Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Environmental Research by Abby Rupsa

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									                                       Loyola University Chicago
                          Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy
                                            Faculty Meeting
                                        Friday, January 19, 2007
                                            Meeting Minutes


In Attendance:
Pamela Geddes, David Goldblatt, Ken Johnson, John Kelly, Daniel Larkin, Gina Lettiere, David Merriman,
Carlos Minaya, Emma Rosi-Marshall, Kyle Scott, Glenn Shipley, Cynthia Stowell, Carole Szpunar, and
Nancy Tuchman

Approval of December 8, 2006 CUERP Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes were reviewed by attendees and unanimously approved.

CUERP Activity Updates
Director Search
The CUERP Director ad has been finalized and is currently going through the appropriate channels for
postings in electronic outlets and hardcopy print. The deadline for candidates to submit materials is February
15, 2007.

Post-Doctorate Position
Dan Larkin who has served as the CUERP Post-Doctorate Researcher during 2006 has stepped down from
the Center. He is now a full time post-doc research faculty in the Biology Department in the lab of Nancy
Tuchman. Dan worked with the Faculty Fellow, Martina Schmeling to develop her research and implement
a second air quality monitoring station, LUCAS II at the Water Tower Campus. Dan was instrumental in
developing the biodiesel project for CUERP, and working closely with Loyola undergraduate students to
write a USEPA P3 grant proposal to fund the Biodiesel Project. The proposal was submitted on December
21, 2006 and awards are expected to be announced in early spring 2007. We thank Dan for his enormous
contribution to CUERP.

Teaching Post-Doctoral Position
CUERP is seeking qualified candidates for a 1.5 year-long teaching post-doctoral position. The position is
presently open and the ad will remain open until the position is filled. The candidate will coordinate two
new initiatives, the new environmental sustainability service-learning course for Loyola undergraduates
called Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) and the Biodiesel Project. Nancy Tuchman requested
meeting participants to help disseminate information about the open position.

Presentation for the Provost: LUCAS I and II
Nancy Tuchman presented to the Provost current research activities taking place through Loyola’s Centers of
Excellence. A research project of particular interest in the presentation involved details of Loyola University
Chicago Air Station (LUCAS) I and LUCAS II. Presenting this topic highlights CUERP’s 2006 Fall Faculty
Fellow Martina Schmeling’s air quality research project.
LUCAS I located at LSC has collected air pollutant data not previously determined. The LUCAS II which is
being installed on the new Baumhart Resident Hall at WTC will enhance Martina Schmeling’s air quality
research. Data for both stations are expected to contribute to regional climate modeling, assist health
scientists with regard to human health impacts, and open up new areas of research in urban environments.
The Provost requested that CUERP staff put together a powerpoint presentation that he could present to the
Board of Trustees of LUCAS as an example of the types of new initiatives taking place in our Centers of
Excellence. David Goldblatt, Martina Schmeling, Gina Lettiere, Dan Larkin, Nancy Tuchman and Lane
Barham were instrumental in putting this presentation together.

CUERP Brochure
CUERP staff worked with the Loyola Communications and Marketing team and developed a brochure. The
brochure, given to each meeting participant, will help promote CUERP’s mission and programs.

Carbon Scholars Program
A Loyola alumnus, Michael Carbon who sits on the Board of Trustees is interested in developing an
undergraduate research program in Environmental Sciences. During Mr. Carbon’s time as a Loyola student,
he received hands-on research experience that played a very important role in his decision to pursue an
advanced degree in medicine. He would like to provide the same opportunities to Loyola undergraduate
students. The program would be offered to junior-level students to take part in full-time research with an
environmental focus. The students would receive large stipends to help fund their education and have more
time to devote to research. Michael Carbon would provide seed money in the amount of $1,000,000 for 20
years. Interest earned from the loan would fund the students’ stipends. Father Garanzini believes CUERP is
the appropriate Center to coordinate this scholarship program, so invited Nancy Tuchman to write a proposal
for the program. The proposal was reviewed by the Carbons and a meeting is scheduled with them in March.
Nancy Tuchman will provide any further developments when available.

Chicago Wilderness (CW)
CUERP recently advanced its CW membership to Executive Council status. Council members are required
to become more involved in CW than compared to a general member status. To begin fulfilling the higher
level of membership participation, CUERP hosted the CW Executive Council Board meeting on January 17,
2007 at Kasbeer Hall, WTC. The increased participation in CW has generated more visibility for CUERP.
Suzanne Malek McKenna, a colleague from Chicago’s Department of Environment Commissioner Sadhu
Johnson’s office, is interested in collaborating with CUERP. Additionally, Debra Shore, newly elected
Commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and former CW staff,
invited Nancy Tuchman to sit on the Chicago Area Watershed and Water Use Group. Collaborating with
City officials and the MWRD gives CUERP more opportunities to take part in environmental regional issues
and policy development.

A Proposal for a Sustainable University
Nancy Tuchman will present a proposal to the Strategic Planning University Policy Committee in early
February, on the necessary steps to set policies and implement sustainable practices across the University
and throughout the core curriculum. An LUC working group consisting of CUERP staff, faculty, Jennifer
Clark with Community Relations, and Chris Murphy of the Campus Ministries are developing a proposal and
materials that will outline formal procedures for the university to move forward on this issue.

Critical components of the ‘Sustainable University’ initiative will involve significant cooperation and
leadership from Loyola members, working with a consultant to conduct campus energy and resource analysis
and outreach to the community. CUERP staff has begun gathering information on consultants, what other
universities are doing, and local, national, and international programs to become involved in.
Collaborating with a consultant will help Loyola analyze and identify priorities for change in energy use,
incoming and outgoing products, transportation and other aspects of resource consumption. Within the
Loyola community, plans are already underway to create a campus-wide year long interdisciplinary series of
activities that will heighten awareness and increase participation in the University Sustainability initiative.
The public launching of the University Sustainability Initiative may include bringing Al Gore to LUC to
discuss climate change and what we as a University community can do to turn the tides.

Discussion of a Research Project on Cigarette Taxes
David Merriman, Professor of Economics in Loyola’s School of Business Administration received funding
to conduct a study on cigarette tax evasion in the United States. The study’s objectives are to survey littered
cigarette packs to identify the share that do not have appropriate tax stamps. He will have teams of
undergraduate students take part in the data collection and will follow a methodology that has been
successfully used in Ireland. David Merriman is seeking CUERP’s input for possible extensions to study.
His research assistants could collect all litter (in addition to the cigarette boxes and cartons he is interested
in) if there are other interesting questions that could be addressed with these additional data. One suggestion
was that David Merriman might contact the School of Nursing, since their faculty have research interests in
environmental quality and human health.

Seminar: Algal Species: Interchangeable Packets of Carbon or Influential Modifiers of Ecosystem
Function?
Today’s seminar was presented by Christopher Peterson, Professor and Director, Environmental
Studies/Sciences Program, Department of Natural Science, Loyola University Chicago.

Meeting Adjourned

								
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