Tulane University’s Center for Public Service Announces Grants

January 14, 2009

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Nick Spitzer, producer of the nationally heard public radio program American Routes, is one of five Tulane University faculty members recently awarded a $4,000 Community-Based Research grant from Tulane’s Center for Public Service. Spitzer, a professor of communication and American studies at Tulane, will use his grant to lead Tulane students in restoring and expanding the efforts of folklorists and oral historians to record and preserve local culture.

Other Tulane faculty members receiving Community-Based Research grants include:

•    Janet Ruscher, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, who will use her grant to direct PhD student Alyssa Boasso and a team of undergraduate students in tracking post-Katrina mental health in New Orleans.

•    Sadredin Moosavi, professor of practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, who will use his grant to assess beach erosion on Grand Isle with residents, students and Grand Isle State Park officials.

•     So’Nia Gilkey, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, who will use her grant to lead students in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of transitional housing services for the homeless in New Orleans.

•    Laura Kelley, adjunct professor in the Department of History, who will use her grant to lead students in exploring how, why and when the American Indian tribes of Lower Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes merged together following French colonization.

The Tulane Center for Public Service, which administered these grants, is the portal through which community organizations communicate with Tulane and through which the university's resources flow into the community.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000