SESHA 2018 Speaker Biography

Craig Rowlands, Laura Hodson, John Baker, Scott Tenenbaum
Senior Scientist Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Laura Hodson, MSPH, CIH, FAIHA Coordinator Nanotechnology Research Center, Education and Information Division National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Laura Hodson is the Coordinator of NIOSH’s nanotechnology research center. She is certified in the practice of industrial hygiene and has a BS in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, and a MSPH in Industrial Hygiene. Laura has over 30 years of chemistry and industrial hygiene experience including the evaluation of nanomaterial facilities, and is the document manager of several NIOSH nanotechnology guidance documents including Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology. She is a co-recipient of the AIHA 2015 Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award for the Nano field team efforts, and an active member of the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group. Laura is a former laboratory director and chemical hygiene officer of an AIHA accredited laboratory located at RTI International and is a former member of the AIHA laboratory and lead accreditation committees. Laura has also been providing a PDC on good risk management practices of nanomaterials at the AIHce since 2008 John Baker, CIH, MS, MBA, FAIHA Principal Consultant at BSI EHS Services and Solutions (formerly EORM) • John Baker, CIH is a Principal Consultant for BSI EHS Services and Solutions. He holds a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and has performed graduate work in Biophysics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. John has over 40 years of experience in industrial hygiene and environmental management and consulting. He served as Deputy Director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice University, one of the original six National Science Foundation funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers. John has completed a number of exposure assessments for carbon nanotubes resulting in a quantitative assessment of risk for protection of employees and the public. He received ABIH Certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene in 1978 and became an AIHA Registered Professional in SDS/Label Authoring in 2012. Mr. Baker is the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Nanotechnology Working Group, a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers Industrial Hygiene Special Interest Group, and a technical member of ASTM Committee E56 on Nanotechnology. Mr. Baker’s main professional interest is in exposure assessment and hazard communication related to nanomaterials. Craig Rowlands, Ph.D., DABT Sr. Scientist at UL • Dr. Craig Rowlands is a Senior Scientist for Innovation at Underwriters laboratories, Supply Chain & Sustainability. He is an industry leader with expert knowledge in scientifically sound product safety assessments towards enhancing sustainability and reducing environmental, health & safety risks. He has successful record ensuring organizations achieve their sustainability performance goals through collaborating, partnering and impacting internal R&D programs, government agencies, regulatory authorities, technical- and trade-associations, non-governmental organizations, and universities. Dr. Rowlands has published over 80 articles and book chapters and edited several reports in toxicology and risk assessment. He has served as President of the Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), Chair of the SOT Continuing Education Committee, and Co-Chair for the American Chemistry Council\'s Computational Profiling Work Group of the Health, Products and Science Policy Committee. He served on international expert committees including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) projects on Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) and Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs). He has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), Co-Chair of the ILSI-HESI project Framework for Intelligent Non-Animal Methods for Safety Assessment and serves as co-chair of the SOT, Current Concepts in Toxicology Committee. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology and has been awarded the Carl C. Smith award for meritorious research from the SSOT Mechanisms Specialty Section, and the 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award. Steve Tenenbaum, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Nanobioscience at SUNY Polytechnic Institute • Dr. Tenenbaum\'s research focuses on understanding some of the basic aspects of how the human genome works; specifically post-transcriptional gene regulation. At the SUNY-Poly College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, he has helped pioneer the Nanohealth and Safety initiative, which focuses on industry partnered approaches to Nano-related health and safety concerns. Along with his research team, Dr. Tenenbaum has also helped to advance cutting-edge technology and computer-based informatic approaches to studying RNA biology, specifically RNA-binding proteins, to aggressively study and better understand these molecules that regulate information contained in RNA. Dr. Tenenbaum\'s research methods also include working on Nano-based technology to make the research more robust. Dr. Tenenbaum is involved with HocusLocus Inc., and sxRNA Technologies, LLC, biotechnology based start-up companies that were spun-out of SUNY. sxRNA is a platform technology with many potential applications, including antiviral and cancer therapeutics