Special Sessions

Special Session Honoring Janet Arey and Roger Atkinson

Janet Arey received a B.S in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, an M.S. in Water Resources Science from the University of Michigan in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1980. After a Postdoctoral fellowship in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Ontario she joined the Air Pollution Research Center at the University of California, Riverside. She remained at UCR and was a Professor of Atmsopheric Chemistry in the Environmental Sciences Department and a member of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Environmental Toxicology from 1993 to 2012. She has over 200 peer-reviewed research publications, many with her long-time collaborator, Roger Atkinson, and nearly half of which deal with the subject of the atmospheric chemistry of PAHs and the formation of nitro-PAHs.

Roger Atkinson obtained a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge University in 1969. Following postdoctoral research at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada, and at York University in Downsview, Canada, he moved to the Air Pollution Research Center (APRC) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), in 1972. Other than 1978-1980 when he was a Senior Scientist at Shell Research in Chester, UK, and at ERT Inc. in Westlake Village, California, he was a research chemist at the APRC and, from 1990-2011, a faculty member of the Department of Environmental Sciences at UCR. His research has focused on the kinetics, products and mechanisms of the gas-phase reactions of volatile organic compounds emitted into the atmosphere from anthropogenic and biogenic sources with OH radicals, NO3 radicals, O3, and Cl atoms.

Special Session Honoring Bill Baird

William McKenzie Baird , PhD, currently Professor, Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology and Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Oregon State University  was born in 1944 in Philadelphia PA. He  received his B.S. Chemistry from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Oncology from the University  of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Baird has previously been appointed as Glenn L. Jenkins  Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Cancer Center Director at Purdue University, and Director, Environmental Health Sciences Center at Oregon State University.   Dr. Baird has pursued a highly distinguished and internationally recognized career based on developing a molecular understanding of the mechanisms of carcinogenesis by environmental Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), with an emphasis on the role of metabolism by cytochrome P450 isoforms in activation and detoxification of PAHs;  the interactions of carcinogenic chemicals with nucleic acids and chromatin; chemoprevention and the mechanism of action of chemopreventive agents; and  the role of PAHs  in tumor induction and formation of PAH-DNA adducts as biomarkers for exposure. Dr. Baird has published over 140 peer reviewed manuscripts, been the recipient of continuous major funding from NIH and other extramural research funding agencies and received numerous awards and recognitions. Dr. Baird has  been a leader and mentor in this field for over 40 years,  training students and early career scientists and providing critical new information relating  directly to our understanding the mechanism of action of carcinogenic chemicals to which large numbers of humans are exposed and are important for risk assessment and chemoprevention.