Tulane University professor of mathematical physics Frank J. Tipler has published a proof of Albert Einstein's claim that "God does not play dice with the universe" in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Tipler's proof also provides evidence for the existence of an infinite number of other universes, all of which contain identical copies of every human being now alive in our own universe.
To the average person, names like Faure, Kastner, Hitchon, Brantley and Wedepohl probably don’t mean much. To Karen Johannesson, a geochemistry professor at Tulane University, the names represent the best in her field, a virtual who’s who of geochemists from around the world.
When Ben Rosenthal, a senior engineering physics major at Tulane University, got the opportunity to work in the lab of professor Doug Chrisey, he was excited about the incredible opportunity. Now his research contributions have earned him the title of Schlumberger Scholar.
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently announced that Daniel Shantz has been selected as the Entergy Chair of Clean Energy Engineering. Shantz, whose background includes experience in both corporate and academic research settings, shared that there were a number of reasons behind his decision to join the Green Wave faculty.
It might not have appealed to the average teenager, but for the 27 New Orleans area high school students who converged on the Tulane University campus last week for a naval sciences program called LASSO, it was exactly how they wanted to spend a week of their summer vacation.
BarCampNola 7, the annual conference to that focuses on the community, sharing ideas, with a splash of tech, kicked off on July 12th and 13th. Over 250 attendees packed the Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology at Tulane University. The location fit the atmosphere of BarCamp as Tulane is revamping their Computer Science program, has plans to create a Maker space, and a partnership with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
Elizabeth Lefrere, a senior at De La Salle High School in uptown New Orleans, would like nothing more than to major in psychology at Tulane University. So when she learned about the 2014 Science Scholars Program at Tulane, she knew she wanted to spend at least part of her summer on the uptown campus — and earn three hours of college credit in the process.
Faiz Salam, on lunch break from a neuroscience class, throws a flying disc on Wednesday (July 16) on the Tulane University uptown campus. Salam, a senior at St. Paul’s Catholic School in Covington, La, is participating in the Tulane Science Scholars Program for high school students who excel in the sciences and mathematics.
Tulane clinical psychologist Michael Hoerger understands all too well the agonizing treatment choices families face when a loved one is diagnosed with advanced cancer. How do some patients remain hopeful and resilient even under the darkest of circumstances while others disengage?
The School of Science and Engineering experienced an outstanding 2013-2014 school year. At this year's commencement, 357 undergraduate degrees and 124 graduate science and engineering degrees were conferred, and many of our faculty and students were honored for their achievements.
The Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences (CAMS) gives Tulane biomedical engineering students a unique approach to engineering education. In addition to the hands-on experience of human cadaver dissection, students are also able to view and participate in ground-breaking surgical demonstrations performed on cadavers.
As if majoring in chemistry wasn’t enough, recent graduate Joanna Lapucha decided to receive a dual degree in French, while competing as part of Tulane’s track and field team. Lapucha made it a mission to personally challenge herself with graduate-level courses. And she did all this while maintaining the highest of cumulative grade point averages.
When alumna Nicole Smith Graas ('04) had the opportunity to return to New Orleans and work with the new School of Science and Engineering she felt like she was "coming home." As the Director of Development, Nicole works closely with alumni and friends to fund initiatives within the School of Science and Engineering that benefit students, faculty and staff.
After a successful career in urban planning for the Navy, Louis Misko (E ’72) wanted to give back to the institution that gave him so much. He decided to create a bequest intention to support Tulane University School of Science and Engineering’s greatest needs.
Nicholas Altiero becomes president of the American Society for Engineering Education at the society’s annual conference in Indianapolis on June 18. Altiero is Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University, where he also serves as a professor of biomedical engineering and engineering physics.
Editor’s Note: In this series of articles, colleagues and friends of Tulane University President Scott Cowen write a remembrance of their work with him. Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, has been at Tulane since 2000.
About a month after Hurricane Katrina, Amy and I returned to the city. I remember standing on the uptown Tulane campus looking at the destruction that the storm and its aftermath had caused when I received a text message announcing that we planned to reopen in the spring. I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever heard. I couldn’t imagine anyone thinking it was possible.
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Alden "Doc" Laborde, a Louisiana entrepreneur who founded three publicly traded companies to serve the offshore-oil industry, died Friday (June 6) at his New Orleans home. He was 98.
In a career that extended into his tenth decade, Mr. Laborde organized Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co., better known as ODECO, in 1953 to build the world's first offshore mobile drilling barge.
Away from home, engineer Matthew Escarra knew what it means to miss New Orleans.
Escarra, a New Orleans native, is an assistant professor in the Tulane University Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Escarra left the South for colder, grayer climes up north, landing at Princeton for his doctoral work in electrical engineering.
