It was an unusually warm day in February and I was attending the Annual University of Iowa Presidential Lecture featuring neighbor and friend, Gregory Carmichael. For his introduction, President Bruce Harreld introduced Professor Carmichael as “the man who has traveled more than George Clooney’s character in ‘Up In the Air’.” And President Harreld is right—when I think of Carmichael, I always wonder where in the world he is because he’s traveling almost as often as he’s in Iowa City. But it’s not the travel that’s his real accomplishment, it’s his work. And defining what Carmichael does is another accomplishment in itself. “My father saves the world,” explains his son when asked what his father does for a living. And saving the world is what he does by focusing on air pollution and climate change effects in the regional and international community. Professor Carmichael is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; Co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research; and Director, University of Iowa Informatics Initiative; and Researcher, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute. Thus far, he has guided 33 masters and 40 Ph. D. students.
The 34th Annual Presidential Lecture featuring Gregory Carmichael was held on a 60-degree Sunday in mid-February, and this was without irony for his speech entitled, “What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Global Reach of Air Pollution.” Professor Carmichael’s speech was about the collection of big data to simulate the interactions of air pollutants with weather and climate, to estimate resulting environmental impacts, and to evaluate effectiveness of various air pollution and climate change mitigation strategies. Most recently his work has focused on the role of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air pollutant and climate warming agent.
When he’s not “up in the air,” you can find Carmichael in the park with his grandson, Cayden, at the dog park with his dog, Marley, or at Après Wine Bar and Bistro, which his son, Emmett, owns and operates.
Above: Greg Carmichael moved to the Peninsula Neighborhood in the summer 2016. He loves the community and helping grow its “board game” gatherings featuring neighbors getting together to share fun and challenging board games
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Article: April 26, 2017
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