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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health D Biographic Sketches of Committee Members Paul D. Gunderson (Chair) is the former director of the National Farm Medicine Center (1992-1996) and former director of the Marshfield Medical Research and Education Foundation (1993-2000), both in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In those capacities, he conducted numerous research initiatives exploring the health effects of agricultural exposures, convened scientific meetings and seminars, chaired scientific review mechanisms that rated applications for federal funding, and testified before Congress about the need for a national agenda on agricultural health and safety. Dr. Gunderson has a deep appreciation of farming and its associated hazards and is an expert on farmer suicide. His career exploring the health impact of human activity in agricultural work settings began in 1976 with research on the respiratory effect of working in poultry barns and continued until his initial retirement in 2000. He serves as director of the Dakota Center for Technology-Optimized Agriculture in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Dr. Gunderson served as an adjunct professor in public health administration with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and an adjunct professor in the Health Services Management and Administration Program of St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota. He received the 2006 Stueland Scholar Award from the National Farm Medicine Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation for his contributions to research in agricultural worker health. He has published more than 90 papers on agricultural safety and health in scientific journals and chaired scientific review panels for the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He began his career as a high-school teacher of English and industrial arts in the
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health United States and in Papua New Guinea. He is also pastor of the Drake, Martin, and Harvey United Methodist parishes in Harvey, North Dakota. Dr. Gunderson received his PhD in education from the University of Minnesota, his MA in industrial technology from Ball State University, and his BS in English from Moorhead State College, Minnesota. Maria T. Correa is an associate professor of epidemiology and public health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Her expertise is in agricultural health with emphasis on zoonotic diseases, agromedicine, Hispanic and Latino farmworker issues, program development and evaluation, and international public health. Her current research and outreach activities focus on the risk of transmission of foreign-animal diseases at the farm level, foreign-animal diseases, bioterrorism and agroterrorism agents, zoonotic diseases, and biosecurity. Dr. Correa conducts surveys to assess the prevalence of zoonotic diseases and the risk of zoonotic-disease transmission and uses epidemiologic and anthropologic information to understand illness and health. She also conducts evaluations of a target group’s knowledge of disease transmission and prevention and identifies factors (such as use of alternative medicine, sociocultural understanding of disease, immigration status, and isolation of the community) that limit the group’s access to Western medicine or public-health information. Dr. Correa is a member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute. She is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honorary Society. Dr. Correa received her Practicante de Veterinaria (degree in veterinary sciences) from the State University of Uruguay and her MSc and PhD in epidemiology from Cornell University. R. Alan Davis is the safety and compliance manager at American Seafoods Company, one of the largest commercial fishing companies in the country. He develops, directs, and provides safety, health, and emergency training for nearly 1,000 multicultural employees at American Seafoods; investigates injuries and accidents and identifies their causes; and conducts in-port and at-sea vessel safety inspections, including machine guarding, work practices, life safety, medical provisions, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance. He previously was a loss-control specialist at the University of Washington, where he worked with national experts on prevention of back injuries, repetitive-motion injuries, workplace violence, and chemical exposures. Mr. Davis was a safety and security specialist at Tyson Seafood Group, where he developed and provided safety and emergency training for more than 700 employees, investigated injuries and accidents, and supervised the creation of an injury- and illness-reporting database. He has served as a member of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Health National Occupation Research Agenda mining, fishing, and forestry peer-review panel and has participated in numerous International Fishing Industry Safety and Health conferences. He has also served in various American Society of Safety Engineer (ASSE) chapters and is a past president of the Puget Sound Chapter. With nearly 8 years of experience with commercial fishing companies, he was recently appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee and has been nominated for a position on the Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. He began his career in safety as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician while in high school. Mr. Davis is a Certified Safety Professional and received his BS in occupational safety and health from North Carolina A&T State University. James A. Dosman is the director of the Institute of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health at the University of Saskatchewan, the only institution in Canada that provides research, education, and health promotion to agricultural and rural populations. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His expertise includes respiratory diseases, occupational diseases, and agricultural medicine. Dr. Dosman has chaired or co-chaired five international symposia on health issues related to agriculture and rural populations. He is a founding chair of the Canadian Coalition for Agriculture Safety and Rural Health (1992), founding co-chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society (2002), a past member of the Governing Council of the Medical Research Council of Canada (1995-2000), and a past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society. He helped to establish such initiatives as the first annual Agriculture Health and Safety Conference, the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program, the Canadian Agriculture Safety Program, and the Agricultural Health and Safety Network, which provides educational services, respiratory health and hearing screening programs, courses in emergency preparedness, and other educational opportunities to the rural population. He is a current grantee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in fields related to occupational and environmental exposures and a member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He is an associate member of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Dosman received his MD, MA, and BA from the University of Saskatchewan. William A. Groves is an associate professor of industrial health and safety and chair of the graduate program in industrial health and safety in the Department of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering of Pennsylvania State University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional. His research interests are in the development of sensors and instrumentation for measurement
