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UI researchers win environmental chemistry award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Vicki Grassian, associate professor of chemistry
in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, and Gregory Carmichael,
professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of
Engineering, have been awarded one of only six two-year, $90,000 grants
given nationally by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral
Program in Environmental Chemistry for 1997.
Under the terms of the award, a postdoctoral scientist will be invited
to conduct research at the University of Iowa in an interdisciplinary,
collaborative setting between the Center for Global and Regional Environmental
Research (CGRER) and the departments of chemistry and chemical and biochemical
engineering. The purpose of the award is to foster multi-disciplinary
training of chemists and chemical engineers and to encourage them to pursue
research in the field of environmental chemistry.
The Center fosters interdisciplinary research and training in the field
of fenvironmental 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.
Grassian, who came to the University in 1990, is engaged in a variety
of studies related to environmental and atmospheric chemistry. Carmichael,
a UI faculty member since 1978, is involved in the study of environmental
issues focusing on air quality in developing Asian countries.
In addition to the UI, other universities winning 1997 Dreyfus Awards
are: Princeton University, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University,
the University of Denver and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. of New York was established
in 1946 by Swiss-born chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus
as a memorial to his brother, Henry, "to advance the science of chemistry,
chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human
relations and circumstances around the world." The Dreyfus brothers
dedicated their lives to the scientific and commercial development of cellulose
acetate and related chemicals, resulting in the formation of the Celanese
companies in Britain, Canada and the United States and contributing to
the evolution of the modern chemical industry. The Foundation became a
memorial to both men after Camille died in 1956.