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04-27-2011

Martin Heintzelman Advancing Environmental Economics Research Through Fredric C. Menz Legacy at Clarkson University

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Martin D. Heintzelman, an assistant professor of economics and financial studies in the Clarkson University School of Business, continues to enhance and expand research in environmental economics through support from the Fredric C. Menz Endowment Fund.

Martin D. HeintzelmanThe Fredric C. Menz Endowment Fund was established in honor of the late Fredric C. Menz, a Clarkson professor of economics and an intensely committed scholar in environmental economics and policy.

The fund was created by alumni Dan O’Connor ’77 and Steven Tritman ’68, prior to Menz passing away in April 2006, to recognize and honor his sense of humor, love of teaching and ability to convey what he taught in everyday language that anyone could understand. It has since been augmented by generous gifts from alumni, family, and friends in memory of Menz.

"The research support I receive from the Fredric C. Menz Endowment Fund is not only helping  advance my research on issues in environmental and urban economics, but also helping create a next generation of scholars interested in environmental economics," says Heintzelman.

Heintzelman's research centers on the area of land-use economics. In particular, he studies the effects of land preservation and development on property values, using these as a proxy for societal preferences. With Ph.D. student Carrie Tuttle, he has now turned his attention to the effects of environmental amenities and land-use restrictions on property values in the Adirondacks, and to the impacts of the siting of wind turbines. 

He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics, as well as an M.S. in natural resource policy and behavior, from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in economics from Duke University. He is also director of the Clarkson University Center for Canadian Studies, which was established in 1987 by Menz.

“It has been rewarding to see Fredric Menz’s legacy live on at Clarkson through the research of Dr. Martin Heintzelman,” said President Tony Collins. “Martin’s research focus on environmental economics and natural resource economics helps bring to light sustainability issues that have a broad impact on our economy and our society.”

Fredric Menz, who joined the Clarkson faculty in 1974, was recognized by his peers as a leader in international environmental economics and policy. In addition, Clarkson gained prominence in the area of Canadian-U.S. business studies through Menz’s research, innovative teaching, and cross-border outreach efforts.

Menz served as interim dean of the School of Business from 1998 to 2000, a critical period of growth and opportunity for the school, which included preparations for its move to the hill and a major accreditation review. Following a 2001-2002 Fulbright Fellowship with the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway, Menz was invited to remain a non-resident scholar with the center, where he collaborated on several articles regarding international climate and pollution control policies.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Martin D. Heintzelman

[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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