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Appendix

Biographies of Committee Members and Staff

Holden Thorp obtained his B.S. in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986, his Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 1989, and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University. He came back to UNC-Chapel Hill as assistant professor in 1993. In July 2008, he became the 10th chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2013, he became the provost and distinguished professor of chemistry and medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Thorp is on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center. Thorp co-authored “Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century,” a UNC Press book that makes the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. He has published 130 scholarly articles on the electronic properties of DNA and RNA, holds 12 issued U.S. patents and co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which is developing drugs for prostate cancer and fungal infections.

David DeJoy is Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion and Behavior and Director Emeritus of the Workplace Health Group in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Dr. DeJoy has over 30 years of experience in workplace safety and health as a researcher, instructor, and consultant. His areas of research include safety climate/culture, work organization, safe work practices, risk communication, and theory-based intervention design/intervention effectiveness. He has published approximately 120 scientific articles and book chapters and he has presented over

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200 papers at scientific and professional meetings. Editorial board service includes Safety Science, the Journal of Safety Research, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the National Safety Council Press. Honors include the Liberty Mutual Prize for research in occupational safety and ergonomics, the Liberty Mutual Medal for research in occupational safety and ergonomics, and the Williams A Owens Award for research in the social-behavioral sciences. Extramural funding for his research has come from CDC, FEMA, NIH, and NIOSH. Dr. DeJoy has served on numerous expert panels, review committees, and advisory panels at the national and international levels. He holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.

John Bercaw received his B.S. degree from North Carolina State University in 1967, his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1971, and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at the California Institute of Technology as an Arthur Amos Noyes Research Fellow in 1972, and in 1974 he joined the professorial ranks, becoming professor of chemistry in 1979. From 1985 to 1990 he was the Shell Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and in 1993 he was named Centennial Professor of Chemistry. Bercaw has been a Seaborg Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2004), the Robert Burns Woodward Visiting Professor at Harvard University (1999), The George F. Baker Lecturer at Cornell University (1993), Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1990), and a Royal Society of Chemistry Guest Research Fellow at Oxford University (1989-1990). From 2009 to 2012 he was also KFUPM Visiting Chair Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He has served on numerous panels for the Department of Energy and the National Research Council, and beginning in 1999 has been a member of the Science and Technology Committees for national laboratories: Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore National Security. Bercaw is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1986), a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1990), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Chicago in 2001. His research interests are in synthetic, structural, and mechanistic organotransition metal chemistry. Investigations include catalysts for polymerization and selective trimerization of olefins, investigations of hydrocarbon partial oxidation with transition metal complexes, and the development of catalysts for syngas and light alkane conversions to chemicals and fuels. He has published approximately 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

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Robert Bergman completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Carleton College in 1963 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1966 under the direction of Jerome A. Berson. Bergman spent 1966-1967 as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Fellow in Ronald Breslow’s laboratories at Columbia, and following that began his independent career at the California Institute of Technology. He accepted an appointment as professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in July l977, and moved his research group to Berkeley about a year later. In 2002 he was appointed Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor. He has received a number of national awards and has coauthored more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Bergman was trained as an organic chemist and spent the first part of his independent career studying reaction mechanisms that involve unusually reactive molecules, such as 1,3-diradicals and vinyl cations. In 1972 he discovered a transformation of ene-diynes that was later identified as a crucial DNA-cleaving reaction in several antibiotics that bind to nucleic acids. In the mid-l970s Bergman’s research broadened to include organometallic chemistry, which led to contributions to the development and study of the reaction mechanisms of migratory insertion and oxidative addition reactions, the chemistry of new dinuclear complexes, and the investigation of organometallic compounds having metal-oxygen and -nitrogen bonds. He is probably best known for his discovery of the first soluble organometallic complexes that undergo intermolecular insertion of transition metals into the carbon-hydrogen bonds of alkanes. Most recently he has been involved in collaborative studies with colleagues at Berkeley and elsewhere that include applications of catalytic C-H activation reactions in organic synthesis, reactions catalyzed by supramolecular systems, the chemistry of complexes bearing metal-heteroatom single and multiple bonds, and methods for the conversion of polyhydroxy compounds into materials currently derived from petroleum.

