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Tulane's athletic teams are known as the Green Wave after a song written in 1920 by Earl Sparling, then editor of the Hullabaloo.

  

Dinwiddie Hall is named for Albert Bledsoe Dinwiddie, professor of mathematics and president of Tulane from 1918–1935.

  

Tulane scientists have found a way to convert newspaper and other plant based materials into car fuel.

  

A Tulane alum has debuted a chocolate-based toothpaste that is a safe alternative to fluoride.

  

Tulane University President Scott Cowen is the new chair of the Association of American Universities.

  

Located on the Garden Level of the Lavin-Bernick Center, the Original City Diner is open 24 hours a day and serves classics like pancakes and burgers as well as New Orleans favorites.

  

In February 2013, Tulane will break ground on a new residence hall on Zimple Quad that will house 256 students and open in Fall 2014.

  


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Tulane is now able to offer each graduate 16 tickets, one for him or her, and 15 for friends and family. More

  

New Orleans was named #1 in the Travel + Leisure survey of "America's Best Cities." The city scored in the top five in more than half of the survey’s categories, including fine dining, architecture, antiques, music scene and people-watching.

  

The A. B. Freeman School of Business hosts Freeman Days in New York, Houston and Chicago to help students meet prospective employers in those cities.

  

Tulane dining dollars are accepted a Tulane’s Hillel café, all Loyola dining locations and at over 20 restaurants in the area.

  

Peter Ricchuiti, assistant dean at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, hosts a podcast and radio program called “Out to Lunch,” which features interviews with young and upcoming New Orleans entrepreneurs.

  

Tulane professor Nick Spitzer, who produces and hosts “American Routes,” was honored with a traditional music award from the China Conservatory in Beijing.

  

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center is creating a master plan for the expanding city of Jintang, Chengdu, China. Architecture students have contributed critical design and research work to the project.

  

The Prevention Research Center is partnering with the New Orleans Department of Public Works to put more “Where Ya’ Rack?” bike racks in the French Quarter.

  

Tulane offers a coordinate major in digital media production with classes in film studies, art, communication, English, music, and theater and dance. Students collaborate to produce original narrative short films.

  

A new study shows that mice, like songbirds and humans, use sound patterns with purpose. Tulane medical student Eric Zhou contributed to the research.

  

Luxurious vacation packages, exciting sporting events and more are up for bid on the Helluva Hullabaloo online auction benefitting Tulane student-athletes.

  

The Green Wave will take on the Rice Owls at the 2012 Homecoming game on November 3.

  

The Rebirth Brass Band will perform at the Wave Concert, part of the 2012 Homecoming festivities.

  

Don’t miss your chance to win a Rolex in a drawing during Homecoming halftime. Only 500 tickets will be sold, so get yours today!

  

Have a good time for a great cause at the Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and Party benefiting Tulane student-athletes.

  

Mad about Bryan Batt? Come to the Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and Party on November 2 where he will be the celebrity auctioneer.

  

The new Tulane Stadium will have 25,000 seats, with a total capacity of 30,000.

  

Download the free Tulane Mags app today to read Tulane magazine and Tulane Medicine on your iPad or iPhone.

  

Tulane alumni Brendan Finke and Joe McMenemon developed an online portal called ChapterSpot to improve communication within fraternities, sororities and other large organizations.

  

The Rouses Supermarket on Baronne Street has a new rooftop aquaponic garden that uses technology from a company founded by two former Tulane students.

  

Noise, whether from the city or nature, may be enough of a distraction to influence birds to change their tune over time, according to a new study co-authored by a Tulane University evolutionary ecologist.

  

Tulane scientists have reported research results of a promising new therapy for triple-negative breast cancer

  

Archaeologists in Guatemala discovered a 1,300-year-old-year Maya text alluding to the “end date” of the Maya calendar - December 21, 2012. This is only the second known reference to the date.

  

Tulane University teams with Johnson & Wales University to unite doctors and chefs in improving the nation’s health through the teaching of culinary medicine.

  

Tulane engineering student Ian Terry is the youngest houseguest in the cast of “Big Brother 14.”

  

Tulane students designed and built a pilot chemical plant that will be used to train future process technology operators.

  

Starting in Fall 2012, on-campus residents will be able to do their laundry for free.

  

At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Barry Spanier, Tulane's Director of Bands, was the assistant director for the All American College Band and also coordinator for the venue bands at all athletic sites. At the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia, Spanier was the artistic director for the International Olympic Band.

  

The Office of the General Counsel offers notary services to Tulane faculty, staff and students from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. There is no charge for this service.

  

The Tulane School of Medicine graduates more military graduates than any other nonmilitary school in the U.S.

  

Tulane University has earned a spot on Student Advisor’s Top 100 Social Media Colleges list.

