The Center for Atmospheric Chemistry at York University, along with Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, tapped the deep Air Quality expertise of CHANGE Board Member and Managing Partner, Philip K. Hopke PhD, to deliver the 2014 Morris Katz Memorial Lecture in Environmental Research in Toronto, Canada, last month.
“It is an honor to be able to make this presentation at York University, which has a global reputation in atmospheric chemistry,” Hopke said in his opening remarks.
The Morris Katz Memorial Lecture in Environmental Research is an annual event to honor the work and contributions of Morris Katz, who pioneered the scientific methodology commonly used to determine the composition of air pollution and identify the source of the various pollutants. Using this methodology, he was one of the first to provide evidence of ozone damage to vegetation in Ontario.
Dr. Hopke’s presentation, “Forty+ years of development and application of receptor modeling: Where are we now?” included an in-depth examination of the development and evolution of receptor models as well as their use to identify and quantify sources of air pollution. The core of his message focused on the application of receptor models to manage and improve air quality in the USA.
A scientist known globally for his numerous contributions in environmental research, including some of his recent work in the areas of indoor air quality and emissions from wood burning stoves, Dr. Phillip K. Hopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor at Clarkson University in New York. He is the director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), and he is the founding director of Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment.
Formerly, Dr. Hopke was the chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and served on the USEPA Science Advisory Board. He also served as a past president of the American Association for Aerosol Research and contributed his expertise to more than a dozen National Research Council committees.
His research interests include multivariate statistical methods for data analysis; chemical characterization of ambient aerosol samples; emissions and properties of solid biomass combustion systems; characterization of source/receptor relationships for ambient air pollutants; experimental studies of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and ion induced nucleation; indoor air quality; exposure and risk assessment.
Dr. Hopke’s contribution to the fields of environmental research and environmental science has enriched many lives. He has authored or coauthored over 538 papers in scientific journals, more than 85 chapters in books and peer-reviewed proceedings, written 1 and edited 5 books, directed 55 Master of Science and 36 Doctor of Philosophy theses, and written numerous technical reports.
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