Environmental Scientist Honored by California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board

UC Riverside's Janet Arey studies the atmospheric chemistry of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds

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Janet Arey is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences UC Riverside.

Janet Arey, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Interdepartmental Program in Environmental Toxicology at University of California, Riverside, has been awarded the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for Air Pollution Research by the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) in recognition of her lasting contributions to the health and well-being of Californians.

Arey, who joined the Air Pollution Research Center at UC Riverside as an assistant research chemist in 1982, has taught and conducted research into atmospheric chemistry for more than 30 years. Her area of expertise is the atmospheric chemistry of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, especially polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, an area in which she is one of the world’s leading authorities with nearly 100 journal publications on this topic alone.

She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Task Group for Environmental Health Criteria, and participates in a working group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, evaluating carcinogenic risks to humans. For the last two decades she has been a graduate advisor to UCR students who have successfully completed their degrees and are employed in pharmaceutical firms and regulatory agencies in the United States.

Besides Arey, Judy Chow at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., and Jananne Sharpless on the Board of Directors of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council received the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for Air Pollution Research.

“Each of these three women has made a lasting contribution to the health and well-being of all Californians,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Their professional accomplishments span the fields of scientific research, technology development, and policy innovation. Throughout their careers, our honorees have demonstrated a sustained commitment to protecting California’s air.”

Since 2001, the ARB has sponsored the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award, given to two or three people each year to recognize significant career efforts in at least one of several air quality categories, including research, environmental policy, science & technology, public education, or community service.

The prestigious award is named after Arie J. Haagen-Smit, a native of Utrecht in the Netherlands, who was a leader in developing air quality standards based on his research efforts.

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