CBE News: 2011–2012

Spring 2012 | Fall 2011

Top ⇑Spring 2012

Doctoral Student Wins Gates Foundation Grant Summer 2012

Lakhinder Kamboj

Lakhinder Kamboj, a doctoral student in Noshir Pesika’s laboratory submitted a winning proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation netting a $100,000, Round 8 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.

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CBE Alumnus and Former Professor Now UK's Engineering Dean July 2012

John Walz

John Y. Walz, BS ’82 and former Tulane chemical engineering faculty member is now the 10th dean of the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering.

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Pilot Plant Designed by Students, For Students July 16, 2012


A pilot chemical plant on the campus of Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish, La., is helping students from both Nunez and Tulane University develop their skills and gain real-world experience.

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Undergraduates Gain Research and Outreach Experience Summer 2012


Undergraduates from Tulane and several U.S. Universities participated in the C-MEDS and LA-SiGMA Research Experience for Undergraduates programs this summer (2012).

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LA-SiGMA 2012 Graduate Student Retreat and Lecture Summer 2012

Peter J Feibelman

More than 70 participants, including Tulane faculty and staff attended a morning lecture organized and hosted by Lawrence Pratt, lead investigator featuring physicist and author, Peter Feibelman (R), entitled “Junior Scientist Survival Training.”

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CBE Student Ian Terry ‘Big Brother’ season 14 houseguest July 16, 2012


Even before the cast of “Big Brother 14” moved into its house, Ian Terry, a Tulane engineering student and this season’s youngest houseguest, was making it known that he’s no amateur when it comes to strategizing a win.

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Ceremony Celebrates Alumni Achievements May 2, 2012

Tommy Meehan ('83) right

Tommy Meehan ('83) receives the SSE Outstanding Service Award at the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering alumni awards ceremony in the Lavin-Bernick Center on April 12.

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Sun’s rays fuel bright idea for cleaner drinking water APRIL 11, 2012

Olivia Chang & Alex GirauAlex Girau, a chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate student, teamed up with medical student Olivia Chang to develop SODI-CAN – a plastic container with a proprietary coating inside that kills germs and bacteria in water when heated by the sun.

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Prof-in-Residence Helps Create Unique Community MARCH 22, 2012

godbey-familyA unique community exists at Wall Residential College, where students and faculty members gather to exchange ideas about academics, sports, music, life after graduation or whatever is on their minds. W Godbey, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, joined the community as the Wall professor-in-residence this academic year, along with his family.

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CBE Graduate Appointed Assistant Professor 2012

Hong Song, a former doctoral student in Kim O'Connor's laboratory, was appointed assistant professor in the Division of Nuclear Medicine of the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Song earned a combined Ph.D. in chemical engineering and M.S. in molecular and cellular biology from Tulane in 2003. He is currently working on targeted therapy of breast cancer metastases using novel approaches, such as cancer vaccines in combination with targeted alpha-particles to overcome tumor immunosuppression.

Robinson Invested as Boh Professor of Engineering MARCH 13, 2012

Robinson_investitureAnne Skaja Robinson belongs to a core group of women who are changing the face of scientific research. A ceremony on Friday (March 9) celebrated Robinson’s accomplishments and honored her investment as the Catherine and Henry Boh Professor of Engineering in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.

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Boh Family Enhances Tulane Engineering MARCH 13, 2012

Robinson-Bohs_1Anne Skaja Robinson said she was drawn to Tulane because of the opportunity to enhance her research and teaching as the Boh professor and at the new Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation, opening this fall.

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EPA’s Lisa Jackson to address Tulane Commencement MARCH 12, 2012

031212_lisajackson_2Lisa Jackson, the New Orleans native whose life journey has taken her from the Ninth Ward to the White House, will deliver the keynote address at the Tulane University Commencement 2012, which will take place at 9 a.m. on May 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Researchers Use Crawfish Shells and Sugar Cane to Clean Contaminated Groundwater FEBRUARY 27, 2012

Bhanu Sunkara-courtesy WGNO TV New Orleans On WGNO's News With a Twist, graduate student Bhanu Sunkara, explains how composite particles are made from Louisiana sugarcane and crawfish shells. These particles absorb chemicals in contaminated groundwater and naturally degrade reducing clean-up time from decades to months.

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Top ⇑Fall 2011

Tulane Leads Group to Design New Dispersants NOVEMBER 1, 2011

Vijay John-GRIA consortium of research institutions led by Tulane University is slated to receive a $10.34 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to help develop new dispersants that more favorably balance effectiveness and toxicity in combating deep-sea drilling accidents.

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Photos: From Space to Homecoming October 25, 2011

Photos: From Space to Homecoming Students, parents and alumni give a warm welcome to alumnus and astronaut Doug Hurley during homecoming events. Hurley piloted the final mission of the space shuttle Atlantis earlier this year.

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

excel-skills_1 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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Flower Hall to Blossom on Campus July 26, 2011

flowerhall Construction on Flower Hall will begin in August to replace Taylor Laboratory on the uptown campus. The outdated facility, built in 1949, has become unsuitable for contemporary research.

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Anne Skaja Robinson to Chair Department JULY 18, 2011

anne-skajaAnne Skaja Robinson, a leading researcher in the field of biochemical engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University.

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