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Loyola is now among Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s University Affiliates. This program engages students in environmental stewardship and sustainability practices and is the largest and most successful program of its kind in the United States. The Environment Program's Mark Tobler is the university's KLB program manager. 

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Dr. Cody R. Melcher's syllabus, for his course Race Scholars Denied, was recently published by the American Sociological Association's Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, a peer-reviewed repository for pedagogy resources in the discipline. 

 

The course, which focuses on the work of forgotten Black sociologists whose work was integral to the development of the discipline, is typically offered every spring. Dr. Melcher received the CAS Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching in the spring of 2023, the last time the course was taught. 

 

This endowment was established in 2021 by Jared, Communications ’97, and Elaine Schoch in honor of two professors who had a profound effect on Jared and countless other students through the study of philosophy. Dr. Constance Mui has served as a professor of philosophy at Loyola since 1987. She specializes in continental philosophy, and has published edited volumes on Jean-Paul Sartre and feminist theories, as well as articles and book chapters on phenomenology, Sartre, Beauvoir, Marcel, Laruelle, Malabou, Stiegler, Derrida, and Dufourmantelle. Fr.

Dr. Constance Mui, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, received the College of Arts & Sciences 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Mui has a long record of success in teaching and mentoring students.  In recent years she has, along with her normal teaching duties, mentored a Fulbright scholar, directed multiple honors theses.  Also, a former student, Jared Schoch ‘97, created an endowment for the Philosophy Department in honor of her teaching.

Dr. Craig Hood, director of the Environment program, and Bara Watts, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development, led a team of students participating in the global Reinventing Cities competition. The team earned honorable mention and will present their ideas to Mayor Cantrell later this year.

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Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law, shares his expertise with MSNBC viewers, addressing climate resiliency and the side effects of climate change.

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Dr. Bob Thomas shared his insights with The U.S. Sun to help inform a story of an alligator found “waiting” at a bus stop in Florida, noting that the more alligators have contact with humans, the more accustomed they become to being around us.

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Joel MacClellan's article "Is Biocentrism Dead? Two Live Problems for Life-Centered Ethics", was recently published in the Journal of Value Inquiry. Biocentrism is the idea that environmental ethics should take a more wholistic approach, focusing on all living organisms rather than simply humanity. 

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Adrienne Ingram ENVB'18, currently a science faculty member at Haas Hall Academy, was
chosen for the NSF-funded Arkansas Data Analytics Teacher Alliance (AR-DATA) program that
provides mathematics, computer science, and pre-engineering teachers with transformative
research experiences thematically centered on data analytics, especially engineering
applications towards smart and connected health, infrastructure, and community. This summer
she developed a curriculum that uses computer programming courses as a conduit for teaching

Dr. Joseph Berendzen, Professor of Philosophy, published the book Embodied Idealism: Merleau-Ponty's Transcendental Philosophy with Oxford University Press in June 2023. The book presents a new interpretation of French philosopher Merleau-Ponty's early works. 

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