It was in New Jersey, Escarra says, that he felt the pull of home, namely, the Louisiana sunshine.
One highlight of Saturday’s (May 17) Tulane University Commencement ceremony is honoring outstanding teachers. Receiving 2014 President’s Awards for Graduate and Professional Teaching are Gary Dohanich, professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Diego Rose, professor of global community health and behavioral sciences. These honors recognize faculty members with a compelling record of excellence in teaching, learning and research, and a commitment to educational excellence. Each receives a medal designed by the late professor emeritus Franklin Adams and $5,000.
Samantha “Sam” Gould, who hails from Salt Lake City, arrived at Tulane University initially considering pre-med. She became interested in psychology and public health, and how these disciplines interrelate, and she is now a candidate for graduation with a double major in public health and psychology.
On Saturday (May 17) at the Tulane University Commencement ceremony, two outstanding teachers of undergraduate students will be honored — Scott Grayson, associate professor of chemistry, and Jeffrey Gunshol, senior professor of practice in theater and dance. They will receive the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowships that honor faculty members who have a sustained record of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching. Recipients receive a special medal, $5,000 a year for four years, and permanent designation as a Weiss Fellow.
When Hannah Gilder looks back on her four years at Tulane University, she will fondly remember the professors who helped guide and support her as she planned the next phase of her life: medical school.
Making Cancer History. That three-word goal has been the rallying cry for MD Anderson since 1996. It's both catchy and clever, but it's also substantial. It's not Making Cancer History in Houston or Making Cancer History in Texas. It's Making Cancer History — period.
Earlier this year, the Tulane University biomedical engineering graduates — who invented a medical device called the EZ View — placed second in the Tulane Business Model Competition. Last month, they placed third in the medical technology track of the prestigious Johns Hopkins International Business Plan Competition.
In Spring 2014, four faculty from the School of Science and Engineering participated in Tulane’s newest semester abroad program in Costa Rica: professors George Flowers and Stephen Nelson, from the Earth and Environmental Sciences department, and Thomas Sherry and Sunshine Van Bael, representing the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. They were joined by Ludovico Feoli, executive director of the Center for Inter-American Policy, and Colin Crawford, executive director of the Payson Center for International Development.
Megan Woods knew as a third grader that she wanted to be a scientist. But the third-year doctoral student in the Tulane University Department of Chemistry does not see that same enthusiasm for science and math among today’s youth.
Three Tulane University students are among 66 students nationwide who have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways at Stanford University. The students are Kim Ma, a first-year student studying business and finance; Thien Ninh, a junior studying neuroscience and economics; and Maria Garcia Quesada, a junior studying public health and neuroscience.
Climate change is one of the hottest topics of our time, and investing in the work of scientists can take us one step closer to making the best choices to confront global warming. Tulane University took an important step to recognize one of its outstanding environmental scientists on April 16 by appointing School of Science and Engineering professor Torbjörn E. Törnqvist as the inaugural Vokes Geology Professor.
Three teams of Tulane University biomedical engineering students will showcase their inventions to assist patients with ALS and other neuromuscular diseases Thursday night as part of a fundraiser to benefit Team Gleason.
Gone are the days when a lonely scientist would work very much on his or her own in a lab or office, spending long solitary hours trying to solve complex issues. Today’s approach to the compelling research problems of our time, such as climate change, chronic disease and obesity, involves many scientists, often from diverse disciplines, who come together to develop robust solutions that have been addressed from multiple perspectives.
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Chemical engineering students in their junior year at Tulane University in New Orleans received hands-on training April 12 at Nunez Community College in Chalmette. Nunez instructors and retired refinery operators Raymond Frey and Don Bordelon facilitated the exercise at the Nunez distillation plant.
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The winner of the $25,000 top prize at the Tulane Business Model Competition last week also has landed a handful of wins, totaling $44,000 in cash, at the larger Rice University Business Plan Competition in Houston. The New Orleans company, called Tympanogen, formed at Tulane and developed a gel to heal children's ear injuries.
Tympanogen, a biomedical startup founded by Tulane University students Elaine Horn-Ranney, who will receive a PhD in biomedical engineering in May, and Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, a student in the biomedical engineering doctoral program, took home the grand prize of $25,000 at the 2014 Tulane Business Model Competition.
A longtime faculty member, a local physician and an engineer-turned-lawyer all received honors at the sixth-annual School of Science and Engineering Alumni Awards celebration. They were recognized for their contributions to their fields and the university.
When chemistry professor Russell Schmehl joined Tulane University in 1982, he considered it a privilege to be a part of a research-focused university. More than 30 years later, he is being honored for his dedication to Tulane, his research, and his students.
