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Clarkson University's Twiss Wins IAGLR Award & Joins Board of Directors

Clarkson University Professor of Biology Michael Twiss has studied the Great Lakes for more than 25 years and says people often don't always realize the vital role that this water system plays in the North Country.

Michael Twiss"We forget that the St. Lawrence River is an essential part of the Great Lakes system, and it's an economic driver in our region through energy and transport and recreation," said Twiss, who is the director of the Great Rivers Center at Clarkson. "We need to protect it."

Twiss has received the Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research for his work organizing IAGLR activities. He has been instrumental in projects such as the annual IAGLR scholarship fundraising hockey game where teams from the U.S. and Canada compete for the "IAGLR Defy Cup," and he served as the 2015 IAGLR conference program committee chair.

The Anderson-Everett Award recognizes important and continued contributions to the association over a period of years and honors the efforts of David Anderson and Margaret Everett for their significant early contributions to the association and the Great Lakes.

Twiss, who first became a member of IAGLR in 1989, also has been named a new member of the IAGLR board of directors. The international association has been active for six decades, supporting research and facilitating bi-national cooperation on the Great Lakes, which are important resources to both Canada and the U.S.

"One of the things I want to do is help students get involved with the organization because that's the future of IAGLR," he said.

Twiss strives to help solve Great Lakes problems as a member of the Massena Area of Concern Remedial Action Committee in Massena, N.Y., and as an appointed member of both the International Joint Commission Science Advisory Board's Research Coordination Committee and the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Advisory Board’s Science & Information Subcommittee.

In addition, he has been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program as a Fulbright Specialist Roster candidate, which allows him to share his expertise in international resource water management with countries worldwide.

Twiss is one of multiple Clarkson faculty members who contribute to IAGLR. Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering Thomas Holsen and Former Provost Thomas Young have made significant contributions to the IAGLR as members of its board of directors, and former Clarkson Professor Joseph DePinto also received the Anderson-Everett Award for work he conducted while at Clarkson.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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