As one of 19 members of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Burgess will advise on policies governing NIH-funded biomedical research and medical science.
He also will be among 15 panelists on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research counseling federal officials on a government-funded project to map the DNA genes that make up the building blocks of human life.
Both four-year appointments commenced Oct. 1.
"I am honored to have been appointed by Secretary Shalala to these councils and hope that my activities assist colleagues here at Boston College and across the country," Burgess said. "I also believe that these activities will greatly enrich my teaching of our students."
Burgess was named last fall to a two-year term on the US Energy Department's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee.
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