EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

By Erin Voegele | July 13, 2018

The U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, the SAB Drinking Water Committee and the Radiation Advisory Committee.

The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations to the EPA on the scientific bases for EPA’s actions and programs. According to the EPA, members of the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and behavioral and social scientists who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed to the SAB for a three-year term.

For the SAB, the EPA is seeking nominations for experts in a variety of scientific disciplines as they relate to human health and the environment, including analytical chemistry; benefit-cost analysis; causal inference; complex systems; ecological sciences and ecological assessment; economics; engineering; geochemistry; health sciences; hydrology; hydrogeology; medicine; microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; public health; risk assessment; social, behavioral and decision sciences; statistics; toxicology; and uncertainty analysis. The SAB office said it is especially interested in scientists in these disciplines who have knowledge and experience in  air quality; agricultural sciences; atmospheric sciences; benefit-cost analysis; complex systems; drinking water; energy and the environment; epidemiological risk analyses; water quality; water quantity and reuse; ecosystem services; community environmental health; sustainability; chemical safety; green chemistry; homeland security; and waste management.

For the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that impact farming and agriculture-related industries, the SAB office is seeking the nomination of scientists with expertise in agricultural science, including agricultural economics and valuation of ecosystem goods and services; agricultural chemistry; agricultural engineering; agronomy and soil science; animal science; aquaculture science; biofuel engineering; biotechnology; crop science and phytopathology; environmental chemistry; forestry; and hydrology.

Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 8. Appointments will be announced by the EPA administrator and are expected to be filled by the start of fiscal year (FY) 2019, which begins in October.

Additional information is available on the Federal Register website.