Bailar, John C.

John C. Bailar III, MD, Ph.D. (statistics), is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago and founding chair of the Department of Health Studies there. For many years his professional interests centered on the causes and prevention of disease. More recently he has focused on improving quality and performance in science generally. He was at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (1956-1980), Harvard University (1980-1988), and McGill University (1988-1995) before he went to Chicago. At present he is scholar in residence at the National Academies. He was a MacArthur Fellow (1990-1995). He has published widely in the statistics and epidemiology literature, including, recently, the health effects of air pollution. Bailar has served on more than 30 committees at the U.S. National Academies, and as chair or co-chair of 12 of them.

Beck, Harold L.

Mr. Beck is an expert in radiation dose reconstruction. A physicist for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/Atomic Energy Commission for over 36 years, he retired in 1999 as the Director of the Environmental Science Division of the DOE Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML) in New York City and is presently a private consultant conducting various dose reconstructions in cooperation with scientists at the National Cancer Institute and Vanderbilt University. During his tenure at EML, he also served as director of the EML Instrumentation Division and as acting deputy director of the Laboratory. Mr. Beck has authored well over 100 publications on radiation physics, radiation measurement, dose reconstruction, environmental radiation, and radiation dosimetry. His efforts in the development of the scientific approach to reconstructing fallout doses to the U.S. population from above-ground nuclear weapons testing in Nevada earned him the DOE Meritorious Service Award in 1988, the second highest award in the department. Mr. Beck served as scientific vice president for radiation measurements and dosimetry of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) from 1996 to 2003 and in 2004 was elected to distinguished emeritus membership in NCRP. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Board on Radiation Effects Research, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. He currently serves as a member of the Veterans (federal advisory) Board on Dose Reconstruction and the U.S. Scientific Review Group, Department of Energy Russian Health Studies Program. He has served as an expert member or chair on a number of NCRP and NRC scientific studies related to radiation dosimetry.

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