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Spotlight Shines on Faculty Stars

December 15, 2006

The New Wave staff

From fellowships and awards to presentations and appointments, Tulane faculty members earned recognition this fall for their scholarly work, community endeavors and campus accomplishments. Here is a roundup of faculty news.


A national award for contributions to cardiovascular science goes to Gerald Berenson, research professor of epidemiology and principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

GERALD BERENSON, research professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, received the 2006 Population Research Prize for outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science from the American Heart Association at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago. He is director of the Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health and principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study.

ELIZABETH FUSSELL, assistant professor of sociology, presented "Latino Immigrants in Post-Katrina New Orleans" to the Regional Seminar on Labor Rights in New Orleans on October 19-22, 2006. The seminar was sponsored by Catholic Charities, the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Mexico and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Hurricane Katrina brought unprecedented change in the population of New Orleans, but perhaps one of the least well-documented changes is the arrival of Latino migrants, Fussell said.

RONALD LEE NICHOLS, emeritus William Henderson Professor of Surgery and professor of microbiology and immunology, spoke on "Update: Infections in Surgical Patient and Beyond" for the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

VIJAYA GOPU, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed associate director for external programs by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center. Gopu will transition into the new position by June 30, 2007, and afterward will remain on the Tulane faculty as research professor and distinguished scholar in the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities.

ELIAS BARREIRO, professor of practice in the music department and head of the guitar program at Tulane since 1967, received the ALIHOT (A Legend in His Own Time) Award for music at the recent Words and Music Festival presented by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. Barreiro has edited and arranged scores for more than 40 books on guitar music and has numerous recordings to his credit. The New Orleans International Music Colloquium awarded him its lifetime achievement award in music in 2000.

Tulane biochemist ARTHUR J. LUSTIG, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will receive the award on Feb. 17, 2007, at the Fellows Forum during the 2007 AAAS annual meeting in San Francisco. Lustig also was recently named to the National Institutes of Health Nuclear Dynamics and Transport study section for four years, where he will be part of the scientific peer-review process for new research on cells and cell processes. Lustig is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Tulane University and a program member in the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.

has been reappointed as dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work by Paul Barron, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Marks assumed the deanship in 2001.

MARK JAMES, professor and vice chair of tropical medicine, is among 18 professors nominated for the 2006 Award for Teaching Excellence granted by the Association of Schools of Public Health and Pfizer's Public Health Group. James also has earned a number of teaching excellence awards at Tulane.

District III of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education will honor Tulane President SCOTT COWEN with its 2007 Chief Executive Leadership Award at the CASE III banquet on Feb. 6, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. The annual award is given to the leader of a member institution in District III, which covers nine Southern states, for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. Cowen was cited for his work to reopen Tulane University after Hurricane Katrina.

DANIEL P. ALDRICH, assistant professor in political science, has received the prestigious Abe Fellowship to conduct research on the factors that impact post-disaster recovery in Japan, India and the United States. The Abe Fellowship was launched in 1991 as a main component of Japan's Center for Global Partnership. Aldrich is on leave from Tulane during the 2006-07 academic year, serving as an advanced research fellow in Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.

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