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Industrial Ecology Society Elects
Marian Chertow President

Marian Chertow (PhD 2000, FES; MPPM 1981), associate professor of Industrial Environmental Management at Yale, has been elected president of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. The society’s more than 500 members hail from 41 countries. They include natural and social scientists, engineers, policymakers, and practitioners who promote the practice of industrial ecology in research, education, policy, and community development in order to support a sustainable economy. An emerging field, industrial ecology concerns the flow of material, water, and energy through systems at different scales and considers the impacts of these flows on the environment, the economy, and society more broadly.

Chertow has been director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at Forestry & Environmental Science (F&ES) since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business and environment, waste management, environmental technology innovation, and urban industrial studies. Chertow examines physical resource exchanges among companies in “industrial ecosystems” to illuminate what drives resource sharing such that one organization’s waste becomes useful to another. She also studies these flows as part of exploring sustainable urban systems and is a principal investigator on a new NSF Partnership for International Research and Education grant of $4.5 million studying sustainable cities in India, China, and the U.S.

After earning her master’s degree and before enrolling at the Graduate School, Chertow worked in environmental business as well as state and local government, including service as president of a waste infrastructure bonding authority charged with developing a billion dollar statewide system for Connecticut.

Chertow’s dissertation, advised by John Gordon, examined the proposition that improving the flow of environmentally beneficial technology from concept to market is an important step in achieving sustainable development that is often disrupted by gaps between government research and development and private investment in production.

Chertow teaches at F&ES and the Yale School of Management, where she earned a master’s degree in public and private management in 1981. She is a member of the founding faculty of the Masters of Science in Environmental Management Program at the National University of Singapore.

Her paper, “Industrial Symbiosis Literature and Taxonomy,” published in the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, is cited globally and has helped establish the study of resource sharing across firms. She is co-editor of Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy (with Daniel C. Esty, Yale University Press, 1997) and of Long Term Socio-Ecological Research: Studies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales (with S. Singh, H. Haberl, M.Mirtl, and M. Schmid, Springer, 2013). Chertow serves on the External Advisory Board of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand and on the Governor’s Task Force for Modernizing Recycling in Connecticut.


Chemistry Alumnus Named Chair of Angelman Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee

Daniel Harvey (PhD 1985, Chemistry), chief operating officer of Dart NeuroScience since 2009, was named to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) board of directors and appointed chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Angelman syndrome is a neurogenetic disorder associated with severe cognitive impairment, extremely limited verbal communication, seizures, and problems with movement and balance. Considered part of the autism spectrum, it occurs approximately once in 15,000 live births.

As head of the SAC, Harvey will lead a 15-person committee of academic researchers, clinicians, and experts in psychology, communications, and education to evaluate proposals submitted to the foundation for funding. In addition to reviewing research that seeks to improve treatments and find a cure for Angelman syndrome, the SAC plays a major role in the foundation’s annual scientific symposium, which will take place July 23-24, 2013.

Harvey has been involved with the ASF since his own son was diagnosed with the syndrome in 1996. Matthew, now 17, was born with serious cognitive impairments due to a sizable spontaneous deletion of genetic material on one of his chromosomes. “He’s doing well, with a lot of challenges because of this disorder. But he’s happy and healthy,” Harvey says. The Harveys have two older children, Michelle (23) and Jay (21), both free of the disorder.

From 1997 to 2001, Harvey served the ASF board of directors, as vice president from 1997 to 1999 and chair of the SAC from 1999 to 2003. He then rotated off the board for a decade.

“I have seen and experienced how ASF-funded research has changed lives and provided immense hope for individuals with Angelman syndrome and their families,” said Harvey, who is looking forward to renewing his involvement. “I am honored to contribute to this incredible group.”

At Yale, Harvey wrote a dissertation titled “An Approach to the Synthesis of Polypropionates. The Synthesis of Subunits of Monensin, Tirandamycin and Rifamycin S,” advised by Samuel J. Danishefsky (now at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center). “Danishefsky was a great mentor. I really enjoyed working with him,” Harvey says.

As a graduate student and for more than 15 years after, Harvey was involved in basic research, first as a Miller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and then on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for fourteen years. In 2001 he left academia and moved into translational research. holding senior management positions with Discovery Partners International and BioFocus DPI until 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he served as CEO of ChemVentures, Inc., before joining Dart NeuroScience four years ago.

“I never imagined I’d be doing this kind of work,” he says. “I always expected my field of study to evolve, and in part because of my son’s diagnosis, that happened in unexpected ways.” Dart NeuroScience develops treatments for a wide range of  disorders associated with learning and memory.


Geology & Geophysics Alumnus Honored by NASA for Distinguished Service

NASA will present E. Julius Dasch (PhD 1969, Geology & Geophysics) with its 2013 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on March 1. The award honors individuals whose lives and careers have had a long-lasting impact on science, engineering or education in a field related to aeronautic, aviation, or space. Previous awardees include former Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen, John Glenn, and Sally K. Ride.

From 1988 to 2002, Dasch worked at NASA, where he was director of the NASA Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) – two of the largest higher education programs within the agency. NASA’s educational initiatives focus on teacher enhancement, curriculum development, educational technology, systemic or comprehensive programs, and mission-related research projects. Space Grant, modeled after the Land Grant and Sea Grant university programs, is in its twenty-fourth year, with consortium programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The consortia include more than 800 academic, industry, and government affiliates, and carry out programs in education, research, and public service. The twelve-year old NASA EPSCoR Program operates in twenty states.

“My experience at Yale was the single, most transforming event of my academic life,” says Dasch. “It was not just the fantastic quality of the University or my department, or my education, but the interaction with my student colleagues. I stay in close communication with many of them to this day."

After completing his PhD at Yale, Dasch was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, and then taught geology and geochemistry courses at Oregon State University, Corvallis. At Oregon State he became widely known for his popular course (limited to 748 students), “Rocks and Stars,” designed for students not majoring in scientific or technical subjects. His research, conducted in Australia, South America, Greenland, Antarctica, Solomon Islands, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Mexico, as well as in the U.S., has primarily been in isotope geochemistry.

Dasch is author, co-author or editor of several volumes, including Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, MacMillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, A Dictionary of Space Exploration, and Explorers from Ancient Times to the Space Age. His more than 150 publications are in marine geochemistry, geochronology (the science of determining the age of terrestrial and lunar rocks and meteorites), and science education.

Dasch has served as chairman of the Geological Society of America (Cordilleran Section) and president of the Oregon Academy of Science. His honors include the International Astronautical Federation Frank J. Malina Medal for Space Education, the National Science Foundation/Department of the Navy Antarctic Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. After his retirement from NASA, he was an adjunct professor of geology at his undergraduate alma mater, Sul Ross State University, in Alpine, Texas.

Marian Chertow

Marian Chertow

Daniel Harvey

Daniel Harvey

E. Julius Dasch

E. Julius Dasch