Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Safety Culture in Academic Laboratories

Study Director:


Dr. H. Holden Thorp - (Chair)
Washington University in St. Louis

Holden Thorp obtained his B.S. in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986, his PhD in chemistry from Caltech in 1989, and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University. He came back to UNC-Chapel Hill as assistant professor in 1993. In July 2008, he became the 10th chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill. On July 1, 2013, he became the provost, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and distinguished professor of chemistry and medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Thorp serves on the national Commission on Higher Education Attainment, which was created by the six presidentially based higher education associations to chart a course for improving college retention and attainment and, in turn, restoring the nation's higher education preeminence. He is also on the national Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. Under Thorp's leadership, UNC launched "Innovate@Carolina: Important Ideas for a Better World," a roadmap for innovation in science, business, medicine, nonprofits and academia. He serves on the president's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which held its first national forum in Chapel Hill, and co-authored "Engines of Innovation -- The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century," a UNC Press book that makes the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. He has published 130 scholarly articles on the electronic properties of DNA and RNA, holds 12 issued U.S. patents and co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which is developing drugs for prostate cancer and fungal infections. In 2012, Thorp was selected a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a nonprofit organization that recognizes investigators who translate their research findings into inventions to benefit society.


Dr. David M. DeJoy - (Vice Chair)
University of Georgia

David DeJoy (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion and Behavior and Director Emeritus of the Workplace Health Group in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Dr. DeJoy has over thirty years of experience in workplace safety and health as a researcher, instructor, and consultant. His areas of research include: safety climate/culture, work organization, safe work practices, risk communication, and theory-based intervention design/intervention effectiveness. He has published approximately 120 scientific articles and book chapters and he has presented over 200 papers at scientific and professional meetings. Editorial board service includes Safety Science, the Journal of Safety Research, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the National Safety Council Press. Honors include the Liberty Mutual Prize for research in occupational safety and ergonomics, the Liberty Mutual Medal for research in occupational safety and ergonomics, and the Williams A Owens Award for research in the social-behavioral sciences. Extramural funding for his research has come from CDC, FEMA, NIH, and NIOSH. Dr. DeJoy has served on numerous expert panels, review committees, and advisory panels at the national and international levels.


Dr. John E. Bercaw
California Institute of Technology

John Bercaw received his B. S. degree from North Carolina State University in 1967, his Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in 1971, and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at the California Institute of Technology as an Arthur Amos Noyes Research Fellow in 1972, and in 1974 he joined the professorial ranks, becoming Professor of Chemistry in 1979. From 1985 to 1990 he was the Shell Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and in 1993 he was named Centennial Professor of Chemistry. Bercaw has been a Seaborg Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2004), the Robert Burns Woodward Visiting Professor at Harvard University (1999), The George F. Baker Lecturer at Cornell University (1993), Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1990), and a Royal Society of Chemistry Guest Research Fellow at Oxford University (1989-1990). From 2009-2012 he was also KFUPM Visiting Chair Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He has served on numerous panels for the Department of Energy and the National Research Council, and beginning in 1999 has been a member of the Science and Technology Committees for national laboratories: Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore National Security. Bercaw is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1986, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1990), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Chicago in 2001. He has received the American Chemical Society awards in Pure Chemistry (1980), for Organometallic Chemistry (1990), for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (1997), the George A. Olah Award for Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry (1999), and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2000). He held the Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1992, received the Basolo Medal (Northwestern, 2005), and the Bailar Medal (University of Illinois, 2003). His research interests are in synthetic, structural and mechanistic organotransition metal chemistry. Investigations include catalysts for polymerization of olefins, investigations of hydrocarbon hydroxylation with transition metal complexes, and the development of catalysts for syngas and light alkane conversions to chemicals and fuels. He has published over 285 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


