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News: 2013-2014

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Spring 2014

Tulane Team Wins Top Prize at Business Model Competition April 14, 2014

Tulane Team Wins Top Prize at Business Model Competition

Tympanogen, a biomedical startup founded by Tulane University students Elaine Horn-Ranney, who will receive a PhD in biomedical engineering in May, and Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, a student in the biomedical engineering doctoral program, took home the grand prize of $25,000 at the 2014 Tulane Business Model Competition.

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Faster Transfer of Data in Store with New Science Network April 10, 2014

Faster Transfer of Data in Store with New Science Network

Capacity and speed — that’s what Tulane University researchers are poised to get. In a major boost to computing power, a new high-speed research network is now being built, uptown and downtown.

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Capstone Projects Solve Real-World Problems April 9, 2014

Capstone Projects Solve Real-World Problems

The members of Team Inventilator, seniors majoring in biomedical engineering at Tulane University, were more than happy to explain their invention — an automated airway-suctioning device for patients on ventilators.

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Tulane Engineering Forum Takes On Big Issues April 1, 2014

Important engineering topics of the day, from robotics and energy to wetlands and flood protection, will be up for discussion when more than 500 industry professionals gather in downtown New Orleans on Friday (April 4) for the 14th annual Tulane Engineering Forum.

The sessions, sponsored by the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, will be held at the Morial Convention Center in the third-floor conference rooms above Halls I and J. This one-day conference will host more than 20 presentations prepared for professional engineers, scientists and technical managers.

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Novel Tech Challenge Spring 2014

Novel Tech Challenge

Bright ideas will fuel a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Tulane University School of Science and Engineering thanks to a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Left: SSE Alumnus and Theodent founder Arman Sadeghpour organized a Business meets Biotech event recently to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among students, alumni and faculty. The Novel Tech Challenge will give students, faculty and alumni another venue to celebrate their innovative ideas.

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Jeanette “Davi” Battistella: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s Hidden Gem
Spring 2014

Jeanette “Davi” Battistella

Like the university itself, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has weathered many changes in the past thirty years, a process of transformation that Jeanette “Davi” Battistella experienced firsthand. Battistella joined Tulane in 1983 and has been an integral member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology since 1992.

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Tulane Program Offers College Credit to High School Students March 28, 2014

High school students with exceptional talent in the sciences and mathematics are invited to earn Tulane credit hours at the annual Tulane Science Scholars Program this summer at Tulane University.

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Tulane Physics Major Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship March 27, 2014

The Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 56 years of service to the United States, is the premier national award for undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The one and two-year scholarships provide up to $7,500 in tuition and other college expenses. Skylar Deckoff-Jones, a Tulane University sophomore majoring in physics, has won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, and Shreya Kashyap, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, received honorable mention.

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'Your Sensational Brain' Program Teaches Children the Power of the Brain
March 24, 2014

'Your Sensational Brain' Program Teaches Children the Power of the Brain
Elizabeth Heideman

Article By Elizabeth Heideman

Wearing blue, plastic gloves like budding brain surgeons, a group of New Orleans area children cautiously peered at the cool, grey brains they were holding before them. At first, they examined tentatively, occasionally wrinkling their noses, but the children’s squeamishness was quickly replaced with wonder as they witnessed for the first time what powered their bodies and their imaginations.

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Tulane Teams Win Breast Cancer Startup Challenge March 11, 2014

Tulane Teams Win Breast Cancer Startup Challenge

Two Tulane University teams were top winners in the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, an international business plan contest to commercialize promising innovations in breast cancer research and treatments. The interdisciplinary teams from the Tulane School of Medicine and the School of Science and Engineering each won $5,000, startup support and valuable connections to potential investors in the contest, which is sponsored by the Avon Foundation for Women, the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Advancing Innovation.

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Tulane Biologist Discovers New Rare Flowering Plant in the Grand Canyon February 18, 2014

Tulane Biologist Discovers New Rare Flowering Plant in the Grand Canyon

A research team lead by Tulane University biologist John J. Schenk has discovered a previously unknown flowering plant in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon.

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Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Visits Tulane February 6, 2014

Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Visits Tulane

Curt Gomulinski, the Executive Director of Tau Beta Pi, met with the Faculty Advisor and Officers of Tulane's chapter, Beta of Louisiana. Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.

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Tulane Team Invents New Instrument to Study Complex Molecules January 30, 2014

Tulane Team Invents New Instrument to Study Complex Molecules

Tulane University chemistry professor Igor Rubtsov and a team of graduate students can lay claim to inventing an important new scientific instrument — the world’s first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer.

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InFocus with Martin Sheen features Theodent Toothpaste on PBS January 15, 2014

Theodent toothpaste was recently featured on the PBS show InFocus with host Martin Sheen! Please watch the feature to learn more about our revolutionary new fluoride-free toothpaste that uses an extract from Chocolate, Rennou™, as a non-toxic and "safe to swallow" alternative to fluoride.

