2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Political Science (BMC) Allen, Michael email@example.com Anderson, Nell firstname.lastname@example.org Civic Engagement (BMC) Barber, Donald email@example.com Geology (BMC) Berkowitz, Alan firstname.lastname@example.org Chinese (SC) Cacho, Laura email@example.com Office of Sustainability (SC) Bio Teach and research in International political economy and law, including human use and governance of natural resources and systems. Teach in Bryn Mawr summer school in Singapore(2013) and China(2014), included visits to Cambodia and Malaysia. I am the Director of Praxis and Community Partnership Programs in the Civic Engagement Office at Bryn Mawr College. I work closely with faculty and students in building connections to local community partners and in incorporating Praxis components into the curriculum. Don Barber uses geological techniques to investigate how coastal environments respond to sea level rise, storms and human shoreline modifications. The accelerating pace of coastal change now necessitates community outreach as part of our research agenda to engage stakeholders in developing adaptation strategies. This coming fall ('14), in collaboration with Prof. Tom Mozdzer (BMC Biology Dept.), Barber will teach an upper-level science 360° course cluster titled "Temperate and Tropical Coasts in Transition," with field excursions to the US MidAtlantic coast and the coral reefs of Belize. For many years I have encouraged students to study Asia’s increasingly important role in global environmental health, but until now I have had little personal exposure to Asia or its environmental issues. Therefore I feel fortunate to take the opportunity to co-teach a summer course at Tianjin University on sustainability leadership and the historical development of ecological awareness. My 3-week visit to China this summer will take me into new territory both literally and figuratively, and I welcome any and all input from my Tri-Co colleagues regarding this endeavor! Thank you! I teach classes in Chinese language, literature, and humanistic culture, including traditional philosophy, religion, and aesthetics. All of my classes concern China, Taiwan, and Chinese traditions in Asia and beyond. Research and teaching interests address the cross-section of traditional literature and thought; individualism in conduct and portrayal; and with relation to environmental studies, mountains, tea, and culinary traditions. I have spent prolonged periods in residence in China and Taiwan, and have traveled extensively in Asia; and I maintain contact with colleagues and institutions in both China and Taiwan. I have professional proficiency in all aspects of Chinese, including Classical Chinese, and have a reading knowledge of academic Japanese. I also am fully fluent in all aspects of Italian and French. I am the Director of Sustainability of Swarthmore College. I have a BA in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia and a MCP from UC-Berkeley. For the past six years, I have worked as a consultant to city and state governments across the United States and Australia, as well as to a number of private clients, to determine and implement strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In my role at Swarthmore College, I am interested in partnering with the Environmental Studies program to offer students opportunities to apply research and teaching on campus and with community partners. I am particularly interested in using the campus as a living laboratory to test ideas and pilot projects that assist in achieving the College's sustainability goals. 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Cheng, Xuemei firstname.lastname@example.org Clark McCauley email@example.com Cohen, Jody firstname.lastname@example.org Collings, Peter email@example.com Department/Institution Physics (BMC) Psychology (BMC) Education (BMC) Physics & Astronomy (SC) Dalke, Anne firstname.lastname@example.org English and Gender Studies (BMC) Di Chiro, Giovanna email@example.com Environmental Studies (SC) Bio My research interests are in the general area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In particular, I am interested in the fabrication, characterization and application of nanomaterials. I have established expertise in the fabrication of nanoscale metallic , and complex oxide materials; characterization of magnetic, electrical, and optical properties of nanomaterials. I collaborate in teaching and research with my collaborators in Nanjing University, Fudan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Political radicalization, terrorism, genocide and intergroup conflict in general A Term Professor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Jody Cohen’s focal areas are urban, multicultural, and environmental education. She is a qualitative researcher who does action and participatory action research, and is currently involved in an action research project on community organizing around education issues in Philadelphia. Jody also facilitates reading and writing courses in a women’s correctional facility. Praxis/community-based learning is central to her work, and figures in most of her courses. At Bryn Mawr, Jody has been deeply involved with the 360° Program, which supports the development of transdisciplinary teaching and learning clusters focused on core themes or questions. Through this program she has become involved with environmental studies, and has designed and taught environmental education courses as part of two 360°s, “Perspectives on Sustainability” and “Eco-Literacy.” Currently she is working with Anne Dalke in English to co-design an Emily Balch Seminar for freshwomen focusing on the intersection of identity and environmental justice work. ENVS Director Anne Dalke is Term Professor of English, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr College. