Environmental Protection Agency administrator and Tulane graduate Lisa Jackson has joined the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body.
When researchers from Tulane and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette began a study of blue crabs in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, they expected a big kill-off. However, their investigations have not indicated any obvious or dramatic mortality rates.
For most people, college is a means to an end, with the goal of landing a good job after graduation. For Tulane University student Dominique Fleitas, that box was checked before she took her first class. For the last six years, she’s been a zookeeper in charge of the otters at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
Everyone can recite the adage “oil and water don’t mix,” but Hank Ashbaugh, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, has made a career of it.
Tulane played host to a university delegation from Pakistan in March to show how civic engagement has become an integral part of the curriculum and the university experience. This summer, three Tulane representatives headed to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to visit the partner institution, Fatima Jinnah Women University.
A newly released ranking of “39 Colleges Where Environmental Science Matters” includes Tulane University for having six different environmental science programs available. Tulane is No. 38 on the list.
Two researchers from Tulane University have won a $1 million grant to design more effective and cost efficient dispersants than those used in the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Scott Grayson, an associate chemistry professor at Tulane, and Wayne Reed, a Tulane physics professor, are seeking to develop dispersants that have minimal side effects if ingested by human or marine life. They are being joined in the study by Daniel Savin, an assistant polymer science professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Last year at this time, I reported that 395 undergraduate students and 141 graduate students majoring in disciplines offered by the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) had received their degrees at the 178th Tulane University Commencement. This year, at the 179th Tulane University Commencement, that number grew to 438 undergraduate students and 157 graduate students. It was once again a very impressive graduating class and many of the graduates who received university awards for their academic and extracurricular achievements are recognized in this issue of the SSE Newsletter.
By 2018, the U.S. will have over 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — mostly high-wage, recession-proof employment opportunities. Yet 38 percent of college students who start a STEM major do not graduate with that degree.
After a career at Tulane that dates back to her undergraduate days in the late 1970s, Annette Oertling will retire in June as the School of Science and Engineering's first Assistant Dean for K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Outreach. Her passion for inspiring the love of science will continue to benefit young students, as not only does the program have a successor that Oertling describes as a perfect fit, but Oertling also plans to continue as a volunteer.
The Tulane 34 Award is presented to 34 graduates who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate life. Students are recognized for their exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. Named for the year the university was founded, 1834, Tulane 34 is among the most coveted university-wide honor bestowed upon students.
Since joining the Tulane engineering staff 12 years ago, Lorrie McGinley has become known for her combination of a no-nonsense approach to her accounting work with an irrepressible, mischievous sense of humor. As Tulane's science and technology outreach to younger students has grown in recent years, McGinley has spent countless hours volunteering with robotics competitions and other events, sharing her same high-energy style with the next generation of science students.
Recent Tulane University graduate Gisele Calderon of Baton Rouge, La., has won a Whitaker International Fellowship, becoming the first Tulane student to be awarded the prestigious postgraduate research grant. She will spend the 2013–14 academic year at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tulane University scientist Kyle Straub has been recognized with a national award for his work in sedimentary geology.
An assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Straub won the James Lee Wilson Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Sedimentary Geology in Pittsburgh.
Victor Law, professor of chemical engineering, has completed his 50th year teaching at Tulane University. And to cap off the year, he published a book based on notes and handouts he developed for students in his classes because a good textbook did not exist.
In the 19th century, after the founding of Mandeville, La., people traveled by steamboat from New Orleans to enjoy the tranquility of the North Shore. It wasn’t until 1956 that the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest continuous bridge over water at nearly 24 miles, opened to traffic.
The human brain always has fascinated graduate Melissa Herman. In her first year of college, she joined the Tulane University Neuroscience Association (TUNA), a special-interest group. When she was a sophomore, Herman found a way to share enthusiasm about neuroscience with high school students by launching an after-school neuroscience teaching program at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, rotating a half-dozen Tulane students as tutors.
It was a fluke that Michelle Liu, soon to be a graduate of Tulane University, discovered that her passion is elder care. As a first-year student, Liu attended an activities expo on campus and signed up to volunteer at a home for the elderly.
In 2009, Chris Hanuscin entered Tulane University after receiving a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation. This spring, Hanuscin and 11 other students from public high schools in the Los Angeles area will become the first Posse class to graduate from Tulane.
Her academic pedigree alone speaks for itself; Lapucha is currently pursuing a double major in Chemistry and French, and has maintained a GPA of 3.905 through her three years at Tulane University, earning her three Conference USA Academic Medals and a spot on the Conference USA Honor Roll during her freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Houston businessman Ken Arnold is the 2013 recipient of the Offshore Technology Conference's Distinguished Achievement Award, given for technological, humanitarian, environmental and leadership contributions to the industry.
