The School of Science and Engineering Poster session featured nearly 100 posters by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Graduate student finalists who presented their work to a judging panel included Krista Jankowski from Earth and Environmental Sciences, Taufique Hassan from Physics, Felicia Huynh from Cell and Molecular Biology, Franz Hoffmann from Math, Oliver Miller from Neuroscience, and Sara Lipshutz from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
At Tulane's 2014 Health Sciences Research Days, The Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research and Presentation by a Graduate Student was awarded to Mohammad Azimi from Biomedical Engineering for his work entitled A novel ex vivo tissue culture assay for determining the effects of anti-tumor drugs on angiogenesis. The Award for Research in Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine went to graduate student Annie Bowles from Cell and Molecular Biology for her work entitled Therapeutic administration of stromal vascular fraction in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis mouse, a model of multiple schlerosis. Finally, the Award for Research in Aging went to Aging Studies student Sandeepa Sur for her work entitled Neural correlates of attentional control in a Simon task with Psychology professor Ed Golob.
Abstracts from HSRD can be found here.
Jessica Henkel, a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, won first place in the Graduate Oral Presentation category at the 2014 State of the Coast conference. Her talk was entitled "Potential impacts of sea-level rise on the migration ecology of shorebirds on the Northern Gulf of Mexico."
Biomedical engineering doctoral student Parastoo Khoshakhlagh and her colleagues in the medical school were one of two Tulane teams to win the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge.
Kate Elfer, a second year doctoral student in Professor Quincy Brown’s lab, was awarded a $2000 scholarship by the Louisiana Engineering Society at their meeting in Lafayette.
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Sehinde Owoseni, a graduate student working with Prof. Vijay John, presented a talk entitled, "Using concepts of salt bridging to rapidly synthesize hollow silica microspheres in a surfactant-aided aerosol process", and was awarded 1st place for his presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 as part of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division Graduate Award Symposia.
Three doctoral students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology secured competitive extramural fellowships to support their work.
Nathan Cooper was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution to investigate how food availability and conspecific density interact to influence the territorial behavior, body condition, and migratory performance of the American Redstart during the non-breeding season in Jamaica. He is working with Dr. Peter Marra in the Migratory Bird Center.
Jessica Henkel secured an EPA-Star fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency. She is examining the effects of global change on the migration ecology of shorebirds on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The work will demonstrate the multiple ways in which global change can affect ecosystems and population, particularly threatened coastal habitats and bird species. Jessica is currently working with Dr. Caz Taylor.
Sara Lipshutz secured a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She is exploring how sexual selection drives speciation in a hybrid zone of sex-role-reversed, polyandrous birds. Sara currently is working with Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry.
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Recipients of graduate degrees from the School of Science and Engineering [August 2012, December 2012, and May 2013] comprised 56 Doctors of Philosophy and 101 Masters of Science degrees.
The School of Science and Engineering Poster session featured 88 posters by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. A first prize for the best graduate student poster was awarded to Daniel Bayless from Psychology for his work entitled Mechanism by which neonatal testosterone exposure mediates sex differences in impulsivity in prepubertal rats.
The Poster Session also awarded several honorable mentions for graduate student posters: Elizabeth Chamberlain from Earth and Environmental Sciences, Zejing Xu from Chemistry, Felicia Huynh from Cell and Molecular Biology, Will Glindmeyer from Biomedical Engineering, and Rubo Zheng from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
At Tulane's 2013 Health Sciences Research Days, The Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research and Presentation by a Graduate Student was awarded to Theresa Phamduy from Biomedical Engineering for her work entitled Effect of pattern configuration and spacing on migratory potential of breast cancer cells in co-culture with fibroblasts
The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) established an award in the honor of George Wilbur Flach. Mr. Flach graduated from Tulane University in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. He went on to have a distinguished career in the electrical industry and served as a mentor to many engineers. He published the book Changes in the 1981 National Electrical Code and regularly published articles on electrical safety. Mr. Flach passed away in 2009 at the age of 88.
At their 2012 meeting in New Orleans, IAEI presented the inaugural fellowship in honor of George Flach to Jin Hu. Jin, a doctoral student in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, conducts research on superconductors under the direction of Professor Zhiqiang Mao. Jin anticipates completion of the Ph.D. degree in December 2012. He is pictured here at the IAEI banquet with Mr. Flach’s son Bryan and daughter-in-law Dawnelle.
Katie Russell, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Molly Goss, Department of Biomedical Engineering were selected as the 2012 recipients of Women's Auxiliary to the Louisiana Engineering Society fellowships. Established in 1952, the fellowship fund supports graduate students in the Tulane engineering disciplines.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships provide 3-year graduate stipends to outstanding students who submit compelling proposals prior to completion of 12 months of graduate study. Four doctoral students in the School of Science and Engineering are recent recipients of NSF fellowships:
Cooper Battle, in the Department of Chemistry, is developing bifunctional therapeutic agents that do not rely on covalent enzymatic transformations. He currently is working with Dr. Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah.
Luke Browne, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is examining how anthropogenic forces (e.g., forest fragmentation) change plant and animal communities. He currently is working with Dr. Jordan Karubian.
Kate Elfer, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is working with Dr. Quincy Brown to create a visible light imaging system that will give surgeons real-time information on tissue/organ damage when blood-flow to organs has been cut off during surgery.
Stef Simon, in the Department of Psychology, is exploring how confronting strategies may be an effective coping strategy for targets of discrimination and prejudice. She currently is working with Dr. Laurie O’Brien
The Letter from The Editor in the Summer edition of the TUlane Magazine featured the new Bioinnovation Ph.D. program in the School of Science and Engineering.
Lakhinder Kamboj, a doctoral student in Noshir Pesika’s laboratory submitted a winning proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation netting a $100,000, Round 8 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.
A new interdisciplinary graduate program in Bioinnovation will train Ph.D. students in translational research that develops innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex biomedical problems. Funded by the NSF through the IGERT mechanism, Ph.D. Fellows will conduct research in the Schools of Science & Engineering and Medicine; additional programmatic links with the Schools of Business and Law and with the FDA will further prepare trainees for careers as leaders at the interface of academia and industry.
Earth and Environmental Sciences students Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, Krista Jankowski, and Jonathan Marshak presented posters at the State of the Coast Conference
Ph. D. student, Jane Stammer, conducts research in Sediment Dynamics Lab
Among the 422 recipients of Science and Engineering degrees, 23 earned the Doctor of Philosophy and 81 earned the Master of Science degrees.
Medical student Olivia Chang and Chemical & Biomedical Engineering grad student Alex Girau develop a plastic container that uses solar energy to purify drinking water
A research team including Ph.D. student Justin Yeager of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology examines a millipede's glowing warning sign.
Jose Martin Sosa, a BME graduate student, was awarded an $800 cash prize in the Graduate Level Math/Science Technical category for a poster presentation at the 2011 The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference. Sosa, a student in Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas' lab, was first author of "The relationship between measures of RBC deformability and their ability to perfuse an artificial microvascular network."
Psychology Ph.D. student Stefanie Simon submitted graduate fellowship proposals to both the National Science Foundation and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, and was offered both of them
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