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Assistant Director, EH&S, Laboratory Chemical & Physical Safety Program, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
Current Role at StanfordCurrent Role: Assistant Director, Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program, and Manager, Animal Research Occupational Health and Safety Program, Department of Environmental Health and Safety
I have been a part of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Stanford University since 2012. My original role was as a Biosafety and Biosecurity Specialist to support the ongoing development and implementation of Stanford's Biosafety and Biosecurity Program and ensure safe practices, understanding, and compliance for work done using infectious agents and recombinant DNA. I was promoted to Senior Biosafety and Biosecurity Specialist in 2017, and became Program Manager for the Animal Research Occupational Health and Safety Program. In 2020, I transitioned to my current role of Assistant Director, Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program.
I lead the ongoing development and implementation of Stanford's Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program, and ensure safe practices, understanding, and compliance for work done in a wide array of research labs. I lead and direct a team of 8 management and professional personnel to oversee a broad spectrum of environmental, health and safety programs of significant scope and complexity, and oversee subordinate managers with large program responsibilities. I define and direct the overall activities of the group, and allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to achieve objectives, including development and direction of related policies.
I also directly oversee the Animal Research Occupational Health & Safety Program, which serves a centralized point of contact for people seeking help relating to animal and EH&S issues. This program helps bring together groups within EH&S, as well as EH&S and other Stanford departments, to address safety and health issues relating to animals. These issues can fall under a wide range of topics, including biosafety, chemical safety, ergonomics, occupational injury & illness, trainings, lab safety, radiation safety, housing requirements, animal allergies, lasers and PPE. This program serves the research community, but also any staff, student or faculty who interacts with or work in proximity to animals on campus.
My overall goal in my role as Assistant Director is to support the Stanford research community in performing innovative and exciting research safely.
Director of Policy, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
BioRussell Wald is the Director of Policy for Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). In this role he is responsible for leading the team that advances Stanford HAI’s engagement with governments and civil society organizations to see a world benefit from the human-centered uses of artificial intelligence.
From 2016 - 2020, Wald led government relations on behalf of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where his portfolio focused on national security, cyber, and technology policy. In addition to his work at Hoover, Wald was head of outreach for the Stanford Cyber Policy Program, which was later elevated to become the Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center.
Before joining the Hoover Institution’s Washington office, Wald was the Program Manager for National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institution’s Stanford headquarters, where he spearheaded numerous programs including the Stanford Congressional Cyber Boot Camp and the Project on the Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations. In 2015, he led the official program at Stanford University hosting then Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter titled, “Rewiring of the Pentagon: Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity.” He also played a supporting role with the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University where President Barack Obama signed the executive order on “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing.” Wald also served as special assistant to Hoover Fellows Amy Zegart and Ashton Carter at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Prior to his work at Stanford, he held numerous roles with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, Visiting Fellow with the National Security Institute at George Mason University, and a Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Wald is a graduate of UCLA.
Medical/Radiation Physicist, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
BioI am the head of the Diagnostic Medical Physics group at Environmental Health and Safety department. Our group support medical imaging services for Stanford Health Care, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The scope of our work includes:
• Radiation safety of diagnostic x-ray imaging practice to ascertain the compliance of State and Federal regulations, Joint Commission recommendations, and University policies
• Quality control program of diagnostic X-ray imaging practice (Computed tomography, Interventional Radiology, Fluoroscopy and Radiography): accreditation, continuous quality control procedures
• Radiation dose monitoring and CT protocol optimization; Work with each clinical section on task-specific CT Dose and Image Quality optimization by utilizing our state-of-the-art CT equipment and novel iterative reconstruction techniques
• Review proposed research uses of x-rays in human subjects for Stanford IRB: evaluate doses and estimate risks and advise research investigators on radiation safety issues and how to solve related problems.
• Staff and trainee education on topics including CT technology, CT dose optimization, Fluoroscopy dose optimization, and radiation risk from ionizing imaging exams
• Support clinical innovation projects and activities that can be readily translated to patient care in Stanford health care system