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Monday, March 30, 2009

Chamber Music Concert

The Ysaÿe Quartet from France performs for the New Orleans Friends of Music on Wednesday (April 1) at 8 p.m. in Dixon Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus.

The concert, which Tulane students can attend free of charge by showing their Tulane ID, is the grand finale for Friends of Music’s 54th season of chamber music.

Ysaÿe, a classic string quartet, includes Guillaume Sutre, violin; Luc-Marie Aguera, violin; Miguel de Silva, viola; and Yovan Markovitch, cello. The group will perform a program comprised of Gabriel Faure’s Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121, Bela Bartok’s Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 and Cesar Franck’s Quartet in D Major.

The Ysaÿe Quartet performs regularly throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

Tickets are available online at as well as by calling 504-895-0690, or at the door before the concert. John Joyce, associate professor of music, will give a free lecture about the concert’s music at 7 p.m. in Dixon Hall. For more information, e-mail Julie Nice or call her at 504-810-1759.

Student-Athlete Honored

Green Wave volleyball player Sara Radosevic has been chosen the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for November 2008, the Sugar Bowl recently announced.

“Your exceptional skill and leadership both on and off the court have earned you this honor,” said Will Peneguy, chair of the sports selection committee, in a March 17 letter to Radosevic.

She will receive the award this summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.

Radosevic, who is from Zagreb, Croatia, completed her career as the Green Wave’s career leader in service aces (197) and kills per set (4.73). She became the first player in Tulane history to claim C-USA Player of the Year honors in 2008 and was a four-time All-America selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Battiste to Perform

Harold Battiste, composer, arranger, performer and teacher, will be featured at Jazz at the Rat at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (April 1).

He will perform in Der Rathskeller in the Lavin-Bernick Center as part of the Lagniappe program, which introduces students to New Orleans culture. A New Orleans native, Battiste joined Ellis Marsalis in 1989 on the jazz studies faculty at the University of New Orleans after 30 years in Los Angeles.

Battiste has been active as a publisher, producer, conductor and musical director for studio, stage, motion pictures and television with credits in jazz, classical, blues and pop. Admission is free of charge.

Jazz at the Rat is a series of concerts presented by Newcomb-Tulane College cocurricular programs.

Newspaper Honors Alumnus

R. King Milling, a Tulane Law School alumnus, is the recipient of the 2008 Loving Cup from the Times-Picayune.

The newspaper presented its coveted community award to Milling in honor of his work in coastal restoration. He is chair of three Louisiana environmental organizations — the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation, America’s Wetland Foundation and the Committee of the Future of Coastal Louisiana. Milling also is a board member of five other coast-related organizations.

His wife, Anne Milling, a Newcomb College alumna and activist who founded Women of the Storm, received the Loving Cup 13 years ago.

Glass Art Gallery

The Pederson Lobby of the Lavin-Bernick Center will be turned into a “Gallery of Glass Art” on Tuesday–Friday (March 31–April 3).

The Newcomb Art Department will host the exhibition featuring works by students in an intermediate glass art class taught by art professor Gene Koss. The display is open to public.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nominations Open for Sykes Award

April 17 is the deadline to nominate someone for the annual Timothy Sykes Daytrading Award for the Talented, which recognizes talented individuals in the Tulane community.

The unique award was established six years ago by Sykes, a 2003 Tulane alumnus, to honor someone whose abilities and accomplishments may not be in traditional areas of endeavor.

Past winners of the cash award include the 2008 winner, Maureen King, executive assistant to the vice president of development, whose family built a farm in Washington Parish, La., and grows vegetables untouched by pesticides. In 2007, the award went to alumna Susan Zaluski, whose career is in boat-building.

A Sykes Award candidate may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of the Tulane community by means of a statement (minimum of two pages) that describes the individual’s talent and includes a listing of his or her related accomplishments or an example of the applicant’s work. Nominations are open to any member of the Tulane community — student, faculty, staff or young alumni. Applications for the award will be reviewed by a committee appointed by Tulane President Scott Cowen.

Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to or by mailing them to the Tulane University Office of Development, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118. For additional information, call 504-314-7633.

