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Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Dr. Jason Marion - EHS faculty

Dr. Jason Marion was recognized at the fall 2021 faculty meeting for CHS.  He received the Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Dr. Marion is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). He has a baccalaureate degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Biology from Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Public Health in environmental health science at The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Marion has received EKU’s Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award (2017), Critical Reading Teacher of the Year (2019, 2021), SGA’s Distinguished Educational Leader Award (2018), and one of EKU’s Distinguished Service Awards (2021). Dr. Marion’s research relates to harmful cyanobacteria blooms; epidemiological studies on recreational water and drinking water; and practical water quality assessments for fecal contamination and antibiotic resistance detection, with the latter earning Unite for Sight’s 2021 Global Health Innovation Prize. He has over 20 journal publications and 80 conference presentations. Dr. Marion’s funding sources since 2019 include the U.S. Geological Survey via the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI), the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIH-NIEHS), and EKU. Prior to academic service, Marion served the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from 1999-2011. Dr. Marion co-chairs the One Health, One Global Environment Conference, and he is a member of the American Public Health Association. Marion is the Global Health technical advisor for the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and a past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP). In 2021, Dr. Marion was awarded

NEHA’s Past-President’s Award. Marion has prior EPA peer-reviewer service, and in 2020 he served on four NIEHS special emphasis study section panels related to COVID-19 and hazardous materials training. Dr. Marion serves on advisory boards for KWRRI and the Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, and on Kentucky’s wastewater and drinking water operator boards. Locally, Marion is a member of the NAACP Richmond-Madison County Branch, serving on the Public Relations and Environmental Justice committees. Dr. Marion’s other service includes directing Kentucky’s Science & Engineering Fair since 2014, and prior service to the Board of Regents at MSU (2004-06) and OSU Board of Trustees (2008-2010).

Published on September 07, 2021

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