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Contributed by Lisabeth Chabot on 01/12/2012
On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the campus visit of the 1st finalist for the position of Assistant Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Patrick Louchouarn will visit the campus on January 30 -31. Louchouarn is the Head of the Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University-Galveston and Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences (Texas A&M – Galveston) and Department of Oceanography (Texas A&M University). Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he served as an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Department of Earth, Environmental Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of International and Public Affairs. While at Columbia, he also served as the Associate Director of the Masters Program in Public Administration. He holds Ph.D and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Québec in Montréal, as well as B.Sc. in Marine Biology from McGill University. In his current position, he has developed and managed academic programs and research activities in multidisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also developed and managed successful grant applications to federal, state, and private funding sources, including several international research collaborations.
His research activities include efforts to provide environmental agencies with scientific information to develop effective policies to manage water and air quality at the regional level, as well as fundamental projects funded by Federal scientific agencies (NSF, NOAA, NASA, USGS). All of these projects have supported multidisciplinary research to understand the impacts of environmental perturbations on biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem interfaces and to address capacity building in earth and environmental education in diverse communities. The orientation of his research deals with 1) the identification of fire markers and combustion by-products in complex environmental mixtures and their application to reconstructions of fire/combustion history and 2) natural and human-induced fluctuations in material fluxes within watersheds. In parallel, to address issues of learning and thinking in the environmental sciences, he has incorporated his research into inquiry-based educational models that question how people learn and take decisions on environmental issues. He incorporates approaches of authentic inquiry in his teaching and mentors undergraduate seniors in Research Scholars programs. He has received a Distinguished Achievement Award in teaching from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
He will present an open session on “Enhancing Undergraduate and Graduate Research: Strategies, Challenges, and Opportunities” on Monday, January 30 from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, which is open to the entire campus community.
The complete c.v. for each finalist will be posted soon on the Provost’s website.
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