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Wall Fund Round 2 Awards


Approximately $1.4 million was awarded in Spring 2001 to the following projects that supported Strategic Planning Initiatives in the areas of Education and Research with university-wide, cross-school focus:

1. Development of a State-of-the-Art Transgenic/Knockout Mouse Facility in the Uptown Vivarium

This project will provide funds to purchase and install new autoclaving equipment and micro-isolator units to house transgenic/knockout mice, as well as to purchase equipment and supplies for the creation of knockout mice. These enhancements to the Uptown Vivarium will promote the competitiveness of faculty to obtain external funding for biomedical research and facilitate continued and expanded research training of Tulane undergraduate and graduate students. The project is directly related to strategic initiatives in the area of research, with strong potential for leveraging revenue impact, increasing Tulane's visibility and leadership in the research arena and increasing competitively awarded, federally-funded research activity.

Award: $365,000 over three years.

Principal Investigators:
George Flowers, Associate Professor and Chair, LAS Geology
James Blanchard, Senior Veterinarian, Tulane Regional Primate Center
Yiping Chen, Assistant Professor, LAS Cell and Molecular Biology
Liang Ma, Assistant Professor, LAS Cell and Molecular Biology
Carol Burdsal, Assistant Professor, LAS Cell and Molecular Biology

2. Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

This project proposes to establish a university-wide infrastructure for coordinating and supporting teaching, research and discussion of ethics and the ethical dimensions of public and professional life across the schools and disciplines at Tulane. The Center will reinforce several programs currently underway throughout the university, raise the visibility and leadership of the university and faculty in this particular area, and directly impact the strategic plan's initiatives on People, Education and Research, and Community Involvement.

Award: $300,000 over three years.

Principal Investigators:
Richard Teichgraeber, Director, Murphy Institute of Political Economy and Professor, LAS
Arthur Brief, Professor, Business School
Michael Zimmerman, Professor and Chair, LAS Philosophy

3. Tulane Structural Proteomics Initiative

This project will provide support for a cooperative, intercampus, interdisciplinary research initiative focused in the area of structural proteomics. The award will encourage continuation of the kind of collaborative efforts among rising young faculty at Tulane that the Wall Funds were intended to support. The project is directly related to strategic initiatives in the area of research, with strong potential for leveraging revenue impact, increasing Tulane's visibility and leadership in the research arena, and increasing competitively awarded, federally funded research activity.

Award: $200,000 over three years.

Principal Investigators:
William Wimley, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Samuel Landry, Associate Professor, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Assistant Professor, LAS Chemistry
James Nolan, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Thomas Bishop, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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