Cheezmuzik Returns

He’s back ... Scott Galloway Smith will return to host “Cheezmuzik” on Sunday (March 29) on WTUL-FM radio. It has been nearly five years since Smith hosted his long-running show. “Cheezmuzik” will air from 8 until 11 a.m. at 91.5 in New Orleans.

The show also will be webcast at

“I am excited to again have the opportunity to do this one program. WTUL is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting and I was with the station for 20 of those years,” says Smith.

Lenny “The Man Behind the Mike” will host “Electric Cheezmuzik” from 6 until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Talk on Alzheimer’s Disease

Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane University is sponsoring a lecture on Friday (March 27) by Walter J. Lukiw from the Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center of Excellence and Department of Ophthalmology.

An associate professor, Lukiw will speak on “Micro-RNA Mediated Regulatory Circuits in Alzheimer’s Disease.” The lecture begins at 11 a.m. in room 6001 of the Tulane School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave.

Trade Policy Conference Set

“The Political Economy of Trade Policy in Brazil, Russia, India and China” will be the topic for a conference that opens on Friday (March 27) at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, co-organized by the Murphy Institute at Tulane.

The annual conference also is organized by the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, part of the University of Nottingham in England.

Prominent international experts from universities and other organizations will speak. The sessions continue on Saturday (March 28). Douglas R. Nelson, professor and chair of the Tulane economics department who is also with the Murphy Institute, is heading up the conference along with Bernard Hoekman, director of the World Bank’s International Trade Department.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Good Ideas for Business

Idea Village, which provides support for entrepreneurial businesses in the New Orleans area, is holding IDEAcorps Challenge ’09 this week (March 21–28) on the Tulane uptown campus, hosting 50 MBA students who are working with top corporate volunteers for an intensive week of business consulting with six venture companies.

Idea Village created the workshop to help grow local businesses, said Tim Williamson, president. The graduate students, who are from the University of Chicago, the University of California–Berkeley, Northwestern University, DePaul University and Stanford University, along with a group of corporate executives, will work with the six firms to write business plans and help with their expansion.

Venture companies who will be part of the project are Naked Pizza, an all-natural pizza delivery company; Don Kelly Productions, which is producing the first “green” music festival in Louisiana; Feelgoodz, which makes recyclable and biodegradable flip-flops; Alternative Housing Support Corp., a firm that creates, promotes and supports alternative housing models; Sustainable Environmental Enterprises, which provides affordable renewable energy to New Orleans residents; and InSite(s), a housing market analysis firm.

The IDEAcorps teams will hear from key business and political leaders on the unique opportunities available in New Orleans, including Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu; Amy Cosper, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine; and Tulane President Scott Cowen. The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane is among the Challenge ’09 sponsors.

Learning From Photographers

Tulane students will have free admission to a seminar on Thursday (March 26) about how to develop and build a photography business. The seminar, being held in Freeman Auditorium on the uptown campus, is sponsored by the New Orleans/Gulf South chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Guest speaker will be photographer Judy Herrmann, a past national president of the society, who will share real-world tactics for developing and implementing a career plan in photography. The session starts at 7 p.m., with social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration is under way now.

Herrmann, who owns the Herrmann+Starke studio in Ellicott City, Md., also will offer one-on-one consultations before and after the seminar. The half-hour sessions must be scheduled in advance.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Grants for Research

The Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University has awarded two grants to Tulane faculty members totaling $10,000 for projects that benefit the ongoing transformation of public education in New Orleans.

The spring 2009 grants went to the following projects and faculty members.

• “Documenting Charter School Lotteries in New Orleans as a Prelude to an Evaluation of the Effect of Charter School Attendance on Student Performance” is a research project led by Keith Finlay, assistant professor in economics at Tulane and two professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics department.

Working with Finlay are Joshua Angrist, a Ford Professor of Economics, and Parag Pathak, assistant professor. The researchers plan to document and evaluate the individual school lotteries in New Orleans to determine whether students who attend charter schools perform better than students who attend traditional public schools.

• “How Parents and Schools Negotiate Who Goes to School Where: Assessing the State of Educational Inequality in New Orleans” is the project led by Stephanie M. Arnett, a visiting assistant professor with the Tulane sociology department. She will examine the process by which students are currently being sorted into New Orleans’ schools by looking at both how schools attract and maintain students and how parents choose which schools their children will attend.

