Albany, NY – (December 6, 2006) – Jim Harris, CIRI Chairman of the Board, today announced that Dr. Steven Spivak will be the new Chairman of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s (CIRI’s) Science Advisory Council (SAC) in 2007. He will take over from Dr. Michael Berry, who completes his one-year term as chair.
"We are grateful to Michael Berry for getting our Science Advisory Council off to such a great start," Harris said. Thanks to both encouragement and financial support from Shaw Industries, Mike agreed to come out of semi-retirement for one year to help us establish the SAC. His recognition within the industry gave immediate credibility to CIRI’s scientific research program. Mike also helped CIRI identify and recruit four additional scientists to the Council, including Dr. Spivak. Finally, he helped organize the framework for the development of a "State of Cleaning Science" compendium that will be the foundation for CIRI’s first symposium, and a valuable addition to the literature on cleaning science.
"We’re also grateful – and fortunate – that we have someone of Steve Spivak’s qualifications to step into the chairmanship role, especially given his current affiliation and burgeoning activities with CIRI."
Dr. Spivak has been a member of the SAC since it was officially formed in early 2006. He brings a great deal of experience in cleaning science, having spent the last 30 years as a consultant and technical advisor with ASCR International, the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration. He writes a monthly technical topics column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine and has done so for 25 years. Also he is Professor Emeritus, Engineering with the University of Maryland where he served for over 30 years. Dr. Spivak has participated in and chaired a number of national and international panels, and was Chairman of the ISO Consumer Policy Committee for five years. He’s coauthor of two books on standards and standardization, the most recent being Standardization Essentials, and is an Honorary Member of ASTM International.
"I’m excited by the opportunity to chair the SAC, building on the fine work that Mike Berry has done," Spivak said. "This role allows me to bring together the two strands of my career – in-depth scientific research and practical cleaning knowledge – to benefit the industry. And I believe that CIRI, with its superb group of science advisors, is the perfect organization to blend existing and new scientific understanding with the day-to-day needs of cleaning professionals. We want to share this information with the general public, building owners and managers, health and hygiene specialists, and of course cleaning and maintenance personnel – everyone who can benefit from better understanding the science of cleaning."
"I’ve enjoyed the year I spent with CIRI and the four scientists of the SAC," Mike Berry said. "I feel we’ve accomplished a great deal in identifying many science needs of the cleaning industry. But there’s still a lot of work to do, and I’m fullyconfident that Steve Spivak– my friend and colleague of over 20 years now– will be able to build on the foundation we laid in 2006. I know he and the science advisors will move forward in providing valuable information and advice to the cleaning and related industries. I will continue to give CIRI, Dr Spivak and the Science Advisory Council my full support and encouragement in developing a strong science basis for the profession of cleaning."
Dr. Spivak will assume his role as SAC chairman on January 1, 2007. Dr. Berry will stay on as a science advisor, helping CIRI and the SAC prepare for its first symposium in late April, 2007.