Environmental Protection

Nominee Tapped for EPA Office of Research and Development

President Obama has nominated Thomas A. Burke, Ph.D., MPH, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to fill the vacant assistant administrator position.

President Obama this week nominated Thomas A. Burke, Ph.D., MPH, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to fill the vacant assistant administrator position in charge of EPA's Office of Research and Development. If confirmed, Burke would be replacing Paul T. Anastas, who resigned more than a year ago.

Anastas, known as the "father of green chemistry," served as assistant administrator for two years. He returned to his teaching position at Yale University's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

Burke is associate dean for Public Health Practice and Training and a professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, with joint appointments in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the School of Medicine Department of Oncology. He is also Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, according to information about him that is available at the department's website.

The Office of Research and Development is the scientific research arm of EPA.

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