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Tami Bond, Professor and ISO U.S. TAG Member, Receives Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

On September 17, 2014, Tami Bond, Ph.D., a researcher and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named as a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellowship. This prestigious fellowship, popularly known as a "genius grant," provides financial support to individuals carrying out work in a wide variety of fields who have shown unusual creativity and promise. As a fellow, Dr. Bond will receive $625,000 in financial support over five years and will have complete freedom to use the funds as she wishes.

The foundation honored Dr. Bond for her groundbreaking research examining the impact of black carbon emissions - also known as soot - on climate change and public health. By carrying out detailed investigations into sources of black carbon emissions, including cookstoves, kerosene lanterns, and other small-scale devices for lighting and heating, she has provided invaluable assistance to ongoing efforts to create and maintain global models for emissions and to bolster the accuracy of analyses of historical data in this area.

Dr. Bond is involved in standardization efforts on topics related to her research, participating in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 285, Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions, and serving as the convenor of the TC's Working Group (WG) 1, Conceptual Frameworks.

Dr. Bond received her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and her doctorate in atmospheric sciences, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and received a master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories and as a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The MacArthur Foundation's detailed announcement of Dr. Bond's award can be viewed on the foundation website.


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