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Ingraffea named Planet Defender by Rock the Earth

Monday, April 21, 2014

Professor Anthony Ingraffea of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell has been singled out for this year’s Rock the Earth Planet Defender Award for Grassroots Activism. Ingraffea has been teaching at Cornell Engineering since 1977 and has won numerous prizes recognizing the excellence of his teaching and his research.

Rock the Earth is a national non-profit environmental organization that partners with the music industry to raise awareness of environmental issues. Ingraffea was honored alongside musician John Butler and environmentalist Bill McKibben. The commendation praises Ingraffea for “his scientific research and work advocating environmental issues and the protection of the planet.”

Ingraffea told Rock the Earth, “I’ve never thought of myself as an activist; I am only an enabler. There are complementary ways of defending the planet. Scientists speak out when ethical considerations of their research force them to become public intellectuals. The activist community works most effectively when they are evidence-based…I hope my receiving this award spurs other scientists and engineers to also become activist enablers.”

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