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Deborah Swackhamer to Receive Award for Lifetime Achievement in Water Resources Research, Education

May 11, 2017
Professor Deb Swackhamer

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) has awarded Deborah Swackhamer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs professor emerita, the Warren A. Hall Medal in honor of her lifetime achievements in water resources research and education.

Warren A. Hall, known worldwide for his active involvement in water resources research and education, was one of the founders of UCOWR.  The Warren A. Hall Medal is a memorial established by friends and family to recognize exceptional accomplishments and distinction of an individual in the water resources field.

Swackhamer will receive the award during the UCOWR Awards Banquet on June 14, 2017, at the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Swackhamer is the former director of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center. She served on the Minnesota Clean Water Council from 2007 to 2016 and was a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board from 2003 to 2012, serving as chair for four years. From 2006 to 2012, she was a member of the board of directors, National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR), and served as president of NIWR 2010–2011.

At the University of Minnesota, Swackhamer was named Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy in 2009 and had a joint appointment between Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences. She received the Ada Comstock Scholar Award, University of Minnesota in 2010.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, she received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Founders Award for lifetime achievement in the environmental sciences in 2009 and was named an Inaugural SETAC Fellow in 2014.

Currently, Swackhamer serves on National Academy of Science standing Board of Environmental Science and Toxicology.

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