Michael Gough

Michael Gough, a consultant, earned a B.A. at Grinnell College, and a Ph.D. (biology) at Brown University. After a decade-long academic career at the University of Michigan, Baylor Medical School, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and two years at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the congressional Office of Technology Assessment in 1977. At OTA, he began work in health risk assessment and environmental health policy and directed and contributed to OTA reports on subjects ranging from environmental causes of cancer, occupational health and safety, and Love Canal through corn genetics and biotechnology to oil shale mining. In the early 1980’s, Gough directed OTA’s congressionally mandated oversight of Executive Branch studies of cancer in veterans of atom bomb tests and of the health of Vietnam veterans. He chaired a Department of Veterans Affairs advisory committee (1987–90) about the possible health effects of herbicides used in Vietnam and the Department of Health and Human Services committee (1990–95) that advises the United States Air Force study of the health of Air Force personnel who sprayed Agent Orange in Vietnam. In September 2000, he accepted reappointment to the DHHS committee. In 1995, he served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board committee that evaluated EPA’s dioxin reassessment. During his academic career, he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and India, and published two dozen papers in molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology. He is the author of Dioxin, Agent Orange (Plenum, 1986), coeditor, with T. S. Glickman, of Readings in Risk (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990), and coauthor, with Steven J. Milloy, of Silencing Science (Cato, 1999). He is the author of more than forty papers about environmental and occupational health as well as numerous newspaper op-eds. He has testified about three dozen times before Congress. He is a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and was president of the International Society for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (2001–2002).

Michael Gough's Books

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Politicizing Science

Editor: Michael Gough
ISBN: 978-0-8179-3932-8

In this book leading scientists share their experiences and observations of developing and testing hypotheses, offering insights on the dangers of manipulating science for political gain. It describes how politicization--whether by misapplication, overextension, or outright manipulation of the scientific record to advance particular policy agendas--imposes expenditures of money, missed opportunities, and burdens on the economy.

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