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Suk Speaks at Symposium Honoring Paul Lioy

By Eddy Ball
April 2008

A symposium honoring Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Associate Editor Paul Lioy, Ph.D., was held at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), which is funded in part by NIEHS, on Friday, March 7, 2008. Lioy was the recipient of the Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni Award from the Rutgers University Graduate School. This distinguished award is given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions in the Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences. Lioy has been instrumental in establishing the strong translational research program in exposure assessment/exposure modeling at EOHSI and has given EOHSI an internationally recognized presence in these disciplines.

The focus of the symposium was Exposure Science and featured three distinguished speakers. William Suk, Ph.D., acting deputy director of the NIEHS, presented "Approaches to Exposure Sciences by the NIEHS" to a standing-room only audience. His presentation was followed by Morton Lippmann, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Medicine at New York University Medical School, who discussed "Paul Lioy's Contribution to the Sciences of Human Exposure Assessment." The final speaker was Bernard Goldstein, M.D., professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, who presented "The Challenges of Integrating Exposure Science and Risk Policy."

Lioy is professor and vice chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). He is deputy director for Government Relations at the EOHSI, which is jointly sponsored by Rutgers University and UMDNJ. He is the division director for Exposure Science and, with Panos Georgopoulos, Ph.D., directs the Center for Exposure and Risk Modeling. In 1985, he started the first academically based program in the world on Exposure Assessment (now Science) research, and in 1992 he and Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., established the first doctoral program in Exposure Science, a joint program of UMDNJ and Rutgers University

Lioy received the International Society of Exposure Analysis Jerome Wesolowski Award for Lifetime Achievement in Exposure Analysis in 1998, and in 2003, he was the recipient of the Frank Chambers Award for lifetime achievement in Air Pollution from the Air and Waste Management Association. In 1999, he was elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, and the same year was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Carpi, Italy. He is one of the founders of International Society for Exposure Analysis and served as President from 1993-94. Recently, Lioy was appointed co-chair of the New Jersey University Consortium for Homeland Security Research and is a member of the New Jersey Domestic Security and Preparedness Planning Group.

He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the US EPA and currently a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. Lioy has also been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board of Toxicology and Environmental Studies and was chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Exposure Assessment. Lioy was a member of the US-Canada International Joint Commission Air Quality Advisory Board (1992-2007). He was the vice chair of the EPA and CEQ WTC Expert Technical Panel (2004-2005).

Currently, he is the associate editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. He has published more than 235 peer-reviewed articles, two books and numerous book chapters and editorials.

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