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Environmental law professor named Fulbright Scholar

Loyola press release - April 16, 2012

Robert Verchick J.D., the Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for 2012-13. The award, which is part of the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leader Program, will support his research in India during the fall semester of 2012. Verchick is currently working on a book about how cities around the world are adapting to climate change.

Verchick is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-13.

While in India, Verchick will study the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. The purpose of Verchick’s book is to start a public conversation about the threats posed by climate change and the need to build climate resilience into urban areas.

“Cities face many threats from global warming, including sea level rise, heat waves, more erratic storms and floods and insect-borne disease. The book is about my search for ‘climate-ready cities’ in the U.S. and abroad, that is, cities that are attempting to identify their vulnerabilities to climate change and address those vulnerabilities,” Verchick said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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