Monday, July 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 157


 
 









 

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 make environmental
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.
Beskid said.

The nine-member board of directors is responsible for approving scientific projects funded by the center and for overseeing fundraising efforts.
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
Biology.

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.
 

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