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EPA Science Advisor Stepping Down

Release Date: 11/04/2004
Contact Information: Cynthia Bergman, (202) 564-9828 / bergman.cynthia@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – November 4, 2004) Dr. Paul Gilman, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development and the Agency’s Science Advisor, has announced that he is stepping down at the end of November to accept a private sector opportunity.

“Paul Gilman is a man of clear thinking, sound policy judgment and impressive scientific expertise,” said EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt. “His ability to translate complex scientific analyses into public policy decisions is rare and has been deeply appreciated during his service.”

Significant accomplishments during Dr. Gilman’s tenure at EPA include the increased use of peer review for scientific and technical work products, the launch of the international Global Earth Observation System of Systems initiative and an expansion of the Agency’s use of emerging scientific tools like genomics and computation.

Dr. Gilman said, “Those who conduct research, perform science and develop technology at EPA are members of a high-performance, world-class team. It has been my great privilege to serve them and all Americans over the past three years. Together we have advanced ways in which to better protect human health and the environment.”

Prior to Dr. Gilman’s confirmation in April 2002, he served as the director for policy planning for Celera Genomics, a bio-information and drug discovery company known for having decoded the human genome. He also has served as the executive director of the life sciences and agriculture divisions of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget’s Division of Natural Resources, Energy and Science.

An acting assistant administrator will be named before the end of November.