Anna M. Baetjer Lecture
"The Shanghai Textile Worker Cohort: Just When You Thought the Workplace was Safe"
Speaker: Dr. David C. Christiani
April 10, 2015
Dr. Anna Baetjer’s career in research and teaching at The Johns Hopkins University spanned 60 years. She was a pioneer in the fields of occupational health and industrial hygiene, and is best remembered at Johns Hopkins as a great teacher whose counsel and guidance influenced many lives and careers. Dr. Baetjer’s contributions to the occupational health field began in the 1920s with studies of the effects of high temperature and humidity on workers. As her interest in workplace hazards grew, her research agenda expanded as well. One of her best studies focused on the relationship between cancer and chromium.
In 1940, Dr. Baetjer authored “Women in Industry, Their Health and Efficiency.” She was president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and received the first Outstanding Medical Education award from the American Occupational Medicine Association. She was also served as an advisor to the National Research Council, the Industrial Health Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Environmental Hygiene Agency.
Dr. Baetjer received an honorary doctorate in public health from Woman’s Medical College in Pennsylvania, an honorary doctorate of science degree from Wheaton College, and a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from The Johns Hopkins University. She received the Outstanding Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 1972.
In the early 1920s, Anna Baetjer joined the department as a graduate student and earned a doctor of science degree. In 1924, she became a faculty member, a position she held for 60 years until her death.
In 1985, an endowed professorship was established to honor Dr. Baetjer. Dr. Gareth Green was selected as the first recipient of this honor. In 1990, he announced plans to retire as chair of the department.
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with the support of the School and the family and friends of Anna Baetjer, hosts the Anna Baetjer Lecture. Past lecturers have included:
- Nicholas D. Kristof (video)
- Mary O. Amdur
- Mary Ellen Avery
- Margaret R. Becklake
- Eula Bingham
- Duane L. Block
- Edward A. Emmett
- Melvin W. First
- Gareth M. Green
- Maureen Henderson
- James A. Miller
- Linda Rosenstock
- Edyth H. Schoenrich
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