On The Radio – Young scholars key to future success of CGRER


Dr. Peter Thorne joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1988 and has served as a member of CGRER since its founding in 1990. (University of Iowa)
Nick Fetty | October 5, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at veteran CGRER member Dr. Peter Thorne and how he thinks recruiting young scholars will be key to the future success of the center.

Transcript: CGRER 25th Anniversary Member Profile: Peter Thorne

The University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research – or CGRER – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. One veteran member thinks that recruiting young scholars will be crucial to the center’s success in the future.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Peter Thorne serves as head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Department in the UI’s College of Public Health. Professor Thorne joined the UI faculty in 1988 and much of his research has involved toxicology ways that environmental pollution affects public health, particularly children.

Professor Thorne has been a member of CGRER since it was founded in 1990. As a veteran member, he thinks that intelligent, young researchers will be key to the continued success of CGRER.

THORNE: “A number of us who have been involved the whole time are getting a little grayer and not getting any younger so transitioning to the next leadership is going to be important. There’s no shortage of talent it’s just a matter of developing the talent and seeing that they’re nurtured and can take on these roles.”

Professor Thorne also serves as the chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

For more information about Professor Thorne and his work, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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