Harvard professor to deliver keynote at the winter Commencement Ceremony

John Spengler, Ph.D.
John Spengler, Ph.D., the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, and director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard Extension School, will give the commencement address at Misericordia University’s second annual winter graduation ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus. A baccalaureate Mass will precede the ceremony in the Anderson Center at 10:30 a.m.

During the commencement ceremony, Misericordia University will present Dr. Spengler an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Dr. Spengler has also been recognized by the academic and environmental communities during his distinguished career. He received the Heinz Award for the Environment in 2003; the Air and Waste Management Association Lyman Ripperton Environmental Educator Award in 2007; and the Max von Pettenkofer Award in 2008 for distinguished contributions in indoor air science from the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate’s Academy of Fellows.

Dr. Spengler earned his doctorate degree from the State University of New York, Albany. He has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, the selection of building materials, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes.

He is the author of numerous articles on air quality and other environmental issues, and co-author or co-editor of “Health Effects of Fossil Fuel Burning: Assessment and Mitigation,’’ “Indoor Air Pollution: A Health Perspective,’’ “Particles in Our Air: Concentrations and Health Effects,’’ and “Indoor Air Quality Handbook.’’

Dr. Spengler and his family have been a part of the Misericordia family for many years, as his mother, the late Margaret Husic Spengler, graduated from the institution of higher education in 1936 with a degree in home economics. Mrs. Spengler was the first editor of the college newspaper, Miss Recordia. She served as president of the Alumni Association from 1980-84, and in 1985 became the first alumni representative to the Board of Trustees. She was awarded emeritus status in 1997.

Misericordia honored Mrs. Spengler in 1985 by presenting her with the Mother Catharine McGann Alumni Award for professional achievement. In 1988, she was awarded the McAuley Medal for compassion and service.