Academic Year 2017-18

Undergraduate News

Fall 2018

SSE Open House for New Students and their Parents

Gary talks to NSCI majors at SSE open house 8-23-18SSE hosted an open house for first year students and their parents on Thursday, August 23, 2018. After getting their snowballs or king cake or other food items, the attendees went to different classrooms in Boggs and met faculty to learn about different majors and other opportunities at Tulane.


Photo: Dr. Gary Dohanich talks to a crowded room of students interested in majoring in Neuroscience or Psychology.




Summer 2018

'Dean Jean' scholars display passion for research

Anne Caffery India 2018This summer, Anne Caffery, a senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a Public Health minor, performed her research project entitled "Studying the Health Disparities of Tibetan Refugees through the Execution and Evaluation of Louisiana Himalaya Association's Medical Assistance Program for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries". She studied the causes and effects of current health issues, disparities, and healthcare of the Tibetan community in exile in Himachal Pradesh, India. Anne received funding for her work as part of the Dean Jean Memorial Scholarship Fund.


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Environmental Biology major presents her research at national conference

Nelle Kullick ESA mtgs NOLA 2018

Danielle "Nelle" Kulick presented a poster about her research at the meeting of the Ecological Society of America on August 10, 2018. This society is the nation's largest community of professional ecologists. Nelle, a junior majoring in Environmental Biology and Anthropology, is working in the laboratory of Dr. Emily Farrer, and her project was entitled, "Effects of salinity and plant host on plant-microbe interactions in Louisiana coastal marshes".


Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience (TURN) summer program

TURN 2018 at final poster session Aug 2018

This summer, Neuroscience majors who are working in research laboratories on the uptown and downtown campuses met weekly to give oral presentations and discuss their research. On Friday, August 3, 2018,TURN held its culminating poster session in Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center.The summer research participants presented posters about their summer research projects to the Tulane Neuroscience community. Dr. Katie Black, Professor of Practice in Neuroscience, directed the program this summer.

Tulane science in Stockholm!

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Thirty-seven Tulane students, a staff member from Tulane's Office of Study Abroad, and three SSE faculty members spent four weeks together in Stockholm, Sweden this summer. Each student took two courses, taught by Drs. Donata Henry, James Maclaren, and/or Beth Wee. When not in class or on class-related field trips, the students explored Stockholm and surrounds including the Nobel Museum, Vasa Museum, and Abba Museum! A day trip to Uppsala gave everyone a chance to learn about Carl Linneas, the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalized binomial nomenclature. Stockholm is famous for its many islands, wooded areas, old town (Gamla Stan), and the wonderful tradition of "fika".

Academic Year 2017-18

Graduate Leaves Tulane with Peery Society HonorJUNE 18, 2018

Maria Gomez-Roas

Recent Tulane University graduate Maria Gomez-Roas received the 2018 William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence, the highest honor bestowed byNewcomb-Tulane College. Gomez-Roas earned a bachelor of science degree after double majoring in cell and molecular biology and French.

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052118-sophie-rhines800-sa-5820Neuroscience and Dance set the stage for a career helping others

May 21, 2018 When Sophie Rhines arrived at Tulane University, she was not set on a specific major or a specific path for post-graduation plans. She knew she enjoyed science, but she also wanted to fit her love of dance into her college education.

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mimi-chen           From China to America, Grad Finds Home at Tulane

May 11, 2018

As a Tulane student, Chen served as president of the Hunger and Homelessness Action Team of Tulane, studied aneurysms at the Tulane neurosurgery lab, was the community service chair of Alpha Kappa Psi Business co-ed organization, and helped introduce new students to Tulane as a Green Wave Ambassador tour guide, to name a few of her activities.

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Engineering Expo Showcases Student Inventions

April 19, 2018

They called their project TU Wheelies, and Tulane University biomedical engineering seniors beamed when they were invited to explain their invention. "The idea is to reduce the constraints that motorized wheelchair users face when traveling over uneven surfaces," said Dana Kaplan, who teamed up on the project with fellow seniors Laquel Brown and Catherine Starks.

