Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award

About Dr. Joan M. Daisey

Joan Daisey, a founding ISEA member and past president (1995-1996), passed away on February 29, 2000, after a year-long battle with cancer. Daisey was senior staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and one of the nation’s leading experts on indoor air quality.

Upon learning of her death, the ISEA Executive Board voted to rename the Society’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award in honor of Dr. Daisey. The award was established in 1998, due largely to the efforts of Dr. Daisey, who chaired the Awards Committee at that time. She was known to particularly enjoy working with promising young scientists and helped guide numerous students in their doctoral research.

Earlier in the year, the ISEA Awards Committee announced that Joan Daisey would be the recipient of the Constance L. Mehlman Award for 2000. A posthumous presentation of the award took place at the October conference in Monterey, at a function honoring her.

A physical chemist by training, Daisey was at the Berkeley Lab for 14 years and headed the Environmental Energy Technologies (EET) Division’s Indoor Environment Department, with a 60-person staff and a budget of more than $6 million per year. She was also chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board, an influential national board that helps guide the direction of EPA research.

Born in New York City, Daisey received her B.A. in chemistry from Georgian Court College in New Jersey in 1962 and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Seton Hall University in 1970. With more than 25 years of research experience, Daisey’s more than 100 publications focused on organic pollutants and indoor and outdoor air particles. Her work in this field included studies of the physical and chemical nature, sources, transport, and fate of pollutants, as well as exposure assessment and exposure pathways.

“Joan’s contributions — as an outstanding researcher within the Department, as an advocate for linking indoor and outdoor air quality research, and as a national leader on environmental research — were magnificent,” said Mark Levine, Division Director of EET. “Equally, we will miss her joy in doing research, her impatience with impediments to progress, her sense of humor, and her acceptance of her co-workers as friends and part of her extended family.” Added Charles V. Shank, Director of Berkeley Lab, “Joan has had an enormous impact here, and we will miss her very much.”

“She will be remembered as an outstanding, creative, and energetic scientist with a positive outlook and a sense of humor,” said fellow scientist Bill Fisk. “She was unselfish and treated her colleagues with warmth and respect.”

While a researcher at New York University Medical Center’s Department of Environmental Medicine (1975-1986), Daisey was a principal investigator in numerous multi-institutional field projects, including the Airborne Toxic Elements and Organic Substances Study. As a senior scientist at Berkeley Lab, she was a principal investigator for many research projects on environmental tobacco smoke, ventilation, infiltration and indoor air quality, the health effects of volatile organic compounds and particles, and on the soil-to-gas transport of volatile organic compounts into buildings as an exposure pathway. She had a strong interest in the continuum between indoor and outdoor air quality and helped to build a bridge between the respective research communities.

Daisey took a lively interest in guiding the development of new areas of research. She was active in the public arena, where she applied her scientific expertise and knowledge of toxic chemicals to the problem of reducing their exposures to human beings. She was a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board since 1987 and was chair of the Board since 1998. Her work with the Board included participation in several committees, including the EPA’s Human Exposure and Health Subcommittee of the Advisory Board’s Integrated Risk Project. She served on the DOE Lab Directors’ Environmental and Occupational/Public Health Standards Steering Group since 1993; the Board of Scientific Counselors of ATSDR (1988-1990); and the NRC’s Committee on Advances in Assessing Human Exposure to Airborne Pollutants from 1987 to 1989. Daisey worked on the peer review committees that developed emergency plans for the sampling and analysis of data from the Love Canal area of New York State in 1987 and 1988.

Award Winners

2020 Peter Fantke, PhD
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Quantitative Sustainability Assessment
Lyngby, Denmark
2019 Lesliam Quiros-Alcala , PhD
University of Maryland
Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)
College Park, MD, USA
2018 Kate Hoffman, PhD
Duke University
Nicholas School of the Environment
Durham, NC, USA
2017 Nicole Deziel, MHS, PhD
Yale School of Public Health
New Haven, CT, USA
2016 Marc-Andre Verner
Université de Montréal
Montreal, Canada 
Manish Arora
Department of Preventive Medicine,
Icahn School of Medicine
at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, USA
Dr. Jun Wu
Professor in Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Program in Public Health
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
Julian Marshall
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Dr. Holger M. Koch
IPA – Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine
Ruhr-University Bochum
Bochum, Germany
Jeremy A. Sarnat, Sc.D.
Professor of Environmental Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA
Dr. Ryan Allen
Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Dr. Rufus Edwards
School of Medicine
University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA, USA
Dr. Marsha Morgan
Exposure Measurements & Analysis
Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
Pamela Williams, Sc.D.
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Chensheng Alex Lu
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA
Dr. John L. Adgate
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Dr. Lee-Jane Sally Liu
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA
Dr. David L. MacIntosh
Environmental Health and Engineering
Newton, MA, USA
Dr. Dana Barr
Division of Laboratory Sciences
CDC National Center for Environmental Health
Atlanta, GA, USA
Dr. Adrian Fernandez-Bremauntz
Ministry for the Environment
Natural Resources and Fisheries
Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Valerie Zartarian
U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development
Reston, VA, USA
Dr. Nicole Janssen
Wageningen University
Wageningen,The Netherlands
Dr. Alison C. Cullen 
Graduate School of Public Affairs
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA

Criteria & Procedures

Purpose of Award
To recognize outstanding contributions to the science of human exposure analysis by a young scientist.

Any person, ISES member or not, whose highest degree was conferred in the calendar year less 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
A nomination shall consist of a nominating letter from a current ISES member describing the contributions of the nominee to the science of human exposure assessment, his/her potential for making future contributions to the field, and a curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee in sufficient depth for evaluation by the ISES Awards Committee. The person submitting the nomination is encouraged to solicit supporting letters from others familiar with the contributions of the nominee.  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. Criteria for evaluation should include: (1) scientific quality of publications; (2) significance of the nominee’s research to the field of exposure analysis; and (3) the nominee’s potential for making future contributions to the science of exposure analysis.

If there are several qualified candidates, the forced ranking polling procedure will be used to select the winner[1]. 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 and second place runner-ups for the award will be automatically considered nominees for the award in the following year. The nominators for these will be permitted to solicit additional supporting letters or evidence if they choose.

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

Announcement of the Award
Once the award recipient has been notified, a short announcement should be prepared for the web site.

Presentation of the Award
The ISES President or chair of the Awards Committee will present The Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award at the annual ISES meeting.

Nature of the Award
The award shall consist of a plaque, ISES membership for one year, and $1000, which can be awarded as a check or as travel reimbursement to an ISES conference, at the discretion of the recipient.