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Memoir

Paul F. Nowak
Regents' Proceedings 329

Paul F. Nowak, Ph.D., associate professor of natural resources in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1999.

A native of Michigan, Professor Nowak received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wayne State University in 1955 and 1960, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. He was an assistant professor and chair of the Conservation and Outdoor Education Program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1969-74. He joined the Behavior and Environment Program of the School of Natural Resources and Environment as a visiting associate professor in 1974, and was appointed associate professor and director of continuing education in 1979.

As the principle investigator on the first national environmental education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1994, Professor Nowak was instrumental in the development of new techniques for training natural resource professionals and environmental educators. The National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training (NCEET) was a three-year grant for $6.2 million. The EE-Link web site that resulted from this grant draws over 3,000 visitors per day, and it also received 24 web site awards. As part of his work in developing mid-career training programs, Professor Nowak received seven grants from the EPA to develop training programs for federal and state employees who are responsible for hazardous waste. These programs were an innovative blend of written, audio, webbased, and video material.

Professor Nowak also directed the SNRE's Wildland Center, which was dedicated to understanding wildlands management throughout the world. In cooperation with the U.S. Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, for 14 years he also directed the prestigious SNRE International Seminar Programs, which gave cabinet-level resource managers and administrators from over 100 foreign countries an opportunity to study in the U.S. Working with the School of Education, he developed environmental education programs which afforded SNRE students the opportunity to teach environmental education in the Ann Arbor public schools using the school system's Outdoor Laboratories. The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Paul F. Nowak associate professor emeritus of natural resources