Two OSU faculty members honored

Peter Clark, an Oregon State University scientist who is known internationally for his work on climate history, has received a prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Peter Clark, an Oregon State University scientist who is known internationally for his work on climate history, has received a prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Clark is the lone recipient nationally in the category of Earth Sciences. Most of the Guggenheim fellows are in humanities and social science fields.

Clark is a professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, where his research has focused on the relationship between ice sheets and global climate, and the impact of a changing climate on sea level. He is a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, which is due out in 2013.

An OSU faculty member since 1988, Clark is author of more than 120 peer-reviewed science articles, many of which have been published in Science and Nature. His latest publications have focused on the underlying mechanisms that drove the Earth out of its latest Ice Age.

The 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 181 scholars, artists and scientists, chosen from among 3,000 applicants. Selection is based on prior achievement and exceptional promise, according to the Guggenheim Foundation.

Rich Meganck, an Oregon State University faculty member specializing in international water resources, has been appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a three-year term on the United States National Commission to UNESCO.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, which is a specialty agency within the U.N. that has several areas of focus, including oceans, the environment, and water.

Meganck has been the international program leader of OSU’s Institute for Water and Watersheds. He most recently was on assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, which is affiliated with UNESCO.

He also spent six years as rector and professor of the United Nations Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands.

Meganck, who received his Ph.D. from OSU in 1974, has been on dozens of economic development missions and natural resources projects during his career, which has taken him to more than 100 countries around the world.

~ Mark Floyd

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