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Friday, August 28, 2009

Board Ratifies Medical Center Agreement

The Board of Tulane on Thursday (Aug. 27) unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that details how a proposed teaching hospital in New Orleans will be governed.

In a teleconference, board chair Jay Lapeyre and Tulane President Scott Cowen outlined the MOU that was negotiated by La. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s senior staff and was accepted earlier on Thursday by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased for New Orleans and for Louisiana that we have reached agreement on an MOU that ensures the new University Medical Center will be governed with the appropriate controls and safeguards, including independent oversight, which will guarantee it is properly managed and fulfills the needs of the community,” Cowen said. “Achieving this goal was Tulane’s primary focus.”

Additionally, the MOU provides assurances for Tulane that its Graduate Medical Education program will continue to be an integral part of the new University Medical Center, just as it was in the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans (Charity Hospital) for 175 years.

The governor and his staff played a pivotal role in bringing this issue to closure, Cowen said.

“It is now time to fund, build and operate a world-class University Medical Center that will be a source of pride and accomplishment while also increasing the number of healthcare providers for our community and state,” Cowen said.

Focus on Heart Research

Investigators from the world’s leading long-term population studies related to heart disease are meeting at Tulane today (Aug. 28) to discuss research on obesity.

The two-day meeting, which concludes today at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, includes researchers from population studies of youth directed towards understanding the early origin and history of adult heart disease—atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, hypertension and adult-onset diabetes.

A key focus of discussion is ongoing research related to the worldwide epidemic of obesity. Attending are investigators representing the Bogalusa Heart Study by Tulane, Finnish Youth Study, Australian (Childhood Determinants of Adult Health) Study, Muscatine (Iowa) Study and others. In addition, geneticists from Scripps Clinic, San Diego, are participating.

They will discuss the findings and implications of their programs and consider collaboration on future studies and potential funding.

“These population studies include observations on young people being followed over 35 years from childhood into middle age,” says meeting organizer and Tulane cardiologist Dr. Gerald Berenson, principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study. “Collaboration among these research groups will help provide understanding of the origin, determinants and natural history of adult cardiovascular diseases, and set the stage for preventive cardiology.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mortar Board Honored

The Sophie Newcomb Alpha Sigma Sigma chapter of Mortar Board at Tulane University was among outstanding chapters honored for excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference.

The chapter was one of 32 to receive the Golden Touch Award at the conference, held July 24–26. The award goes to outstanding chapters that are superb, timely and go above and beyond the minimum standards throughout the academic year.

Additionally, the chapter was one of 28 groups to receive a Project Excellence Award in recognition of the chapter’s Newcomb Leadership Conference for Girls. The daylong conference brings New Orleans middle school-aged girls together to learn leadership skills. Chapter president Anne Herold was present to accept the awards.

Alpha Sigma Sigma also was a finalist for the highest honor, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award.

Top Docs

In its August issue, New Orleans Magazine lists the area’s top doctors and of the five featured physicians, three have ties to Tulane University.

Pictured on the cover of the magazine is Dr. Willliam Patrick Coleman III, a dermatologist who is a 1974 graduate of the Tulane School of Medicine. Also highlighted with stories and photos are Dr. Benjamin R. Lee, professor of urology at Tulane, and Dr. Gabriella Pridjian, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

In the issue, the magazine includes 564 listings of doctors in 66 specialties as picked by peers. The physicians listed were chosen using the services of Best Doctors Inc. of Boston. As part of its national survey, the company interviewed more than 30,000 doctors earlier this year.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Student Hopes for MTV Award

First-year Tulane student Charlie Clausner of Springfield, Ill., is looking for online votes for the music video he and his friends created that is an MTV semifinalist.

The entry for a nationwide contest sponsored by MTV, Pepsi and Rock Band, featuring Clausner on drums, was selected as a top-five semifinalist from a field of 522 entries.

The grand-prize-winning band members, determined by votes online, will receive a trip to New York for the MTV Video Music Awards show and an MTV VMA Moonman statue. Clausner’s band is called Nerds in Disguise, and the video features the group performing Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.”

The voting ends on Sept. 1.

New EMBA Fellowship Program

The A. B. Freeman School of Business has announced a new executive MBA fellowship program for non-profit, minority and women-owned businesses.

