In another vital collaboration between Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (IUSPH-B) faculty and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), associate professor Patricia Silveyra has been re-appointed to serve on their Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW). This comes on the heels of her re-appointment to NASEM's New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cohort, which she co-chaired from 2018–2020 and will continue to serve until 2023.
According to NASEM, the BHEW leverages the knowledge of scientists, educators, engineers, and economists to examine issues and propose solutions for entities that include state governments, private industries, philanthropic organizations, and professional societies.
"I am excited to continue serving BHEW," Dr. Silveyra says. "Doing so for the past two years has been a very rich professional experience. Not only did I contribute to the planning and execution of impactful projects (providing my perspective as a young investigator and underrepresented minority in STEM), but I had the privilege to interact with leaders of institutions across the country, learning from their leadership styles and expertise. I look forward to continue to represent IU on this board."
"Dr. Silveyra is quickly becoming an international leader not only in quantifying human health effects of environmental contaminants, but in promoting STEM education and workforce development," says Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, chair of the IUSPH-B Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. "She is an inspiring role model for future STEM students."
IUSPH-B Dean David Allison's collaborations with NASEM include a role as chair of their Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust. He also serves on their committee to "develop methods for assessing misinformation about biological threats."
"Our school's faculty are deeply committed to advancing science with the greatest rigor and quality possible; to helping nurture and grow the next generation of committed scholars to outstanding, impactful, and rigorous scientific research; and to working with the National Academies in these efforts," Dean Allison says. "Dr. Silveyra's work with the academies is the latest in our series of collaborations. We are proud of and grateful for her remarkable dedication."