Willliam F. Carroll (Co-Chair) is Vice President, Industry Issues of Occidental Chemical Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and an adjunct industrial professor of chemistry at Indiana University. He earned a B.A. from DePauw (1973), an M.S. from Tulane University (1975), and a Ph.D. from Indiana University (1978). He served as American Chemical Society (ACS) president in 2005 and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006 and 2009 to 2011. Dr. Carroll has been an ACS member since 1974 and has served on and chaired a number of committees. He holds memberships in the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the National Fire Protection Association, and was the recipient of an Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009.
Barbara Foster (Co-Chair) is Safety Director for the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University (WVU). She is also the safety program coordinator for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU. In these capacities, Ms. Foster oversees all aspects of laboratory safety, including creation of Chemical Hygiene Plans, risk assessment and risk management, chemical inventory updates, ensuring adherence to safety regulations and building codes, and conducting laboratory inspections and audits. Ms. Foster has written over 20 safety and instructional publications, including the manual Laboratory Safety and Management: A Handbook for Teaching Assistants. She has presented over 60 talks on laboratory safety at professional meetings, workshops, and academic and governmental institutions across the nation. In 2007, Ms. Foster served as chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety and is an elected member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 45 Technical Committee. She holds a B.A. in biology from West Virginia University and is a National Registry of Certified Chemists Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer.
W. Emmett Barkley is the former director of laboratory safety at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and was a member of the last Prudent Practices committee. Dr. Barkley is President of Proven Practices, LLC, where he supports environmental health and safety programs at major academic research universities and government agencies. His prior experience includes 24 years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he served as the founding director of the NIH Division of Safety. Dr. Barkley was a principal contributor to several authoritative guidelines in the fields of biological and chemical safety, including the NIH Guidelines for the Laboratory Use of Chemical Carcinogens, the NIH Recombinant DNA Guidelines, and the CDC/NIH publication Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. He received a bachelor of civil engineering degree from the University of Virginia and master of science and doctoral degrees in environmental health from the University of Minnesota.
Susan Cook is the biological safety officer for Washington University. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Griffin, where she studied viral pathogenesis. She then spent a year in the laboratory of Dr. Roy Curtiss III at Washington University in St. Louis studying vaccine design before accepting a biosafety fellowship at the Midwest Regional Center of Excellence, also located at Washington University. In October 2005, she earned the Certified Biological Safety Professional and Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology certifications. In January 2006, following completion of the fellowship program, she was hired as the associate biological safety officer for Washington University in St. Louis. She became biological safety officer for Washington University on July 1, 2007. In addition, Dr. Cook oversees an NIH-sponsored biosafety postdoctoral fellowship program.
Kenneth P. Fivizzani retired from Nalco Company in 2009, after a 26-year career as a research scientist. He was the Chemical Hygiene Officer for Nalco’s Naperville (IL) and Sugar Land (TX) Research Laboratories for 19 years. He received both B.S. and M.S. degrees
in chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Industrial Research Institute’s (IRI) Environmental Health and Safety Directors’ Network, and Sigma Xi. He was the 2007 chair of the ACS Chicago Section. He was the 2000 chair for the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety. He is a past chair (2002–2004) and a current member of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS). For 1999–2001, he served as chair of the IRI Environmental Health and Safety Directors’ Network. In 1988–1989, he served as president of the Nalco Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Dr. Fivizzani is certified as a Chemical Hygiene Officer by the National Registry of Certified Chemists. He serves on the Board of Editors of Journal of Chemical Health & Safety and writes columns for “The Last Word” in that journal. He has presented 30 papers at national ACS meetings to the Chemical Health and Safety, the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, and the Chemical Education divisions. He has coauthored conference papers for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the Cooling Tower Institute, and the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition. He is an inventor or co-inventor on five U.S. patents. He has investigated corrosion inhibition and dispersion in boiler and cooling water systems. His current interests involve laboratory safety and recruiting of technical staff.
