News: 2018-2019

Fall 2018 | Spring 2019

Spring 2019

School of Science and Engineering Celebrates Exceptional Alumni April 8, 2019

School of Science and Engineering celebrates exceptional alumni

Azaleas and irises aren’t the only things blooming on Tulane’s campus. Each spring, the School of Science and Engineering showcases its brightest talent at its Alumni Awards ceremony. The 11th annual ceremony took place on April 4, honoring Dr. Michael D. Chafetz, Stasia Widerynski, and Dr. Warren R. Bourgeois, III.

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Pure Math March 2019

Lisa Fauci

Legendary math professor Lisa Fauci is a pioneer in math modeling, an award-winning scholar and a mentor to graduate students working at the interface of math, scientific computing and basic biology.

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Two New Members Named to Board of Tulane spring, 2019

New Board Members

William Marko, managing director at an investment banking group based in Houston, and Ann Tenenbaum, a philanthropist in New York City focusing on the arts and education, have been elected to the Board of Tulane, the main governing body of Tulane University.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lieutenant General David H. Berger – Class of 1981 March 29, 2019

Alumni Spotlight: Lieutenant General David H. Berger – Class of 1981

Lt. General David H. Berger has been nominated to replace Gen. Robert B. Neller as the next top Marine. His nomination to serve as the next commandant was received by the Senate on March 26, according to a congressional posting. Upon final confirmation from the Senate, Berger will pin on a fourth star and become the Corps’ 38th commandant.

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Tulane Professor Honored as Top 25 Newsmaker March 20, 2019

ENR Award

Ehab Meselhe, a professor in the River-Coastal Science and Engineering Department at Tulane University, will be honored this week for his contribution to the development of a coastal master plan for Louisiana.

Meselhe is being recognized as a Top 25 Newsmaker by the Engineering News-Record, joining construction industry leaders from across the United States who the publication hailed as astute leaders, risk takers, clever problem solvers and passionate community servants.

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Tulane Alumna Monique Cola: Scientist and Principal March 1, 2019

Monique Cola

Monique Cola (G ’04) trained as a neuroscientist, then pivoted to an academic career — for the love of research. Now, as principal of Sci High, she encourages high schoolers to be STEM-literate and to consider STEM careers.

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Tulane to Begin New Master’s Program in Materials Engineering February 27, 2019

Word Cloud

The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering is launching a new master’s program designed to help graduates land careers in such fields as biotechnology, aerospace, defense, information technologies and energy.

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Pierre Conner to lead Tulane Energy Institute February 26, 2019

Pierre Conner

The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has named Pierre E. Conner III, a senior energy and finance executive with more than 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, to lead the Tulane Energy Institute.

Conner will become executive director of the institute and a professor of practice on July 1, 2019.

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Tulane MakerSpace to Be Named in Honor of Donor, Graduate February 15, 2019

Dr. Scot Ackerman

The MakerSpace at Tulane University, which offers students and professors access to digital fabrication tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and lathes as well as traditional hand and power tools, will be named the Scot Ackerman MakerSpace, thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Scot Ackerman.

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New Study Analyzes How Falling in Love Influences the Immune System in Women February 13, 2019

Damian Murray

As Valentine’s Day arrives, there’s no doubt love is once again in the air during this annual holiday that dates as far back as the 14th century. So, what exactly does it feel like to fall in love and how does love affect us as humans? Many scientists have proven falling in love has its physical benefits on both men and women, but can falling in love influence the immune system in women?

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Tulane Study Says Seas May Be Rising Faster Than Thought January 30, 2019

Breton Sound Marshes

A new Tulane University study questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas such as southern Louisiana is measured and suggests that the current method underestimates the severity of the problem. The research is the focus of a news article published this week in the journal Science.

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New Deans, New Directions January 8, 2019

New Group of Incoming Deans

They are an academic quartet, this new group of incoming deans, and they are all happy to have shown up on campus this fall within a few months of each other.

They’ve never heard of it happening at any other university: four new deans at four of the nine academic schools.

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Tulane Professor Flying High with New Bird Lecture Series January 8, 2019

Bird Lecture Series

From the woodpecker and the parrot to the falcon and the dove, birds are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet.