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of organic vapors, exposure assessment methods and strategies, biologic monitoring, and personal protective equipment. He developed a sampling system for measuring respirator protection from ammonia in livestock production facilities. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Gas and Vapor Detection Systems Committee and a member of the Pennsylvania State University Outreach and Graduate Education Committee. He has been a reviewer for the AIHA Journal, The Analyst, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Groves was an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and co-director of the industrial-hygiene core of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Groves was an industrial hygienist and engineering loss-control representative with Aetna Life and Casualty from 1986 to 1990 and an industrial hygienist at Newport News Shipbuilding from 1990 to 1991. Dr. Groves received his PhD and MPH in industrial health from the University of Michigan and his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Ronald L. McAllister is manager of support and facilities at Case New Holland (CNH) America LLC, a large manufacturer of agricultural equipment. He is responsible for the prototype shop, which builds agricultural equipment for the New Holland and Case IH brands as part of the engineering product-development process, along with drafting, tool design, and facilities at CNH in New Holland, Pennsylvania. His specialty is the design and improvement of equipment related to forage harvesting and round balers. For more than 35 years, Mr. McAllister has been directly involved with safety-related aspects of product development. He was a member of the CNH product-safety review committee for 12 years and chaired it for 4 years. During that time, he participated in more than 100 product-safety reviews and provided recommendations for safety improvements in products before production. He was also involved in the development of industry-wide standards. Mr. McAllister guided academic and industry leaders in the revision of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) S279, Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways, and he led support of extensive research conducted at Ohio State University that helped to define the specifications for the revision of that standard. He holds five U.S. patents. In 2006, he was awarded the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Engineering Safety Award by ASABE for his dedication and outstanding leadership and accomplishments in agricultural safety engineering. Mr. McAllister holds a BS in agricultural engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. James D. McGlothlin is an associate professor of industrial hygiene and ergonomics and director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program at Purdue University. Dr. McGlothlin is a Certified Professional Ergono-
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health mist and is retired from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He studies the relationships between ergonomics, epidemiology, and industrial hygiene to reduce risk and evaluate and control physical, chemical, and biologic hazards in the occupational environment. He develops and administers ergonomic programs to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, promote health, and improve productivity and quality in the workplace. Most recently, he has worked on methods to integrate real-time sampling methods with videography to develop more accurate worker risk-assessment profiles and to develop more cost-effective controls. His research also looks to develop systems to detect and identify airborne infectious agents, such as the H5N1 virus, the agent of avian influenza. At NIOSH, Dr. McGlothlin served as a senior researcher in ergonomics at the Engineering Control Technology Branch (1997-1998), an occupational and environmental safety and health specialist (1991-1996), an industrial hygienist (1985-1991), and chief of the Division of Safety Research (1984-1985). Dr. McGlothlin received his PhD in industrial health with a specialty in ergonomics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He holds an MPH in epidemiology, an MS in environmental and industrial health, and a BA in industrial psychology from the University of Hawaii. Susan H. Pollack is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and in the College of Public Health Department of Preventive Medicine and is board-certified in pediatrics and preventive and occupational medicine. She directs the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Pollack is interested in all aspects of injury epidemiology and prevention in children and adolescents and teaches health professionals and the public about injury epidemiology and prevention. She has had funding, publications, and a national role in the issue of occupational injuries among working teens. She is the principal investigator in the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Lexington at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, one of more than 40 such sites across the country originally funded through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, and has been serving as the Kentucky State SAFE KIDS Coordinator. She works closely with the Kentucky State Department for Public Health, supporting rural county health departments in child-health and injury-prevention issues. Her other interests include child-fatality review, emergency medical services for children, health and safety in child care and among incarcerated adolescents, and whitewater river safety. She has served in a number of injury leadership positions for the American Academy of Pediatrics, including serving as a member of the National Committee on Violence, Injury and Poison Prevention. Dr. Pollack received her MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, her MS in physiology from Georgetown University, and her AB in environmental biology and sociology from Smith College.
