Nominees for 2013 SETAC Asia Pacific Board of Directors Election
Prof. Jing You - Professor of Environmental Science, State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, China [Academia]
Jing You was born in China in 1974. She received her BSc from Changchun University of Science and Technology in 1996 and PhD in analytical chemistry from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2000. She became fascinated by ecological risk assessment studies when conducting her postdoctoral research with Dr Michael Lydy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After postdoctoral training, she has worked at University of Central Missouri as an assistant professor in environmental chemistry. Currently she is a professor of environmental science in the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, CAS. Her research interests are in interdisciplinary research linking chemistry techniques to their environmental applications with the objective of understanding the fate, bioavailability and effects of organic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. Recently her research focuses on bioavailability and toxicity of current-use pesticides in sediment. Identifying the principal cause of toxicity in the presence of multiple stressors using toxicity identification evaluation techniques is also of her special interest. She has been actively involved with SETAC in many ways including serving as an editorial board member for IEAM and ETC and the secretary general for the SETACAP 2010 meeting. She won the SETAC/RSC award in 2011.
Dr. Hongtao WANG – Founder and Consultant, IKE Environmental Technology Co. Ltd. and Associate Professor in College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, China [Business]
Hongtao WANG is the founder and a consultant of IKE Environmental Technology Co. Ltd., and also an associate professor in College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University. He has been working as the project leader in a number of scientific research projects on LCA and product LCA consultancy. He has been leading the development of Chinese LCA software (eBalance) and LCA database (Chinese Core Life Cycle Database, CLCD) which were the first indigenous tools available in China. He won the first place of UNEP/SETAC LCA Award in 2009 for the database research. The LCA weighting method he proposed, so-called ECER method, has been recommended by three departments of Chinese government for clean technology assessment. The research is also targeted at various LCA applications, such as environmental assessment of technology, eco-design, cleaner production, environmental production declaration, product carbon footprint etc., collaborated with industrial partners and certification agency, such as Lenovo, TetrePak, Intertek. He was the Chinese contact person for technical support in the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) and International Advisor of Ecoinvent. In collaboration with UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, he had successfully founded and organized the first two Chinese Conferences on Life Cycle Management (CLCM) in 2008 and 2009 and the workshop on Chinese LCA database in 2012. He is also the co-chair of the capacity building working area in UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative since 2010.
Dr. Noriyuki Suzuki – Head of Strategic Risk Management Research Section, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan [Government]
I am now appointed at the Center for Environmental Risk Research of National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, as a Section Head of Strategic Risk Management Research Section. I started my research work on the analysis of chlorination by-products in drinking water, aiming to identify the active compounds of mutagenicity. Then I moved to the research on dioxins to clarify the long-term fate of dioxins in multimedia environment by analytical and modeling methodologies in combination. At the current position in NIES, I developed spatially/temporally resolved and geo-referenced multimedia fate model G-CIEMS. Through those activities I learned fate and exposure sciences on dioxins, VOCs, nonylphenols and some others. Along with those research works, I have been involved in official risk assessment tasks, including dioxins, high production volume chemicals, mercury and pesticides. I also have been involved as a member in two Task Forces in OECD and several UNEP activities on POPs and mercury. Based on those experiences, I have always aware the importance of SETAC especially as scientific integration of academies, industry and government. I am very happy and honor to have an additional work in SETAC if possible and I am going to have my contribution based on my experiences of above described.
Dr. Kaimin Shih – Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China [Academia]
Dr. Kaimin Shih is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr. Shih received his M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Before joining HKU in 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford and has years of experience as a teaching assistant in environmental engineering courses at Stanford and its joint programs. Dr. Shih’s research work is mainly to engineer and employ material properties for innovative waste and water treatment applications. He is particularly interested in exploring the pollutant behavior on different material surfaces, and has conducted research projects related to perfluorinated pollutants, pesticides, water membrane materials, soil remediation, and sludge/ash management. Dr. Shih has published 50 SCI journal papers and more than 60 conference papers. He has also authored 5 book chapters and obtained 2 international patents. Dr. Shih’s research work has been highly valuated and successfully attracted 5 major competitive external grants as the PIs and a few others as the Co-Is in Hong Kong in the past few years. He is currently an Executive Committee Member of Hong Kong Waste Management Association, the Secretary/Treasurer of Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association, and also serves as editorial board members for 4 environmental-related scientific journals.
Prof. Barry Noller - Principal Research Fellow and Honorary Research Consultant, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Australia [Business]
Professor Barry Noller (CMLR) holds a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Tasmania (1978). He has worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and as Principal Environmental Chemist for the Department of Mines and Energy, Darwin. From 1998 to 2006 Barry was Deputy Director of the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox) at The University of Queensland. Since 2006 Barry has been appointed as Principal Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland. Professor Noller was Chairman Environment Division Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1993-1995 and President 1995-1996. He was a representative and executive member of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies 1986-2005 including Secretary-General 1989-1991, Co-ordinator of Projects 1991-1999, President-Elect 1999-2001, President 2001-2003 and elected as Fellow FACS in 2005. Professor Noller worked and published in the field of environmental chemistry and industrial toxicology for the past 39 years and has presented >350 conference papers and published >170 papers covering processes and fates of trace substances in the environment, particularly in tropical environmental systems with special reference to risk management associated with the bioavailability of toxic elements in mine wastes including waters. He has undertaken detailed studies of arsenic and metal speciation of solid mine waste materials using synchrotron induced X-ray analysis and has developed speciation-based toxicity models for mine closure purposes. His professional activities undertaken at four different centres have covered processes and fates of trace substances in the environment, particularly in tropical environmental systems with special reference to risk management associated with their application and studies of the bioavailability of toxic elements in mine wastes, including waters. He was appointed in 2007 as Lead Author of the Australian Government Sustainable Leading Practice Development Program for the Mining Industry Handbook on Cyanide Management. Professor Noller has been project leader of the Lead Pathways Study conducted for Xstrata Copper since 2007. The Land Report was released in 2009 and the Water Report in September 2012.
Prof. David Parry - Principal Advisor, Environment with Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation group, Australia [Business]
Building on 25 years of research experience in environmental analytical chemistry in northern Australia, David is the Principal Advisor – Environment with Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation group. David provides advice to Rio Tinto business units to identify, share and implement leading environmental practice. David is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University (CDU). He was a foundation member of staff and established the undergraduate programs in analytical, environmental and inorganic chemistry, and research programs in the fields of environmental and analytical chemistry. He was appointed Professor of Chemistry at CDU in 2006. Before joining Rio Tinto, David was the Science Leader and Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s Arafura Timor Research Facility in Darwin. He focussed on the establishment of research programs on estuarine and coastal marine processes in northern Australia; and the development of collaborative partnerships with government, university and industry. Until 2012 David was a Member of the Northern Territory EPA Board, Director of the North Australian Marine Research Alliance; Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee (DHAC) member; Northern Territory Land and Sea Management Board member; and a member of the Kakadu Research Advisory Committee. David was awarded Companion of the University in 2012 for his long term contribution to the development of Charles Darwin University and the advancement of environmental research. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Diploma of Education and PhD and has been a Member of SETAC since 1996 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.