The Cowen Institute plans to continue providing grants of this kind.

Music in Medicine Concert

The Music in Medicine concert series will present the Oberlin Steel Drum Band in a free performance at 6 p.m. today (Monday) in the School of Medicine Auditorium, 1430 Tulane Ave.

The band, from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, is on tour in the New Orleans area. Formed around 1980, the group plays in the tradition of the great steel bands of Trinidad, but also performs arrangements of salsa, calypso and jazz tunes, as well as original compositions and arrangements by band members.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Episcopal Leader to Speak

Tulane’s Chair of Judeo-Christian Studies is sponsoring a lecture on Thursday (March 26) on the future of the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. C.K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, 1229 Broadway. His subject is “Leadership in a Time of Conflict: What Does the Future Hold for the Episcopal Church in the United States?”

The lecture is in collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, and bishop Charles Jenkins will be the leadoff respondent to the lecture before the question-and-answer period. This is the annual Martin M. Kelly Memorial Lecture, which is open to the public at no cost.

For further information, call 504-415-7235.

Night for Animals

In honor of Louisiana Week for the Animals, a group of Tulane Law School students is holding Animal Law Night on Wednesday (March 25), featuring several guest speakers.

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Weinmann Hall, room 110. Hosted by the law school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, the event is presented by Animal World USA and Animal Law Coalition.

Guest speakers will be Cathy Wells, attorney and legislative aide to former state senator Heulette “Clo” Fontenot, who was author of the Louisiana Pet Evacuation Law passed in 2006, and Mimi Hunley, Louisiana assistant attorney general, who was instrumental in disaster relief operations for pets during Hurricane Katrina. They will discuss disaster relief for pets and farm animals and the passage of the Pet Evacuation Law, as well as its implementation and effectiveness in subsequent disasters.

Carter J. Dillard, Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University College of Law and adviser to the Humane Society of the United States, will discuss litigation impacting animals.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared March 21–29 the first Louisiana Week for the Animals.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Forum for Big Ideas

A community forum will be held at 3 p.m. today (March 19) to present several of the “big ideas” for enhancing student learning at Tulane that were submitted for Tulane’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

The forum will be held in the 1834 Club in the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Members of the Tulane community have submitted a variety of ideas that are being considered by the Quality Enhancement Plan topic selection task force. The plan is part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process currently under way.

The task force will make brief presentations on several ideas under consideration, said Dennis Kehoe, chair. Refreshments will be served.

Student-Athletes Honored

Tulane seniors Ashley Langford and Megan Valicevic were named to the Conference USA All-Academic Women’s Basketball Team.

Langford carries a 3.26 GPA while majoring in business management and marketing, while Valicevic boasts a 3.6 GPA in digital graphic design. They are among five C-USA athletes named to the academic team.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Summer Programs Offered

Friday (March 20) is the deadline to apply for the summer education programs sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

The Stone Center offers Tulane undergraduate and graduate students as well as their colleagues from other universities the opportunity to spend part of the summer vacation in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Mexico. The programs are designed to bring the participants closer to the region’s politics, society, history and culture through intensive class work and stimulating explorations outside of the classroom.

Tulane credit and grades are awarded for course work completed. Partial scholarships also are available.

The center’s program offerings include “Communication, Media and Culture” in Paraty and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “Development, Economy and Society” in Valparaíso, Chile; “Ecology, Politics and Environment” in San Jose, Costa Rica; and “Maya Intensive Language and Culture” in Antigua, Guatemala.

Details on the programs are available from the Stone Center website or by calling 504-865-5164.

Lecture on Pottery

The Newcomb Art Gallery’s Spring Lecture Series will feature a talk today (March 18) by emeritus professor Jessie Poesch on “Newcomb Pottery in Context.”

The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center. Poesch is the author of Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women – 1895-1940.

A reception will follow and the event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Teresa Parker Farris.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Schools and Equity

“Toward Meaningful Educational Opportunity: Ensuring Equity in a System of Choice and Autonomy” will be the subject of a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. today (March 17) in the Freeman Auditorium on the Tulane uptown campus.

The discussion is sponsored by the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and is open to the public.

