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Science Advisory Panel Member Biographies


John Warner, Ph.D. (Chair)

Chair: John Warner, Ph.D.
The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry


After establishing the world's first Green Chemistry Ph.D. program, Warner now directs a large research group working on a diverse set of projects involving green chemistry using principles of crystal engineering, molecular recognition and self-assembly. He is the editor of the Journal "Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews." He was awarded the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2005. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresist films are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner is co-author of "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice."

 

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 John R. Balmes, M.D. (Vice-Chair)

Vice Chair: John R. Balmes, M.D.
University of California San Francisco and Berkeley


John Balmes is the Director of the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health at the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley. He is a pulmonary physician by training, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and Chief of the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Balmes leads a group of investigators at UC Berkeley and UCLA to assist in developing a national program linking environmental hazards with health outcome data to track diseases that are potentially related to environmental exposures.

  

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 Paul Anastas, Ph.D.

Paul Anastas, Ph.D.
Yale University

Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. He served as Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program, where he is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry.

  

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Nicholas Ashford, J.D., Ph.D

Nicholas Ashford, J.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ashford is the Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Center for Technology, Policy & Industrial Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme and is the Legislation, Regulation and Policy Editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production. Ashford has developed methodologies for decision-making in chemical regulation and has extensively investigated the effects of regulation on technological innovation in the chemical, pharmaceutical and automobile industries.

  

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Eric J. Beckman, Ph.D.

Eric J. Beckman, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh


Beckman serves as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bayer Professor and Chair at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also Co-Director of the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, he held positions at Monsanto Plastics & Resins, Union Carbide’s Silicones and Urethanes Intermediates Division, and held a postdoctoral research appointment at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Beckman’s research is in the use of carbon dioxide as either a solvent or raw material and polymer chemistry & processing.

 

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 William Carroll, Ph.D.

William Carroll, Ph.D.
Occidental Chemical Corporation

Carroll is a Vice President of Occidental Chemical Corporation and an Adjunct Industrial Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University. He has served on expert groups commissioned by the states of Florida and Oregon. He contributed to the United Nations Environment Programme's Best Available Techniques/Best Environmental Practices Guidelines for implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. In 2005 he was President of the American Chemical Society.  

  

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 Gail Charnley, Ph.D.

Gail Charnley, Ph.D.
HealthRisk Strategies

Charnley is a Principal at Health Risk Strategies with over 30 years experience in the biological, chemical and social policy aspects of environmental and public health protection. She lectures frequently on science policy issues and is the author of numerous reports evaluating the toxicity of chemical exposures, the environmental impacts on public health, the management of risks to health and the environment, children’s environmental health, and democratic science-based public policy and decision-making.  

  

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 Richard Denison, Ph.D.

Richard Denison, Ph.D.
Environmental Defense

Denison serves as a Senior Scientist with the Environmental Defense. With nearly 25 years of experience in the environmental arena, he specializes in chemicals policy, hazard, risk assessment, and management of industrial chemicals, in addition to responsible development of nanotechnology. He has managed Environmental Defense's participation in and oversight of the U.S. High Production Volume Chemical Challenge Program. He also serves on the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  

  

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Daryl Ditz, Ph.D.
Center for International Environmental Law

Ditz is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for International Environmental Law, Chemicals Program, and Coordinator of the National Education Campaign for U.S. Persistent Organic Pollutants Ratification. He has 20 years of U.S. and international experience dealing with environmental health threats through effective public policy and corporate management. Ditz is co-author of "Frontiers of Sustainability, Green Ledgers: Case Studies in Corporate Environmental Accounting," and numerous reports and articles on environmental law, policy and management.  

  

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 Michael Dourson, Ph.D.

Michael Dourson, Ph.D.
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)

Dourson directs the non-profit organization Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) whose mission is to protect public health. TERA develops partnerships among government, industry and other interest groups to address risk assessments of high visibility chemicals such as perchlorate, chloroform, formaldehyde and soluble nickel. The organization forms cooperative ventures such as the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Exposure Program and the International Toxicity Estimates for Risk database. Prior to joining TERA, he worked for the U.S. EPA for 15 years on specific key projects such as the creation of the U.S. EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System.  

  

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Kenneth Geiser, Ph.D.
University Massachusetts-Lowell

Geiser serves a Professor of Work Environment and as the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He co-authored the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from 1990 to 2003. Geiser’s research and publications focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, chemicals policy, safer technologies, and green chemistry. In 2001, Geyser authored "Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy."

  

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 Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H.

Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Goldman is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on environmental health policy, public health, and children’s environmental health. She served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Prior to that, Goldman served in several positions at the California Department of Health Services, where she conducted public health investigations on pesticides, childhood lead poisoning and other environmental hazards.  

  

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 John D. Graham, Ph.D.

John D. Graham, Ph.D.
Pardee RAND Graduate School

Graham serves as Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Distinguished Chair in Policy Analysis. He is the author or co-author of some 200 books, articles, and reports in the areas of risk estimation and management of health, safety, environment and energy. Graham founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis from 1990 to 2001. He served as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and as Professor of Policy and Decision Sciences in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health.  

  

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 Neil C. Hawkins, Ph.D.

