Hornbuckle To Receive UI Distinguished Achievement Award

Friday, March 27, 2009

Keri C. Hornbuckle, professor and departmental executive officer of civil and environmental engineering, and research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, will receive the UI Distinguished Achievement Award April 1 at "A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women," the University of Iowa's annual tribute to the accomplishments of women at the university, A reception will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the awards program at 4 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.

The annual event recognizes outstanding scholarship, research, service, leadership and activism among UI undergraduate, graduate, staff and faculty women.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to staff or faculty members who have significant years of service within the university community, who are pioneers in their work or service, and are role models for women and girls. Hornbuckle joined the College of Engineering in 1998 and serves as the Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering. In addition to holding a secondary appointment as professor of occupational and environmental health, she is a faculty research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and a researcher at the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Her current research interests include source and fate of consumer products in natural systems; atmospheric deposition of potentially toxic compounds into the Great Lakes; design of air and water sampling equipment; and engineering modeling. In September 2008, she announced results of a study that found potentially toxic substances -- byproducts of paint pigment manufacturing -- present in Chicago air. Currently, she is conducting a study of pollutants left in the soil of Cedar Rapids by floodwaters during the floods of 2008.

As the first woman chair in the College of Engineering, she serves as a mentor for women researchers and is "an inspiring example for the 10 other, more junior, women faculty in the College of Engineering," according to Michelle M. Scherer, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, who nominated Hornbuckle for the award.