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she received the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Change Master Fund award for her contributions to social betterment through scholarship. Her areas of research include emergent pedagogies and assessment practices, feminist theory and narrative traditions, revisionary work in the canon of American literatures, and the intersections between science and literature. She also has a long-standing commitment to various forms of digital dialogue, and a more recent one to prison education. Her newest area of interest is that of ecological imaginings. Giovanna Di Chiro is the Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College (2012-2015). She has a background in biology, environmental studies, feminist studies, community-based action research, and community organizing. She has published widely on the intersections of environmental science and politics with a focus on gender, race, economic disparities, and human rights. She is co-editor of the volume "Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power" and is completing a book titled "Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice." Di Chiro teaches environmental studies and gender studies and collaborates with environmental justice organizations to conduct community-based research on environmental health concerns and on developing culturally 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Mathematics (BMC) Donnay, Victor vdonnay@brynmawr Dostal, Robert firstname.lastname@example.org Philosophy (BMC) Everbach, Carr email@example.com Engineering (SC) Gardner, Will firstname.lastname@example.org Modern Languages and Literatures (SC) relevant sustainability initiatives in low-income communities. Bio Victor's mathematical area of research is chaotic dynamical systems. This interest has evolved into mathematical modeling of environmental and sustainability issues such as epidemiology, marsh growth, energy use. In his Differential Equations course he includes environmental examples. He has taught courses on Math and the Environment and his students have done Praxis/Service Learning projects connecting math and sustainability on campus and in the community. He teaches a course on Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education, has been involved in several NSF grants focused on K-16 math and science education, and has run summer institutes for teachers on math and sustainability. He was Chair of the Advisory Committee for Math Awareness Month 2013 - the Mathematics of Sustainability. Since 2010, he has been Chair of Bryn Mawr's Sustainability Committee and in 2013 became Director of Bryn Mawr's Environmental Studies program. Been teaching at Bryn Mawr College since Fall 1980. I have taught a wide variety of courses including ethics, the history of philosophy (ancient, modern, contemporary), literary theory, and seminars on Kant, Hegel, hermeneutics, and phenomenology. My research interests are in phenomenology and hermeneutics, Kant and the post-Kantian German philosophical tradition. I have been traveling to China regularly since 2002 for family reasons (4 times to the mainland and twice to Taiwan) and have become interested in the history, culture, and philosophical tradition of China. This semester I taught Environmental Ethics for the first time. It was part of a 360 "China and the Environment." We took 9 students to China for 2 weeks and had a variety of experiences with high-level consultations and visits to factories, cities, and villages. Professor Carr Everbach has taught in the Engineering Department of Swarthmore College since 1990. Earning a B.A. in Applied Mechanics/Acoustics from Harvard in 1982 and M.S./Ph.D. degrees from Yale in 1986/89, Prof. Everbach was an F.V. Hunt Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) as a postdoc to study lithotripsy, the breaking up of kidney stones by acoustic shock waves. At Swarthmore, Everbach won an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship to support his research an teaching in biomedical ultrasound. Chairing the Biomedical Acoustics technical committee of the ASA, Everbach was made a Fellow of the ASA and has published dozens of papers with his undergraduate students. His current research area is breaking up and dissolving blood clots using ultrasound and microbubbles, a method known as ultrasonic thrombolysis. Carr was a founder of Swarthmore's Environmental Studies program and oversees the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Consortium study-abroad program "Globalization in the Environment" at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Interests in Energy, Sustainability, and Technology. I teach courses on Japanese language, literature, and film. In the spring semester I participated in the 360 course cluster "Perspectives on Sustainability: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan." My primary research focus is on Japanese modernist/avant-garde literature and film of the 1920's and 30's. I have also been researching postwar visions of the "Future City" in Japanese 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Hager, Carol email@example.com Political Science (BMC) Heckert, Megan firstname.lastname@example.org ENVS (SC) Hoang, Rachel email@example.com Jiang, Yonglin firstname.lastname@example.org Biology (HC) East Asian Studies (BMC) Le, Benjamin email@example.com science fiction. My most recent article explores connections between Japanese science fiction and the Metabolist architectural movement. Bio I am interested in citizen