The Tulane School of Science and Engineering was proud to hold its fifth annual Alumni Awards celebration on April 11th, in the Lavin-Bernick Center – 1834 Club on the university’s Uptown campus. Approximately one-hundred science and engineering alumni, guests, and faculty attended the event to honor the three distinguished science and engineering alumni, who were recognized for their immense and ongoing contributions to their fields of study, as well as the school.
On April 11, the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering held its seventh annual Research Day, recognizing the academic contributions and influential achievements of its faculty and students. Held in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, the gathering commenced with a presentation of the Seventh Annual Outstanding Researcher Award to Dr. Lisa Fauci of the Mathematics department, as well as student awards for exceptional research efforts.
Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, has been elected president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Kim O'Connor received the 2013 Elmer Gaden Award from Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and presented an award lecture at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) national meeting on April 8, 2013, entitled, "The heterogeneity of mesenchymal stem cells and its implications for regenerative therapies."
Gisele Calderon ’13, from Baton Rouge, has been awarded a one-year fellowship as part of the 2013 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program.
Benjamin Hall, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology and neuroscience at Tulane University, has won a $1.8 million grant that will enable him and his research team to explore questions that could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic depression.
Aubrey Kraft, a Biomedical Engineering Senior from Anchorage, AK, has just been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. The program will place her in a classroom in Malaysia to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture.
In 2006, the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) was established under the post-Katrina “Tulane University Plan for Renewal.” During its first year, 2006-07, a vision for this new school was articulated and a strategic plan was outlined for the achievement of that vision. It was a ten-year plan with clear objectives and with defined metrics to measure progress. We are now entering the final quarter of the 2012-13 fiscal year, the SSE’s seventh year, and by every measure we have exceeded expectations regarding where we would be at this point in the implementation of the plan.
James Mead (E ’81) understands the value of launching a new program at a university. As one of the first graduates of biomedical engineering at Tulane, Mead used the analytical skills he gained as an undergraduate to pursue a highly successful career in investment banking.
For 20 years now, Debby Grimm has made her home among the world-class microscopes, X-ray machines and other devices of SSE's Coordinated Instrumentation Facility, solving problems posed by the latest questions in scientific research and engaging a regional community by serving corporate customers.
The fifth annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week shined a spotlight on the city’s fast-growing startup scene this week, but the head of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University told attendees that the event also was a testament to the important role Tulane plays in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As director of neuroscience at Tulane University, Jeffrey Tasker always looked forward to the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference each fall. New Orleans was on the group’s three-city rotation, giving his students an opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the field.
In the February issue of New Phytologist, Tulane University biologists examine why leaf-cutting ants target some plants and avoid others, concluding that high levels of friendly fungi in the leaves of some plants protect them from destruction by ants.
It was a typical winter morning with only the occasional sunbeam breaking through the drizzle, but the occupants of many of the science classrooms and labs at Tulane University were anything but typical. Gone for the weekend were the usual harried undergrads, and in their place were 120 middle school girls, hailing from 39 area schools, here to take part in the inaugural GIST (Girls in STEM at Tulane) program, held on Saturday.
Tulane graduate, Norvin Leroy Pellerin passed away on February 11th.
The School of Science and Engineering welcomed Douglas Chrisey as the new Cornelia and Arthur L. Jung Chair in Materials Engineering during an investiture ceremony inside Freeman Auditorium on Jan. 30.
Children around the world have a new reason to smile thanks to the latest product from Tulane alumnus Arman Sadeghpour, president and CEO of Theodent, a New Orleans-based biotechnology company known for its cocoa-based toothpaste.
“Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning,” a day-long workshop to better prepare New Orleans public school personnel for traumatic events that may occur on their campuses or in the community such as student death, school shooting, natural disaster, neighborhood tragedy, health epidemic or terrorism.
Some courses are suited to a classroom environment, while others are best out in the field, where hands can be dirtied and theories put into practice. Jordan Karubian, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Tulane University, tends to subscribe to the latter school. He will be taking a group of students to Ecuador for an intensive field course this summer.
A successful trip to Cuba in December by a Tulane delegation will expand the university’s ongoing relationship with the University of Havana and other Cuban institutions into public health and scientific arenas.
Tulane graduate and professor, Chester Arthur Peyronnin, Jr. passed away on December 12th, following a distinguished engineering career.
A new era of scientific discovery is under way at Tulane University thanks to the opening of Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation. A dedication ceremony on Tuesday (December 11) commemorated the significance of this historic moment in science and engineering education at Tulane.
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Tulane University on Tuesday will dedicate a four-story building that is expected to be not only a center of scientific and engineering research but also an incubator for fledgling companies.
