University of Dayton biology lecturer receives master’s degree in sustainability from Harvard : University of Dayton, Ohio

By Mark Gokavi

A Harvard University pennant given to her by a student hangs on the wall in biology lecturer Mary Ellen Dillon’s office at the University of Dayton. Now, she’ll be able to add a master’s degree from Harvard in sustainability.

Dillon, a Hanley Sustainability Institute Sustainability Scholar who also co-teaches SEE 301, decided in the fall of 2014 that she wanted to add another degree. A week later, in what she called a “confirmation from the universe,” UD announced the gift that would lead to the formation of HSI.

“This is my passion,” recalled Dillon. “For my own edification, I just need to do this.”

After several years and classes – including a summer at Harvard’s campus – Dillon finished her thesis in June 2020 – “The Impact of Restricting Antibiotic Use in Livestock: Using a ‘One Health’ Approach to Analyze Effects of the Veterinary Feed Directive.” 


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