Monday, December 21, 2009
Thanks to Whitney National Bank's annual "Happy Feet" campaign, pediatric patients at Tulane Medical Center received colorful new socks on Friday (Dec. 18), as bank employees distributed more than 7,000 pairs to children fighting serious illnesses in area hospitals.
Patients ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds received the new socks.
The annual sock giveaway began in 2007 when Mandeville, La., bank officers Michelle Senat and Lori Pausina teamed up with Whitney customer Suzy Potter, Blood Center community development manager, to secure new socks for children undergoing treatment for cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Senat said employees of the bank's 16 branches on the Northshore took the project to heart as a way to help out communities they serve.
Louisiana ranks first in happiness in a survey of 1.3 million people across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The survey, which uses data collected over four years that asked people how satisfied they are with their lives, compared self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living.
Two researchers — economists Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. — compared the happiness ranking with studies that rated states on various items such as local taxes, commuting time and availability of public land. The report was published in the journal Science.
The top five states in the ranking were Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. New York state came in last.
Oswald noted that part of the happiness survey took place before Hurricane Katrina and part took place later, but he doesn't think that is a concern in the rankings.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The holiday spirit is alive and well at Tulane. The “Crafty Ladies” group of the Tulane University Women’s Association knitted and crocheted 25 scarves, hats and baby blankets for donation to a battered women’s shelter.
This year they donated their handmade items, crafted by the group during the year, to Crescent House.
April Brayfield, associate professor of sociology, helped start Crafty Ladies several years ago along with Gracibel Rickerfor of the Newcomb College Institute and Marjorie Weiner, wife of Dr. Roy Weiner, School of Medicine professor.
“With the resurgence of the popularity of a variety of crafts, including knitting and crochet, we thought that there might be some other women who might enjoy coming together once a month to work on craft projects and learn from one another,” Brayfield said. “We also decided that we wanted to do a community service project.”
She welcomes volunteers to join their effort and knit items for next December’s donation.
Tulane volleyball senior Jenn Miller was named a recipient of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award. The San Pedro, Calif., native was honored for her achievement on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
The award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. It is presented three times throughout the season, with the fall honorees representing C-USA football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
Off the court, Miller was a 2008 Conference USA All-Academic Team selection, making the Tulane Dean’s List and Conference USA Commissioner’s honor roll each season with a 3.69 GPA in business management.
Among her work in the community, Miller was part of a team that rebuilt the Johnson Elementary School library after Hurricane Katrina, and she has served as a mentor for Girls First, which promotes athletics and academics for girls in the New Orleans community. She also has mentored youth as part of Tulane’s Shadow a Student Athlete Day.
Miller’s role as a libero has led to a sizeable donation from Tulane athletics for the Dig for the Cure program, in which she joined her volleyball teammates in raising donations for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fight breast cancer for each dig recorded in a selected match each season.
As a senior captain, she helped Tulane return to the NCAA tournament in 2009 as an at-large participant, the Green Wave's second-straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
LeMieux Galleries of New Orleans is presenting "Signs of the City," a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tulane alumna Shirley Rabé Masinter through Dec. 26 at 332 Julia St.
Masinter continues her tradition of applying a vivid hyper-realist aesthetic to New Orleans inner-city scenes. In this body of work she focuses on the literal "signs" of New Orleans, ranging from contemporary neon lighting and decaying electric signs to "folk" lettering advertising groceries, bars or beauty parlors.
The artist was raised in New Orleans, receiving two degrees from Tulane — a BFA from Newcomb College and a master's degree in art history. Her work is represented in numerous private, public and museum collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Huntsville Museum of Art.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has created the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq and is seeking proposals from U.S. universities interested in hosting Iraqi scholars in 2010.
Proposals from institutions are due by Jan. 18, 2010. The bureau will make its final selection and notify institutions by February 8, 2010. More information is available from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tulane School of Medicine will hold a memorial service on Thursday (Dec. 17) for Krishna C. Agrawal, Regents Professor and chair of the pharmacology department, at 5 p.m. in the School of Medicine Auditorium at 1430 Tulane Ave.
The longtime Tulane faculty member died in a storm-related accident on Saturday (Dec. 12) in Algiers, La. A native of Calcutta, India, he came to Tulane in 1981 and had been chair of pharmacology since 1999. His research projects included anti-HIV drugs and the development of drugs to battle prostate and breast cancers.
