Schnoor Chosen for UI President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement

Monday, June 2, 2008

Jerry Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, is one of four who have received UI President's Awards for State Outreach and Public Engagement.

The annual award honors those who demonstrate exemplary outreach to the State of Iowa and the public in general. The $3,000 awards are given in four categories: faculty, staff, student and group/organization.

Schnoor, the faculty recipient, was nominated for his success in moving scientific understanding out of the academic world into the public sphere. Schnoor is a renowned scholar in environmental modeling, the use of plants in remediation of contaminated soils, and global climate change. He is the editor of the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the top journal in the field. Schnoor has extensively shared his expertise in public discussions and writing in public forums, and he has committed his time to leadership on global climate change on the UI campus and on state committees and initiatives. He has written numerous editorials and spoken to Iowans in many different forums, and he has testified before the House Environment Committee. Schnoor was named to the Midwest Governors' Association Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord Advisory Group, and Governor Culver has appointed him to chair the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, which is charged with advising the state about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent or more by 2050.

"Public outreach and engagement are central to the mission of the University of Iowa," Mason said. "These awardees provide generous and invaluable service to the people of Iowa and beyond, and it is inspiring how they apply their talents for the public good. Remarkable university community members like these exemplify the UI's leadership in learning, discovery, and engagement. I congratulate and thank them for their service and initiative."

The other 2008 recipients are Roger Tracy, assistant dean and director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs in the Carver College of Medicine; Vernita Morgan, a Ph.D. student in Educational Measurement and Statistics in the College of Education; and Beta Alpha Psi-Alpha Pi Chapter, the honorary organization for accounting majors in the Tippie College of Business.