News: 2017-2018

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Engineering Expo Showcases Student Inventions April 19, 2018

Engineering Expo

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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A Day for the Audacious April 17, 2018

Give Green: A Day for the Audacious

Tulane University’s first-ever 24-hour giving day kicks off today, challenging the global Tulane community to “Give Green.” The excitement began at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, and ends at midnight.

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Go-to Guy April 16, 2018

Gary McPherson Honored

Chemistry professor Gary McPherson was honored for his “dedicated service and leadership” to the university since arriving in 1969.

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Give Audaciously on Give Green Day April 13, 2018

Give Green: A Day for the Audacious

The countdown has begun. For the full 24 hours of Wednesday, April 18, Tulane supporters can be a part of Give Green: A Day for the Audacious, during which participants are asked to make a gift to the Tulane Fund in support of scholarships, academics and research at the university.

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School of Science and Engineering Names Outstanding Researcher April 11, 2018

Karen Johannesson Outstanding Researcher Awar

Karen Johannesson, a professor of geochemistry and chemical hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will receive the Outstanding Researcher Award Thursday, April 12, during the 12th annual School of Science and Engineering (SSE) Research Day.

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Kimberly Foster Named Dean of Tulane School of Science and Engineering April 9, 2018

Kimberly Foster

Kimberly Foster, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), will become the new dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering. The appointment, announced by Tulane Provost Robin Forman and President Michael Fitts, is effective August 1, 2018.

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Engineering Grad Nurtures Love for Medicine March 28, 2018

Jorge Nagel

Nagel is the recipient of a 2017 medical school scholarship presented by LAMMICO, a liability insurer for medical professionals that awards a scholarship to one incoming first-year student at each of Louisiana’s three medical schools.

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Making Waves Across Generations: Brian Barcelo, ME ‘65 Spring 2018


He’s never had the pigments formally checked, but it’s safe to say that Brian Barcelo’s (Engineering 1965) blood runs olive and blue. Son of a large native New Orleans family, Barcelo’s father, brothers, and uncles all attended Tulane, his aunts worked on staff at the university, and his wife Gail, too, was a Newcomb grad.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Honors Tulane Professor March 23, 2018


Gibb’s research deals with “aqueous supramolecular chemistry,” a highly interdisciplinary research area lying at the interface of organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

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Professor Searches for Clues to Predict Volcanic Eruptions March 6, 2018


Near the eastern coast of Africa, a tectonic rift in Earth’s ancient crust is yielding clues about the effects of molten rock, or magma, on continental breakup.

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Middle, High School Science Fair Puts Spotlight on Budding Researchers March 1, 2018


This week Tulane University hosted the 62nd Annual Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair, during which sixth- through eighth-graders and high school students, exhibited and pitted their independent student research against the work of their peers.

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Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute Inspires Future STEM Careers February 21, 2018


This summer, Tulane will introduce a new program designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute in STEM (TSEI) will offer non-credit courses to middle school and high school students on campus, providing a first look into university life in New Orleans.

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Steve and Jann Paul Donate $10 Million for New Science and Engineering Building at Tulane February 21, 2018

Steven Paul

Tulane graduates Steve and Jann Paul have made a $10 million gift to support construction of a new School of Science and Engineering building at Tulane University.

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Tulane MakerSpace an Inspiration to New Orleans Schools February 8, 2018


Tulane University opened its MakerSpace in 2016, offering students and professors alike access to digital fabrication tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and lathes.

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Tulane University Presents Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence January 26, 2018

Artificial intelligence

The advent and consequences of superhuman intelligence will be the subject of a panel discussion Feb. 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium, located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the uptown campus of Tulane University.

The discussion is the opening program of the Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will include a question-and-answer session and a reception.

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Tulane Awarded $3.67 Million Grant for Quantum Computing January 2, 2018

Michael Mislove

Tulane University professor Michael Mislove has received a $3.67 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to help develop cutting-edge technology related to quantum computing.

The goal of the project is to develop tools and related methodologies for designing and analyzing programming languages for quantum computers, which are being designed to complete tasks and solve problems far more efficiently and faster than today’s computers. Although a number of prototype quantum computers already exist, the traditional methods for checking that programs are correct don’t work in the quantum setting, Mislove said.

