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Heartland-Delta Faculty Conversations 2012 - Plenary Speaker Biosketches

Marianne Karsh, B.Sc.F., M.Sc.F.

Marianne Karsh, B.Sc.F., M.Sc.F., is coordinator of ecology programs at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. In this capacity, she develops new programs in ecology and spirituality and gives retreats throughout Canada and internationally to religious groups, churches, school boards and private organizations. As a forest research scientist and director of her own organization, Arborvitae, Marianne brings her knowledge of theology, ecology and science along with many years of experience in group facilitation, writing and speaking to her mission of reconnecting people with the Earth.

Donald J. McLauchlan, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP

Donald J. McLauchlan, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP, is a principal of Elara Engineering, who has more than 30 years of experience in MEP design, construction and commissioning. Don has received 12 First Place Illinois ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering awards and two First Place Midwest Regional ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering awards as well as one International Society level ASHRAE Technology Award. A licensed professional engineer in several Midwest states including Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa, Don is a certified energy manager and LEED accredited professional. He has authored several technical articles for trade journals and has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences.

Prior to his work at Elara, Don was owner and president of Arrowhead Environmental Control, a business that his father founded in 1951. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (BSME) from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D.

Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D., is O'Neill Professor, Biological Sciences Department and Philosophy Department, University of Notre Dame---where she directs the Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health--and works mainly on problems of human health risk assessment.With degrees in mathematics, and in philosophy of science, she has done 3 post-docs, respectively, in biology, in economics, and in hydrogeology. Author of nearly 400 articles and 15 books, including /Taking Action, Saving Lives (2007) and /What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy (/2011/)/, Shrader-Frechette has held membership on many US National Academy of Sciences boards/committees, the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, and many UN committees.She also has chaired the US EPA Bioethics Committee and written much of the bioethics text for the official public-health curriculum of the US Association of Schools of Public Health.


The first woman president of three international scholarly/scientific organizations (SPT, RAPA, ISEE), she has lectured throughout the world. Her scientific research, funded by the National Science Foundation for 28 years, is translated into 13 languages. In 2004 Shrader-Frechette became the third American to win the World Technology Award in Ethics. In 2007, _Catholic Digest_ named her one of 12 "Heroes for the US and the World" for her pro-bono work, with her students, to help remedy environmental-justice problems in minority/poor communities throughout the world, but especially in the US. In 2011, Tufts University awarded her the Dr. Jean Mayer Global-Citizenship Award for her pro-bono and scholarly work.Married for37 years to mathematician and former Catholic Worker, she and her husband have two children, Eric---an MD/PhD at Stanford---and Danielle, a law student at Northwestern. Her website is www.nd.edu/~kshrader.

Nancy C. Tuchman, Ph.D.

Nancy C. Tuchman, Ph.D. spent the first 14 years of her career as an Aquatic Ecology faculty in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago teaching Ecology and conducting research on human impacts on natural aquatic ecosystems.  In 2002-2003 she took a leave to serve as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, then returned to Loyola and served as the Associate Provost for Research for 5 years (2004 – 2008).  In 2005 she and a few other faculty founded the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at Loyola, and Tuchman served as its Founding Director from 2005 – 2010.  She developed an understanding of how she might best serve as a companion to the Jesuits in her work, by participating in the Ignatian Colleagues Program in 2009-2010.  She had the honor of working with several Jesuits from around the world to develop the document entitled Healing A Broken World for the Father General Aldolpho Nicolas, S.J.  The document addresses global environmental issues and the responsibility, as members and companions to the members of the Society of Jesus, to respond to this social crisis.  She is presently serving as the University’s Vice Provost, and helping to design and develop an Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) with a 100-acre ecology and sustainable agriculture field station called Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC).

Her vision for the IES and LUREC is to capitalize on Loyola’s academic and philosophical strengths in ethics, social responsibility, and environmental science, to develop a robust and exciting set of programs that will engage, educate, and move students to take responsibility for their individual environmental footprints, with the goal of forming environmental stewards and leaders who will serve the common good, and the earth.  The three main challenges in the U.S. that the IES and LUREC are addressing include our high levels of consumption, our reliance on fossil fuels and the resulting global climate change consequences, and our broken national food system.  Her projects include facilitating the development of several new degree programs in environmental science, studies, and sustainability, and instituting a required environmental issues science course in the Loyola University Core Curriculum so that every student who graduates from Loyola has a solid level of competency about these issues, and owns a sense of responsibility for contributing to the solutions.  These academic programs feature student-initiated “solutions to environmental problems” including converting waste vegetable oil from the dorm cafeterias into biodiesel, converting waste glycerin into soap, and growing food sustainably on a student-designed and operated farm at LUREC.  She also works closely with the President’s Office, Facilities, architects, and engineers to lower our campus consumption of resources, reduce our waste and move our campus buildings toward carbon neutrality.

Tuchman’s recent research attempts to integrate the curricular and programmatic work she is conducting around environmental sustainability on campus with her work on invasive species in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.  A new aspect of her research restores damaged wetlands by removing invasive plants, and develops methods for converting the harvested plant biomass into biogas to offset fossil fuels for energy.  Working with students in research is one of the most rewarding aspects of Tuchman’s career.  Throughout her 20-year career at Loyola, she has mentored or co-mentored 74 undergraduate students and 33 graduate students in individual research projects.

Peter Walpole, SJ

Peter Walpole, SJ is one of the foremost practitioners in sustainable environment and community land management in Southeast Asia.  He has worked with several groups and organizations, mainly governments, local communities, universities, and international organizations.  His long-term people-focused approach to capacity building promotes lasting partnerships through research, consultation, and policy building to support local populations and governments through improved land and water management.  Being based in conflict-prone Mindanao, Philippines, he is experienced in engaging stakeholders in post-conflict environments and focused peace building.  His work is increasingly in communicating more widely a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the real causes of landslides and flooding as they occur in different areas of the Philippines.

Pedro, as his colleagues and brothers in the Society commonly call him, joined the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus in 1981.  His role as a Jesuit priest and environmental specialist gives him unique insight into peace and capacity building.  He received his doctorate in land use change from King’s College in London, UK in 2003.  He continues to live with the Pulangiyen, an upland indigenous community in Bendum (Mindanao, Philippines), supporting a multi-lingual education for peace in the area.

Pedro is supported in his mission to seek social justice through environmental management by the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit environmental services organization providing technical and scientific analysis and research that includes the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems.  He is also supported by the AFN and APC.  AFN is the Asia Forest Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to support the role of communities in protection and sustainable use of Asia’s forests.  APC is the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center in Mindanao serving the educational and ecological interests of upland communities.

In July 2010, Pedro was invited to be part of the Task Force on Ecology for six months, which is composed of five Jesuits and one lay person and that focused on the preparation of its report and their recommendations.  The resulting document is “Healing A Broken World” that describes the rationale of establishing the Task Force on Jesuit Mission and Ecology, as well as the general vision behind its analysis and recommendations.

During the same year, the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) appointed Pedro as Coordinator for the JCAP-Ecology theme in which he continues to work.  With this, he is tasked to animate programs and initiatives in the Conference relating to the environment.  He was also invited to be a representative for Asia Pacific in the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology.

In all these venues, he shares his views about poverty reduction in forest lands, human security in protected areas, partnerships for local development, social concerns in forest law enforcement and governance, climate justice, and indigenous peoples’ rights.


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