The guys from Pelican Ice arrive on campus to blow "snow" onto the Lavin-Bernick Center quad. The event is sponsored by the Science and Engineering Council of Students (the undergraduate student government of the School of Science and Engineering) in conjunction with Fridays at the Quad.
Never had the opportunity to savor the cuisine of Tanzania? Tulane University senior Angela Czesak wants to fix that. She’s bringing the flavor of that East African nation to the rest of the world in her self-published cookbook, Kupikia Tanzania.
Bruce Gibb, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Tulane University, hopes to solve a 120-year-old mystery with the help of a more than $1.1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The Materials Research Society awarded Tulane professor John P. Perdew the Materials Theory Award for his “pioneering contributions to the fundamental development and nonempirical approximations in density functional theory” on Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the organization's fall meeting in Boston.
Mead Allison, one of the nation’s leading experts on land-creating sediment in the Mississippi River and Louisiana’s continental shelf, will join Tulane University as a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, effective Fall 2013.
A scientific journey to the Antarctic Peninsula to study the history of ice shelves is one that Tulane professor Brad Rosenheim will not soon forget. Hurricane-like conditions on rolling seas, iceberg-dodging, dogged exhaustion and seasickness for the crew, and of course, science happening in the spectacular glacial landscapes, were all part of the adventures he will share at a public lecture in Freeman Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 27).
Dr. Cortez has received the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize in recognition of his contributions to the mathematics, as well as for his continued dedication to addressing the under-representation of minorities amongst scientists and students in his field...
Each year, the Distinguished Leadership Council Reception brings together board members, donors, professors, and students to learn about SSE and the impact of their support...
The annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience (SfN) made its return to New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, seeping over 25,000 neuroscientists into the city this past October.
Sergey Shevkoplyas, the Ken and Ruth Arnold Early Career Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, has received a $2 million National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award to make red blood cell transfusions safer.
The enthusiastic banter of 32 scrubs-wearing high school girls is barely audible over the din of whirring power tools. While using bone models to assess the best methods to repair fractures, the teenagers exchange advice about studying for advanced placement tests in biology.
NIH funds Tulane scientist to show how estrogen therapy for middle-aged women can stave off cognitive decline and dementia.
The Water Institute of the Gulf has hired veteran researcher and Tulane University alumnus Ernst Peebles as director of coastal systems ecology. Peebles has studied coastal ecology and estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean for more than 30 years.
Carrie Manore, a postdoctoral fellow in the in the Center for Computational Science and Department of Mathematics, at Tulane University, is making waves as a promising early career scientist.
In the last issue of this Newsletter, I reported that the School of Science and Engineering was anticipating a record number of incoming students in Fall 2012 and that it appeared that fiscal year 2011-12 would end with record numbers for the School in research funding and publication/patent activity. I am now pleased to report the results. This Fall, Tulane University welcomed 1651 first time freshmen. Of that number, 476 have declared majors in science or engineering disciplines, more than 34% of the incoming undergraduate students who have declared majors to date. At the graduate level this fall, the number of doctoral students in SSE has increased by 6%, to 320, and the number of masters students by 12%, to 120.
In the summer of 1968, freshmen recruits Bob Marshall from New Orleans and Scott Heape of Dallas walked onto the football practice field at Tulane University, becoming close friends, as they both learned to balance the rigors of football practice with a demanding geology curriculum, ultimately winning Tulane a Liberty Bowl championship in 1970 and then going on to successful careers in the energy industry.
As the first-ever development officer for the newly-formed School of Science and Engineering, Kat Engleman faced the daunting task of building an alumni community out of a disparate group of graduates, some of whom were upset about the changes at their alma mater and others who were unfamiliar with what an integrated school encompassing all of Tulane’s science and engineering curricula was going to involve.
On the coast of Ecuador, along the Pacific Ocean, on the western side of the Andes Mountains, lies the Choco rain forest. Here, Jordan Karubian, his students and local residents, whom he’s enlisted as “environmental ambassadors,” study an endangered species of bird — the long-wattled umbrellabird.
W.T. Godbey, associate professor of chemical and bimolecular engineering, sketches a molecular formula onto McAlister Place on the Tulane uptown campus. Students in Godbey's Applied Biochemistry course requested that class be held outside.
This fall the School of Science and Engineering appointed Douglas Chrisey to the Cornelia and Arthur Jung Chair in Materials Engineering. Chrisey, who also serves as adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, joins the Tulane faculty after teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Whip-smart Ian Terry, a 21-year-old Tulane University engineering student, went from reality TV underdog to series champ this summer, winning $500,000 in season 14 of CBS’s “Big Brother.”
Donald P. Gaver is looking for serious science students who possess a penchant for taking entrepreneurial risks. Gaver, the Alden J. “Doc” Laborde professor and chair of biomedical engineering, is directing a new interdisciplinary PhD program in bioinnovation at Tulane University.
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