is an American scientist who is best known as an Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
during the Carter Administration. President Jimmy Carter
appointed her and she served through his administration, between 1977-1981. She is also a distinguished professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati
, and past Vice President and University Dean for Graduate Studies and Research (1982-1990) at the University of Cincinnati
Dr. Bingham earned a B.S. in 1951 in Chemistry and Biology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky; an M.S. in 1954 in Physiology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; and a Ph.D. in 1958 in Zoology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career at the University of Cincinnati as a researcher who did pioneering work on chemical carcinogenesis. She has contributed more than one hundred peer reviewed articles on occupational and environmental respiratory hazards; chemical carcinogenesis and related topics; and occupational and environmental health policy.
During her administration of OSHA notable regulatory activity included revised occupational lead exposure standard and promulgation of regulations on workers' "right to know" about workplace hazards. In recognition of her numerous accomplishments, she has received honors and awards including:
- 2000 - David Platt Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health, American Public Health Association
- 2000 - Ramazzini Award for Science and Policy, Collegium Ramazzini, Carpi, Italy
- 1999 - Mary O. Amdur Award, New York University.
- 1998 - Henry Smythe, Jr., Toxicologist Award, American Academy of Industrial Hygiene.
- 1995 - American Industrial Hygiene Association's Hamilton Award.
- 1994 - William Steiger Award, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
- 1989 - Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
- 1989 - Jerry F. Stara Award, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH.
- 1984 - First Recipient of the William Lloyd Award for Occupational Safety, U.S. Steel Workers Union, Pittsburgh, PA.
- 1984 - Alice Hamilton Award, American Public Health Association.
- 1981 - Phil Hart Award, Urban Environment Conference, Washington, DC.
- 1981 - Doctor of Law (Honorary), College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH.
- 1980 - Rockefeller Foundation Public Service Award, Washington, D.C.
- 1980 - Julia Jones Award, New York Lung Association, American Lung Association, New York, NY
- 1980 - Homer N. Calver Award, American Public Health Association, Detroit, MI.
- 1979 - Doctor of Sciences (Honorary), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.