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October 24, 2018 Workshop: Engineered Nanomaterials - No Small Issue



 Gabriele Windgasse has been the lead for CDPH's Nanotechnology group since 2012. She was appointed US Co-Chair of the Human Toxicity Community of Research (COR) from the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in 2015. Dr. Windgasse was invited to attend the Gordon Research Conferences on Environmental Nanotechnology in 2015 and 2017 and her special interests are the identification of potential public health concerns of ENM and advanced materials; communication with the public: benefits, uncertainties, and risks.

Recent publication: A survey on the state of nanosafety research in the European Union and the United States

Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D., previously served as the Deputy Director of Science, Pollution Prevention and Green Technologies and the Chief Scientist for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento, California. For more than 25 years, he managed DTSC's efforts in the areas of environmental measurements, biological and exposure monitoring, toxicology and risk assessment, pollution prevention and technologies.

He has led efforts focused on nanotechnologies, emerging contaminants and green chemistry and worked from the beginning on DTSC's Green Chemistry Initiative and Safer Consumer Products Regulation.  Prior to this, Dr. Wong was involved in forensic sciences for law enforcement.

Dr. Wong has served on Study Committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. He was appointed to the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Clinton and served two terms.  Dr. Wong is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Wong is currently serving as a retired annuitant for DTSC's Safer Products and Workplaces Program. 

Jay West is Senior Director, Chemical Products and Technology, at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, DC, where he manages the national, state, and international activities of several ACC sector groups, including the ACC Nanotechnology Panel.

Jay also serves as the Chair of the Chemicals Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where he engages OECD member states on the development of testing guidelines, oversight of nanotechnology, twenty-first century approaches to chemical assessment, and many other issues. He is an active participant in OECD's broad portfolio of work on nanomaterials through the OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials.

Prior to working at ACC, Jay was a professional mediator, designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues related to ocean policy, forest management, and other issues for government agencies, private foundations, and other types of organizations.

Jay has graduate degrees from Yale and the University of Michigan.

Paul Schulte Ph.D is co-manager of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center and Director of the Education and Information Division of NIOSH.  He is an epidemiologist with a long history of studying and promoting the use of biomarkers in epidemiology and has co-authored a widely used textbook Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices.  He was a member of the WHO Task Group on Environmental Health Criteria for Biomarkers in Risk Assessment: Validity and Validation and promoted the concept of molecular dosimetry in risk assessment.

Dr. Schulte currently serves on the international advisory boards Annals of Work Exposure and Health, Cochrane Work, and the EC4 Safe Nano.

David M. Zalk, PhD, CIH is a former President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and has been serving as the IOHA Envoy to the World Health Organization since 2005. David received his PhD in Control Banding from the Delft University of Technology and his MPH from UC Berkeley. Dr. Zalk is an EHS Manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and he is also the Director of Occupational Hygiene for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Global Certificate Program in Occupational Health Practice. He is co-developer of the CB Nanotool, has authored over 50 publications globally, holds 3 patents, and is actively developing innovative EHS Risk Management systems.

Alexandra Stupple is a California attorney and was formerly the attorney at CDPH for the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. At CDPH, in 2015 June, Ms. Stupple helped draft the public-comment letter to US EPA regarding its proposed regulation about nanomaterials. Ms. Stupple also drafted some of the State's licensing regulations for cannabis businesses for the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Stupple was a science editor for the National Academy of Sciences and the American Journal of Public Health

Professor Harthorn received her B.A. with Honors in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA. Her research as a cultural, medical anthropologist focuses on environmental and health risk perception, societal implications of emerging technologies, particularly social risk and inequalities, and modes of public engagement and deliberation. From 2005-2016 she served as Director and Principal Investigator of the US National Science Foundation-funded national center, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at University of California at Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB). Under her leadership the CNS published over 500 publications which lay the groundwork for understanding the development and societal aspects of emerging technologies. Her interdisciplinary team in the CNS used mixed quantitative and qualitative social science research methods to study risk and benefit perceptions regarding nanotechnologies and comparative other emerging technologies among diverse expert, industry and public stakeholders in the US and abroad. Harthorn's publications include The Social Life of Nanotechnology (2012, Routledge, with John Mohr) and Risk, Culture & Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame (2003, Greenwood/Praeger, with Laury Oaks) and a large portfolio of journal articles, chapters, and reports in leading science and engineering, risk analysis, environmental science, social science, science and technology studies, science policy, and nanoscience journals.  In addition, Harthorn has served since 2008 as a research team leader and executive committee member in the NSF-funded UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) at UCLA. She has provided expert testimony on nanoscience and society issues to the US Congressional National Nanotechnology Caucus, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the National Academies of Science (NAS), the leaders of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative, and the European Commission. She is an elected Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Benjamin Trump, PhD, is an ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. His work focuses upon the regulation and governance of uncertain and complex activities, with a specific focus upon emerging materials and technologies within the United States, European Union, Singapore, Australia, and several other comparative jurisdictions. Dr. Trump's work has engaged with several national and international institutions, including NATO, OECD, the International Risk Governance Council, and many others.

Dr. Trump previously served as a postdoctoral fellow for the University of Lisbon, Portugal, as well as a research fellow at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Singapore. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy in 2016.



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