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Environmental Factor, May 2012

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Former NTP counselor named to California EPA post

By Eddy Ball

Gina Solomon, M.D.

Solomon is shown above at an NTP Board of Scientific Counselors meeting in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Former NTP advisor Gina Solomon, M.D., will assume a top post with the the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a California Newswire press release April 11. Solomon served on the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors from July 2008 through June 2011 and, since 1996, she has served as a senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an NIEHS Public Interest Partner.

Solomon who lives in San Francisco, was appointed deputy secretary for science and health at the California EPA by Governor Jerry Brown. Solomon has been the director of the occupational and environmental medicine residency program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) since 2008, and the associate director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit since 2003.

A strong advocate of environmental public health, Solomon is a longtime friend of NIEHS and a colleague of NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., who applauded the appointment.

“In the past, Gina and I have found ourselves on the same side of the microphone, testifying on the health risks posed by environmental exposures to chemicals,” Birnbaum said. “I think Governor Brown made a great choice when he appointed her to the California EPA, and I have confidence that Gina will do her part to use California’s substantial influence, as what amounts to the world’s eighth largest economy, to help improve public health nationwide.”

The appointment is the latest in a series of public service positions Solomon has held on the state and national levels. She has served on the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program since 2007 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board since 2011. She has also been a member of two committees for the National Academy of Sciences.

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