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Tabula Rasa, Solarium Argentums, and Carpe Diem, Baby

David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH

I'm on the Intercity Train from Lisbon, my favorite city in the planet, headed to Coimbra, the site of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) conference. No, this is not the fastest train, and there are frequent stops along the way, with many beautiful little towns such as Vila Franca de Xira, where I happen to be at the moment. Trips like this provide an opportunity to reflect and put things in perspective, a privilege too good to pass up for purposes of this column.

At the time of this writing, I've been on the job at NEHA for almost five months, and have listened and learned. On most days I feel like I have returned to the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, trying to keep up with the second year graduate students. Which leads me to tabula rasa, Latin for "clean slate," the fresh approach I employed when I entered grad school. Likewise, we are taking a clean and new approach to everything your association is doing. Let me explain, starting with our Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition ...

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Journal of Environmental Health
December 2015
Volume 78, Number 5