January 7, 2010
The director of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has been chosen to serve on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for the 2010 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards.
The awards are coordinated by the governor’s office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Ron Kendall will serve on the selection committee, which is charged to review the top finalists in 11 categories.
“The opportunity to serve on the governor’s blue ribbon committee for selection of the highest environmental award in the state of Texas is a great honor, particularly from the perspective of recognition of Texas Tech’s environmental programs,” Kendall said.
Last May, TIEHH was selected to receive the 2009 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the area of education.
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The Institute of Environmental and Human Health was created in 1997 as a joint venture between Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center to assess the impact of toxic chemicals and diseases on the
physical and human environments, including air, water, soil and animal life.
Researchers investigate elements in the environment, both those that are naturally occurring such as disease and those caused by humans, such as nuclear activity, pollution or chemical or bioterrorism, which negatively impact the environment. It is one of the few labs in the country dedicated to environmental toxicology.