Staff Awards & Honors
Justin Teeguarden on NRC Nanomaterial Report Committee
Dr. Justin Teeguarden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is a member of a National Research Council committee that recently issued a widely publicized report describing serious weaknesses in the U.S. government's plan for research on the potential health and environmental risks posed by nanomaterials. The committee emphasized that an effective national plan for identifying and managing potential risks is essential to the successful development and public acceptance of nanotechnology-enabled products. Nanomaterials are increasingly being used in consumer goods and industry because their size (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) gives them unique physical, chemical and biological properties.
The report "Review of the Federal Strategy to Address Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials" was released December 10, 2008. Teeguarden, who leads research related to computational dosimetry of nanomaterials and health effects at PNNL, joined the committee in May 2008. He leads research related to computational dosimetry of nanomaterials and health effects and has a background in pharmacokinetics, including modeling and risk assessment.