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CHS Alumna Dr Emily Haas, research scientist, is honored

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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 workplace.

Flemming Awards 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.


Posted 6/20/2018




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