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Awards Encourage Economic, Environmental Improvement


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Three students at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) received fellowships totaling $34,500 as part of a program to encourage both environmental improvement and economic development.

Two master's students-one in the Faculty of Forestry and one in the Faculty of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering-each received a $11,000 Graduate Degree Fellowship from the Joachim Center for Forest Industry, Economy and Environment. A doctoral student who is studying the impact of judicial decisions on federal natural resource agency cases was awarded a $12,500 Dissertation Fellowship by the center.

College President Ross S. Whaley said the scholarships help link two major social objectives: encouraging economic growth and maintaining the quality of the environment.

"At times, these two agendas may conflict. But, more often than not, they can be and should be complements to each other. They may not be coming together in the corporate or political arena, but they certainly should in the educational arena," Whaley said.

"We need to ask, 'Can we make better economic decisions that are also environmentally feasible?'"

The graduate degree fellowships went to Megan Carroll of Fayetteville, N.Y., and Scott Larsen of Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Carroll is a master's student in the Faculty of Forestry, focusing on state regulations that affect the forest products industry in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maine. She is also pursuing a master's degree in public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Carroll received her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Larsen, who is pursuing a master's degree in the Faculty of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering, is focusing on the improvement of finishing and adhesive bonding systems for wood. His work deals with environmental issues regarding the safe and efficient use of current systems and new product development. He received his bachelor's degree from ESF.

The recipient of the Dissertation Fellowship was Robert W. Malmsheimer of Syracuse, a doctoral student in ESF's Faculty of Forestry. Malmsheimer, a native of Bayport, N.Y., received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from ESF in 1986 and a law degree from Albany Law School in 1990. He practiced law in Buffalo for six years before returning to ESF.

The fellowships are funded by the Joachim Center, which was established by ESF and the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation in 1990. The center focuses on environmental issues facing the pulp and paper and related forest industries. Its objective is maintaining a high quality natural environment and a vigorous industry. The center is named for the late Herman Louis Joachim, a native of France who had a long career in the paper industry in the United States.