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Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Communication welcomes new fellows

November 30, 2007

The Institute for Environmental Communication, a 13-week program sponsored by the Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication (LUCEC), is proud to welcome more than a dozen new fellows to its ranks.

The institute, started in 1999, provides a forum for discussion of environmental topics among people directly affected or who have the power to solve the issues discussed. The institute is organized and hosted annually by Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., director of LUCEC and interim director of the School of Mass Communication.

This year’s lectures, held Aug. 29 to Nov. 21, covered the following topics: the economics of environmentalism, understanding environmental data, sustainable development in Greater New Orleans, green design, conflict between business and environment, and global climate change.

Guest speakers for this year’s institute included Robert Moreau, Ph.D., director of the Turtle Cove Research Center at Southeastern State University; Janet Kester, Ph.D., senior science adviser of the ENVIRON International Corporation; Jeffrey J. Thomas of the New Orleans Recovery Office; Allen Eskew of Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architecture firm; Aaron Viles, campaign director for Gulf Restoration Network; Tom Mullikin and John Saydlowski of the government, policy, and regulatory affairs team at Moore and Van Allen LLC in Charlotte, NC; Mark Schleifstein, an environment reporter at The Times-Picayune; Garland Robinette, a host on WWL Radio; Lee Zurik, an anchor and reporter at WWL-TV; Mark Davis, director of Tulane University’s Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy; Robert Verchick, Ph.D., a professor and head of the Loyola Center for Environmental Law and Land Use.

For more information, please contact Bob Thomas at (504) 865-2107 or rathomas@loyno.edu

The Institute for Environmental Communication would like to welcome the following new 2007 fellows:

Yasmin Bowers, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Vaughn Brennan, Bergeron Volvo
Andrea Bourgeois-Calvin, Program Coordinator, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Craig Cortello, Trinity Consultants
Dan Favre, Campaign Organizer, Gulf Restoration Network
Blaire Fernandez, Gulf States Real Estate Services, L.L.C.
Wynecta Fisher, Director, New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Environmental Affairs
Hope Herron, Environmental Scientists/Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tetra Tech
Dr. Guerry O. Holm, Jr., Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Louisiana State University
Katie Landry, specialist in natural food marketing
Jill Mastrototaro, Environmental Coordinator, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Colleen Morgan, Disaster Recovery Assistant, Audubon Nature Institute
Michael Murphy, Tulane environmental Law Clinic, Community Outreach Director
Ridgely Myers, P.E., Environmental Manager, International Matex Tank Terminals
Jen Pipitone, sophomore environmental studies student, Loyola University
Jordan Schneider, environmental communications senior, Loyola University
Robbie Vitrano, Trumpet Advertising
Eman Williams, Scientist/Educator, LA Department of Health & Hospitals, Metairie


For more information about the institute, please visit the website at http://www.loyno.edu/lucec/iec.html

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