Panelists will include Lance Hill, executive director, Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane; Mary Joseph, director, Louisiana Office, Children’s Defense Fund; Luis Mirón, dean, College of Social Sciences, Loyola University; and Warren Simmons, executive director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University.

Panel members will discuss how public school choice affects educational access and opportunity, as well as the extent to which meaningful choice and equity can be realized for students and parents in a system of decentralized public schools.

Presenters will analyze how education impacts individual prosperity, economic growth, social cohesion and exclusion. They also will explore how educational and social systems reflect and help to shape cultures, norms and economies within society.

For additional information, e-mail Felicia Brown or call 504-274-3682.

Film and Sushi

As part of the Tulane Jewish Film Sushi Series, Refusenik will be screened today (March 17) at 7 p.m. at the Woldenberg Art Center’s Stone Auditorium.

Filmmaker Laura Bialis will be present for a discussion following the screening. Sushi will be served at the event as well.

Refusenik is the first retrospective film to chronicle the 30-year international movement to free Soviet Jews. Told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain, many of whom survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps, the film is a tapestry of first-person accounts of heroism, sacrifice and, ultimately, liberation.

The screening is presented by New Orleans Hillel, the Tulane Jewish Studies Program, the Provost’s Undergraduate Activities Fund, the Schusterman Jewish Studies Expansion Project and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

To learn more about the event, e-mail Michael Cohen or call 504-247-1484.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ricchiuti to Speak

Peter Ricchiuti, assistant dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, will be the guest speaker for the inaugural lecture of the Tulane Alumni Lifelong Learning program on Tuesday (March 17).

He will speak on “Market Signals: What the Financial Markets Are Telling Us Now” at 3:15 p.m. in the Diboll Conference Center. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. on the top floor of the Diboll Parking Garage.

The lifelong learning initiative is a partnership between the Tulane Alumni Association and the School of Continuing Studies, offering educational programs to alumni who are age 50 and older. The free program will provide faculty-led sessions on a variety of topics as well as networking opportunities.

Friends are welcome and an RSVP is suggested. For more information, e-mail either Celeste Uzee in the School of Continuing Studies or Terrence Jones in the Office of Alumni Affairs, or call 877-488-5263.

Shaving for a Cause

Volunteers will be shaving their heads on Wednesday (March 18) at Tulane Medical Center to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and raise money for pediatric cancer research.

The event will be held from 2 until 6 p.m. in the atrium Tulane Medical Center, located at 1415 Tulane Ave. in downtown New Orleans.

Organized by Tulane University medical students, the event also includes a silent auction and bake sale to raise funds for the Boundless Playground program of the Tulane Hospital for Children. The Boundless Playground project at the hospital will enable children spending extended time as patients to access the outdoors during their stay.

The auction will be completely online and items will be available for viewing the afternoon of the St. Baldrick’s event.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Discussing Disaster Intervention

The Tulane Office of Global Health will host a seminar on Monday (March 16) on “Disasters: The People, the Places and the Interventions.”

The session is at 4 p.m. at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal St., in the Diboll Auditorium. It will feature an interdisciplinary panel of Tulane faculty members to discuss the mental health issues, geological and ecological factors and interventions associated with disasters.

Nancy Mock will moderate the seminar. She is associate professor in international health and development at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Panel discussion members will be Joseph Contiguglia, clinical professor in environmental health sciences; Stephen Nelson, associate professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences; and Jane Parker, clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work.

A reception will follow. For additional information, e-mail Andrea Meyer.

Pharmacology Lecture Set

Dr. Peter Libby, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will give the 38th annual lecture in pharmacology today (March 13) on the downtown campus.

The Fred W. Schueler Lectureship will take place at 11 a.m. in room 6065 of the Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave.

Libby will talk on “Inflammation and Atherosclerosis: From Theory to Practice.” He also is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Clothing Donations Needed

If your clothes closet is too crowded, you can donate your business-casual clothing or formal wear items today (March 12) during the “Help Others Dress to Impress” fund-raiser sponsored by students in the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

The Retail & Luxury Goods Association student group will collect the clothing in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II from 9 a.m.until noon and from 5:30 until 6 p.m. All items donated should be in good condition (no T-shirts, jeans or sweatshirts).

