at the National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the ASA. Prior to joining the CNSTAT staff, he was associate commissioner for employment and unemployment statistics of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and served as chief of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. He has a B.A. degree in economics from Hope College and an M.A. degree in economics from the George Washington University.

Ericka McGowan is associate program officer on the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she came to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in 2001 to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served NIH for two years as a grants technical assistant before joining the National Academies as a research associate. She has a B.S. degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is currently pursuing a master of science in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases from George Washington University. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association.

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