As Tulane biologist and birding expert Bruce Fleury says, “Birds are phenomenally interesting—and often extremely surprising—in their biology, physiology, aerodynamics and their multifaceted behavioral adaptations.”

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Fall 2018

Message from the Dean Winter 2018

Kimberly Foster, Dean

At the end of this Fall Semester, I find myself reflecting on my transition to Tulane and what it means to lead a School of Science & Engineering. It is a great benefit to all of us including the faculty, students, alumni and the community that we are part of a University that saw boundaries between Science & Engineering as a hinderance and created what we know as SSE.

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From Lab to Space December 2018

From Lab to Space

Wound-healing technology developed at Tulane by former biomedical engineering graduate students blasted off on the SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship for experiments on the International Space Station.

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Tulane Professor Honored Nationally for Pioneering Research December 4, 2018

Lisa Fouci

Much like computer models predict the paths and strengths of hurricanes, computer modeling can also be used to predict how phytoplankton move through the ocean or how artificial heart valves change the way blood flows in the heart.

This is known as the fluid dynamics of swimming organisms, and it is an area of research that has flourished in the past decade. Tulane University mathematics professor Lisa Fauci is one of the nation’s foremost experts in fluid dynamics, and for that she has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious American Physical Society (APS).

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Advanced Cancer Patients Can Live Longer With Palliative Care, Tulane Study Says November 27, 2018

Michael Hoeger and Laura Perry

A team of researchers led by Michael Hoerger, assistant professor of psychology, psychiatry and oncology at Tulane, sampled 2,092 patients with advanced cancers, most commonly lung and gastrointestinal cancers. They used a statistical method called meta-analysis to combine the results of eight randomized clinical trials that examined the impact of outpatient palliative care on patients’ survival and quality of life.

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Students and Alumni Celebrate A Tulanian Thanksgiving November 2018

Arman and Parents

As Tulanians gathered at the Sadeghpour home last week, the program’s Thanksgiving edition was no different with the exception of the number of Tulanians present (it’s much more than 12). The Sadeghpours generously invited 50 current students, TAA board members, and staff members to the feast, resulting in a multi-generational meal connected by an affection for Tulane.

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Lessons from Peru October 25, 2018

BME Students In Peru

They delighted in everything Peru had to offer, from fishing on the Amazon to bird-watching in the rainforest to surfing on the Pacific. But this was anything but a vacation.

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Prostate Cancer Patients Target of New $1.6M Tulane Study October 16, 2018

Quincy Brown

J. Quincy Brown, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will join forces with what he calls an interdisciplinary “dream team” of engineers, mathematicians and clinicians to develop a rapid microscopy scanner to assure that tumors are completely removed during surgery.

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Message from the Dean Fall 2018

Kimberly Foster, Dean

I am pleased to welcome everyone to Tulane for the 2018 fall semester. I hope the summer left you all excited and energized for another great year. It is my great pleasure to join you as your new Dean of Science & Engineering.

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A Tulane internship of Seismic Proportions September 26, 2018

Cynthia Ebinger and Makiyah Cormick

As a research intern in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, Makiyah Cormick, a senior at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, worked closely with scientists to analyze seismic data from around the world. He was especially interested in the possible causes of an earthquake swarm on Comoros, a volcanic chain off the eastern coast of Africa, in May and June of 2018.

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Three Faculty Members Named Duren Professors for 2018-19 September 21, 2018

Christopher Oliver, Adam McKeown and Laurie Earls

The Duren Professorship Program is designed to encourage team-teaching and the development of multidisciplinary courses by liberal arts, science and engineering faculty members. Duren Professors receive a $5,000 stipend, plus up to $5,000 in additional funding to support unique programming or to secure partial release from departmental teaching responsibilities.

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Study Shows Parents Display More Conservative Attitudes September 17, 2018

Nicholas Kerry

These old sayings are more than just clichés. They can be considered examples of a certain type of individual perspective, one that portrays our world as a dangerous place—a perspective parents might use to instill caution in their children.

Some evidence supports the idea that socially and morally conservative values may arise from perceived threats or danger, said Nicholas Kerry, a PhD student in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering.

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Tulane Researcher Wins National Junior Faculty Award August 20, 2018

Nicholas Sandoval

The awards recognize faculty members for their work in any of five science and technology disciplines: engineering or applied science; life sciences; mathematics and computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management or education.

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