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News Archive: 2009 - 2010

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Fall 2009

Currents Tell Climate-Change Story December 14, 2009

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Brad Rosenheim, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Tulane, is pursuing two studies funded by the National Science Foundation using advanced carbon-dating techniques. One study uses radiocarbon records stored in corals and sponges from several sites in the tropical North Atlantic to look backward at how ocean currents have changed over time.

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Beauty In Numbers December 8, 2009

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Math, science and art join hands in a series of images produced by faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students in the Center for Computational Science at Tulane University. For the second year, the center held the "Computational Art Show," comprising graphic expressions of the work done by researchers.

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Newcomb Scholars Debut December 8, 2009

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The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute has introduced its first class of Newcomb Scholars. These 20 first-year women have already made big plans for the rest of their college careers at Tulane, including committing to fulfilling a junior-year service internship and presenting their own research at a campus conference during their senior year.

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Snow Day December 4, 2009

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As the calendar reads "December" and the holidays creep ever closer, we know winter is near, but sometimes it can be hard to tell in New Orleans. On Wednesday (Dec. 2) the Tulane School of Science and Engineering hosted the second annual Snow Day on the Monroe quad on the uptown campus.

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1884 World’s Fair, 125 Years Later December 1, 2009

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In December 1884, the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition brought travelers from around the globe to New Orleans. At its 125th anniversary, few reminders are left of the exposition, but it focused international attention on the Crescent City and the neighborhood that would house the uptown campus of Tulane University. 

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EPA Leader Optimistic About Rebuilding November 19, 2009

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Students at Tulane have a special role to play in this defining moment, Lisa Perez Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, told the audience in Freeman Auditorium at the John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium on Wednesday (Nov. 18).

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Student-Athletes Meet New Black Faculty November 17, 2009

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The Black Faculty and Staff Association hosted its second annual reception recently at the Wilson Athletic Center, welcoming new black faculty members to the university. The event served a twofold purpose by providing a platform for new and current faculty to become acquainted with each other while giving student-athletes an opportunity to network with professors.

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Controlling Body Temperature May Fight Fatigue November 16, 2009

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Students at the Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences at Tulane, led by center director Mic Dancisak, are dressing athletes, surgeons and others in "cooling sleeves" to control body temperature during physical exertion, in a series of experiments to try to delay fatigue.

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Student Entrepreneurs Take Spotlight November 16, 2009

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The national spotlight is on Tulane University once again. Just hours after TIME magazine cited Tulane President Scott Cowen as one of the top U.S. college presidents, two teams of Tulane students will appear on MTV and head to New York as finalists in a national "Movers & Changers" competition for social entrepreneurs.

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Rogue Waves In The Forecast November 6, 2009

For eons, sailors have told tales of frighteningly freakish, humongous waves emerging out of the blue. They have described completely calm ocean waters seconds before a “rogue” wave suddenly rises steeply at a height six or more times greater than usual waves.

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In India, Arsenic In Water Perplexes Researchers November 5, 2009

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Two decades ago, the government in West Bangal, India, encouraged people to drink groundwater instead of contaminated surface water. Over time, the groundwater drinkers began to show signs of arsenic poisoning, including discoloration of their hands and feet and higher than normal rates of certain cancers.

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Getting To Know You October 28, 2009

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Talking science over coffee and beignets, neuroscience undergrads enjoy getting to know each other and Allan Kalueff, center at rear, assistant professor of pharmacology.

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Time Well Spent For Professor-In-Residence October 23, 2009

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Serving as professor-in-residence at Wall Residential College at Tulane University demands a major time commitment outside a faculty member's regular teaching duties, including lots of interactions with students living in the residence hall. Fortunately for professor-in-residence Paul Colombo, his wife, Lyle, and their daughter, Audrey Paige, have embraced the move to the center of campus. Meet them in this video. 

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New Materials For Better Defense October 21, 2009

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Zhiqiang Mao, a physics professor in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, has received a $450,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Defense meant to enhance research and engineering capabilities in disciplines critical to national security.

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Hot Issue: Hormone-Laced Pollution October 20, 2009

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Hormones from plastics, pesticides and even common prescription drugs are seeping into waterways and having unintended consequences on wildlife, says environmental studies professor John McLachlan.

