FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 16, 2003
Contact: Ward Mullens
EMU Professor Earns NOAA Environmental Hero Award
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University Professor Carl Ojala has been
selected as an Environmental Hero by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers
for their tireless efforts to preserve and protect the nations environment.
Each Spring since 1994, Ojala has annually trained roughly 400 SKYWARN Spotters
on behalf of the National Weather Service, and has maintained the agencys
Cooperative Weather Station in Ypsilanti since 1986.
Im extremely humbled and gratified by this award, said Ojala,
who has been at EMU since 1970. It means that they appreciate the work
and think that its important.
NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer
so much of their time, said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher,
Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities.
America needs more environmental heroes like them.
Established in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental
Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their
time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission. Previous recipients include
oceanographers Jean-Michel Cousteau and Sylvia Earle, and actor Ted Danson,
head of the American Ocean Campaign.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through
the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing
environmental stewardship of the nations coastal and marine resources.
NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan
University committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching,
research and service. EMU offers more than 400 programs in the arts, sciences
and professions through traditional classroom settings, off-site continuing
education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest University in
Michigan, serving more than 24,500 students from around the world and offers
undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.