Three members of the GSPH faculty have been designated National Associates of the National Research Council of the National Academies. They are:
• Donald S. Burke, MD, GSPH dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health
• Bernard Goldstein, MD, professor in the Department of Evironmental and Occupational Health
• Judith Lave, PhD, chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management
This honor is in recognition of their extraordinaory service to the National Research Council in its role as adviser to the nation in matters of science, engineering, and health.
In 2001, the Council of the National Academy of Sciences initiated its National Associates program to recognize extraordinary contributions to the National Research Council through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine programs. Many dedicated individuals serve on study and oversight committees of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine without compensation. In fact, 5,908 individuals were members of one or more of the 574 committees active in the year 2007. In addition, approximately 1,500 individuals served as reviewers of one or more reports that year.
This service is highly valued, honored, and appreciated both within the National Academies and by the nation. Our work in advising government and the public on matters of science, technology, and health would not be possible without this dedicated commitment of experts to provide the nation with their wisdom and advice.
The NRC chair designates individuals for this special honor under guidelines established by the NRC Governing Board. Membership in the Associates is for life, recognizing past service, and new designations are made annually.