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Dr. Krishna C. Agrawal Educational Fund at the Tulane School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, 1430 Tulane Ave., SL-83, New Orleans, LA 70112.
At the next four home basketball games that are ahead for the Tulane men's and women's teams, fans will receive $1 off a ticket purchase by bringing a nonperishable food item to the game for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The men's team returns to Fogelman Arena tonight (Dec. 16) to play in-state foe McNeese State University at 7 p.m. The Green Wave, 3-5 on the season, has not played since a 62-48 loss at Western Kentucky University on Dec. 6. The men's team will continue its home stand with a 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 19) game against Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sunday (Dec. 20) is the next home game for the 5-2 Tulane women's team, when the Green Wave will play Stephen F. Austin State University at 2 p.m. On Tuesday (Dec. 22), Tulane will play McNeese State at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The New Orleans Children's Health Project received a $25,000 grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation 2009 Community IMPACT Fund. The grant will provide free mental health services for underserved children and their families.
Under the direction of Tulane pediatrician Dr. Alina Olteanu, the New Orleans Children's Health Project has two mobile medical units that offer primary care services for children and teens and mental health services to children and their families.
Olteanu is chief of community pediatrics and global health in the Tulane Department of Pediatrics.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced on Thursday (Dec. 10) a total of $1 million in grants in the Community IMPACT Program in six categories: arts and culture; children and youth; civic engagement and nonprofit support; education, health, and human; and social services.
A national mental health award for Dr. Daniel K. Winstead, chair of the Department of Psychiatry/Neurology at the Tulane School of Medicine, leads the recent news items for Tulane faculty members.
Winstead has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health by the American College of Physicians. The Robert G. Heath Professor, he will receive the award in April 2010 at an international meeting in Canada. At the session, he also will give a lecture related to his work.
Empire Jews: Jewish Nationalism and Acculturation in 19th and Early 20th Century Russia, the latest book by Brian Horowitz, Sizeler Family Chair Professor, has been published by Slavica Publishers.
Jane Parker, clinical associate professor in the Tulane School of Social Work, traveled to Baltimore on Nov. 17 to talk about a subject New Orleanians know well — resilience. The Johns Hopkins University Hospital Department of Medical and Surgical Social Work hosted a grand rounds event entitled "Building Professional Resiliency." Parker said professional resiliency is an important, yet often overlooked part of medicine. "Hopkins' commitment to incorporating social work into its patients' healing is a model for hospitals," she said. "Professional resiliency is equally as critical because social workers, physicians and other providers pay a huge role in their patients' mental and physical healing."
Cynthia Cherrey, vice president for student affairs and clinical professor of business administration, is on sabbatical leave through June 30, 2010. During her absence, Michael Hogg, associate provost for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president. He also is associate dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.
While on leave, Cherry will be traveling and speaking on behalf of the International Leadership Association, a global network of leadership scholars and practitioners. She also will complete a book on leadership in complex adaptive systems.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Tulane School of Social Work held its annual December commencement on Friday (Dec. 11) at Dixon Hall with 70 graduates earning their master of social work degree.
The ceremony marks the school’s largest class due to its 16-month curriculum that encompasses the summer semester. Thirteen students earned a certificate in disaster mental health while another 11 received a certificate in international social work. Two graduates also earned certificates in gerontology along with two PhD candidates.
“This year’s graduation marks our largest since Hurricane Katrina,” social work dean Ronald Marks says. “Our December graduation is especially meaningful because it is just the School of Social Work. It celebrates these students’ achievements in a very intimate setting with family and friends.”
Harry Shearer — actor, author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist, record label owner and outspoken advocate for New Orleans — served as commencement speaker.
The Latin American Library is sponsoring an exhibit on “The Western Book in Spanish America” through Dec. 22 in its gallery space on the fourth floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
The exhibit features some key episodes in the story of the book and the printed word in Spanish America, as illustrated through the collections of the Latin American Library, says Hortensia Calvo, the library’s Doris Stone Director.
It includes early examples of printed books from the 16th and 17th centuries from Mexico and Guatemala, as well as 18th-century periodicals. In addition, the exhibit features materials from the 1930s–1950s, representing the “Golden Age” of publishing in the region, spurred by the Spanish Civil War and World War II.
