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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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Appendix B


Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff

PLANNING COMMITTEE

PAUL GILMAN (Chair) joined Covanta in 2008 as Covanta Energy’s first senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. He is responsible for Covanta’s safety, health, and environmental compliance programs and for sustainability initiatives that further reducing Covanta’s environmental impact while increasing the use of its technologies. Before joining Covanta, Dr. Gilman was the director of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies. He served as the assistant administrator for research and development and science advisor at EPA from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining EPA, he was director for policy planning at Celera Genomics. Dr. Gilman was previously the executive director of life sciences and agriculture divisions of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. In addition, Dr. Gilman has held several senior government positions, including associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science, and executive assistant to the secretary of energy for technical matters. He has 13 years of experience working on the staff of the U.S. Senate in several capacities, including as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

PATRICIA CULLIGAN is professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics and the associate director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia University. Her research focuses on applying geoengineering principles to understand and control the migration of contaminants from waste disposal sites. She studies the behavior of mis-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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cible contaminants and nonaqueous phase liquids and colloids in soil and fractured rock and the effectiveness of in situ remediation strategies for the cleanup of waste sites. She also has interest and experience in the design of land-based disposal sites for waste materials. Dr. Culligan has received numerous awards, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Arthur C. Smith Award for Undergraduate Service (1999), the National Science Foundation Career Award (1999), and Columbia University’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (2007). She is also the author or coauthor of more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed conference papers. Dr. Culligan has a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Cambridge University, England. She has served on several National Research Council committees and is currently a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.

MICHAEL KAVANAUGH (NAE) is a principal of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. His research interests have included hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, process engineering, industrial waste treatment, technology evaluations, strategic environmental management, compliance and due diligence auditing, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, and water reuse. He has served as chair to the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Radioactive Waste Management and the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Kavanaugh is a registered chemical engineer in California and Utah, a diplomat (DEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

JEFFREY WONG is chief scientist for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento, California. For more than 20 years, he has managed DTSC’s efforts in environmental measurements, biological and exposure monitoring, toxicology and risk assessment, and pollution prevention approaches and technologies; he is currently leading efforts focused on nanotechnologies, other emerging contaminants, and green chemistry. Prior to his work in the DTSC, Dr. Wong was involved in forensic investigations for the Department of Justice and pesticide toxicity evaluation for the Department of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Wong has served on several committees for the National Academies, including the Committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia and Committee on Environmental Remediation at Naval Facilities. He has also served on panels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. He was appointed by President

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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Clinton to serve on the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.

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DOMINIC BROSE is a program officer for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Research Council–National Academy of Sciences, where he leads the urban sustainability workshop series. Prior to STS, Dr. Brose was with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, where he collaborated on science policy reports addressing the potential for adverse health effects from exposure of select military personnel to environmental contaminants. Previously, he was an environmental scientist at ToxServices, LLC, where he evaluated client product formulations against human health and environmental screening criteria for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for the Environment (DfE) program. Dr. Brose received his B.S. in environmental science from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in soil chemistry from the University of Maryland.

KEVIN D. CROWLEY is senior board director of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB) at the National Research Council–National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. He is responsible for managing the NRSB’s work on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and environmental cleanup, and radiation health effects. He is also the principal investigator for a long-standing cooperative agreement between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide scientific support for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. Dr. Crowley’s professional interests and activities focus on safety, security, and technical efficacy of nuclear and radiation-based technologies. He has directed over 20 National Research Council studies on these and other topics. Before joining the National Research Council staff in 1993, Dr. Crowley held teaching/research positions at Miami University of Ohio, the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Geological Survey. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in geology, from Princeton University.

JENNIFER HEIMBERG is a senior program officer of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB) at the National Research Council–National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the NAS in 2011, Dr. Heimberg worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) for nearly 10 years. She has directed two studies at the NAS on non-proliferation (2012) and global nuclear detection assessment issues (2013). While at APL she established and grew its program

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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with the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and served as its program manager through early 2011. Dr. Heimberg’s background is broad and physics-based, including system integration of optical networks, experiments on near-frictionless carbon coatings, development of novel atomic force sensors and microscopes, and low-temperature basic physics studies on heavy fermion superconductors. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University.

MARINA MOSES is currently the director of the American Academy of Microbiology in the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Moses previously served as the director for the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council–National Academy of Sciences (through May 2, 2014). In this capacity, she directed the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Under her leadership, the STS Program issued the consensus report, Sustainability and the U.S. EPA, and recently released a multi-sponsored study, Sustainability for the Nation. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Moses served on the faculty of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Previously, Dr. Moses held senior scientific positions in the Environmental Management Division of the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York City office of EPA’s Superfund Program. Dr. Moses received her B.S. (chemistry) and M.S. (environmental health sciences) degrees from Case Western Reserve University. She received her Dr.P.H. (environmental health sciences) degree from Columbia University School of Public Health.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographies of Planning Committee and Staff." National Research Council. 2014. Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18747.
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The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management's (EM) mission is the safe cleanup of sites associated with the government-led development of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. While many of these legacy sites have completed cleanup, the largest and most complex sites have not been fully remediated. The cleanup of these sites is proceeding under legally enforceable agreements with timelines for hundreds of milestones. EM is reviewing alternative approaches to increase effectiveness and improve cost efficiencies of its cleanup activities, especially for sites that will have residual contamination when active cleanup is complete.

This report is the summary of two workshops convened in October 2013 and January 2014 on best practices for risk-informed remedy selection, closure, and post-closure control of radioactive and chemically contaminated sites that present significant difficulty for remediation to unrestricted release. The workshop series aimed to explore best practices that promote effective, risk-informed decision making and future opportunities to improve remediation approaches and practices.In the Workshop #1 section of Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites, the report examines holistic approaches for remediating sites with multiple contaminant sources and post-closure uses, and approaches for incorporating a sustainability framework into decision making regarding site remediation, closure, and post-closure control. In Workshop #2, the report focuses on post-closure controls, assessment of long-term performance of site remedies, and best practices for risk-based remediation decisions.

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