Cancer Council. He is often asked to speak to students, parent groups, and organizations across the country on issues involving minorities and higher education and on American workforce issues. These groups and organizations include the President's National Science Board, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and, more recently, the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Alderete is the President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences, one of the fastest-growing and highest-quality minority science societies in the United States.
KENNETH B. CHANCE, D.D.S., is Dean and Professor of Endodontics at the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Chance graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Fordham University. He earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1979. Dr. Chance also completed a general dentistry residency at Jamaica Hospital in New York City and holds a certificate in endodontics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Chance's academic and administrative appointments have included Associate Professor, UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School; Chief of Endodontics, Kings County Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Director, Health Policy Program of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of several honors and awards. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy and Pew National Leadership Fellow from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Chance is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
CARON CHESS, Ph.D., is Director of Rutgers University's Center for Environmental Communication, which conducts research and training to improve communication about environmental issues. Her experience in academia, government, and environmental advocacy underpins her research interests and publications. Dr. Chess has coauthored publications that are used widely by government and industry practitioners. Her current research interests include methods of evaluating public participation and study of the impact of organizational factors on public participation and risk communication. Dr. Chess received a B.A. degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.S. degree in environmental communications from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. degree in environmental studies and democratic processes from the State University of New York. Dr. Chess has served on the Committee on Risk Characterization and Board on Radioactive Waste Management of the National Academy of Sciences. She also has been a member of the governing board of the Society for Risk Analysis.