James Gentile Is President of
International Scientific Association
Posted November 20, 2001
HOLLAND -- Dr. James Gentile of the Hope College
faculty has been elected president of the International
Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies (IAEMS).
The international group is a coalition of 11
national or regional Environmental Mutagen Societies, and
has approximately 10,000 members worldwide. Gentile, whose
four-year term began this fall, will serve through the
association's next quadrennial international conference,
which will be held in October of 2005 in San Francisco,
Gentile is the dean for the natural sciences and
the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at Hope, where
he has been a member of the faculty since 1976.
He was president of the 2,500-member North
American Environmental Mutagen Society from 1992 to 1994.
He received the society's Alexander Hollaender Award for
excellence in research and education in March of this year;
the EMS Student Educator of the Year Award in 1998; and the
EMS Service Recognition Award in 1994.
He is currently editor-in-chief of the
international journal "Mutation Research." He has conducted
research in environmental mutagenesis for more than a
quarter century, and has authored or co-authored more than
160 scientific publications since 1974.
In other professional activity, he is a member of
three National Research Council committees: the Committee
on Undergraduate Science Education (CUSE), a standing
committee of the Center for Science, Mathematics and
Engineering Education; the committee on "Undergraduate
Biology Education to Prepare Research Scientists for the
21st Century"; and the Board on the Life Sciences, the last
of which he serves as the only representative from a liberal
arts college. The National Research Council is the
principal operating agency of the National Academy of
Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Gentile is also a member of the Executive
Committee of "Project Kaleidoscope," a Washington, D.C.-
based initiative focusing on identifying and promoting
effective models for undergraduate mathematics and science
education, and he is also a member of the Board of Governors
for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.
He is a consultant for the National Institutes of
Health Sciences, and is serving, at the appointment of
Governor John Engler, on Michigan's State Hazardous Site
Assessment Committee. He is a consultant with the EPA's
Office on Substances/Test Rules Development Branch, and a
past consultant to the EPA's Science Advisory Board. He is
also a scientific program advisor to the Murdock Trust in
Vancouver, Wash., the Research Corporation in Tucson, Ariz.,
and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Among other honors in addition to his awards from
EMS, he has received the Cancer Research Medallion Award of
the National Cancer Institute of Japan (1997) and the
Scientific Recognition Medal of Provincia Di Pisa, Italy
He received his bachelor's degree in
biology/chemistry from St. Mary's University in 1968, and
his M.S. and Ph.D. from Illinois State University in 1970
and 1974. The Illinois State University Alumni Association
presented him with an Alumni Achievement Award in 1995.
The goal of the IAEMS is to support and encourage
international cooperation among member societies and
individuals engaged in research on the causes and
consequences of exposure to genotoxic substances in the
In addition to its quadrennial conference, the
association coordinates three other international
conferences: the International Workshops on Genotoxicity
Testing, to be next held in Alaska in 2002; the
International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human
Populations, to be next held in Brazil in 2003; and the
International Conference on Mechanisms of Antimutagenesis
and Anticarcinogenesis, to be next held in Italy in 2005.
Through its foundation, the IAEMS seeks to promote research
and enhance understanding globally concerning the mutational
basis of human disease and related issues.