It is our great pleasure to announce the 2015 recipient of the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research: Dr. Hirokatsu Akagi, former director of the Department of International Affairs and Environmental Sciences, National Institute for MinamataDisease, Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
Dr. Akagi has been a distinguished leader in mercury science, management and outreach for over 40 years. His groundbreaking contributions include the development of methodologies that have become standard approaches for mercury analysis in varied biological and environmental materials. This work has resulted in highly cited research papers and lectures on mercury, and interactions, outreach and training with diverse institutions and people globally.
Dr. Akagi will present his insights on mercury in the environment and its management in a plenary talk entitled "Mercury, Minamata and My Mission" as part of the program for the 2015 International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, on June 17 in Jeju Island, South Korea.
We received a number of outstanding nominees for the 2015 Mahaffey award. The high quality and diversity of the nominees demonstrated the remarkable accomplishments and impact that these people have made on global issues pertaining to mercury, involving research, policy, management and education.
Nomination packages were submitted in fall 2014. Each dossier was reviewed by eight senior leaders in environmental science and policy. This external review committee was selected by based on their qualifications and experience as experts in the global research community, and was chaired by Dr. Jozef Pacyna. The review committee faced the challenging task of selecting a recipient for this award, given the high quality of nominees and their exemplary service to the mercury community. Following review on the nomination packages, deliberation and discussions, the review committee selected Dr. Akagi on the basis of outstanding contributions in scientific research; mentoring; public outreach; and impact on mercury policy and management.
The award will be presented at a ceremony from 11:30am on June 17 in Tamna A Hall. Dr. Akagi will give a plenary lecture summarizing his work over a distinguished career.
We encourage everyone to come and join in on this event and celebrate Dr. Akagi’s accomplishments and our collective science and outreach.
Congratulations to Dr. Hirokatsu Akagi on receiving the Mahaffey award and his contributions to mercury scholarship, management and outreach!