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Earth Materials and Health: Research Priorities for Earth Science and Public Health
formation Systems in understanding infectious disease patterns. His planned future projects include work in clinical and genetic epidemiology. Dr. Mayer has a B.A. from the University of Rochester and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.
Jonathan Patz is associate professor of environmental studies and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a joint appointment with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He was formerly director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research activities are focused on the effects of climate change on head waves, air pollution and water- and vectorborne diseases, and the link between deforestation and resurgent diseases in the Amazon. He was cochair for the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Variability and Change health sector expert panel and convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. Patz holds joint faculty appointments with the Departments of Epidemiology, International Health, Microbiology, Medicine, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, and he is also an affiliate scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has medical board certification in both occupational/ environmental medicine and family medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.
Ian L. Pepper is director of both the Environmental Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation Water Quality Center, both at the University of Arizona. He is also a professor and research scientist with the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the molecular ecology of the environment. He is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, and the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Pepper has a B.Sc. from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain, and M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University.
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Bernard D. Goldstein (IOM) is dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Previously he served as director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint pro-