Imagination - as far as the mind can see.

There are no limits to one's imagination, no boundaries to what might be. Designated as having "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Tulane is in the top 2 percent of universities nationwide. The possibilities are endless.

Research Projects

Architecture students take on a 'shady' project

It may not be topped with a festive red and green bow, but for LOOP — the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program — it is a holiday gift like no other, thanks to Tulane City Center.
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Tulane archive takes the guesswork out of historic renovations

The planning stage for renovating the historic Saenger Theater in New Orleans, after it was damaged in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, began at the Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University.
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Pioneering peptide research may tackle antibiotic-resistant disease

William C. Wimley, professor of biochemistry at Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named the 2012-2013 Oliver Fund Scholar to develop novel treatment alternatives using peptides for the global epidemic of drug-resistant bacterial infections.
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skeletal remains in field laboratory
Peruvian dig yields secrets of Moche sacrifices

For the past 27 years, John Verano has spent time in Peru each summer, but it’s far from a leisurely, exotic vacation. It’s a yearly research expedition for the anthropology professor and his students who excavate and analyze human skeletal remains from various pre-Columbian archaeological sites.
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Lawrence Powell
Past is prologue in Accidental City

What is past is prologue. This sentiment underscores nearly every character, anecdote, fact and figure presented in a richly textured history of early New Orleans written by Tulane historian Lawrence Powell. Though focusing only on the city’s history up until 1812, The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans goes a long way toward understanding its contemporary idiosyncrasies.
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sketch by Errol Barron
Observing New Orleans

Tulane architect Errol Barron’s latest book of drawings, New Orleans Observed: Drawings and Observations of America’s Most Foreign City, guides his readers on an aesthetic ramble from neighborhood to neighborhood, highlighting the variety, antiquity and often sheer oddity of the city’s structures.
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Melissa Harris-Perry holding her book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America
‘Sister Citizen’ and the strong black woman

In her latest book, Tulane political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry explores what it means to be both a black woman and an American citizen. “I use the lived experiences of African American women as my point of departure for understanding democratic citizenship in the United States,” she says.
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John Perdew
Perdew Chosen for Top Scientific Honor

John Perdew, professor of physics in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, is a newly elected member in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
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Jeffrey Lockman and his students
Movie Technology Aids Childhood Research

Using the digital motion-capture technology that made the fabulous worlds of the films Avatar and Tron Legacy possible, Tulane psychologists are analyzing the early development of coordination skills in babies. Psychology professor Jeffrey Lockman is leading the $1.6 million, five-year study.
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Toxic Traps Prey on Mosquito’s Motherly Instincts

Tulane University researchers are using mosquitoes’ motherly instincts against them to develop a novel trap to fight the spread of dengue fever. Researchers are deploying small devices with just the right mix of chemicals to convince the disease-carrying mosquitoes they’ve found the perfect place to lay their eggs.

But once they fly into this lethal “maternity ward,” there’s no getting out alive. Full Story...

Stuck Up

She's four years old, lives in a lab in the Boggs building and is among a family of reptiles inspiring development of a new reusable dry adhesive. She's a Tokay gecko named Nikki.

"We're working to develop a synthetic dry adhesive following the same science behind what nature has evolved," says Noshir Pesika, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Full Story...

Scott Grayson
Promising Research Is CAREER-building

Scott Grayson, an assistant professor of chemistry in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, has received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award — a recognition of his contributions to student understanding of fundamental science, and of his talents as a teacher and researcher. Full Story...

The Building Block of Machines
The Building Block of Machines

While microchips found in everyday electronics have gradually decreased in size until they are now smaller than the point of a sharpened pencil, Tulane University scientists are making contributions to research that could one day produce semiconductors that are a million times smaller. In doing so, Alex Burin, an assistant professor of chemistry, and graduate assistant Gail Blaustein are delving into the electronic properties of DNA. Full Story...

Scientist Explores How Genes Guide Organ Formation

In his lab in the Merryl and Sam Israel Jr. Environmental Sciences Building, YiPing Chen leads a team of 11 researchers, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates and technicians, exploring how certain genes control the growth of organs in animals. Full Story...

Possibilities for Public Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina shuttered four sprawling public housing complexes in New Orleans, scattering residents across the country. Almost three years later, the city is still struggling for solutions.

On December 21, 2007, the New Orleans City Council voted to demolish the developments but not without violent protests from some in the community who charged the city's plan for redevelopment would discourage the return of displaced low-income residents back to New Orleans. Full Story...

Mardi Gras Collection
Mardi Gras Artifacts Inspire Designers

Academics and float designers alike find inspiration in a treasure trove of Mardi Gras memorabilia nestled on the second floor of Jones Hall on Tulane’s uptown campus.

The Carnival Collection is part of the Special Collections Division and houses printed Carnival mementoes, including many original drawings of costumes and parade float designs. Full Story...

Jazz Hall
Historic Jazz Hall Targeted for Preservation

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center and the City of Mandeville have received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop plans for the preservation of one of the nation’s oldest unaltered rural jazz halls, the Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, La. The city is matching the grant and also has provided an additional $150,000. Full Story...

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