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Seinfeld *67 Named Tyler Laureate

John H. Seinfeld *67, the Louis E. Nohl Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, will share the 2012 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an honor widely regarded as the premier award for environmental science, environmental health, and energy.  This prize recognizes Seinfeld’s groundbreaking work leading to understanding of the origin, chemistry, and evolution of particles in the atmosphere.  The fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of urban and regional air pollution that emerged from his research served as the basis for action to control the effects of air pollution on public health.  Seinfeld's recent work includes research into how soot billowing from diesel trucks and industrial smokestacks contributes to climate change and how biogenic emissions from plants and trees affects air quality.   The Tyler Prize, administered by the University of Southern California, has been awarded since 1973 to researchers and authors who "confer great benefit upon humankind through environmental restoration and achievement."  Seinfeld will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a gold medal, and will deliver a public lecture at USC on April 26 entitled, “Chemical Reactions Leave Microscopic, Oily Droplets in the Air We Breathe”.  For more information, see the USC press release, and articles in the L.A. Times and Pasadena Now, which include interviews with Seinfeld.

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