Vailas named to board
of toxic research center
Cougar News Services
A UH administrator has been recognized
by the U.S. House of Representatives.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) appointed
UH System Vice Chancellor for Research and Intellectual Property Management
and UH Vice
President for Research Arthur C. Vailas
to the Board of Directors of the Mickey Leland National Urban Toxics Research
Center. The center is based
in the Texas Medical Center.
"This honor from the House of Representatives
demonstrates the high degree of respect Arthur Vailas has earned not only
among his peers in the
academic and research communities, but
also from a broad spectrum of supporters of higher education," UH System
Chancellor and UH President
Arthur K. Smith said. "(He) has been instrumental
in developing UH as a focal point for research into environmental issues
confronting the city, the
state and the nation. This appointment
is confirmation that he, and the University of Houston, will play a major
role in determining how major urban
centers will improve air quality in the
years to come."
The non-profit research center develops
and supports research on potential risks to human health from exposure
to air toxins. Experts in academia,
industry and government designed the program,
which focuses on gathering scientific data to help the federal government
health public policy decisions.
The center, supported by the federal government
and private sector, has funded $10 million in research projects since '90,
executive director Craig S.
The nine-member board of directors is responsible
for approving scientific projects funded by the center and for overseeing
Three of the members are appointed by
the House of Representatives; three are appointed by the Senate; and one
by the president.
Vailas has also been awarded the UH International
Scholars Award; the Outstanding Science Achievement Award from NASA; has
been elected to
the NASA Life Sciences Advisory Subcommittee
and served as study section chairman of the American Institute for the
Biological Sciences on Space
Vailas has been at UH since '95. He earned
his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and his bachelor's degree from the
University of New Hampshire.