  

Tulane has opened the Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center and Brinton Family Health & Healing Center in the newly renovated 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility on Broad Street that used to be Ruth's Chris Steak House.

  

Assistant professor of philosophy Chris Surprenant was named to Princeton Review’s list of “The Best 300 Professors.”

  

Tulane Athletics hosts the annual Wave Days event to educate local elementary school children about the possibility of going to college and continuing their education.

  

Student-athletes introduce underprivileged youth to university life through the NFL / Tulane Youth Impact Program, a four-week summer program held on campus.

  

New Orleans-area high schools use Tulane athletic facilities, including the Westfeldt Practice Facility, Fogelman Arena and Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, for practices, clinics and games.

  

Each year nearly 5,000 New Orleans-area school children experience the Bard’s work in live performances by the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

  

The Tulane Regional Urban Center provides architecture students with hands-on training in urban planning, matching them with city and town leaders throughout the region who are grappling with growth and renewal issues.

  

You can pick up a free  “Support Tulane Stadium” yard sign at the Tulane Shop in the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. Take a pic of your yard and post it to Facebook!

  

What do Bob Woodward, Ben Folds, and the Upright Citizens Brigade have in common? All appeared at Tulane in the spring of 2012, thanks to student-run TUCP.

  

Weatherhead Hall — the newest residence hall on the Tulane University uptown campus — won the on-campus Best Architecture/Design “innovator” award from Student Housing Business magazine and StudentHousingBusiness.com.

  

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will deliver the keynote address at Commencement 2012.

  

Tulane University has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for 6th consecutive year.

  

Tulane University received a 2012 Ashoka U Cordes Innovation Award for establishing the Urban Innovation Challenge at Tulane, a program that gives local social entrepreneurs on-campus work space, funding and mentorship.

  

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Tulane University a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the third year of recognition for Tulane University.

  

In the past five years, Tulane medical students and staff have raised almost $289,000 for St. Baldrick's with 680 head-shavings. That's a lot of hair for a great cause!

  

Tulane doctors made medical history by using a bone marrow transplant to treat a young patient with a rare combination of Sickle Cell Anemia and Lupus. See the extraordinary story.

  

Former New Orleans Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson is the new Green Wave head football coach.

  

The Prevention Research Center’s Neighborhood Ambassador Program connects with local neighborhood groups to develop health-related resources and programs. See how they’re making a difference in this video about the Soul Steppers Walking Club in the Ninth Ward.

  

Tulane received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead disaster education efforts in Africa and Asia.

  

In partnership with a culinary school, Tulane medical school students learn how to prepare delicious, healthy meals -- lessons they can pass on to patients.

  

Janet Zadina, a neuroscientist and adjunct associate professor at Tulane's School of Medicine received the 2011 Science Educator of the Year Award from the Society for Neuroscience.

  

Tom Davis, who has been the barber at Tulane for more than 50 years, has pledged $500 for the “Home Field Advantage.” He is sending out a challenge to all alumni to come in for a haircut and match his donation.

  

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

  

Mardi Gras is great business for New Orleans, to the tune of over $300 million last year alone, according to a Tulane study.

  

The $7.4 million Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation is under construction. The science and engineering hub will boost collaboration between faculty and students.

  

Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University professor of political science, is hosting a new weekend political talk show on MSNBC beginning Feb. 4. 

  

This year’s presidential campaign has a real Green Wave flavor. Tulane graduate Newt Gingrich is a contender for the Republican nomination and Tulane professors James Carville and Melissa Harris-Perry are two of the major players covering and commenting on the race.

  

Tulane is the first school in the country to offer students a way to complete their medical and undergraduate degrees within six years, while still giving a year of service to the community.

  

It’s been over 30 years since Tulane had an on campus stadium. Funds are being raised so we can once again have a Home Field Advantage.

  

The youngest Tulane student is 15 and the oldest is 79.

  

You can search the phone directory, check your grades or look up your schedule on the new Tulane Mobile app.

  

In a course called “The Sweet Life,” Tulane students study the ties between sugar and New Orleans and sample local treats like bananas Foster and Brocato’s Italian ice.

  

Grammy-winning recording artist Nicholas Payton is the Jazz Artist-in-Residence for the 2011-12 academic year.

  

John Klingman, a Tulane architecture professor, designed a new commuter shelter for the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

  

Tulane students are designing and building Grow Dat, an urban farm that will be operated by local high school students. 

  

Test your knowledge of Green Wave sports with “The Smartest Tulane Fan,” a free online game.

  

Are you, or is someone you know, helping to make the world a better place? Share your story. 

  

With more than $60 million in research funding, the Tulane University School of Medicine has doubled the research dollars from a decade ago.

  

Architecture students are building a dedicated space for Mardi Gras Indian performances, cooking demonstrations and classes on reading and health in the Upper 9th Ward.

  

The Tulane Social Media Index lists Tulane departments on Facebook, Twitter and other sites.