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Prof Addresses Learning Barriers in Schools September 29, 2009

Oscar A. Barbarin III, center, is the holder of a new endowed chair in psychology funded by Douglas Hertz, left, a member of the Board of Tulane, and his wife, Lila, right, along with matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Oscar A. Barbarin III, a nationally renowned social psychologist, was invested as the inaugural holder of the Lila L. and Douglas J. Hertz Chair in Psychology on Thursday (Sept. 24). Funded by Board of Tulane member Douglas Hertz and his wife, Lila — both Tulane alumni — the chair was created to address barriers to learning in New Orleans public schools.  (Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer)

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How the Brain 'Hears' Space September 22, 2009

In the laboratory, Tulane psychologist Ed Golob performs a test that measures activity in certain regions of the brain as a subject process sound.

Most people take for granted that they can tell where things are happening in the environment. But this ability is actually the result of sophisticated circuits in the brain devoted to processing spatial information, says Ed Golob, assistant professor of psychology in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.  (Photo by George Long)

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Alumnus Orbits Earth September 9, 2009

Doug Hurley, right, attended Tulane on a Navy ROTC scholarship

Astronaut Doug Hurley, the first Tulane alumnus to travel in space, quietly acknowledged that fact by bringing a Tulane flag aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, which returned from the International Space Station on July 31. "Being a Tulane graduate and, as far as I know, being the only one who has gone into outer space, I figured it was worth doing," said Hurley, who piloted the mission.

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Promising Research is Career-Building September 3, 2009

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Scott Grayson, an assistant professor of chemistry in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, has received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award — a recognition of his contributions to student understanding of fundamental science, and of his talents as a teacher and researcher.

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Agents of Change

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The new School of Science and Engineering brings
together discoverers and builders, thinkers and doers, to speed up the pace of innovation. Photo by by Jackson Hill.

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Spring 2010

Stuck Up May 20, 2010

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She's four years old, lives in a lab in the Boggs building and is among a family of reptiles inspiring development of a new reusable dry adhesive. She's a Tokay gecko named Nikki.

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Honors for Student-focused Teaching May 18, 2010

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Don Gaver and Larry Powell are as different as their disciplines — biomedical engineering and history — but they are single-minded when it comes to a dedication to students. Tulane honored them with the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching at Saturday's (May 15) University Commencement Ceremony.

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School of Science and Engineering Toast to 2010 Science and Engineering Graduating Seniors May 15, 2010

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The class of 2010 joined Dean Nicholas Altiero and science and engineering faculty and staff for a farewell reception following the unified commencement and diploma ceremony Saturday, May 15.

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From Rural China to Tulane PhDs May 11, 2010

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Jingjing Zhan and Xiujuan Zhang journeyed from small rural family farms in China to Dalian University of Technology where they met and married, and then to the Tulane Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Both are earning doctoral degrees on Saturday (May 15).

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Cowen Institute Announces Jones Scholars for AY 2010-2011 May 7, 2010

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The Cowen Institute is pleased to announce the selection of Jones Scholars for academic year 2010-2011. This highly competitive and selective internship program pairs graduate students from Tulane University with public high schools and nonprofits in New Orleans to support projects focused on improving college readiness, decreasing dropout rates, and easing the transition from high school to college.  Qi Li, doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology, will serve as an AdvanceNOLA College Readiness Coordinator.

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Medical Degree in Six Years Plus One May 7, 2010

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The Tulane School of Medicine has created an innovative new program that enables top students to get their medical degrees faster and cheaper while giving back to underserved communities in New Orleans.

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Green Legacy May 7, 2010

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After graduating this spring, Alice Zhang and David Gray will leave behind them a green legacy. For the last two years, the two student recycling coordinators have been key players in a number of environmental initiatives on campus.

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A Mission to the Mountains May 6, 2010

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In the second of two spring trips this year to the northwestern corner of Honduras, students involved in Mission Honduras will be putting the finishing touches on a new health clinic that will serve villagers in the remote and mountainous area.

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Oil Leak Could Land Knockout Blow May 4, 2010

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On Friday (April 29), the National Guard was mobilized to help deal with an oil slick that began lapping onto the barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana. Those first oily waves mark the landfall of a massive oil leak that could cause the largest ecological disaster in the United States, eclipsing the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

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A Mathematics Homecoming May 4, 2010

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James "Mac" Hyman, who graduated from Tulane in 1972 with honors in both math and physics, has returned to join the math department faculty and is now the new holder of a distinguished chair.

