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Bill Chameides served as dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment from 2007 to 2014 and currently holds an endowed chair at Duke as the Nicholas Professor of the Environment. An atmospheric chemist focused on elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional and urban environmental change, Bill is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the AGU’s MacElwane Award. He has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and eight books and is listed by ISI Highly Cited as being among “the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide.”
Bill is strongly committed to making science accessible to the public. Toward that end he has blogged at TheGreenGrok.com, ScientificAmerican.com, The Huffington Post and National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge blog. Video blogs include: The Dean Meets the Elf ,Whither PCBs , EVs From Chevy and Tesla, and Sustainable Food Shopping. His abiding interest in the arts and more specifically in the role of the arts in connecting people to the natural world is reflected in his column entitled “Artful Planet” published in ConservationMagazine.com and in his founding the Duke LEAF, an Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts given “annually to an artist whose work has lifted the human spirit by conveying our profound spiritual and material connection to the Earth and thereby inspiring others to help forge a more sustainable future for all.” Recipients include Robert Redford, Barbara Kingsolver, Jackson Browne, John Sayles, and Alexander McCall Smith.