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ICMGP 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Dr. Steven Lindberg: Winner of the 2013 Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research.


steve LindbergIt is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Steven Lindberg, Corporate Fellow Emeritus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the 2013 recipient of the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research.

Dr. Lindberg has been at the forefront of advancing mercury science during the past ~ 40 years of his scientific career. Steve started his professional career investigating acid deposition, and was a leader on research relating to this topic. His work then evolved to become focused on mercury research with his first paper published in the 8th volume of Environmental Science and Technology: Mercury organic matter associations in estuarine sediments and their interstitial water. This work was followed by more than 100 research papers on mercury and invited lectures given at more than 100 institutes and conferences in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia.

Dr Lindberg will present his insights on mercury in the environment in a plenary talk entitled: Mud, Sweat and Beers: A 40 year Affair with Mercury

We received 10 nomination this time packages for this award. These packages demonstrated the phenomenal accomplishments and impact that these people have made in their careers on global issues of mercury research.

Nomination packages were submitted in early 2013. Each dossier was reviewed by four senior leaders in environmental science who were selected by based on their qualifications as impartial experts in the global research community. The review committee faced the difficult task of selecting a recipient for this award, given the high quality of nominees and their exemplary service to the mercury community. The review committee selected Dr. Lindberg on the basis of outstanding contributions in three areas: scientific research; mentorship; and, demonstrable impact on government policy and public outreach.

The award will be presented at a ceremony from 12:30 pm on Thursday 1st August in the Pentland suite. Dr.Lindberg will give a plenary talk summarizing his work over a distinguished career.

We encourage everyone to come and join in on this distinguished celebration.

Congratulations Steven Lindberg on this prestigious award!

Steve Lindberg is an Emeritus Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received degrees in Chemistry and Oceanography from Duke University (1969) and Florida State (1979). He worked at Oak Ridge from 1974 until he retired in 2005, directing a research group on Atmosphere/Earth Interactions. He was Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Michigan, Tennessee, and Nevada, and Visiting Professor at institutes in New York, Sweden, and Germany. He received the Humboldt Foundation Award in 1987, was elected Fellow of the AAAS in 1992, and won the Haagen-Smit Prize in 2011. He was Chairman of the US National Atmospheric Deposition Program, where he initiated the Mercury Deposition Network. He served on numerous editorial and science review boards in the US and Europe, and chaired the International Mercury Conferences in Hamburg and Minamata. He edited nine books and whole journals, and authored over 230 open literature publications on biogeochemical cycling, with several in Science and Nature. He has published 140 research papers on mercury, focusing on air/surface exchange, speciation, and industrial emissions. He currently lives in the middle of nowhere in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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