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Release: April 15, 2002

Schnoor named editor of environmental engineering, sciences journal

Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair of Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of civil and environmental engineering, has been named editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) by the publication's board of directors, effective Jan.1, 2003.

ES&T, published twice monthly by the American Chemical Society, is the most cited journal of its kind and a leader in the research and business and industry communities. As a part of the editorial change, the publication will move its manuscript office from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to the Seamans Center at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Schnoor, who co-directs the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and holds a secondary appointment in the College of Public Health, is a former ES&T associate editor who looks forward to editing a publication whose content ranges from research papers and policy analyses to critical reviews.

"I am excited. ES&T is by far the top journal in the world on environmental science and engineering. Its impact ratings are more than twice its closest competitors -- it is read both by leading scientists/engineers and also CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. It has a special nature as both a magazine and technical journal rolled into one publication," Schnoor says.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler says that the honor recognizes the environmental leadership demonstrated by Schnoor and the UI College of Engineering.

"The UI is recognized internationally for its reputation in environmental science and engineering. Professor Schnoor's acceptance of this very prestigious position will further support our reputation as a leader in the field," Butler says.

Schnoor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has research interests in mathematical modeling of water quality, aquatic chemistry, groundwater, risk assessments and impact of carbon emissions on global change. He is also well known for his research in the field of phytoremediation, the use of plants to alleviate the effects of pollution. Schnoor is the chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, and a member of the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board. He has research projects in aquatic effects modeling of acid precipitation, global change and biogeochemistry, groundwater and hazardous wastes, and exposure/risk assessment modeling. Schnoor, who earned his doctorate in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas in 1975, is the editor of four books and the author of Environmental Modeling (John Wiley and Sons, 1996). He is also the editor of the Series of Texts and Monographs on Environmental Science and Technology by Wiley Interscience.