  

Paralegal studies students work with Orleans Public Defenders through their First Appearances program to provide pre-trial criminal defense assistance to people who need the services of an attorney but cannot afford one.

  

Show your Green Wave pride. Enter the Riptide photo contest and wear green on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to kick off Homecoming 2011. Roll Wave!

  

A first for Homecoming 2011, tailgating for Green Wave football will be held at Champions Square next to the Louisiana Superdome. Don’t miss this pre-game party.

  

Fireworks and a free concert by Big Sam’s Funky Nation will ignite Friday (Oct. 21) evening festivities for Homecoming & Family Weekend. See you there.

  

Celebrating its 10th year raising funds for Tulane student-athletes, the Helluva Hullabaloo offers exciting auction items for everyone. Register for the live event or bid online now.

  

Shuttered by Katrina for six years, the renewed Bea Field Alumni House will be dedicated Homecoming Weekend on Sunday, Oct. 23.  Everyone is invited.

  

On a lecture tour across the nation, Gertrude Stein spoke at Dixon Hall in 1935.

  

You can use the Mobile Bus Tracker to track Tulane shuttle bus locations on your computer or smartphone.

  

Tulane University is ranked 13th among medium-sized schools (3,000-9,900 undergraduates) for the number of its graduates who make up Teach for America’s 2011 corps.

  

American Routes, a weekly two-hour public radio program devoted to music and culture from the Gulf South and beyond, is produced at Tulane University. AR is syndicated to over 250 stations, with more than half a million listeners. Sign up to receive AR's weekly playlist.

  

Check in with Tulane and share campus tips on Foursquare.

  

Tulane students and faculty collaborated to produce a book written in the lost Tunica language.

  

Social enterprise guru Rick Aubrey is Tulane’s first assistant provost for civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.

  

The 2011 Reading Project selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

  

Tulane physicist John Perdew is a newly elected member in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

  

Tulane University will conduct a $6.5 million study into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the health of pregnant women.

  

The Weatherhead Foundation has pledged $50 million to Tulane to fund scholarships for students with a passion for community service.

  

The S-AFE Center “Youth Ticket Initiative” provides free tickets to Green Wave sporting events to New Orleans public elementary school students.

  

Tulane head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton and head baseball coach Rick Jones are the longest tenured coaches in Conference USA in their respective sports. In 2010-11, Stockton earned her 400th career victory, while Jones registered his 1000th career win.

  

Five Green Wave student-athletes earned All-America honors in 2010-11 in track and field, baseball, football, golf and swimming.

  

The Green Wave men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams will have a new practice facility this fall with the opening of the Hertz Center.

  

The Green Wave women’s bowling team, which is beginning its first season, has a unique practice venue – New Orleans’ own Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

  

Sand volleyball, led by head coach Amy Williamson, begins competition in August 2011.

  

The Tulane smartphone app is now available for both the iPhone and Android.

  

The Peace Corps ranks the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as the second largest Master’s International program in the United States.

  

A new clinic at the Tulane Cancer Center helps families determine if they’re at higher risk for colon cancer.

  

Students work with the United Houma Nation to find “lost” members who scattered after the Gulf oil spill and hurricanes.

  

Social work students created an arts program to help children deal with trauma after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

  

CELT, the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching can help Tulane students find funding for independent research and projects.

  

Tulane architecture students designed and built URBANbuild’s first LEED-certified home.

  

Dinwiddie Hall is Tulane’s first Gold LEED-certified building.

  

The Tulane Victory Bell was dedicated in memory of Bobby J. Boudreau, a much-beloved Green Wave booster.

  

At the Ozanam Inn, Tulane medical students provide care to the homeless.

  

Tulane students are working to help Circle Foods Store in the 7th ward.

  

Medical student William Kethman’s fledgling company won the 2011 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week IDEApitch challenge for their SafeSnip device.

  

Find ways to connect with Tulane on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more on the Social Media Index

  

This spring, Tulane alumni clubs have provided over 4.76 tons of crawfish to alumni across the country and in Puerto Rico at more than 20 crawfish boil parties, most featuring live Cajun music. The largest gathering of Tulane mudbug-lovers is at the Boat Basin on the Hudson River in New York City in June with 800 people.

  

Douglas G. Hurley (E '88) piloted the Atlantis for the final space shuttle mission.

  

Looking sharp? Thank Tulane graduate Ruth Rogan Benerito, who saved the cotton industry with her discovery of a method for creating wrinkle-resistant cotton.

  

"So Undercover," a new action-comedy starring Miley Cyrus, was filmed at Tulane University and was written by Steven Pearl, a Tulane alumnus.

  

Tulane students gave over 7,500 hours to environmental-related service organizations in 2010.

  

In 2010, 1,465 reusable cups sold in Tulane dining halls were refilled 6,500 times.

