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10-02-2012

Clarkson University's Hopke Elected to Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Executive Committee

Philip K. Hopke, Clarkson University’s Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, director of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment and director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES), has been elected to the executive committee of the National Council for Science and the Environment's (NCSE) Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD).

Philip K. HopkeCEDD is a professional organization of the environmental program leaders on the nation’s college campuses. It promotes, encourages, develops, and supports efforts to advance knowledge and learning in the interdisciplinary environmental sciences and studies (physical, biological, social and engineering sciences) and disseminates such knowledge to the academic community and to the public.

The mission of NCSE is to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision making, serving as a bridging organization that spans the divide between science, its applications, and policy. NCSE builds innovative and effective connections and partnerships between those who generate, educate and communicate science relevant to the environment and those who seek to use science to guide decisions at local, state, national, and international levels.

Hopke is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, as well as its Panel on Lead in Airborne Particulate Matter.

He is the inaugural director of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment and has served for more than a decade as director of CARES, which fosters research in air sampling and analysis, receptor modeling, atmospheric deposition, and the application of computational fluid dynamics to air pollution problems.

Hopke has served at the U.S. Department of State as a Jefferson Science Fellow and many EPA and National Research Council committees and boards.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Trinity College and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University. Hopke joined Clarkson University as the Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry in July 1989.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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.

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[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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