Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science & Technology: Barbara J. Turpin
Sponsor: ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, and Environmental Science & Technology Letters
Citation: For revealing the importance of aqueous-phase chemistry in the formation of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol.
Current position: professor and chair of environmental sciences and engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Education: B.S., engineering and applied science, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., environmental science and engineering, Oregon Health & Science University
Turpin on what gets her creative juices flowing: “My students will tell you that I can get overly excited during group meetings—brainstorming, daydreaming, and hypothesizing—feeding off the energy that they bring to the room. I love fieldwork, especially in beautiful places. When I go to the field for six weeks, I am able to focus on one thing without interruption. We work in teams helping each other. The camaraderie, beauty, and singleness of mission lead to reflection and creative ideas.”
What her colleagues say: “Barbara’s creative scientific and technological advances impact even further than air pollution, climate, and human health by contributing to our understanding of how humans are changing the natural cycles of nutrients and thus ecosystems’ functioning.”—Maria Kanakidou, University of Crete
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