SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced the approval of six new members to fill vacancies on its Research Screening Committee (RSC), an 11-member committee that provides guidance on the wide range of proposed and completed research projects relevant to CARB programs. Candidates were selected through a public nomination and application process and have demonstrated experience in one or more desired areas of expertise, including backgrounds as physicians, scientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, meteorologists and other subject matter experts.
The Board approved the following members:
Professor Aly M. Tawfik, PhD, PTP from California State University, Fresno
Professor Sam Silva, PhD from the University of Southern California
Director Bryan Hubbell, PhD from the US Environmental Protection Agency
Director Mary Prunicki, PhD from Stanford University’s Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research
Professor Francesca Hopkins, PhD from the University of California, Riverside
Professor Roya Bahreini, PhD from the University of California, Riverside
“These new members of our Research Screening Committee possess the knowledge necessary to help CARB’s research projects produce quality, worthwhile results that advance its mission to improve air quality, public health, environmental justice and tackle climate change,” said CARB’s Research Division Chief Elizabeth Scheehle.
CARB’s research program was established by the Legislature in 1971 and has formed the basis of CARB’s programs since its inception. The research program’s goals of informing health-based air quality standards, reducing air pollution exposures, and protecting California from the potential impacts of climate change have been met through a diverse portfolio of projects.
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.