Board of Governors Appoints Paul G. Falkowski First Holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources

Board of Governors Appoints Paul G. Falkowski First Holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources

The Rutgers University Board of Governors today appointed
Paul G. Falkowski, a professor of geological and marine sciences, as the first
holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources.

Paul Falkowski

Paul G. Falkowski, First Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources

The university established the endowed chair – which resides
jointly in Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick and the Department
of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences – to support
a university faculty member whose research has contributed to understanding the
Earth and its climate and who has been instrumental in shaping energy policy
internationally.  The anonymous gift
establishing the endowment is part of the university’s fundraising campaign, Our Rutgers, Our Future: A Campaign for
Excellence.

A Rutgers faculty member since 1998, Falkowski, who is the
founding Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute, www.rei.rutgers.edu, has been recognized
for his contributions to the understanding of the role of the oceans in the
co-evolution of life and biogeochemical cycles.

“Paul Falkowski is recognized internationally for his
far-reaching scientific vision that
is of tremendous value to the understanding of biological oceanography and
climate change,” said Richard L. McCormick, president of Rutgers University.
“His leadership and collaborative efforts toward energy independence through
scientific and technological advances exemplify Rutgers’ role in New Jersey and
beyond.”

Falkowski is a Board of Governors Professor in the
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences
and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in the School of Environment
and Biological Sciences.  He is the lead
investigator of the Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology
Program.  At the Rutgers Energy
Institute, he works to foster innovative research and educational programs in
science, technology and economic policies aimed at developing sustainable
energy production compatible with economic growth and environmental vitality.

A renowned teacher and scholar, Falkowski has received
recognition and many distinguished awards and for his work including a
Guggenheim Fellowship, the Huntsman Medal, the Hutchinson Award and the
Verndsky Medal from the European Geosciences Union.  He is a member of the National Academy of
Sciences, a private nonprofit society of distinguished scholars chartered to
advise the government on science for the general welfare of the nation.  He is also a member of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the
American Academy of Microbiology.

Falkowski, who earned his doctoral degree in Biology from
the University of British Columbia in 1975, lives in Princeton with his wife
Sari Ruskin and two daughters, Sasha and Mirit.

 

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