2011 News Archive

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers send care packages to Master's International Program students abroad
During the week before Christmas, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) created care packages SPHTM Master's International Program students abroad so they could have a little taste of home for the holidays. View a mini photo gallery of some of the RPCV graduate assistants putting together the packages. >> more

Chinese Delegation from Shandong Aacdemy of Medical Sciences Visits SPHTM
A Chinese delegation from Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) visited the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) in November 2011. The delegation was led by the leader of Shandong Academy of Occupational Health and Occupational Medicine, which is part of SAMS. The purpose of this visit is to seek collaborations between SAMS and SPHTM. >>more

Tulane SPHTM Faculty Honored
Two SPHTM faculty celebrated significant honors recently. Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, was selected as a councilor to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). Dr. Thomas ‘TJ' Stranova, clinical assistant professor, was presented the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. >> more

Prevention Research Center: Bunny Friends Step Up
Exercise is key to longevity. The members of the Bunny Friend Walking Club in the Ninth Ward are exercising their way to better health one step at a time. Please watch this video about a wonderful public health program initiated by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. Please watch this video about a wonderful public health program initiated by the Tulane Prevention Research Center.


Idealist Fair 2011 Photo Gallery
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine hosted an Idealist Grad Fair November 7, 2011 at the Lavin Bernick Center on the Uptown campus. Fifty-eight schools participated, and students seeking careers in the public service sector had the opportunity to speak with admissions representatives from local, national, and international schools and discuss professional development through graduate education.  >>more

APHA 2011 Photo Gallery
This year's APHA annual meeting was a huge success for the school. Our booth stayed busy during the four days of the conference, with booth staff and volunteers talking to attendees about global health, school programs, and the upcoming centennial. More than 20 students, staff, and faculty from the school delivered oral or poster presentations. GEHS doctoral candidate student Bradley Hawkins' poster was selected in the top three among student posters in the environmental health section. >>more

Study: Lead dangers widespread in New Orleans
The post-Katrina dip in lead contamination in New Orleans was short-lived, according to a new Tulane University study that found more than 60 percent of homes sampled across the city had lead levels exceeding federal standards. >>more

Tulane launches annual food store survey
The Tulane Prevention Research Center has begun its annual survey of New Orleans’ food stores.  This year’s data will be used to evaluate adjustments to federal food-assistance programs that encourage women, infants and children to consume healthier foods. >>more

Deng invested as Schlieder chair in biostatistics
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine invested Hong-Wen Deng as the first holder of the Edward G. Schlieder Chair in Biostatistics at a ceremony held in the Diboll Auditorium on Oct. 26. “Hong-Wen Deng is not just another chair holder,” said Tulane President Scott Cowen. “He is a chair holder doing magnificent work that will ultimately touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.” >>more


Tulane professor Katherine Theall named Cecile Usdin Endowed Professorship in Women’s Health
Katherine Theall, associate professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, was recently appointed to the Cecile Usdin Professorship in Women’s Health.

The Cantaloupe Recall:  What You Need to Know About Listeria
According to the CDC, as of October 14, 2011, the recent multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, Colorado has infected a total of 116 people from 25 states. View this short video with Dr. Joseph Contiguglia, from Tulane SPHTM and South Central Public Health Partnership,  who will discuss the cause, at risk population, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of Listeriosis.  >>more

Tulane SPHTM’s Professor Latha Rajan named a CELT Teaching Fellow
Dr. Latha Rajan, an associate professor of clinical tropical medicine at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been chosen as a 2011-2012 teaching fellow for Tulane’s Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). >> more

Learning about volunteerism in the US and giving back to our US sponsors
The 2011-12 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at Tulane University donated a total of 78 hours this weekend in the city wide Rebuilding Together project rehabilitating homes for the elderly and disabled. Together with returned Peace Corps Volunteers they scraped window frames and doors, painted walls and trim, and got up on rooftops and painted the outside walls. more>>


Health literacy drives medical library program
Healthcare workers, neighborhood leaders, family practice physicians and New Orleans youth are discovering authoritative health information thanks to a grant from the National Library of Medicine to the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane. Neville Prendergast, director of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, and Elaine Hicks, education librarian, are spearheading the health literacy project funded by the National Library of Medicine. more >>

Little Changes, Big Impact
Laura Murphy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and clinical associate professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, studies HIV and AIDS in rural Africa and the impact of emerging technologies on those afflicted with the disease. In this video, she talks about how she discovered the ways in which cell phones — and the inexpensive ways to charge them — were making a difference in the lives of the people there. Watch the video >>

Fall Orientation 2011
This was a banner year for new student Orientation! The Fall 2011 orientation event  welcomed a packed house to the Tidewater gallery, with more than 260 incoming students in attendance. more>>

Tulane SPHTM Encourages Preparedness in September and Throughout the Year
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, recently led interactive classroom sessions in the Lafourche Parish area to teach youth about preparedness.  Lafourche Parish is in a coastal area subject to hurricanes and tropical storms.  The classes were an effort of the SECURE  (Science, Education, Community United to Respond to Emergencies) grant, a consortium of public health and medical institutions focused on disaster preparedness and response in underserved and minority communities. Channel One, a television news network for teenagers, filmed the training, which aired in classrooms around the country. Watch the video.

Tulane SPHTM Named Milestones in Microbiology Site
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has designated the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as its newest Milestones in Microbiology site. The site was commemorated with the installation of a plaque at the school, revealed during a celebratory reception.

Don't Give Me Fever!
Alumna Emily S. Jentes, who earned her doctorate in tropical medicine in 2008, is the lead author of a paper in the Lancet Infectious Diseases that describes the effort to revise the global yellow fever risk map. The informal WHO working group Jentes worked with also developed recommendations for yellow fever vaccinations, which are described in the paper.


