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Rebecca Fry picked as EPA adviser

The public health faculty member will serve on the agency’s Science Advisory Board and two advisory committees.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected professor Rebecca Fry of the Gillings School of Global Public Health to serve on three of its advisory groups. Fry will be a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and its Clean Air Scientific and Chemical Assessment advisory committees.

Fry is the Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor and interim chair of the school’s environmental sciences department.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan chose Fry and seven other new board members to bring a cross-selection of scientific disciplines and the experience needed to provide sound scientific advice to EPA leadership to help advance the agency’s mission.

“Everything we do at EPA must be grounded in the latest and best available science, adhering to the highest standard of scientific integrity,” says Regan. “The Science Advisory Board and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee will ensure that EPA continues to receive sound, independent science-based advice. I want to thank those members leaving SAB and CASAC for their outstanding service and welcome the newest members that will apply their widely respected and trusted expertise to our work to protect public health and our environment.”

The membership solicitation process resulted in 115 nominations for the SAB and eight CASAC nominations to fill the required slot for a member representing state air pollution control agencies. All candidates were evaluated by the Science Advisory Board Staff Office, which gave its recommendations to Regan for his consideration.

“I am honored to serve on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and look forward to providing my expertise to improve the environment,” says Fry.