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French University to Honor UW’s Jay Shogren

June 29, 2015
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Jay Shogren

Add an honorary degree from a French university to the growing list of accolades for University of Wyoming Economics Professor Jay Shogren.

Officials at Aix-Marseille University (AMU) announced they will bestow the “Docteur Honoris Causa” upon Shogren in November. According to the citation, he was chosen because of his reputation, impact on the scientific community and collaboration with AMU faculty members.

“This year, AMU has limited the number of distinguished scientists of the highest level to four foreign personalities,” the university announced. “Connections between Professor Shogren and AMU are ancient and numerous. Many of his scientific articles were published with professors from Aix Marseille University.”

Shogren was nominated by the director of an AMU laboratory, approved by a vote of faculty members in the Department of Economics and Management, and validated by the school’s committee on research.

Currently the Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the UW College of Business’s Department of Economics and Finance, Shogren shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore and others for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also has been named a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the nation’s pre-eminent professional society for environmental economists and policy.

In 1997, he was the Clinton administration’s senior economist for environmental and natural resource policy, Council of Economic Advisers. In 2008, he was appointed as a lifetime member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, a group that annually awards the Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, literature and economics.

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