Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

A Study of Food Safety and Other Consequences of Publishing Establishment-Specific Data

Study Director:


Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus - (Chair)
North Carolina State University

Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences and the Department of Microbiology at North Carolina State University. Her current research efforts are diverse and include the following: development of molecular methods to detect foodborne pathogens (Noroviruses, hepatitis A virus, and bacterial agents such as Campylobacter and Salmonella) in foods, including pre-analytical sample processing; investigation of persistence and transfer of pathogens in the food preparation environment; and the application of quantitative microbial risk assessment methods to food safety. Dr. Jaykus has collaborated on large, multi-institutional projects to investigate the prevalence and association of pathogens with domestic and imported fresh produce, and to study the ecology of the pathogenic Vibrio species in molluscan shellfish originating from the Gulf of Mexico. Her professional memberships include the International Association for Food Protection (currently serving as President), the American Society for Microbiology, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Dr. Jaykus served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods as well as the joint NRC-IOM Standing Committee for the Review of Food Safety and Defense Risk Assessments, Analyses, and Data, and the Committee for Review of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Risk-Based Approach to Public Health Attribution. She also served as a member of the joint NRC-IOM Committee on the Review of the Food and Drug Administration???s Role in Ensuring Safe Food. Dr. Jaykus earned her Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Donald W. Schaffner
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Dr. Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., is an Extension Specialist in food science and a Professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment and predictive food microbiology. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has received almost $5 million in grants and contracts. Dr. Schaffner has educated thousands of food industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the United States and more than a dozen countries around the world. He has served on committees with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He is also a past member of joint NRC-IOM committees including the Standing Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in U.S. Department of Agriculture???s Food Safety and Inspection Service Food Safety Programs; and has chaired two expert workshops on microbial risk for WHO/FAO. Dr. Schaffner is currently an Editor for the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Dr. Schaffner was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2010. Dr. Schaffner was elected the Secretary of the International Association for Food Protection in 2010, a five-year commitment ending with his service of the President of the organization. He holds a Ph.D. in food science and technology from the University of Georgia.


Dr. James S. Dickson
Iowa State University

Dr. James S. Dickson, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University (ISU). He has 18 years of tenure at ISU, and has served as the Chair of the Department of Microbiology from 1998???2003. Prior to his career at ISU, Dr. Dickson held a post with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service as a Research Food Technologist and Lead Scientist. His research focuses on microbiological safety of food of animal origin, sanitization of these foods, and post-processing survival of bacteria in foods. Dr. Dickson developed predictive Salmonella growth control models that are cost-effective and of interest with USDA regulation proposals. He is a certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) instructor and has participated in a variety of local and international training courses, including those for food industry audiences from Japan, China and Singapore. Dr. Dickson served on the joint NRC-IOM Committee on the Review of the Use of Scientific Criteria and Performance Standards for Safe Food, and was Chair of the joint NRC-IOM Subcommittee on Meat and Poultry, both from 2001???2003. Dr. Dickson was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology in 1994, and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Institute of Food Technologists. Dr. Dickson holds a Ph.D. in food science and technology from the University of Nebraska.


Mr. Christopher A. Waldrop
Consumer Federation of America

Mr. Christopher A. Waldrop, M.P.H., is the Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, a nonprofit association. Mr. Waldrop directs the research, analysis, advocacy and media outreach for all food policy activities at the Institute. He regularly monitors food safety activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and in Congress, where he advocates for strong food safety protections for consumers. He also coordinates the Safe Food Coalition, a group of consumer, trade union, and foodborne illness victim organizations dedicated to reducing foodborne illness by improving government food inspection programs. Mr. Waldrop served on two joint NRC-IOM committees on the Review of the Methodology Proposed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service for Follow-Up Surveillance of In-Commerce Businesses; and for Risk-Based Regulation of In-Commerce Activities. He is a member of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Food Safety Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing consumers with information about safe food handling practices. Mr. Waldrop also serves on the Food and Drug Administration???s Food Advisory Committee, which advises the Commissioner on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition and other policy-related health issues. Mr. Waldrop has an advertising degree from Texas Tech University and a M.P.H. degree from Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana as a community health educator.


Dr. William K. Hallman
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,

Dr. William K. Hallman, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Human Ecology and Director of the Food Policy Institute (FPI) at Rutgers University. A member of the Graduate Faculties of Psychology, Nutritional Sciences, and Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, Dr. Hallman???s research examines public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, health, and the environment. Recent research projects have looked at consumer perceptions and behaviors concerning agricultural biotechnology, animal cloning, avian influenza, accidental and intentional food contamination incidents, and food recalls. Dr. Hallman recently served on the NRC Committee on an Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program, 2010. His current research projects include studies of public perceptions and responses to food safety risks, the use of nanotechnology in food, public understanding of health claims made for food products, and food safety and security among homebound elderly Americans. Dr. Hallman serves on the Executive Committee of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), and helped to found the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. His recent honors include the 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental/social psychology from the University of South Carolina.