Neil C. Hawkins, Ph.D.
The Dow Chemical Company

Dr. Neil Hawkins currently serves as Vice President, Sustainability for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, he is responsible for driving Dow’s sustainability performance, including implementation of Dow’s landmark 2015 Sustainability Goals, including the transformational Sustainable Chemistry goal. He is also accountable for Product EH&S, Global Regulatory Affairs, Health Services, Remediation, and the regional EH&S implementation organizations. Hawkins has previously held a wide range of Environment, Health & Safety, and Public Affairs roles across Dow. Hawkins joined Dow in 1988, and is in his 20th year with the company. Hawkins holds masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. Hawkins is an expert in environmental risk assessment and environmental policy.  

  

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 Lauren G. Heine, Ph.D.

Lauren G. Heine, Ph.D.
Lauren Heine Group LLCand Clean Production Action

Heine’s experience and expertise lies in green chemistry, green engineering, sustainable business practices, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. As Principal for the Lauren Heine Group, and a Senior Science Advisor with Clean Production Action, she advises organizations seeking to integrate green chemistry and engineering into product and process design and development activities. Specific areas of expertise include the development of technical tools and strategies for product assessment, evaluation, design and market recognition; and facilitation of multi-stakeholder initiatives. Lauren was previously the Director of Applied Science at GreenBlue where she directed the development of CleanGredients™, a unique, web-based information platform, developed in partnership with the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment Program that promotes green chemistry and environmentally preferable product formulation by providing information on key human and environmental health, safety and sustainability attributes of cleaning product chemicals.

  

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 James Hutchison, Ph.D.

James Hutchison, Ph.D.
University of Oregon


Hutchison is a professor of chemistry and the Director of the University of Oregon Materials Science Institute. Dr. Hutchison and his research group design and make new functional materials, including nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces. Dr. Hutchison helped develop the University of Oregon’s green organic chemistry program and leads its Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing initiative. Hutchison is an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow and a Camille Dreyfus teacher-scholar and is the author of over 65 refereed publications, three book chapters and a textbook.

  

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 Vistasp Karbhari, Ph.D.

Vistasp M. Karbhari, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

Karbhari is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of California, San Diego. He leads research groups in such areas as the processing and mechanics of composites, durability of polymers and composites, and bio-materials. He is the author/co-author of over 160 papers in archival journals. He is the American Editor for the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology and is an Editorial Board Member of Composite Structures.  

  

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 John Peterson Myers, Ph.D.

John Peterson Myers, Ph.D.
Environmental Health Sciences

Myers is the founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also coauthor of "Our Stolen Future," which explores the threats posed by man-made chemical contaminants to fetal development and human health. Myers is Senior Advisor to the United Nations Foundation. From 1990-2002, he was director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation supporting efforts to protect the global environment and to prevent nuclear war. Myers is also senior advisor to Commonweal and to the Jenifer Altman Foundation on environmental threats to children’s health.  

  

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 Mary O'brien, Ph.D.

Mary O'Brien, Ph.D.
Grand Canyon Trust

O’Brien has worked as a staff scientist and organizer for the past 26 years with toxics and conservation organizations, including Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Environmental Research Foundation, Science and Environmental Health Network, and Hells Canyon Preservation Council. O’Brien taught (1992-1994) as Assistant Professor in the graduate U. of Montana Environmental Studies Program. O’Brien currently works for Grand Canyon Trust for conservation of wildlife habitat and native ecosystems in southern Utah's three national forests. Dr. O’Brien’s book, Making Better Environmental Decisions: An Alternative to Risk Assessment (MIT Press 2000), focuses on the power of alternative assessments to leverage positive change.

  

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 Barry Trost, Ph.D.

Barry Trost, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department, Stanford University

Trost serves as a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and is the winner of the 1998 Presidential Green Chemistry Award in Academics. He developed the concept of atom economy, which involves reducing the use of nonrenewable resources, minimizing the amount of waste, and reducing the number of steps used to synthesize chemicals. Atom economy is one of the fundamental cornerstones of green chemistry, and is a concept widely used by those who are working to improve the efficiency of chemical reactions.

  

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 Michael Wilson, Ph.D.

Michael P. Wilson, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Michael P. Wilson, PhD, MPH, is a research scientist with the Program in Green Chemistry and Chemicals Policy at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wilson conducts research and practice in chemicals policy, green chemistry, exposure assessment, occupational safety and health, and sustainable production. He conducted his doctoral (PhD) and masters (MPH) research in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1996 to 2003. He earned a bachelors degree with thesis honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1984.

Dr. Wilson is the chief author of a 2006 report to the California Legislature, Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation and a lead author of a January 2008 report, Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California for California EPA.

In addition to his appointment to the Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panel, Dr. Wilson was appointed in August by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez to the state’s Biomonitoring Program Scientific Guidance Panel.

  

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Katy Wolf, Ph.D.
Institute for Research and Technical Assistance

Wolf is Director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989. IRTA conducts pollution prevention research, test and development projects that involve safer alternatives. IRTA identifies, develops, tests and demonstrates alternatives in a variety of applications including cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, aerospace, coatings and adhesives. A heavy focus of the research is on alternatives to ozone depleting, VOC, toxic and global warming solvents. IRTA runs and operates the Pollution Prevention Center, a loose affiliation of federal, state and local government agencies and a large electric utility. The Pollution Prevention Center members collaborate on projects of mutual interest to find safer alternatives taking into account cross-media and worker exposure implications. Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the RAND Corporation where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. She has authored more than 200 publications.



 
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