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UC Davis Honors Superfund Researcher

By Eddy Ball
June 2010

Ian Kennedy, Ph.D.
Kennedy, above, was honored by his colleagues at UCD. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Hammock)

The University of California, Davis (UCD) announced April 26 that veteran NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) researcher Ian Kennedy, Ph.D., has received the third annual Charles P. Nash Prize. The award committee honored Kennedy, a UCD professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering for his "exceptional commitment to faculty advocacy and significant work in promoting faculty interests" as chair of the Davis Faculty Association.

Professor Bruce Hammock, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS-funded Superfund Program at UCD (http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7813364) praised Kennedy (http://mae.ucdavis.edu/faculty/kennedy/) Exit NIEHS for promoting interdepartmental collaborations. "For a quarter century Dr. Kennedy has worked to remove administrative barriers to interdisciplinary research," Hammock said. "This is illustrated by his collaborative research evolving from combustion of toxic waste to one of the first federally funded programs in nanotechnology, to the use of nanotechnology in the design of biosensors for both environmental and medical technology."

One of Kennedy's many collaborators, NIEHS grantee (http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7667704) Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., a UCD veterinary molecular bioscience professor, stated, "Ian often has an innovative engineering solution for those of us trying to measure the unmeasurable."

Kennedy has visited the NIEHS and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park campus several times to give seminars on his work. In 2008, he delivered a Superfund Research Program (SRP) Distinguished Lecture titled "Metal Oxides: Applications and Health" (see story (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2008/june/lecture.cfm)). Last summer, Kennedy participated in the SRP-sponsored 11th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, addressing "Engineered Ultrafine Particles for Health Effects Studies" (see story (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2009/july/spotlight-combustion.cfm)).



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