Jul 28, 2006    #125
Contact: Nick Barron

UMKC student awarded prestigious EPA fellowship

Chris Green, a junior Environmental Studies major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), has been named one of 15 students in the country to receive a prestigious fellowship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The 21-month fellowship pays for Green’s tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the remaining two years of his undergraduate education at UMKC. The grant also provides Green with a paid internship at any EPA facility of his choosing next year.

Green has already made a name for himself in the area of environmental science, working closely with UMKC Geosciences Assistant Professor Dr. Jimmy Adegoke on a number of ozone-related air quality projects, most notably an air quality study for downtown Kansas City, Mo. The study’s results, gathered in spring and summer 2005 and released in January, showed that ozone levels in urban Kansas City were the highest in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Green’s work on the study involved installing ozone monitors, collecting filters from the monitors and interacting with volunteers.

Also last year Green completed a two-month internship in the air quality program at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). While at MARC Green supported an ongoing project that reaches out to local businesses whose activities could contribute to raising ozone levels in the area, such as truck stops, car lots and lawn care companies.

Last school year Green branched off of the 2005 study with a small SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) grant to study the connection between ozone, and dense population areas and dense major transportation networks such as Interstates 35 and 70. The study earned Green first place in the physical science category for last year’s SEARCH Symposium.

Green is unsure which EPA lab he will work in next summer, but he will continue to focus on studying air quality, planning to make it the focal point of his career.

“Henry Thoreau said that it was a blessing that men didn’t have wings. If we did, he said we’d foul the air like we have the Earth. Unfortunately our current standard of living has polluted our air and lead to higher ground-level ozone concentrations,” Green said. “I am thrilled to receive this scholarship, to be under the guidance of Dr. Jimmy Adegoke, and to be at UMKC.”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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