  

The new Tulane for Life Facebook App lets alumni view old photos and yearbooks and interact with former classmates.

  

Tulane Law School is the first law school in the United States to publish a student-edited maritime law review, the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

  

A. Baldwin Wood, an engineering graduate, designed in 1913 the Wood screw pump that is still used today to keep the streets of New Orleans dry.

  

The Rudolph Matas Library at the School of Medicine is named after the physician known as the “Father of Vascular Surgery,” who invented more than 20 surgical procedures during his 42 years teaching at the school.

  

The Tulane Marching Band will participate in four parades during the 2011 Carnival season, including the Krewe of Rex on Mardi Gras.

  

2010-11 is the 100th season of Green Wave basketball. Over the first 100 seasons, Tulane has racked up over 1,000 wins and had 30 players reach the 1,000 career points milestone.

  

Tulane Hillel has built a new center that will provide a welcoming space for the university’s Jewish community.

  

Tulane researchers have tested a new way to reduce children’s exposure to lead-polluted soil - covering playgrounds with clean dirt.

  

Tulane researchers are developing a low-cost mosquito trap to fight the spread of dengue fever.

  

Tulane has created a new graduate degree program for those planning careers in the energy industry.

  

Through tutoring, Tulane students are helping cultivate New Orleans' musical traditions.

  

Tulane students use Legos® to teach science and teamwork at elementary schools.

  

The week of Jan. 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, a collaboration between Tulane, Xavier, Loyola and Dillard universities.

  

Tulane engineering students have a patent pending for a new, simpler and less expensive method to detect malaria.

  

Cross Fire, the latest James Patterson thriller is dedicated to Tulane president Scott Cowen and contains a character named for him.

  

Lisa Stockton, head coach for women's basketball, has her team ready to defend its CUSA title.

  

Tulane men's basketball coach Ed Conroy is starting his first season with the Green Wave.

  

A Tulane-operated neighborhood clinic helps people who would otherwise have to choose between buying medicine or groceries.

  

Students at Tulane developed software that tracks damage from the recent oil spill.

  

Tulane volunteers work with public school students and inspire them to dream big.

  

Tulane law students are helping Mardi Gras Indians get copyright protection for their beautiful hand-sewn suits.

  

The new Newcomb Pottery Garden showcases native trees and plants that inspired Newcomb artists.

  

Dr. Oliver Sartor of the Tulane Cancer Center co-led a major international clinical trial with promising results for a new prostate cancer drug.

  

The Tulane School of Architecture is launching a new master’s degree program in sustainable real estate development.

  

Tulane researchers conducted a study that shows a 2005 storm killed half a billion trees in the Amazon rain forest.

  

Researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center discovered that the ancestor of HIV is between 32,000 and 75,000 years older than previously thought and may even date back a million years.

  

Tulane University has the world’s largest Mardi Gras bead recycling program.

  

Tulane researchers have determined that there are no lasting respiratory health effects from mold exposure in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

  

The Green Wave football team wrote and performed this original rap song, “Tulane (Bringing the Pain).”

  

Tulane Empowers people to solve the world’s greatest problems.

  

The Tulane iPhone app has been installed more than 4,300 times by users in over 25 countries.

  

Tulane medical residents logged more than 20,000 hours of public service in temporary clinics and shelters in the month following Hurricane Katrina. View the interview with Jeff Wiese, associate dean for graduate medical education.

  

The Green Wave football team played the entire 2005 season without one home game. View the interview with Rick Dickson, director of athletics.

  

Tulane students attended more than 600 universities during the fall 2005 semester. View the interview with Mike Hogg, vice president for student affairs.

  

The Howard Tilton Memorial Library went from having eight feet of water in its basement to opening for classes in just four months following hurricane Katrina. View the interview with Lance Query, dean of libraries and academic information resources.

  

Tulane students, faculty and staff doubled the population of New Orleans when classes resumed in January 2006. View the interview with Ana Lopez, associate provost.

  

Two new Green Wave women’s sports — bowling and sand volleyball — will begin competition in 2011-12.

  

The GRAMMY music awards got its name from alumna Jay Danna, who suggested it in a nationwide contest because when she used to play the gramophone too loud, her mother would yell at her to “turn down the grammy.”

  

Two Tulane medical students founded Don't Weight to Lose, a nonprofit organization designed to educate New Orleans residents about maintaining a healthy weight and improving their food choices.

  

Tulane Law School alumnus Jonathan Hensleigh wrote "Die Hard: With a Vengeance," "Jumanji" and "Armageddon."

  

The coldest game (39 degrees) in Super Bowl history took place in 1972 at Tulane Stadium.

  

Tulane Special Collections preserves modern day ephemera such as ticket stubs, brochures, fliers and menus. Donations are accepted.

  

Tulane University will receive approximately $11.2 million to establish an International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research for West and Central Africa.