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Antarctic Explorer April 28, 2010

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Kimberly Roe, a doctoral student in earth and environmental sciences, embarked to Antarctica earlier this semester as part of an expedition funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Academic All-Stars April 26, 2010

Tom Luongo has several good reasons to smile. The associate dean and director of the Honors Program at Newcomb-Tulane College proudly announces that four Tulane honors students have been recognized by prestigious national scholarship programs.

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$13.5 Million Spurs Lab Upgrades April 23, 2010

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Tulane University has received a $13.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to redesign and upgrade laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building, located at 1324 Tulane Ave. on the downtown health sciences campus.

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$3 Million Grant Funds River Energy Project April 15, 2010

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded Tulane University a $3 million grant to help build RiverSphere, a Center of Excellence at Tulane that will promote the development, testing, demonstration and commercialization of renewable energy technology using one of New Orleans' greatest natural resources — the Mississippi River.

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Focus on Coastal Restoration April 15, 2010

Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will speak at the 10th Annual Tulane Engineering Forum on Friday (April 16) at the Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans.

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An Exemplary Scientist April 13, 2010

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Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Vijay John was honored during a ceremony at the Lavin-Bernick Center as this year's School of Science and Engineering Outstanding Researcher on April 8.

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Science Crusade march 18, 2010

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Few people are good at talking about things they can't understand. Brian Greene, however, has made a career of researching — and talking about — something that even he admits borders on incomprehensible.

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Energy Summit Aims to Spur Collaborative Research march 17, 2010

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Since 2008, the Tulane School of Science and Engineering and the A. B. Freeman School of Business have been collaborating on research into next-generation fuels for clean power, including butanol from sugar cane waste products, but more research is needed, says Geoff Parker, director of the Tulane Energy Institute. Promoting this coordination across units is the goal of Tulane Energy Summit on Friday (March 19).

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Astronaut to Come to Campus march 11, 2010

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NASA Astronaut Sandra Magnus will deliver the keynote address to junior high school girls and their families at the Sally Ride Science Festival at Tulane University on Saturday (March 13). Magnus' address will be part of a full-day festival for girls in the 5th–8th grades who are interested in science.

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Statewide Awards for Humanities Work march 10, 2010

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Two members of the Tulane community — jazz musician and alumnus Michael White and faculty member Rich Campanella — received statewide awards on Saturday (March 6) from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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Karate for More Than Kicks March 8, 2010

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For more than 20 years, Tulane chemical engineering professor Kyriakos Papadopoulos has served as the lead instructor of the Tulane Karate Club. In this video, Papadopoulos talks about being a teacher—and a student—of karate. 

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Students’ Designs Solve Real-world Challenges march 3, 2010

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David Rice watched carefully on Saturday (Feb. 27) as teams of his biomedical engineering students proudly debuted the devices they have built to assist New Orleanians with disabilities. "The big deal is working not so much for a class grade, but for real people who need help," he says.

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Show-and-Tell for Scientists February 26, 2010

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Students, faculty and postdoctoral trainees from many departments across the university will showcase their research projects at the Tulane Health Sciences Research Days on Wednesday and Thursday (March 3–4). 

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Making Safe Playgrounds a Priority February 2, 2010

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When children are playing at childcare centers, it's expected that minor injuries such as a skinned knee or a bump on the head will occur. What is not expected are the kinds of long-term disabilities that can occur from environmental poisons. Tulane researcher Howard Mielke is not only shining light on the problem of toxins in play yards, but also is trying to mitigate their effect on children.

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PHD Program in Aging Studies Recruits Students January 20, 2010

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Like a spry 70-year-old chasing balls on a tennis court, the study of the aging phenomenon knows no bounds. Interdisciplinary aging studies is a wide-open, novel field, says Michal Jazwinski, professor of medicine and director of the Tulane Center for Aging.

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Summer 2010

Tops in Teaching and Service August 13, 2010

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Global honors, appointments and prestigious awards for service and teaching lead this roundup of news about Tulane faculty and staff members from the uptown and downtown health sciences campuses.

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Learning What Makes Brains Tick July 28, 2010

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In laboratories on the uptown and downtown campuses, Tulane undergraduates are learning the value of basic research, sharpening their presentation skills and gaining insight into the big career picture through the neuroscience summer research program.

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Researchers Find Shape-shifting Fish July 27, 2010

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When rivers are contained by dams, what happens to the river-native species of fish trapped inside? How will a fish that has evolved for the conditions of a fast-flowing river current fare in the still waters of a reservoir? Tulane scientists have found one species of river fish that morphs into a new shape in response to a lake-like environment.