Robin Izzo is the associate director for laboratory safety in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at Princeton University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the laboratory safety field, having held positions at the University of Vermont and Harvard University before her 16-year tenure at Princeton. Ms. Izzo is involved in a number of national and international organizations dedicated to health, safety, and environmental issues at colleges and universities. She was instrumental in working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a proposed rulemaking to make compliance with chemical waste regulations more relevant to colleges and universities. Soon after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, Ms. Izzo was selected to serve on the University Working Group to advise DHS on how to revise and apply the new regulation for the laboratory and campus environment. Ms. Izzo is the chair of the Coordinating Committee for the EPA College and University Sector Strategy. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association, the international association for college and university health and safety professionals. Ms. Izzo holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in environmental sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Kenneth Jacobson is Chief of the Laboratory of Bio-organic Chemistry and the Molecular Recognition Section, at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a member of the NIH Senior Biomedical Research Service. Dr. Jacobson is a medicinal chemist with broad experience in organic synthesis and the specialized needs of pharmaceutical research in an academic/governmental laboratory setting. He is a “Highly Cited Researcher” in Pharmacology and Toxicology (Institute for Scientific Information). Since coming to NIH in 1983, he has trained >60 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are synthetic chemists who now hold academic faculty positions. Dr. Jacobson served as chair of the Medicinal Chemistry Division (membership >10,000) of the American Chemical Society and has also been a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. He was inducted into the ACS Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Flame in 2009.
Dr. Jacobson holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Reed College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, San Diego.
Karen Maupins is the team leader, Health, Safety, and Environmental in Lilly Drug Discovery Research. In this capacity, she has developed and implemented industrial hygiene plans for multiple pharmaceutical manufacturing and research and development (R&D) laboratory sites. She has also worked to develop corporate technical standards and audit protocols for the worldwide industrial hygiene program. She has developed, documented, and implemented a comprehensive health, safety, and environmental management system that outlines business processes for the management of health, safety, and environmental activities in all U.S.-based pharmaceutical and development operations. Ms. Maupins holds an M.S. in industrial safety and industrial hygiene from University of Duluth.
Kenneth G. Moloy is a Research Fellow for E. I. Du-Pont de Nemours & Company. He received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University in 1984 and a B.S. in chemistry from Indiana University in 1980. Following graduate school, he joined Union Carbide Corp. in South Charleston, WV, working in long-range R&D. He then moved to DuPont (1995), joining their Central Research and Development Department in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Moloy’s interest and expertise lie in the areas of organometallic chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, organic
chemistry, process chemistry, and material science. Although primarily a researcher, Dr. Moloy is also an active contributor to laboratory safety at DuPont and serves as an internal safety trainer, instructor, and consultant.
Randall B. Ogle has been employed with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 20 years, serving as the environmental health and safety (EHS) lead for R&D advanced materials (and corporate industrial hygiene program manager for 2 years). For the past 5 years he has been the operations manager for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, one of five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nanoscale Science Research Centers. Mr. Ogle has been a lead in developing the DOE guidance on safety with nanomaterials, which has been used internationally. He has lectured and presented papers on related topics at national, international, and regional events. Mr. Ogle has over 30 years of experience in EHS and has been certified in industrial hygiene, industrial safety, and hazardous materials management. Mr. Ogle worked for the University of Alabama for 10 years and was a director of EHS consultation programs. He also worked for the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. He has degrees from the University of Virginia (1974), East Tennessee State University (1977 M.S. in environmental health), Texas A&M and University of Alabama (health sciences degrees). He has been a member of the American National Standards Institute Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies since its inception.
John Palassis combines 36 years of professional experience of which 6 were with private industry and 30 years were with the federal government in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a research agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At NIOSH, Mr. Palassis developed industrial hygiene air sampling and analytical methods for hazardous chemicals found in the workplace and worked as a safety coordinator. He taught industrial hygiene and occupational safety courses and was course director for the NIOSH Laboratory Safety course. His current interests and projects involve chemical safety in schools, young worker safety, and safety management systems. He collaborated with federal and nongovernmental organizations to develop the newest NIOSH product, School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide. He has published more than 60 papers and chapters in refereed journals of industrial hygiene, safety, and analytical chemistry, the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods, NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Reports, NIOSH documents, and professional magazines and has presented at over 70 national and international conferences.
