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News: 2015-2016

Fall 2015 | Spring 2016


Tulane Observatory - Roof of Jones Hall - Re-opening for Regular Public Viewings

The viewings will occur on the first Wednesday of each month, weather permitting, starting Wednesday, March 2nd.
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Spring 2016

2016 Science and Engineering Week – Bringing Students, Faculty, Esteemed Alumni, and Distinguished Scholars Together Spring 2016

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As in past years, the School of Science and Engineering Student Government and SSE student organizations did a superb job in organizing a week filled with amazing events for 2016 Science and Engineering Week. This year, SSEGS and SSE expanded on the prior success with more students and alumni engaged and new activities.

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The Future Celebrated: Research Day in the School of Science and Engineering April 8, 2016

The Future Celebrated: Research Day in the School of Science and Engineering

On any given day of the year, innovation and experimentation characterize the research conducted in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane. New publications, insights, and applications arise from researchers in the School of Science and Engineering on a regular basis, advancing their fields and shaping our world. Yet on one special day each spring, those advances are singled out for special recognition: at the annual SSE Research Day, held this year on April 8.

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Doctoral Student Takes $25,000 Prize at Rice Competition April 20, 2016

Doctoral Student Takes $25,000 Prize at Rice Competition

Tulane University doctoral student Nicholas Pashos is continuing to gather recognition and funding for his BioAesthetics company, which won the $25,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Prize, and then first place in a challenge round for $1,000, at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston.

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Student Researchers Present Their ‘Novel’ Ideas April 19, 2016

Student Researchers Present Their Novel Ideas

Eight teams of student researchers went toe-to-toe on April 13 during the second annual Tulane Novel Tech Challenge, a competition that empowers students to improve the environment, human health, education and urban infrastructure through technology. Following brief, pitch-style presentations, a panel of judges chose two winning teams, and a third team took home the crowd favorite prize.

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Tulane-based Technology Wins Business Model Prize April 19, 2016

Tulane-based Technology Wins Business Model Prize

A device to prevent pressure ulcers in patients undergoing medical procedures won first place and a grand prize of $25,000 in the 2016 Tulane Business Model Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, took place on Friday afternoon (April 15) with the winners announced that evening during an awards gala at the Audubon Tea Room.

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Drug Pioneer Shares His Career with Students April 15, 2016

Drug Pioneer Shares His Career with Students

Dr. Steven Paul got his start in medical research in Dinwiddie Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus. In the laboratory of professor Merle Mizell, Paul was an undergraduate student worker feeding frogs for developmental biology and cancer research.

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Tulane Chemical Engineers Address Challenges in Environment, Health April 7, 2016

Tulane Chemical Engineers Address Challenges in Environment, Health

"Just look around my office," Tulane chemical engineering assistant professor Julie Albert said. "Nearly every piece of furniture involves a polymer in some way." She gestured to her desk and chairs made of wood and plastic, both polymeric materials.

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Husband and Wife Astronauts Highlight Tulane Engineering Forum March 30, 2016

Husband and Wife Astronauts Highlight Tulane Engineering Forum

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, a Tulane University graduate, and Karen Nyberg are among the featured speakers at the 16th annual Tulane Engineering Forum Friday, April 15, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The one-day conference brings together experts from around the country to share their knowledge with more than 500 professional engineers, scientists and technical managers.

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Message from the Dean Spring 2016

Dean's Message – Winter 2015

Created in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University is unique in that it has established Tulane as the first and to date only university to merge the physical sciences, the life sciences, engineering, and mathematics into one integrated and trans-disciplinary academic unit. This has positioned Tulane University to be a leader in shaping future generations of scientists and engineers.

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A Personal Connection Makes a Huge Impact on the Tulane Brain Institute Spring 2016

Brain Institute Group Photo

The Markos, like many others, realize that understanding the brain is no small task. The Brain Institute is a new university-wide initiative that will provide an infrastructure to coordinate and expand the programs and research initiatives that are currently underway, and push them to the next level.

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Tulane Professor Studying Arsenic Levels in Rural Louisiana Drinking Water Spring 2016

Karen Johannesson

Tulane University geochemistry professor Karen Johannesson won accolades when in 2011 she and her research team made significant discoveries about the origins of arsenic in drinking water in India. Johannesson couldn’t help but wonder if her research could be applied closer to home.