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Fall 2017

SSE Innovation Fund Launched to Help Ideas Become Reality Winter 2017

SSE Innovation Fund Launched to Help Ideas Become Reality

The School of Science and Engineering is full of big ideas. Harry Quarls (E '74) is committed to helping these ideas become reality. Recognizing the need to provide crucial support for promising early-stage research, Quarls has generously created the Tulane Innovation Fund. This fund will provide a stable framework and needed capital infusion for enhancing novel ideas and research into positive technology advancements.

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Engineering Students Receive Real-World Experience Thanks to Entergy Winter 2017

Engineering Students Receive Real-World Experience thanks to Entergy

Last spring, New Orleans-headquartered Entergy Corporation partnered with the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering to provide undergraduate students with an exceptional opportunity. Students were able to take a two-semester engineering physics capstone course that provided real-world experience and the potential to work with major industries. Entergy — an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations — provided rising undergraduates at the School of Science and Engineering with equipment, engineering support and the type of academic challenges that propel students to create innovative solutions.

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Former Dean Inducted into School of Science and Engineering Hall of Fame December 14, 2017

SSE Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee Nick Altiero

During the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) Board of Advisors meeting on Friday, Dec. 8, in the Lavin-Bernick Center, former SSE dean Nick Altiero waited in anticipation to view his official portrait, which was painted to commemorate his innovative approach for integrating science and engineering education during his time at Tulane.

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Impulse Control Subject of Tulane Brain Institute Study December 12, 2017


A Tulane University researcher is studying why males have more impulse-control issues than females, with the ultimate goal of developing more effective preventative and treatment strategies.

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Tulane Study Evaluates the Status of Brown Pelicans Along the Gulf Coast December 12, 2017


Tulane University’s Karubian Lab has released a new five-year, two-part study on the populations of brown pelicans along the Gulf Coast. The work charts the birds’ ability to rebound from near extinction in the state of Louisiana as a result of storms and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Loss of Breeding Grounds Hits a Sad Note for Common Songbird November 29, 2017


A Tulane University researcher who studies bird migration has found that a decline in the number of wood thrushes is probably due to deforestation in Central America, not to the loss and degrading of forest in the United States where the songbird breeds.

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Society of Tulane Engineers Reconnects Alumni November 22, 2017


The alumni group the Society of Tulane Engineers (STE) strives to create new ties between Tulane graduates and the School of Science and Engineering (SSE).

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Capital One Lends Support to Girls’ STEM Workshop at Tulane November 15, 2017


The School of Science and Engineering’s Center for K-12 STEM Education hosted its 10th Girls in STEM at Tulane (GiST) program on Nov. 11, providing fifth- through seventh-grade girls the opportunity to meet and work with women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Tulane Receives $1.7 Million Grant from Department of Defense for Blood Vessel Research November 14, 2017


Tulane University’s Stryder Meadows, a cell and molecular biology professor, received a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense to study how arteriovenous malformations (AVM), which are defects in arteries, veins and capillaries, form Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 5,000 people.

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Study Looks at Link Between Ice Sheet and Climate Change November 10, 2017


A Tulane University geologist is among a team of scientists studying an ancient Canadian ice sheet to determine if its collapse could be a preview of future climate change.

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Global Tech Company Sparks Interest in Artificial Intelligence Jobs November 9, 2017


Expert engineers from one of the world’s most influential technology companies encouraged Tulane students to pursue careers in data science and artificial intelligence Wednesday during the Intel Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop held on the uptown campus of Tulane University.

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Environmental Control November 7, 2017


Since 2011, the Food and Drug Administration has approved roughly 200 novel drugs, of which approximately 25 percent are produced by cells.

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Land-building Can Reduce Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere, Study Shows
November 7, 2017


Wax Lake Delta near the Atchafalaya River is the subject of a study published in ‘Nature Geoscience.’ Alex Kolker, a Tulane professor of earth and environmental sciences, contributed to the study, which shows that land restoration can reduce the load of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Biomedical Engineering Department Celebrates 40 Years November 1, 2017

40 Year Logo

At 40 years old, the Tulane University Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the nation’s oldest. It is a global leader in providing distinctive and creative interdisciplinary solutions to biomedical engineering research and design problems.

This week, the department celebrates in style with a department conference, lab tours and a gala Thursday night at the Audubon Tea Room featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason delivering the A.C. Suhren Jr. Biomedical Engineering Lecture. Tulane President Mike Fitts will also speak.