Anyone who donates acceptable clothing will receive an invitation to join in a Magazine Street discount shopping event on Friday (March 13) from 3 until 6 p.m. Donors will receive discounts at Ropa, Clothesminded, Feet First, Hemline, Buffalo Exchange, Make Me Up, Style Lab for Men, Ah-ha, Twist, Shoe Nami, Frock Candy and others.

For additional information, e-mail Amina Harvey or call 347-306-3015.

Science Bowl at Tulane

On Saturday (March 14), the School of Science and Engineering will host the Department of Energy Science Bowl on the Tulane uptown campus, featuring 100 students from 15 Louisiana high schools.

It will be the second consecutive year for Tulane to host the science bowl. Twenty-four teams will compete in classrooms in Boggs and Norman Mayer buildings, with the last round being in the Lavin-Bernick Center. Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, will give the opening remarks and moderate the final round of competition.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Campus-Community Forum

A Campus-Community Forum to discuss alcohol-related incidents and concerns in the university community will be held at 4:30 p.m. today (March 11) in Rogers Chapel, 1229 Broadway.

The forum, moderated by Rob Nelson of WWL-TV, will feature panelists including Murphy Painter, commissioner of the Alcohol Control Board; Shelley Midura, New Orleans city council representative from District A; Maj. Bruce Little, commander of the 2nd District for the New Orleans Police Department; David Melius, owner of Bruno’s Tavern; and Kristy Miller, associate director of the Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities.

The forum, which is free of charge and open to the public, is produced in cooperation with the Tulane government affairs and student affairs offices.

Learning About Japan

The Asian Studies Program at Tulane is one of the sponsors for two lectures on Japan scheduled on Friday (March 13) on the uptown campus.

The two lectures, “Transforming Technology” and “The Fascinating Facts,” will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. The guest speaker will be Carl Rosa, executive director of the Japan-American Society in Houston. A lecturer and instructor about Japan, he also is president of Sushi Club and the Asian Dining Group, both in Houston.

The event also is sponsored by the Japan Club of New Orleans, the Japan Society of New Orleans, the Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans and the Asian Pacific American Society.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looking at Slave Trade

A film that chronicles the story of the largest slave-trading family in American history will be shown on Thursday (March 12) on the Tulane uptown campus.

Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North, about the DeWolf family of Rhode Island, will be shown at 5 p.m. in room 106, Norman Mayer Hall. Dain Perry, a DeWolf descendent who is featured in the film, along with his wife, Constance, will attend the screening and conduct a discussion session. A reception will follow.

Sponsors of the event are the Department of History, the African and African Diaspora Studies program and the Amistad Research Center.

Exhibits Honor Photographer

The first of two New Orleans exhibits featuring the photography of the late Michael P. Smith, a Tulane alumnus, will open on Wednesday (March 11).

The opening reception for “In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith From The Historic New Orleans Collection” will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (March 11) at the Williams Gallery, 533 Royal St.

The collection is partnering with the Contemporary Arts Center to host the dual exhibition celebrating the life and work of Smith, who captured the heart and soul of New Orleans’ music, culture and folkways. Each venue will highlight a different aspect of works by Smith, who died last year.

“Beyond the Music,” the collection’s display, will feature more than 80 photographs of spiritual churches, second-lines, Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, and other inimitable facets of New Orleans life. The gallery is open Tuesday–Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and the opening are free of charge and open to the public.

The Contemporary Arts Center’s exhibit of Smith’s work will open April 17. “25 Jazz Fests” will display 125 photographs from the festival’s inception in 1970 until 1995. The gallery, located at 900 Camp St., is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Art Times Two

Yale University art historian Carol Armstrong and figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage will give lectures at Tulane on Monday and Tuesday (March 9 and 10).

“Nadar’s Balloon, or: Modernism Inside-Out” is the subject of Armstrong’s lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Stone Auditorium, room 210, in the Woldenberg Art Center. This event is sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department and is partially funded by the Center for Scholars of the School of Liberal Arts.

The 2009 Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture by Yuskavage is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Freeman Auditorium, also in the Woldenberg Art Center.

Yuskavage, a native of Philadelphia, recently had solo exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as well as group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

She has had more than 20 one-person exhibitions, and has been in numerous group shows throughout this country and abroad, including Paint Made Flesh at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn., currently on exhibition. Yuskavage is a recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.

