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Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC)

Homeland Security Subcommittee

The U.S. EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program provides scientific solutions that:

  • Improve water utilities’ abilities to prepare for and respond to incidents that threaten public health.
  • Advance EPA’s capabilities to respond to wide area chemical, biological or radiological contamination incidents, including those caused by natural disasters.

This research program strengthens the resiliency of our communities by providing water utility managers, on-scene coordinators, laboratory technicians, risk assessors, and emergency responders with the scientific tools; methodologies and technologies; and technical support to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from all environmental disasters.

Featured Research and Tools:

Subcommittee Members


Paula Olsiewski, PhD
Contributing Scholar 
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Vice Chair

Justin Teegaurden
Chief Science Officer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Charles Barton, PhD
Global Manager of Toxicology &
Risk Assessment
Valspar Corporation

Kari Cutting, MS
Vice President
North Dakota Petroleum Council

Shawn Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH
Dean of the School of Public Health
Texas A&M University

David Klein, PhD
Associate Professor
Texas Tech University

Edwin Roehl, MS
Chief Technical Officer
Advanced Data Mining

Robert Scudder, PhD, CIH,

Industrial & Occupational Risk Manager
Grand River Dam Authority

Michael  Wichman, PhD
Director, Arkansas Regional
U.S. Food and Drug
Administration - ORA  

Murray Cohen, PhD, MPH, CIH
Frontline Healthcare Workers
Safety Foundation, Ltd

Andrew DeGraca, PE
Water Quality Division Director
San Francisco Public Utilities

Edward Hackney
SUEZ (United Water)

Debra Reinhart, PhD
Associate Vice President for
Research and Scholarship
University of Central Florida

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD
Senior Associate
Center for Health Security,
Johns Hopkins University

Designated Federal Official (DFO)

Tom Tracy (
Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement
Office of Research and Development

Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC)