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WIU Professor, Student Receive Eddy Awards

August 21, 2020

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – A Western Illinois University–Quad Cities professor has been honored for making a difference to Mississippi River-related development in the Quad Cities region.

Institute for Environmental Studies Director Roger Viadero received an Eddy Award from River Action for his work "beyond the classroom."

In addition to his academic work at WIU, Viadero works with River Action on the Upper Mississippi River Conference. He has brought scholarships to WIU, acquired a pontoon boat for student work and sensor equipment for wetland research.

"One teacher can change a person's life; Roger has found a way to create initiatives to help the next generation of environmental leaders to blossom," said River Action in a news release.

In addition to Viadero's award, WIU Environmental Studies doctoral student Michele Rehbein, of Dixon, IL, received one of two Eddy scholarships.

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