participation in environmental issues. My current research focuses on the local development of renewable energy technologies and on land use (sprawl, demographic change), particularly in Germany and the U.S. I also work on the role of citizen protest in promoting environmental policy change. Asia connections: While my research focuses on the U.S. and Europe, in my teaching I use case studies from Asia including China, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Japan. Also, I am co-editor of a forthcoming volume entitled "NIMBY is Beautiful: Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation Around the World," which includes case studies of China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. I have been teaching GIS at the Tri-Co for the last 2 years and have also taught the ENVS intro class at Bryn Mawr. I have incorporated community based learning into the advanced GIS class both times it has run (with varying levels of success). I joined the Biology department at Haverford in 2005. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of several fields of biology that relate to genetics: developmental biology, evolutionary biology and cell biology. My research focus is to study how cells change shape during embryonic development. In my research lab we are investigating underlying molecular mechanisms in the fruit fly and how these function in other insects. Ultimately we hope to understand how these molecular pathways have evolved and how they relate to similar cell shape changes that drive other developmental events such as neural tube closure in vertebrates. I am currently co-authoring a textbook of Introductory Genetics with a focus on connections to the modern fields of genomics and evolutionary biology (with Prof.s Meneely and Okeke and Kate Heston at Haverford College). In my work on this textbook I have deepened my interest in bringing cutting edge knowledge of genomics and genetics to students beyond the biology major. I would now like to develop a course with a focus on the areas of genetics most relevant to environmental science that could contribute to the Environmental Studies Program. I'm in the Department of Psychology at Haverford College, where I teach classes in social psychology, close relationships, statistics, and research methods. My training is as an experimental social psychologist and my research area is romantic relationship processes. In particular, my work revolves around the construct of commitment, including the antecedents and consequences of commitment, the structure of general models of commitment, and the role of commitment (and other variables) in predicting relationship stability. Current and recent research examines the role of social networks in predicting commitment and the cognitive underpinnings of relationship commitment. In addition, I am interested in relationship maintenance during interpersonal separation. Psychology (HC) 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Lindell, Steven firstname.lastname@example.org Computer science (HC) Lion, Janice email@example.com Mosteller, John firstname.lastname@example.org Natarajan, Samyuktha Snatarajan@brynmawr.edu Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (HC) Institutional Advancement (HC) Sociology/ education (BMC) Okeke, Iruka email@example.com I am Haverford's molecular microbiologist. My research focuses on bacterial colonization and antimicrobial resistance. I teach two half credit courses that count towards the ENVS concentration (Biol124: Perspectives in Biology: Tropical Infectious Disease and Biol310: Molecular Microbiology). I have also co-taught - with Jonathan Wilson - an environmental module on the phyllosphere in our junior level inquiry-based lab course (Biol300). That course has led to a student focused research collaboration on plant-associated bacteria with Jon Wilson's lab. I have no connections to Asia in my research and teaching but my work has strong connections to Africa. Biology (HC) Judith Owen firstname.lastname@example.org Bio I have been passionately interested in the scientific and technological aspects of environmental sustainability for 45 years, since I was 10 years old. My particular interests center around energy and public policy, very similar to the course that Jerry Gollub used to teach. Although our department is currently overwhelmed by enrollments, I still would be interested in finding out what ways we might contribute to the environmental studies program. Janice received her B.A. in Anthropology and Women's Studies from Franklin & Marshall College. Prior to joining the staff of Haverford in 2005, she served as director of programs at Greater Philadelphia Cares where she created a social change leadership program for emerging civic leaders, and managed a staff of AmeriCorps members who organized small and large-scale volunteer projects. She has also completed specialized trainings including Facilitative Leadership, anti-racism and coalition building, Anti- Violence Program, Temple University’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program’s faculty training, sexual assault and domestic violence counseling. Janice is currently enrolled in Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with a concentration in community practice. Biology (HC) I am a biochemist and immunologist by training, having received bachelor's and master's degrees with honors in Biochemistry, from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Immunology (Adviser, Norman Klinman, HC '58) from the University of Pennsylvania. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wistar Institute in Viral Immunology with Peter Doherty, I came to Haverford in the Fall of 1981, never to leave. At Haverford, I teach at all levels in the Biology curriculum, and offer a course "Writing in Public Health" in the First Year Writing Program. Part of this course has always pertained to environmental health, and I will be expanding that aspect of the course next year, prior to offering the full-length sophomore level course that I will plan this summer. No connections to Asia (beyond friends who live there, and no use of service learning or praxis in my teaching. 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Peck, Jennifer email@example.com Economics, Environmental Studies (SC) Record, Sydne firstname.lastname@example.org Biology (BMC) Rock, Michael email@example.com Economics (BMC) Bio Jennifer Peck is joining the Environmental Studies Program and the Economics Department at Swarthmore College as an Assistant Professor in September 2014. At Swarthmore she will teach Environmental Studies courses in environmental economics. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT. She is also a faculty fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies. Her research focuses on the development of resource-rich countries and the political economy of global oil markets. Because of her interest in oil markets and extractive industries, much of her research focuses on the economies of the Middle East. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. This fall I will be starting a computational ecology professorship at Bryn Mawr College. One of the most pressing questions confronting society is: how will the world’s ecosystems and the services that they provide respond to global change? Unraveling this question requires an integrated approach accounting for variability in abiotic, biotic, and anthropogenic processes at multiple spatial scales. My research incorporates ecology, statistics, and computer modeling to ask how these processes work to structure ecosystems across a wide range of spatiotemporal scales. In this pursuit, I collect observational field data, perform manipulative experiments, and build ecological models for forecasting into the future. Given that the future is unknown, I look for clever ways to validate model projections using historical data (e.g., paleoecological records) and employ computer simulations and Bayesian statistical techniques to account for uncertainty. My work primarily focuses on forest and early successional ecosystems, but could easily be applied to other systems. To date I have worked on systems in central America, southeast Asia, western Europe, and throughout the United States. I look forward to joining the Tri-Co community and am excited to become involved with Tri-Co Environmental Studies. In particular I want to explore synergies between my research on mangroves in Malaysia and other faculty and student interests in connections between Asia and Environmental Studies. I do research on various aspects of development in various East Asian countries. My latest book (Oxford University Press) focuses on the impact of technological upgrading in China's energy intensive industries on energy use and CO2 emissions. I am currently working on another book tentatively titled Dictators,Democrats and Development in in Southeast Asia. As is well known rapid growth was ushered in in several of these economies by developmentally minded autocrats. More recently there have been more or less successful moves toward democracy. The question this book addresses is: What is the impact on growth and development of this political shift. In addition, I have been a regular participant in the ongoing academic debate about the impact of selective interventions on growth and development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. I also have a book on the impact of pollution management agencies on the pollution abatement behavior of firms in six East Asian economies. 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Rothenberg, Madge firstname.lastname@example.org Provost's Office (SC) Scarrow, Rob email@example.com Chemistry (HC) Schmink, Jason firstname.lastname@example.org Chemistry (BMC) My research interests are in evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics. I am currently beginning a project to examine the evolution of natural yeast populations, comparing current populations to samples that were collected a decade ago in the same locations. While my primary research organism is yeast, the computational and statistical approaches I use have allowed me to work across a variety of organisms, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. Shapiro, Joshua email@example.com Vecsey, Chris firstname.lastname@example.org Viscelli , Steve email@example.com Bio As Director of Institutional Grants at Bryn Mawr, I will be involved in writing a joint Bryn Mawr-Swarthmore proposal for the Luce Asia and the Environment Initiative, which will be used to create new linkages between these two areas throughout the tri-colleges. I've taught at Haverford College now for a quarter century and was involved in the working group that brought Environmental Studies to Haverford and helped form the tri-college ES program. My teaching and research are in the area of bioinorganic chemistry and in particular the chemistry of metal ions and how the unique chemistry of metals is used by biological systems (i.e. cells within our bodies). There are some connections with environmental toxicology, both because some metals can act as toxins when present at too high concentrations, and because there are many metalloenzymes involved in detoxification of environmental pollutants. My research centers around using transition metals such as palladium, nickel, and gold, to catalyze reactions in organic chemistry. I became interested in Green Chemistry