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Posted: 24 May 2012 13:46:51
ARB’s 2012 Haagen-Smit awards recognize achievements in policy,
research, and technology. 

Release #:12-22

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Dimitri Stanich

Clean Air Champions

ARB’s 2012 Haagen-Smit awards recognize achievements in policy,
research, and technology

SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board announced
the winners of the 2012 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards, the premier
state-government award recognizing individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to improving air quality.

"Each of these three women has made a lasting contribution to the
health and well-being of all Californians,” said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols. “ Their professional accomplishments span the
fields of scientific research, technology development, and policy
innovation. Throughout their careers, our honorees have
demonstrated a sustained commitment to protecting California's

To see a picture of today's recipients go here:

The 2011 Recipients are:

    Dr. Janet Arey – for her work in the area of air pollution
research:Dr. Janet Arey has been teaching and conducting research
into atmospheric chemistry for over 30 years. A professor in the
Department of Environmental Sciences and the Interdepartmental
Program in Environmental Toxicology at University of California,
Riverside, she joined the Air Pollution Research Center at UC
Riverside as an Assistant Research Chemist in 1982.  Dr. Arey’s
area of expertise is the atmospheric chemistry of volatile and
semi-volatile organic compounds, especially polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons, an area in which she is one of the world’s leading
authorities with nearly 100 journal publications on this topic
alone (out of almost two hundred total).  She is a member of the
World Health Organization’s Task Group for Environmental Health
Criteria, and participates in a working group for the
International Agency for Research on Cancer evaluating
carcinogenic risks to humans.  For the last two decades Dr. Arey
has been a UC Riverside graduate advisor to students who have
successfully completed their degrees and are employed in
pharmaceutical firms and regulatory agencies throughout the
United States.

    Dr. Judy Chow – for her work in the area of science and
technology: Dr. Chow has 35 years of experience and leadership as
a research scientist.  She is the Nazir and Mary Ansari Chair in
Entrepreneurialism and Science and Research Professor in the
Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute
in Reno, Nevada.  She joined DRI in 1985, after she received her
Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University.  Dr. Chow is
internationally known for her expertise in characterizing and
quantifying complex atmospheric particles, establishing
analytical techniques and instruments for monitoring and
analyzing the chemical composition of ambient PM2.5 and PM10, and
for her communication and knowledge transfer in PM monitoring,
analysis, modeling, and controls to state, local, and
international applications.  She has published more than 320
peer-reviewed articles and acted as editor and reviewer for
numerous technical journals.  Dr. Chow is founder and leader of
the Environmental Analysis Facility of the Desert Research
Institute.  The facility assesses chemical and physical
characteristics of airborne particles.  She has designed
measurement strategies for, and participated in, major health and
exposure studies in Mexico, China, and the United States.  Dr.
Chow has been appointed to: the National Research Council's Board
of Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the Department of
Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Science Board, and the
U.S. EPA Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee of the
Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

    Ms. Jananne Sharpless – for her work in the area of
environmental policy: Ms. Sharpless has worked in the public
policy arena for 35 years.  She served as both Cabinet Secretary
for the Environment - predecessor agency to Cal EPA - and Chair
of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) between 1985 and
1991, and after the California Environmental Protection Agency
was established, she continued her chairmanship of ARB until the
end of 1993, and served as a California Energy Commissioner
between 1994 and 1999.  Ms. Sharpless currently operates a
consulting firm, and is on the Board of Directors of the Western
Electricity Coordinating Council. She has provided historic
leadership on clean air and clean energy issues in California
laying the groundwork for transitioning California to the next
generation of clean alternative fuels and technologies.  During
her tenure at ARB, Ms. Sharpless was instrumental in the adoption
of standards for cleaner-burning gasoline and low and
zero-emission vehicles.  In 1990, she presided over the adoption
of the first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate that required
ZEVs be sold in California.  For the past 18 years, she has
served as Chair of the Health Effects Task Force of Breathe
California as well as on the Advisory Board to UC Davis’s
Institute of Transportation Studies.  She served on the U.S.
Department of Energy Advisory Board, Sacramento Transportation
and Air Quality Collaborative, and the California League of
Conservation Voters.  Ms. Sharpless has received notable awards
for her efforts: the Clean Air Award and the Phillip S. Tow
Government Award from the American Lung Association; and the
Clean Air Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management
District; and, the Richard Beatty Mellon Award from the Air and
Waste Management Association.  

The Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award was named after Dr. Arie
Haagen-Smit, ARB’s first chairman, known to many as the “father”
of air pollution control.  His research concluded that most of
California's smog resulted from photochemistry –the reaction of
sunlight with industrial and motor vehicle exhaust to create
ozone.  This breakthrough became the foundation upon which
today's air pollution standards are based.  The Haagen-Smit award
winners continue his legacy of advancing air pollution science
and forging the way for effective control programs.

For a list of all past award winners, visit:

To learn more about the award or to make a nomination see:

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