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Clarkson University's Twiss Named to Fulbright Specialist Roster

Clarkson University Professor of Biology Michael Twiss has been named a Fulbright Specialist Roster candidate by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

Michael TwissAs a roster candidate, Twiss will be considered for project requests that require his expertise. Roster candidates are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists.

Twiss, the director of the Great Rivers Center at Clarkson, said his assignments would focus on water and international relations.

"If you look around the world, in many cases freshwater sources such as rivers and lakes define borders, so there needs to be agreements between nations to share these resources," he said. "This is a great opportunity to take the international resource water management that I've learned from our Great Lakes region and share it with other institutions around the world."

Twiss is a member of the Massena Area of Concern Remedial Action Committee in Massena, N.Y., and 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.

A member of the International Association for Great Lakes Research board of directors, Twiss also received IAGLR's Anderson-Everett Award in 2016 for his important and continued contributions to the association and the Great Lakes.

Twiss said he looks forward to sharing his expertise with other institutions and bringing back new experiences to Clarkson and the Great Lakes system.

"The management of the Great Lakes is renowned around the world as a prime example of correct management approach, and it's a real good one," he said.

Twiss joined the faculty at Clarkson in 2002. He holds an honours bachelor of science degree from Trent University (Canada) in biology and environmental science, a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in botany and environmental studies, and a Ph.D. in science de l’eau (limnology) from the Université du Québec, where his thesis was awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

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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