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UNI professor honored by National Academy of Sciences

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William Stigliani, director, Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI, (319) 273-2573
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa professor was honored by the Environmental Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C., June 19.

William Stigliani, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education and interim director of Environmental Programs at UNI, was invited to the reception and dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the NAS's 1983 book 'Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process.' Christine Whitman, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was the featured speaker at the event.

Stigliani was one of three staff officers for the publication, which the Academy described as 'the seminal work that became a foundation of theory and practice in the field of risk assessment.' The staff officers sought out and organized a committee of 14 experts in the field, who spent two years determining the best ways to standardize risk assessment. This team conducted meetings, compiled, analyzed and reviewed the findings, and wrote the final report.

Stigliani, who was an NAS staff officer from 1981 to 1986, was surprised at the honor because normally the NAS does not commemorate reports. The Academy, established by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose main purpose is to resolve scientific conflicts that have important policy implications at the regional and national level.

Before coming to UNI in 1994, Stigliani, a chemist by training, was with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, where he led several regional- and continental-scale environmental research projects.