Capacity and speed — that’s what Tulane University researchers are poised to get. In a major boost to computing power, a new high-speed research network is now being built, uptown and downtown.
The members of Team Inventilator, seniors majoring in biomedical engineering at Tulane University, were more than happy to explain their invention — an automated airway-suctioning device for patients on ventilators.
Important engineering topics of the day, from robotics and energy to wetlands and flood protection, will be up for discussion when more than 500 industry professionals gather in downtown New Orleans on Friday (April 4) for the 14th annual Tulane Engineering Forum.
The sessions, sponsored by the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, will be held at the Morial Convention Center in the third-floor conference rooms above Halls I and J. This one-day conference will host more than 20 presentations prepared for professional engineers, scientists and technical managers.
Bright ideas will fuel a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Tulane University School of Science and Engineering thanks to a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Left: SSE Alumnus and Theodent founder Arman Sadeghpour organized a Business meets Biotech event recently to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among students, alumni and faculty. The Novel Tech Challenge will give students, faculty and alumni another venue to celebrate their innovative ideas.
Like the university itself, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has weathered many changes in the past thirty years, a process of transformation that Jeanette “Davi” Battistella experienced firsthand. Battistella joined Tulane in 1983 and has been an integral member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology since 1992.
High school students with exceptional talent in the sciences and mathematics are invited to earn Tulane credit hours at the annual Tulane Science Scholars Program this summer at Tulane University.
The Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 56 years of service to the United States, is the premier national award for undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The one and two-year scholarships provide up to $7,500 in tuition and other college expenses. Skylar Deckoff-Jones, a Tulane University sophomore majoring in physics, has won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, and Shreya Kashyap, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, received honorable mention.
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Wearing blue, plastic gloves like budding brain surgeons, a group of New Orleans area children cautiously peered at the cool, grey brains they were holding before them. At first, they examined tentatively, occasionally wrinkling their noses, but the children’s squeamishness was quickly replaced with wonder as they witnessed for the first time what powered their bodies and their imaginations.
Two Tulane University teams were top winners in the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, an international business plan contest to commercialize promising innovations in breast cancer research and treatments. The interdisciplinary teams from the Tulane School of Medicine and the School of Science and Engineering each won $5,000, startup support and valuable connections to potential investors in the contest, which is sponsored by the Avon Foundation for Women, the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Advancing Innovation.
A research team lead by Tulane University biologist John J. Schenk has discovered a previously unknown flowering plant in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon.
Curt Gomulinski, the Executive Director of Tau Beta Pi, met with the Faculty Advisor and Officers of Tulane's chapter, Beta of Louisiana. Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.
Tulane University chemistry professor Igor Rubtsov and a team of graduate students can lay claim to inventing an important new scientific instrument — the world’s first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer.
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Brenan Keller delights in playing the role of guinea pig. As one of a handful of Tulane University students who are in the School of Science and Engineering’s fledgling coordinate computer science major, he can’t think of a better, more practical way to prepare for his future.
Reflecting back on the times we spent conquering what is thought by many to be one of the most difficult undergraduate majors, I can say that each one of you was instrumental in making my education rich and fulfilling, and I wish to thank you for that. Our group of Chem-E’s is a unique, interesting, smart, and passionate group, so I hope all of you will enjoy reading about the accomplishments and exploits of your classmates in this publication as much as I did assembling it.
Homestead Miami Speedway—IHMC Robotics rode a strong second day in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to finish in second place overall in the second phase of the international robotics competition. The team from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola was up against 16 of the best robotics development teams in the world.
As we approach the end of another calendar year, I would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and thank you for your strong support of the Tulane School of Science and Engineering this past year. Since the establishment of the School in 2006, we have reached out to all Tulane alumni who majored in a science or engineering discipline. It has been challenging establishing the identity of this new School among these more than 27,000 alumni but I believe that we have made tremendous progress.
Everyone remembers their classes in high school math: the dreaded problem sets in algebra, calculus, and geometry brought home night after night, with seemingly never any end in sight. Students across the country routinely bemoan math as their least favorite subject, but what if they knew what they could use it for as they pursue their careers—not just designing buildings or bridges or analyzing the stock market, but in something as important as saving lives?
This October, the Tulane chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted "Engineering the Future," an academic expo designed to encourage local middle and high school students of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. NSBE members presented and demonstrated experiments in several STEM fields and spoke with students and parents about the benefits of pursuing STEM disciplines.
A career in the health sciences can be exciting and fulfilling, especially for students interested in the sciences. But often students have limited knowledge of the wide array of potential careers available. Ed ('78) and Jami Levy recognized the benefits of helping students gain real-world experience while giving back to the community.
