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Domer Heads Downtown Graduate Programs

March 1, 1997

Judith Zwolak

A new temporary position brings the 11 graduate programs in the medical center under the direction of the chancellor's office. In December, Chancellor John C. LaRosa named Judith Domer, professor of microbiology and immunology, as the acting vice chancellor for graduate studies. Domer had previously served as associate dean of the Graduate School before the Tulane 2000 planning process downsized the school in early 1996.

That plan also integrated the roles and responsibilities of the Graduate School dean into the provost's position. Domer says her new position is temporary and she will act as vice chancellor until Martha Gilliland takes over as Tulane's provost in June. (See Inside Tulane, February 1997). "Since Gilliland will also have responsibility for the Graduate School, it is unclear at this time how the medical center programs will be administered after her arrival," Domer says. The graduate programs that fall under the medical center's purview contain a total of 218 students, Domer says.

They include programs in the five basic science departments (anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, physiology), three interdisciplinary programs (human genetics, neurosciences, and molecular and cellular biology) and three doctoral programs in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (parasitology, epidemiology and biostatistics). Other ad hoc interdisciplinary doctoral programs, such as those in international health and development, are also under her supervision, Domer says.

In her new position, Domer's oversight activities include managing graduate student stipends, overseeing a course on the responsible conduct of research and encouraging curriculum review and revision. The medical center is also considering establishing a first-year core curriculum for all graduate students entering the biomedical sciences program. "I'm also involved with the maintenance of high standards in the graduate programs on this campus and the recruitment of top-notch, high-quality students," Domer says.

Domer received her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Tulane in 1966. She has researched the agents that cause human fungal diseases, has served on national research review committees and has held leadership roles in the American Society for Microbiology and the Medical Mycological Society. She will continue her research and teaching activities while serving as acting vice chancellor.

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