Dr. Kathleen Segerson
University of Connecticut

Dr. Kathleen Segerson, Ph.D., is the Philip E. Austin Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. She has been a full professor at the University of Connecticut since 1996. She was the Head of the Department of Economics from 2001???2005. Dr. Segerson specializes in natural resource economics, and in particular, the economics of environmental regulation. She is currently a member of both the Chartered Executive Board of the Environmental Protection Agency???s Science Advisory Board, and previously served as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board???s Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Services and Systems. She was a member of the U.S. General Accounting Office???s Expert Panel on Climate Change Economics from 2007???2008 and frequently serves on external review committees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also served on three National Research Council study committees: the Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems (2002???2004), the Committee on the Causes and Management of Coastal Eutrophication (1998???2000), and the Committee on Improving Principles and Guidelines for Waste Resources Planning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2008??? 2010). She currently serves on the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 2008, she was named a Fellow by both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Segerson earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984.


Dr. Julie A. Caswell
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Dr. Julie A. Caswell, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include the operation of domestic and international food systems, analysis of food system efficiency, and evaluation of government policy as it affects systems operation and performance, with particular interest in the economics of food quality, safety, and nutrition. Dr. Caswell has provided her expertise on food safety and labeling issues to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. She has held numerous senior positions with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) and was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Italy in 2009. Dr. Caswell has served on joint NRC-IOM committees such as the Committee on Implications of Dioxin in the Food Supply, 2001???2003, and the Committee on the Review of the Food and Drug Administration's Role in Ensuring Safe Food, 2008???2011. She has also served on three past NRC/IOM committees, namely the Food Forum, 2005???2010; the Planning Committee on Future Trends in Food Safety: Changing Market Forces, Emerging Safety Issues, and Economic Impact (a workshop), 2008; and the Committee on Nutrient Relationships in Seafood: Selections to Balance Benefits and Risks; 2004???2006. Dr. Caswell holds a joint Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics and economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Dr. David Weil
Boston University

Dr. David Weil, Ph.D., is a Professor of Economics and the Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Boston University School of Management. He also serves as Co-Director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Ash Institute at Harvard Kennedy School. His research spans regulatory and labor market policy, industrial and labor relations, occupational safety and health, and transparency policy. He has written three books, including Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and the award-winning Stitch in Time: Lean Retailing and the Transformation of Manufacturing (Oxford University Press, 1999). In addition, he is author of over 75 articles and publications in a variety of refereed economics, public policy, management, and industrial relations journals and books, as well as numerous publications in non-academic outlets. Professor Weil has worked as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and a number of other government agencies. He also served as mediator and advisor in a range of labor union and labor/management settings across the globe including the National Planning Association, Working Group on Workplace Regulation (1995). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Dr. Weil received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.


Dr. John R. Dunn
Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. John R. Dunn, Ph.D., D.V.M., is the Deputy State Epidemiologist in the Communicable and Environmental Disease Services (CEDS) division of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). He has held the State Public Health Veterinarian post since 2007, and is Director of Foodborne, Vector-borne, and Zoonotic Diseases. Dr. Dunn also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine; and as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Among the honors he has received is the Distinguished Service Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, given in 2006. Currently, he serves as the Committee Co-Chair of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, and the Chairman of the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce. Dr. Dunn received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and D.V.M. from the Louisiana State University.


Dr. Ginger Z. Jin
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Ginger Zhe Jin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland (UMD). Prior to her appointment at UMD in 2000, Professor Jin received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary fields of research are industrial organization, evaluating the role of information in population health, and the economics of family. Most of her research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. In 2003, she examined the effect of hygiene report cards on restaurant hygiene and foodborne illness in Los Angeles. Dr. Zhe Jin???s other seminal studies include rating of health care organizations, advertising and learning of prescription drugs, online trading, and the interfamilial interaction between parents and children. Currently, she is working on peer-to-peer lending, research misconduct, inspector behavior in regulatory enforcement, and several projects related to China's economic development, health insurance, and air quality. Among her honors is serving as the Co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2008???present. She has been a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2005.


Dr. Stephen E. Fienberg
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Stephen Fienberg (NAS), Ph.D., is a Maurice Faulk University Professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Statistics. His principal research interests lie in the development of statistical methodology, especially for problems involving categorical variables. Initially, he worked on the general statistical theory of loglinear models for categorical data. More recently, Dr. Fienberg has studied approaches appropriate for disclosure, estimating the size of populations, and Bayesian approaches to the analysis of contingency tables. His research on disclosure limitation for categorical data, and on confidentiality privacy and security, has led to the creation of a new online journal, the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, for which he is the Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Fienberg serves on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was elected as a member to the NAS in 1999. He has been appointed to serve on a total of 29 NRC, NAS and IOM committees and panels. He was the chair for the Committee on National Statistics, 1981???1987, and is serving as Co-Chair for the Report Review Committee, 2008???2012. Dr. Fienberg received a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University.


Ms. Gale Prince
SAGE Food Safety Consultants, LLC

Mr. Gale Prince, B.S., has more than 40 years of experience in food safety, quality control, sanitation, workplace safety and regulatory compliance. He spent nearly 30 years at the Kroger Company as Director of Corporate Regulatory Affairs, where his major responsibilities included regulatory matters related to food and product safety, and crisis management issues related to product safety for manufacturing plants and retail stores. Mr. Prince serves on numerous boards and committees including the Food Protection Committee of the Food Marketing Institute and the Food Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the American Bakers Association. Mr. Prince has served on the Board of Directors of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency, Suspicious Orders Task Force. He is an honorary lifetime member and past President of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP); a member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the International Association for Food Protection, and the Institute of Food Technologists. He has received several awards for his expertise including the IAFP Harry Haverland Citation Award in 2006 and other awards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Mr. Prince received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University.