A reception follows in Woodward Way after each lecture.

Homeland Security, Up Close

Tuesday (March 10) is the reservation deadline to attend a homeland security workshop at the School of Continuing Studies campus in Mississippi.

The free workshop, “Securing Our Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources,” will be held on Friday (March 13) from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus at the Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Miss.

Leading the session will be Max Fenn, protective security adviser for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection, based in Jackson, Miss.

Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call 504-862-8200 or 228-388-5769.

Forum for Caregivers

The Schwartz Center Rounds, which educates caregivers in compassionate care, will be held at Tulane on Tuesday (March 10).

The forum will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room PS-10 of the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St. in downtown New Orleans. Dr. Laurence Durante, medical director of St. Joseph Hospice, will discuss “The Relationship Between Healthcare Professionals and Patients at the End of Life.”

Continuing education units are awarded for the session, and lunch is provided. For information, e-mail Mary Kathryn Clabert or call 504-988-0844.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Talking About Media

The Tulane Media Board is hosting a panel discussion today (March 6) at 3 p.m. on the future of media, especially on college campuses.

Part of Media Week events, the panel discussion will take place in the Qatar Ballroom, room 212 of the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Panelists will include Chris Carroll from Vanderbilt University and the Center for Innovation in Media; Dwayne Fatherree of; Tom Bellar, assistant professor of English at Tulane who is the editor of Open City Magazine and contributes to and The New York Times; Brandan Odums from Two-Cent Magazine; and Nick Spitzer, Tulane professor of communication and American studies who also is producer and host of the public radio program “American Routes.”

Marlboro Musicians Perform

Musicians from Marlboro, a touring group from the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, will perform on Monday (March 9) in Dixon Hall on the uptown campus.

The concert is part of the series sponsored by New Orleans Friends of Music. It will be held at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. by John Joyce, Tulane associate professor of music.

Performing the concert will be Soovin Kim, violin; Lily Francis, violin; Maurycy Banaszcek, viola; Rebecca Albers, viola; Earl Lee, cello; and Marina Piccinini, flute. Tulane students are admitted free of charge with a university I.D. Tickets are available on-line at, or by calling 504-895-0690.

The next concert in the series is on April 1, when the Ysaÿe String Quartet will perform.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Conference Honors

Ashley Langford and Brett Benzio, two members of the Tulane women’s basketball team, have received honors from Conference USA.

Langford, a senior point guard, was named Third Team All-Conference USA, while first-year center Brett Benzio was chosen for the All-Freshmen Team.

Tulane’s career leader in assists, Langford is the second player in C-USA history to reach 700 career assists. The Harrisburg, Pa., native took only 69 games to break Tulane’s all-time assist record and has 706 through 119 career games. She also ranks fifth all-time at Tulane in steals with 224, and is Tulane’s second-leading career free throw shooter.

Benzio, from Palm City, Fla., ranks second among rookies in the NCAA at 9.3 rebounds per game. Her 279 rebounds this season are fifth highest in Tulane single-season history.

Tulane opens the C-USA Women’s Basketball Championship at Fogelman Arena today (March 5) at 5:30 p.m. against the University of Tulsa. The winner advances to Friday’s (March 6) quarterfinals against third-seeded University of Southern Mississippi.

Hive Time

Tulane students and employees will receive special ticket prices for “Tulane Night at the Hive” on Wednesday, March 18, when the New Orleans Hornets play the Minnesota Timberwolves in pro basketball.

The game is at 7 p.m. in the New Orleans Arena. Faculty and staff members as well as students who purchase a $20 or $30 ticket online for the game will receive a free Hornets cap with a Tulane logo.

Tulane Night festivities include a Buzz Fest pre-game party outside the arena from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Looking at Lincoln

Tulane professor Lawrence N. Powell will be a guest speaker tonight (March 4) at an event celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

The event,“New Orleans Emancipated,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection. The collection is presenting two lectures by scholars, examining Lincoln and New Orleans in the mid-19th century.

Powell, a history professor, will discuss “Abraham Lincoln and New Orleans: How the Crescent City Nudged Lincoln Toward Emancipation and Beyond.” Powell’s areas of interest include the Civil War and Reconstruction, Southern history and Louisiana history and politics. He is the author of several books, including Reconstructing Louisiana: Volume VI: Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History.

