Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard is Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, and is the Charles and Rita Gelman Risk Science Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is a leading authority on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, and on innovative approaches to addressing new risks. An author on over one hundred scientific papers, reports and articles, Andrew appears frequently in print and on television and radio, and is no stranger to using web-based media to engage with a broad audience on science, technology and society.  His current interests include exploring how integrative approaches to risk can support sustainable development in an increasingly complex, interconnected and resource-constrained world.

Andrew’s posts on the RSC blog largely focus on contemporary issues in risk science, especially at the intersection of risk and emerging technologies.  He also writes more generally on the activities of the Risk Science Center.

You can read Andrew’s latest blogs here.

Julia Diebol

Julia Diebol is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the recipient of a 2011 Risk Science Summer fellowship.  Her research interests include environmental risk communication, chemical hazard communication, human factors, and product and occupational health and safety.  Ms. Diebol also works full-time as a Managing Consultant at Applied Safety and Ergonomics, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For the RSC blog, Julia covers current events related to risk from exposure to chemicals and communications about these risks.  Her recent blogs have also focused on her dissertation research regarding perceptions of chemical hazard and exposure information.

You can read Julia’s latest blogs here.

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart holds a M.A. in Secondary Education and a B.S. in Cellular Molecular Biology, both from the University of Michigan.  He is currently finishing work on a lung cancer study to complete his M.P.H. in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology.  He was a Health and Water Sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 2003-2005.  He lived in Beijing working as an English teacher to business professionals of multinational corporations such as Kraft, Westinghouse, Otis, and others.  And, over the past few years has worked as a math and science teacher in inner city high schools in Michigan.

Mark provides an off-beat perspective on some of the more interesting and bizarre public health stories hitting the headlines for the RSC blog.

You can read Mark’s latest blogs here.

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward received a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Creative Writing from Colgate University before joining the Environmental Health Sciences department at UMSPH. Her academic interests are wide-ranging: from gender studies to toxic exposures, contemporary fiction to ophthalmology. Lindsay is a Master of Public Health candidate for 2012, studying toxicolgy. She welcomes any comments, questions, or suggestions about her blog posts and can be reached at

For the UMRSC blog, Lindsay writes about toxic exposures and science headlines–including previous posts on the health benefits of sunscreen use and coffee consumption.

You can read Lindsay’s latest blogs here.

Brian Zikmund-Fisher

Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, PhD., is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a member of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center and the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. He specializes in risk communication to inform health and medical decision making.

Brian’s posts to the RSC blog provide both personal commentary and analysis of current events and risk science research findings from a risk perception, risk communication, and decision making perspective. His posts have included a call for humility in public health communications about vaccination, a personal narrative about the need for emotion in our understanding of risk statistics, and a commentary on the psychological underpinnings of overtreatment.

You can read Brian’s latest blogs here.