Mr. Palassis is a diplomate of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene and a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He is a member of the American National Standards Institute ANSI Z490 and the ANSI Z10 Committees. Mr. Palassis is a member of the Management Committee and also of the Communications and Training Methods Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is an active member of the organizing Safety Program Development committee of the Ohio Safety Congress, where he frequently presents papers. Mr. Palassis is a consultant to the Air Sampling Instruments Committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Internationally, he collaborates with the World Health Organization and with the International Social Safety Association (worldwide federal agencies in occupational safety and health organization). Mr. Palassis is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3).
Russell Phifer is the Principal of WC Environmental, LLC in West Chester, PA. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental health and safety. His background is varied, and includes management of health and safety on Superfund sites, chemical safety and waste management training, and consulting on environmental health and safety for lab and industrial facilities. He is immediate past chair of both the American Chemical Society Committee on Chemical Safety and the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety, as well as an elected ACS Fellow. Mr. Phifer is a 30-year member of the ACS Task Force on Laboratory Chemical and Waste Management, serving as Chair of that group for 6 years. He is an OSHA Authorized Trainer and holds various other professional certifications associated with hazardous materials management.
Peter A. Reinhardt is the director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at Yale University. EHS is responsible for the university’s workplace safety, environmental affairs, industrial hygiene, biological safety, and radiation safety. Prior to moving to New Haven in 2007, he was the director of Environment, Health, and Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 6 years, and worked for 21 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Safety Department, last serving as their assistant director for chemical and environmental safety. He is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Task Force on Laboratory Chemical and Waste Management, the Cam-
pus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association’s Board of Directors, and the Council on Government Relations’ Working Groups on Research Security and Export Control. He coauthored Hazardous Waste Management at Educational Institutions, Infectious and Medical Waste Management, and The Environmental Compliance Guide for Colleges and Universities. He co-edited Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in Laboratories. He previously served on two subcommittees of the committee that wrote the 1995 Prudent Practices in the Laboratory. He has a B.S. and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Levi T. Thompson is currently the Richard Balzhiser Professor of Chemical Engineering. Other honors and awards include the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, Dow Chemical Good Teaching Award, College of Engineering Service Excellence Award, and Harold Johnson Diversity Award. He is cofounder, with his wife Maria, of T/J Technologies, a developer of nanomaterials for advanced batteries and fuel cells. He is also consulting editor for the AIChE Journal, and a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems (National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois) and AIChE Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council. Professor Thompson earned his B.ChE. from the University of Delaware, and M.S.E. degrees in chemical engineering and nuclear engineering, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Research in Professor Thompson’s group focuses primarily on defining relationships between the structure, composition, and function of nanostructured catalytic and electrochemical materials. In addition, he has distinguished himself in the use of micromachining and self-assembly methods to fabricate microreactor, hydrogen production, and micro-fuel cell systems. Professor Thompson leads a large multidisciplinary team developing compact devices to convert gasoline and natural resources into hydrogen. Recently, he was appointed founding director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory.
Leyte Winfield is a synthetic organic chemist employed as a chemistry professor at Spelman College. She has experience in academic, industrial, and military laboratories. From the combined experiences she has gained knowledge of diverse procedures relating to laboratory operation and safety. Her experimental background encompasses both instrumental and synthetic techniques. Dr. Winfield arrived at Spelman College in August 2003 following the completion of a postdoctoral position at Florida A&M University. While at Florida A&M, she focused on the design and synthesis of compounds targeted to the inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Prior to this training, she completed her doctorate at the University of New Orleans. Her tenure at the University of New Orleans afforded her the opportunity to design and synthesize dopamine reuptake inhibitor analogs for potential cocaine abuse therapeutics. As an assistant professor of chemistry, Dr. Winfield is currently involved in the development of an organic chemistry laboratory manual. In addition, her current research involves the development of novel COX-2 inhibitors specifically targeted at inducing apoptosis in cancer cells.