SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
16 February 2017
Volume 18 Issue 2
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Senior Resource Group Spotlight: Phil Howard

Matt Moore, SETAC North America Senior Resource Group

Phil HowardThis month, the Senior Resource Group highlights the accomplishments and career of Phil Howard, Senior Environmental Chemist with SRC, Inc. (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation). Howard received his B.S. in chemistry from Norwich University before earning his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Syracuse University. Over the last 46 years of his career, Howard has managed more than 100 contracts with government and industry, gathering and evaluating chemical fate, environmental effects and health effects information as well as developing quantitative structure activity relationships (QSARs). Howard’s extensive experience in the development and use of QSARs for use in predicting environmental fate behavior have included the estimation of biodegradation rates; the identification of emerging persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals (PBTs); the predication of physical properties of chemicals; and the development of the EPI Suite™ software available for free from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Additionally, Howard continues to maintain the Environmental Fate/Exposure Sections of the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

A charter member of SETAC, Howard has served on the SETAC North America Board of Directors twice, once in the mid 1980s and again in the early 2000s. He also served a three-year term as treasurer for SETAC North America in addition to holding a seat on the SETAC World Council.  Howard has been an environmental chemistry editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry since 1983, and he has published more than 70 journal articles and five books on QSARs, environmental chemistry and biodegradation.  As an organizer of a number of sessions for SETAC annual meetings, Howard has presented several short courses at annual meetings on “Environmental Fate Data, Estimates and Assessments” both in Europe and the U.S. He was instrumental in helping develop the North America Chemistry Interest Group (which has subsequently been elevated to a global interest group) and is a member of the global Bioaccumulation Science and Exposure Modeling interest groups. In 2009, Howard was awarded the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award.

The mission of the Senior Resource Group (SRG) is to identify, cultivate and mentor future SETAC leaders, as well as document the Society’s history and evolution of environmental science. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SRG, or if you simply want more information about the group, please contact Laura Swanson.

Author’s contact information: Matt.Moore@ars.usda.gov

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