Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, has been reappointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board effective immediately through Sept. 30, 2018.
Field brings expertise in radiation epidemiology and risk assessment to the board, whose members provide independent expert advice on technical issues underlying EPA policies and decision-making.
“Board members’ scientific and technical expertise, experience, and innovation play critical roles in the success of the EPA’s approach to effective environmental protection,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote in a letter to Field. “I rely on the board for the expert guidance that is essential to the EPA’s ability to protect public health and the environment.”
Bill Field, professor of occupational and environmental health and an expert on radon, recently met with scientists from the University of Pyeongtaek and several other South Korean Universities, as well as a representative from the South Korean Ministry of Environment, who oversees indoor air quality.
The group discussed indoor air quality issues including the development of a radon action level and a radon map for South Korea. The mission of the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea, is to protect the national territory from threats of environmental pollution and improve the quality of life for the public.
Even as an internationally acclaimed radiation expert, with an extensive list of appointments and teeming schedule to match, Dr. Bill Field maintains his commitment to students, workers and cancer sufferers. “A lot of times I get calls saying, ‘I have lung cancer and I never smoked,'” said Field, professor in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology. “It’s humbling that people come to me for that information.”
Field is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on radon, not only for his research into the radioactive gas, but because of his advocacy and outreach efforts.