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Dr. Paul Barnes received a letter of appreciation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) regarding his work as a Co-Chair of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel. Dr. Paul Barnes is the only member of this scientific assessment panel from a Jesuit University as well as an undergraduate institution. His work allows him to interact with scientists from around the world and delegates from all 198 countries of the United Nations that are signatories to the Montreal Protocol.

On November 3rd the Environment Program and Biology Department hosted it's Water Forum Panel. The Panelists were William Veatch, U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Tyler Antrup, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Arien Hall & Luisa Abballe, Mastodonte. Chuck Morse, Thrive New Orleans and Sam Commagere, Urban Conservatory. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

 

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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, "The Function of Flavonoids in the Diurnal Rhythm under Rapidly Changing UV Conditions—A Model Study on Okra" was published by PlantsClick here to read the article. 

Dr. Paul Barnes of the Environment Program has recently contributed to a major United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) environmental effects assessment panel (EEAP) titled The success of the Montreal Protocol in Mitigating Interactive Effects of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Climate Change on the Environment. This panel assesses the success of the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement which has been one of the most important societal actions to help mitigate climate change. Congratulations, and thank you for your contribution Dr. Barnes!

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.

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.

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!

2019 ENVS Alum Anthony Rizzi has been busy exploring the Cenotes of Central America. 

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