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Lorann Stallones is a professor of epidemiology in the Colorado State University Department of Psychology. She is also the director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her research is in injuries in farmers; adolescent farm work, fatigue, and injuries; the relationship between pesticides and mental health (depressive symptoms and neurobehavioral symptoms); pesticides and safety practices on farms; and pesticide exposures of migrant and seasonal farm workers. She has also studied the relationships between congenital anomalies, birth weight, and pesticide exposures; head injuries and cancer in Hispanic farm workers; and musculoskeletal injuries, suicide, and respiratory symptoms in farmers. Dr. Stallones is on the editorial board of the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. She was a member of the Epidemiology Committee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute predoctoral fellowship panel (1996, 1998, and 1999) and chair of the committee (2000 and 2001). She was on the 2003 National Academy of Sciences Vietnam Education Fellowship Review Panel. She has served on numerous grant-review panels for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and was a regular member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (1991-1995) and the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section (2003-2007). She has reviewed grants for the British Columbia Health Research Foundation, Health Canada, and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. She was secretary-treasurer of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (1990-1993). She was president of the National Association of Injury Control Research Centers (1998-1999). She served on the Board of Directors for the American College of Epidemiology (2003-2006) and was recently elected to serve as secretary (2006-2011). Dr. Stallones received her PhD in epidemiology and her MPH in community health from the University of Texas School of Public Health and her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Don Villarejo is a cofounder and retired as executive director of the California Institute for Rural Studies, which he served for 22 years. He has been working to improve the health and well-being of California’s hired farm workers and to expand healthcare for the working poor. His research interests include pest management, farm-labor contractors and safety in the fields, farm-labor housing, reclamation policy in the western states, and new methods for surveying farmworker populations. In addition to his speaking engagements at agricultural health and safety seminars and conferences, Dr. Villarejo conducts training for attorneys and field staff members of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He received the 2005 Advocate of Social Justice Award from the Ecological Farming Association for his long-term contributions to the well-being of the people who work in food production and agriculture. He also received a Board of Directors Award from the
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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mexican-American Concilio of Yolo County in California. Dr. Villarejo received his PhD, MS, and BS in physics from the University of Chicago. Susanna G. Von Essen is a professor of internal medicine in the Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Section of the College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health Sciences Department of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Dr. Von Essen works as a pulmonary and critical-care physician, does research on agricultural health, and teaches on such topics as rural health and occupational pulmonary disorders. Her current research interests include gene-environment interactions associated with exposures to organic dust in production agriculture. She served on the Institute of Medicine committee that prepared the report Damp Indoor Spaces and Health and currently serves as a member of the Agricultural Health Study Advisory Panel. Dr. Von Essen received her MD from the Washington University School of Medicine, her MPH from the University of Michigan, and her undergraduate degree in zoology and German from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. James J. Zuiches is the vice chancellor for extension, engagement, and economic development at North Carolina State University. Dr. Zuiches leads and coordinates far-reaching programs in those fields at the university. His efforts include activities of the Cooperative Extension Service, the Industrial Extension Service, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, noncredit operations of the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, the Economic Development Partnership, and the H. Hugh Shelton Initiative for Leadership Development. His research specialties include demography, rural sociology, and research administration. He was a professor in community and rural sociology and project leader for the National Coalition for Rural Entrepreneurship at Washington State University, where he also served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics for 8 years and director of Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Research Center for 4 years. Dr. Zuiches served at Cornell University, Michigan State University, the National Science Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He has more than 70 publications, including journal papers, book chapters, bulletins, and editorials. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves on the National Research Council Committee on the Review of NIOSH Research Programs, and has served as a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Zuiches received his PhD and MS in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his BA in philosophy and sociology from the University of Portland, in Oregon.