2016 President's Report - page 24-25

Clarkson University
President’s Report
Hopke Receives Mehlman
Philip K. Hopke, the Bayard D. Clarkson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was
honored with the 2016 International
Society of Exposure Science’s Constance
L. Mehlman Award at the society’s
October annual meeting in the
The award recognizes a member who
has most helped shape a national or state
policy with exposure analysis or affected
a reduction or prevention of exposure.
Edzwald Honored with
O’Melia Educator Award
Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering James K. Edzwald was
honored with the Association of
Environmental Engineering and Science
Professors’ 2016 Charles R. O’Melia
Distinguished Educator Award.
NSF Grant for Plasma Research
Professors Selma Mededovic Thagard (chemical
& biomolecular engineering), Douglas Bohl
(mechanical & aeronautical engineering) and
Eunsu Paek (chemical & biomolecular engineering)
have received an NSF grant for their research on
electrical plasmas.
The collaborative project focuses on improving
the understanding of the fundamental processes
that occur at or near interfaces of a plasma, a cloud
of ionized gas composed of electrons, ions and
neutral particles, and a liquid.
A plasma created above or within a liquid can
have several uses. For example, plasma discharges
have been used to sterilize and remove harmful
chemicals from water, to create new materials and
for medical applications. Some cancer-causing
pollutants found in the environment can only be
treated using plasmas.
A better understanding of the physical and
chemical processes near the plasma-liquid interface
will not only help to improve the existing plasma-
based processes, but also will open new applications
in biomedicine, agriculture, energy, green chemistry
and pollutant mitigation.
National Leadership
Chief Inclusion & Human Resources Officer Suong Ives
has been elected to lead the new Northeast Chapter of the
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
(NADOHE) as its chair.
The NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for
diversity officers in higher education by supporting their
collective efforts to produce and disseminate empirical
evidence through research to inform diversity initiatives;
identify and circulate exemplary practices; provide
professional development for diversity officers; and inform
and influence national, state and local policies.
Lessons from the Past
A new book by Associate Professor of Ancient
History Sarah Melville examines military and
political struggles in the ancient Near East.
An in-depth military study of an Assyrian king,
Melville demonstrates how Sargon II changed
the geopolitical dynamics in the Near East,
inspired a period of cultural florescence,
established long-lasting Assyrian supremacy
and became one of the ancient world’s most
successful kings.
Rethinking Political Theory
Associate Professor of Political Science
Chris Robinson has edited a collection of
the work of influential political theorist
John G. Gunnell, whose work touches on
the philosophy of social science, the history
of political science and the history of political
Professors Eunsu Paek, Selma Mededovic Thagard and Douglas Bohl
Prof. Philip K. Hopke
Suong Ives
Assistant Professor Rana Parshad and Emmanuel Quansah
’16 (Ph.D., Math)
Controlling Invasive Species Growth
Clarkson researchers, working with colleagues at Stephen F. Austin
State University and the University of Georgia, have analyzed a
mathematical model of biological control to prevent, or mitigate, the
explosive increase of an invasive species population that functions
as a top predator in a three-species food chain. Their research was
published in the March issue of
Mathematical Biosciences
When an invasive species is introduced to a new habitat, it
can harm native species by preying on them or competing for the
same resources, enabling the invasive species population to rise to
uncontrollable levels.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Rana Parshad and
Emmanuel Quansah ’16 (Ph.D., Math) studied how a mathematical
model can be used to create “safe zones” for native species and
control the population growth of invasive species.
Parshad and Quansah used a partial differential equation
model to show that habitat manipulation alone can check the
explosive growth
of invasive
species without
any traditional
control measures,
such as
pesticides or the
introduction of
a natural enemy
of the invasive
Parshad and Quansah point to the cane toad as an example of an
invasive species population out of control. The toad was introduced
to Australia with the goal of reducing the population of cane beetles
responsible for damaging sugar cane crops. Rather than prey on the
cane beetle, they instead hunted other native species, disrupting these
populations. Some estimates for
the current cane toad population
surpass two billion.
In Print
Ahmadi Honored by ASME
Clarkson Distinguished Professor
Goodarz Ahmadi was honored
with the 2016 American Society
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Freeman Scholar Award in Fluid
Engineering and presented with the
Anniversary of Fluids
Engineering Division Medal.
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