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NIOSH Announces Members Of Panel To Examine MSHA Internal Review

Publication Date: 
May 06, 2010
Workers Compensation

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today announced the members of a panel that will examine the process and outcomes of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) internal review in the wake of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

The members are:

Lewis V. Wade, Ph.D., former senior science advisor to the Director of NIOSH.
Michael J. Sapko, M.S., retired NIOSH senior physical scientist.
Alison D. Morantz, Ph.D., J.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the Stanford Law School.
NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D., J.D.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on April 16 asked Dr. Howard to identify a team with relevant experience to provide an independent analysis of MSHA’s internal review.

"I am pleased that Dr. Wade, Mr. Sapko, and Dr. Morantz have agreed to join me to perform the review sought by the Department of Labor," Dr. Howard said. "Together, the panel represents an impressive breadth and depth of applied knowledge and experience in public policy management, science policy and practice, the technical intricacies of mining operations and mining safety engineering, and public law. This is an ideal team to engage the important task at hand."


Alison Morantz, Ph.D., J.D., M.Sc., will offer public policy and public law experience. Dr. Morantz has served on the faculty of the Stanford Law School since 2004. At Stanford, she teaches first-year and upper-level courses, including contract law and employment law. Research interests include occupational safety and health, workers compensation, regulatory federalism, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, empirical law and economics, and legal history. Dr. Morantz has been principal investigator for research grants, contracts, and assignments from the National Science Foundation, CPWR-the Center for Construction Research and Training, the World Health Organization, Stanford’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, and NIOSH. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and an M.Sc. degree in economics for development from Oxford University. Dr. Morantz was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.