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Attracting the most innovative thinkers to Tulane—world-class faculty and graduate and undergraduate students—and combining our intellectual muscle with an entrepreneurial mindset will position the university to help solve some of society’s most complex challenges. Research here isn’t just the province of graduate students or faculty: Undergraduate research is an important part of the Tulane experience, and grants are available to help students cover the cost of research materials, travel and other expenses.

Once these talented individuals are on campus, they are well-positioned to make the breakthroughs in research that today are made across the boundaries of schools, colleges and institutes. Best-selling author and Tulane board member Walter Isaacson had it right when he wrote in his book The Innovators that the next advances “will come from people who are able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology and poetry to processors.”

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane also is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only 2 percent of universities nationwide.


Dr. Justin Salerian, ThermoSuit co-inventor Robert Schock and Dr. Aimee Aysenne are leading a phase II clinical trial of ThermoSuit, which uses mild hypothermia to treat stroke patients. Not pictured is Dr. Robert Freedman, also a co-inventor of ThermoSui
Quick cooling ThermoSuit may prevent brain damage in stroke patients

With ThermoSuit, Tulane researchers are looking at therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment for stroke. Dr. Justin Salerian, the new director of the Tulane Comprehensive Stroke Center, leads the suit’s clinical trials.

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A report from researchers Dean Boyer, left, and Mark Davis, right, of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy may help Louisiana officials figure out how to fund coastal restoration efforts.
Who will pay to save Louisiana’s coast?

Two Tulane University researchers produced a report that shows Louisiana’s funding options to pay for coastal restoration. They recently presented their findings to the state’s Advisory Committee on Coastal Protection.

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Patrick Button is co-author of a study that sent out 40,000 fictitious resumes that contained indicators of the applicant’s gender and age such as name, high school graduation year or years of experience.
Professor lends age discrimination expertise to US commission

Patrick Button, an assistant professor of economics in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, shared his research findings on sex-plus-age discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C.

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Isle de Jean Charles has has lost 98 percent of its land since 1955.
Tulane professor to work with Isle de Jean Charles tribe in collaborative project

A Tulane University research professor is teaming up on a $200,000 grant to help the Isle de Jean Charles community of Native Americans build resilience in the face of climate change and other social and environmental challenges.

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Creating these connections is one of Tulane’s greatest strengths. It’s not an overstatement to say we are creating a new model for interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education that will bring our research to new heights in several critical areas, including the culture of the Gulf South, energy and the environment, water management and climate change, healthy communities, trauma and resilience.
Some of this exciting research will take place on Tulane’s newest facility, the ByWater Institute. Located on the Mississippi River where a modern infrastructure will advance timely research in many of the areas mentioned above, plus coastal restoration and management, and sustainable communities. The campus will also help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for green jobs and technologies.
Research at Tulane is where unlimited opportunity awaits to make the world a better place.