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Computer Science Makes a Comeback January 15, 2014

Computer science makes a comeback

Brenan Keller delights in playing the role of guinea pig. As one of a handful of Tulane University students who are in the School of Science and Engineering’s fledgling coordinate computer science major, he can’t think of a better, more practical way to prepare for his future.

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Fall 2013

A Publication Connecting the Tulane University Chemical Engineering
Class of 2009 December 2013

Class of 2009

Reflecting back on the times we spent conquering what is thought by many to be one of the most difficult undergraduate majors, I can say that each one of you was instrumental in making my education rich and fulfilling, and I wish to thank you for that. Our group of Chem-E’s is a unique, interesting, smart, and passionate group, so I hope all of you will enjoy reading about the accomplishments and exploits of your classmates in this publication as much as I did assembling it.

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IHMC Robotics Finishes Strong Second in Robotics Trails December 21, 2013

IHMC Robotics Finishes Strong Second in Robotics Trails

Homestead Miami Speedway—IHMC Robotics rode a strong second day in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to finish in second place overall in the second phase of the international robotics competition. The team from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola was up against 16 of the best robotics development teams in the world.

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Message from the Dean Winter 2013

Message from the Dean

As we approach the end of another calendar year, I would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and thank you for your strong support of the Tulane School of Science and Engineering this past year. Since the establishment of the School in 2006, we have reached out to all Tulane alumni who majored in a science or engineering discipline. It has been challenging establishing the identity of this new School among these more than 27,000 alumni but I believe that we have made tremendous progress.

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Number Crunchers Winter 2013

Number Crunchers

Everyone remembers their classes in high school math: the dreaded problem sets in algebra, calculus, and geometry brought home night after night, with seemingly never any end in sight. Students across the country routinely bemoan math as their least favorite subject, but what if they knew what they could use it for as they pursue their careers—not just designing buildings or bridges or analyzing the stock market, but in something as important as saving lives?

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Engineering the Future and Promoting Diversity Winter 2013

Engineering the Future and Promoting Diversity

This October, the Tulane chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted "Engineering the Future," an academic expo designed to encourage local middle and high school students of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. NSBE members presented and demonstrated experiments in several STEM fields and spoke with students and parents about the benefits of pursuing STEM disciplines.

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Helping Students Prepare for the Future Winter 2013

Helping Students Prepare for the Future

A career in the health sciences can be exciting and fulfilling, especially for students interested in the sciences. But often students have limited knowledge of the wide array of potential careers available. Ed ('78) and Jami Levy recognized the benefits of helping students gain real-world experience while giving back to the community.

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Emelina Sanchez: Catalyst for Chemistry's Success Winter 2013

Emelina Sanchez: Catalyst for Chemistrys Success

When Emelina Sanchez joined the Tulane University Department of Chemistry in 1989, she never imagined that her experience weathering natural disaster and political upheaval in her native country of Nicaragua would enable her to face similar challenges in New Orleans.

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A Ray of Hope: Once Paralyzed Photographer Draws Inspiration from Devon Walker December 18, 2013 | WWL-TV

In November 2013 the Regional Emmy Awards honored WWL-TV for a story produced on Devon Walker, an injured Tulane Football player.

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Sorority Names Faculty Member One of the Best in the Country December 17, 2013

Sorority Names Faculty Member One of the Best in the Country

Beth Wee was never a sorority person during her undergraduate years, so when the Tulane University neuroscience professor received word that she had been named one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s 10 Outstanding Faculty Members nationally for 2013, she chuckled at the irony.

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A Birth-Control Comeback: The IUD December 16, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Ben Cappiello, chief scientific officer at Bioceptive, is hoping to solve that problem. Mr. Cappiello studied biomedical engineering at Tulane University, where he learned that the complexity of the insertion process is partly responsible for the IUD's relatively low popularity.

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Disney Spirit Award goes to Devon Walker December 13, 2013

Disney Spirit Award goes to Devon Walker

Tulane University senior Devon Walker received the 2013 Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football’s most inspirational figure, on Thursday (Dec. 12) during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Scientists Pull Together on Global Problem of Coastal Subsidence December 2, 2013

Scientists Pull Together on Global Problem of Coastal Subsidence

“Sea-level rise will become our biggest enemy,” in terms of flooding in coastal areas, says Torbjörn Törnqvist, professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences at Tulane University.

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Professor Honored with Endowed Chair in Physics December 2, 2013

Professor Honored with Endowed Chair in Physics

Wayne F. Reed, founder of the Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization at Tulane University, was invested as the second holder of the Murchison-Mallory Chair in Physics at the Tulane School of Science and Engineering on Nov. 22.

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Doctoral Student Named A University Innovation Fellow November 26, 2013

Doctoral Student Named A University Innovation Fellow

Derek Dashti, a doctoral student studying bioinnovation at Tulane University, has been named a University Innovation Fellow, a prestigious national honor that will enable him to bolster entrepreneurial activity on campus.

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Tulane-led Katrina Study to Examine People, Plants – and Rats November 25, 2013

Tulane-led Katrina Study to Examine People, Plants – and Rats

More than eight years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a team of Tulane University ecologists, sociologists and geographers is joining forces with other national experts to better understand how rebuilding after a disaster can effect human and ecological well-being.

