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NSF International establishes department chair in School of Public Health

May 25, 2007, release from the University of Michigan School of Public Health

ANN ARBOR, Mich., -- Ann Arbor-based NSF International has donated $1.5 million to establish the NSF International Department Chair in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

NSF was founded more than 60 years ago at the UM School of Public Health as the National Sanitation Foundation. NSF International is a not-for-profit organization that develops national standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods.

This endowed position will be held by the seated department chair. Currently Dr. Howard Hu, an international expert in occupational and environmental epidemiology and medicine, holds that position.

"We're extremely pleased to offer this gift to the University of Michigan School of Public Health because of our longstanding history, which stems back to 1944 when we were founded by public health professionals at UM," said Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF.

"NSF's generous gift will help us build upon the already excellent education our students receive," said Kenneth Warner, dean and Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor at SPH. "Endowed professorships are an important tool in our ongoing effort to stay competitive and attract and retain top faculty to the School of Public Health."

In 2005, NSF International pledged $250,000 to establish an annual award for a graduate student pursuing a public health degree in environmental health sciences, health management and policy, or epidemiology.

This most recent gift is a part of the President’s Donor Challenge Fund, which was established in October to build the number of need-based scholarships and endowed professorships. With an additional $500,000 from the Donor Challenge Fund, the total value of the gift is $2 million. UM is seeking to create 20 endowed professorships in this way.

The School of Public Health is part of the overall Michigan Difference Campaign. UM has about one year and eight months left in the public phase of a $2.5 billion campaign, which will conclude in December 2008.

About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

For more on NSF International, see:

Contact: Laura Bailey, (734) 647-1848 or (734) 764-1552 or