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Chambers assumes leadership roles
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- One Mississippi State University professor, already an international leader among her peers, is assuming responsibility for advising nationally in several aspects of toxicology, the environment and research funding decisions.
Dr. Jan Chambers, a professor in the Department of Basic Sciences in MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, serves as president of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, an international organization of 200 Fellows. Membership in the Academy is based on a strict peer review of applicants' credentials.
Chambers, a Giles Distinguished Professor at MSU, is serving in her first year of a four-year term on a Scientific Advisory Panel for the Environmental Protection Agency. The panel is mandated through EPA's Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Panel members offer advice to EPA regarding specific issues of pesticide regulation.
Chambers, the director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of three selected for the panel from 12 national nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
In addition to the EPA panel, Chambers is nearing the end of a six-year term as an adviser for the Emerging Issues Committee within the International Life Sciences Institute's Health and Environmental Sciences Institute. The institute is an industry-funded organization designed to obtain balanced opinions on science issues of relevance to the scientific community regarding chemical risk assessment and other issues of interest to the member companies.
Additionally, Chambers will serve for four years as a peer member of the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the institutes within the National Institutes of Health.
Chambers will be part of a committee that has primary responsibility for reviewing applications for centers, program projects, institutional training grants, manpower development programs and other specialized program applications. The applications will relate to expanding the basic understanding of how human health is adversely affected by the environment.
In addition to biannual meetings to review applications, the committee makes site visits to research facilities across the country each year.
Contact: Dr. Jan Chambers, (662) 325-3432