The fellowships, which will cover 50 percent of the program’s tuition, will be available to students in the New Orleans and Houston EMBA programs beginning in January 2010.

“We think this fellowship program is a great way for the Freeman School to further our commitment to the local business community and support the critical work being done by non-profit, minority-owned and women-owned businesses throughout the region,” says Russ Robins, associate dean for executive education.

Applications for the executive MBA fellowship program will be accepted through September 2009 for the next EMBA class, which begins in January 2010. Interested applicants can visit or e-mail for more information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Five to Enter Hall of Fame

Four former Green Wave student-athletes and a longtime New Orleans sports journalist will be inducted into the Tulane University Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

The 2009 hall of fame class will feature three Tulane All-America student athletes from the early 2000s — Michael Aubrey, Solomon Kandie and Seth Marler — along with Mashandra Hall, who starred in both women’s basketball and track and field from 1989–1994.

Tulane also will honor the late George Sweeney with the Billy Slatten Award. Sweeney covered Tulane for the Times-Picayune and its predecessor newspapers for nearly half a century. Sweeney, who died in 1997, wrote the definitive book on Tulane football, The Green Wave.

They will be inducted into the hall of fame on Oct. 9 during homecoming weekend festivities.

Aubrey was a three-year first baseman and pitcher for the Tulane baseball team who plays in the major leagues. Kandie concluded his career at Tulane as one of the school’s most decorated student-athletes in men’s distance-running events. A standout kicker for Tulane football, Marler played three seasons in the National Football League.

Hall holds the Tulane record in the long jump and was a defensive standout in basketball. After graduating, she served as a Green Wave assistant coach in track and field.

Crescent City Innovation

New Orleans is building a new reputation as a haven for entrepreneurs, according to a newsletter from the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program.

The program’s August newsletter includes a video, “Big Ideas in the Big Easy.” In the video, Fleur de Lis Ambassador Tim Williamson, president of the Idea Village, talks about the city’s growing community of vibrant thinkers. Idea Village provides strategy, resources and talent to launch entrepreneurs, using New Orleans as a hub for innovation.

The newsletter also includes the latest headlines about New Orleans, from the plan to revive the Six Flags New Orleans site, to good news about the 92 percent office occupancy in the Central Business District.

A public-private partnership, the Fleur de Lis Ambassadors are a group of New Orleans citizens from various backgrounds who help spread news about the city’s success, post-Katrina.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Improvements in Progress

Construction projects involving McAlister Drive and Dinwiddie Hall are under way, bringing changes to the uptown campus as undergraduate students begin fall classes today (Aug. 24).

Fences went up as the spring semester ended to cordon off McAlister Drive from Freret Street to Drill Road for construction of a landscaped pedestrian mall to be called McAlister Place.

Improvements to the drainage system are under way and demolition of the roadway has begun, said Yvette Jones, chief operating officer and senior vice president for external affairs. Construction is expected to last throughout the fall semester, with the project to be completed in January 2010.

All normal on-campus parking rules and restrictions resumed on Aug. 17. Jones said as of today, the second floor of the Diboll Parking Garage, including the ramp leading to it, will be designated as “reserved parking for permitted faculty, staff and commuter students only” from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Rosen Parking Lot at Claiborne Avenue and Ben Weiner Drive is available for permitted faculty, staff and commuter student parking, and for visitors to the uptown campus with purchase of a guest pass from the Tulane Police Department in the Diboll Center. Shuttle service is available from the Rosen Lot from 7:15 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. New schedules have been posted for all shuttles.

Major renovations are under way on Dinwiddie Hall and should be completed during the summer of 2010. Disruptions to the flow of traffic on the front campus have been limited and will be announced as they arise.

Jones advised the uptown campus community that resurfacing is under way on St. Charles Avenue that may affect parking on that thoroughfare.

New Semester, New Websites

The School of Science and Engineering and the School of Liberal Arts both have unveiled new websites.

The new science and engineering site, which debuted on Friday (Aug. 21), was redesigned to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the school’s combined programs and serve as a platform to recruit new undergraduate and graduate students and professors.

Mudbug Media of New Orleans “reinvigorated the website with an exciting, non-traditional design and modern feel that is in step with the new school’s progressive mission,” according to the firm’s own website.

Offering improved navigation for users, the science and engineering site has links to numerous articles about research, faculty members and student activities as well as a calendar of the school’s coming events and information on academics, faculty, research, alumni and outreach. 

The School of Liberal Arts also debuted a new website design on Friday in advance of the fall semester. Its new look, developed by Simon Dorfman, the school's web manager and multimedia development specialist, offers an easy-to-use listing of departments and programs on its front page along with news and events related to the school.

Its front page also features a "Judith Maxwell blog," encouraging readers to "follow Judith Maxwell, professor of anthropology and linguistics, as she teaches and researches sacred Mayan spaces in Guatamala."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Faculty and Staff Make News

Tulane faculty and staff members in business, sciences, medicine and administration are receiving honors, authoring articles and taking on new roles.

Tom Gerace, director of information technology and adjunct professor at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, co-authored an article in the latest issue of Communications of the ACM. The article, “The critical elements of the patch management process,” discusses the steps involved in implementing a system to apply patches to fix software vulnerabilities.

Torbjörn Törnqvist, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been appointed deputy director for research at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research. He will provide leadership for environmental research across Tulane’s campuses and will play a key role in furthering the center’s research programs including its long-term estuary assessment group and urban ecosystems initiative.

John P. Perdew was named one of 360 outstanding referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals. Perdew, a physics professor, was chosen by journal editors from 42,000 anonymous peer reviewers to be honored with the “outstanding referee” designation.

Dr. J. Ollie Edmunds is the new president of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and chair of its board of directors. He is professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery and chief of hand and upper extremity surgery at the Tulane School of Medicine. He has been a Tulane faculty member for 33 years.

Two members of the Institutional Review Board staff published the article “Oversight of Clinical Trials: The Role of OHRP, FDA and the IRB” in Research Compliance Professionals Handbook. The authors are Roxanne Johnson, director of the Human Research Protection Program, and Mark James, director of the IRB.

Dr. Donald Krogstad, Henderson Professor of tropical medicine, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship toward his work developing anti-malarial drugs. The scholarship at the University of Bamako in Mali from the International Council for the Exchange of Scholars will help support Krogstad’s time in Mali as he conducts studies of AQ-13, an anti-malarial drug he has worked to develop.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tulane Ranks Among Best 

Tulane University moved up to a No. 50 ranking by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's latest list of the top "national universities," which was released today (Aug. 20). 

Tulane also was selected No. 42 in the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” category and No. 41 in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. In addition, the Tulane service-learning program is featured in the “Programs to Look For” category.

In the group of national universities are 262 American institutions, 164 public and 98 private, that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees. The magazine gathers data annually on up to 15 indicators of academic quality from each school, including graduation and retention, faculty resources, a peer assessment score, student/faculty ratio, percent of full-time faculty, acceptance rate, financial resources and alumni giving.  

In the newest survey, Tulane is tied with the University of Miami at No. 50 among national universities, moving up one notch from its ranking of 51 the previous year.  

Tops in Walking  

Tulane staff member David Jaynes exceeded all expectations during the universitywide 10K-a-Day walking program, recording more than three million steps.  

In the program, which encouraged faculty and staff to maintain a more active lifestyle by increasing their daily steps, participants aimed for a goal of a million steps. Jaynes, a library technician at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, reached 3,047,022 steps.  

The program was led by Tulane's TUWellness committee and ended with more than 130 faculty and staff members having walked at least one million steps each. Five of those individuals were randomly selected to receive $100 gift cards for their achievement.  

Gift cards went to Sue Hutto of microbiology-immunology, Jean Mouton from the A. B. Freeman School of Business, David Rice of biomedical engineering, Marian Hebert-Bruno of the Newcomb College Institute and Diann Schoeffler from psychiatry. For information about upcoming wellness events, e-mail Erica Taylor.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 

Romance Rendezvous  

Tulane alumnus and author Deborah Martin Gonzales will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey, La., between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 22).  

She is celebrating the success of her 28th historical romance novel, Wed Him Before You Bed Him, written under the pseudonym Sabrina Jeffries.  

In its first week of release, the novel hit No. 8 on the New York Times bestseller list, No. 25 on the USA Today list and No. 6 on the Publisher's Weekly list.  

