Bear earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law and has been admitted to practice by the District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of California, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law and the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Section on Environment and Natural Resources. She has received the award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy from the American Bar Association.
Rajiv Bhatia is director of occupational and environmental health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and holds a clinical appointment at the University of California, San Francisco. He is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating environmental health policy in San Francisco. Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership, the Department of Public Health has expanded environmental-health practice to ensure safe and adequate housing, to support worker health rights, to enhance connections between regional agriculture and urban consumers, and to integrate public health and urban planning. As part of those initiatives, the department is developing and evaluating tools for health impact assessment (HIA) and has conducted HIA on local land-use and transportation plans and projects, local and state workplace and employment regulations, regional maritime-port development proposals, and California state climate-change mitigation strategies. Dr. Bhatia developed and currently teaches a graduate course on HIA at the University of California, Berkeley and regularly conducts HIA training for peers; federal, state, and local public institutions; and community organizations. He is a co-founder and scientific director of the nonprofit Human Impact Partners, which conducts HIA and HIA training and facilitation for other organizations. Dr. Bhatia was a founding member of the Health and Social Justice Team for the National Association of County and City Health Officials and is a former board member of the Pesticide Action Network and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Dr. Bhatia earned an MD from Stanford University and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Scott B. Cantor is a professor in the Section of Health Services Research in the Department of Biostatistics of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also holds adjunct-professor positions in The University of Texas Health Science Center in the Houston School of Public Health and Rice University, and he is a faculty member for the Program in Biomathematics and Biostatistics of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston. Dr. Cantor’s research focuses on the theoretical issues concerning cost-effectiveness analysis and diagnostic testing and on clinical issues in cancer prevention, particularly prostatic-cancer screening and cervical-precancer diagnosis. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and is a member of the Decision Analysis Society, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Dr. Cantor earned a PhD in decision sciences from Harvard University.