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Environmental and Coal Technologies Group Win's Two Presigious Awards


Cady Award

Dr. James C. (Jim) Hower recently added to his collection of professional awards. He is the recipient of the 2006 Gilbert H. Cady Award, presented by the Coal Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA). He received the award at the society's recent annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. This esteemed award is the highest in the field of coal geology.

Jim Hower with Cady Award

Jim Hower and Leslie Ruppert

The award and fund were established in 1971 in honor of Dr. Cady, who was an outstanding coal geologist. It is presented annually, for meritorious work in coal geology. Jims professional history fits this requirement. After receiving his bachelors degree in 1973, he received his MS degree in from Ohio State in 1975 and, subsequently, his PhD from Penn State three years later. In 1978, he came to the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research as a senior scientist and petrographer, where he has worked since. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in UK's Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

Along with his many professional recognitions, he serves as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Coal Geology. He is also a prolific author of more than 180 refereed journal articles.

His wealth of expertise is succinctly stated by GSA citationist Leslie Ruppert of the US Geological Survey, "Jim Hower has worked in almost every aspect of coal geology, including inorganic petrology, coal quality, coal combustion by-products, and environmental aspects of coal quality, coal combustion by-products, and environmental aspects of coal utilization. His work in applied coal and coal combustion by-product petrology is the benchmark in the U.S. coal research community. He is recognized as THE expert in Kentucky coal quality variation."

EPA Award

The Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) program is a cooperative effort among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Coal Ash Association, Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, US Department of Energy, and US Federal Highway Administration to help promote the beneficial use of Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) and the environmental benefits that result from their use.

Jack Groppo, Rodney Andrews, Tom Robl

Jack Groppo, Rodney Andrews, Tom Robl

The organization presented Drs. Tom Robl and Jack Groppo of the University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) a Special Recognition Award in Innovation at the National Recycling Coalition's Annual Congress in Atlanta, Georgia on October 23, 2006.

The criteria used for judging the Special Recognition Award in Innovation included new uses of CCPs, conversion of a test or demonstration process/project using CCPs to a full-scale process/product, or any other innovative activity. The award is for investigations of advanced coal by-product processing at the E.On-owned power plant in Ghent, Kentucky by researchers from CAER.

The work was supported by a grant from the US DOE. In addition, this research was recognized for its benefit to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was designated a Commonwealth Collaborative project by UK.