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NewsBriefs
Inside the Classroom
ES 436 Global Climate Change: Engineering, Science, Policy.
Commencement 2016
770
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral
degrees to students from
33
states,
23
countries and
61
New York state
counties at the
123
rd
commencement.
An additional
278
students received
degrees this past winter and summer.
Clarkson awarded
The class is taught by Suresh Dhaniyala, the Bayard D. Clarkson
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical
Engineering, and Susan Powers, Spence Professor of
Sustainable Environmental Systems.
“For some engineering students,”
Powers says, “this is the first time
someone looks them in the eye and
says, ‘You have the capacity to affect
climate change.’ It does cause a shift
in their thinking. They begin to
see climate issues from a very
different perspective.”
It’s a perspective informed
by decades of data.
“The class began with a
grant from NASA,” Powers says.
“And that included the empirical
evidence the agency has gathered
on temperatures and other factors.
So, we’re not telling students how or
what to think. We’re presenting data
and asking them to interpret it.”
The students pore over research on
warming, carbon dioxide levels, polar ice and
sea levels. “All the students come into the class with some
knowledge of climate change,” she says. “But some think of it as
a political issue. Here, they’re exposed to science and asked to
confront it as an engineering challenge.”
The course also asks students to grapple with
specific challenges, from increasing the
sustainability of energy systems to raising
livestock. What the students learn often
impacts —and changes — their own
behavior.
Behavior is one of the things
Powers records in her pedagogical
research of the course itself. With
her colleague Jan DeWaters,
an assistant professor of
engineering, Powers tracks
attitudes about climate issues
and the overall knowledge of the
students in the course.
DeWaters’ interests center
around energy literacy, which includes
gauging the quality of information the
public and policymakers use whenmaking
decisions about the generation, distribution
and cost of power. “Our students come out of this
course with a deeper appreciation of climate issues,” she
says. “It helps them think more broadly andmore holistically about
their work. Inmany ways, it makes them better engineers.”
MICHAEL WASSERMAN,
an associate professor of
organizational studies in
the School of Business, was
awarded the Distinguished
Teaching Award.
Honored for Excellence
SELMA MEDEDOVIC THAGARD
,
an associate professor of
chemical & biomolecular
engineering, was awarded
the John W. Graham Jr.
Faculty Research Award.
SENIOR LEAH C. GRANGER
of
Flowery Branch, Ga., received
the Levinus Clarkson Award.
SENIOR EMILY GONTHIER
of
Norfolk, N.Y., received the
Frederica Clarkson Award.
Campus
NewsBriefs
Egon Matijevic´
1922-2016
Clarkson’s oldest and longest serving
active, full-time faculty member, Egon
Matijević, passed away on July 20, at
the age of 94.
He had recently been named the
Victor K. LaMer Professor Emeritus for
his 59 years of exemplary service to the
University.
Renowned among alumni as a
maestro in the lecture hall and among
his peers world-wide for his scientific
virtuosity, Matijević’s contributions to
Clarkson are legendary.
“Clarkson had the honor and great
fortune to serve as the home of Professor
EgonMatijević and his scientific research
for nearly six decades,” said President Tony
Collins. “Egon left an indelible mark on
Clarkson through his leadership in
research and his dedication to teaching. His discoveries and international reputation in colloid
and surface chemistry brought great recognition to our University, while at the same time he
shared his great knowledge with thousands of our students.”
Matijević receivedmany honors during his lifetime, and was the only individual to receive
all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in the field of colloid chemistry: The
Kendall Award (1972), the Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award (1985), and the Ralph
K. Iler Award (1993). He published 581 papers and held 17 patents. He instructed 15,000
undergraduate students and advisedmore than 50 Ph.D. candidates, 50M.S. students, and 130
postdoctoral scholars.
A memorial service for
Egon Matijevic´ will be
held on October 20, 2016,
at Clarkson University.
For more information:
Contact Kelly Chezum, VP
for External Relations at
Prof. Egon Matijevic´ with his last publication.
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