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Loyola's Environmental Communication Director Dr. Bob Thomas was recently interviewed by WWL-TV about the possibility of using storm debris to help strengthen Louisiana shorelines. Congratulations Dr. Bob! Read the article here.

Joshua Leaney received the Francis A. Benedetto Award for Excellence in Physics. This is a departmental award that emphasizes scholarship and research achievement in physics and is given by the faculty of the Physics Department as a token of confidence and encouragement.

Stephanie Oblena, ENVS ’24, received the 2021 Mary Ann Riesing Flynn Scholarship and Grace of Ignatius Award in last year’s Magis Awards, and has even continued her community involvement throughout the summer break. This past summer she served as a mentor at FaithActs, a program with Loyola’s Institute for Ministry that highlights the intersection of faith and the environment. She also is a Krewe Leader and has recently been elected an SGA Senator where she serves as the Sustainability Chair. Additionally, she is a member of Students for Environmental Action and Alpha Chi Omega.

Gabriela Brewer (graduated Spring '21), a double major in Biological Sciences and Spanish, received a Language Assistant position to teach English in Madrid, Spain, through Coversa Spain. She will start in November 2021, and will work with students 18 years and younger in Madrid schools.

Dr. Paul Barnes was a contributor to a recent United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) publication titled, "Floral bullseyes and stratospheric ozone." The article discusses how the floral UV "bullseye" which guides pollinators to flowers could also help protect flowers from intensifyig solar UV radiation. Congratulation to Dr. Barnes and his colleagues! Click here to read the article.

Dr. Paul W. Barnes, Professor of Biological Sciences and the J.H. Mullahy Endowed Chair in Environmental Biology at Loyola University New Orleans, recently participated in the 2021 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol (MOP33/COP12) and the 2021 Meeting of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP). Dr.

The environment program's Dr. Paul Barnes, and mark tobler have recently contributed to a publication with Dr. Susanne Neugart, previously of the Loyola Biology department. The publication, titled, "Rapid adjustment in epidermal UV sunscreen: Comparison of optical measurement techniques and response to changing solar UV radiation conditions" was published in Physiologia Plantarum.  Click here to read the article. 

Dr. Paul Barnes was a contributor to a recent United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) publication titled, "Floral bullseyes and stratospheric ozone." The article discusses how the floral UV "bullseye" which guides pollinators to flowers could also help protect flowers from intensifyig solar UV radiation. Congratulation to Dr. Barnes and his colleagues! Click here to read the article.

2019 Environmental Science Alum Dea Devlin has accepted a position with Americorps starting this September. She will be working for the Vermont government as an assistant water quality program coordinator. Congratulations Dea!

Dr. Leland Tabares and Dr. Sakinah Hofler joined the English faculty this fall as Visiting Assistant professors. Both professors are highly accomplished and published writers. Dr. Tabares' work centers on literature, labor, and racialization in contemporary American culture. Dr. Sakinah Hofler is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright who successfully defended her dissertation this spring at the University of Cincinnati where she was an Albert C. Yates Fellow.

We are so excited to have them teaching in the Department of English at Loyola University!

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