External Advisory Committee

The Brown Superfund Research Program External Advisory Committee (EAC) exists to provide guidance to the center director related to:

  • the scientific merit of the research
  • the relevance and importance of the individual components to the goals of the Center
  • the integration of research across disciplines
  • the effectiveness of research translation activities in linking projects and stakeholders
  • the appropriateness of community engagement and training activities

Our current EAC members are: 

David Sherr Director of the Immunology Training Program and the Superfund Research Program and Professor of Environmental Health and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Sherr’s laboratory has conducted research on how common environmental pollutants, such as dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and PCBs, adversely affect the growth and behavior of several different types of normal and malignant cells. Dr. Sherr came to BUSPH from the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he had earlier been a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Nobel Laureate Baruj Benacerraf. The Sherr Laboratory is funded by research grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the NIH Superfund Basic Research Program, and the Art BeCAUSE breast cancer foundation. Dr. Sherr is a member of the Amyloid Treatment Research Program, the BU Cancer Center, the Hematology/Oncology Training Program, and the BU Hormone-dependent Cancer Center. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Linda McCauley Dean of the Nell Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. McCauley is a national leader in the area of research on environmental exposures and conducts interdisciplinary research using participatory research models to study pesticide exposures among minority communities. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations, including workers and young children. Dr. McCauley has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. McCauley held academic appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S.N. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s in nursing from Emory University. She completed her Ph.D. in environmental health at the University of Cincinnati.

Vicki Grassian Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography; distinguished chair of Physical Chemistry; and co-director, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Grassian's primary research interests include surface chemistry of environmental interfaces, nanotoxicity, climate impact of atmospheric aerosols, and environmental aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Dr. Grassian is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and AVS, a Society for the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing. She has received numerous awards for her research including the National ACS Award for Creative Advances in Science and Technology (2012), and the RSC John Jeyes Award (2014). Dr. Grassian earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley.

Kurt Pennell Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow at Tufts University. His research focuses on fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials and non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in the subsurface; development and testing of in situ remediation technologies including thermal treatment, surfactant flushing and bioremediation; relationship between chronic exposure to persistent organic pollutants and human health; oxidative stress and neurodegenerative disease; and analysis of neuroactive steroids and their relationship to seizure frequency during pregnancy. Dr. Pennell is a member of the environmental health and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering research groups in CEE and is an investigator in the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory at Tufts University and the Parkinson's Disease Collaborative Environmental Research Center (PD-CERC) at Emory University. Dr. Pennelll earned his Ph.D. from University of Florida.