The second speaker is Tulane alumna Christina Vella, who will discuss “Goodbye to Good Times: ‘Beast’ Butler and the Occupation of New Orleans.” Vella, who received a doctorate in history from Tulane in 1990, has been a professor of history for more than 20 years.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling 504-523-4662 or e-mailing the collection.

Connecting to Creativity

“Imagination and Creativity in Science” will be the topic of a lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday (March 5) in Robert C. Cudd Hall.

Guest speaker will be S. Michal Jazwinski, who holds the John W. Deming, M.D., Chair in Aging and is director of the Tulane Center for Aging. He also is a professor of medicine and biochemistry in the Tulane University School of Medicine. His lecture will explore some of the similarities and differences between creativity in the sciences and in the arts.

The second lecture will take place on April 2, featuring Barbara Jazwinski, the Virginia Beer Professor of Music, speaking on “The Faces and Features of Creativity in the Arts.”

Filmmaker to Speak

Filmmaker Paul Stekler will introduce his latest PBS documentary, The Choice 2008, at a screening tonight (March 4) on the uptown campus.

The public and Tulane community are invited to attend the screening at 7 p.m. in room 106, Norman Mayer. Stekler is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include Louisiana Boys, George Wallace, Last Man Standing and Vote for Me. The Choice 2008 looks closely at the 2008 presidential election, profiling Barack Obama and John McCain.

Stekler, who taught in the Tulane political science department, is the George Christian Centennial Professor in Communication at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. The event is sponsored by the political science department and its honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Public Service and Research

A guest speaker from Indiana will lead a workshop on linking public-service engagement to faculty research on Wednesday (March 4) in the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Guest speaker will be Bob Bringle, professor and director of the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. The workshop is entitled, “Incorporating Community-Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning Into Your Research Agenda.”

It will take place from noon until 2 p.m. in room 203, the Stibbs Conference Room. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by e-mailing Monique Labat or calling 504-862-3356. The event is hosted by the Tulane Center for Public Service.

Celebrating Art Awards

The Newcomb Art Department will hold a Student Art Awards Celebration on Thursday (March 5) in conjunction with the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

The Stern Prize Paper in art history will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Stone Auditorium of the art building in the Woldenberg Art Center, followed by the presentation of art department awards at 6:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition opens in the Carroll Gallery, along with a reception in room 204.

The juror for the undergraduate student exhibition is Claire Tancons, who has been associate curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

March 2, 2009

Don’t Weight to Lose

A free health and fitness initiative designed by students at the Tulane University School of Medicine called Don’t Weight to Lose begins a new session on Tuesday (March 3) at 6:30 p.m.

The program is open to all members of the Tulane community including students, faculty, staff and patients. Meetings are held at the medical school building at 1555 Poydras St. in downtown New Orleans.

The spring session will last nine weeks and offers free exercise instruction, nutritional advice, individual counseling, wellness lectures and group discussion. Participants also receive a program manual and workout DVD.

Anyone interested in signing up should register by calling 225-910-6123 or by e-mailing

Performance Art on Stage

An original work for dancers and actors by visiting theater artist Gary Gordon and choreographer Acty Tang will be performed Tuesday through Sunday (March 3–8) at Lupin Theater in the Dixon Annex on the Tulane uptown campus.

Performances of the production, entitled “to watch and be watched,” will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $7.50 to $12 and are available by calling 504-865-5106.

Gordon and Tang collaborated to develop the work during their residencies at the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance. Gordon is artistic director of the First Physical Theatre Co., an associated non-profit performing arts company of Rhodes University in South Africa, and Tang also is associated with the company.

Joining Gordon and Tang’s creative team are Tulane faculty members Diana Cupsa as scenic designer and Marty Sachs as sound designer. Graduate student Valerie Johnson is the costume designer, Liz Waldman is lighting designer and Ricola Willie is props designer.

The cast includes Lina Belkin, Rachel Clark, Helen C. Jaksch, Max Jay-Dixon, Sean Knapp, Richard Mayer, Michael Quintana and Sarah Zeutschel. For additional information, e-mail Elsa Dimitriadis, program coordinator for the department.

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