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Summer 2017

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Neuroscience majors TURN to research this summer

Emily Kaminiski, right, fields questions from Neuroscience PhD students Amy Feehan (left) and Christopher Jones (center) about her summer research project during the annual Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience (TURN) program poster session at the Lavin-Bernick Center on Friday August 4. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano).

The TURN program has been providing students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research about the brain for ten years.

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Claire Lister

Stamps scholarship offers cultural immersion experience to Environmental Biology major

Tulane University senior Clare Lister used the award to spend a full semester learning about wildlife conservation and Maasai culture while living in a remote village in Tanzania. Read full story.



Spring 2017

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Inaugural Posse fellowship goes to rising junior neuroscience major  MAY 26, 2017

More than 60 Posse scholars applied, but only five college sophomores from across the nation were selected as the inaugural group of Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows. In that number was Tulane University student Younes Boulares, who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills early in his college career.
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parker-evans_1343_800_2rrSSE students win Goldwater awards    MAY 16, 2017

School of Science and Engineering student Parker Evans was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship for 2017. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Evans is a mathematics and computer science major and was one of 240 new Goldwater Scholars. Tulane students Briley Bourgeois, Engineering Physics major, and Sierra Lear, double major in Neuroscience and Chemical Engineering, were named Goldwater honorable mentions.Read the full story.

050517_james-leon800-pbc-1489Anything is possible with a posse behind you  MAY 5, 2017

James Leon won a full-tuition posse scholarship, and four years later is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Earth Science. He will return to the west coast to teach eighth grade math with Teach for America. Read the full story.

Tulane team wins NASA’s Big Idea Challenge for Spacecraft Design FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Tulane team wins NASA’s Big Idea Challenge for Spacecraft Design

Tulane University engineering students’ innovative idea for a flower-shaped, solar-powered space ferry won the top prize in NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge, a national contest to design better ways to assemble spacecraft in space.

Members of the Tulane team hold a model of their winning design. Top row, left to right: Professor Timothy Schuler, John Robertson and Matthew Gorban. Bottom row: Afsheen Sajjadi, Ethan Gasta, Otto Lyon and Maxwell Woody. Photo Credit: NASA/Harlen Capen

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Summer 2016

Students gathered in the Qatar Ballroom on the uptown campus Friday (Aug. 5) for the culminating presentation of the nine-week Neuroscience Summer Research Program.The program grants undergraduate students the opportunity to gain lab experience and develop essential public speaking skills as they prepare for a final presentation discussing their individual neuroscience research projects with an audience of their peers, faculty and graduate students.

While honing their communication skills, the reserach students were coached in critical concepts, like ethical awareness, experimental design and data analysis. They also collaborated with high school students in the Upward Bound college preparatory program. To read more about this program, click here.

Spring 2016


In the year 2000, the first Tulane University undergraduate received a degree in neuroscience. The program has grown to be one of the largest on campus, with 337 majors enrolled this semester and 85 graduates receiving degrees in 2015.

The numbers only tell part of the story, however. Recently the educational website recognized the Tulane program as one of the best in the nation, including it among the top 12 programs nationally.

“Tulane’s strong showing in neuroscience is a wonderful example of the ways we connect the undergraduate experience to our professional schools,” says Tulane President Mike Fitts. “That’s a powerful combination. And it’s great to see Tulane win this well-deserved recognition.”

What’s behind the growth of undergraduate neuroscience at Tulane? 

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Career Wave 2016
, held on Saturday, January, 23, was a huge success. In addition to panel discussions and guest speakers held throughout the day, the SSE panel addressed the question, "I don't want to be a doctor. What else can I do with a career in a STEM field?" Over 100 SSE students listened to panelists  Drew Mouton, JF Poupeau, Sadie Glick, JP Hymel, and Mary Deynoodt. Associate Dean Beth Wee moderated the panel with questions ranging from "what was the best (or worst) advice you ever received?" to "what makes an applicant stand out when applying for jobs?" to "knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?". Students in the audience asked questions, as well, and the panelists met with the students afterwards for one-on-one discussions.