Gonzales holds a master's degree and a doctoral degree in English from Tulane.  

The author has signed a new contract with her publisher, Simon and Schuster, for three books, to be part of a five-book series, The Hellions of Halstead Hall, about "a marquess, his four siblings and one very determined grandmother." She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.  

Connecting in New Orleans  

Tulane alumni are invited to participate in 504connect, which aims to match young professionals with experienced leaders who serve as connectors, resources or mentors.  

A silver lining to Hurricane Katrina has been the influx of college-educated, mission-driven individuals who are making New Orleans home. The 504connect effort, part of 504ward, seeks support from the local community. By instilling strong ties across generational lines, the New Orleans area has a greater chance for long-term success, says Tulane alumna Carol Asher.  

"These 'brain gainers' are lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, urban planners, non-profit professionals and investment consultants. They are most interested in alternative sources of energy, improving the quality of politics and education and making our city a safe place to live and build a business," Asher says.  

Asher is looking for Tulane alumni who will take a young professional to lunch or coffee and offer support in navigating the New Orleans networks. For more information, contact her at 504-957-2574.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009  

Volleyball Standouts  

Just days into preseason practice, a pair of Tulane volleyball standouts has already picked up honors. Conference USA named Visnja Djurdjevic and Jenn Miller to its 2009 Preseason Volleyball Team.  

Djurdjevic, a sophomore outside hitter from Zitiste, Serbia, and Miller, a senior libero from San Pedro, Calif., are two of 12 student-athletes from around the league to earn preseason All C-USA honors as voted by conference head coaches.  

"I think it is an obvious choice for the coaches in our conference to pick the two of them," first-year Tulane volleyball coach Sinisa Momic said. "They've done a lot for us over the last three years – finishing third, second and then winning the championship last year. This just goes along with what we think they can do this year, which is be the best players on our team and be the best players at their positions overall in the conference."  

Season tickets for the 2009 Tulane volleyball season are on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at a cost of $55 for adults and $35 for youths. In addition, all Tulane faculty and staff may purchase tickets for half price. Tickets are available at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, over the phone at 504-861-9283 or online.  

SciFi Exhibit Is Online  

An online exhibit of selections from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection is now available for public viewing.

The sampling is offered in recognition of Special Collections staff member Kenneth Owen's organizing of the collection.  

The library's Special Collections division currently has classified 6,300 works of science fiction and fantasy to provide the public easier access. Certain collectors in this literary field believe that Tulane's holdings rank within the top 10 university collections in the nation.  

An index of the collection, arranged by the author/editor, title and publishing date, can be found in the Special Collections reading room, located on the second floor of Jones Hall on the uptown campus.

Monday, August 17, 2009  

Social Recruiting Startup, a website targeting college students and recent grads, was founded by 2008 Tulane business graduate Jeff Berger, one of CityBusiness' 2009 Innovator of the Year honorees. A luncheon on Sept. 25 will recognize those who continue to keep the New Orleans area a center for creativity.  

Berger says is a website linking new talent and companies that brings the relationship-oriented process of social networking to job recruiting.  

Berger's promotional video was shot outside the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane uptown campus.

"KODA is more professional than Facebook but more personal than LinkedIn, letting both sides of the hiring equation get to know each other," Berger says. "Using a job board is like searching for a needle in a haystack. KODA gives you more needles, less haystack, and we've developed proprietary technology that facilitates a smoother recruitment process for both candidates and employers." 

Within the past two months, KODA has established relationships with more than 350 corporations, nonprofit organizations and private businesses.  The site focuses on the entry-to-mid-level job market. While headquartered in San Francisco, KODA has an outpost in New Orleans to contribute to the post-Katrina economic rebirth of the city.  

Community Champions for Children  

The New Orleans Children's Health Project is holding a gala luncheon to honor "Community Champions for Children" on Saturday (Aug. 22) at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown New Orleans.  

Honorees for their tireless and heartfelt efforts to help children in the New Orleans community will be Dr. Samir El-Dahr, the Jane B. Aron Professor and chair of pediatrics in the Tulane School of Medicine; Dr. Corey Hebert, a practicing physician, health reporter on television and radio talk-show host; Kesia Walker, the New Orleans relationship manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Doris Hicks, principal/CEO of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology; and Dr. Patricia Blackwell, a licensed psychologist and a graduate fellow of Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.  

