May 13, 2020

Tulanian Now

Since our founding in 1834 as a medical college, Tulane University has been a leader in the fight against infectious diseases. Tulanian Now is a biweekly resource of information and updates about Tulane’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 News

woman sneezing

Early study shows coronavirus can live in the air over 16 hours

Chad Roy, PhD, director of infectious disease aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, found that the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, survives in the air much longer than similar viruses such as SARS or MERS.

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Fast Grant scientists

From proposals to funded research in 48 hours: scientists receive Fast Grants

Three Tulane University researchers are the recipients of new Fast Grants, awards designed to quickly fund COVID-19 related projects. Mairi Noverr, Monica Vaccari and Tracy Fischer received fast funding for their proposals.

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Dr. Monica Dhand, assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine

Goggles for Docs sends protective eye gear to COVID-19 frontline medical workers

Dr. Marcia Glass, an associate professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, coordinated a donation from Goggles for Docs, a nationwide effort to deliver protective goggles to frontline workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

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Clay Christian

Going viral: Tulane staffer shifts roles into COVID-19 science whisperer

Clay Christian, who works in the Tulane Office of Research Business Development, uses knowledge from his PhD in biomedical sciences to write the School of Medicine's Tulane COVID-19 Daily Digest.

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musician performs

Musicians serenade city’s healthcare heroes in ‘Letters from the Porch’ concert series

At a time when many New Orleans musicians can’t work because of COVID-19 closures, the School of Medicine has partnered with local artists in a grass-roots effort to support the city’s cultural economy, while also bringing moments of joy to healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

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University Roundup

Clint Ramos

Famous guest speakers visit classes, virtually

From an Academy Award–winning screenwriter to a Tony Award–winning costume designer and a former U.S. Secretary of State, special guest speakers dropped into virtual Tulane classes this spring.

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Choir performs via Zoom

Virtual choir shares moving musical performance

The Tulane-Newcomb choir dedicated “Good Night, Dear Heart” to those who have lost their life to COVID-19.

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Hunt Slonem sculpture

In the midst of the pandemic: The luminous, fantastical, and endlessly fascinating world of Hunt Slonem

A most illustrious living artistic Tulane alumnus shares his wisdom and muses on Louisiana, life, creativity and joy.

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Upcoming Events

TUgether Connecting the Class of 2020

May 16 at 2 p.m.

Join President Michael A. Fitts and very special celebrity guests for a livestream event as we celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2020. Learn More

Tulane Innovation: The Race for COVID-19 Treatments, Tests and a Vaccine

May 18 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Don't miss the next installment of our Tulane Innovation webinar series as Kimberly Foster, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, discusses the race for treatments, tests and a vaccine for COVID-19 with Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine, and Skip Bohm, associate director and chief veterinary medical officer at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Register Now


In the News

Librarian Volunteers Help WHO Make Sense of COVID Information

Library Journal

David Banush, dean of libraries at Tulane’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, believes the LRC will help universities understand the value of librarians beyond their traditional mandate.

Trump administration terminates funding of coronavirus bat research in China

CBS News

Professor Robert Garry of the Tulane School of Medicine joins CBSN to talk about funding cuts, conspiracy theories, and the importance of cataloging the hundreds of different coronaviruses found in Chinese bats.

Will coronavirus be the death or salvation of big plastic?


“It’s a sad scenario in West Texas,” Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, told industry news outlet 1020 Industry Report earlier this month. “This is perfectly good natural gas, but it’s being flared. The price is so low that there’s no incentive for them to do anything else.”

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