Fall 2015

Students Maxwell Hunt and Jacob Edelson attended the annual Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC) in Annapolis, Maryland from November 8-10, 2015. This year's theme was "Science, Technology, and Adaptation", with a focus on Ecology and the Environment, Energy and the Developing Economies, and Climate and Technology. Students attended lectures from a wide range of professionals including keynote presentations from Dr. Charles McMillan, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Martin Jeffries, Arctic Science Advisor and Program Officer in the Office of Naval Research, and Dr. Rick Murray, Division Director for Ocean Sciences at
the National Science Foundation. The conference served as a workshop for small groups of undergraduates from a wide range of disciplines to attack problems related to the environment in a collaborative setting. Maxwell Hunt is currently working with his group to address the negative effects of island-building on marine ecosystems, such as those created in the South China Sea. Jacob Edelson's group focused on the implementation of renewable energy technologies in Bangladesh and Burma. The products of their research will be submitted for review and potential publication in the Naval Academy's peer reviewed journal.  (Photo: Max and Jacob with two naval officers at the NASEC conference.)


Congratulations to Wilson Jeter who received the 2015 Society for American Military Engineers Scholarship. "Jeter" is a senior in Chemical Engineering and  a US Navy Midshipman with Tulane's Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. During the summer 2014 and 2015, he traveled to Japan and Southeast Asia to represent the US Navy and gain valuable hands-on working experiences that will help in his training to become a US Naval officer. Jeter also has worked as a camp counselor, tutor, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. In his scholarship letter, the SAME College Scholarship Coordinator wrote, "You were selected based on your academic achievement, community involvement, and character. You are to be congratulated for your hard work and fortitude." Congrats, Jeter!! (Photo shows Wilson Jeter with Chemical Engineering professors W.T. Godbey and Anne Robinson and his ROTC officers, David Orlosky and Patrick Huett.)



For such a small organ, it is a source of some wonder that the study of the brain is so large. Now one of the fastest-growing areas of medical and biological research, neuroscience is a top career choice for aspiring physicians and researchers seeking to enter graduate-level work. Yet opportunities as an undergraduate to directly participate in neuroscience research can be few and far between — except, that is, for Tulane undergraduates. Read the Full Story »


Spring 2015

Jamie Kaplan Stays Loyal to Tulane May 8, 2015

Jamie Kaplan

When Jamie Kaplan arrived at Tulane University in 2011, she had two things on her mind: basketball and academics.

“My highest priorities when choosing where I would attend college were the combination of academics, the coaching staff and my future teammates. Tulane blew me away,” Kaplan says.

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Jamie Kaplan Reflects on 500 Career Assists January 16, 2015

Jamie Kaplan reflects on 500 career assists

Late game dramatics resulted in a 71-70 win for Tulane University women’s basketball over the University of Central Florida on Jan. 13, but another feat also took place during the game. Senior guard Jamie Kaplan hit the 500 career assists mark, becoming just the second player ever at Tulane to reach the milestone.

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Hand in Hand: Unique Collaboration Between Tulane Engineering and Medical Students Helps Improve Hospitals Spring 2015

Unique Collaboration Between Tulane Engineering and Medical Students Helps Improve Hospitals

Last month, engineering undergraduates Gregory Michaelson and Zachary Resnick joined a group of medical students at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Led by Dr. Frank Rosinia, Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at Tulane Medical School, the team presented on their efforts to improve hand hygiene at the Tulane Medical Center.

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Mardi Gras Throws and Don’ts February 9, 2015

Mardi Gras throws and don’ts

A parade route during Carnival can be a daunting place. A fun, crazy, time-of-your-life place, but daunting nonetheless, for Mardi Gras veterans and newcomers alike.

Look out for little old ladies who will put a glittered stiletto spike through your hand if you try to pick up a doubloon, and parents who will throw an elbow to keep their child’s face free and clear of flying beads.