MSPH in Industrial Hygiene Program Accredited Through 2017

Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is pleased to announce that the MSPH in Industrial Hygiene program has been reaccredited through 2017 by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The program is offered on campus in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences and through distance learning, administered by the Center for Applied Environmental Public Health.

Children's Health Takes Baby Steps
Recruiting participants has begun for the National Children’s Study, a long-running, nationwide health study funded by the NIH that will monitor more than 100,000 children from before birth until age 21. LuAnn White, the principal investigator of the study, is a professor of environmental health sciences and senior associate dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Got Milk or Soy?
Eating foods that are high in soy or milk protein may offer another way to treat high blood pressure, according to a recent study led by Dr. Jiang He of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


Oil Spill Puts Women's Health in Peril?
Maureen Lichtveld leads five-year, $6.5 million NIEHS study to explore the potential health impacts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on pregnant women and women of reproductive age.


Video: Community Management of Radiological Events
Los Alamos fire reminds public health professionals about radiological preparedness.

Students Brew an Award-winning Idea
Five public health master's students are finalists in a Maternal Health Challenge.

Sherman James Considers the "Pursuit of Happiness" at Diploma Ceremony  
Before a packed Dixon Hall, Sherman James delivered the commencement address to SPHTM graduates.

Newcomb Institute Honors Two in SPHTM Community
Pey Shan Pearl Kuo and her mentor Maureen Lichtveld were recently recognized by the Newcomb Institute.

Survey Results: Students' Favorite Things about New Orleans
Students recently shared their favorites about New Orleans, including neighborhoods, restaurants, and hangouts.

SPHTM Honors Students, Faculty, and Staff
Students, faculty, and staff were recognized for outstanding service and academic excellence at this year's award ceremony.

HBCU Undergrads Visit Tulane SPHTM
A group of rising undergraduate seniors from several historically black colleges and universities visited both Tulane SPHTM and the School of Science and Engineering on Monday.

Students' Marriage Caps Parents' Odyssey
The children of two long-lost friends are graduating with Tulane degrees and getting married one week later.

Graduates, Don't Miss Your Chance to Wave Goodbye
Wave Goodbye is an annual party for graduates of all Tulane schools.  Online ticket distribution for the event started on Monday April 25.

Sosa-Estani to Lead Argentina's National Institute of Parasitology
Sergio Sosa-Estani, adjunct faculty, has been appointed as the director of the Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben National Institute of Parasitology in Argentina.


High Marks for Public Service
BSPH students gain valuable experience while contributing to research as part of the Center for Public Service internship program.

Fall Course Registration Will Open This Summer
Pre-registration for the Fall 2011 is delayed until this summer.  As part of the school's Global Health Initiative, we are unifying two departments into a new Department of Global Health Systems and Development.

Researchers Review Oil Spill Aftermath
Maureen Lichtveld and other researchers published a review article about the 2010 Gulf oil spill in the April 7th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Laura Murphy Appointed as Social Entrepreneurship Professor
Laura Murphy, clinical associate professor in the Department of International Health and Development, has been named to the first class of Social Entrepreneurship Professors at Tulane

Video: Community Management of Radiological Events
The South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center addresses frequently asked questions regarding radiation.

Drinking Linked to Neighborhood Factors
At-risk drinking among African Americans, particularly women, is linked to the concentration of liquor stores in a neighborhood.

Peer Health Educators Trained in HIV Testing
One in five Americans who are living with HIV don't know it, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and New Orleans was among the top three cities in the country with the highest new AIDS diagnoses in 2008.

Master's International / Peace Corps Program Ranked No. 2 in the U.S.
The Peace Corps has ranked Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as the second largest Master's International program in the country.

Life Can Be a Bumpy Ride
Latha Rajan spoke on "Life As We Don't Know It" as her talk in the "Last Lecture" series hosted by the Tulane Mortar Board Society.

Student Receives Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship
MPH student Lee Van Iderstine is the recipient of the 2011 Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship, the only graduate scholarship awarded annually by a family foundation in support of grassroots international public health projects. 

Tulane Supports National Public Health Week
The Tulane SPHTM Student Government Association encourages faculty, staff, and students to practice safety measures and avoid accidents in conjunction with this year's theme.


Message on Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami
We share our sorrow with the people of Japan, who are suffering from the devastating effects of the earthquake off of the coast of Sendai and the resulting Pacific tsunami.

Tulane SPHTM Ranked #13 Among Public Health Schools
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has maintained their ranking in the US News Graduate School Compass.

New Role for High Blood Pressure Meds?
Tulane study holds promising results for some heart disease patients.


Liquor Store Density Risky for African Americans
Study finds neighborhood liquor-store density impacts at-risk drinking among African Americans who consume alcohol, particularly for women who drink.

Malaria Vaccine Relies on Mosquito Bites
A new vaccine may break the cycle of transmission of a disease that kills nearly 800,000 people every year worldwide.

Tulane Makes Peace Corps' Top Colleges List
Tulane University has earned a top 25 ranking on the annual list of "Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities."

Video: The Bogalusa Heart Study
Gerald Berenson started the Bogalusa Heart study in 1973 and tracked the cardiovascular health of the town's residents for the next 39 years.


Travel Dreams Come True
Student Caitlin Canfield spearheads international service-learning for high school group.

Getting it Done in Disease-ravaged Haiti
Researchers rise above politics to help the Caribbean nation that has endured earthquakes and cholera.

Sherman James to Deliver SPHTM Commencement Address
Social epidemiologist Sherman James is internationally known for his innovative research on social determinants of health disparities.



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