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The 34th annual UI Presidential Lecture: “What Goes Around, Comes Around” by Gregory Carmichael
February 19 @ 3:30 am - 5:00 pm
Gregory Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa, will deliver the 34th annual UI Presidential Lecture “What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Global Reach of Air Pollution.”
Carmichael has a BS, MS, and PhD in chemical engineering and has done extensive research related to air quality and its environmental impacts. He is currently the Karl Kammermeyer professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa and director of the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative, a cross-campus activity focused on big data, for which 25 new faculty positions have been created and more than 200 affiliate faculty and staff are engaged. Professor Carmichael is also co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (a large interdisciplinary center with 100+ faculty). He served as associate dean for graduate studies and research for the College of Engineering from 2002 to2014.
Professor Carmichael’s research is focused on air pollution and climate change, for which he uses comprehensive computer models and big data to simulate the interactions of air pollutants with weather and climate, to estimate resulting environmental impacts, and to evaluate effectiveness of various air pollution and climate change mitigation strategies. He has authored or co-authored over 340 scientific publications as well as six books and monographs. His studies have led to a greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of long-range transport of pollutants within Asia and across the Pacific Ocean. His work has also explored the importance of dust on atmospheric chemistry, and this work has helped to stimulate laboratory as well as large-scale field experiments. Most recently, his work has focused on the role of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air pollutant and climate warming agent.