  

Tulane’s multidisciplinary oil spill response team includes experts in the environmental, legal, economic and health issues arising from the disaster.

  

Construction will begin in November 2010 for a new $13 million basketball and volleyball practice facility.

  

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of Tulane volunteers will blanket the city in a Wave of Green.

  

Tulane junior Janine Fellows participated in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, the most prestigious tournament for female golfers.

  

Tulane received more applications in 2010 than any other private university in the United States.

  

Approximately 83 percent of Tulane’s revenues are derived from sources outside New Orleans, reflecting higher education’s position as one of the city’s leading “export” industries.

  

About 23 percent of all Tulane students are from New Orleans, and about eight percent come from elsewhere in Louisiana.

  

Tulane is one of the largest importers of human capital into the state, attracting high-achieving students, well-paid faculty, staff and visitors to New Orleans.

  

Approximately 30 percent of all New Orleans residents who have associate, bachelor’s or higher degrees are graduates of Tulane.

  

Tulane University accounts for approximately $920 million in annual economic activity and has directly and indirectly created 10,600 jobs throughout Louisiana.

  

Of 2,430 licensed MD’s practicing in New Orleans, 380 (or 15.6 percent) are graduates of the School of Medicine.

  

Research spending at Tulane has increased 76 percent since 2002 at an average annual increase of nearly 10 percent.

  

Almost a quarter of all Tulane alumni are Louisiana residents, including about 16 percent who are residents of New Orleans.

  

With 5,173 employees (excluding students) – 52 percent of whom live in New Orleans – Tulane is the largest private employer in the city, and one of the largest in the Greater New Orleans area.

  

Download the Tulane iPhone App today to keep up with the latest news, sports & events at Tulane University. 

  

Photography by William Brumfield, a professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies, documents the architecture of Russian Siberia, including churches and neglected buildings.

  

The Tulane School of Architecture received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to continue its work linking the curriculum to the community.

  

Tulane alumnus Doug Ellin is the creator of the HBO comedy-drama “Entourage.”

  

The Arbor Day Foundation named Tulane a 2009 Tree Campus USA in recognition of the university’s forestry management and environmental stewardship.

  

Founded in 1966, the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students, or CACTUS, is one of the oldest continually operating student-run volunteer groups in the nation.

  

Tulane Law School is the only law school in the United States to offer an LLM in admiralty.

  

Charlie Clausner, a drummer and first-year student at Tulane, and his band, Nerds in Disguise, won a 2009 MTV Video Music Award for Best Performance in a Pepsi Rock Band Video.

  

Composer Tae Hong Park teaches students to apply complex algorithms to create digital music in the music science and technology program at Tulane.

  

DesignIntelligence ranked the Tulane School of Architecture one of the nation’s “Hidden Gems of Architecture Education.”

  

A study of the 2009 Mardi Gras season by two professors at Tulane University estimates the total direct economic impact and brand value of Mardi Gras on the New Orleans economy at approximately $322.2 million.

  

Tulane University surgeons have developed a new, less-invasive procedure to preserve speech and swallowing functions in patients being treated for head and neck cancers.

  

Tulane University is participating in the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium, a highly selective program focused on social entrepreneurship.

  

Author Junot Díaz visited campus as the author of the 2009 Tulane Reading Project book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

  

Tulane’s newest satellite campus will open in 2010 in Madison, Mississippi.

  

Astronaut Doug Hurley, a 1988 engineering graduate, is the first Tulane alumnus to travel in space.

  

The Tulane Museum of Natural History received a grant of nearly $1.2 million to redesign a leading computer program it developed to help researchers catalog natural history collections.

  

Bingo night, poker tournaments and concerts are among the late-night activities presented on campus by the Tulane After Dark program.

  

The Carnegie Corp. of New York awarded Tulane President Scott Cowen its prestigious Academic Leadership Award.

  

Gene Koss has headed the glass program at Tulane University since 1976. Under his guidance the Pace-Willson Glass Studio is now a world-class glass facility.

  

You can share your Tulane photos & videos and connect with friends on Facebook.

  

You can follow your favorite Green Wave athletics teams on Twitter.

  

Green Wave coaches and student-athletes blog about their sports and life at Tulane.

  

The Newcomb Music Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

  

Tulane students invented SafeSnip, a device to cut infant umbilical chords in a sanitary manner.

  

Tulane parents and alumni from around the world will join the 2009 Homecoming in celebrating the university’s 175 years of excellence. Special events will be held for alumni with class reunion years.

  

To kick off Homecoming Weekend, Tulanians will volunteer to help New Orleans low-to-mid-income residents make the switch from incandescent bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent lights.

  

Former NFL quarterback and Tulane football player Shaun King will co-chair this year’s Hullabaloo Homecoming Auction & Party on Oct. 9. Auction participants can bid on an ESPN experience hosted by King.

