STPP strives to create an effective, balanced, prevention-based chemical policy. We are based in the UCLA School of Law and the School of Public Health, with affiliated members in a range of schools, departments, and programs at UCLA as well as collaborators from outside the University. Our goal is to promote public health and environmental protection by developing and promoting hazard identification methodologies, alternatives analysis techniques, and innovative chemicals policies to spread safer chemical manufacturing processes throughout the American marketplace. STPP brings together an innovative team of policy experts, faculty members and scientists in the fields of sustainable technology, public health, law, economics, and policy.
Our team includes:
MEMBERS (Instructional and Research Faculty at UCLA and other academic or research institutions):
Timothy Malloy, J.D. STPP Faculty Director. Professor, UCLA Law School. Professor Malloy is also a member of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and serves on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel. He has previously served on the California Chemicals Policy Advisory Committee for the California Policy Research Center. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, he was a U.S. EPA Assistant Regional Counsel. Professor Malloy’s research interests focus on the impact of environmental regulation on the diffusion of technology, the integration of pollution prevention, and the relationship between regulatory design and implementation and the structure of business organizations. He has engaged in extensive research and consulting regarding the diffusion of clean technology in the garment care industry.
John Froines, Ph.D. STPP Faculty Director. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Froines also served as the Chairman of California’s Scientific Review Panel, reviewing data on proposed toxic air contaminants to ensure the appropriate applications of science and risk assessment. Dr. Froines’ areas of expertise include chemical toxicology and exposure assessment. His research interests are diverse and include research regarding particulate air pollution and the qualitative and quantitative characterization of risk and mechanistic factors in occupational and environmental health. He has given special emphasis to hazard surveillance research and the use of chemical toxicology, biomarkers and toxic kinetics in the study of chemical carcinogenesis and cardiopulmonary endpoints. He has also conducted studies on the toxicity of arsenic, chromium and lead, and chaired the Subcommittee on Carcinogens for the National Toxicology Program.
Peter Sinsheimer, Ph.D., M.P.H. STPP Executive Director. Prior to his current position, Dr. Sinsheimer served for twelve years as the Director of the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. Since 1998, Dr. Sinsheimer has been the principal investigator for the Environmental Garment Care Demonstration Project, designed to identify and promote the diffusion of environmentally benign alternatives in dry cleaning. Dr. Sinsheimer's research interest focuses on methods for identifying safer substitutes, alternatives analysis, and regulatory policy reform.
Hilary Godwin, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Public Health, UCLA. Professor Godwin is nationally recognized for her work in the area of science education and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Professor Godwin’s research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of lead and the mechanisms by which nanoparticles are transported into and within cells. She is the Director of Outreach activities for the newly funded NSF Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology a collaborative effort between UCLA, UCSB and a broad range of researchers at other institutions both within and outside the University of California system.
Richard Jackson, M.D., M.P.H. Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA. Dr. Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. He chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. He did extensive work on pesticides in California, and has also focused on epidemiology, infectious diseases and toxicology. Over the past decade much of his work has focused on how the 'built environment' including how architecture and urban planning affect health. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects and has written and spoken extensively in the above areas. Currently, Dr. Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture. In addition, he is developing policy analyses in related areas, such as how farm, education, housing, and transportation policies affect health.
Charles Corbett, Ph.D. Professor of Operations Management and Environmental Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Chairman and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs (2009 through 2012). His current research focuses on environmental issues in business and operations management in entrepreneurial firms. He has published in academic and business journals in several countries, including Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Operations Research, Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production and Operations Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and others. His 2006 study on sustainability in the motion picture industry was featured in media outlets worldwide, including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Guardian, La Opinion, and various radio and TV stations. Before joining the Anderson School, Dr. Corbett was a Visiting Scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Sean Hecht, J.D. is the Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice at the UCLA School of Law. He co-directs the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and co-directs the activities of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, which include research and education on governance, regulation, and environmental policy. His current research interests and project topics include climate change’s relationship with the insurance sector, analysis of the cumulative environmental impacts of governmental decisions, regulation of stormwater runoff, and adapting resource management and government decisionmaking to changing climatic conditions. Prior to coming to UCLA, he practiced law in the private sector and as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice. He is Immediate Past Chair of the State Bar of California’s environmental law section, and works to build collaboration between academia and practicing environmental lawyers and policymakers.
Yang Yang, Ph.D. is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at UCLA. His major research interests are in the solar energy and highly efficient electronic devices. He has more than 200 referenced papers (including book chapters), 40 patents (filed or issued), and 120 invited talks. Since 2001, he has produced 20 PhD degrees, 6 MS degrees; among them, 6 of his PhDs have became faculty. His technology has enabled the formation of 4 startups, and two more opportunities are under preparation. Currently, he is also serving the Chief Scientist of Solarmer Energy Inc., the startup energy company from UCLA. He received the following awards and honors: NSF Career Award: 1998; 3M Young Investigator Award, 1998; Who is Who in America, (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000); Professional Development Award, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, (1991). He is also serving as the Director of the Center for Organic Opto-electronics Technologies, Zhejiang University, China.
Leeka Kheifets, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health. Most recently she was Head of the Radiation Studies Program at the World Health Organization. Previously she was a Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, where she directed a multi–disciplinary electric and magnetic fields (EMF) research program. She is widely known for her work in environmental and occupational epidemiology and has over 100 publications. Dr. Kheifets serves on international and national committees that provide advice to governments on environmental policy and was a member of the International Committee of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) and has served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Her research interests include epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as a methodologic research in risk assessment and policy development.
Vijay Gupta, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS (Post-doctoral research fellows, and Lecturers at UCLA or other academic or research institutions):
Abdon Sepulveda, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.
AFFILIATES (Individuals and Organizations, which include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private entities with interest in STPP):
Ann Blake, Ph.D. is an independent consultant working with governments, occupational health, public health and environmental advocates to find viable alternatives to toxic chemicals in manufacturing and consumer products. Dr. Blake's work covers toxics reduction strategies from product content screening and environmentally preferable purchasing to drafting local, national and international legislation and chemicals policies. Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for nine years at the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector, local agency trainer, and Pollution Prevention Coordinator.
STUDENT AFFILIATES (UCLA students who have a faculty sponsor who is a member of STPP):
Sarah Kobylewski, Ph.D. Candidate received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Cell and Structural Biology. She worked as a researcher for the US Army Corps of Engineers in an environmental chemistry lab before moving to California to attend graduate school. She joined the Molecular Toxicology PhD program at UCLA in 2006 and works in Dr. Curt Eckhert's lab. Her research is in understanding the mechanism of boric acid's inhibitory effects on prostate cancer. Sarah recently authored a report on the sweetening compound, Rebaudioside A, for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and was author on a publication in PLoS. She is currently working with STPP on a project evaluating pesticide approval in California.
Kristin Yamada, M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate earned her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2006 and her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA in 2008. She subsequently joined the Molecular Toxicology program and Curt Eckhert's lab in 2008 where she works on the mechanism of boron's anti-proliferative effects in prostate cancer cells. Kristin has the UC Toxic Substances Research and Training Program pre-doctoral fellowship in nanotoxicology where she works on risk assessment of nanomaterials. She is the student coordinator for the Leaders in Sustainability program at the IoES, . Kristin is currently working with STPP on a predictive toxicology project.
STPP is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, TCWF's mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
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