PSE Advisory Council


Jerry Acton, MS

Jerry Acton earned his BS in aeronautical engineering from the US Naval Academy in 1971 and his MS in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University in 1973.  He went on to become a Tactical Coordinator & Mission Commander of a Navy P3-C patrol plane, logging 2500 flight hours on missions throughout the Pacific.  After leaving the Navy in 1977, Jerry worked in Owego, NY for 31 years as a lead systems engineer, systems architect and senior technical staff member for IBM (16 years) and Lockheed Martin (15 years).  He was responsible for architecture, design and operational performance on a wide variety of large complex military, government and commercial systems. Jerry is now applying his system architect skills working with PSE's Renewable Energy Program to develop a comprehensive state-wide energy transition plan for New York State that achieves emissions reduction goals, renewables deployment goals, and efficiency goals. The plan contains quantitative hydro-electric, wind and solar potential for all 62 counties, and provides installation timelines for renewable energy systems and efficiency improvement technologies across all five sectors: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Transportation, and Electric Power.    


Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM

Dr. Michelle Bamberger is a researcher, author and veterinarian in private practice in Ithaca, NY and serves on the advisory board of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy. Dr. Bamberger received her DVM from Cornell University in 1985. Before attending Cornell, she earned her masters degree in pharmacology from Hahnemann University Medical College and then worked in equine research for two years at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. After graduating from Cornell, Dr. Bamberger studied at Oxford University and practiced small animal and exotic medicine and surgery in both Massachusetts and New York. Before opening Vet Behavior Consults in 2002, Dr. Bamberger returned to Cornell for training in the field of behavior medicine as a Visiting Fellow. She has a special interest in educating the public on veterinary topics and has taught adult education courses and written two books on the topic of first aid. Dr. Bamberger investigates the links between human and animal health and unconventional fossil fuel extraction, and has coauthored articles and a book on this subject.


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Michel Boufadel, PhD, PE, P.Hydro

Michel Boufadel is Director for the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection, professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark College of Engineering), Professional Engineer, andProfessional Hydrologist accredited by the American Institute of Hydrology. As an expert in the field of oil spill research, he currently serves on the National Research Council (National Academies) Committee on the long term impact of the DWH Blowout. He also recently served on the EPA Science Advisory Boar`d for natural gas extraction from shale formations. Boufadel's projects include floodplain delineation for FEMA and predicting contamination in urban streams, evaluation of oil biodegradation in the Gulf of Mexico beaches following the DWH blowout (Report of the Operation Science Advisory Team), and natural gas extraction from shale formations.  Boufadel has more than 80 refereed articles in publications such as Nature, Geoscience, Water Resources Research, Environmental Science and Technology, and Marine Pollution Bulletin.

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Stefan Bringezu, PhD

Stefan Bringezu is Director at the Wuppertal Institute, heading the Research Groupon Material Flows and Resource Management, and Professor for SustainableResource Management at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) at University of Kassel where he also co-chairs the Sustainable ResourcesFutures group. Biologist by training, PhD in ecosystems analysis. He worked onchemicals assessment, supply systems and environ­mental planning; lecturedat several universities, initiated scientific networks (ConAccount, cofounder ofISIE), and pioneered on methods such as MFA and derived indicators; memberof various advisory boards, Member of the International Resource Panel (co-chairworking group land and soil); his main subject is the analysis of the socio-industrialmetabolism and related land use and the instruments to sustain resource supply, useand waste management. Stefan Bringezu authored many scientific publications.including Sustainable Resource Management - Global Trends, Visions and Policies. Greenleaf Publishers, Sheffield. 


David R. Brown, ScD

David Brown is the Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc. He is the past Chief of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health in Connecticut and was previously Associate Professor of Toxicology at Northeastern College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. He also served as Deputy Director of the Public Health Practice Group of Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brown graduated from Cornell University in Biochemistry, received his MS from the University of California In Environmental Health, and his ScD from Harvard School of Public Health in Toxicology.