The New Orleans Children's Health Project is a mobile pediatric and mental health program that addresses the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of children in underserved communities in the greater New Orleans area.  

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 per person and a reservation is necessary by e-mail to Laura Kreller or by phone at 504-210-6598.  

Friday, August 14, 2009

Innovators of the Year  

New Orleans CityBusiness has named four Tulane faculty projects to its Innovators of the Year list, which recognizes individuals and companies that keep the New Orleans area a center for creativity.  

Among the honorees are:

Also on the list of honorees is, a website developed by Tulane students that allows citizens to pitch new public policy ideas at a local level. was a finalist in the 2009 Tulane Entrepreneurs Association Business Plan Competition. 

In its eighth year, Innovator of the Year will recognize 50 individuals, companies and organizations that succeed by operating in new and exciting ways or creating unique products at a luncheon on Sept. 25 at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, where the top three innovators will be announced.  

For seat reservations, contact Tom Misener, events coordinator, at 800-387-7450.  

CityBusiness will run a special Innovator of the Year insert spotlighting all honorees in the Sept. 28 edition.

Thursday, August 13, 2009  

Mission Honduras  

The Tulane Catholic Center has announced the dates for its annual Mission Honduras, a student-run service trip to the city of San Pedro Sula and surrounding villages. About 30 students along with the Rev. John Lydon will work with the Misioneros de la Esperanza.  

Mission Honduras is scheduled for Dec. 30 through Jan. 8, during which participants plan to build a new health clinic for six small villages.  

To staff the clinic, the group has arranged with the Catholic parish in San Pedro Sula to provide a doctor at least once per week. At other times, two nurses and two volunteer health promoters will staff the clinic.  

"Should we succeed in raising all of the necessary funds by the middle of November as planned, construction of the clinic will commence at the beginning of January. We will help while we are there, then they will finish the clinic after we leave," says Tim Rinaldi, student leader. "We will raise the money to pay the nurses' salaries so that the health care will be free for everyone."  

Hometown Parties  

The Tulane Alumni Association and Student Alumni Ambassadors hosted the final Hometown Party Welcome Reception for incoming students and their parents on Wednesday (Aug. 12) in St. Louis.  

The two groups hosted a total of 12 hometown parties in different cities across the country this summer to allow new students and their parents the opportunity to meet others coming to Tulane from their hometown areas. Current students and staff members were on hand to answer questions, including members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, a group that seeks to develop links between alumni and current students.  

In addition to St. Louis, hometown parties were held at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse restaurants in Chicago; Long Island, N.Y.; Westchester, N.Y.; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Boston, and at the Glass Houses in New York.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Coach Assists Swimming

The Tulane University women’s swimming and diving team welcomes a new addition to the staff for the fall semester. Nine-time collegiate All-American Jacqueline Fessel has been named assistant coach and will lead the team into its first season since being put on hold following Hurricane Katrina.

Fessel spent her collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, participating in the NCAA Championships all four seasons. In addition, she won the 2007 Spring National Championship in the 100-meter backstroke final and trained for the 2008 Olympics.

Fessel joins an all-new Green Wave team that currently has 13 student-athletes on the roster.

Sinai Scholars

The Chabad Jewish Student Center at Tulane is accepting applications for membership in the Sinai Scholars Society that will offer a course examining the Ten Commandments from a fresh perspective.

Twenty applicants are selected each semester to participate in the course, which consists of eight 2.5-hour sessions, an introductory meeting, a field trip, a Shabbat experience and a graduation ceremony.

For participants at Tulane, the fall course will be offered on Wednesday nights from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. A brief orientation will be held on Sept. 16 and the course officially begins on Sept. 23.

The Sinai Scholars Society also provides additional Jewish study opportunities. Next week, 90 society members, including four from Tulane, will participate in the National Jewish Learning Retreat in Greenwich, Conn.

The Sinai Scholars Society provides funding to operate a course on Judaism each semester at more than 50 campuses nationwide.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009  

Community Partnerships  

The Tulane Center for Public Service and the Innovative Learning Center have joined forces to create the Center for Public Service Information System, an online forum that brings public service agencies and university faculty and students together.  

