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10-26-2007

Clarkson Professor Appointed to EPA Panel and Elected AAAS Fellow

Philip K. Hopke, the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES) at Clarkson University, has been appointed to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter Panel.

CASAC was established under the Clean Air Act as an independent scientific advisory committee and provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Hopke has also been awarded the distinction of AAAS fellow, an honor bestowed upon American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) members by their peers.

A member of the section on atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences, Hopke was elected as an AAAS fellow for his "leadership in fundamental research and education related to the sources and fate of atmospheric pollutants and their integration in federal air quality policies."

Under Hopke's stewardship, Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (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 sources, chemistry, health and ecological effects of air pollution.

Hopke recently served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Energy Futures and Urban Air Pollution in China and the United States. He has also served 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 is also an International Aerosol Fellow.

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.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[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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