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As a Belizean and a LOYNO alumnus, I am pleased to share that I will be attending Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Y&ES) starting in Fall 2017, where I will pursue a Master’s degree in Forestry. The Forestry program will equip me with the knowledge and tools needed to contribute to my country’s development via the improvement of forest resources policy and management. Since concerns about climate change have expanded, the demand for proper forest management is essential.

As a recent graduate of Loyola New Orleans, I am happy to announce that I will be pursuing my doctorate degree in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at the University of Texas in Austin. The EEB program allows the collaboration of many scientists from across the natural sciences to ask questions as to how and why organisms and ecosystems exist the way they do today. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Ryan, I will be exploring these questions on the family of live-bearing fish known as Poeciliidae.

Jordan Pedalino, a master of criminal justice student, recently won first place for her presentation of a paper at the LSU-S Student Scholars Forum. The multidisciplinary forum was held Friday, February 17, 2017, and included 24 undergraduate and graduate student presentations and 35 student posters profiling scholarly work across academic disciplines. Nine universities participated in the event.

Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference March 16-17, 2017

Dr. Eric Hardy, History and Environment Program faculty member, and 4 Environment majors Max Boyce, Adrienne Ingram, Anthony Rizzi, and Brigid Richwine attended and participated in the LUC Climate Change Conference this year. The students presented their poster on Sustainability and Community Practices on Environmental Justice. Twelve AJCU Universities had representatives from their Environment Programs participate and discuss better ways of developing Campus Sustainability on their respective campuses. 

Several Psychological Sciences majors volunteered at and presented research at the 46th Annual Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference held in New Orleans March 1-4, 2017. Dr. Varela and his research assistants (Haley Dourron, Gabby Pucci, Kirsten Klein, Ruth Infante, Nacy Nguyen, and Joshua Quintana) presented a poster titled, "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Age of Evaluation among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Explanatory Variables."

Dr. Shaawn Ali '08 is chief resident at a Miami hospital, finishing up medical school and a program that had him traveling around the Middle East practicing medicine.

How He Got There: He wanted to be involved in the local health care system, majored in pre-health psychology, conceived and conducted a study on campus with his faculty mentor, won first place overall in the social sciences category at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, turned down an offer for a full-time position with the Saints to focus on his studies in medicine.

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the newest addition to our faculty, Arnaldo J. Vargas. Arnaldo is a graduate of Universidad de Puerto Pico. He will soon be receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington where he has worked for the last 7 years educating students as their laboratory instructor, discussion leader, and course instructor. Arnaldo has had multiple publications in the Physics Review and has presented his research at seminars throughout the US and Japan.

A Debate: Should the Justice Department Police the Police?

Dr. Serpas recently called on Trump's administration in a recent Op-Ed not to return to what it deemed failed crime-fighting strategies.

Dr. Connie Rodriguez, chair of the Classical Studies department and president of the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, will present a lecture to the Caledonian Society on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm in The Christopher Room located at 6254 Vicksburg Street.  Her topic will be "Kirkmichael, Castle Craig and the Urquhart Clan of the Black Isle, Scotland."

The Loyola Certificate Program in Translation and Interpreting (TRIN) provides extensive training and support for our students to become professional translators/interpreters. Students are very active providing community service and language access for the underserved LEP Hispanic community in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes:

There is a total of eight students who are registered interpreters for the LA Supreme Court; two who are Certified interpreters in Louisiana; and one student is nationally certified as a Healthcare Interpreter.

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