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Alumnus Connects Tulane to Microscope's History Spring 2016

Riddell Binocular Microscope

In the mid 1800’s, the United States was not on the forefront of scientific innovation—Europe dominated the field. That makes it all the more fascinating that two of the most ground-breaking scientific inventions in microscopy occurred in the United States – at Tulane University, says Lary Walker (G ’76, ’79)...

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Breaking New Ground: NSF Fellowship Recipients in Science and Engineering Spring 2016

NSF

For many graduate students, securing a fellowship means more than just financing their education and facilitating research time. Increasingly, a key part of an early researcher’s career, a fellowship also opens the doors to mentorships, travel, and new avenues for dissemination of research.

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Our Temporary MakerSpace Is Open! Spring 2016

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While construction continues on the main area of the Tulane MakerSpace, beginning in Fall 2015 we have opened a temporary MakerSpace in a corner of the old machine shop. The current space has two 50-watt laser cutters capable of etching or cutting wood, plastic, cardboard, rubber, etc.…

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Tulane Researcher Using “Nerve-On-A-Chip” To Study Safer Chemo Drugs March 4, 2016

Tulane Researcher Using “Nerve-On-A-Chip” To Study Safer Chemo Drugs

A Tulane University researcher is leading a study that could lead to improved ways of screening chemotherapy drugs for neurotoxicity, the prime reason that patients reduce their doses or cease treatment altogether. The study is being led by Michael J. Moore, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane, in collaboration with AxoSim Technologies, LLC, a start-up company spun out of Moore’s lab in 2014 to improve pharmaceutical drug development.

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Science fair rocks: ‘We saw some amazing work’ March 2, 2016

Science Fair Rocks

Michelle Sanchez and her team of volunteer judges covered just about every inch of the massive Human Performance Center at the University of New Orleans during the area’s annual science fair for young students. The UNO venue is home to the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair, but it is Sanchez, a professor of practice and director of K-12 STEM Outreach at Tulane University, and Annette Oertling, a retired Tulane professor, who run the show.

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Stargazers Invited to Tulane Observatory March 1, 2016

Stargazers invited to Tulane Observatory

Astronomy buffs have another place to take in the wonders of outer space — the Tulane Observatory.

The observatory will reopen to the public on the first Wednesday of each month beginning March 2 at 8 p.m., weather permitting. The observatory is located on the roof of Joseph Merrick Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., between Devlin Fieldhouse and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

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Undergrad Neuroscience Program Makes National List February 23, 2016

2016 Neuroscience Class

In the year 2000, the first Tulane University undergraduate received a degree in neuroscience. The program has grown to be one of the largest on campus, with 337 majors enrolled this semester and 85 graduates receiving degrees in 2015.

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Could ‘artificial leaf’ solve the global energy challenge? February 15, 2016

Could artificial leaf solve the global energy challenge?

Daniel Nocera, Harvard University’s Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, traveled to Tulane University on Sunday (Feb. 14) to propose a solution to the global energy challenge.

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Study: New drug could be safer, non-addictive alternative to morphine January 28, 2016

Study: New drug could be safer, non-addictive alternative to morphine

Researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn’t likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study in the journal Neuropharmacology.

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Let’s Get Physical January 7, 2016

Freshman Physics Laboratory Class

A freshman physics laboratory class conducts experiments in F. Edward Hebert Hall in this vintage photograph from 1913.

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Researcher Asks Questions About Science and Communities January 4, 2016

Amy Lesen

In her work as a scholar of environmental studies and science, Amy Lesen researches how climate and environmental change affect coastal cities and communities.

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Fall 2015

Message from the Dean Winter 2015

Dean's Message – Winter 2015

“Research is creating new knowledge” – Neil Armstrong

In the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, we believe that research is the key to eradicating disease, creating a stronger economy, and ultimately solving our world’s greatest challenges.

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Glimpsing the Unseen: Skylar Deckoff-Jones Winter 2015

Glimpsing the Unseen Skylar Deckoff Jones

Evidence of activities unseen. Quantum forces and unexplained phenomena. Plasmons, phonons, and more otherworldly properties of physics. It’s all in a day’s work for Tulane senior Skylar Deckoff-Jones, whose research on two-dimensional materials is pushing the boundaries of modern technology.

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Tabled Discussion December 11, 2015

Tabled Discussion

Shiva Adireddy, left, a research assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, sits outside Percival Stern Hall while discussing a design course with Katy Stone who will be teaching the course as a visiting professor in the spring semester.

