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Gov. Perry Appoints Emery and Harris to Texas Radiation Advisory Board

Monday, January 10, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Robert Emery of Houston and Stephen Harris of Bartonville to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board. The board advises the state on radiation issues and reviews the rules, policies and programs of state agencies that regulate radiation.

Emery is vice president for safety, health, environment & risk management for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and associate professor of occupational health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is board certified in health physics, industrial hygiene, safety, biosafety, hazardous materials management, risk management and security. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Biological Safety Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Health Physics Society. Emery received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a master's degree in Radiological Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University, and a doctorate of Occupational Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is appointed for a term to expire April 16, 2011.

Harris is lieutenant and the Hazardous Material/Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator for the City of Dallas Fire Department. He is a certified basic life support/CPR technician and master firefighter, an adjunct fire and hazmat instructor for Collin County Community College, and hazmat team manager for the Urban Search and Rescue Team Texas Task Force 1 in College Station. He is assistant treasurer of the Denton County Emergency Service District, and a member of International Association of Firefighters, National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is past chair of the City of Lewisville Park Board and past vice president of the Lewisville Lake Safety Committee. Harris attended the University of North Texas. He is appointed for a term to expire April 16, 2013.


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