Jeremy Gernand, recipient of 2010 SRA Student Merit Award

A paper written by CEINT doctoral student, Jeremy Gernand, has been selected to receive the 2010 student merit award from the Society of Risk Analysis Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group.

In December, Gernand will present his paper titled, “Identifying Information-rich characterization attributes for nanomaterial toxicity risk assessment” at the 2010 SRA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jeremy Gernand

This award provides a cash prize as well as a waiver of the 2010 SRA Annual Meeting registration fee.

Gernand is studying at Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of faculty advisor Elizabeth Casman, CEINT Researcher and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy.

Gernand uses machine learning techniques to identify nanoparticle characteristics that predict toxicity indicators. His research provides specific recommendations for nanomaterial characterization for nanotoxicity work, based on quantitative measures of information value.

His advisor commented, "Jeremy’s work has provided insight into several ongoing debates in nanotoxicology. He is helping us refine the list of nanoparticle properties that should be reported in nanotoxicity studies and settle some arguments over the most meaningful units for these properties.”