Bernard D. Goldstein - (Chair)
University of Pittsburgh
Bernard Goldstein (IOM) is emeritus professor of environmental and occupational health and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and in Toxicology. Dr. Goldstein is author of over 150 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, as well as numerous reviews related to environmental health. He is an elected member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. His experience includes service as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1983-1985. In 2001 he came to the University of Pittsburgh from New Jersey where he had been the founding director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint program of Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has chaired more than a dozen National Research Council and IOM committees primarily related to environmental health issues. He has been president of the Society for Risk Analysis; and has chaired the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toxicology Study Section, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and the Research Committee of the Health Effects Institute. Dr. Goldstein received his medical degree from New York University and undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Louis R. D'Abramo
Mississippi State University
Louis D’Abramo is a W. L. Giles Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and serves as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mississippi State University. His primary research interests are the aquaculture of freshwater and marine organisms with the prevailing goal of the development of sustainable commercial production practices based upon the wise use of natural resources and environmental stewardship. He is Past President of the World Aquaculture Society, the largest aquaculture society in the world, and Past President of the National Shellfisheries Association. In 2003, Dr. D’Abramo was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the World Aquaculture Society, the Exemplary Service Medal, for his work in promoting aquaculture research and advancing the knowledge of sustainable aquaculture practices throughout the world. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Life-Time Achievement Award from the United States Aquaculture Society for contributions of broad impact to the development of the United States aquaculture industry. In 2007, he also received the Meritorious Award from the National Shellfiisheries Association for outstanding leadership and dedicated service. Dr. D’Abramo earned M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University.
Gary F. Hartnell
Gary F. Hartnell is a Senior Fellow of the Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri, where he has been employed since 1983. Dr. Hartnell is an expert on the nutritional requirements of food animals and in developing and executing research strategies involving poultry, livestock and aquaculture in the evaluation of genetically modified crops and their co-products, feed ingredients and additives for regulatory, industry, and consumer acceptance. Dr. Hartnell has been active in every society of importance in the animal nutrition community, including the American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association (Past President), Poultry Science Association, World Aquaculture Society, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Dairy Shrine, the Academy of Science of St. Louis, Sigma Xi, and Federation of Animal Science Societies (Past President). He recently co-chaired an International Life Science Institute committee that developed guidelines for conducting livestock feeding studies using biotechnology derived crops and their byproducts and he serves on the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources within the National Research Council. He has authored or co-authored over 104 abstracts, 73 scientific journal articles, 9 book/book chapters, and 121 popular press, symposia, and conference articles. Dr. Hartnell received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.
Joy A. Mench
University of California, Davis
Joy Mench is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Animal Science and the Director of the Center for Animal Welfare at the University of California (UC), Davis. Dr. Mench conducts research on the behavior and welfare of animals, especially poultry and laboratory animals. She has published more than 120 papers, book chapters, and books on these topics, and also given many invited presentations to national and international audiences. At UC Davis she teaches courses on animal welfare, professional ethics, and the ethics of animal use. Dr. Mench has served on numerous committees and boards related to farm and laboratory animal welfare, including for the Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), the United Egg Producers, the National Chicken Council, McDonald’s, Safeway, Sysco, Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. She was the President of the International Society for Applied Ethology, and the recipient of the Poultry Science Association Poultry Welfare Research Award in 2004 and the UC Davis Distinguished Public Scholarly Service Award in 2007. Dr. Mench received her Ph.D. in Ethology (Animal Behavior) from the University of Sussex in England in 1983.
Oklahoma State University
Sara Place is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. Her research program focuses on the intersection of management and production practices that optimize animal well-being, nutrient-use efficiency, and the business sustainability of agricultural operations. Prior to Oklahoma State, she worked with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and Winrock International as a Livestock Production Consultant. Dr. Place received her Ph.D. in June 2012 from University of California, Davis in Animal Biology where her work focused on measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2008 and an A.A.S. degree in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College in 2006.