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Achievements

Contestants and winners--Congratulations!

The first, second, and third place winners appear kneeling from left to right:

- Christina Murphy (1st place)

- Gabriel Gutiérrez (2nd place)

- Raymond Price (3rd place)

- Marley Duet (4th place)

- Hera Bogdanos (5th place)

- Jenna Guidry (6th place)

Loyola University New Orleans Journalism Senior Colleen Dulle, a former editor of The Maroon, was recently selected as one of three graduating seniors from U.S. Jesuit Colleges and Universities to serve as the 2017-18 Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellows.

This year’s fellows are:

Loyola University New Orleans Welcomes Leading Environmental Researcher from Stanford University

(New Orleans – March 17, 2017) Loyola University New Orleans welcomes Dr. Robert Jackson of Stanford University next week for a comprehensive lecture on the environmental footprint of hydraulic fracturing. Jackson will educate Loyola and guests on the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on the climate and water quality.

Natalie Jones (Theatre Arts/Spanish, 2014) was selected for an English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina through the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. For more information, see her story.

¡Enhorabuena, Natalie! ¡Sabemos que vas a ser espectacular!

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.

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.

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.

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