Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson receives Water Environment Federation's 2020 Outstanding Paper Award.
Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson has received the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award from the Water Environment Federation for "Protecting wastewater workers from disease risks: Personal protective equipment guidelines," along with co-authors Dr. Mark W. LeChevallier and Dr. Theodore J. Mansfield. Dr. MacDonald Gibson is a professor and chair of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
Wastewater contains pathogens that can put wastewater workers at risk of infectious illnesses. Drs. MacDonald Gibson, LeChevallier, and Mansfield provide guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment that can prevent exposure to these pathogens, improving health outcomes for workers.
IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean David B. Allison says, "I am so proud of Professor MacDonald Gibson who, like Sir Humphry Davy centuries before her did with the Davy Lamp, combines science, engineering acumen, and compassion to offer well-deserved protection to those who put themselves in harm's way to protect and provide for the rest of us in society. That is public health at its finest."
Water Environment Research (WER) editors select the outstanding papers based on an evaluation of their scientific merits and contributions to the water/wastewater research and practical communities. WER is an international multidisciplinary water resource management journal published by the Water Environment Federation for the dissemination of fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality and resource recovery.