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August

Sunrise after Hurricane Katrina, photo by Donn Young

Sunrise over a devastated New Orleans neighborhood after
Hurricane Katrina, August 2005.

Photo by Donn Young.


Disaster research experts to discuss lasting impacts of Hurricane Katrina
Leading up to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, nationally acclaimed disaster experts will gather at Tulane University for a one-day conference highlighting interdisciplinary research on the storm’s lasting impacts on the city of New Orleans as well as the lives of survivors. “KATRINA@10: Assessments of Recovery, Return, Resilience, and Enduring Vulnerabilities” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Diboll Auditorium at 1440 Canal St. in New Orleans. more>>

Suriname lab techs train at Tulane
Priscilla Friperson, Jennifer Pawirodihardjo, and Meryll Djotaroeno, all research assistants in the Department of Pharmacology at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, recently spent time in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences laboratories expanding their knowledge of biological assays. more>>

New Orleans no longer a supermarket ghost town
Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the number of grocery stores in New Orleans has recovered to pre-Katrina levels citywide and access has improved in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, according to new research from the Tulane Prevention Research Center published in the August issue of the Journal of Urban Health. more>>

Emerging Scholars wrap up third annual academy
Eight students from the Greater New Orleans area completed the third-annual Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Academy. more>>

July

SPHTM student to compete in Miss America pageant
While her fellow classmates in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine were decompressing from final exams, Meagan Fuller was preparing to compete in the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant held on June 29, 2015. more>>

Tulane University releases report on child labor in West African cocoa production
A new Tulane University study of the West African chocolate industry estimates that 2.12 million child laborers worked in cocoa production in the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. more>>

Dr. Stranova Recognized by ACHE
Dr. Thomas J. Stranova, associate dean for student services at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has achieved the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Service Award. more>>

Despite court ruling, survey finds child welfare advocates strongly oppose corporal punishment
Nearly a month after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that parents have the right to use corporal punishment to discipline their children, a new survey finds that most leading child welfare advocates think it is harmful for children and leads to more aggressive behavior. more>>

Tulane SPHTM: More Global than Ever!
On July 1, 2015, the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) adds 12 faculty who will greatly expand their global portfolio. At the same time, The Department of Tropical Medicine welcomes three faculty and expands their malaria research with the Center for Applied Malaria Research and Evaluation. And the Department of Global Health Systems and Development will become the Department of Global Health Management and Policy (GHMP). more>>

June

‘Capacity Building for Health’
The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) launched a new resource earlier this summer for New Orleans area neighborhood associations and community-based organizations. more>>

Maureen Lichtveld to Chair AJPH Editorial Board
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Chair for Environmental Health Policy and chair of the Department of Global Environmental Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been appointed chair of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health for a three-year term beginning in November of this year. more>>

Children who garden eat more greens
Schools that offer gardening and cooking classes are seeing results with students eating more fruits and vegetables than their peers, according to findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), a unit of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

May

Dr. Ted Chen retires, but collaborations will go on
As graduates said their goodbyes last week, so did Dr. Ted Chen. Or perhaps it was so long for now. more>>

2015 Tulane SPHTM Diploma Ceremony
It was a year of firsts. The first time at the beautiful Saenger Theater and the first time the undergraduate diploma ceremony was joined with the graduate ceremony. The ceremony went off without a hitch. Students were honored for their years of hard work and celebrated with friends and family. Student Speaker Nikechi Mbaebie gave a moving and inspirational speech and Progressive Existence provided high-energy entertainment giving everyone attending a taste of New Orleans style. It was a memorable day as we said goodbye to our graduates who will go on to do great things in the world of public health! more>>

2015 Tulane SPHTM Awards Presentation
Before an audience of friends, family, and faculty, talented public health graduate students (and a few faculty) were honored and recognized last week with awards and distinctions from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and individual departments. more>>

Public health doctoral recipient is fit to serve
Leading exercise classes in New Orleans City Park, running marathons and coaching a girls’ running club are just a few of the healthy habits Lori Andersen used to relieve stress during her studies at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Posse Scholar earns top service award
Graduating senior Emily Cardinas is the first Tulane University student to earn both the Posse Scholarship and the Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Award, the university’s top service award. more>>

