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Release: June 26, 2000

UI engineer honored by Japanese government

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gregory Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, has received a Distinguished Guest Professor Award from the Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture. The award is given annually to about 10 international researchers to enable them to promote scientific exchange and collaborative studies at designated centers of excellence.

Carmichael is currently serving a three-month residency in Kyoto, Japan as Distinguished Guest Professor in the Atmospheric Disaster Division, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University. During his visiting professorship, he is collaborating with Japanese scientists on research related to the impact of Asia pollution on air quality and climate.

Carmichael is internationally recognized for his studies on the environmental impact of Asian development. His work has shown that sulfur dioxide and other pollutants formed by burning coal affect urban environments in Asia and the United States as pollution is transported across the Pacific Ocean. Carmichael also serves as co-director of the UI 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.

The Distinguished Guest Professor Award was made through a competition among Centers of Excellence at Japan's national universities.