The exhibit is made possible by the Zemurray Foundation through the Doris Stone Endowment to the library.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Djurdjevic, the Co-Player of the Year in Conference USA this season, was named to the coaches’ First Team after receiving honorable mention honors last season. Lindelow, a senior setter, earned her first AVCA honor with a spot on the First Team.
Lindelow, a native of Mandeville, La., rounded out her Tulane career with a total of 3,236 assists, fourth in Tulane history. Her 10.93 assists per set this season rank 33rd in the NCAA this season, and third in Conference USA. She earned Second Team C-USA honors after posting double-figures in assists in all 28 matches, a streak which stretches back to 2008 for 51 straight matches.
Djurdjevic, a First Team All-Conference USA selection, finished second in C-USA and 23rd in the NCAA in kills per set with 4.33. She also led the conference in points per set (4.91) and service aces (.40 per set). A native of Zitiste, Serbia, the sophomore was the only league player to rank in the Top 20 in the conference in kills, aces, points and digs.
The Green Wave finished 18-10 in 2009 under first-year head coach Sinisa Momic, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. The Green Wave fell in the first round.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded a grant of $26,835 to Tulane University.
These grants provide institutions with resources to make more research possible and treat more children in clinical trials. St. Baldrick’s raised more than $12 million for childhood cancer research grants in 2009.
At Tulane, one of 12 institutions to receive funding this fall, the grant will help provide a clinical research coordinator for the pediatric oncology program at the Tulane health sciences campus.
“Because of the generosity of groups like the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we are able to continue to offer the most up-to-date cancer treatment protocols to children throughout southern Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Dr. Charles D. Scher, who holds the Marcelle Shaeffer Vergara Chair and is professor of clinical pediatrics as well as section chief of pediatric hematology-oncology for the Tulane School of Medicine. “This is a tremendous help to children with cancer and their families.”
In 2009, six St. Baldrick’s events were held throughout Louisiana, including one at Tulane in which medical students raised money by having their heads shaved.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A four-person team from Tulane won first place in the YMCA Corporate Cup Run on Sunday (Dec. 6) in Audubon Park, taking the top prize in the division for organizations for 2,000-plus employees.
Members of the Tulane Green Wave team were Drew Baldwin, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Heart and Vascular Institute; Tom Luongo, associate professor in the history department and director of the honors program; Elizabeth Luongo, an academic coordinator in the A. B. Freeman School of Business; and Chris Herrington, a medical resident at Tulane.
Sunday’s event marked with 29th year of the Corporate Cup Run.
More kudos are coming in for the Tulane School of Architecture’s high-profile URBANbuild program, including recognition in another national magazine and an international award for the television series that featured the program.
Architecture students have designed and constructed four New Orleans homes through URBANbuild while using innovative and sustainable design strategies. Their work is profiled in the November issue of The Atlantic magazine in a feature entitled, “Houses of the Future.”
In addition, a documentary series on URBANbuild called “Architecture School” that aired on the Sundance Channel last year has won an International Documentary Association award for Best Limited Series.
TIME magazine picked the docu-reality series featuring Tulane architecture students to its Top Ten TV series list for 2008.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A Studio in the Woods will present "Films in the Forest" with artist-in-residence David Sullivan today (Dec. 9) at 6:30 p.m.
The studio is a Tulane University program located in the forest at 13401 Patterson Rd. on New Orleans' West Bank. Sullivan will present a screening of abstract animations inspired by the effects of air and water pollution prevalent in the chemical corridor.
The films will be projected on screens installed in the woods, using the ambient sounds of the forest to provide the soundtrack. In addition, members of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will be on hand to talk about their work advocating for communities affected by industrial development.
Sullivan is an artist-in-residence with "Changing Landscapes," six-week residencies at the studio that focus on Southern Louisiana as a microcosm of the global environment. He and three other artists have been selected to participate in this year's program, funded in part by the Ford Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Rudolph Matas Library on the health sciences campus will offer a "Brief Tour of the New PubMed" at its mezzanine computer lab today (Dec. 9) and again on Dec. 15.
The library tour will feature demonstrations of new online databases as well as web-based citation managers, EndNote Web and RefWorks. The tour begins at 11 a.m., followed by demonstrations of library databases at 11:30 a.m. and citation management tools at 12:15 p.m.
