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch and a lead researcher on several large, high profile prospective studies, including the Sister Study, the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long Term Follow-Up Study), and the Agricultural Health Study. She joined NIEHS in 1979 and was appointed head of the Epidemiology Branch in 2003, after serving two years as acting chief. 

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Recognized for advancing public health

In her April 24 message announcing Sandler’s election, Delta Omega Alpha Chapter President Carolyn Fowler, Ph.D., congratulated Sandler and underscored the society’s high membership standards.

“Only faculty and alumni meeting the highest academic standards and endorsed by the faculty are eligible for membership, and only those demonstrating a potential for significant contribution to the field of public health are elected to the society,” Fowler wrote. “Election to membership in Delta Omega recognizes not only merit, but also encourages further excellence and devotion to public health.”

Delta Omega was founded by two graduate students at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in May 1924, at a time when public health, as a profession, was still in its infancy and the graduate schools of public health had only recently come into being. Despite some trying times, especially during World War II and the 1950s, the society has expanded nationally to 59 local chapters at the nation’s leading schools of public health, with about 6,000 members recognized for their exceptional academic and professional achievements.

A distinguished career in public health and epidemiology

Election to Delta Omega is the latest in a long list of honors Sandler has received for her work in epidemiology and public health.

Sandler was elected as a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and as a member of the American Epidemiological Society. In addition, the American College of Epidemiology presented her with its Leadership and Distinguished Service Award and its Leadership Recognition. In 2010, she received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development Honor Award, a Bronze Medal team award.

NIH and NIEHS have recognized Sandler with several Director’s Awards, most recently for her work on the Gulf Oil Spill. In 2010, her peers in the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research selected her as Scientist of the Year.

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