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Students Headed for Team Gleason February 18, 2015

Team Gleason House for Innovative Living

It’s a daunting prospect that Tulane University biomedical engineering seniors face — before graduating, they must create a device or technology that helps patients with disabilities.

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Fall 2014

Copenhagen: A New Summer Destination for SSE Students Fall 2014

Copenhagen: A New Summer Destination for SSE Students

The summer of 2014 marked a new, exciting chapter for students in the School of Science and Engineering. For the first time, students had the opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark in a summer program designed to meet their academic needs. Tulane faculty members taught all of the courses offered this summer, enabling students to satisfy major, minor, or core requirements while living in Denmark.

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Professors Aim to Open On-Campus Makerspace for Collaborative Projects November 20, 2014

Professors Aim to Open On-Campus Makerspace for Collaborative Projects

Two professors proposed transforming the 120-year-old mechanical services workshop into a “makerspace” complete with 3-D printers, woodworking equipment and other tools to give students a 24/7 accessible area for creating.

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Jamie Kaplan Named Nominee for WBCA Good Works Team December 3, 2014

Jamie Kaplan Named Nominee for WBCA Good Works Team

INDIANAPOLIS – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Allstate Insurance Company announced Wednesday the 251 nominees for the 2015 Good Works Team, with Tulane University’s Jamie Kaplan named to the prestigious list. This community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.

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Summer 2014

SSE Student Honored with Highest Academic Honor Summer 2014

Joanna Eryka Lapucha

As if majoring in chemistry wasn’t enough, recent graduate Joanna Lapucha decided to receive a dual degree in French, while competing as part of Tulane’s track and field team. Lapucha made it a mission to personally challenge herself with graduate-level courses. And she did all this while maintaining the highest of cumulative grade point averages.

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Schlumberger Corp. Promotes Student Research August 7, 2014

Schlumberger Corp. Promotes Student Research

When Ben Rosenthal, a senior engineering physics major at Tulane University, got the opportunity to work in the lab of professor Doug Chrisey, he was excited about the incredible opportunity. Now his research contributions have earned him the title of Schlumberger Scholar.

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Spring 2014

Computer Science Makes a Comeback January 15, 2014

Computer science makes a comeback

Brenan Keller delights in playing the role of guinea pig. As one of a handful of Tulane University students who are in the School of Science and Engineering’s fledgling coordinate computer science major, he can’t think of a better, more practical way to prepare for his future.

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Tulane Physics Major Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship March 27, 2014

The Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 56 years of service to the United States, is the premier national award for undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The one and two-year scholarships provide up to $7,500 in tuition and other college expenses. Skylar Deckoff-Jones, a Tulane University sophomore majoring in physics, has won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, and Shreya Kashyap, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, received honorable mention.

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Capstone Projects Solve Real-World Problems April 9, 2014

Capstone Projects Solve Real-World Problems

The members of Team Inventilator, seniors majoring in biomedical engineering at Tulane University, were more than happy to explain their invention — an automated airway-suctioning device for patients on ventilators.

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Tulane Student Inventors to Participate in Team Gleason Benefit April 22, 2014

Three teams of Tulane University biomedical engineering students will showcase their inventions to assist patients with ALS and other neuromuscular diseases Thursday night as part of a fundraiser to benefit Team Gleason.

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Trio of Tulane Students Named University Innovation Fellows April 25, 2014

Three Tulane University students are among 66 students nationwide who have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways at Stanford University. The students are Kim Ma, a first-year student studying business and finance; Thien Ninh, a junior studying neuroscience and economics; and Maria Garcia Quesada, a junior studying public health and neuroscience.

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Tulane’s Costa Rica Program: Teaching Real-World Problem-Solving for the 21st Century May 7, 2014

Tulane’s Costa Rica Program

In Spring 2014, four faculty from the School of Science and Engineering participated in Tulane’s newest semester abroad program in Costa Rica: professors George Flowers and Stephen Nelson, from the Earth and Environmental Sciences department, and Thomas Sherry and Sunshine Van Bael, representing the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. They were joined by Ludovico Feoli, executive director of the Center for Inter-American Policy, and Colin Crawford, executive director of the Payson Center for International Development.

