Mining Feature: Mining Researcher Honored with Prestigious Arthur S. Flemming Award

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NIOSH Mining’s Emily Haas, Ph.D., is the winner of an Arthur S. Flemming award presented by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.

Dr. Emily Haas receives the Arthur S. Flemming Award

NIOSH Mining researcher Dr. Emily Haas (at right) receives the Arthur S. Flemming Award from (starting at left): National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, George Washington University Provost Forrest Maltzman, and Trachtenberg School Director Dr. Kathy Newcomer.

The awards series’ recognition is a highly prestigious honor bestowed annually on a handful of outstanding men and women working in the federal government, and awards are presented in five categories. Dr. Haas received her 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 the Pittsburgh 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.

She was nominated for the award by her branch chief, Dana Willmer, Ph.D., who said Dr. Haas excels in developing interventions for intricate organizational processes, which in turn enable a mindset of safety to thrive at a mining operation.

“Dr. Haas has shown an exceptional ability to develop practical, effective solutions that address complex, difficult problems,” Dr. Willmer said. “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. More than 500 individuals have received the award since the series' founding in 1948.

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