Rusyn Appointed to National Board on Environmental Studies, Toxicology

Dr. Ivan Rusyn in his lab
Dr. Ivan Rusyn

Dr. Ivan Rusyn, Texas A&M University Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS), has been appointed to the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) within the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The mission of BEST is to provide our nation with independent, objective advice and dialog on matters related to the impacts of human activities and environmental exposures on environmental quality and human health. BEST aids the federal government by evaluating environmental management options, developing visions and strategies for scientific research, conducting and reviewing chemical assessments, and more.

Rusyn, who also serves as director of the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center and chairs the Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, will work with his fellow board members to address scientific and technical issues of relevance to study sponsors and the nation.

Rusyn’s expertise in areas including toxicology and environmental sciences will be highly valuable to BEST, which typically addresses topics such as air and water pollution; solid and hazardous waste; toxicology; epidemiology; risk assessment; and environmental engineering, economics, law, and policy. Rusyn’s appointment will last for three years, until Nov. 30, 2022.

“I am humbled and honored to be invited to serve on BEST,” says Rusyn. “The Board plays a critical role in coordinating and directing a number of other committees and activities at the Academies that weigh in on some of the most impactful environmental and human health decisions.”

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world by helping shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

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