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Tickner Receives President’s Public Service Award


LOWELL -- The University of Massachusetts has awarded the Lowell campus’s Asst. Prof. Joel Tickner of Lunenberg its 2005 President’s Award for Public Service. President Jack M. Wilson and Board of Trustees Chairman James J. Karam presented the award at a Boston ceremony last week.

     In his acceptance remarks, Tickner said, “The work for which I am being honored today is the product of partnership. It is not my work but rather the work of a spectacular group of people at UMass Lowell and throughout the Commonwealth.” He thanked his mentors, including UMass Lowell faculty and staff members Ken Geiser, David Kriebel, Cathy Crumbley and Beverly Volicer, and he thanked his family.

     In a press release, the President’s Office called Tickner “an expert on the ‘Precautionary Principle,’ a principle that calls for a proactive approach in preventing harm to human or environmental health,” and noted that “he has helped to create The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.”

     Public Service Awards were given to six other faculty members elsewhere in the system, including one posthumous award. Wilson said that the seven system-wide awardees are “talented professionals who have transmitted their varied expertise into projects that benefit their students, the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.”

     “The public service work that they do is what distinguishes the University of Massachusetts from many of the other institutions of higher education in this state,” said Karam.  “Whenever there is a pressing social need, the University of Massachusetts is ready to answer the call. Their achievements have brought tremendous approbation to the entire University system.”

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