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UML Dean Named Chair of NIOSH Research Committee


LOWELL - The National Academy of Sciences has appointed David Wegman, dean of the School of Health and Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, chairman of a steering committee that will oversee a five-year effort to review research programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

"This task is partly in response to a need that all federal agencies have to evaluate their programs to make certain that their research is well targeted and that their results can have an impact on the population," Wegman said.  "I am honored to be selected." NIOSH, the federal agency responsible for research and prevention of occupational injuries and disease, is in the process of establishing and evaluating performance measures for each of its research programs.  It has requested that the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine review program elements for impact, relevance and future directions.   

Wegman expects the steering committee to have its first evaluations completed before the end of September.

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