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BOARD MEMBERS

Charles F. Kennel (Board Chair)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
Bruce Alberts
UC San Francisco
Jeffrey Armstrong
California Polytechnic State University SLO
Ann Arvin
Stanford University
Peter Cowhey (Council Vice Chair)
UC San Diego
Bruce B. Darling
National Academy of Sciences
National Research Council
Corey Goodman (Council Chair)
venBio Partners, LLC
Susan Hackwood (Executive Director)
CCST
Charles E. Harper
Semtech
John C. Hemminger
UC Irvine
Paul C. Jennings
Caltech
Karl Pister (Board Chair Emeritus)
UC Santa Cruz
Lisa Rossbacher
Humboldt State University
Van Ton-Quinlivan
California Community Colleges
Samuel Traina
UC Merced
Samuel Traina

CCST Board Member
Samuel Traina

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, University of California, Merced

Samuel Traina received a B.S. in Soil Resource Management and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He extended his education and training through a postdoctoral study at the University of California, Riverside.

The National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have funded Dr. Traina's work in environmental chemistry. This work has focused on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural environments with an emphasis on surface- chemical reactions in soils and sediments. Particular effort has been placed on the use of noninvasive spectroscopy (i.e. synchrotron-based x-ray absorption spectroscopy and aqueous vibrational spectroscopy) to elucidate the surface speciation of contaminants on natural nano-particles. His current research is examining the isotopic composition and surface chemical properties of black carbon particles produced during the combustion of biomass and fossil fuels. He has served as a member of the Earth Resources Committee, a standing committee of the National Research Council and holds the Ted and Jan Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology at UC Merced.

Professor Traina served as the Founding Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. Prior to that he was at Ohio State University where he served as a faculty member from 1985-2002. During that period he was Chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program and Co-Director and Co-PI of an NSF-funded Environmental Molecular Science Institute.

Updated 1/8/15
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