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University of Minnesota's Deborah Swackhamer receives international award for Environmental Leadership and Research

Contacts: Nina Shepherd, Water Resources Center, (612) 599-1148 Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801,

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/10/2009) —Deborah L. Swackhamer, co-director the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center (WRC), is the 2009 recipient of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's (SETAC) Founders Award.

The highest honor given by the international organization, the Founders Award recognizes outstanding career accomplishments that promote research, education, communication and training in the environmental sciences. Swackhamer was chosen for her research on the behavior and bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the Great Lakes, as well as her contributions to environmental education and leadership in key environmental science organizations.
In addition to her position at the WRC, Swackhamer is an environmental chemistry professor in the university's School of Public Health and holder of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute's Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. She chairs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada and she serves on various committees of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She also chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Swackhamer was recently appointed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to Minnesota's Clean Water Council and is the project leader for the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a project commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota State Legislature to develop a 25-year investment framework for the sustainable use of Minnesota’s water resources. 
“I am delighted that the 2009 SETAC Founders Award has been awarded to Professor Swackhamer of the University of Minnesota,” said SETAC President Mike McLaughlin. “Swackhamer is a highly deserving recipient whose impressive level of commitment, achievement and service deserves the highest recognition. It also gives me great pleasure to announce this award to her as a longstanding SETAC member and superb scientist.” 
The award will be presented at SETAC North America's 30th annual meeting this month. 

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