UD professor emeritus awarded honorary doctorate in Lithuania
1:06 p.m., June 28, 2013--Victor Klemas, professor emeritus in the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy, has been presented an honorary doctorate by Klaipeda University in Lithuania for his achievements in the field of environmental remote sensing.
During the past 10 years Klemas has been working with Klaipeda University on key environmental problems of the Baltic Sea, including NATO and European Union projects.
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He has taught Fulbright courses and organized joint United States-European Union Baltic Sea symposia with the universities and research institutes of the nine Baltic countries.
Former recipients of the honorary doctorate from Klaipeda University include internationally known scientists, as well as the president of Latvia, the president of Lithuania and European Union officials.
The festive inauguration took place on June 7 and was reminiscent of an Elizabethan Rout, as the university senators and student pages were dressed in formal ancient regalia and the proclamation and songs were in Latin.
Klemas joined the UD faculty in 1970 and established one of the first Centers for Remote Sensing in this country. He has published more than 100 journal articles and has served on various government advisory panels and six committees of the National Research Council (NAS).
Recently he co-authored a book, Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change, which has received excellent press reviews and is being used by universities and research centers.