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Clarkson University Researcher Delivers Environmental Lecture in Toronto

Clarkson University Professor Philip K. Hopke is sharing his knowledge on managing air quality with Canadian colleagues at York University in Toronto, where he presented the 2014 Morris Katz Lecture in Environmental Research in May.

Philip K. HopkeHopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) at Clarkson. His lecture, “Forty+ years of development and application of receptor modeling: Where are we now?” examined the development and evolution of receptor models in the identification and quantification of air pollution sources.

“It is an honor to be able to make this presentation at York University, which has a global reputation in atmospheric chemistry,” Hopke said.

This annual lecture is in honor of Morris Katz, who pioneered air pollutant sampling and measurement methodology and was among the first to demonstrate the presence of ozone damage to vegetation in Ontario. He taught chemistry at York University until his death in 1987.

Initial efforts to use atmospheric composition data to identify and measure sources of air pollution began more than 40 years ago, Hopke told the York University audience. He discussed the application of receptor models for air quality management in the U.S., and examined the current state-of-the-art application of receptor models.

Hopke is an esteemed scientist with national and international acclaim for his research on environmental issues that include indoor air quality and wood stove emissions. He joined Clarkson University in 1989 as the first Robert A. Plane Professor. In 2002, he became the director of CARES. In 2010, he became the founding director of Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Among his many affiliations, he is the past chair of Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and has served on the EPA Science Advisory Board. He is a past president of the American Association for Aerosol Research and was a member of the more than a dozen National Research Council committees.

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