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News: 2016-2017


Fall 2016

Female Role Models Make Science a Better Fit for Girls November 18, 2016

Middle school girls examine a bug during a Girls in STEM (GiST) program

Studies have long shown that girls are less likely than boys to be interested in math and science, but new research by Tulane University researchers published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests that matching girls with female role models could dramatically reverse that trend.

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Grad Student Helps Build Model to Study Wildfires November 11, 2016

Jordan Adams

Jordan Adams is no stranger to adventure. Adams, a doctoral student in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane, has worked in the mountains of Appalachia, the forests of Arizona and the peninsulas of Hawaii. She’s also worked right here in Louisiana, studying the hydrology of our very own Lake Pontchartrain.

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Green Apple November 11, 2016

Lisa Jackson

That’s one of the mantras and operating principles of Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, the multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California. While many workers might be daunted or even amused by such a directive, his employee of three years, Lisa Perez Jackson (E ’83), finds inspiration in the broad goal. Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, says she starts by breaking down the broad goal into more manageable pieces.

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Engineering Aid Group Helps Solve Water Problems November 8, 2016

Engineers without Borders

In the tiny Ecuadorean village of Laquigo, hundreds of residents get their water from ditches. Water for bathing. Water for cooking. Water for drinking. There’s a reason: The town of 2,400 tripled in population between 2000 and 2016, but the water distribution supply has not kept pace.

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Math Professor Awarded for Impact on the Field October 31, 2016

Mac Hyman

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) annually recognizes scientists and professionals for their contributions to research in biosurveillance, and this year Mac Hyman, a mathematics professor in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, is being honored twice.

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Tulane Workshop Exposes Boys to STEM October 26, 2016

STEM Boys

The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering exposed 70 middle school boys to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the inaugural Boys At Tulane in STEM (BATS) workshop on Saturday (Oct. 22). 

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Tulane Launches New Brain Institute October 7, 2016

Brain Institute

Tulane University formally launched its new Brain Institute, a university-wide initiative created to coordinate and support brain-related research and neuroscience endeavors at Tulane. The Institute combines expertise and research from faculty, postdocs and students (from undergraduates to Ph.Ds) at the Schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Liberal Arts, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

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Tulane Receives $1.1 Million to Study How Age Affects Blood Vessels
October 6, 2016

Bunnell and Murfee

Tulane University researchers have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of aging on the growth of new blood vessels in the human body. It is hoped that learning more about how age affects the growth of new blood vessels, also known as angiogenesis, will help guide the future treatment of diseases.

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2016 Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Warren Bourgeois III of the Class of 1974
September 19, 2016

Warren Bourgeois

Dr. Warren R. Bourgeois III of the Class of 1974 has been named Alumnus of the Year of Jesuit High School for 2016. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumnus who is recognized for his achievements and distinguished service, either to Jesuit or the community-at-large, and in many instances, both.

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Message from the Dean Fall 2016

Dean's Message – Fall 2016

After a brief stint as Interim Provost, I’m excited to have returned to my role as Dean in time to begin another year of academic success for the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering. It’s been an active summer, and we have been looking forward to welcoming many new faces to campus. The class of 2020 is the largest in Tulane’s history—1,850 new freshman, over 600 of whom have identified a primary major in the School of Science and Engineering.

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With College Nearly Complete, Devon Walker Looks to Life’s Next Chapter
September 26, 2016

Devon Walker

Tulane University’s Devon Walker will always be a name synonymous with one of the greatest individual examples of overcoming adversity and succeeding in life. Walker, who hails from nearby Destrehan, is looking to complete his master’s degree in neuroscience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology in 2014. But that’s only part of his atypical path through college.

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Tulane to Expand Engineering Offerings with New Certificate Program
September 23, 2016

Electric Circuits

The Tulane School of Science and Engineering is embarking on a new curriculum that will include certificate programs in electrical, mechanical, materials, and computational engineering. Under the program, students majoring in engineering physics may choose one of the four concentrations, enabling them to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a certificate in their specialty area.

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Ornithologist: A Career for Bird Enthusiasts September 21, 2016

Kyu Min Huh

Even before she began her freshman year at Tulane University in 2015, Kyu Min Huh, an aspiring ornithologist from South Korea, emailed various professors in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to find out what research opportunities might be available to her. She learned of three professors who accepted undergraduate research assistants, and before she knew it, she was working in the labs of all three.

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Space Maker September 21, 2016

Steve Tramonte

Steve Tramonte, an electrician with H.Rocker Electric, installs wiremold in the soon-to-be-completed Maker Space on Tulane’s uptown campus. Located in the old machine shop on Engineering Road, the facility offers direct vehicle access, adequate power, high ceilings, compressed air, and features multiple modern prototyping tools such as laser cutters, water jet cutters, and 3-D printers.

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Solving Problems with Technology September 16, 2016

Nicholas Pashos presents his product to a panel of judges.

The 2016-17 Novel Tech Challenge at Tulane University is about to begin, and students who think they might have the next big idea are encouraged to take part. Challenge activities begin with a pitch-off and networking reception Tuesday (Sept. 20) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at City Diner on the ground floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Participants will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas and network with other students, faculty, and alumni to form teams to enter the 2017 Novel Tech Challenge.

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Tulane Debuts ByWater Institute on a New Riverfront Campus Dedicated to Coastal Restoration and Protection
September 15, 2016

ByWater Dedication

Tulane University has opened the ByWater Institute and a new riverfront campus in downtown New Orleans dedicated to studying and protecting Louisiana's vital waterways and coast. The Institute will bring scholars from across disciplines together to find innovative solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing Louisiana and vulnerable communities worldwide — how to manage threats of rising water from coastal erosion, natural disasters and a changing environment.

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Tulane Researcher to use Grant to Study Children Exposed to Violence
September 6, 2016

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray, an assistant professor of psychology at Tulane University, has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant through the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. A NARSAD grant is one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Less than 200 researchers receive the prestigious grant each year, and Gray will use the money – up to $70,000 over two years – to study the development of children who have been exposed to violence or other traumatic events.

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Understanding the Need for International Research August 31, 2016

Brian Mitchell

When graduate students travel overseas to further their education through research, what is the impact of those experiences? Specifically, why do graduate students engage in international research? How do they feel the experiences have helped them scientifically and professionally? What barriers and opportunities developed later in their careers?

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Tulane Trauma Study Launches in Six New Orleans Schools August 30, 2016

Maurice McMorris

Six New Orleans public schools have been selected to participate in a Tulane University study to determine the best ways to meet the needs of trauma-exposed students.The four-year Safe Schools NOLA study is being funded by a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Justice. The study will be led by by Stacy Overstreet and Courtney Baker, both in the Psychology Department at Tulane.

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