Joseph Deeb holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering specializing in human factors and ergonomics. Dr. Deeb is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a Registered Member of the Ergonomics Society of the UK (M.Erg.S.). He has over 27 years of both academic and industry experience. He has been with ExxonMobil for over 21 years. His role is the Human Factors Advisor and Lead in the ExxonMobil Human Factors Center of Excellence. The Human Factors Center of Excellence (HFCOE) provides leadership in the effective use of human factors and ergonomics to achieve outstanding operational performance. The HFCOE proactively identifies risks and associated control practices across business functions and operations. Additionally, Dr. Deeb has expertise in risk perception

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Biographies of Committee Members and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18706.
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and risk tolerance areas and their applications and techniques in the development of systems and guidance to improve safety performance. These applications and techniques engage individuals to identify, evaluate, and execute safe behavior and, to approach others during a safe or unsafe behavior, to provide constructive input and coaching.

Larry Gibbs is Associate Vice-Provost for Environmental Health and Safety at Stanford University where he is responsible for health, safety, and environmental risk management programs as well as oversight of institutional emergency planning and risk communication. In addition to a campus population of over 10,000 employees and 17,000 undergraduate and professional students, Stanford has 2500 laboratories involved annually in over $700 million of research ranging from basic sciences and engineering to medical and human subjects clinical research. His responsibilities include overall campus health and safety management and oversight of hazardous chemical, radiological, and biological materials and physical agents used in research and throughout Stanford. Mr. Gibbs is a lecturer at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford and serves on the Stanford Board of Overseers for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has graduate degrees in science education from Boston University and in industrial hygiene and public health from the University of Michigan. Mr. Gibbs is a certified industrial hygienist with over 25 years of experience in academic, research, and clinical institutions. In addition to his work at the university, he has served as a consultant for industrial, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and government organizations and currently serves on the scientific advisory board for nanoTox, Inc., a nanomaterials safety, testing, and consulting firm. He has authored over 25 publications, co-authored two books, served as officer and board member in a number of national and international professional associations, including Chair of the ACGIH in 2008. Larry is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He recently chaired the statewide California Higher Education–DTSC–NIOSH Working Group that developed and published the NanoToolkit: Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials in Academic Research Settings.

Theodore Goodson III received his B.A. in 1991 from Wabash College and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Oxford, he accepted a position as assistant professor of chemistry at Wayne State University in 1998. In 2004, he moved to the University of Michigan as professor of chemistry. In 2008, he was appointed as the Richard Barry Bernstein Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goodson’s research centers on the investigation of non-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Biographies of Committee Members and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18706.
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linear optical and energy transfer in organic multi-chromophore systems for particular optical and electronic applications. His research has been translated into technology in the areas of two-photon organic materials for eye and sensor protection, large dielectric and energy storage effects in organic macromolecular materials, and the detection of energetic (explosive) devices by nonlinear optical methods. He has investigated new quantum optical effects in organic systems which have applications in discrete communication systems and sensing. In 2009, he founded Wolverine Energy Solutions and Technology Inc., a start-up company with contracts to produce high energy density capacitors for military, automotive, and medical devices. He has also developed and translated a new system for the detection of IEDs remotely. Some of Dr. Goodson’s awards include the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, the National Science Foundation American Innovation Fellowship, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award, The Percy Julian Award, American Chemical Society Fellow, The American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, Imes and Moore Mentorship Award, American Chemical Society Minority Mentorship Award, University Faculty Recognition Award, College of Science Teaching Award, and a National Academy of Sciences Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Goodson has been a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2007.