  

Tulane is celebrating its 175th anniversary during its 2009 Homecoming Week. Events run Sunday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 11.

  

Ruth's Hospitality Group has donated the site of Ruth's Chris Steak House on Broad Street in New Orleans to Tulane for the creation of a community health center.

  

The McAlister Place project, currently under construction, will transform McAlister Drive into a beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkway.

  

The Learning Commons, a new cyber cafe in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, has desktop PCs and Macs and outlets for wireless access.

  

Tulane researchers are studying the salamander’s ability to re-grow severed appendages, which could lead to a breakthrough for humans who’ve lost limbs.

  

Tulane’s Disaster Management Leadership Academy is the first university program in the nation to offer training through the doctoral level in international disaster management.

  

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia cited an article written by Tulane Associate Professor of Law Pamela Metzger in a recent ruling.

  

Tulane University ranked first in 2007–08 among U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in its percentage of bachelor's degrees in engineering awarded to women.

  

Tulane University will host the state Class 5A baseball tournament in 2010 and 2011 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

  

Tulane Law School students logged more than 19,000 pro bono hours in community service during the 2008-2009 academic year.

  

At a recent auction, a high-glaze vase from 1904 sold for $169,200, the world-record auction price for a piece of Newcomb Pottery.

  

Former Tulane volleyball player Sara Radosevic was named the 2008–09 Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year.

  

Thanks to research by Tulane students, the uptown campus is switching its toilet tissue and paper towel products to a new supplier whose operations are “greener” and more sustainable.

  

Dr. Regina Benjamin, who received an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Business, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. surgeon general.

  

President Obama has named Janet Woodka, a Tulane Law School graduate, the new federal coordinator of rebuilding in the Gulf Coast region.

  

Tulane researchers in multiple disciplines are collaborating on new treatments for triple-negative breast cancer.

  

Assistant Professor Kyle Straub studies how groundwater flow impacts the rate of erosion.

  

Stored beneath the bleachers in Tulane Stadium for 24 years, mummies Got Thothi Aunk and Nefer Atethu are the only Egyptians from 900 B.C. to attend the Super Bowl.

  

Tulane offers a graduate degree in Musicology with a concentration in Jazz Studies and New Orleans music.

  

The collection at the Meade Library for Natural History includes more than 700 journals in the aquatic and natural sciences, with journals from more than 50 countries.

  

The Rare Books collection has some 50,000 titles dating from a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1456) to recent first editions.

  

McAlister Auditorium was built in 1940 and is the world’s largest self-suspended concrete dome.

  

The Tulane Center for Gene Therapy, established in 2000, was the first major center in the U.S. to focus on research using adult stem cells.

  

Tulane University Law School offered its first classes in December 1847, making it the 12th-oldest law school in the United States.

  

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Tulane for its Community Engagement Classification.

  

Dr. Timothy S. Harlan of the School of Medicine, known as Dr. Gourmet in cyberspace, has launched a new, free online meal planning program.

  

Tulane anthropologist John Verano co-authored an article on the ancient Incas’ skill at skull surgery that is being hailed by National Geographic News as a top find in 2008.

  

Dr. David Blask, a widely acclaimed expert on the health implications of exposure to light at night, has joined Tulane University School of Medicine.

  

Political strategist James Carville is teaching a course at Tulane this semester called “The 2008 Presidential Election.”

  

Tulane University will be the host school for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in 2012.

  

Charles Figley, an internationally renowned expert in disaster-related mental health, has joined the Tulane University School of Social Work.

  

Assistant professor So’Nia Gilkey and students in the School of Social Work are evaluating transitional housing services for the homeless in New Orleans.

  

Psychology professor Janet Ruscher and a team of students are tracking post-Katrina mental health in New Orleans.

  

Tulane professor and American Routes producer Nick Spitzer leads Tulane students in projects with folklorists and oral historians to record and preserve local culture.

  

The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life at Tulane is among only nine buildings chosen by the AIA to receive the 2009 Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

  

Tulane standout Matt Forte just completed a stellar rookie season as the Chicago Bears’ starting running back with 1,238 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.

  

Lisa Jackson, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is a graduate of Tulane. She graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

  

The Mardi Gras Collection is an online exhibition of classic carnival float designs, ball invitations, photographs and more dating from the 1800s to modern times.

  

The Tulane marching band will march in four parades in 2009, including Rex on Mardi Gras Day.

  

Tulane students are featured in “Architecture School,” the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel documentary series.

  

Tulane finished second in the country, receiving an A+ grade in the second annual Glass Ceiling Report Card for providing coaching opportunities for women.

  

The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life renovation was named one of the Top Ten Green Projects in the United States in 2008 by AIA/COTE.

  

The School of Medicine is opening community health clinics across the city to offer high-quality preventative care to the uninsured.

