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CEES Board

Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

CEES is made up of approximately 100 faculty and staff from 16 academic and administrative units across Wake Forest University. Meet some of our key personnel:

Members of the Board

Justin Catanoso

Justin Catanoso

Professor of the Practice

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Dedee DeLongpré Johnston is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Wake Forest University. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.  She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in the areas of education, sustainability, and the environment. Her past appointments include director of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, where she was awarded the President’s Medallion, executive director of the non-profit organization Sustainable Alachua County, and US program director for Fauna and Flora International.   DeLongpré Johnston served on the founding board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and now serves on the association’s advisory and editorial boards. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Piedmont Environmental Alliance.

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Michelle Klosterman

Michelle Klosterman

Director of Academic Development and Assessment in the Provost Office of Global Affairs and an Instructor in the Department of Communication

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Dr. Michelle L. Klosterman is the Director of Academic Development and Assessment in the Provost Office of Global Affairs and an Instructor in the Department of Communication. She also serves as a board member of the Wake Forest University (WFU) Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). Michelle is responsible for pre­college and college bridge programming for WFU aimed at providing domestic and international students with experiences and resources for success in collegiate environments. Michelle works both domestically and internationally developing, implementing, and evaluating K­12 curricula. Michelle was an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Missouri and at Wake Forest University where she worked extensively on professional development teams around the National Science Education Standards (NSES). She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida with a focus in science education, a B.E. in biomedical engineering and a M.Ed. in science education from Vanderbilt University. She has served as Co­PI for several NSF and foundation grants, published two curricula funded by NSF, and was the Project Director for a FLDOE MSP grant. Michelle has also taught secondary biology, physics, world cultures, and geography.

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John Knox

John Knox

Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law

Abdessadek Lachgar

Abdessadek Lachgar

Professor of Chemistry and the Bell Faculty Fellow

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Dr. Lachgar a Professor of Chemistry and the Bell Faculty Fellow. His teaching expertise is in the general area of inorganic materials chemistry and nanomaterials. His research projects focus on the development and characterization of materials for potential applications in the field of energy storage and environmental remediation. Three main projects are underway in his laboratory, the first focus on the use of the molecular building block approach to the design and preparation of novel cluster based hybrid inorganic porganic materials for hydrogen storage and CO2 sequestration, the second is the synthesis and structural characterization of materials for use as high capacity cathodes in rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and the third project has the objective of developing solid acid base catalysts for the production of biodiesel from inexpensive feedstock such as brown and black grease.  Lachgar has authored over 90 papers and has received over $2,000,000 in grants since he joined the university in August 1991.

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Gail O’Day

Gail O’Day

Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching

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Gail O’Day is Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  A graduate of Brown University, O’Day earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in New Testament from Emory. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.   O’Day’s scholarly research focuses on the Gospel of John, the Bible and preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation.

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Alan Palmiter

Alan Palmiter

Professor of Law

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Professor Palmiter is a Professor of Law.  He has a national and international reputation as a scholar-teacher on corporate/securities law.   He has authored leading textbooks on Corporations and Securities Regulation.  His primary research interests lie in “corporate democracy,” focusing on the role of institutional investors.  His articles have been selected (and republished) six times as among the best corporate/securities law articles of the year.  He has also organized conferences on the corporation in society, including most recently one on “the sustainable corporation.” Before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 1986, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton-Washington. He was born in India and grew up in Bolivia and Toledo, Ohio.

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Miles R. Silman

Miles R. Silman

Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology, Director of CEES, Professor of Biology

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Dr. Silman is a Professor of Biology. His work centers on understanding biodiversity distribution and the response of forests ecosystems to past and future climate and land use changes.  His current projects also addresses Andean and Amazonian carbon cycles and biodiversity controls for use in innovative, private- and public-sector, ecosystem services projects that change land use by generating revenue for conservation and creating economic and social value for local participants. He has 20 years of experience in the Andes and Amazon and is coordinator and founding member of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group.

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Eric Stottlemyer

Eric Stottlemyer

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Participated in the Magnolias CurriculumMagnolias Curriculum Project

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Eric Stottlemyer is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Wake Forest University’s Writing Program where he pursues his life-long passions for writing and the environment by helping students to think critically about and reflect meaningfully on their relationships to the natural world. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied in the Literature and the Environment program, a multi-disciplinary field of inquiry that closely examines human connections to the earth and its complex ecosystems. An avid proponent of wilderness preservation and wilderness experiences, his work (and home) is as much on the trail as it is in the classroom, where he likes to meditate on Ecocritical theory, contemplative pedagogy, rhetoric and writing studies, and the relationships between nature and Zen philosophy. Regarding the latter, his current research projects center on the role of Zen in some of the works of early twentieth-century nature writers, especially in the American West. Fascinated by all aspects of the natural world, he has written on mountain lions in the Pacific Northwest, extinction level events, ritual circumambulation, and spatial perception in Western landscapes.

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