Greetings from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs! I'm thrilled to introduce our second O'Neill in the Environment newsletter, and my first as Dean of the O'Neill School.
The long-standing focus on the intersection between environmental issues and societal wellbeing at the O'Neill School is a signature feature of our work that is unmatched by other institutions across the country.
Our faculty are not bound by the constraints of disciplinary silos, which allows for the deep and innovative interdisciplinary thinking that is the hallmark of our research and community work. This collaborative environment was one of the key factors that attracted me to the O'Neill School, and resonates with my own experiences addressing complex societal issues such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting endangered species, and creating policies for judicious and equitable water use.
The O'Neill School was founded by those with a passion for the environment, with great scientists such as Lynton Caldwell, author of the National Environmental Policy Act, and Elinor Ostrom, winner of the Nobel Prize, leading the way. Today, we continue to address the most vexing and difficult environmental challenges facing society, such as climate challenges, energy and food provision, and health, air, and water quality. Award-winning faculty such as Vicky Meretsky, Phil Stevens, Sanya Carley, and so many others are conducting critical research while also informing the minds of the next generation's environmental leaders.
Every day I am amazed by the accomplishments of our talented students, faculty, and alumni. It is no wonder we are ranked #1 in the nation for our MPA concentration in Environmental Policy and Management.
I invite you to take this opportunity to read about what fellow faculty and alumni are doing for the greater good and to connect with the O'Neill School in your own way. Whether you're attending one of our upcoming events or submitting your own career update, we'd love to hear from you.
Gina McCarthy, Janet McCabe, Jim Barnes and Jody Freeman are all scheduled to speak on lessons learned in the agency's first half-century, a look to the future, and a new book authored by O'Neill School faculty and other EPA alumni that examines the agency's past achievements. RSVP online.
Interested in connecting with nature in a new way? Curious about bird calls, plumage patterns, and colors? Alum and Education Program Coordinator for Audubon Vermont Debbie Archer will provide tips and tricks to get you started. RSVP online.
The Board serves to provide independent advice to the EPA administrator on a range of scientific and technical matters underlying its policy and regulatory decisions. It is composed of experts in science, engineering, and economics.
Cook will be joining O'Neill as an assistant professor in January 2021. His research examines the conditions under which environmental policy reforms and interventions lead to changes in environmental conservation, policy responsiveness, public participation, and human well-being.
Deslatte joined O'Neill as an assistant professor in 2019. He teaches Sustainable Communities and co-teaches Planning for Climate Change and Resilient Urban Communities with Scott Burgins. Deslatte serves as a faculty affiliate with the Environmental Resilience Institute & the Ostrom Workshop. His research focuses on the roles public managers play in enhancing economic, environmental, and social sustainability at the local and metropolitan level.
Suttles will teach Food Policy at O'Neill. Her areas of interest include energy consumption and opportunities for energy production in the food system, urban agriculture's impact on public health, and socially disadvantaged farmers.
Venier is an environmental chemist who studies the fate, transport, and behavior of persistent organic pollutants in the indoor and outdoor environment, including both legacy and emerging pollutants. She will be teaching the Environmental Chemistry Lab.
Yoder joined the O'Neill School as an assistant professor in 2019 and teaches Agriculture, Environment, and Governance. His research focuses on how farmers, government, and society cooperate to navigate tradeoffs between agricultural production and conservation, with a focus on water quality.
Zirrogianis, an environmental economist with a focus on energy policy and applied econometrics, joined O'Neill this fall. He teaches Water Policy & Economics as well as International Environmental Policy.
O'NEILL PUBLICATIONS FOR THE GREATER GOOD & MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Dean Siân Mooney joins an international team of scientists including Wulf Amelung (University of Bonn), Deborah Bossio (The Nature Conservancy), Wim de Vries (Wageningen University), et al. to show benefits of and methods for sustainable management of agricultural soils to store carbon and curb climate change.
Aaron Deslatte and co-author Eric Stokan (Faculty Affiliate of the Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions Laboratory) apply a strategic management lens to local government sustainability capabilities.
Alexis Cureton is both the California State Lead of the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) national project and the Clean Energy and Equity Advocate for NRDC. In these roles, Alexis focuses on issues at the intersection of energy poverty, affordable housing, and environmental justice. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Indiana University, Alexis is an enthused scholar and advocate working to improve the lived conditions of Black and Brown communities in California and beyond.
Maggie Messerschmidt is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager with the Climate Adaptation and Resilience portfolio at ICF, a consulting firm. She supports the public and private sectors in better understanding their vulnerabilities and preparing for and responding to climate change. She focuses on making climate information usable, useful, and actionable for clients and on driving transformation toward sustainable and adaptive futures.
MPA-MSES '10 - APPLIED ECOLOGY & WATER RESOURCES; ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Iza is a Conservation Ecologist at the Field Museum where she works to maintain the integrity and rich biodiversity of the Chicago Wilderness Region. Her work concentrates on increasing ecosystem resilience through improved restoration practices that are climate adopted. Lately Iza has been spending more time thinking about urban ecology and increasing the quantity and quality of wildlife habitat in the City of Chicago.
Jessica Davis is the Director of IUPUI Sustainability. A current big project for her team is working with Indiana University Bloomington to align the greenhouse gas emissions protocol to standardize emissions profiles for all universities in the IU system. This alignment is a first, solid step towards creating a robust climate action plan for the enterprise.