University at Buffalo chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr. has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board.
Gardella, an expert in environmental analytical chemistry, has been highly involved in identifying and quantifying pollutants in the environment, especially in Western New York.
His term on the advisory board began in November and will end Sept. 30, 2019.
The board consists of independent experts who provide advice to the EPA on scientific and technical issues.
Earlier this year, the EPA named Gardella one of 28 recipients of the Environmental Champion Award in New York State. The honor recognized his years of work in ensuring that the local community’s voice was heard as the federal government decided what to do with nearly 200,000 cubic yards of radioactive waste stored in Lewiston — remnants of the Manhattan Project that produced the country’s first nuclear weapons.