A Piece of the Nobel for UC Davis
November 29, 2007
When the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on Dec. 10 to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President Al Gore, a UC Davis transportation expert will take pride in the recognition.
Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), contributed to the IPCC's most recent report, "Climate Change 2007: The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report," as a member of Working Group III and a lead author of Chapter 5, "Transport and Its Infrastructure."
When the Peace Prize award winners were announced in October, Sperling and his colleagues received a letter from the Working Group III co-chairs that said: "This makes all of you a Nobel laureate and we, as co-chairs, want to congratulate you wholeheartedly with this exceptional recognition."
The United Nations established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide the world with a clear, balanced view of the present state of understanding of climate change. Today, the panel is considered the world's leading body for the assessment of climate change.
"The Peace Prize is a great honor for all of us who have worked for years to study the link between transportation and climate change," said Sperling. "I never dreamed I would ever be able to claim a tiny piece of the Nobel."
Sperling is an international authority on research and development in advanced transportation fuels and fuel technology. He is co-author, with a UC Berkeley researcher, of California's new Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and is a member of the California Air Resources Board.
- Daniel Sperling, Institute of Transportation Studies, (530) 752-7434 (Home office: (510) 524-0295)
- Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org
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