Delta Omega Eta Chapter Honors 2015 Nominees for Induction
Thirty-three graduates of the class of 2015 have been nominated for induction to the School or Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Eta Chapter of the national Delta Omega Honorary Society. They were honored at a dinner Monday evening, May 11 at Café Reconcile in New Orleans. more>>

Tulane student named SAS Student Ambassador for innovative use of analytics
Ashley Collinsworth, a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was named a 2015 SAS Student Ambassador for her work on the use of electronic health records for health services research. more>>

MD/MPH student appointed to national board
Student Quinn Jackson has been appointed to the national board of directors for the Medical Students for Choice, a multi-national organization with chapters across the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. She fulfilled the MPH portion of her degree in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. more>>

April

In Support of Nepal
Over the weekend, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck around the area of Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu. more>>

I2PH Announces Inaugural Grant Recipients
Six interdisciplinary student teams have been selected to receive $3,000 in pilot funding in the first Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub (I2PH) Grant Program. more>>

At the center of the Ebola outbreak
Lee P. Gary Jr., an adjunct assistant professor in the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, has one of the most critical jobs in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. more>>

Faye Grimsley Named a Fellow of the AIHA
Dr. L. Faye Grimsley, associate professor in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is one of 12 new Fellows to the American Industrial Hygiene Association. more>>

Student research shows ‘four years of hard work’
Comparative drug policy. Edible insects. Eye-gaze tracking computer interfaces. The research projects by 19 seniors in the 2015 Newcomb Scholars cohort represent their diverse interests, passions and talents. more>>

2015 Delta Omega Eta Chapter Poster Contest
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Eta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health held its annual poster contest Friday, April 10.more>>

Dr. Roy Rando to Receive Inaugural ABIH Impact Award
Dr. Roy Rando, professor of global environmental health sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will receive the first Impact Award from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). more>>

March

Let’s eradicate health disparities’
Student leaders in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine hope to open a dialogue on global health disparities during their annual Thought Symposium on Thursday (March 19) and Friday (March 20). more>>

Tulane SPHTM Advances in Rank to 12th Among Graduate Schools of Public Health
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine moves up to #12 among graduate schools of public health according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. more>>

Hot button issue: economic benefits of paid leaves
Heidi Hartmann, president and founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, lectured on the health and economic benefits of sick and family paid leaves during her visit on Thursday (March 26) to the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Sexual aggression on college campuses: a public health problem
To examine concerns about sexual assault on college campuses, the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center and the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University invited Kevin Swartout, an assistant professor at Georgia State University and researcher on violence against women, to discuss the subject of sexual assault on college campuses. more>>

Donald Krogstad to be Honored with Common Good Award
Dr. Donald Krogstad, professor of tropical medicine at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees to receive one of two 2015 Common Good Awards. As a physician and researcher, he has devoted his life to finding ways to contain and fight malaria. more>>

February

Tulane joins CDC effort to eliminate malaria in Hispaniola
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is part of a newly announced U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led consortium that aims to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. more>>

I2PH International Scholars Networking Reception
The Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub, or I2PH, was created to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to global health. Last week, the I2PH brought together a number of international scholars to talk about global networking opportunities and how to approach a global health career.  more>>

January

Skip the dip! Super Bowl team cities see spike in flu deaths
Boston and Seattle football fans beware! Cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a big spike in flu deaths, according to a new Tulane University study. more>>

Tulane Alumnus Named Young Healthcare Executive of the Year
Mario Garner, a 2004 alumnus of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been tapped to receive the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. more>>

Collaborations celebrated in Kinshasa
Dean Pierre Buekens recently returned from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he laid the groundwork for a new grant while strengthening bonds with the school’s network of collaborators. more>>

Safe streets lead to more walking and biking to school
More students walk or bike to school when surroundings streets, sidewalks and crosswalks are safe and attractive, according to a Tulane University Tulane Prevention Research Center study published in the Journal of School Health this month. more>>

Can your cellphone help you lose weight?
If you’re looking to trim down now, one of the best tools may be in the palm of your hand. Cellphone support can help people lose significantly more weight, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more >>


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