“We all deserve clean air and clean water, and it’s not up to us as individuals to achieve this,” says Dr. Ann Aschengrau, professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). For more than 30 years, Dr. Aschengrau has conducted research on the health impacts of environmental pollution, and for her commitment and achievements, she has been selected to receive an AEHS Foundation Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Aschengrau accepted the award at the organization’s 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediment, Water, and Energy on October 17 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
AEHS presents the Foundation Achievement Award to “individuals who have shown significant contributions to the field as well as outstanding environmental stewardship.” Dr. Aschengrau was nominated for the award by BUSPH alumna Millie Garcia-Serrano, who received her Master of Public Health in 1992 and now serves on the Foundation’s East Coast Conference Scientific Advisory Board.
“Dr. Aschengrau did not just teach, but rather created a transformative and inclusive live classroom setting where everyone was given the responsibility of collective thinking that brought about scientific change for the greater good of the public and its health,” says Ms. Garcia-Serrano, who is currently the southeast regional director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “She and [BUSPH Professor of Environmental Health] Dr. Ozonoff were true mentors and the force behind my decision to graduate from BUSPH and serve the public, as I have since 1987.”