Dr. Andrew Imada
A.S. Imada & Associates

Andrew Imada specializes in human and organizational change. He works with people and organizations to change their safety cultures, respond to scalability demands, implement enterprise resource planning systems, and survive generational transitions. He teaches them to achieve these successes by balancing productivity, safety, quality, and human needs. Dr. Imada has provided consulting services to a wide range of clients including: AT&T, Aramark, British Columbia Telephone, Chevron Products Company, Chevron Production Company, Hamersley Iron, Iron Mountain, Los Angeles Dodgers, NASA, PG&E, Sheraton Hotels, Pacific Coast Building Products, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Southern Wine and Spirits, U.S. Army, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. He served as Senior Scientific Advisor for the Steelcase User Center Design Group and worked on projects advising the National Research Council, International Labour Office, and the University of California. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. From 2009-2012 he served as the President of the International Ergonomics Association, which represents 49 federated societies and more than 25,000 ergonomists. Dr. Imada won the 1998 Liberty Mutual Prize and the 2000 Liberty Mutual Medal in international competitions for occupational safety and ergonomics research. Dr. Imada was a Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Sciences at the University of Southern California for 19 years. He also served as the Director of the USC Safety Science Center and the International Distance Learning Liaison at the USC Center for Scholarly Technology. He has published extensively and edited a book entitled, "Participatory Ergonomics." He was a visiting scholar at Lulea University in Sweden taught graduate courses on participatory strategies for improving safety, ergonomics and productivity. Dr. Imada serves on the National Research Council's Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI). He served on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Applied Psychology and is a technical reviewer for professional journals. He served as a director on the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association. Dr. Imada received a Rotary Foundation International Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Sussex in England. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and minored in business from the University of San Francisco and his masters and doctoral degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from The Ohio State University.


Dr. Karlene H. Roberts
University of California, Berkeley

Karlene Roberts is a Professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at Berkeley. Roberts earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She also received the docteur honoris causa from the Universite Paul Cezanne (Aix Marseilles III). Since 1984 Roberts has investigated the design and management of organizations and systems of organizations in which error can result in catastrophic consequences. She has studied both organizations that failed and those that succeed in this category. Some of the industries Roberts has worked in are the military, commercial marine transportation, healthcare, railroads, petroleum production, commercial aviation, banking, and community emergency services.


Dr. Bradley L. Pentelute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bradley Pentelute joined the MIT Chemistry faculty in July 2011 after a three-year postdoctoral appointment in the group of Prof. R. John Collier. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Stephen Kent at the University of Chicago. Research in the Pentelute lab entails the use of chemical methods to understand the biological properties of virulence factors and mirror image proteins. The use of chemical methods to investigate proteins is advantageous because the molecule can be tailored at will. Each project includes the chemical tailoring of protein molecules and each analogue will be characterized by modern biophysical techniques including single-molecule electrophysiology, EPR, protein X-ray crystallography, protein NMR, and biological mass spectrometry. The synthetic protein molecules are studied in biological contexts that range from in vitro and in vivo environments.


Dr. Joseph M. Deeb
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Joseph Deeb holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering specializing in Human Factors/Ergonomics. Joe is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a Registered Member of the Ergonomics Society of the UK (M.Erg.S.). Joe has Over 27 years of both academic and industry experience. He has been with ExxonMobil for 20 years. Joe's role is the Human Factors Advisor and Lead in the ExxonMobil Human Factors Center of Excellence (HFCOE). The Human Factors Center of Excellence (HFCOE) provides leadership in the effective use of human factors and SSH&E Leadership to achieve outstanding SSH&E and operational performance. The HFCOE proactively identify risks and associated control practices across business functions / operations. Joe will be able to use and share his expertise in both the Human Factors/Ergonomics and Risk Perception/Risk Tolerance areas to apply in the development of systems and guidance to improve safety performance in research laboratories. In addition, the application of Risk Perception/Risk Tolerance techniques will effectively engage individuals to identify, evaluate and execute safe behavior as well as, the ability to approach others (during a safe/unsafe behavior) and reporting.


Dr. Theodore G. Goodson, III
University of Michigan

Theodore Goodson III received his B. A. in 1991 from Wabash College and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Oxford, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1998. In 2004 he moved to the University of Michigan as Professor of Chemistry. In 2008 he was appointed as the Richard Barry Bernstein Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goodson's research centers on the investigation of nonlinear optical and energy transfer in organic multi-chromophore systems for particular optical and electronic applications. His research has been translated in to technology in the areas of two-photon organic materials for eye and sensor protection, large dielectric and energy storage effects in organic macromolecular materials, and the detection of energetic (explosive) devices by nonlinear optical methods. He has investigated new quantum optical effects in organic systems which have applications in discrete communication systems and sensing. Goodson's lab was also the first to investigate the fundamental excitations in small metal topologies which are now candidates for tissue and other biological imaging. In 2009 he founded Wolverine Energy Solutions and Technologies Inc. a start-up company with contracts to produce high energy density capacitors for military, automotive, and medical devices. The company also developed a new system for the detection of IEDs remotely with one of the patents award Goodson at the U of Michigan. Dr. Goodson's awards include Distinguished University Faculty Award, the National Science Foundation American Innovation Fellowship, Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award, Burroughs Welcome Fund Award, American Chemical Society Minority Mentorship Award, University Faculty Recognition Award, College of Science Teaching Award, and a National Academy of Sciences Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Goodson has been a Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2007. Professor Goodson has been an active member of both the undergraduate admissions committee and recruiting committees for the University of Michigan and also serves with the college to enhance efforts of mentoring through-out the university in particular for mentoring students of diverse backgrounds. He has served on the Committee of Institutional Cooperation and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of AAAS. Dr. Goodson has published over 110 scientific publications and more than 150 invited talks.




