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November 30, 2006


An experienced professor of environmental and occupational health was
recently recognized for his work when he received the David P. Rall
Award for Advocacy in Public Health from the American Public Health

Adam M. Finkel, a professor at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health in
New Brunswick, received the honor during the organization's 134th
annual meeting in Boston. The award is presented annually to an
individual who has made outstanding contributions to public health
through science-based advocacy. Finkel, who is one of the nation's
leading experts in risk assessment for environmental and occupational
health, is a former Rocky Mountain regional administrator of the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In 2002, the Pennington resident discovered that many OSHA inspectors
had been exposed to high levels of beryllium, a toxic metal that can
cause an often-fatal lung disease. The publication of his findings led
to a medical monitoring program for OSHA inspectors.

He is also the author of more than 40 articles on risk assessment and
management and is the co-author of "Worst Things First: The Debate
Over Risk-based National Environmental Priorities."

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