Announcement by Laura J. Lawson, Interim Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. William Hallman has been reappointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Human Ecology. Dr. Hallman has served as Chair since 2010.
Hallman is an experimental psychologist with an expertise in science and risk communication, particularly around the areas of health, food, technology, and the environment. His work includes studies of public perception, communication, and behavior change strategies involving infectious and non-communicable diseases, unexplained symptom syndromes, food safety and food insecurity, preventive health behaviors, environmental contaminants, climate adaptation and mitigation, responses to natural and technological disasters, and new food technologies – including genetic modification, nanotechnology, animal cloning, and cell-based meats and seafood.
Hallman has served as Chair of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and as an advisor to the USDA, the CDC, the US EPA, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the FAO, the WTO, and the WHO. He currently serves as a member of several committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), including the Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative, and the Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication.
He coauthored the Academies’ consensus report: Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, and the Climate Communications Initiative Strategic Plan. He also coauthored the Risk Communication Applied to Food Safety Handbook, published jointly by the FAO and WHO, and is currently a U.S. Delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Food Safety Cooperation Forum engaged in creating a cooperative framework for food safety risk communication in the APEC Region.
Hallman is currently a leader of the Rutgers Science Communication Initiative. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of the Rutgers Department of Nutritional Sciences and of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Rutgers Global Health Institute, is a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Thank you, Bill, for your continued leadership and service.