August 02, 2010

By Christina Masciere Wallace

David ’56, P’79 and Patricia Ekedahl P’79 have expanded their support of Bucknell’s Environmental Center by funding an endowed professorship in Environmental Studies. A current faculty member will be selected for the position, which begins in September and will be awarded in terms of up to five years.

In thanking the Ekedahls, President Brian C. Mitchell noted that the gift promotes interdisciplinary learning. “As a liberal arts university,we have an extraordinary opportunity to examine complex issues, like the environment, from many perspectives.”

The David and Patricia Ekedahl Professorship in Environmental Studies is open to any current Bucknell faculty member whose scholarship focuses on the study of human effects on the environment and environmental effects on human life, health, culture, commerce and civilization.The recipient will lead students through teaching and collaborative research and scholarship. He or she also will collaborate with faculty peers and students in both specialized and interdisciplinary study of environmental issues.

David Ekedahl has served on Bucknell’s Board of Trustees since 1993.