Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, received the Rutherford T. Johnstone Award for outstanding contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine at the Western Occupational Health Conference, held in San Francisco. The award is presented annually by the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association.
Kizer, a distinguished professor in the UCD School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UCD, was recognized for his outstanding service to the specialty of occupational medicine in a number of areas, including his contributions to diving and undersea medicine, emergency medical services systems development and emergency management, military veterans’ health issues, health promotion and disease prevention.
Kizer is an internationally recognized health care thought leader, change agent and quality-improvement and patient-safety advocate. He is among the few individuals elected to both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Kaitryn Ronning, of Woodland was selected to be a Presidential Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Each year, approximately 20 sophomore students are selected to be Presidential Fellows. Deans and department heads nominate students who they believe have the academic ability, enthusiasm and interest to benefit from co-curricular discussions of literature, theater and current events.
A sophomore biology and music major, Ronning is a 2011 graduate of Davis High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Mathisen and Karl Ronning.