Bill Farland, vice president for Research at Colorado State University, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.
The Academy certifies toxicologists who are recognized by their peers for scientific judgment and expertise and awards them the title of Fellow. The certification ensures the competence and experience of professionals whose work affects public welfare.
Farland will be recognized with other Fellows at the 47th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology March 16-20 in Seattle.
When Farland joined Colorado State in September 2006, he was the highest ranking career scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. He served as deputy assistant administrator for science in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development and also directed the EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor, which serves as the authority on integrating sound science in regulatory decisions. He served as Acting Agency Science Advisor throughout 2005.
Since he has been at Colorado State, Farland has managed record-breaking research expenditures of nearly $300 million and led the opening of the $30 million Regional Biocontainment Laboratory on the Foothills Campus. He also chairs the president’s campus sustainability committee.
Farland’s 27-year federal career at the EPA was characterized by a commitment to the development of national and international approaches to interdisciplinary research, testing and assessment of the fate and effects of environmental agents. He has been in the national spotlight on such topics as the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, assessment guidelines on cancer-causing chemicals, dioxin health effects, environmental tobacco smoke, mercury levels in fish and ecological damage from the Vietnam War.