Environmental scientists work within a multidisciplinary area of scientific investigation. Their purview cuts across the physical, chemical, biological, health, ecological, engineering, economic and social sciences. As integrative scientists, they focus on the scientific bases for identifying environmental challenges and opportunities, and for mitigating or solving environmental problems, impacts, or issues.
Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Sc.D., L.H.D., pictured, is an Environmental scientist and the founding Dean of the School of Public Health on the Hunter College campus of the City University of New York.
Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Sc.D., L.H.D., is Professor and Dean of the City University of New York's School of Public Health. His research interests extend to translation of...
Gilbert, Grove KarlLast Updated on 2013-08-08 12:09:30Grove Karl Gilbert (or "GK" Gilbert, 1843-1918) was one of the leading geologists of the late 1800s and early 1900s and, compared to his contemporaries in the field of geomorphology, he is the one with the greatest influence on current thinking.
Gilbert was born in Rochester, New York. Little is known about his mother, but his father was a portrait painter. The close-knit family lived frugally and spent evenings in intellectual pursuits such as group poetry writing, riddle solving and reading aloud. He sought out such an enriching environment his whole life.
GK attended public school some, but because of poor health, much of his education came from his family. (It’s not clear what his health problems were.) He was a voracious learner who spent his entire life as a studious, hardworking, mild mannered and nice person. He attended Rochester University, where languages,... More »
Birnbaum, Linda S.Last Updated on 2012-07-03 00:00:00
Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., is Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Toxicology Program Division. As NIEHS and NTP director, Dr. Birnbaum oversees a budget that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention, and intervention efforts that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. The NIEHS supports more than 1,000 research grants.
Dr. Birnbaum has received numerous awards, including the Women in Toxicology Elsevier Mentoring Award, the Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award, EPA’s Health Science Achievement Award and Diversity Leadership Award, and 12 Science and Technology Achievement Awards. She is the author of several hundred peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and reports. Dr.... More »
Hsieh, Paul A.Last Updated on 2011-09-16 00:00:00
Honored for Role in Ending Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Dr. Paul Hsieh, a research hydrologist for the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has earned the Federal Employee of the Year Medal for providing critical scientific information during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Hsieh’s calculations were key in helping senior federal officials and scientists conclude that the containment cap on the ruptured well was working and did not need to be removed, thus ensuring no additional oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.
"Dr. Hsieh’s swift work and creative thinking was critical to the successful kill of the Macondo well,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who will present Hsieh with the award during a ceremony this evening. “Paul’s brilliance and determination in the face of a national crisis are to be... More »
Olden, KennethLast Updated on 2011-09-02 00:00:00Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Sc.D., L.H.D., is Professor and Dean of the City University of New York's School of Public Health. His research interests extend to translation of fundamental discoveries into public health practice and policy; gene-environment interactions; and cancer etiology and prevention. He was the named the third director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in 1991, and in the same year he became the second director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP).
Olden is a cell biologist and biochemist by training, and has been active in cancer research for almost three decades. He was director of the Howard University Cancer Center and professor and chairman of the Department of Oncology at Howard University Medical School (1985–1991) in Washington, D.C., before coming to the NIEHS. Olden joined Howard in 1979 as associate director ... More »
Alley, RichardLast Updated on 2011-07-27 00:00:00
Richard Alley (1957 - ) is the Evan Pugh Professor of the Department of Geosciences and EMS Environment Institute at Pennsylvania State University.
His current research interests include glaciology; ice sheet stability; paleoclimates from ice cores; physical properties of ice cores; and erosion and sedimentation by ice sheets. Along with his many teaching accomplishments, Dr. Alley has authored many publications with several papers in the journals Nature and Science, chaired the National Academy of Sciences and National Council's panel on abrupt climate change, has been involved with advisory groups to improve national and international research, and has been active with media outreach translate research findings to a broad audience with appearances on television, radio and print outlets.
In 1999, Alley was invited to testify about climate change by Vice President Al... More »
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