Former SETAC President Named Acting Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
William (Bill) H. Benson has been promoted to the position of acting Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development (ORD) after previously serving as Division Director for the Gulf Ecology Division (Gulf Breeze, FL) and most recently as Interim Director of the US National Exposure Research Laboratory. In announcing Benson’s appointment, ORD Acting Assistant Administrator Lek Kadeli said "Bill will be working across ORD with our national research programs, offices, laboratories, and centers to fully implement and institutionalize our Path Forward objectives and tenets. He will also focus on cross-ORD research program priorities, as well as the integrated and transdisciplinary research vital to the future of environmental protection. Bill has held various positions during times of change, and these experiences will serve him well in his new role… The organization will benefit greatly from Bill's expertise, his unique insights, his refreshing perspective, and his sense of humor."
Benson's research has focused in the areas of metal and pesticide bioavailability, reproductive and developmental effects in aquatic organisms, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and the use of indicators to assess health and ecological integrity. He has published extensively in these fields. Benson is a past president of SETAC and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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