Baylor Professor George Cobb Will Receive Award for Involvement in SETAC

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Nov. 11, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 8, 2013) - George Cobb, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of environmental science in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, has received the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

The Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award recognizes any past or present SETAC member who has performed long-term, high-quality service to the society. Cobb will receive the award in recognition of his 25 years of service to the society as a member, chair holder and president of SETAC North America.

His leadership helped SETAC North America and SETAC Europe establish the spirit of cooperation that exists today and recognizes the goal of "one SETAC," which Cobb said was challenging, but exciting and fun.

"SETAC is expanding into functional unities and we've been trying to make sure that those units are somewhat harmonized," he said. "We're just trying to make sure that the culture and the experience of all the members can be accommodated."

The Chemistry Advisory Group has also benefited from Cobb's dedication. He worked diligently to increase the representation of chemists in SETAC and make the organization relevant to his colleagues.

"(This award) means quite a bit because this is the kind of award that they don't give to the person that's got the highest publication rate or the most presentations in the society or the most funds raised," Cobb said. "It's for overall activities in the society. There are a lot of people I respect who have won this award."

Cobb will receive the award at the SETAC North American 34th annual meeting, Nov. 17 through 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization, which comprises more than 6,000 individuals and institutions in 100 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and environmental education. Their mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

For more information about SETAC, visit www.setac.org. For information about the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, visit ww.nashville.setac.org.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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