  

Endowed chairs and professorships have increased 116 percent over the past 10 years.

  

Tulane raised more than $730 million with Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane.

  

Tulane is hosting “Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men,” an exhibit that is part of the citywide biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans.

  

Six modern sculptures are installed on the uptown campus as part of the Sculpture for New Orleans project.

  

Billionaire investor Warren Buffet shared life lessons and investment strategies with a group of Tulane students recently.

  

In 2008, Tulane President Scott Cowen signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, demonstrating Tulane’s commitment to achieve climate neutrality.

  

In their Best of New Orleans 2008 issue, Gambit Weekly lists Tulane as the Best Place to Work Locally.

  

American Routes is celebrating 10 years on the air. Tulane recently became a co-producer of the popular radio program.

  

The incoming medical school class, the largest in school history, was selected from more than 8,000 applicants.

  

Tulane is the only highly research-intensive school in the country that includes public service as a graduation requirement.

  

Tulane is one of the few major research universities in the country where full time faculty regardless of rank or position teach undergraduates.

  

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library houses more than 2 million print volumes, 8,000 current serials, and invests more than $1.7 million a year in its digital collections.

  

On January 1, 1932, Tulane football played the University of Southern California for the national championship in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

  

Over 25 parades traditionally roll down the historic St. Charles Avenue every Mardi Gras season.

  

Tulane played in the Sugar Bowl twice — in 1935 and 1940.

  

Tulane University’s uptown campus stands on land that was a sugar plantation in the late 1700s and site of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884.

  

Before he took the fashion world by storm, designer Geoffrey Beene studied medicine at Tulane University for three years. 

  

The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the only public health school in the country with the words “tropical medicine” in its name.

  

The current Navy ROTC building on the corner of Freret Street and McAlister Drive was built in 1912 as the university’s first gymnasium.

  

Gibson Hall is named for Randall Lee Gibson, a Confederate general, U.S. senator from Louisiana and the first president of the Tulane board.

  

There is a blarney stone on the uptown campus outside of Stanley Thomas Hall.

  

WTUL radio can be heard worldwide via webcast at wtulneworleans.com.

  

The first artists played on WTUL radio were the Beatles.

  

Tulane was founded in 1834 before California became a state in 1850. (ALSO, Arkansas became a state in 1836, Michigan in 1837, Florida in 1845, Texas in 1845). 

  

There are a total of 68 alumni clubs around the world; 59 are in the U.S. and nine are international.

  

The Tulane stadium that once stood on campus was home to Super Bowls IV, VI and IX.

  

Over 2,000 commemorative second line handkerchiefs will be distributed at the Unified Ceremony.

  

6,000 barbecued oysters will be served at this year's Wave Goodbye party.

  

1,500 crawfish pies and 3,000 portions of jambalaya will be served at Wave Goodbye.

  

17,000 soft drinks and bottles of water will be available during Wave Goodbye.

  

Tulane will drop 1,500 commemorative beach balls and balloons to celebrate the conclusion of the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony.

  

5,000 specially made Tulane Commencement 2008 beads will be given to graduates and their guests.

  

James Carville and Mary Matalin's commencement address will be the first to feature a husband and wife as speakers.

  

Did you know that Tulane has one of the largest programs in the world in which students concurrently earn their master’s of public health and medical degrees?

  

Did you know that Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine now offers a master’s degree with a concentration in disaster management?

  

Tulane University owns approximately 50,000 acres of land in five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

  

One of the world’s most extensive collections of Mardi Gras memorabilia is housed in a Special Collections Archive on Tulane’s campus. 

  

The Tulane Stadium was home to the New Orleans Saints from 1967–1974.

  

The first Tulane study abroad program began in 1954 at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. 

  

Dr. Rudolph Matas invented more than 20 surgical procedures including the Matas operation for aneurysms during his 42 years teaching at the medical school

  

Tulane's libraries are ranked among the top 120 research libraries in North America.

  

The Hullabaloo, the student run university newspaper, prints 4,000 copies each week. 

  

The diverse student body at Tulane represents all 50 states and more than 40 different countries.

  

Gibson Hall was built in 1894 by Thomas Nicholson and Company of Chicago for $117,849.

  

Students can learn 26 different foreign languages at Tulane.

  

Tulane won the NCAA tennis championship in 1959.

  

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar passes Gibson Hall 100 times a day.

  

The Bruff Dining Room uses 30,200 pounds of potatoes each year.

  

After Hurricane Katrina, Tulane opened its doors to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Ballet and the New Orleans Opera to perform on its campus.

  

Twelve Louisiana governors attended Tulane University.

  

Tulane University’s uptown campus was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

  

Twelve medical degrees were issued during the first Tulane commencement held on April 5, 1836.

  

At the first commencement address for the Tulane Medical School in 1836, the dean delivered his speech in Latin.  