Recently launched, the website supports academically based public service, social and business processes among community agencies, faculty members, students and staff.    

"This system has been a tremendous asset to our constituents as it has made things accessible and easy to process such as community partner profiles (for faculty/students to research potential partners); faculty service learning course submissions; student internship application system and a transportation request module," says Vincent Ilustre, executive director of the Center for Public Service.  

Friends in Aspen  

New Orleans leaders in housing, education and health will assemble for a Friends of New Orleans event in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday (Aug. 12). Among those leaders is Dr. Benjamin Sachs, senior vice president of Tulane University and dean of the Tulane School of Medicine.  

Also on a panel of speakers will be Dr. Jim Doty, an alumnus of the Tulane School of Medicine who serves on the Board of Governors of the Tulane Health Sciences Center and is a member of the dean's advisory council for the medical school. Doty is a neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  

This special event will help highlight the complex issues that the Greater New Orleans region still faces on the road to recovery, in addition to celebrating the progress that local New Orleans leaders and residents have accomplished. Walter Isaacson, president/CEO of the Aspen Institute and founder of Friends of New Orleans, will moderate the panel.  

"Housing, Education and Health in New Orleans Today" will take place at the Aspen Institute from 5 until 6:30 p.m. and it is open to the public with a reservation.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Seminar on Internet Security

“Analysis of Internet Security Threats” will be the theme of a free professional development seminar on Thursday (Aug. 13) presented by the Tulane School of Continuing Studies.

The session will be held from 10–11:30 a.m. at the School of Continuing Studies Elmwood campus, 800 E. Commerce Road, Suite 100, in Harahan, La. To reserve a seat, send an e-mail message to Paul Forbes.

Led by John McCumber, strategic programs manager in the public sector group of Symantec Corp., the seminar is designed for public and private sector CEOs, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, managers and others with a professional interest in cyber security.

McCumber teaches information security at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is technical editor and a monthly columnist for Security Technology and Design magazine. He is the author of Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology from Auerbach Publications.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Students Plan Benefit Party

Master’s students in the School of Social Work are hosting an “International Social Work Fundraising Funk Extravaganzaaa!” benefit party at the Blue Nile music club in New Orleans on Monday (Aug. 10) at 7 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Tulane School of Social Work International Student Program trips to Belize, India, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

A $10 entry fee to the club, located at 532 Frenchman St., includes food and music by New Orleans band Dr. Gonzeaux.

Teams Honored for Academics

The Tulane men’s basketball and men’s track and field teams received Sport Academic Awards from Conference USA.

The two squads boasted the top team grade-point average in their sport in the conference.

The men’s track and field program earned a 3.254 average GPA, with 13 of 17 student-athletes earning a mark of 3.0 or higher. The men’s basketball team topped C-USA with a 2.745 team GPA. Five of Tulane’s 13 student-athletes posted GPAs of more than 2.9 for the year.

The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the current academic year.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ready for Some Football?

Sixteen Green Wave starting players from last season will return for the football team, which starts fall practice today (Aug. 6) at the Westfeldt Practice Facility on the Tulane uptown campus.

Joining the team at fall camp are 25 first-year student-athletes who were required to report to campus on Tuesday (Aug. 4), along with 65 returning squad members. Tulane opens its season on Sept. 4 at the Louisiana Superdome in a nationally televised game against the University of Tulsa on ESPN.

Sophomore Joe Kemp will lead off as starting quarterback, now healed from a broken collarbone he suffered last year. Senior running back Andre Anderson also returns, now recovered from last year’s season-ending shoulder injury. At the time of his injury in the seventh game last year, he ranked first among Conference USA in running backs and had rushed for 100 or more yards in four games, including two contests with 200-plus yards.

Game tickets are available from the athletics ticket office on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center or by calling 504-861-9283.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009  

Discounts for Students, Employees  

If you're a Tulane employee or student, the School of Medicine is offering discounts on glasses and contact lenses through the Tulane Optical Shop. Employees also qualify for discounts on cosmetic services through the Division of Plastic Surgery.  

