Thursday, April 26, 2012

EPA's Lisa Jackson Names a New Science Advisor

On April 24th EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson officially appointed Glenn Paulson as Science Advisor in the Office of the Administrator.  Paulson fills the spot opened up with the resignation of Paul Anastas.  Lek Kadeli will continue to serve as acting assistant administrator in the Office of Research and Development.  According to Jackson:

Given the central place that science holds in the EPA’s decisions and actions, Dr. Paulson will play an important role in the work ahead. He brings with him years of experience in science and policy issues, extraordinary performance in multiple fields, and an unwavering dedication to the integrity that defines this agency's scientific work.

Paulson holds a PhD in environmental sciences and ecology from Rockefeller University.  Previously he has been an academic, was Director of the Center for Hazardous Waste Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology, served as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health and as Director of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He has also founded his own environmental and energy consulting firm, and served as assistant commissioner for science at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, was Director of the Scientific Support Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and was a Senior Vice President at the
National Audubon Society.

The NRDC praised the selection of Paulson:

“Glenn Paulson will bring to EPA a lifelong commitment to the integrity of science when it comes to making the best decisions to protect our air, water, lands, wildlife and our health. His dedication and collegiality will serve him and the country well.”

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