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Distinguished Professor Mario Molina Receives Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

March 15, 2018
By Cynthia Dillon

On February 8, 2018 the California Air Resources Board honored five recipients of the 2017 Haagen-Smit Legacy Awards, California’s premier award recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving air quality. In honor of the California Air Resources Board’s 50th anniversary, the state’s clean-air agency recognized the outstanding contributions that each of the five winners made during a specific decade since the inception of the California Air Resources Board. The agency was created when Governor Ronald Reagan approved the Mulford-Carrell Act in 1967, and the first Board meeting was held Feb. 8, 1968. Considered the “Nobel Prize” in air quality and climate change achievements, the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards are given annually to individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions toward improving air quality and climate change science, technology and policy, furthering the protection of public health. In honor of the 50th Anniversary, this year’s awards are named the Haagen-Smit Legacy Awards. The recipients are:

  • David G. Hawkins, Director, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate Center David Hawkins, one of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s first staff members in 1971.
  • Henry Waxman, Chairman, Waxman Strategies, Representative Henry Waxman
  • Mario Molina, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chairman, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
  • Gina McCarthy, Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

According to UC San Diego Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry Kim Prather, who received the Haagen-Smit Award two years ago, this is the third consecutive year that UC San Diego professors have earned this recognition, highlighting the university’s goal to understand and protect the planet. Last year, V. “Ram” Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Director, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, received the award.

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