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John R. Froines Then and Now
(John R. Froines is was is again the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board Scientific Review Board)

John Froines Then 

John Froines, along with Lee Weiner, were the two forgotten defendants at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial.  Not individually charged with inciting a riot, but rather with making incendiary devices (stink bombs), Froines and Weiner were acquitted by the jury.

Froines came to Chicago as a chemist of considerable distinction, having graduated from Berkeley in 1963, then receiving his Ph.D. with a specialization in toxicology and industrial hygiene from Yale in 1967.

Froines activism dates at least back to 1964, when he was chair of Students for Johnson at Yale.  He soon thereafter joined the S.D.S.. Later he founded the Radical Science Information Service.

At trial, Froines appeared to many observers to be a quiet, likable man with a well developed sense of ironic wit.  In his statement made at the time of sentencing on contempt convictions, Froines quoted the Oregon Constitution which spoke of the right of the people to "at all times alter, reform or abolish the government in a manner as they may think proper."

Froines joined the UCLA faculty as a professor in its School of Public Health in 1981.  He came to UCLA from a stint in the Carter Administration as OSHA's Director of Toxic Substances.

John R. Froines Now

John R. Froines, Ph.D.

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Member, JCCC Molecular Epidemiology Program Area

Work Phone Number: (310) 206-6141

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Education: Ph.D., Physical-Organic Chemistry, Yale University
Research Interests: Dr. Froines' research focuses on 1) Chemical mechanisms and exposure assessment related to the health effects from exposure to airborne particulate matter; 2) Evaluation of toxicokinetic factors in defining and characterizing chemical toxicity; and 3) Risk assessment including pollution prevention. His current research emphasizes the study of etiologic factors in air pollution related health effects, but also includes projects to:

1. Study the role of toxicokinetics, and host factors in the carcinogenicity of arsenic and chromium VI.
2. Develop new approaches to exposure assessment for multi-component systems with a focus on measures of internal dose as characterized by evaluation of metabolites, biomarkers and other toxicological factors. In particular, he leads a research project to investigate pesticide exposure among pesticide applicators, farmworkers, and their families in Mexico.
3. Toxicokinetic modeling to explain toxic interactions between multiple chemicals including studies of enhancement and antagonism. He is currently PI on a project to investigate new approaches to addressing exposure to beryllium metal.

Bio: Professor Froines joined the faculty of the School of Public Health in 1981. He received a B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley (1963), M.S. in chemistry (1964) and Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry (1967) from Yale University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Royal Institution of Great Britain under Nobel Laureate, Sir George Porter from 1966-68. Before coming to the UCLA School of Public Health, Dr. Froines was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon and later served as Director of Toxic Substances at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Froines served as the Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health for 25 years and is currently the Director of the Southern California Particle Center and Supersite. He is Associate Director of the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Director of the UCLA Fogarty Program in Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Froines' area of expertise is toxicology and exposure assessment. His research interests are in the qualitative and quantitative characterization of risk factors in environmental and occupational health.

Dr. Froines chairs the State of California's Scientific Review Panel; the central review panel at the State level for identifying toxic air contaminants. He is a member of the National Toxicology Program's Board of Scientific Counselors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Environmental Health Roundtable.