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Nobel Prize-Winning Contributions

Two Rensselaer alumni were part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The IPCC and its contributing scientists were honored “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

Dork Sahagian ’77 and Robert Schock, Ph.D. ’66

Dork Sahagian ’77, who earned a bachelor’s in physics from Rensselaer, and Robert Schock, Ph.D. ’66, who earned a master’s and doctorate in geology, were part of several working groups of the IPCC and helped author comprehensive scientific assessment reports for policy makers and the public on the impacts and mitigation of global climate change.

Sahagian is currently professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Environmental Initiative at Lehigh University. He contributed to three of four IPCC assessment reports as a contributing author and a reviewer. His work delved into humanity’s effect on sea-level rise.

Before moving to Lehigh, Sahagian was director of the integrative branch of the Inter-national Geosphere-Biosphere Programme at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.

Robert Schock, Ph.D. ’66, is director of studies for the World Energy Council (WEC) in London as well as a consultant to industries and governments worldwide. He was a coordinating lead author for the fourth assessment report of the IPCC, for which he investigated the costs and benefits of different approaches to mitigating and avoiding climate change.

Prior to joining the WEC, Schock spent most of his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he rose to the position of associate director. He is a senior fellow in the Center for Global Security Research in California and studies the application of technology to global policy issues.


Grandstaff-Rice ’99 Earns Young Architect Award

Emily Grandstaff-Rice ’99, AIA, an associate with Cambridge Seven Associates in Cambridge, Mass., was named a recipient of the 2008 Young Architect Award by the American Institute of Architects. She is the youngest of the 10 recipients, chosen because they have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.

Grandstaff-Rice was recognized for her outstanding leadership in design and construction through projects such as the Boston Children’s Museum and Liberty Hotel, as well as her commitment to education through her volunteer work with children and activities with the AIA Young Architects Forum, and her support of continuing education in her profession. She also teaches at the Boston Architectural College.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be an architect—it’s been my passion since I was a child,” said Grandstaff-Rice. “I’ve been fortunate to work with some terrific, very smart people at Cambridge Seven, who have encouraged me to stretch my skills and grow as a designer.” She lives with her husband and young son in Somerville, Mass.

The Young Architects Award will be presented to recipients at the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston in May.

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