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Imperiale serves on National Academies’ special committee

Michael Imperiale is an Arthur F Thurnau Professor and professor of microbiology and Immunology at the Medical School and U-M’s associate vice president for research–research policy and compliance. He also serves on the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

CSTL brings together the science and engineering community and the legal community to explore pressing issues, improve communication, and help facilitate discussions between the two communities. Through his work on CSTL, Imperiale has been involved in several projects including improving interactions between the scientific and security communities, dual use research in the life sciences, and the responsible conduct of research.

Imperiale previously served on the NASA Advisory Committee’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS). According to NASA, the PPS was a standing subcommittee which supported the advisory needs of the administrator, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), SMD’s Planetary Science Division, NASA’s planetary protection officer, and other NASA mission directorates as required. The scope of the PPS included programs, policies, plans, hazard identification and risk assessment, and other matters pertinent to the agency’s responsibilities for biological planetary protection.