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UI's Carmichael receives international award for air quality research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gregory Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, recently became the first recipient of the 1998 Recognition Award given by the 6th International Conference on Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality held in Beijing.

The award was given "in recognition for continuous and exceptional contributions to the application of scientific knowledge for the goal of improving air quality worldwide." The conference, which met in November 1998, is held once every two years for several hundred atmospheric science and air pollution researchers, with special emphasis on research in Pacific Rim countries.

Carmichael is an internationally recognized researcher, in part, for his studies on the environmental impacts of Asian development. Asia, one of the most rapidly developing regions, has the potential to affect regional air pollution and atmospheric conditions around the world by releasing sulfur dioxide and other pollutants formed by burning coal. His studies have shown that these pollutants affect not only urban environments in Asia, but also the United States because their environmental impacts are transported across the Pacific Ocean.

Carmichael serves as co-director of the UI's Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), which fosters interdisciplinary research and training in the field of environmental change and is concerned with both the scientific and human dimensions of global change. CGRER currently consists of 60 faculty, 75 graduate students, 15 postdoctoral and visiting scientists from 17 departments -- ranging from economics and law to physics and astronomy -- and six colleges at the UI and Iowa State University.