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School of Science and Engineering Student Government hosts 7th Annual Snow Day on Tulane’s Uptown Campus
December 7, 2015

2015 Snow Day

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Institute Wants to Hear From Suttkus Fish Collectors
December 4, 2015

Royal D. Suttkus

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, more than 50 years’ worth of field documentation of important research collecting may be recreated at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI), home of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection.

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Tulane Researchers Awarded $4 Million to Study Oil’s Effects on Gulf
November 24, 2015

Vijay T. John

Proposals from three Tulane University researchers are among 22 being funded by the latest Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) program. More than $4 million will be awarded to scientists in the School of Science and Engineering, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

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Pictured: Vijay John, Leo S. Weil Professor of Engineering

Tulane Professor Named AAAS Fellow November 23, 2015

Tulane Professor Named AAAS Fellow

Donald Gaver, chair of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

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Devon Walker Returns with a New Role: Mentor November 10, 2015

Devon Walker Returns with a New Role: Mentor

Devon Walker, former Green Wave safety and football team captain, has returned to Tulane University this fall to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience and mentor student-athletes during their collegiate careers.

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Student Research: A Transformative Experience November 9, 2015

Student Research: A Transformative Experience

Madeline Sell, a senior at Tulane University, is working with a team of researchers at the Tulane Cancer Center to link common elements in the environment to cancer.

Astrid M. Roy-Engel, associate professor of epidemiology, advises Sell as she is working to uncover how metals nickel and cadmium cause cancer.

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Tulane Professor Gets $2.6 Million to Study Trauma in NOLA Students October 28, 2015

Tulane Professor Gets $2.6 Million to Study Trauma in NOLA Students

A Tulane University psychology professor and a team of community partners will spend the next four years in New Orleans public schools as part of a first-of-its-kind study to determine the best ways to meet the needs of trauma-exposed students.

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Tulane Researcher Gets Millions to Study Adolescent Brains and More October 7, 2015

Yu-Ping Wang

A Tulane University researcher is studying adolescent brain development as part of a $5.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Message from the Dean Fall 2015

Dean's Message – Fall 2015

It's been a busy and eventful summer for the School of Science and Engineering but the beginning of a new academic year brings with it the excitement of welcoming our newest class of discoverers and innovators!

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A Vision for a Maker Space Fall 2015

Maker Space Concept Design

What if you could build virtually any structure that you can imagine? Tulane University students will soon be able to create anything they can imagine thanks to the vision of alumni and faculty.

Located in the former engineering machine shop, the Maker Space is a center for design, invention, innovation and fabrication.

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Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Interested in Materials Science and Engineering Fall 2015

Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Interested in Materials Science and Engineering

In the summer of 2016 Tulane University's School of Science and Engineering will launch the Summer Materials Research @ Tulane Research Experiences for Undergraduates site. The SMART-REU site, supported by a three-year $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, unites faculty from four departments in the SSE (Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics/Engineering Physics) to host ten undergraduate students to conduct cutting edge research in materials science over a ten-week summer session. Professors Hank Ashbaugh (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and Scott Grayson (Chemistry) serve as the site’s Director and co-Director, respectively.

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Living and learning as faculty-in-residence September 16, 2015

Living and learning as faculty-in-residence

Michael J. Moore, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, jokes that when he was an undergraduate in the 1990s, “I didn’t even want to go to a professors’ office hours.” Now, he’s beginning his second year as faculty-in-residence at Weatherhead Hall.

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The Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience: Exploring the Mysteries of the Brain August 2015

The Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience: Exploring the Mysteries of the Brain

For such a small organ, it is a source of some wonder that the study of the brain is so large. Now one of the fastest-growing areas of medical and biological research, neuroscience is a top career choice for aspiring physicians and researchers seeking to enter graduate-level work. Yet opportunities as an undergraduate to directly participate in neuroscience research can be few and far between — except, that is, for Tulane undergraduates.

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The Tulane Science Scholars Program: Creating the Scientists of Tomorrow August 2015

The Tulane Science Scholars Program: Creating the Scientists of Tomorrow

In today's competitive academic environment, students face more pressure than ever to find the right university, the right major, the right internship, and the right career choices. To many students, the questions can seem daunting, even insurmountable—how will they choose the right program? How will they know which degree is right for them? How can they be protected from making a mistake?

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