Graduate News & Events - 2008-2010

The Beat Goes On November 2, 2010


When teams of volunteers from Tulane step off for the American Heart Association’s Start! New Orleans Heart Walk on Nov. 20, they will be supporting a cause that hits close to home. In Louisiana, one in four deaths is due to heart disease, records show.

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New Role for the Hunger Hormone September 28, 2010


Over the past decade, researchers have studied the hunger hormone ghrelin and discovered many of its functions, but Tulane graduate student Juhee Haam recently found another role of this attention-grabbing hormone.

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Researchers Find Shape-shifting Fish July 27, 2010


When rivers are contained by dams, what happens to the river-native species of fish trapped inside? How will a fish that has evolved for the conditions of a fast-flowing river current fare in the still waters of a reservoir? Tulane scientists have found one species of river fish that morphs into a new shape in response to a lake-like environment.

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Giving Back and Changing Lives June 1, 2010


After several years working in industry, chemical and biomolecular engineering graduates Scott Eklund and Carrie Giordano Eklund decided it was time to contribute to society in another way.

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From Rural China to Tulane PhDs May 11, 2010


Jingjing Zhan and Xiujuan Zhang journeyed from small rural family farms in China to Dalian University of Technology where they met and married, and then to the Tulane Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Both are earning doctoral degrees on Saturday (May 15).

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Beauty In Numbers DECEMBER 8, 2009

computational art

Math, science and art join hands in a series of images produced by faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students in the Center for Computational Science at Tulane University. For the second year, the center held the "Computational Art Show," comprising graphic expressions of the work done by researchers.

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In India, Arsenic In Water Perplexes Researchers November 5, 2009


Two decades ago, the government in West Bangal, India, encouraged people to drink groundwater instead of contaminated surface water. Over time, the groundwater drinkers began to show signs of arsenic poisoning, including discoloration of their hands and feet and higher than normal rates of certain cancers.

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2009 Yields Bumper Crop of NSF CAREER Award Winners September 30, 2009


Each year NSF recognizes particularly promising young science and engineering faculty at Ph.D. granting institutions across the US. This year the School of Science and Engineering had four awardees, a tremendous sign of the vitality of the junior faculty in the college. This year's winners of the multi-year research support are Ed Golob, Department of Psychology, Scott Grayson and Jim Donahue from the Department of Chemistry, and W T. Godbey from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Other recent CAREER award winners include Hank Ashbaugh of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2008), and Zhiqiang Mao (2007) and Lev Kaplan ( 2006) of the Physics and Engineering Physics Department. 

Student Brainstorms With Nobel Laureates JUNE 23, 2009


Physics graduate student Peter Jacobson will join other young researchers to mingle with Nobel Laureates from around the world. (Photo by Sally Asher)

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Awards for Research Days FEBRUARY 18, 2009

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students received awards for having top presentations during the 20th Annual Tulane Health Sciences Research Days held on Feb. 11 and 12.

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The Building Block of Machines JANUARY 29, 2009


While microchips found in everyday electronics have gradually decreased in size until they are now smaller the point of a sharpened pencil, Tulane University scientists are making contributions to research that could one day produce semiconductors that are a million times smaller. In doing so, Alex Burin, an assistant professor of chemistry, and graduate assistant Gail Blaustein are delving into the electronic properties of DNA.

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Tidal Marsh Reveals Microscopic Insights DECEMBER 16, 2008


Mark Fox, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane, studies plant stress and diversity of insect life in Bayou Sauvage. (Photo by Sally Asher)

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Collaboration Key to Research Project OCTOBER 24, 2008


Tulane University graduate students Kate Hamlington, left, and Jerina Pillert experiment with the computational model of a micro-fluidic chamber that they've designed. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. (Photo by Alicia Duplessis)

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Pipeline to a Future in Research OCTOBER 2, 2008


John McLachlan, director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, welcomes guests to a presentation by Pipeline Project students who worked alongside researchers at the center during the summer.

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