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More Harm Than Good? July 19, 2010

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Much has been made recently about the rift between Louisiana officials and scientists over the prudency of building coastal sand berms as a defensive measure against the Gulf oil spill. Among members of the science community there is no such division, says Torbjörn Törnqvist, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

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Katrina Flood — A Silver Lining? July 16, 2010

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Tulane University researcher Howard Mielke and his colleagues have observed an unforeseen positive result of flooding in New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — post-flood decreases in lead contamination in some neighborhoods and corresponding decreases in blood lead levels in young children.

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Storm Killed Half Billion Amazon Trees July 16, 2010

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A single, violent storm that swept across the whole Amazon forest in 2005 killed half a billion trees, according to a new study by Tulane University researchers. While storms have long been recognized as a cause of Amazon tree loss, this study is the first to produce an actual body count. The losses are much greater than originally suspected, suggesting that storms may play a larger role in the dynamics of Amazon forests than previously recognized.

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Getting a Kick Out of Medical School July 6, 2010

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For Tulane medical student and World Cup soccer fan Jabar Whittier, heading to South Africa this summer for an international medical rotation was a dream assignment. A rising senior medical student, Whittier is spending two months at the world-renowned Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, and attending World Cup matches in his spare time.

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Program Offers Lab Experience to Minority Students July 8, 2010

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Undergraduates from New York, Tennessee and Louisiana are getting hands-on research experience in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering laboratories through the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation. The 10-week summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation and Louisiana Board of Regents.

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Tulane researchers find evidence of possible oil in Gulf food chain July 1, 2010

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Since the oil crisis began, concerns have mounted about the toxic crude's possible impact on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as coastal estuaries and marshes. While studying spawning habits of blue crabs recently, researchers from Tulane University and the University of Southern Mississippi stumbled upon something very troubling.

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Alumnus Named to National Oil Spill Commission June 30, 2010

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Tulane alumnus Donald “Don” Boesch has been appointed to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, the White House announced. The commission is tasked with providing recommendations on the prevention and mitigation of future offshore drilling spills.

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Students Introduced to ‘Brain and Behavior’ June 28, 2010

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Examining the physiology of a hiccup is one simple way to introduce students to the collaboration between the brain and nervous system. Beth Wee, a neuroscience professor of practice at Tulane, says that by using such accessible examples, she is able to engage a broad range of students in science and research.

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An Icy Surprise June 22, 2010

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Earth was just coming out of an ice age 9,300 years ago when a cataclysmic event occurred that plunged the planet into a cold “snap” that lasted for centuries. Scientists have suspected that water melted from snow and ice introduced into the North Atlantic Ocean was the cause — but the source and volume were a mystery. A new study led by Tulane researcher Shiyong Yu pinpoints the source.

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An Angry Planet? June 21, 2010

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This decade has started off with a bang — massive earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, a still-erupting volcano in Iceland and its neighboring volcano that some scientists speculate may erupt in the near future. Are these geologic events linked in some way, and should we be concerned that they are occurring more frequently?

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Worst-Case Oil Scenario Yet to Unfold June 15, 2010

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Following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in April that has created the largest oil spill in U.S. history, scientists and pundits have speculated on the “worst-case scenario” for the Louisiana wetlands and the Gulf Coast in general. As bad as the current situation appears, it could get worse, according to one Tulane professor.

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Media Turn to Faculty to Grasp Oil Disaster June 8, 2010

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Last week Michael Blum, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, took MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on a tour of Barataria Bay to demonstrate how Louisiana’s protective barrier islands are in danger of disappearing as oil chokes oxygen from plant life.

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Top Award for Young Scientist June 7, 2010

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Tulane neurobiologist Benjamin Hall has received a National Science Foundation Career Award. Over the next five years, the grant will provide $920,000 in funding for Hall's laboratory research and his work with undergraduate students in the sciences.

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Giving Back and Changing Lives June 1, 2010

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After several years working in industry, chemical and biomolecular engineering graduates Scott Eklund and Carrie Giordano Eklund decided it was time to contribute to society in another way.

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Birds Are Sitting Ducks to Spewing Oil May 28, 2010

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Louisiana’s coastal birds face an uncertain future as oil continues to seep into the marshes where they live. Tulane University ecologist and conservation biologist Thomas Sherry explains that the birds will endure long-term effects as a result of the oil arriving during their peak breeding season.

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