News Archive: 2006 - 2007

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Fall 2006

Tulane Hosts Coastal Research Center August 24, 2006


Tulane University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science as the host university for its new National Institute for Climatic Change Research Coastal Center. The center, established through a nearly $1.7 million per year cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy, will solicit, review and make recommendations to the department regarding funding research projects.

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Japanese Lessons in Disaster Planning December 20, 2006


City leaders and Tulane professor Doug Meffert visit Kobe and Tokyo to learn about disaster recovery.

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Vijaya Gopu Appointed Associate Director for External Programs

Vijaya Gopu, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed associate director for external programs by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center. Gopu will transition into the new position by June 30, 2007, and afterward will remain on the Tulane faculty as research professor and distinguished scholar in the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities.

Dr. Meena Vijayaraghavan, Co-Investigator of a 2-year, $30,000 EPA Environmental Education Grant


Dr. Meena Vijayaraghavan, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department is a Co-Investigator of a 2-year, $30,000 EPA environmental education grant. She collaborated with Dr. Jessica Kastler, the educator of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) for this project. She has involved 11 students from her freshman general biology classes in service learning, on environmental monitoring and education. The students collected water quality data from several locations such as Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, and Mississippi River levees and posted their data into the LUMCON online database (Bayou side class room) for the education institutions to access and learn from.

Toward the end of their course, the students made presentations on their work at the African American Museum as part of the Tulane University Center for Public Service. Dr. Vijayaraghavan is interested in continuing the partnership with LUMCON and extending the project in future by involving her students in mentoring of students from New Orleans public schools.

Tornqvist Studies High Water, Low Land November 29, 2006


The global problem of rising sea levels could have a big impact for coastal Louisiana, says Torbjörn Törnqvist of the Tulane earth and environmental sciences department.

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Kuwait Students Teleconferencing to Tulane


About 40 students at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait (above) enjoy a discussion session across the globe with Tulane faculty member Calvin Mackie. The session, designed to inform the students about university life in the United States, was held on Tuesday (Nov. 21). Answering the long-distance questions from the Kuwaiti students were Mackie, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and a group of Tulane students. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, Kuwait.
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Memory Problems Plague Returning Soldiers September 8, 2006


Tulane psychologist Jennifer Vasterling found that Iraq war veterans are likely to suffer mild memory and attention.

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A Curriculum That Heals September 7, 2006


Tulane doctoral-level psychology students conducted art projects and other activities to help children overcome anxieties after Katrina.

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UGS Grants $24 Million in Software to Tulane August 23, 2006


The software will be available to faculty and students in the biomedical engineering, math and physics departments. Carol Burdsal (left), associate dean of the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, and Tulane development officer Tina Reynolds accept a UGS Innovations Award at a recent press conference in Baton Rouge.

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A New Look at Subsidence Issues


Near the Mississippi River levee in the Lutcher-Gramercy area, Tulane scientist Torbjörn Törnqvist uses Global Positioning System technology in his study of coastal Louisiana subsidence.

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Study Targets Post-Trauma Tissue Restoration June 16, 2006


Ken Muneoka, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology In the School of Science and Engineering, is leading a group of scientists in a $3.9-million study of tissue restoration that could lead to breakthroughs in wound healing.

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Spring 2007

High-tech Golf Putter Gets Wheelchair Players in the Game May 10, 2007


Biomedical engineering students demonstrated their invention at the opening of a specially designed mini-golf course.

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Chemical Engineering Student Winds Goldwater May 1, 2007


Harold Wick Hatch is recognized for his research with a prestigious scholarship.

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Faculty at the Heart of Science and Engineering April 26, 2007


The School of Science and Engineering recognizes faculty and gears up to add more.

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Science and Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award April 12, 2007

Prof. Perdew

Tulane University’s new School of Science and Engineering presented its first Outstanding Researcher award to physics Professor John Perdew. This event occurred on April 12, 2007 in conjunction with the School of Science and Engineering research day and Board of Advisors activities, held in the new Lavin-Bernick center.

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Engineering A New Degree April 4, 2007


Latest undergraduate program is the sum of engineering design and physics principles.

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The Chemistry of CSI, Beer and Tulane February 23, 2007


New course's popularity is no mystery considering the wave of TV shows focused on crime scene investigations.

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Living on Higher Ground February 22, 2007


Just how many people could live above sea level in New Orleans?

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Storms, Global Warming Not for the Birds February 8, 2007


Professor Thomas Sherry examines Katrina's impact on birds at study-sites.

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Tulane Physics Prof Sees the Light January 9, 2007


Professor Fred Wietfeldt is a leader in the first lab observation of light-emitting neutron decay.

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History Happening Fast in Post-Storm New Orleans January 2, 2007


Geographer and author Richard Campanella shares his insights of the city's rapidly evolving landscape.

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Summer 2007

LA EPSCoR LINKing Opportunities to Katrina JUNE 2007


Dr. Ricardo Cortez, Tulane Associate Professor of Mathematics, with Svetlana Tlupova at her May 2007 Ph.D. graduation. Louisiana EPSCOR funded Dr. Cortez’s proposal for her visit to the Cystic Fibrosis Center Applied Math Group, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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LA EPSCoR Program Helps Katrina-Impacted Researchers JUNE 2007


Tulane Physics Professor Dr. Wayne Reed, right, with Ph.D. student Pascal Enohnyaket and postdoctoral associate Dr. Alina Alb, in a University of Massachusetts lab where they relocated following Hurricane Katrina.

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Tulane to Receive Nearly $16 Million to Recruit Scientists, Commercialize Research JUNE 27, 2007

Three separate projects proposed by Tulane University were selected to receive a total of nearly $16 million dollars over the next three years by the Louisiana Board of Regents through the "Research Commercialization and Educational Enhancement Program," an initiative designed to ensure the future success of campuses most severely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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$5.5 Million Grant Funds New Vaccine Center JUNE 18, 2007


Louisiana's new center will coordinate vaccine development and capitalize upon infectious disease and vaccine research achievements.

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Neuroscientists Work on Brain Puzzles MAY 31, 2007


Two Tulane researchers' work could one day help the treatment of epilepsy, stroke, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Dohanich, Lusnia Receive Top Undergraduate Teaching Awards MAY 21, 2007


Gary Dohanich and Susann Lusnia received the Weiss Presidential Fellowship awards.

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Chocolate Toothpaste Better than Fluoride, Researcher Says MAY 16, 2007

For a healthy smile brush between meals, floss regularly and eat plenty of chocolate? According to Tulane University doctoral candidate Arman Sadeghpour an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste. In fact, his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities.

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