June 9, 2010

Good Morning:

I thought I would send you a brief e-mail to update you on Tulane's efforts in helping to address the BP oil leak.

With round-the-clock news coverage of this disaster, we are beginning to receive calls about the impact of the leak on New Orleans' air, water and quality of life. Answers to these questions can be found on this page. I hope you find these FAQs helpful.

Through the Tulane Response Team, which was formed to coordinate the university's actions in the midst of this unfolding tragedy, we are serving as a resource for federal, state and local officials by testing water, soil and air; recommending ways to reduce the oil's impact and researching the effects of this disaster. We are also pursuing grants to further investigate the immediate and long-term consequences of this disaster.

On other fronts, Tulane Community Health Center in New Orleans East, in partnership with Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corp., continues to provide health care for many of the fishermen idled by the oil leak. Tulane students, in addition to standing ready to assist in the clean-up, are helping track the oil's landfall.

Finally, if you have followed the news at all recently, you have no doubt read, seen or heard a Tulane researcher providing expert commentary on this crisis.

These are just a few of the Tulane-led efforts underway to safeguard our coast and unique way of life for which I, along with the entire Gulf Coast, am grateful.


Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638