CURES Connections Organizing Committee

Donald Wuebbles

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Donald J. (Don) Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry, with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth’s climate, air quality, and the stratospheric ozone layer. However his work goes well beyond that through providing analyses and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential resilience and societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments. He co-led the first volume of the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment published in November 2017 that assesses the science of climate change and its effects on the United States, as required by the U.S. Congress under the 1990 Global Change Act. He also co-authored Volume 2 of the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in November 2018. He led a new assessment on the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes that was published in March 2019. Dr. Wuebbles is the founding Director of the Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability.


Amy Ando

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Amy Ando is a professor of environmental economics in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She studies the economics of environmental justice, approaches to reduce climate change uncertainty in conservation outcomes, policies to improve urban stormwater management, and methods for estimating the values of ecosystem services.


Lei Zhao

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Lei Zhao is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studies land-atmosphere dynamics and environmental fluid mechanics that relate to urban environment, urban microclimatology and hydrology, climate change, climate impacts and adaptation.


Ashish Sharma

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Ashish Sharma is the Illinois research climatologist at Illinois State Water Survey. He works on the application and refinement of urban climate models, urban-rural-atmospheric interactions, lake breeze, urban heat island effects, green infrastructure, and evaluating urban adaptation and mitigation strategies.


Cynthia Klein-Banai

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Cynthia Klein-Banai is Associate Chancellor for Sustainability and adjunct assistant professor in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She leads campus sustainability initiatives at UIC and conducts research on metrics for sustainability in higher education using UIC-campus generated data for improving sustainability outcomes.


Thomas Theis

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Thomas L. Theis is a professor of civil and materials engineering and director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. IESP focuses on the development of new cross-disciplinary research initiatives in the environmental area. He is past editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering, and served on the Chartered Science Advisory Board of the USEPA from 2000-2009. His areas of expertise include the mathematical modeling and systems analysis of environmental processes, industrial pollution prevention, industrial ecology, material flow analysis and life cycle assessment, and environmental chemistry. He is the founder of the Environmental Manufacturing Management Program, an NSF IGERT site.


Ashlynn Stillwell

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Ashlynn Stillwell is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work aims to create sustainable water and energy systems in a policy-relevant context. Her research interests include urban water and energy sustainability, water impacts of electric power generation, green stormwater infrastructure, and environmental policy.


John Anderson

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John Andersen is founder and president of sustainability advisory firm Greenleaf Advisors, where he helps enterprises achieve sustainable solutions to energy, water, material reuse, and land resource needs. John also is president of Greenleaf Communities, a nonprofit that organizes multi-disciplinary teams to investigate environmental influences on health and inform business practices and policies.


Carolee Rigsbee

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Carolee Rigsbee is an assistant professor of management at the University of Illinois at Springfield with extensive prior business and industry leadership experience in quality assurance and project/program management in software-based systems. Carolee specializes in strategic management and aims to help design innovative organization governance and value chain structures and processes that strengthen stakeholder voice and reduce obstacles to social goal achievement.


Moira Zellner

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Moira Zellner is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, a research associate professor in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, and director of the Urban Data Visualization Lab at UIC. Moira earned her undergraduate degree in ecology at the Centro de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Exactas and pursued graduate studies in urban and regional planning and in complex systems at the University of Michigan. She has served as primary investigator and co-investigator for multi-disciplinary projects studying how specific policy, technological, and behavioral changes can effectively address a range of complex social and environmental problems, where interaction effects make responsibilities and burdens unclear. Her research also examines the value of complexity-based modeling for participatory policy exploration and social learning with stakeholders. Moira teaches a variety of workshops on complexity-based modeling of socio-ecological systems, for training of both scientists and decision-makers.


Bill Miller

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Bill Miller is a professor of chemical and biological engineering and director of the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience at Northwestern University. He studies environmental aspects of water, energy, and sustainability with a focus on ecosystem services provided by urban nature preserves and green infrastructure (GI) including water storage, flood mitigation, urban microclimate regulation, and air pollution mitigation.


Jennifer Dunn

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Jennifer Dunn, the associate director of the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience at Northwestern and research associate professor in chemical and biological engineering, studies emerging technologies, their energy and environmental impacts, and their potential to influence air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and energy consumption at the economy-wide level. She applies life cycle analysis as a key tool to evaluate emerging technologies.


Sabina Shaikh

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Sabina Shaikh is the director of the Program on Global Environment, senior lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies, faculty on the Committee for Geographical Sciences, faculty director of Chicago Studies and member of the Faculty Advisory Council of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago. She studies the socio-economic impacts of environmental change in urban settings like Chicago, and leads an interdisciplinary research project on the environmental drivers of rural to urban migration in Cambodia, funded previously by the National Science Foundation and currently by the Center for International Social Science and the Social Science Research Center at the University of Chicago.


Anne-Marie Hanson

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Anne-Marie Hanson is an assistant professor of environmental studies at UIS. She merges humanities and scientific approaches to study the social and environmental impacts of material discards – i.e. urban garbage, marine debris, wastewater, plastics, and microplastics. Dr Hanson is a gender and social science consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme and a 2019-2020 Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.


Edith Makra

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Edith Makra is the director of environmental initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a coalition of 275 mayors in the greater Chicago region. She developed the Greenest Region Compact, a consensus sustainability pledge now adopted by more than 120 communities and leads collaborative and impactful sustainability efforts to improve quality of life in these communities serving 6 million residents.


Pete Mulvaney

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Pete is a passionate sustainability expert. Pete also is a group leader at Jacobs Engineering, leading three departments: drainage modeling, sustainable street designs, and water infrastructure construction management.