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Personal Biography of Dr. Nu-May Ruby Reed

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Nu-may Reed retired as a staff toxicologist with California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Dr. Reed earned a PhD in plant physiology from the University of California, Davis (1974). She was trained in Toxicology/Risk Assessment at University of California, Davis under the NIEHS Post-Graduate Training Grant while managing/leading risk assessment project at the Department of Toxicology (1986-1988). Dr. Reed is a Diplomate of American Board of Toxicology (1992 2012). Dr. Reed was the lead toxicologist on risk assessment issues in the Health Assessment Section of the Medical Toxicology Branch at DPR, Cal/EPA for 20+ years. Her research interests are in the evaluation of health risk, review of risk assessment and methodology, and the development of risk assessment guidelines. Dr. Reed had been on several Cal/EPA working groups that initiate, research, and revise risk assessment guidelines and policies, and represented her department in task forces on community concerns and emergency response, risk management guidance, risk communication, and public education. Dr. Reed taught an upper division course on human health risk assessment at University of California, Davis (1991 2007), and conducted risk assessment workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Reed was a member of the USEPA science review board and served for 13 years in many Scientific Advisory Panels (SAPs) under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Dr. Reed has been a member to several committees of the National Research Council, National Academies since 2003. She is currently a member of the committee on Ecological Risk Assessment under FIFRA and Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for extremely hazardous substances. Dr. Reed conducted risk assessments for pesticide registration/regulations and authored several chapters on DPR's Technical papers on cholinesterase issues (including neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity, human variability, and uncertainties), and on guidance in dose-response modeling. Dr. Reed authored book chapters on risk assessment issues. Besides actively participating in the National Academies committees, Dr. Reed's ongoing endeavor during the one year of retirement includes completed 5 chapters for the 3rd edition of Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Elsevier).


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