For additional information, e-mail Philip Walker, reference and instruction librarian, or call 504-988-2410.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Tulane Cancer Center is asking for donations to its Patient Relief Fund as an alternative to gift exchange during the holiday season.
The Tulane Cancer Center Patient Relief Fund was established in 1998 to help patients with special needs meet unexpected expenses associated with their care at Tulane. Gifts can be made in a person's honor, and that person will receive an acknowledgement card.
The Patient Relief Fund is often the only source available to the center's patient navigator and social worker to solve an urgent problem for our patients. Over the years, this fund has provided help with everything from transportation, meals and short-term housing to rental assistance for those facing eviction.
The center's staff will send out gift cards in the donor's name to a list of recipients for gifts of $5 or more per recipient. Send donations to: Tulane Cancer Center, attention K. Green, 1430 Tulane Ave., SL-68, New Orleans, LA 70112. For more information, contact Green at 504-988-6064. A donation form also is available online.
Ronna S. Harris, associate professor in the Newcomb Art Department, is in Florence, Italy, to participate in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea in the historical setting of Fortezza da Basso.
Two of Harris' oil paintings will be on display until Dec. 13 in the prestigious international exhibit. They are "A mind leaks, too" and "Rushing Thoughts."
Harris' work is in the American realist tradition.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for students who are veterans and who are still awaiting their education benefit claims to be processed.
Eligible veterans can receive up to a $3,000 advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. Any student who has applied for one of the VA's educational programs and has not yet received the monthly benefit payment for the fall 2009 semester can request a one-time advance payment at the local VA regional office or through VA's website.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The university's 26 fraternities and sororities will sponsor programs to bring in new members beginning in January. Students who have earned at least 12 credit hours and a GPA of 2.0 are eligible to join these organizations.
The Interfraternity Council will host recruitment for its fraternities January 18–22. The fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Delta Xi Nu multicultural sorority will conduct their individual membership intake processes at various times in the spring semester. The sororities of the Panhellenic Council will participate in recruitment January 16–17 and 23–24.
To find detailed information about each fraternity and sorority, the benefits of Greek life, registration for recruitment and dates of intake events, go to the Greek life website or call the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs at 504-865-6377.
Tulane senior running back Andre Anderson was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is the first Tulane football student-athlete to receive Academic All-America first team honors since David Hebert in 1971.
Anderson is the lone football student-athlete from Conference USA to receive first team honors.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Anderson is an All-Conference USA candidate and has already received ESPN The Magazine All-District VI first team honors.
He has been nominated for both the Wuerffel Trophy, which is based on athletics, academics and community service, and the All-Conference USA Academic team.
Anderson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and has maintained a 3.506 grade point average. He is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter and is a three-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to the Tulane 3.0 Club and was named to the 2008 C-USA Football All-Academic team and received the 2008 C-USA Sportsmanship Award.
On the field, he is a two-time Doak Walker Award candidate and leads the team in rushing and touchdowns. He is third in receptions and receiving yards.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tom Klingler, associate professor and chair of the Tulane Department of French and Italian, will participate in a booksigning for the Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities (University Press of Mississippi, 2009) on Friday (Dec. 4) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans.
Klingler served as an assistant editor of the new dictionary with Albert Valdman as senior editor and Keving J. Rottet as associate editor.
The Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities constitutes the capstone of a long-term collaborative project involving researchers from Tulane University, Indiana University, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana–Lafayette and the University of Alabama.
The entries in the dictionary have been constructed according to the standards of modern lexicography, based on materials gathered both from written sources published since 1930 and through extensive fieldwork among living speakers of Louisiana French.
The dictionary is a source of information about traditional cultural practices such as fishing, farming, cooking and music, to name just a few, of the Cajun, Creole and Native American communities for whom Louisiana French once served as the primary means of expression, Klingler says.
For more information, call 504-568-0770.
The Reily Student Recreation Center begins its annual holiday promotion on Monday (Dec. 7). Through Jan. 10, faculty and staff members are invited to get a jump start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with a free pass.
Matt Malkin, assistant director of marketing and member services, says the free offer also is a great way to release holiday stress. In addition to the use of the entire facility, special classes will be offered to fit into busy holiday schedules.
