On June 13, Dr. Jerome Nriagu, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Alberta. Chancellor Young of the University of Alberta said, “Dr. Nriagu has studied the behaviors, effects and ultimate fate of various pollutants in the environment and human body. He has contributed knowledge across several domains of environmental health sciences including water quality, risk science, exposure assessment and environmental injustice (health disparities). He has authored, co-authored and/or edited 30 books, an Encyclopedia of Environmental Health and over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.” With over 22,400 citations (Google Scholar), Nriagu is one of the most cited environmental researchers in the world.
Dr. Nriagu was presented the degree at the 2016 University of Alberta commencement. In addressing the graduating class, Nriagu spoke of his early life, sharing stories of perseverance, bravery, and dedication. His commencement address can be found here.
[Photo: Dr. Jerome Nriagu]