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WHEELING, WV -

Jessica Wrobleski, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education.

The 12-member board is made up of representatives selected from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

The seminar, which meets several times a year and rotates among the country's Jesuit colleges and universities, will meet at Wheeling Jesuit in September.

The goal of the seminar and its publication "Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education" is to strengthen and support the Jesuit identity of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. 

The seminar grew out of a conversation 25 years ago at Georgetown University, when participants from Jesuit higher education in the United States gathered to discuss their hopes for what Jesuit higher education could and would be in the future. 

Wrobleski has taught courses in theological and social ethics at Wheeling Jesuit University since 2011. She earned her doctorate in religious studies from Yale University in 2009. 

She also taught at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., for two years. 

In other news from Wheeling Jesuit, a professor of biology has been chosen among 27 visionaries by "The Appalachian Voice."

Ben Stout was cited for being "dedicated to community-based research" by the bimonthly publication focused on protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region.

In its current February issue, the publication celebrates engaged citizens, motivated visionaries and creative collaborations that enact the adage, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Stout has been a professor at WJU since 1990. He conducts research outside of the lab and in local communities, testing water, listening to residents' concerns and publishing and testifying on his findings.

In 2004, he met with residents in Mingo County, who said their water was contaminated by the coal industry's practice of injecting slurry from coal processing plants underground.

Stout and several students now are working in western Pennsylvania, interpreting complex pre-drilling water reports.