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UI's Schnoor to give Oct. 22 talk on global climate change

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jerald L. Schnoor, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, will make a UI Distinguished Faculty Research Award Presentation at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Free and open to the public, the lecture/slide presentation, "Global Change and the Role of the Engineer in Sustainable Development," will also be delivered Oct. 29 at Iowa State University. In discussing global climate change, Schnoor plans to address an apparent paradox: although carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere at a rate of one-half of one percent each year and international experts have determined that the increase is altering global climate patterns, the world has been slow to act in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Earlier this year Schnoor was named the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors (AEEP) Distinguished Lecturer for 1998, the highest honor bestowed by the AEEP, which includes some 700 North American faculty members and is the only organization of its kind to represent environmental engineering faculty. The annual lectureship, awarded alternately to either a North American professor or a professor from Europe or Japan, required Schnoor to deliver two lectures at Princeton, California Institute of Technology and 18 other universities across the United States.

Schnoor has been a professor at the University of Iowa since 1977. He specializes in water quality modeling, hazardous wastes remediation, and global atmospheric trace gases. He is the co-author of more than 100 journal articles, editor of four books, and author of the popular textbook, Environmental Modeling, published by John Wiley and Sons, 1996. He is an international authority on environmental engineering, having led many international projects, testified before Congress on several occasions, and served as an advisor to William Ruckelshaus, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on issues involving acid rain.

The presentation is part of a joint University of Iowa-Iowa State University program designed to give students access to the best engineering educational resources at both universities. Established in 1994, the program includes shared lectures, cooperative graduate courses over interactive electronic media, faculty seminar exchanges, and out-of-state seminar speakers.