Robert Harrison, MD, MPH

Robert Harrison is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  He earned his BA degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; his MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York; and his MPH degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include effective public health methods for the collection and analyses of workplace injury and illness data; investigation of new and emerging occupational diseases; and the prevention of work-related fatalities. In 1984, he founded and directed the UCSF Occupational Health Services, where he has diagnosed and treated thousands of cases of workplace injury and disease.  He served as the first physician appointed to the California Safety and Health Standards Board, and as President of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Dr. Harrison is Associate Director of the UCSF Occupational Medicine Residency Program, and supervises students in nursing, industrial hygiene and public health at both UCSF and UC Berkeley. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, and is currently a member of the NIOSH World Trade Center Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. He has authored/co-authored more than 75 refereed publications, book chapters, and government reports.  He is currently co-editing one of the major texts in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.


Thomas E. McKone, PhD

Thomas E. McKone has recently retired from his positions as a senior staff scientist and Deputy for Research in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and as a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Since October 2015 he has been retired on a part-time basis to continue his research leadership efforts at LBNL and his student mentoring at UC Berkeley. McKone's research interests are in the development, use, and evaluation of models and data for human-health and ecological risk assessments and in the health and environmental impacts of energy, industrial, and agricultural systems. McKone has served on the US EPA Science Advisory Board, worked with several World Health Organization committees, and been a member of numerous National Academy of Sciences committees. He now serves on the National Academies Board on Environmental Science and Toxicology. He is a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and a former president of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES). Dr. McKone has been active for more than two decades in the development and application of life-cycle impact assessment to energy systems and to product-service systems. He earned his PhD in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 



Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH

Rachel Morello-Frosch is professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Her research examines race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the United States. A focus of her current work is assessing the relationship between social inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors may interact with chemical exposures to amplify pollution/health outcome relationships and produce environmental health inequalities.  Much of her work has examined this question in the context of ambient air pollution and indoor chemical exposures, prenatal exposures and effects on birth outcomes and children's health, often using community-based participatory research approaches for data collection and risk communication. As part of this work she explores the scientific challenges and bioethical considerations associated with exposure assessment and chemical biomonitoring research in economically and racially marginalized communities.  She has also examined ways in which measures of material deprivation (e.g. poverty) and social inequality (e.g. racial residential segregation) may modify observed relationships between pollution exposures and poor perinatal outcomes such as low birth weight and risk of preterm delivery.  Finally, in collaboration with scientific colleagues and regulatory scientists, she has worked to develop scientifically valid and transparent tools for assessing the cumulative impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors to advance regulatory decision-making and environmental policy in ways that address the disparate impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors in vulnerable communities.  She is assessing the application of these methods for implementation of climate change policies in California. Her work is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Science Foundation, US EPA, California Air Resources Board, California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Wellness Foundation, and the California Endowment, among others.  She has published widely in the environmental health, social science, public health and risk assessment fields



Robert E. Oswald, PhD

Dr. Oswald received his Ph.D from Vanderbilt University in Biochemistry studying the effects of toxins on proteins in the central nervous system. He did postdoctoral studies as a Muscular Dystrophy and Collège de France Fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris before joining the faculty of Cornell University in 1981. While on sabbatical leave from Cornell, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oxford (1988-1989) and a Guggenheim Fellow at Harvard Medical School (1994-1995).  Dr. Oswald is currently a Professor of Molecular Medicine in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and a Faculty Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. His work on the effects of drugs and toxins on the structure and function of central nervous system proteins has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He is currently director of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program at Cornell. Dr. Oswald has served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health and is on the editorial board of Molecular Pharmacology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.







Jerome Paulson, MD

Jerome A. Paulson, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the GW School of Public Health & Health Services. He is the Medical Director for National & Global Affairs of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at the Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Paulson is the director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment (MACCHE) and of the Environmental Health Track at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Dr. Paulson is the chairperson of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Dr Paulson helped organize and was a presenter at a panel on Unconventional Gas Extraction at the 2011 American Public Health Association meeting. He helped organize and was the lead-off speaker at the 2012 conference on the Public Health Aspects of Shale Gas Extraction jointly sponsored by Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy and MACCHE. He also was an invited panelist at the May 2012 meeting on unconventional gas extraction organized by the George Washington University School of Public Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.


Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH

Dr. Pouné Saberi is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician and has more than ten years of clinical experience as a primary care doctor and public health specialist. She serves on the Philadelphia chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, is a member of Climate 911 and volunteers as a content advisor for the organization Protecting Our Waters. She is currently working on several projects related to health and hydro fracturing operations in the Marcellus Shale funded by Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at University of Pennsylvania.

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