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EMT Heads to Medical School May 12, 2014

EMT Heads to Medical School

When Hannah Gilder looks back on her four years at Tulane University, she will fondly remember the professors who helped guide and support her as she planned the next phase of her life: medical school.

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Undergraduates Call Them Brilliant, Inspirational Teachers May 14, 2014

Undergraduates call them brilliant, inspirational teachers

On Saturday (May 17) at the Tulane University Commencement ceremony, two outstanding teachers of undergraduate students will be honored — Scott Grayson, associate professor of chemistry, and Jeffrey Gunshol, senior professor of practice in theater and dance. They will receive the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowships that honor faculty members who have a sustained record of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching. Recipients receive a special medal, $5,000 a year for four years, and permanent designation as a Weiss Fellow.

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Retiring CACTUS Chair Eyes Future in Health Administration May 14, 2014

Retiring CACTUS chair eyes future in health administration

Samantha “Sam” Gould, who hails from Salt Lake City, arrived at Tulane University initially considering pre-med. She became interested in psychology and public health, and how these disciplines interrelate, and she is now a candidate for graduation with a double major in public health and psychology.

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Fall 2013

Tulane's Devon Walker Back in Class August 28, 2013

Tulane's Devon Walker Back in Class

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Students Gain Firsthand Experience in Ecuador

Students Gain Firsthand Experience in Ecuador
September 25, 2013

For some Tulane University students, a bird in the hand is … well, the most interesting way to learn about conservation.

A group of eight Tulane students traveled to the mountains of Ecuador for two weeks in August to participate in a Tropical Field Biology and Conservation course led by biologists Jordan Karubian and Renata Duraes.

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Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance October 2013

Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance

Although the number of women in the field of engineering continues to grow, women still remain a minority in the profession. Every year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference to bring together women engineers from throughout the country.

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Less of a Class, More of an Experience November 7, 2013

Less of a Class, More of an Experience

This spring marks the 40th year that Tulane University will offer the Grand Canyon Colloquium, a course that directly explores the majesty of one of America’s great landscapes.

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Tulane's Devon Walker to Accept 2013 Disney Spirit Award November 22, 2013

Tulane's Devon Walker to Accept 2013 Disney Spirit Award

Tulane University senior Devon Walker will receive this year's Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure. Walker has exhibited tremendous courage and perseverance following a severe spinal cord injury last season, and has become a motivational figure for the football team, the university and the New Orleans community.

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Disney Spirit Award goes to Devon Walker December 13, 2013

Disney Spirit Award goes to Devon Walker

Tulane University senior Devon Walker received the 2013 Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football’s most inspirational figure, on Thursday (Dec. 12) during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Helping Students Prepare for the Future Winter 2013

Helping Students Prepare for the Future

A career in the health sciences can be exciting and fulfilling, especially for students interested in the sciences. But often students have limited knowledge of the wide array of potential careers available. Ed ('78) and Jami Levy recognized the benefits of helping students gain real-world experience while giving back to the community.

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A Publication Connecting the Tulane University Chemical Engineering
Class of 2009 December 2013

Class of 2009

Reflecting back on the times we spent conquering what is thought by many to be one of the most difficult undergraduate majors, I can say that each one of you was instrumental in making my education rich and fulfilling, and I wish to thank you for that. Our group of Chem-E’s is a unique, interesting, smart, and passionate group, so I hope all of you will enjoy reading about the accomplishments and exploits of your classmates in this publication as much as I did assembling it.

