Tom Bethell is Contributing Editor for The Mountain Eagle (which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year) and has covered coal for the paper off and on for nearly 40 years. Based in Washington, D.C., he is also the author of The Hurricane Creek Massacre, a book about a 1970 mine disaster, and is a former research director of the United Mine Workers of America. He was part of a team that investigated the Sago mine disaster in 2006.

Liz Borkowski works for the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She spent several years writing about environmental and social justice issues for the nonprofit Co-op America. Browse Liz’s posts here.

Les Boden, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Boden is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has been an active member of Federal advisory committees for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Energy. Browse Les’s posts here.

Richard Clapp, DSc, MPH, is Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Dr. Clapp served as Director of the Massachusetts Cancer Registry from 1980-1989 and worked in two environmental health consulting groups in addition to his teaching and research activities. He was a consultant to the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board in its 1995 and 2000 reviews of the dioxin reassessment. Browse Dick’s posts here.

Peter Dooley, MS CSP CIH is a safety and health consultant with Laborsafe. He worked for the UAW International Union (1983-2004) performing workplace fatality investigations, negotiating health and safety contract language and coordinating educational programs. He worked for Michigan State University in Labor Education (1980-1983). He received his Masters degree from the University of Arizona. His work specializes in worker education, workplace evaluations and health and safety solutions. He can be contacted at laborsafe [at] aol [dot] com.

Nathan Fetty, is an attorney with the non-profit Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, a regional law and policy organization. Nathan is based in Buckhannon, W.Va., and
focuses on coal mine health and safety issues. Previously, he was involved with West Virginia environmental issues as a lobbyist and organizer.

Sheldon Krimsky, PhD is a professor in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University and a visiting scholar at Columbia University. He is also a member of the planning committee of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy.

David Michaels, PhD, MPH, contributed to The Pump Handle before he began serving as United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Browse David’s posts here.

Celeste Monforton, MPH, DrPH works for the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She worked at the US Department of Labor’s OSHA (1991-1995) as a policy analyst, and at MSHA (1996-2001) as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor. Most recently, she served as senior investigator with J. Davitt McAteer for the Governor of West Virginia’s special inquiry into the January 2006 Sago Mine disaster. Browse Celeste’s posts here.

Christina Morgan, MPH is a former researcher for the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. Having recently completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in health policy, she now works in international vaccine advocacy. Browse Christina’s posts here.

David Ozonoff, MD, MPH, is Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ozonoff was the first chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health, and held that position from 1983-2003. He directs the Superfund Basic Research Program at Boston University. He is a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. His research is in the area of environmental epidemiology. Browse David’s posts here.

Nalini Padmanabhan is a second-year graduate student at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. A recipient of GWU’s Prevention and Community Health Research Fellowship, she will be graduating in May 2009 with an MPH in Public Health Communication & Marketing and a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy. She plans to specialize in using writing and the mass media to communicate health information and scientific breakthroughs to the public. Browse Nalini’s posts here.

Revere is a senior public health scientist and one of the contributors to Effect Measure, a public health blog in the ScienceBlogs community. The Effect Measure editors use the name “Revere” to keep their online and public lives separate thus allowing maximum freedom of expression, and to honor Paul Revere, the first citizen member of the US’s first local Board of Health (Boston, 1799). Browse Revere’s posts here.

Anthony Robbins, MD, MPA, is Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine and Co-editor, Journal of Public Health Policy. Dr. Robbins served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of Tufts University School of Medicine from 1999-2002. He has directed the Vermont Department of Health, the Colorado Department of Health, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the US National Vaccine Program. He was President of the American Public Health Association, and for five years he edited Public Health Reports, the scientific journal of the US Public Health Service. He is a member of the planning committee of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP).

Michael Silverstein, MD, MPH is a Clinical Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He has served as Assistant Director for Industrial Safety and Health with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (1997 – 2005); Director of Policy for the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (1993 – 1995); and Assistant Director for the Occupational Health and Safety Department of the United Automobile Workers Union in Detroit, Michigan (1976 – 1990). Dr. Silverstein received his MD from Stanford Medical School, MPH from the University of Michigan, and AB from Harvard College. He is board certified as a specialist in occupational health and has also practiced family medicine. Browse Mike’s posts here.

Susan Wood, PhD, is a Research Professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services; she works on the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) and serves on the board of Scientists and Engineers for America. Dr. Wood served as Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Women’s Health at the FDA (2000 – 2005); Director of the Division of Policy and Program Development at the Office of Women’s Health, U.S Department of Health & Human Services (1995 – 2000); and as Deputy Director/Science Advisor for the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues (1990 – 1995). She also carried out basic research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1989-1990). She has a background in biology and specializes in women’s health policy issues. View Susan’s posts here.

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