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Oct. 30, 2006

Carmichael, Stanier Named UI Reps To Atmospheric Research Consortium

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research recently appointed Gregory Carmichael and Charles Stanier of the UI College of Engineering as representatives to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Carmichael, associate dean for graduate programs and research in the College of Engineering, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), will serve as UI administration representative to UCAR. Stanier, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, will serve as faculty representative.

UCAR is a non-profit consortium of over 100 university members and affiliates founded in 1960 to enhance the capabilities of the universities and to focus on scientific problems beyond the scale of a single university. Among UCAR's responsibilities is to manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a major federal resource based in Boulder, Colo. and funded by the National Science Foundation. Unlike most UCAR members who have an atmospheric sciences department, the UI has maintained its membership in UCAR for some 10 years through its internationally known CGRER unit. The new UI appointments replace Bill Decker, senior associate vice president for research who served as UI administrative representative and Carmichael, who previously served as faculty representative to UCAR.

Stanier is the recipient of the 2006 Sheldon K. Friedlander Award by the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). He has research interests in laboratory investigation and field sampling of air pollution -- particularly aerosol particles and greenhouse gases -- and computational simulations involving atmospheric contaminants and aerosol chemistry. He says that his research goal is to support society's efforts to understand and manage potential health and climate effects by constructing experiments and computational models. His work is extensively supported by field measurements and used for the prediction of human exposures and their changes due to changes in precursor emissions, combustion technologies and the increased use of nanomaterials.

In October 2005, Carmichael was part of the U.S. delegation attending an environmental conference, "Strategic Approaches to Regional Air Quality Management," in Beijing. Carmichael is a veteran Asian pollution researcher having designed a three-dimensional atmospheric chemistry model currently used to track man-made chemicals released into the atmosphere. In 2004, he received $770,000 in NASA and NOAA grants for air pollution studies in addition to a 2002 five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to use information technology to develop pollution "weather forecasts." He and his UI College of Engineering colleagues were honored with the NASA Group Achievement Award for their contribution to one of the most comprehensive environmental studies of its kind -- the 2004 Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment -- North America (INTEX-NA).

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