Andrew Imada specializes in human and organizational change. He works with people and organizations to change their safety cultures, respond to scalability demands, implement enterprise resource planning systems, and survive generational transitions. He teaches them to achieve these successes by balancing productivity, safety, quality, and human needs. Dr. Imada has provided consulting services to a wide range of clients including AT&T, Aramark, British Columbia Telephone, Chevron Americas Products Company, Chevron Production Company, Hamersley Iron, Iron Mountain, Los Angeles Dodgers, NASA, PG&E, Sheraton Hotels, Pacific Coast Building Products, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Southern Wine and Spirits, Teichert Inc., U.S. Army, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. He served as Senior Scientific Advisor for the Steelcase User Center Design Group and worked on projects advising the National Research Council, International Labour Office, and the University of California. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. From 2009 to 2012 he served as the President of the International Ergonomics Association, which represents 49 federated societies and more than 25,000 ergonomists. He will be the President for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2014-2015. Dr. Imada won the 1998 Liberty Mutual

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Biographies of Committee Members and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18706.
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Prize and the 2000 Liberty Mutual Medal in international competitions for occupational safety and ergonomics research. Dr. Imada was a professor of ergonomics and safety sciences at the University of Southern California for 19 years. He also served as the Director of the USC Safety Science Center and the International Distance Learning Liaison at the USC Center for Scholarly Technology. He has published extensively and edited a book entitled, Participatory Ergonomics. He was a visiting scholar at Luleå University in Sweden and taught graduate courses on participatory strategies for improving safety, ergonomics, and productivity. Dr. Imada serves on the National Research Council’s Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI). He served on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Applied Psychology and is a technical reviewer for professional journals. He served as a director on the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association. Dr. Imada received a Rotary Foundation International Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Sussex in England. He earned his bachelor of arts in psychology and minored in business from the University of San Francisco and his masters and doctoral degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from The Ohio State University.

Kimberly Jeskie is the Directorate Operations Manager for Facilities and Operations and the Director of the Integrated Operations Support Division for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She has 23 years of experience at ORNL, beginning her career as a research technician in physical organic chemistry. Over the years, she has held several roles within the areas of environmental protection, waste management, radiological control, facility management, performance assessment, training, and safety all in direct support to the research community. Ms. Jeskie has been trained in the principles of accident investigation and human performance fundamentals and has participated in and led a number of event investigations within ORNL and at other Department of Energy facilities. In her current role, she is responsible for the work planning and hazards analysis systems and tools utilized by both principal investigators and operations personnel across ORNL. The Integrated Operations Support Division, which she directs, also provides the systems, tools, and performance analysis for ensuring integrated facilities management at the Laboratory. Ms. Jeskie holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and mathematics from Cumberland College and a masters in public health with an emphasis in occupational safety and health management from Tulane University. She is a Past Chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and an Associate with the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety,

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Biographies of Committee Members and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18706.
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heading the task force creating guidance on hazards analysis techniques that can be applied in the research environment.

Bradley Pentelute joined the MIT Chemistry faculty in July 2011 after a 3-year postdoctoral appointment in the group of Professor R. John Collier at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 2008 under the guidance of Professor Stephen Kent at the University of Chicago. He is currently the Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Research Professor at MIT and is also an associate member of the Broad Institute. The Pentelute lab develops new technologies to deliver polypeptides and proteins into cells by the use of bacterial agents including Anthrax toxin. The lab also develops new chemical technologies for the macrocyclization of peptides. Lastly, the lab uses fast flow chemical methods to synthesize and study mirror image proteins.

Karlene Roberts is a professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at Berkeley. Roberts earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Industrial psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She also received the docteur honoris causa from the Universite Paul Cezanne (Aix Marseilles III). Since 1984 Roberts has investigated the design and management of organizations and systems of organizations in which error can result in catastrophic consequences. She has studied both organizations that failed and those that succeed in this category. Some of the industries Roberts has worked in are the military, commercial marine transportation, health care, railroads, petroleum production, commercial aviation, banking, and community emergency services.

