|April 5 & 6, 2001
The Clarion Town House Hotel & Suites
Columbia, South Carolina
Speakers' Biographical Sketches
|David B. Peden, MD||J. Routt Reigart, MD||Janette D. Sherman, MD||Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.|
|Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH||Dr. Walter J. Rogan||Harris Pastides, Ph.D.||Zoe James|
|Thomas Basler||Andy Rowland III, CET, REPA||Douglas E. Bryant||Dr. Sabra Slaughter|
David B. Peden, MD
Dr. Peden joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. He is an Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Medicine & Lung Biology, directs the Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Program and is Medical Director of the Pediatric Specialty Clinics of the North Carolina Children's Hospital. Dr. Peden obtained his MD degree from West Virginia University in 1984, where he also served as a Resident in Pediatrics (1984-1987). He obtained his allergy and immunology training at the NIH (1987-1992) and is certified in Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology. His research focuses on the effects of environmental irritants (endotoxin and ozone) in asthma and allergic rhinitis. He has 39 published original manuscripts and 14 book chapters or review articles. His primary research funding is from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Peden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, chairs the Air Pollution and Workshops committees of the AAAAI, and serves on the Program and Grants Review committees and as an abstract reviewer.
Howard Frumkin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. He founded the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Consultation Clinic at The Emory Clinic and directed it from 1991 to 2000. He founded Emory’s Occupational Medicine Residency training program and directed it from 1991 to 1997.
Before coming to Emory in 1990, Dr. Frumkin was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), where he formerly co-chaired the Environment Committee, past President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), former chair of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and Vice President of the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health (SOEH). From 1994 to 1996 he served as one of five U.S. members of the Committee to Reduce Lead Exposure in the Americas, a joint effort of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. He now serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a member of Georgia’s Hazardous Waste Management Authority. He now serves on the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Committee, and on two Georgia Regional Transportation Authority committees: the Community/Environmental Policy Advisory Council (which he co-chairs), and the Air Pollution, Health, Safety and Well-Being Citizen’s Academy workgroup. He chairs the Health/Technical Committee of Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign, which manages public communication and social marketing regarding motor vehicle use and air pollution in the state. From 1991 until it ceased publication, Dr. Frumkin wrote a regular column on job safety and health for Journal of Labor, the newspaper of the Georgia AFL-CIO. Currently he serves on the Special Populations team for the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda planning process. He has served as a consultant to several corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Southwire, Georgia Power, and Polaroid, and to several unions, including the Chemical Workers Association and the Utility Workers Union. His research interests include air pollution, lead and mercury toxicity, occupational asthma, climate change, public health aspects of urban sprawl, health benefits of contact with nature, occupational injuries, and environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities, and those in developing nations.
He received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard, his Internal Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his Occupational Medicine training at Harvard. Dr. Frumkin is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
J. Routt Reigart, MD
General Pediatrics Director
Department of Pediatrics, MUSC
Dr. Reigart has conducted university affiliated clinical trials since 1971 and is Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC. His special research interests include children's environmental health issues, general pediatrics, and toxicology. He has been prominent in lead poisoning prevention and education activities since 1972 and in state-wide screening initiatives since 1975. He served as the CDC Chair for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee, and as the USEPA Chair for the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. He is a member of the EPA/USDA/Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee and the FIFRA Science Advisory Panel. Dr. Reigart is also a member of the SC Sustainable Universities Initiative Steering Committee, and with his colleague Jimmy Roberts, author of the EPA Pesticide Poisoning manual distributed at conference registration.
Dr. Rogan is a clinical investigator with the Epidemiology Branch of the Environmental Diseases & Medicine Program, Division of Intramural Research, at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, based in Raleigh.
He received a BA in Biology from LaSalle College, Philadelphia; an MD from the University of California, San Francisco; and his MPH in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. After an internship at San Francisco General Hospital, he came to NIEHS as a Staff Associate in 1976. He was Medical Officer in the Epidemiology Branch until 1986, Chief of Epidemiology until 1991, Associate Director of the Division of Biometry and Risk Assessment through 1993, Acting Clinical Director in the Division of Intramural Research until 1997, and has now returned to the Epidemiology Branch as a clinical investigator. He is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and licensed in North Carolina.