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Study Looks at Link between Traumatic Stress and Alcohol Abuse October 24, 2017


Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to abuse alcohol, but Tulane University researcher Jeffrey Tasker is hoping a study of the brain can provide insight into the problem and catch it before it escalates.

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Working On A Miracle October 17, 2017

Daniel Rees, Bionnovation graduate student

Daniel Rees, a graduate student in the Bioinnovation IGERT program, loads samples into an aggregation rate generator (ARGEN) instrument in the Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization (PolyRMC). Rees is working under the supervision of physics professor Wayne F. Reed to quantitatively characterize the stability of therapeutic protein drugs. The stability of these “miracle drugs” is an important issue in the biotechnology sector and carefully monitored by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Tulane Lab Looks to Create 'Dream Reaction' October 10, 2017

Daniel Shantz In Lab

Tulane University’s Shantz Lab has received a two-year grant of $110,000 from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund to find a solution to one of the chemical industry's most demanding transformations, the direct conversion of benzene to phenol.

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Tulane Brain Institute Researchers Focus on Epilepsy, Autism and Schizophrenia October 3, 2017


Tulane University’s Laura Schrader, a cell and molecular biology professor and Brain Institute member, received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study the role of a Shox2, a protein in the brain important for development and function of the thalamus.

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Message from the Dean Fall 2017

Michael Herman Interim Dean

Welcome back! As we begin another exciting semester at Tulane, we here at the School of Science and Engineering are looking forward to a great year. As interim dean, it gives me great pleasure to thank our outgoing dean, Professor Nicholas Altiero, for his extraordinary service to the School. In his seventeen years as dean (first in Engineering and then in SSE), Nick has been an exemplary leader, catalyzing growth in every area of operations, and setting standards for all of us—students, faculty, and staff—to follow. We wish him all the best on his much deserved and long overdue sabbatical.

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Gift for K-12 STEM Honors Altiero Fall 2017

Nick Altiero

In the 17 years he has served as dean of the schools of Engineering (2000-2005) and Science and Engineering (2006-2017), Nicholas J. Altiero has been recognized as an innovator and leader in engineering education. To honor Altiero's personal and academic commitment to supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, Tulane alumni and friends have established the Nick and Amy Altiero Directorship for K-12 STEM Education, a role that operates at the intersection of community service and academic leadership.

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Chemical Engineering Professor Lawrence Pratt Honored by American Chemical Society September 26, 2017

Lawrence Pratt

Lawrence Pratt, a chemical engineering professor in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University, has won a prestigious American Chemical Society award.

Pratt was named winner of the 2018 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids sponsored by Exxon-Mobil.

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Tulane Research Aids in Reading Earth's Diary September 26, 2017

Kyle Straub

A Tulane University geologist has concluded a study on climate change, which will help develop climate models that simulate the effects of climate change and the Earth’s response to it.

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Tulane Receives Grant to Reduce Auto Emissions September 19, 2017

Shantz Lab Grant Emissions

Members of Tulane University’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. The three-year-old lab and its group of students have received a grant and equipment resources from SACHEM, Inc., a chemical science company.

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Tulane Student Hopes Research Will Lead to Protection from Volcanoes, Earthquakes September 12, 2017

Tulane student hopes research will lead to protection from volcanoes, earthquakes

East Africa may be a long way from the Crescent City, but it is top of mind for Tulane PhD student Sarah Oliva, who is studying data from volcanoes and earthquakes in that region. Her goal is a better understanding of how a 3,000-kilometer long deep valley — the East African rift system — formed. Ultimately, she hopes her research will enable her to work with scientists and help governments protect residents living near the rift.

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Flood Prevention Runs in the Family September 7, 2017

Flood Prevention

It was a chance encounter with a random book in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library that brought Dennis Lambert’s professional career and family history together.

Lambert was a long-timer on the Tulane campus: He enrolled and withdrew (and enrolled again) from the university over a 14-year period, eventually earning three engineering degrees by the year 2000.

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Depression Treatment May Be Improving, Tulane Study Says September 5, 2017

Benjamin Hall

In a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers associated with the Tulane Brain Institute say they have moved a step closer to improving treatment for chronic depression. The study involves deleting a subunit of the NMDA receptor complex in a specific type of brain cell in an effort to understand exactly how drugs like ketamine provide antidepressant relief.

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