Jennifer Schomaker is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she began her independent career in 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University while she was employed at the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. Her early research at Dow in the Organic Chemicals and Polymer Laboratory involved the development of biocatalytic methods for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure monomers. She then moved to the Agricultural Chemicals Process Research group where she participated in the route selection and scale-up campaigns for two new herbicides. After leaving Dow Chemical, she began her doctoral studies at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Professor Babak Borhan, focusing on new methodologies for the preparation of heterocycles, as well as the total syntheses of the haterumalides. After completing her Ph.D. in 2006, she moved to Berkeley as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Biographies of Committee Members and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18706.
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the labs of Professor Robert G. Bergman, collaborating with Professor F. Dean Toste on the development of cobalt dinitrosoalkane complexes to enable the mild functionalization of the C-H bonds of alkenes. Her work at UW-Madison is centered on the development of new methods for the mild functionalization of hydrocarbons using first-row and coinage metal catalysts.

Alice Young is Associate Vice President for Research and professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU) and of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. As Associate Vice President for Research, she works with TTU responsible research committees and the TTU Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Before joining the Texas Tech University System in 2004, Dr. Young was professor of psychology and of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University, where she served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Science from 1996 to 2004. Her research and teaching focus on behavioral and brain processes involved in the actions of psychoactive drugs, with over 20 years of NIH support for studies of drug tolerance and dependence. Her professional service has included service as Associate Editor of Behavioural Pharmacology and The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as a member of ADAMHA and NIH review panels, and as a member of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association and the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Dr. Young earned a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received postdoctoral training in pharmacology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Staff

Douglas Friedman is a senior program officer with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences. His primary scientific interests lie in the fields of organic and bio-organic materials and chemical and biological sensing and nanotechnology, particularly as they apply to national and homeland security. Dr. Friedman has supported a diverse array of activities since joining the NRC. He has directed studies in the areas of carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology, crude oil pipeline transportation, computational molecular dynamics simulations, chemical and biological defense, and technological surprise. Dr. Friedman has also supported activities in biomass utilization, critical resources, and antibiotics research and development. Prior to joining the NRC, Dr. Friedman performed research in physical organic chemistry and chemical biology

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at Northwestern University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, and Solulink Biosciences. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Toby Warden has a Ph.D. in social ecology with an emphasis on environmental analysis and design from the University of California, Irvine. She has a B.A. in history from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI), she worked as a Program Officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council. She served as study director for Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia and When Weather Matters: Science and Service to Meet Critical Societal Needs. During her time with BOHSI, she has served as study director for The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue and Mine Safety: Essential Components of Self-Escape as well as provided oversight to Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation. She has nearly a decade’s worth of experience as a program manager and community organizer in the fields of public health and youth advocacy in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Recent serious and sometimes fatal accidents in chemical research laboratories at United States universities have driven government agencies, professional societies, industries, and universities themselves to examine the culture of safety in research laboratories. These incidents have triggered a broader discussion of how serious incidents can be prevented in the future and how best to train researchers and emergency personnel to respond appropriately when incidents do occur. As the priority placed on safety increases, many institutions have expressed a desire to go beyond simple compliance with regulations to work toward fostering a strong, positive safety culture: affirming a constant commitment to safety throughout their institutions, while integrating safety as an essential element in the daily work of laboratory researchers.

Safe Science takes on this challenge. This report examines the culture of safety in research institutions and makes recommendations for university leadership, laboratory researchers, and environmental health and safety professionals to support safety as a core value of their institutions. The report discusses ways to fulfill that commitment through prioritizing funding for safety equipment and training, as well as making safety an ongoing operational priority.

A strong, positive safety culture arises not because of a set of rules but because of a constant commitment to safety throughout an organization. Such a culture supports the free exchange of safety information, emphasizes learning and improvement, and assigns greater importance to solving problems than to placing blame. High importance is assigned to safety at all times, not just when it is convenient or does not threaten personal or institutional productivity goals. Safe Science will be a guide to make the changes needed at all levels to protect students, researchers, and staff.

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