From the President:  Tulane Pride

April 1, 1999

President Scott Cowen

Tulane pride I am constantly pleased by the accomplishments of the faculty, staff and students of this university. I read or hear about them every day, and they always bring a smile to my face. It is impossible for me to mention every one of them in this issue of Inside Tulane, but I would like to give you just a sampling of the ones I have heard over the last few months.

Spring is the season when we begin to learn about the honors achieved by our students, and this year is no different. Just in recent weeks we have learned that Tulane students were among the nation's winners of a number of prestigious scholarships. Senior Joey Harris was the first Tulane student to be named a Luce Scholar in nearly a decade.

Melissa Kronenthal continued the university's success in winning a Watson scholarship this year, and Bobbi Jo Shannon and Robert Leitner received Fulbrights. We had six Goldwater scholars in the sciences. They are Monesh Kapadia, Jamin Krinsky, Greg Wilde, Alan Cheshire, Michael Joyce and Rachel Moss.

Also this year, Tulane launched several new centers, including the Center for Infectious Diseases, the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, the Tulane-Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and the Environmental Diseases Prevention Research Center. All of these centers hold the promise to significantly further the reputation and stature of the university.

There were at least two noteworthy curricular additions to the undergraduate program that hold the promise of making Tulane's undergraduate experience truly distinctive. First, we began an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to freshman composition, with 34 faculty members developing courses that offered first-year students unique ways in which to explore special topics while meeting their writing requirements.

And the "Lagniappe First-Year Experience" program for incoming freshmen got off to a strong start, offering students the opportunity to participate in innovative programs and coursework that will help them learn about and join the New Orleans community. The physical campus continues to evolve. Construction continued on the new Israel Environmental Sciences Building and the renovation of Robert C. Cudd Hall, while renovations were completed on Alcee Fortier Hall and Stanley Thomas Hall.

We anticipate the completion of the Willow Residence this summer. Downtown, medical center administrative offices and the childcare center moved into 127 Elk Place, and the Bertie M. and John W. Deming Pavilion opened in the summer for medical-student housing. The School of Public Health is in the process of moving into the Tidewater Building. You already know about the success of our football team this past season, but we also won Conference USA championships in women's basketball and in women's track and field.

Faculty research continues to garner national attention. For example, the Center for Research on Women's joint study with the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, D.C., is leading to discussions that will improve the quality of life for women in Louisiana. Paul Whelton, dean of Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, led a groundbreaking NIH-sponsored study on lifestyle changes among elderly hypertensive patients.

And chemical engineering's Peter Pintauro developed a new process to manufacture partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that reduce the amount of trans-fatty acids, a finding currently being studied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for possible use in commercial food production.

Please keep in mind that the above is a mere sampling of the terrific things happening around campus. If you know of others that may not have surfaced or gotten the attention they deserve, please tell me so I can make sure they are known. I am proud of all that our faculty, staff and students accomplish, and want to make sure others know about these accomplishments as well.

--Scott S. Cowen

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