during my graduate studies. Biology (BMC) I am finishing the 1st year of a 3-year visiting assistant professorship in neurobiology at Swarthmore College. My primary research focus is on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control sleep, and have studied both mice and fruit flies. I do not have any direct connections to Asia in my research or teaching, but I am interested in this workshop for a few reasons - (1) how we interact with the environment is governed by the brain, and many environmental factors in turn alter brain function. (2) I am initiating a new course at Swarthmore in the upcoming spring semester about epigenetics, a growing branch of genetics. Epigenetics can mean many things, but in my broad view it refers to the study of mechanisms of gene regulation that are independent of the actual DNA sequence of the genetic code. These mechanisms of gene regulation are often affected by environmental conditions and experience, and in some cases can be inherited by future generations. Biology (SC) Sociology (SC) My academic research interests are in political and economic sociology. My most recent project focused on labor markets in the trucking industry. I also do policy related research with a think tank called the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. My work there focuses on increasing energy efficiency in freight logistics to address climate change. I teach a methods course and a course on social problems and policy that have CBL components. 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Wallace, Mark firstname.lastname@example.org Religion (SC) Wang, Tao email@example.com Weinberg, Bob firstname.lastname@example.org White, Helen email@example.com Economics (SC) History (SC) Bio MARK I. WALLACE, Ph.D. graduate of The University of Chicago, is Professor of Religion and member of the Interpretation Theory Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee at Swarthmore College. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersections between religious thought, critical theory, and environmental studies. He is the author of Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future (Fortress, 2010), Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005), Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation (Continuum, 1996; Trinity, 2002), The Second Naïveté: Barth, Ricoeur, and the New Yale Theology (Mercer University Press, 1990, 1995), editor of Paul Ricoeur's Figuring the Sacred: Religion, Narrative, and Imagination (Fortress, 1995), and co-editor of Curing Violence: Essays on René Girard (Polebridge, 1994). His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He regularly teaches courses that analyze how Asian religious and philosophical traditions can aid earth-centered sustainable practices, and he is co-founder of the Chester Swarthmore Learning Institute, a gathering of urban and religious leaders committed to empowering their local communities through environmental justice programs, among other activities. Tao Wang is an assistant professor of economics at Swarthmore College. His research interest rests in the intersection of international trade and environmental economics. His recent work analyzes how climate change policies helped shape certain patterns of world trade and how trade policies will potentially affect greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Wang currently teaches international economics as well as introductions to economics and econometrics. Before joining Swarthmore, Wang worked as an economics fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund. He studied at Tsinghua University, The Ohio State University and Princeton University. I teach a variety courses about European and Russian history, and the chief focus of my research is the history of Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union. Research Interests: Studying the fate and persistence of human-derived compounds in the marine environment. No connections to Asia. No real service learning/praxis/community learning at this time. Chemistry (HC) Specialist in contemporary Chinese politics, and teach courses and seminars on East Asian politics. Have done research and writing on China's one-while policy, and teach a course on global demographic issues. White, Tyrene firstname.lastname@example.org Political Science (SC) Wilson, Jonathan email@example.com Biology and Environmental Studies (HC) I work to reconstruct the physiology of extinct plants using mathematical modeling, experiments with living plants, and paleontological methods. 2014 Tri-Co Environmental Studies Workshop – Participant Bios Name Department/Institution Wright, Nathan firstname.lastname@example.org Sociology (BMC) Bio I am a sociologist of culture specializing in how things change and how they stay the same. My main projects are on religious change and persistence, especially among the LDS Church historically and around LGBTQ issues currently. Other projects have explored literature, geographic mobility, and the internet; religion and voting behavior; BBC Radio DJ John Peel and popular music production, distribution, and consumption; religion and secularism in Turkey; and the production of college textbooks. In the summers, I teach in the International Summer School Program from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. Last year's program was in Singapore and this year's program will be in Tianjin, China. For ES in the TriCo, I teach a 100-level course in Problems in the Natural and Built Environment. It is a Praxis 1 course that invites folks from Philadelphia (Philadelphia Water Department, urban farmers, green developers, green manufacturers, etc.) to come speak to the class about their work in the city.