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Professor Joyce Penner Receives 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Posted: June 7, 2017

Professor Joyce Penner Receives 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

We are very pleased to announce that Climate & Space professor Joyce Penner is the recipient of a 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award.

The award is given each year by the Air Resources Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency to honor individuals for their achievements in air quality.

From the ARB website:

“Since 2001, the California Air Resources Board has annually bestowed the distinguished Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards.  The awards are given to extraordinary individuals to recognize significant career accomplishments in at least one of these air quality categories: research, environmental policy, science and technology, public education and community service.

“The prestigious award program was named after Dr. Arie J. Haagen-Smit, a native of Utrecht in the Netherlands, who was a leader in developing air quality standards based on his research efforts. Dr. Haagen-Smit, known by many as the "father" of air pollution control, was a graduate of the University of Utrecht and a biochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena for 16 years before beginning his air pollution research in 1948. Through a series of experiments, he found that most of California's smog resulted from photochemistry (when exhaust from motor vehicles and industrial facilities react with sunlight to create ozone). This breakthrough is the foundation upon which today's nationwide air pollution standards are based.”

On Wednesday, June 21st Cal EPA will host a public event, "Clean Air Leadership Talks with the 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award Winners." Each award recipient will discuss their work and the air quality issues we currently face.

Professor Penner’s talk is titled, Climate Change and Aerosols: How Much Do Aerosols Mask Global Warming, and will review her role in the evolution of knowledge about aerosols and their cooling effects on climate and summarize where the field stands today.

Professor Penner conducts research in the areas of cloud and aerosol interactions and cloud microphysics, climate and climate change, global tropospheric chemistry and budgets, model development and interpretation. She is the Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science and Associate Chair for Atmospheric Science at CLaSP.

Congratulations, Professor Penner!