Excellence in Exposure Science Award

About the Excellence in Exposure Science Award

This award is inspired by the work of visionary individuals who have helped shape the field of exposure science and who supported the origins and growth of the ISES and have now passed on but left a strong legacy. The motivation for this award is the recent losses of iconic and ground-breaking researchers exemplified by Natalie Freeman, Michael Lebowitz, Paul Lioy, and Larry Needham.  The award recognizes individuals who produce significant advances in the development and/or translation of exposure science and exhibit leadership and service in ISES and/or the exposure science community.

Award Winners

2018 – Petros Koutrakis, PhD

Harvard University • T.H. Chan School of Public Health • Boston, MA USA

Criteria & Procedures

Purpose of Award
To recognize sustained and outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of human exposure assessment. The award recognizes individuals who produce significant advances in the development and/or translation of exposure science and exhibit leadership and service in ISES and/or the exposure science community.

Selection Criteria (Examples of what demonstrates outstanding contributions)

  • Significant scientific contribution to exposure science (e.g., sentinel paper linking indoor air pollution to human health; development of a program, dataset or tool that can enable or enhance interpretation of exposure science data; development of a new sampling tool, device or method that is currently or expected to be widely used, a significant number of high impact papers as lead author or supervising author).
  • Service to exposure science community (e.g., ISES service as officer, councilor, committee chair or member; active mentor in ISES’s mentor program; history of mentoring junior scientists enabling them to become independent researchers; editor, associate editor, editorial board member, or reviewer of journal; study section member).
  • Promote exposure science (e.g., discuss the important role of exposure science in selected studies; publish sentinel papers on the role of exposure science in environmental health; textbook author).
  • Conduct research for practical translation (e.g., conduct interdisciplinary research with existing or expected high impact on policy changes; conducting research addressing emerging topics of immediate concern in environmental health; meta-analysis of studies to synthesize findings for policy change).

Any person, ISES member or not, whose highest degree was conferred in the calendar year more than 10 years prior to the year in which the award is to be given, and is not a member of the ISES Awards Committee, is eligible for this award.

Announcement Procedure
The Chair of the Awards Committee shall issue a call for nominations by means of announcements by e-mail to the membership. Generally the deadline for submission of the nominations will be in spring of the year in which the award is given. The deadline will be announced in the email to the membership.

Nominating Procedure
Nominators should, in the context of the above criteria, describe the major contributions of the nominee to the science of human exposure assessment, and his/her impact on the field and also provide a curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee in sufficient depth for evaluation by the ISES Awards Committee. A supporting letter from at least one other person familiar with the contributions of the nominee is necessary; other supporting letters are strongly encouraged.  For questions regarding award nominations, or to nominate someone, email Tom McKone or Bert Hakkinen.

Selection Procedure
Upon close of nominations, the Committee Chairperson shall provide copies of all materials he/she has received to each committee member for review. Each committee member shall evaluate the candidates based on the materials supplied and on published papers based on the above criteria.

If there are several qualified candidates, the forced ranking polling procedure will be used to select the winner. That is, the list of the candidates considered qualified by the Awards Committee will be provided to each member of the Awards Committee who will rank the qualified candidates (e.g., 1 through n, with 1 the highest rank) and provide the ranking to the Chair for tally. The Chair will then sum the score for each candidate and the winner will be the candidate with the lowest score (highest rank). In the event of a tie, this procedure will be repeated for the tied candidates. In the event that there are no nominees, or that no candidate is considered outstanding, no award shall be given.

Each year, the first place runner-up for the award (i.e., the nominee placing second in the voting) will be automatically considered a nominee for the award in the following year. The nominee placing third in the voting can be re-nominated after a one-year lapse since first nominated. All those placing fourth or lower cannot be re-nominated for two years, unless there is a unanimous vote by the Committee to reject the candidate. The primary nominees will be informed of these decisions.

Notification Procedure
The successful candidate shall be notified by phone, e-mail and/or a letter mailed no later than two months before the ISES Annual Meeting. The ISES Secretary, Treasurer, and President, and the primary nominator of the candidate will be notified by email.

Announcement of the Award
Once the award recipient has been notified, a short announcement will be prepared for the web site.  Additionally, information on the recipient will be published in the Annual Meeting program.

Presentation of the Award
The ISES President or chair of the Awards Committee will present the award at the Annual Meeting.

Award Lecture
The recipient will be expected to present an Award Lecture at the ISES Annual Meeting and to submit the PowerPoint presentation to the ISES webmaster for posting on the ISES website.  The recipient is invited (put not required) to submit a manuscript of his/her lecture for publication in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Nature of the Award
The award shall consist of a plaque and honorarium.  ISES may also provide support for travel to the meeting.