He studies environmental chemicals and the growth and development of children, and will share with us the results of some of his research.
Dr. Sherman has practiced internal medicine and toxicology since 1970. After she received her B.S. in both biology and chemistry form Western Michigan University she worked in radiation and biological research at the University of California/Atomic Energy Commission facility and in physiology research at Michigan State University. Subsequently, she received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She completed four years of post graduate training and has practiced internal medicine and toxicology since 1970. She has served as a visiting scholar or lecturer at various universities in the US and Canada. Currently, she is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University, where she researches the causes of illnesses in workers.
Dr. Sherman received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Western Michigan University in 1989.
Dr. Sherman served on the U.S. EPA advisory board for the Toxic Substances Control Act, has been an advisor to the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer, and to the US EPA on pesticides. She has been an advisor for health advocacy groups concerning breast cancer, birth defects, pesticides and toxic waste sites.
Dr. Sherman has written two
Delicate Balance – Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer, and Chemical
Exposure and Disease. She is also the author of over 70 articles
concerning adverse effects from exposure to toxic agents, including chlordane,
Dursban, lindane, DDT, PCBs, PBBs, dioxins, tamoxifen, DES, radiation and
others. Her primary interest is the prevention of illness and of
harm through education of the public and the patient.
Harris Pastides, Ph.D.
1971-75, BS, State University
of New York at Albany, Biology & Chemistry Summer
98 - Present, Dean, School
of Public Health; University of South Carolina
1998 - Present, Board of Directors,
Association of Schools of Public Health
Committees at the University of South Carolina
Chair, Council of Academic
Other Professional Activities
1999, Member, Subcommittee on Higher
Level Nutrients, National Academy of Science, Washington, DC
Professor and Chairman, Department of Library Sciences and Informatics, MUSC
Dr. Basler is Chairman of the Department of Library Science and Informatics at MUSC, where he has also been Director of Libraries and Learning Resource Centers since April of 1991. Prior to joining the MUSC faculty, he was director of Libraries and professor at the Medical College of Georgia for 19 years. Before he had the good sense to move south, Dr. Basler held various posts in New York, including service as librarian and Department Chairman at the American Museum of Natural History.
He holds degrees from the University of Miami, Florida State University, and the University of Santa Barbara.
He has served on numerous advisory councils, including those for DISCUS - The Virtual Library, South Carolina StateLibrary, Health Summit III, Quality Criteria for Health Information on the Internet, National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH) Special Emphasis Panel on Nursing Education, National Library of Medicine (NIH) Biomedical Library Review Committee, National Library of Medicine (NIH) Special Review Committee on Informatics and many others.
He is the author of two books and many journal articles, and has lectured widely.
Michael G. Schmidt, Ph.D., joined the Medical University of South Carolina in April of 1989 after an NCI post-doctoral training fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He presently is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology with research interests in bacterial protein export, molecular pathogenesis and environmental microbiology. To this end there are three active areas of research in his laboratory. The first focuses on the mechanisms of protein localization in prokaryotes, specifically in the Gram negative bacterium Escherichia coli and more recently the Gram positive pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The second research thrust centers around the development of a biotreatment system to degrade airborne organic wastes, particularly volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in high volume and dilute vapor organic waste streams employing microorganisms. This project is a collaborative effort with Dr. Charles H. Gooding, Professor and Chairman of Chemical Engineering at Clemson University and Envirogen Incorporated of New Jersey. The goal of the interdisciplinary team is to develop an economically competitive solution for the remediation of high volume, dilute vapor waste streams containing volatile organic compounds. Numerous ground water sites within the United States are contaminated with such materials and it is hoped that the outcome of this project will deliver and turnkey solution for the cleanup of contaminated ground waters as well as vapor streams. The third area developed as an out growth of the development of the bioreactor with the realization that an active biofilm was paramount to the efficiency and economic viability of the reactor design. Consequently, his laboratory is now developing an expertise in the molecular characterization of complex biofilms, principally, those associated with the integrated membrane bioreactor and those associated with other mixed microbial communities.