Dr. Robert G. Bergman
University of California, Berkeley

Robert Bergman completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Carleton College in 1963 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1966 under the direction of Jerome A. Berson. Bergman spent 1966-67 as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Fellow in Ronald Breslow's laboratories at Columbia, and following that began his independent career at the California Institute of Technology. He accepted an appointment as professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in July 1977, and moved his research group to Berkeley about a year later. In 2002 he was appointed Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor. He has received a number of national awards and has co-authored more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Bergman was trained as an organic chemist and spent the first part of his independent career studying reaction mechanisms that involve unusually reactive molecules, such as 1,3-diradicals and vinyl cations. In 1972 he discovered a transformation of ene-diynes that was later identified as a crucial DNA-cleaving reaction in several antibiotics that bind to nucleic acids. In the mid-1970s Bergman's research broadened to include organometallic chemistry, which led to contributions to the development and study of the reaction mechanisms of migratory insertion and oxidative addition reactions, the chemistry of new dinuclear complexes, and the investigation of organometallic compounds having metal-oxygen and -nitrogen bonds. He is probably best known for his discovery of the first soluble organometallic complexes that undergo intermolecular insertion of transition metals into the carbon-hydrogen bonds of alkanes. Most recently he has been involved in collaborative studies with colleagues at Berkeley and elsewhere that include applications of catalytic C-H activation reactions in organic synthesis, reactions catalyzed by supramolecular systems, the chemistry of complexes bearing metal-heteroatom single and multiple bonds, and methods for the conversion of polyhydroxy compounds into materials currently derived from petroleum.


Dr. Alice M. Young
Texas Tech University

Alice Young is Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Psychology at Texas Tech University (TTU) and of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. As Associate Vice President for Research, she works with TTU responsible research committees and the TTU Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Before joining the Texas Tech University System in 2004, Dr. Young was Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University, where she served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Science from 1996-2004. Her research and teaching focus on behavioral and brain processes involved in the actions of psychoactive drugs, with over 20 years of NIH support for studies of drug tolerance and dependence. Her professional service has included service as Associate Editor of Behavioural Pharmacology and The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as a member of ADAMHA and NIH review panels, and as a member of Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association and the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Dr. Young earned a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received postdoctoral training in pharmacology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Dr. Jennifer M. Schomaker
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Schomaker is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she began her independent career in 2009. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University while she was employed at the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. Her early research at Dow in the Organic Chemicals and Polymer Laboratory involved the development of biocatalytic methods for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure monomers. She then moved to the Agricultural Chemicals Process Research group where she participated in the route selection and scale-up campaigns for two new herbicides. After leaving Dow Chemical, Jennifer began her doctoral studies at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Professor Babak Borhan, focusing on new methodologies for the preparation of heterocycles, as well as the total syntheses of the haterumalides. After completing her Ph.D. in 2006, she moved to Berkeley as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Professor Robert G. Bergman, collaborating with Professor F. Dean Toste on the development of cobalt dinitrosoalkane complexes to enable the mild functionalization of the C-H bonds of alkenes. Her work at UW-Madison is centered on the development of new methods for the mild functionalization of hydrocarbons using first-row and coinage metal catalysts.


Ms. Kimberly B. Jeskie
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kimberly Jeskie is the Directorate Operations Manager for Facilities and Operations and the Director of the Integrated Operations Support Division for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She has 22 years of experience at ORNL, beginning her career as a research technician in Physical Organic Chemistry. Over the years, she has held several roles within the areas of environmental protection, waste management, radiological control, facility management, performance assessment, training and safety all in direct support to the research community. Kim has been trained in the principles of accident investigation and human performance fundamentals and has participated in and led a number of event investigations within ORNL and at other Department of Energy facilities. In her current role, she is responsible for the work planning and hazards analysis systems and tools utilized by both principal investigators and operations personnel across ORNL. The Integrated Operations Support Division, which she directs, also provides the systems, tools and performance analysis for ensuring integrated facilities management at the Laboratory. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Cumberland College and a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Occupational Safety and Health Management from Tulane University. She is the 2013 Past Chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and an Associate with the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, heading the task force creating guidance on hazards analysis techniques that can be applied in the research environment.