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Summer 2013

Undergrad Zookeeper's Job is Otter this World

Undergrad Zookeeper's Job is Otter this World
July 30, 2013

For most people, college is a means to an end, with the goal of landing a good job after graduation. For Tulane University student Dominique Fleitas, that box was checked before she took her first class. For the last six years, she’s been a zookeeper in charge of the otters at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

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Science and Engineering Recipients of Tulane 34 Awards 2013 Summer 2013

Science and Engineering Recipients of Tulane 34 Awards 2013

The Tulane 34 Award is presented to 34 graduates who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate life. Students are recognized for their exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. Named for the year the university was founded, 1834, Tulane 34 is among the most coveted university-wide honor bestowed upon students.

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Tulane graduates win kudos for biomedical engineering project: August 28, 2013

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Tulane Chemical Engineering Students Operate Plant at Nunez Community College in Chalmette: Chalmette Matters May 23, 2013

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Spring 2013

Posse Scholar Preps for Life After Tulane May 9, 2013

Chris Hanuscin

In 2009, Chris Hanuscin entered Tulane University after receiving a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation. This spring, Hanuscin and 11 other students from public high schools in the Los Angeles area will become the first Posse class to graduate from Tulane.

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Not Your Average Student-Athlete: A Feature Story About Joanna Lapucha
May 8, 2013

Joanna Lapucha

Her academic pedigree alone speaks for itself; Lapucha is currently pursuing a double major in Chemistry and French, and has maintained a GPA of 3.905 through her three years at Tulane University, earning her three Conference USA Academic Medals and a spot on the Conference USA Honor Roll during her freshman, sophomore and junior years.

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BME Senior Wins Fulbright April 3, 2013

BME Senior Wins Fulbrightt

Aubrey Kraft, a Biomedical Engineering Senior from Anchorage, AK, has just been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. The program will place her in a classroom in Malaysia to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture.

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Student’s Work in Brain Awareness Leads to Service Award May 14, 2013

Melissa Herman

The human brain always has fascinated graduate Melissa Herman. In her first year of college, she joined the Tulane University Neuroscience Association (TUNA), a special-interest group. When she was a sophomore, Herman found a way to share enthusiasm about neuroscience with high school students by launching an after-school neuroscience teaching program at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, rotating a half-dozen Tulane students as tutors.

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Public Service Leads to Her Future Career May 13, 2013

Michelle Liu

It was a fluke that Michelle Liu, soon to be a graduate of Tulane University, discovered that her passion is elder care. As a first-year student, Liu attended an activities expo on campus and signed up to volunteer at a home for the elderly.

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Senior Awarded Whitaker Fellowship April 5, 2013

Senior Awarded Whitaker Fellowship

Gisele Calderon ’13, from Baton Rouge, has been awarded a one-year fellowship as part of the 2013 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program.

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Fall 2012

Cooking With Love From Tanzania December 7, 2012

Cooking with love from Tanzania

Never had the opportunity to savor the cuisine of Tanzania? Tulane University senior Angela Czesak wants to fix that. She’s bringing the flavor of that East African nation to the rest of the world in her self-published cookbook, Kupikia Tanzania.

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Tulane Cell & Molecular Biology Students Volunteer Help to Storm Victims in Braithwaite September 30, 2012

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Tulane’s Ian Terry wins “Big Brother” September 20, 2012

Ian Terry

Whip-smart Ian Terry, a 21-year-old Tulane University engineering student, went from reality TV underdog to series champ this summer, winning $500,000 in season 14 of CBS’s “Big Brother.”

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Snow Business December 10, 2012

Snow Business

The guys from Pelican Ice arrive on campus to blow "snow" onto the Lavin-Bernick Center quad. The event is sponsored by the Science and Engineering Council of Students (the undergraduate student government of the School of Science and Engineering) in conjunction with Fridays at the Quad.

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Spring 2013

Goldwater Scholar Making the Most of Summer Break May 22, 2012

Goldwater Scholar Making the Most of Summer Break

Volunteering in East Africa, writing a cookbook, designing medical equipment — these all add up to making a difference for Angela Czesak, a biomedical engineering undergraduate student at Tulane University who received a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

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Spotlight on Undergraduate Research Spring 2012

Spotlight on Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates in the School of Science and Engineering continue to immerse themselves in exciting research projects under faculty guidance, such as investigating the ongoing effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, modeling genetic diversity in humans, and working with local companies to implement new technology.