  

Tulane will host the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University, a program created by former President Bill Clinton to harness the energy and knowledge of college students to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Students can sign up now for this star-studded event, which will include Clinton, Lauren Bush, James Carville, Dave Eggers, Cornel West, and more.

  

Researchers at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine are using a $14 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight HIV/AIDS in eight developing countries that lack the large-scale public health resources to track HIV infections. 

  

Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business has partnered with Reuters and Trading Technologies to enable students to experience true, real-time market trading conditions right in the classroom. The first-of-its-kind teaching simulation brings the systems used in most commercial trading houses to Freeman’s trading center, a $2.5 million state-of-the-art classroom built to mimic a trading floor.

  

The Reily Center at Tulane offers ballroom, belly, salsa and swing dance lessons? All classes offer a free “Intro” class before the session officially begins, so people can try it out, meet the instructor and decide if the class is right for them. For more information please contact Michelle Riley Mirpuri at (504) 314-2079 or e-mail mariley@tulane.edu.


  

Benjamin P. Sachs is the new senior vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. Before coming to Tulane in November 2007, he held several appointments at Harvard Medical School, where he helped create the research team that discovered the probable cause of preeclampsia, one of the leading causes of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity worldwide.

  

Provost Michael Bernstein, who joined Tulane in July 2007 from the University of California at San Diego, is a history professor whose teaching and research interests focus on the economic and political history of the United States, macroeconomic theory, industrial organization economics, and the history of economic theory. Learn more about his duties as provost.

  

Did you know that you can watch free features & interviews with Green Wave coaches and student-athletes on the web?

  

Senior running back Matt Forté is leading the NCAA in rushing, and is a candidate for multiple national football awards, including the Maxwell Award and the Heisman Trophy.

  

President Scott Cowen has been "blogging" to the Tulane community since 2001, with his weekly "Tulane Talk."

  

At this year's Homecoming on Oct. 27, all marching band alumni are invited to play with the Tulane Marching Band, in the stands or on the field at halftime. Director Barry Spanier has created new arrangements of Green Wave classics such as the Tulane Fight Song, Roll On, Tulane, and the Tulane Swing.


  

In 1912, the Tulane School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was established. The first such institution in the United States, it was the precursor of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

  

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Tulane undergraduates enjoy a number of research opportunities.

  

The Center for Public Service at Tulane University was started in 2006 to ensure that our students are learning outside the classroom and giving back to the community. Tulane is currently offering over 60 courses that have service-learning components.

  

Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and the Tennessee Williams Festival are just a few of the unique events you'll experience as a Tulane student in New Orleans.

  

Modeled after the residential college system that originated at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, the Wall Residential College integrates academic and residential life.

  

All eight of Tulane's Green Wave athletics teams ranked well above the national averages in the NCAA's most recent Academic Performance Rates. Each of the eight sports boasted a score of 940 or better, including cross-country with a high of 989.

  

The Newcomb College Institute is an academic center offering educational and co-curricular programs designed to enhance women's education at Tulane University. The institute's mission furthers a 120-year old Newcomb legacy of providing all undergraduate women students with programs, tools and experiences to enhance their leadership and scholarship.

  

The Tulane National Primate Research Center, one of eight centers that make up the National Primate Research Center Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a leader in infectious diseases research.

  

Orientation includes the Convocation for New Students and Their Families, an opportunity for President Scott Cowen to welcome new Tulanians and introduce them to some of Tulane's academic traditions.

  

Tulane is home to the Hogan Jazz Archive, the world's premier source of recordings, photographs and books about New Orleans jazz from its traditional roots to its modern form. Today the archive works with private collectors and musicians to preserve local legacies nearly lost in Hurricane Katrina.

  

An avid interest in current urban issues prompted the School of Social Work to expand its offerings to include eight undergraduate courses beginning in Fall 2007.


  

Tulane biomedical engineering students participate in an annual design contest to develop devices that benefit the disabled.

  

The academic home for all of Tulane's undergraduate students, Newcomb-Tulane College provides services for students, including advising, honors, study abroad and a variety of innovative student programs.

  

Tulane physicians and medical students began the Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House in the days following Hurricane Katrina. The free clinic has seen over 13,000 patients since then.

  

The Student Hurricane Network, co-founded by Tulane law students, attracted over 2,700 volunteers to provide legal assistance to Gulf Coast residents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  

The A.B. Freeman School of Business is home to Burkenroad Reports, the acclaimed student-run stock analysis program. MBA and undergraduate business students in this course work in small teams to analyze one public company each. The teams visit top management, develop financial models and publish extensive investment research reports.

  

Students in Tulane's School of Architecture URBANbuild program are building new homes and designing neighborhoods for New Orleans residents.

  

The Tulane motto is "Non sibi, sed suis," translated as "not for one's self, but for one's own."

  

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