The Arthur L. and Joanne B. Frank Professorship has been created at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. The award will be given to an assistant, associate or full professor in environmental and occupational health (EOH) in recognition of outstanding contributions or outstanding promise in the field of EOH.
The professorship was named for Dr. Frank to honor his significant contributions to public health nationally and internationally. Dr. Frank has been an international leader in occupational health with a special focus on the impact of asbestos exposure on the health of workers and their families. He first joined the School in 2002 as professor and director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, transitioning to the role of chair when the center became a department.
In 2014, Dr. Frank became chair emeritus to dedicate himself full time to teaching and research. Over 40 years as a leader in occupational health, Dr. Frank has worked tirelessly to advance the health of workers in the United States and globally in many countries including China, India, Colombia, Argentina, and Mongolia. He has made significant contributions globally to a broad range of areas including medical ethics, health and safety for agricultural workers, and occupational lung diseases and cancers, especially as they relate to asbestos exposure.
In 2016, he received the Ramazzini Award of the Collegium Ramazzini in Italy, for his work improving working conditions for people all over the world by “combining scientific achievement with public service and advocacy,” while inspiring and training young scientists new to the field.
The Frank professorship will be awarded for a three-year period and may be renewable for an additional two years.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12