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Donations requested to the Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Education Fund in honor of founding program director and  Professor Emeritus, Dr. Ronald Shank

EHS graduate education donationsDr. Ron Shank retired in June 2012 after 38 years at UC Irvine. Shank came to UC Irvine after earning his ScB, ScM, and PhD degrees in food technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At UC Irvine, he conducted research and trained numerous predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in chemical carcinogenesis and biochemical toxicology, focusing on the toxicokinetics of DNA adduct formation and on molecular mechanisms in the competition for binding sites in DNA by small and bulky chemical carcinogens.

These studies were highly relevant to the problem of extrapolating from results of in vitro and animal experiments to assess risks in human populations exposed to low environmental levels of carcinogenic chemicals.

Shank also served on several national committees, including the National Research Council’s Food and Nutrition Board, the National Research Council’s Committee on Toxicology, and the Surgeons General’s Armed Forces Epidemiology Board. 

He served as a long-standing member of the International Scientific Advisory Board to HRH Princess Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, and as a member of the Expert Panel of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review which assesses the databases on toxicity of chemical ingredients used by the cosmetics industry.

Shank designed and established the Graduate Program in Environmental Toxicology, first as a track in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and since 1985 as an independent graduate program. Shank served as program director for more than 25 years. Since its inception, the program has produced more than 100 PhD graduates and MS graduates.

We think that there is no more appropriate way to honor Shank’s years of leadership and service to the graduate program than with a fund to support graduate education in Environmental Health Sciences. Donate today ›

Donate to the EHS Graduate Education Fund