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Tulane's Devon Walker to Accept 2013 Disney Spirit Award November 22, 2013

Tulane's Devon Walker to Accept 2013 Disney Spirit Award

Tulane University senior Devon Walker will receive this year's Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure. Walker has exhibited tremendous courage and perseverance following a severe spinal cord injury last season, and has become a motivational figure for the football team, the university and the New Orleans community.

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Dean and CEO Talks Medical School Success with Students November 22, 2013

Dean and CEO Talks Medical School Success with Students

Students interested in a career in medicine learned about applying to medical school, getting through the interview process and success as a medical student from Tulane University alumnus Dr. Robert I. Grossman, CEO and dean of New York University Langone Medical Center.

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The Key to a Great Research Career November 11, 2013

The Key to a Great Research Career

How do you sum up a career that includes a landmark 40-year study into the natural history of coronary artery disease and hypertension? For Tulane University epidemiology professor Dr. Gerald Berenson, you celebrate with the key to the city, an Olympic-style gold medal and induction into the Southeastern Beefmasters Hall of Fame.

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Less of a Class, More of an Experience November 7, 2013

Less of a Class, More of an Experience

This spring marks the 40th year that Tulane University will offer the Grand Canyon Colloquium, a course that directly explores the majesty of one of America’s great landscapes.

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Banging an Important Development Milestone, Tulane Study Says November 6, 2013

Babies have a natural proclivity for banging, but what may seem like haphazard movements (and a lot of noise) are actually providing researchers at Tulane University with important data on how humans learn to use tools.

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Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance October 2013

Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance

Although the number of women in the field of engineering continues to grow, women still remain a minority in the profession. Every year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference to bring together women engineers from throughout the country.

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Government Shutdown Puts Freeze on Antarctic Research October 15, 2013

Government Shutdown Puts Freeze on Antarctic Research

As the effects of the continuing government shutdown are being felt across the country, it’s easy to think that a private university would be somewhat immune to such public-sector woes. However, impact of the shutdown is reaching members of the Tulane University research community as well.

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Inspiration Generation: Elsa Freiman Angrist, ‘66 Fall 2013

Inspiration Generation: Elsa Freiman Angrist, ‘66

Elsa Freiman Angrist (Newcomb ’66) vividly remembers her time as an undergraduate. She arrived on campus in 1962 from her home in Alexandria, La, with a desire not just to learn, but to make the very most out of her experience.

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Fiscally Fit: Assistant Dean Sandra Parker Fall 2013

Fiscally Fit: Assistant Dean Sandra Parker

As Assistant Dean for Finance and Personnel, Sandra Parker’s job is to keep the School of Science and Engineering fiscally fit. She comes to this work from an active background: a double alum, she earned both her bachelor’s (in Psychology) and MBA at Tulane, then went on to spend over a decade at IBM in Boca Raton, White Plains, and New Orleans working in financial planning, project management, and marketing.

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Students Gain Firsthand Experience in Ecuador

Students Gain Firsthand Experience in Ecuador
September 25, 2013

For some Tulane University students, a bird in the hand is … well, the most interesting way to learn about conservation.

A group of eight Tulane students traveled to the mountains of Ecuador for two weeks in August to participate in a Tropical Field Biology and Conservation course led by biologists Jordan Karubian and Renata Duraes.

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Tulane Researcher to Study Impact of Changes to the Environment on Infectious Diseases September 19, 2013

Carrie A. Manore

Carrie A. Manore, a postdoctoral researcher at the Tulane University Center for Computational Science, has been awarded a $480,700 fellowship to study the impact of environmental changes on emerging and potentially emerging infectious diseases.

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Wildcatter Hunch Unlocks $1.5 Trillion Oil Offshore U.S. September 13, 2013

Robert Ryan

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Xavier Gets $500,000 from NASA to Build Interest in Science and Math Education September 3, 2013

Xavier Gets $500,000 from NASA to Build Interest in Science and Math Education
The Times-Picayune

Article By John Pope, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune

Xavier University has received $500,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to lead a six-school effort to devise a plan to get more members of minority groups interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during their first two years of college.

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Tulane's Devon Walker Back in Class August 28, 2013

Tulane's Devon Walker Back in Class

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Tulane Graduates Win Kudos for Biomedical Engineering Project August 28, 2013

Tulane Graduates Win Kudos for Biomedical Engineering Project

It’s been a busy summer for Nicholas Chedid, Christopher Cover, Scott Kleinpeter, Gabriela Nunez and Seth Vignes. They graduated from Tulane University in May but haven’t gone their separate ways quite yet. The biomedical engineering majors designed a medical device that not only placed first in a national competition but has attracted so much interest that they are launching a startup company to market it.

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International Student Remembers Coming to Tulane 50 Years Ago August 28, 2013

International Student Remembers Coming to Tulane 50 Years Ago

For new students, the first week of school may be a bewildering blur of getting one’s bearings, finding classes, locating eating places and making friends. For international students arriving in the United States for the first time, the additional culture shock can create a lifelong impression.

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