June 17, 2020

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Latest COVID-19 News

Nora Lustig

Economics professor leads networks that protect Latin America’s poor and vulnerable

Nora Lustig, the Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and director of the Commitment to Equity Institute, took action to minimize economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in Latin America.

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mental health

Expert says mental health challenges remain as lockdown lifts

As communities around the world begin lifting public health precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges will likely remain, says Tonya Hansel, PhD, of the School of Social Work.

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Creative Industries

School of Liberal Arts transforms COVID-19 into class act

As COVID-19 went from a few cases to a crisis, forcing universities across the country to send students home in March to learn remotely, Vicki Mayer, associate dean of academic initiatives and curriculum with the School of Liberal Arts, wanted to use the virus as a learning experience for liberal arts students.

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Health Equity Institute

Thomas LaVeist

Tulane joins with students, faculty and staff across our campus, country and world in condemning and mourning the recent instances of injustices against Black Americans, including the horrific killing of George Floyd.

In this message, President Fitts outlined the university’s plan to promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Tulane. This plan includes launching a new Health Equity Institute, which will look at how health issues, like COVID-19, disproportionately impact the Black community. LaVeist, the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity and a national expert in his field, is the executive producer of The Skin You're In, a documentary series that explores the disparities between Black and White health in America.


University Roundup

plasma donor

Tulane seeks recovered COVID-19 patients to volunteer as plasma donors for clinical trial

The clinical trial will test whether it is effective in treating current coronavirus patients at different stages of disease.

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Mossville film

Town on the edge

School of Liberal Arts graduate Alexander Glustrom, who made the documentary Big Charity, has a new film, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, a poignant documentation of the destruction of a Louisiana community and the toll the petrochemical industry has taken on the health of its residents.

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Fall Reopening

Tulane University announces start date for fall 2020 semester

President Michael Fitts announced the university’s fall 2020 semester will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with the return of on-ground teaching, learning, living and working.

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Upcoming Events

New Orleans Book Festival Webinar: Race in America

June 17 at 5 p.m.

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will host a free discussion with renowned national authors Eddie Glaude, Jr., Cleo Wade and Kiese Laymon. The discussion will be moderated by Michelle Miller, CBS New national correspondent and co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday. Register Now


Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) to address Tulane students

June 18 at 5 p.m.

The former NATO Supreme Allied Commander will speak with political science students of associate professor Chris Fettweis, and share his thoughts on U.S. strategy during the COVID-19 outbreak. The event is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Join Us


New Orleans Book Festival Webinar: Home and Away

June 25 at 5 p.m.

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will host a free discussion with authors Michael Lewis and Walter Isaacson. The two authors will split the session and interview each other on their current works during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register Now


In the News

Op-Ed: Police abuses not even catalogued, much less suppressed

The Advocate

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean Thomas LaVeist's op-ed in The Advocate.

How 132 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School

New York Times

“Must have social distancing, masks and hand hygiene programs” says Tulane’s Lydia Bazzano.

Breast cancer: Silencing inflammatory gene may treat aggressive tumors

Medical News Today

“This exciting discovery has revealed that TRAF3IP2 can play a role as a novel therapeutic target in breast cancer treatment,” says Dr. Reza Izadpanah, assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, who led the research.

Coronavirus Advice is Everywhere. It Was the Same With the Spanish Flu.

Wall Street Journal

"Some of those were scams," said John Barry, a scholar at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Virologists vigorously debunk new study on origins of the novel coronavirus

ABC News

"No scientist or group of scientists created this virus in a laboratory. That would require insight into [viral] pathogenesis and protein engineering that does not exist," said Robert Garry, Ph.D., virologist.

NCAA finalizing plan for extended college football preseason

Associated Press

Tulane team physician Greg Stewart, who is heading the American Athletic Conference’s COVID-19 advisory panel, said the hope is testing and screening of the players for the coronavirus will go well enough that players won’t need to use face coverings during practice.

Risk ranking of everyday activities for COVID-19, according to an infectious-disease expert

Business Insider

Dr. Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist, shares how to think about managing the risk of everyday activities.

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