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An audacious challenge

February 18, 2014 1:00 PM

Photos by Ryan Rivet

Phyllis Taylor

Tulane Board member Phyllis Taylor speaks to WVUE's John Snell at a press conference on Monday (Feb. 17). Taylor and Tulane President Scott Cowen announced the Tulane University Grand Challenge, which offers a $1 million prize funded by Taylor for the best solution to combat annual “dead zones” in the world’s lakes and oceans. 

Grand Challenge press conference

“This reaffirms the reputation of New Orleans and Tulane University as being a hub of innovation and creativity,” Tulane President Scott Cowen said of the Grand Challenge. “We are developing a culture of change, and I have no doubt we will be successful.”

Grand Challenge press conference

“We wanted to create an audacious but doable challenge,” said Rick Aubry, assistant provost for Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship. Aubry told the audience that a 30-day comment period is now under way on the prize website. Once that is over, the final rules will be published “and then the competitors will have at it.”

Grand Challenge press conference

“Unusual solutions can come from the edges,” said Cristin Dorgelo, assistant director for Grand Challenges in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Grand Challenge press conference

“Water is the source of life, and we must protect it,” said Mike Strain, Louisiana State Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.

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