Dr. Emily Haas
(Chesterton High School, 2003), a research scientist with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH), is the winner of an Arthur S. Flemming award,
presented by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public
Administration at George Washington University.
Recognized by the
president of the United States, agency heads, and the private sector, the
awards series’ recognition is a highly prestigious honor bestowed annually
on a handful of outstanding men and women working in the federal government.
Awards are presented in five categories. Dr. Haas received the award in the
Social Science, Clinical Trials and Translational Research category in a
June 4 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Haas, an
employee in the Human Factors Branch of NIOSH’s Mining Research Division,
studies organizational culture and risk management in areas specific to
leadership in order to uncover ways to strengthen safety culture in mining
workplaces. So successful is she in this work, her technical expertise is
sought out nationally and internationally.
Most recently, Dr.
Haas has examined workplace perceptions of safety, what miners’ behaviors
tell us about their acceptance of new safety technology, and how adoption of
risk management practices by leadership filters down to frontline workers.
The nomination focused on her ability to develop interventions for intricate
organizational processes, which in turn enable a mindset of safety to thrive
at a mining operation. She has formed collaborations with industry, labor,
and corporations that have led to innovative approaches to safety in the
alumni include award-winning national journalists, astronauts, cabinet
secretaries, senators, pioneering physicians, and Nobel laureates.
Dr. Haas graduated
from the University of Dayton in 2008 and completed her doctorate at Purdue
University’s Health Communication Program in 2012.
Dr. Haas’ parents,
Robert and Joyce Haas, attended the ceremony with their daughter on June 4.