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Tulane Engineering Students Invent Special Devices to Help Disabled March 4, 2012

Tulane Engineering Students Invent Special Devices to Help Disabled
Photo By: Chris Granger,
The Times-Picayune

Article By Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune

Because of a neurological condition called ataxia, Bennett Curran, 8, likes to hold the back of a kitchen chair and rock back and forth. But if the chair rocks too far, it tips over and Bennett tumbles to the floor.

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Tulane Student-scientists Lead Breakthrough Discoveries May 2, 2012

Tulane student-scientists lead breakthrough discoveries

From environmental protection to health and well-being, projects presented at the recent Tulane University School of Science and Engineering poster session tackled a wide range of issues. The annual event, held at the Lavin-Bernick Center on April 12, allows students to illustrate their latest research outcomes on paper posters affixed to portable walls.

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Fall 2011

Spotlight on Student Research Winter 2011

Students in Dolphin Bay

Converting newsprint to gasoline, the evolution of the strawberry poison frog, autism and red blood cells are all among the research interests that have recently drawn attention to current students in the School of Science and Engineering.

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BME Junior Chosen as Jean Danielson Memorial Scholar September 15, 2011

BME Junior Chosen Angela Czesak BME ’13 has been chosen as one of three inaugural Jean Danielson Memorial Scholars. Last Summer she volunteered in Tanzania through Engineering World Health. While there, she repaired valuable medical equipment in local hospitals and received intensive language training in Swahili.

“I have loved my experiences in Africa so far,” Csezak says. “It’s a place I know I can really help out in. Why not do it where it’s needed most?”

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Summer 2011

Excel-lent Skills Lead Student to Competition July 29, 2011

Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition

Green Wave fans, get ready to cheer on Tulane student Brian Broom-Peltz, who’s competing for a world title Aug. 1–3 in San Diego. Broom-Peltz has been selected to represent the United States in the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition in the 2010 Excel category.

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Spring 2011

Seniors’ Project Rocks! May 6, 2011


For four Tulane seniors who took the yearlong biomedical engineering design project course, developing an assistive device for elderly residents at St. Margaret’s Daughters Home in New Orleans became a labor of love. The residents of the home enthusiastically received their “Rockaway” rocking platform for wheelchair users.

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Have Bike, Will Ride … and Ride May 2, 2011

One 2011 Tulane graduate will ride off into the sunset after graduation — literally. Maria Araneta will join others who will bike across the country, stopping intermittently to build homes for low-income families.

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Fall 2010

Students’ Vision Aids Malaria Detection December 9, 2010


Undergraduates in the Tulane University biomedical engineering program have won a prize for a technology design that could detect malaria in the millions of people worldwide who are at risk for the disease.

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Summer 2010

Learning What Makes Brains Tick July 28, 2010


In laboratories on the uptown and downtown campuses, Tulane undergraduates are learning the value of basic research, sharpening their presentation skills and gaining insight into the big career picture through the neuroscience summer research program.

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Students Introduced to ‘Brain and Behavior’ June 28, 2010


Examining the physiology of a hiccup is one simple way to introduce students to the collaboration between the brain and nervous system. Beth Wee, a neuroscience professor of practice at Tulane, says that by using such accessible examples, she is able to engage a broad range of students in science and research.

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Spring 2010

Medical Degree in Six Years Plus One May 7, 2010


The Tulane School of Medicine has created an innovative new program that enables top students to get their medical degrees faster and cheaper while giving back to underserved communities in New Orleans.

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Green Legacy May 7, 2010


After graduating this spring, Alice Zhang and David Gray will leave behind them a green legacy. For the last two years, the two student recycling coordinators have been key players in a number of environmental initiatives on campus.

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Academic All-Stars April 26, 2010

Tom Luongo has several good reasons to smile. The associate dean and director of the Honors Program at Newcomb-Tulane College proudly announces that four Tulane honors students have been recognized by prestigious national scholarship programs.

