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Dr. Rob Verchick will be going on tour in 2023 to promote his new book, “The Octopus in the Parking Garage: A Call for Climate Resilience.”

View the schedule below, or visit his website for more info:



March 9-11, 2023
New Orleans Book Festival


April 12, 2023, 7:00pm
(in conversation with Angie Coiro)
Kepler's Books and Magazines

ENVA's Dr. Paul Barnes was recently awarded the Jon T. Altschul Senate Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. He received this award for his work with the United Nations Environment Effects Panel (UNEP) in support of the Montreal Protocol.The EEAP consists of about 50 scientists from around the world and provides regular reports on the state of the science on the effects of ozone depletion and climate change on human health and the environment.  As the lead author of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Working Group within the EEAP, Dr.

Dr. Marcus Kondkar appears on NPR’s “Your Call,” to discuss the Visiting Room Project, an initiative he founded that invites people to sit face-to-face with men serving life without the possibility of parole.

Dr. Cody R. Melcher, assistant professor of sociology,  has recently published an article in American Politics Research (APR) entitled: "Economic Insecurity and the Racial Attitudes of White Americans."

Malaika Saleem is a junior originally from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in Sociology and double minoring in African and African American Studies and History. Malaika received the  Frugé Fellowship this fall for her demonstrated commitment to service within the New Orleans community and commitment to social justice advocacy. As a  Frugé Fellow, Malaika joins the Loyola Social Justice Scholars Program and will continue her service and activism work.

Congratulations to the following students for completing their capstone. Below you will find the students who finished their A480/A481 course in Fall 2022 divided by their capstone advisors. Also included is a short description of each student's research.


Dr. McGlynn-Wright:


Natalie Butler, “The Age of Burnout: How New Orleans Charter School System is Failing Teachers”

Dr. Marcus Kondkar and Calvin Duncan’s “Visiting Room Project” was recently featured in The Guardian and Louisiana Considered.

Classical Studies Professor Samantha Urso's gave a paper titled, "To Boldly Go Where No (Wo)man Has Gone Before: Exploring the Strange Old Worlds of Classics and Star Trek" to open the annual the Louisiana Classical Association (LCA) Meeting on Loyola's campus this November 2022.

ENVA's Dr. Paul Barnes recently attended the 34th Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol being held in Montreal.


To read more about the meeting click here!

Daisi Rivera, ENVS ’23 + SOCI ‘23, is a double major studying the
mainstream news media in relation with social media of environmental
issues. She is currently serving as Theta Phi Alpha president, working two
jobs, and just began her research studying the MIGS Community Garden on
the Loyola campus. She has spent the past two years volunteering with
Greenlight Nola by painting rain barrels for members of the community. She
is passionate about reducing her water impact in the New Orleans area. In


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