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UW’s Bergman Honored by International Society for Environmental Science Career

May 7, 2018
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Harold Bergman

Longtime University of Wyoming Professor Harold Bergman has been honored with the highest award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for people with outstanding careers in the environmental sciences.

Bergman, professor emeritus of zoology and physiology, will receive SETAC’s Founders Award during the organization’s annual meeting in November in Sacramento, Calif.

“You have made invaluable contributions to the development of the science, consistent with the goals of SETAC, and are to be congratulated for all your positive influence in the broad scientific and policy issues,” Bergman’s award letter reads.

Bergman, who joined the UW faculty in 1975, served in various roles, including as the J.E. Warren Professor of Energy and the Environment; director of the UW-National Park Service Research Station in Grand Teton National Park; and director of UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

“I’m really humbled by this recognition, but I must say that I also am really proud of my many former students who I worked with through the years,” Bergman says. “They are really the ones who made this possible.”

During his 41-year career at UW, Bergman received numerous research and teaching awards. He has served on a number of national and international advisory and review panels dealing with environmental and natural resource policy. Additionally, he was elected a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and SETAC.

He has written or co-written more than 100 research articles and edited four books on diverse topics related to his principal research interests in environmental toxicology, fish physiology and environmental policy.

Bergman earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology at Michigan State University in 1973.

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization of more than 5,100 individuals and institutions in over 80 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems; the management and regulation of natural resources; research and development; and environmental education. SETAC’s mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

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