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Fall 2009

Newcomb Scholars Debut December 8, 2009


The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute has introduced its first class of Newcomb Scholars. These 20 first-year women have already made big plans for the rest of their college careers at Tulane, including committing to fulfilling a junior-year service internship and presenting their own research at a campus conference during their senior year.

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Getting To Know You October 28, 2009


Talking science over coffee and beignets, neuroscience undergrads enjoy getting to know each other and Allan Kalueff, center at rear, assistant professor of pharmacology.

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Spring 2009

Class Studies New Orleans Youth APRIL 24, 2009


In his course on New Orleans youth, Michael Cunningham challenges undergraduates to consider what influences allow at-risk children to succeed. He is an associate professor of psychology. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Biomedical Engineering Students Think Big for the Disabled MARCH 11, 2009


Displaying their design of a wheelchair with automated leg rests, which won the show’s top prize, are, standing from left, students Christopher Millan, Scott D. Vermeulen and Danielle Gill. Seated is Christopher B. Rodell. (Photos by George Long)

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Creating Undergraduate Research Opportunities JANUARY 20, 2009


Undergraduate students (from left) Theodore Nathan and Lea Kaminstein discuss their research project with Gary Talarchek, along with student Shelby Farmer, right. Talarchek is senior program manager in the Center for Research-Education Activities at Tulane (CREATe). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Fall 2008

Grand Perspectives AUGUST 21, 2008


Tulane students take to the water during their 7-day raft trip in the Grand Canyon, organized by geology professor Ron Parsley as part of a multidisciplinary class. (Photos by Ron Parsley)

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Students Connect With LEGO and Climate OCTOBER 27, 2008


Tulane students Laura Matthews a nd Joseph Rohr coach students at Ecole Bilingue elementary school as they work on their entry for the FIRST LEGO League competition. (Photo by Alicia Duplessis)

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Shifting Sands on Grand Isle OCTOBER 23, 2008


Sophomore student Charlie Drain of Alpharetta, Ga., wades into the Gulf of Mexico to measure coastal erosion after Hurricane Gustav. (Photos by Sandredin “Dean” Moosavi)

Students measuring the loss of sand on the barrier island of Grand Isle, La., are seeing coastal erosion happen before their eyes. Dean Moosavi takes students in his physical geology course to the spit of land on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico where they are observing rapid land loss in southern Louisiana.

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Tulane, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt Create Engineering Partnership
OCTOBER 15, 2008


The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering has begun a new undergraduate program that will allow Tulane students to earn dual degrees in physics and engineering, Nick Alterio, dean of the school, announced. The program is in partnership with Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins universities

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Summer 2008

Summer Research in Neuroscience 2008


Tulane students learned that the best way to defeat the heat of a New Orleans summer is to study the brain in the confines of a climate-controlled laboratory.

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Top Teachers an Inspiration to Undergrads MAY 19, 2008


Recipients of the university’s highest honors for teaching undergraduates are Linda Carroll, professor of Italian, and Michael Cunningham, associate professor of psychology. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Public Service Award Honors Spirit of Giving MAY 16, 2008


Anne Marie Norman and Kelly Holmes are the first recipients of a public service award honoring undergraduate civic engagement. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Spring 2008

Enabling the Disabled FEBRUARY 20, 2008


Tulane students (from left) Marie Norman, Noel Schexnayder, Molly Oehmichen and Taylor Moss show the convertible walker/stroller they built for a 4-year-old boy with a muscle weakening condition. The team earned the highest score during a biomedical engineering design show. (Photos by George Long)

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Fall 2007

Students Make Quantum Leap DECEMBER 4, 2007


Students in the Modern Applications for Quantum Physics TIDES course get feedback from Russ Schmehl, a professor of chemistry, during a poster session held on their final day of class. The course was taught by professors Dmitry Uskov and Alexander Burin for the first time this fall. (Photo by Alicia Duplessis)

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