"This special offer will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to experience all that the Reily Center has to offer, from the weight room, racquetball courts and indoor track, to the drop-in group exercise classes, basketball courts and more," Malkin says. "We also will be extending member rates to many existing programs, such as Pilates, yoga and personal training."
A free trial Pilates class will be offered on Monday (Dec. 7) at 5:30 p.m. and a free spinning demo will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m.
The Holiday Fitness Challenge to earn points toward prizes for faculty and staff members also begins today.
To take part in this offer, faculty and staff members must show a valid Tulane, Lusher or Tulane Medical Center ID card at the front desk of the Reily center on the uptown campus.
For more information and to view a complete schedule of classes, visit the Reily Center website and click on the "Holiday Promotion" link under Quick Links on the right side, or contact Malkin at 504-865-6749.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Oliver Houck, professor of law, will sign his book Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases That Changed the World at a publication party today (Dec. 3) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Berkett Multipurpose Room of John Giffen Weinmann Hall at the Tulane Law School on the uptown campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The celebration will include remarks by Houck.
Taking Back Eden (Island Press, 2009) tells the stories of ordinary people in eight countries who went to court to defend their environment and in the process established legal protections for threatened environments and new notions of justice and democracy as well.
"Chairs: 125 Years of Design" is the current exhibit at the Southeastern Architectural Archive. Co-curated by Keli E. Rylance and Kevin Williams, "Chairs" illustrates the profound aesthetic, cultural, societal and technological changes that have impacted modern chair design.
Highlights of the exhibit include seating furniture by A.W.N. Pugin, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, James Lamantia and the New Orleans firm, Curtis & Davis. The Southeastern Architectural Archive of Tulane University Library's Special Collections Division is in Room 300 of Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St. Hours are Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. Admission is free.
"Chairs" will be on display through Nov. 10, 2010. For more information, contact Rylance, head of the Southeastern Architectural Archive, at 504-247-1806.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
New Orleans will be in the spotlight on Thursday (Dec. 3) when Tulane President Scott Cowen leads the Fleur de Lis Ambassadors in a presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Cowen and New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow will present “Five Things You Should Know About New Orleans” at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club, talking about “some of the wonderful progress our city has made,” Cowen said.
Cowen and Fielkow co-founded the ambassador program as a means of offering a balanced view of the city’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. “There is no question that challenges remain, but at the same time, New Orleans has achieved success in several areas that could serve as a model for the rest of the country,” Cowen said.
Vernice Armour, the first African American female combat fighter pilot, will be a guest speaker on the uptown campus at 5:30 p.m. today (Dec. 2) for the FBI Career Day Explosion. Tickets are required to the free event.
Hosted by the FBI and the Tulane Career Center, the event will be held in McAlister Auditorium.
Complimentary tickets may be picked up at the Tulane Career Center today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets also are available online.
FBI recruiters will be on-site to answer questions regarding a career with the agency. For more information, e-mail Tammy Simmons or call 504-247-1737.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Jupiter String Quartet will perform for New Orleans Friends of Music at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 2) in Dixon Hall on the Tulane uptown campus.
The young ensemble, founded in 2001, currently is distinguished as the Quartet in Residence for the Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. For the Tulane concert, the group will play two classics of the string quartet repertoire by Haydn and Beethoven and a work by contemporary Argentinian star Osvaldo Golijov.
Members of the quartet are violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, joined by violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s sister) and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband).
John Joyce, associate professor in the Tulane music department, will present a free lecture at Dixon Hall at 7 p.m. prior to the concert. Tickets are available online, by calling 504-895-0690, or at the door the evening of the concert. Tulane students attend Friends of Music concerts free of charge by showing a Tulane ID card.
Students from Tulane and Loyola universities presented papers at an undergraduate philosophy conference held recently at the two campuses.
“Reflections on Practical Philosophy” was the theme of the conference, held on Nov. 21 and 22. About 120 people attended the meeting and heard Alfonso Lingis, emeritus professor from Penn State University, give the keynote address on “Violence and Splendor.”
Ten undergraduates from Tulane and Loyola made presentations after their papers were chosen by a committee of Tulane and Loyola faculty and students, said Richard Velkley, the Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy at Tulane.
Sponsors of the conference were the Loyola and Tulane philosophy departments, the Loyola Honors Program, the Loyola Student Government Association and the Biever Lecture Series.
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