Jonathan M. Samet - (Chair)
Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Samet’s research has focused on the health risks posed by inhaled pollutants. He has served on numerous committees concerned with public health: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board; committees of the National Academies, including chairing the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VI Committee, the Committee on Incorporating 21st Century Science in Risk-Based Evaluations, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, the Committee to Review EPA’s Draft IRIS Assessment of Formaldehyde, the Committee to Review the IRIS Process, and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, among others; and the National Cancer Advisory Board. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Samet received his MD from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry.
John L. Adgate
John L. Adgate is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. His research on exposure science, risk analysis, and children’s environmental health has focused on improving exposure estimation in epidemiologic studies by documenting the magnitude and variability of human exposures to chemical and biological stressors. His current funded research focuses on the risks, health, and community impacts of oil and gas development; the impact of heat and air pollution on the development of chronic kidney disease in Guatemalan sugarcane workers; the impact of residential weatherization and wildfires on indoor environments; and health effects stemming from perfluoroalkyl chemical (PFAS) exposure. Dr. Adgate has served on multiple science advisory panels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Academies committees exploring technical and policy issues related to residential exposure to pesticides and air pollutants, impacts of energy development, lead-exposure interventions, children’s environmental health, and the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality. He received an MSPH in environmental science from the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in environmental health sciences granted jointly by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University.
Rula Deeb is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Consultant for Geosyntec and has more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of contaminants and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids. She earned her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on substrate interactions of gasoline aromatics and oxygenates. As a post-doctoral fellow at Berkeley, she developed and implemented research programs in collaboration with scientists and engineers at other universities, consulting firms, and the U.S. Air Force on the remediation of sites affected by contaminant mixtures. Following teaching assignments at Berkeley and Stanford University between 1992 and 2000, Dr. Deeb was selected as a National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholar for Excellence in Engineering Education. Focusing on emerging contaminants in natural and treatment environments, she has led many research and demonstration efforts. Her work has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of several of the most challenging environmental contaminants to date, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), 1,4-dioxane, MTBE, perchlorate and others. She is heavily engaged in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering program, which brings together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. She has served as a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board Environmental Engineering Committee. In 2010, Dr. Deeb earned an Industry Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution as a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council's Remediation Risk Management team. She is the recipient of the 2008 Berkeley Engineering Innovation Young Outstanding Leader Award and was recently inducted into Berkeley’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni (Class of 2019).
Elizabeth Harriman is Deputy Director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is responsible for managing the operations and technical functions of the Institute and for working with the other Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) agencies to set direction for the program. In more than 25 years working at the Institute, she has provided technical research and support services to Massachusetts companies and communities with the goal of identifying safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in manufacturing and products. Recent technical work includes prioritization and hazard evaluation of chemicals, chemical alternatives assessment, flame retardants, and fluorinated chemicals (PFAS). Ms. Harriman has been involved with PFAS for about 3 years, assisting with TURI’s Science Advisory Board as they evaluate and consider recommending the addition of selected PFAS to the TURA reportable chemical list. This work spans from researching environmental health and safety information to understanding uses, precursors and degradation chains and strategizing how to approach the large class of chemicals to avoid regrettable substitutions. She also participates in PFAS workgroups of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse and the Green Science Policy Institute. Ms. Harriman is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil/Structural) and has a BS and ME from Cornell University in civil engineering and a MS in civil engineering focused on hazardous materials management from Tufts University.
Philip R. Johnson
Philip R.S. Johnson is Director of The Heinz Endowments' Environment & Health Program, which is part of the foundation's sustainability team and focuses on clean economy and environmental and public health goals. He currently manages a grants portfolio and community initiatives that focus on environmental systems (including air and water), public health, susceptible populations and at-risk communities, energy impacts and alternative energy, green infrastructure, community resilience, and climate change. Before joining the Endowments, Dr. Johnson worked for government agencies and nonprofits in fisheries and ecological restoration, public health, and environmental science. He is chair emeritus of the Health & Environmental Funders Network and serves on the board of Environmental Grantmakers Association. Dr. Johnson received his MPH in environmental health, MS in environmental science, and PhD in risk analysis and management from Yale University.