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03-31-2005

Three To Receive Clarkson University Honorary Degrees In May

Dr. Andreas “Andy” Acrivos, Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science and Engineering at the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University; Kathryn S. Fuller, World Wildlife Fund President and Chief Executive Officer; and Russell Banks, renowned literary author, will receive honorary degrees at Clarkson University’s 112th Commencement in Potsdam, New York, on Sunday, May 8.

Dr. Andy Acrivos’ university career spans nearly 50 years and in that time he has been widely recognized for his scholarly contributions in the field of fluid mechanics. He has published nearly 200 professional articles and is credited with revolutionizing the field of suspension rheology, a discipline of relevance to problems in physiology as well as in energy production and transport.  He has received numerous awards, including the 2001 National Medal of Science from President Bush, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and six other honorary degrees. A native of Athens, Greece, Dr. Acrivos came to the U.S. in 1947 and attained his B.S. in chemical engineering from Syracuse University in 1950; an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1951; and his Ph.D., also in chemical engineering, from the University of Minnesota in 1954. His first appointment was to the University of California at Berkeley. Acrivos joined the faculty of Stanford’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1962 and in 1998 he became the Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at the City College of the City University of New York and director of its Benjamin Levich Institute, a post from which he retired in 2000.

Kathryn Scott Fuller has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Wildlife Fund since 1989 and has received acclaim for aggressively advancing the organization’s wildlife and habitat conservation initiatives and encouraging the inclusion of women in grassroots conservation programs. Under her leadership, the WWF has doubled its U.S. membership to 1.2 million and tripled its revenues. Trained as a lawyer and marine biologist, she first joined the WWF in 1983, after heading the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Justice Department. Fuller received her B.A. from Brown University and J.D. from the University of Texas, and she pursued graduate studies at the University of Maryland. She was recently elected Chair of the prestigious Ford Foundation Board of Trustees and is a trustee of Brown University, Resources for the Future, and the Mexican Nature Conservation Fund. She is also a director of Alcoa and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She has received a number of international awards, including the U.N. Environment Programme Global 500 award, and several honorary degrees.

In his more than 30-year literary career, Russell Banks has published five short story collections, nine novels, and four poetry collections. His fiction captures the experiences of the working class living in the Northeast and often deals with issues of conflict, addiction, economic hardship, racism and family.  He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, the St. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1940, Banks was raised in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1967 and he has taught at Emerson College, the University of New Hampshire, New England College, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Princeton University. He makes his home in both Saratoga Springs and Keene Valley, New York, and his last three novels have been set in what have been described as “hardscrabble” upstate New York towns. Last year he was recognized with the New York Writers Institute Author Award (2004-2006).

[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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