President of Science & Safety Consulting Service, Fayetteville, NC
Linda was a chemistry and biology teacher when she was misdiagnosed with MS, causing her to retire. After retirement, she started getting better. A blood test revealed she actually had heavy metal poisoning. Her desk has been in the 1929 building’s poorly ventilated chemical area for 17 years. With chelation therapy, she recovered and began a new career dedicated to science safety.
Today she is recognized as a leading expert for training chemical hygiene officers, teachers and other school personnel for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities on science safety and hazard communication.
Linda presents at national and state education and scientific organization meetings. She was a member of the North Carolina Education Standards and Accountability Commission that established standards and accountability criteria for public schools. She is Past President of North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) and NCSTA’s Education Policy Legislative Liaison and Safety Advisor.
Linda chaired the National Science Teacher’s Association Science Safety Committee and is active in the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Safety (DCHAS).
(Read more about Linda’s accomplishments, publications, credentials and professional memberships at www.sciencesafetyconsulting.com.
In her own words:
Effective laboratory safety is not possible without the continued education and commitment of all stakeholders involved in learning and experimentation in the scientific environment. The ability of students to solve problems using science inquiry is a vital step in the intellectual development of future educators, medical and science professionals and citizens in general. There is significantly more involved in ensuring science safety than merely presenting a set of rules and regulations to the class. Motivation, dedication and understanding of the “whys of safety” are essential in the development of a safe and effective school laboratory program. -- Do You Know the Law? The Science Reflector, NCSTA Newsletter, by Linda M. Stroud, Ph.D.