|Lester B. Lave is the James Higgins Professor of Economics
and Finance, Professor of Urban and Public Affairs, and Professor
of Engineering and Public Policy at The H. John Heinz III School of
Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lave received
his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Professor Lave's current research focus is policy analysis; environmental
economics; risk analysis and management, including air pollution,
carcinogenicity of chemicals, safety of dams and highway safety;
and product and process design for the environment, including life
Professor Lave is head of the university-wide Green Design Initiative.
All seven colleges at Carnegie Mellon are involved in this university-government-business
consortium on improving the design and production of products in
order to prevent pollution. His research is focused on environmental
quality and risk management. He has authored papers on the value
of better weather information, and on the optimal protocol for testing
pregnant women to determine if their fetuses have neural tube defects.
Research on the information content of the National Cancer Institute
lifetime rodent bioassay demonstrated that the test provided much
less information than had been assumed.
Professor Lave is a member of several National Research Council
Committees (ionizing radiation in medicine, environmental regulation
and productivity, and prevention of natural disasters), two
EPA committees (advisory committee on estimating the benefits and
costs of the Clean Air Act and review committee of the Particulate
Matter Health Effects). He has also served on many committees of
the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine as
well as of the American Medical Association, Office of Technology
Assessment, National Library of Medicine and other nonprofit institutions.
He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences, is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis,
received an award for excellence in teaching, and has been a consultant
to almost every cabinet-level department in the federal government
as well as a number of state governments. Professor Lave was a senior
fellow at the Brookings Institute from 1978-1982.