At the optical shop, located on the fourth floor of Tulane Medical Center, 1415 Tulane Ave., employees, students, spouses and their children living at home are eligible for 20 percent off eyeglasses (frames and lenses) and 10 percent off on either contact lenses or non-prescription sunglasses. For more information, contact the Tulane Optical Shop at 504-988-5620.  

The Division of Plastic Surgery offers Tulane employees a 30 percent discount on all cosmetic services, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lifts, facelifts, eyelid surgery, browlifts, nose and ear plastic surgery, abdominal cosmetic surgery, liposuction and surgery for body contouring after weight loss.  

The discount also is applicable on skin care consultations, prescription-strength skin care products, skin fillers and Botox treatments. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Caroline Barber, Tulane Aesthetic Center patient concierge, at 504-988-4167.  

Disney Train at Audubon Park  

Walt Disney Pictures is sending its Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour to New Orleans on Friday through Sunday (Aug. 7–9) at Audubon Park.  

New Orleans is the only Gulf Coast-area stop for the free event. The train will be parked at the Riverview at 6500 Magazine St. in Audubon Park, an area also known as "the Fly," from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

The event is a promotion for the Robert Zemeckis film, Disney's A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, which opens on Nov. 6. The train has custom-designed vintage rail cars with attractions, demonstrations and activities. Among the highlights are artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London, artwork, costumes and props from the film, demonstrations of performance-capture technology, and a chance to morph your face into one of the film's characters.  

Disney also is erecting a digital 3D theater at the location to provide a sneak peek of the movie.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Faculty Have New Appointments

Several faculty members have new positions at the Tulane downtown health sciences campus.

The new director of the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy is Bruce Bunnell, who also is a professor of pharmacology and chair of the Division of Gene Therapy at the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

At the School of Medicine, Dr. Byron Crawford is the new assistant dean for academic affairs, in addition to serving as chair of the second-year medical school curriculum advisory committee. He is an associate professor with the Department of Pathology.

Prescott Deininger has been named director of the Tulane Cancer Center as well as the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Regents Distinguished Chair in Molecular Cancer Pharmacology. He also is a professor of epidemiology and an adjunct professor of biochemistry, pathology and human genetics. Deininger is co-director of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.

Dr. Tong Wu is the new chair of the Department of Pathology and Marguerite Main Zimmerman Chair in Basic Cancer Research. Most recently he was with the pathology department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Gallery Events Ahead

The Newcomb Art Gallery has a full schedule of exhibitions planned for the coming academic year, from letterpress prints to works by Cuban and American Indian artists.

The gallery, located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the uptown campus, has an exhibition schedule posted on its Web site as well as a link to its summer newsletter with complete details on the upcoming shows.

“American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print” will be on display from Aug. 12–Oct. 11, followed by “Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America,” an exhibit of works on American Indian life scheduled for Oct. 21–Dec. 23.

Fifty works from 27 Cuban artists will be featured in “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” on Jan. 16–March 4, 2010. On March 31–June 27, 2010, the gallery will feature “Joan Mitchell: Works on Paper,” by Mitchell, an abstract expressionist.

For additional information, call 504-865-5328.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Accolades for Faculty, Staff

Tulane faculty and staff members are receiving awards, publishing new research, serving as guest speakers, participating as research mentors and taking on new roles as the fall semester is ready to begin.

Anne-Gwin Duval, risk manager, is one of six recipients of an annual-conference scholarship from the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. The scholarship provides financial support to recipients to attend the group’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., in September.

Valerie Paz Soldan, a research assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was a member of a multidisciplinary team of authors who have published a study about the control of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. The work was published in the July 21 issue of the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Soldan is in the Department of International Health and Development.

Dr. Gregory Stewart and Dr. Felix “Buddy” Savoie III of the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine were among featured speakers on July 21 at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Coaching Clinic in Baton Rouge, La. They gave lectures on sports injury prevention for football and softball.

L. Gabriel Navar, professor and chair of physiology at the Tulane School of Medicine, served as a research mentor to a New Orleans-area science teacher during the summer as part of an American Physiological Society professional development fellowship program. Navar worked with teacher Charlene Byrd of John Q. Adams Middle School in Metairie, La. She was one of 20 teachers in 15 states chosen for the program.

Kallie Noble has joined the Green Wave athletics staff as an assistant to head volleyball coach Sinisa Momic. She formerly was an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

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