Michael C. Newman
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA
Title : The Need for Innovation in Environmental Toxicology
Abstract :

The maturation of environmental toxicology as a science requires an insightful balance of innovation and retention of sound concepts upon which regulations are based. This talk highlights the increasingly urgent need to re-examine some existing ideas and methods while carefully preserving the regulatory and risk assessment frameworks built upon them. Environmental toxicology will be examined in a general context, suggesting how best to decide what does or does not need changing, and how to best implement change. Then two examples will be discussed to illustrate difficulties that can only be resolved by innovation.

Biography :

Michael C. Newman is currently the M. Marshall Acuff, Jr. Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary’s School of Marine Science where he also served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1999 to 2002. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His research interests include quantitative ecotoxicology, environmental statistics, risk assessment, population effects of contaminants, metal chemistry, and bioaccumulation and biomagnification modeling. In addition to more than 115 articles, he authored 5 books and edited another 5 books on these topics. A Mandarin translation of his Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology is available from Chemical Industry Press (Beijing) and a Turkish translation will be available in 2012. Mandarin translation of his marine risk assessment book will appear in 2010. He taught at universities throughout the world including the University of California – San Diego, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, College of William and Mary, Jagiellonian University (Poland), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Joensuu (Finland), University of Technology – Sydney (Australia), University of Hong Kong, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany) and Royal Holloway University of London (UK). He served numerous international, national, and regional organizations including the OECD, US EPA Science Advisory Board, US EPA ECOFRAM, US EPA STAA, and the US National Academy of Science NRC. In 2004, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry awarded him its Founder's Award, "the highest SETAC award, given to a person with an outstanding career who has made a clearly identifiable contribution in the environmental sciences."

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