When Emelina Sanchez joined the Tulane University Department of Chemistry in 1989, she never imagined that her experience weathering natural disaster and political upheaval in her native country of Nicaragua would enable her to face similar challenges in New Orleans.
In November 2013 the Regional Emmy Awards honored WWL-TV for a story produced on Devon Walker, an injured Tulane Football player.
Beth Wee was never a sorority person during her undergraduate years, so when the Tulane University neuroscience professor received word that she had been named one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s 10 Outstanding Faculty Members nationally for 2013, she chuckled at the irony.
Ben Cappiello, chief scientific officer at Bioceptive, is hoping to solve that problem. Mr. Cappiello studied biomedical engineering at Tulane University, where he learned that the complexity of the insertion process is partly responsible for the IUD's relatively low popularity.
Tulane University senior Devon Walker received the 2013 Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football’s most inspirational figure, on Thursday (Dec. 12) during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“Sea-level rise will become our biggest enemy,” in terms of flooding in coastal areas, says Torbjörn Törnqvist, professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences at Tulane University.
Wayne F. Reed, founder of the Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization at Tulane University, was invested as the second holder of the Murchison-Mallory Chair in Physics at the Tulane School of Science and Engineering on Nov. 22.
Derek Dashti, a doctoral student studying bioinnovation at Tulane University, has been named a University Innovation Fellow, a prestigious national honor that will enable him to bolster entrepreneurial activity on campus.
More than eight years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a team of Tulane University ecologists, sociologists and geographers is joining forces with other national experts to better understand how rebuilding after a disaster can effect human and ecological well-being.
Tulane University senior Devon Walker will receive this year's Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure. Walker has exhibited tremendous courage and perseverance following a severe spinal cord injury last season, and has become a motivational figure for the football team, the university and the New Orleans community.
Students interested in a career in medicine learned about applying to medical school, getting through the interview process and success as a medical student from Tulane University alumnus Dr. Robert I. Grossman, CEO and dean of New York University Langone Medical Center.
How do you sum up a career that includes a landmark 40-year study into the natural history of coronary artery disease and hypertension? For Tulane University epidemiology professor Dr. Gerald Berenson, you celebrate with the key to the city, an Olympic-style gold medal and induction into the Southeastern Beefmasters Hall of Fame.
This spring marks the 40th year that Tulane University will offer the Grand Canyon Colloquium, a course that directly explores the majesty of one of America’s great landscapes.
Babies have a natural proclivity for banging, but what may seem like haphazard movements (and a lot of noise) are actually providing researchers at Tulane University with important data on how humans learn to use tools.
Although the number of women in the field of engineering continues to grow, women still remain a minority in the profession. Every year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference to bring together women engineers from throughout the country.
As the effects of the continuing government shutdown are being felt across the country, it’s easy to think that a private university would be somewhat immune to such public-sector woes. However, impact of the shutdown is reaching members of the Tulane University research community as well.
Elsa Freiman Angrist (Newcomb ’66) vividly remembers her time as an undergraduate. She arrived on campus in 1962 from her home in Alexandria, La, with a desire not just to learn, but to make the very most out of her experience.
As Assistant Dean for Finance and Personnel, Sandra Parker’s job is to keep the School of Science and Engineering fiscally fit. She comes to this work from an active background: a double alum, she earned both her bachelor’s (in Psychology) and MBA at Tulane, then went on to spend over a decade at IBM in Boca Raton, White Plains, and New Orleans working in financial planning, project management, and marketing.
For some Tulane University students, a bird in the hand is … well, the most interesting way to learn about conservation.
A group of eight Tulane students traveled to the mountains of Ecuador for two weeks in August to participate in a Tropical Field Biology and Conservation course led by biologists Jordan Karubian and Renata Duraes.
Carrie A. Manore, a postdoctoral researcher at the Tulane University Center for Computational Science, has been awarded a $480,700 fellowship to study the impact of environmental changes on emerging and potentially emerging infectious diseases.
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Xavier University has received $500,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to lead a six-school effort to devise a plan to get more members of minority groups interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during their first two years of college.
It’s been a busy summer for Nicholas Chedid, Christopher Cover, Scott Kleinpeter, Gabriela Nunez and Seth Vignes. They graduated from Tulane University in May but haven’t gone their separate ways quite yet. The biomedical engineering majors designed a medical device that not only placed first in a national competition but has attracted so much interest that they are launching a startup company to market it.
For new students, the first week of school may be a bewildering blur of getting one’s bearings, finding classes, locating eating places and making friends. For international students arriving in the United States for the first time, the additional culture shock can create a lifelong impression.
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