Dr. Schmidt is also the principal investigator of the Sustainable Universities Initiative for the Medical University of South Carolina. He along with Dr. Bruce Coull of the University of South Carolina and Dr. Alan Elzerman of Clemson University direct this inter-institutional program project. The goal of this project is to educate students for a complex future and to provide models for sustainable design and operations within each institution. Those who speak of sustainable development generally cite the definition developed by the Brundtland Commission in 1987: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Environmental protection, economic stability and social equity--often called "the three E's"--are inextricably linked and provide the basis for sustainable development. The project hopes to create an environment in which the stakeholder communities (faculty, staff, students and operations) of the Universities will understand the interactions among the three E's in order to thrive in the complex world in which we live. The 1994 National Science and Technology Council report "Education for Sustainability" notes that "systems approaches are essential if we are to attain sustainable development . . . Thinking that synthesizes and evaluates linkages among disciplines is needed if we are to understand the global implications of environmental and economic decisions." The Sustainable Universities Initiative is funded by a private foundation and with their help they hope to make integrated, systems thinking automatic for faculty and students, producing a more knowledgeable citizenry, capable of making informed choices and solving problems creatively.
Dr. Schmidt along with Drs. Curtis Wise and Tom Basler of the Medical University of South Carolina has also developed through funding from the Department of Energy two interactive CD-ROM titles, EnviroQuest and Roc CD, that are targeted to interest middle school students in careers in science and mathematics. Both titles have been placed in every middle school within South Carolina. The Pueblo County School System has adopted the first title, EnviroQuest for their Middle School Science and Math Curriculum. The two CD-ROM titles are currently under consideration for adoption at a number of school districts throughout the United States.
Dr. Schmidt is also a member of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Microbiology. He has led numerous, national workshops on the use of computers for instruction in medicine and microbiology and infectious diseases.
Clemson Extension Service
Ms. James has a BS in Home Economics Education from SC State University and a Masters of Agricultural Education from Clemson University. She has spent 27 years with the Clemson Extension Service, the last 5 specializing in the Housing area. Ms. James has worked in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Extension office for nearly 5 years. Her many responsibilities include managing the Tools for Schools program for the office.
T.A. (Andy) ROWLAND III, CET, REPA Mr. Rowland holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Clemson University, is a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET #000602), is a Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA #5687), and is a Licensed Environmental Consultant (S.C. DHEC 22012). With over fifteen years of engineering and environmental consulting experience, Mr. Rowland has a great deal of expertise in the areas of Remediation, Asbestos Management, Lead-Based Paint Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Site Assessment, Industrial Hygiene, and Project Design. He has been involved in classroom instruction since 1994 and has lectured for such institutions as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Mr. Rowland is currently a member of the faculty of MUSC and the Director of the Program in Environmental Health Sciences where he works in the classroom as well as with industry in solving environmental challenges. His strongest asset exists in his ability to combine theory with applied knowledge in the development of real solutions.
Commissioner, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
There is probably not a person in this room who doesn’t know Doug Bryant, either personally, or from newspaper accounts. Doug has been the Commissioner of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control since July of 1993. Prior to that, he was an assistant to the Commissioner and Legislative Liaison. His experience with the legislature may have been good preparation for the rigors of the commissioner’s post. Doug joined DHEC I 1986 as the Director of the Office of Primary Care, where he coordinated services between DHEC and 14 federally funded primary care centers.
Doug served in a variety of health related positions prior to joining DHEC. He received a masters degree in public health and a bachelors degree in health education from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife Bonnie live in Lexington and have 4 children.
Chief of Staff at MUSC
Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Slaughter served as the Executive Director of the SC Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC). He came to MUSC as the project director for the ASSIST program, a faculty development effort launched by the Charleston Higher Education Consortium. In 1988, he was appointed director of the Office of Minority Programs for SC AHEC, recruiting minority students into the health professions. He also served as director of the MUSC Office of Minority Affairs from 1992-93. He served in the position of associate Executive director of SC AHEC in 1994 until his appointment to executive director in 1997.
Dr. Slaughter has degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan, and is a native of Beech Island.
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