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09-22-2006

Clarkson University Reappoints Distinguished Professor

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Philip K. Hopke, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University, has been appointed to a second consecutive five-year term as Clarkson University's Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor. He is also being reappointed as director of Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES). Under his stewardship CARES has become a major center for air-quality research, attracting more than $5 million in capital funding and nearly $11 million in grants from both private industry and federal agencies. This growth has attracted 10 world-class Clarkson faculty to become affiliated with the Center, conducting interdisciplinary research on the health and ecological effects of air pollution. Hopke's reappointments are effective January 1, 2007. hopke

The distinguished professorship was created by Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson and his wife, Virginia, during Clarkson University's four-year, capital campaign (1989 - 1993). The purpose of Dr. and Mrs. Clarkson's generous gift was to provide a permanent financial base, in the form of an endowment, underlying the University's academic program and to attract world-class faculty to Clarkson.

A descendant of the University's founding family, Dr. Clarkson served as a trustee of Clarkson from 1967 - 1987 and 1989 - 1994, and as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1978 - 1987. An oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Clarkson is associated with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and has held the Enid Haupt Chair for Therapeutic Research there. In addition, he is a professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a private institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics and bioinformatics.

Hopke earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Trinity College and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University. He joined Clarkson University as the Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry in July 1989. He has contributed chapters to 70 scientific books, authored or co-authored 360 journal articles, presented 75 invited addresses, and participated in 515 additional professional addresses. Hopke has also authored or co-authored numerous technical reports.

Hopke currently serves on the EPA's Science Advisory Board and was a member of the National Research Council's (NRC) Congressionally mandated Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. He has also served on five other NRC committees.

In 2005, Hopke was appointed by the National Academy of Engineering to conduct a study in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science to assess the urban impact of the dual problems of continued coal consumption and the rapid increase of private vehicles in China. He is a recipient of the David Sinclair Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research and has served as the association's president. Hopke was also made an International Aerosol Fellow by the International Aerosol Research assembly at the 7th International Aerosol Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 11 - 15.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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