News Archive: 2008 - 2009

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Fall 2008

A Concrete Solution DECEMBER 18, 2008


“I want to see the best for the people of the New Orleans. I want people to be educated about all of the options they have when building,” says Tulane alumnus Patrick Ibert. (Photo by George Long)

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Tidal Marsh Reveals Microscopic Insights DECEMBER 16, 2008


Mark Fox, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane, studies plant stress and diversity of insect life in Bayou Sauvage. (Photo by Sally Asher)

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Obama Names New Orleans Native to Lead EPA DECEMBER 15, 2008
– By Associated Press


Former New Orleans resident and Tulane University graduate Lisa Jackson is nominated Environmental Protection Agency administrator by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Louisiana First Lego League Tournament DECEMBER 6, 2008


2008 Climate Connections
Saturday, December 6, 2008

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New Orleans’ Recovery Needs ‘Unconventional Thinking’ DECEMBER 4, 2008


With rising sea levels and diminishing wetlands, new ways of thinking are crucial to preserving New Orleans and Louisiana, say Torbjörn E. Törnqvist and Douglas J. Meffert of Tulane. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Presidential Symposium Focuses on Infectious Diseases’ Global Risks
DECEMBER 1, 2008


Tulane University holds its 2008 Presidential Symposium — “Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Risks” — on Dec. 4 and 5. The symposium will feature a free public session by prizewinning author John Barry, whose New York Times best-seller The Great Influenza chronicles the 1918 flu pandemic.

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Old Wine in New Bottles NOVEMBER 21, 2008


Bruce Fleury addresses a packed house in Freeman Auditorium for his Last Lecture on creationism and intelligent design. (Photos by Zack Smith)

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Nobel Laureate to Speak on 'Science, Society and Sustainability'
NOVEMBER 21, 2008


Nobel Prize-winner Harold Kroto sees environmental disaster looming unless humans take shared responsibility to stop it from happening. (Photo by Nicholas Sinclair)

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Cowen Institute Funds Faculty Research November 11, 2008


Peter Scharf, research professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will lead a study of ways to reduce the risk of gun violence by New Orleans youth. Funding for the study comes from the Cowen Institute. (Photo by George Long)

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Louisiana’s Oil Future Not So Bleak NOVEMBER 11, 2008


Although Louisiana’s economy depends heavily on the petroleum industry, faculty member Eric Smith believes the oil derricks will keep pumping through the economic crisis. (Photos by Ryan Rivet)

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Students Connect With LEGO and Climate OCTOBER 27, 2008


Tulane students Laura Matthews a nd Joseph Rohr coach students at Ecole Bilingue elementary school as they work on their entry for the FIRST LEGO League competition. (Photo by Alicia Duplessis)

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Collaboration Key to Research Project OCTOBER 24, 2008


Tulane University graduate students Kate Hamlington, left, and Jerina Pillert experiment with the computational model of a micro-fluidic chamber that they've designed. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. (Photo by Alicia Duplessis)

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Shifting Sands on Grand Isle OCTOBER 23, 2008


Sophomore student Charlie Drain of Alpharetta, Ga., wades into the Gulf of Mexico to measure coastal erosion after Hurricane Gustav. (Photos by Sandredin “Dean” Moosavi)

Students measuring the loss of sand on the barrier island of Grand Isle, La., are seeing coastal erosion happen before their eyes. Dean Moosavi takes students in his physical geology course to the spit of land on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico where they are observing rapid land loss in southern Louisiana.

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Tulane, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt Create Engineering Partnership
OCTOBER 15, 2008


The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering has begun a new undergraduate program that will allow Tulane students to earn dual degrees in physics and engineering, Nick Alterio, dean of the school, announced. The program is in partnership with Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins universities

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Scientist Explores How Genes Guide Organ Formation OCTOBER 13, 2008


YiPing Chen is back in the laboratory on the Tulane uptown campus after a two-year absence. He is chair and professor of cell and molecular biology. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Pipeline to a Future in Research OCTOBER 2, 2008


John McLachlan, director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, welcomes guests to a presentation by Pipeline Project students who worked alongside researchers at the center during the summer.

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Alumnus Sails Into Beijing Olympics AUGUST 22, 2008


John Dane III has waited a lifetime for his shot at the Olympics. At 58 and four decades after setting his goal, the Tulane civil engineering graduate finally got his chance to represent the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.

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Grand Prespectives AUGUST 21, 2008


Tulane students take to the water during their 7-day raft trip in the Grand Canyon, organized by geology professor Ron Parsley as part of a multidisciplinary class. (Photos by Ron Parsley)

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Spring 2009

Tetlow and Perdew Win Teaching Honors MAY 19, 2009


Amazing, inspiring and passionate are words that Tania Tetlow’s students use to describe the associate professor of law. John Perdew, professor of physics, is recognized for teaching with simplicity, clarity and elegance. For their achievements in teaching, Tetlow and Perdew received the Tulane University President’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching at University Commencement on Saturday (May 16).

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Plans in Works for Wetlands Observatory MAY 6, 2009


Staff members from the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research look at a potential site for a new environmental laboratory. They are, from left, Douglas Meffert, Giselle McKinney, Yannis Vassilopoulos and Charles Allen. (Photo by Yannis Vassilopoulos)

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Physicist Celebrated for Life’s Work MAY 4, 2009


John Perdew, professor of physics at Tulane for more than 30 years, is being honored for contributing to density-functional theory for better understanding of chemistry and physics. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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2009 Alumni Awards Celebration MAY 3, 2009

Sunday May 3, 2009
Audubon Tea Room

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Office of Global Health Opens APRIL 24, 2009


Olivier Brochenin, left, Consul General for France, shares enthusiasm with Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein, center, and Pierre Buekens, right, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, on the opening of the Office of Global Health. (Photo by Rick Olivier)

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Class Studies New Orleans Youth APRIL 24, 2009


In his course on New Orleans youth, Michael Cunningham challenges undergraduates to consider what influences allow at-risk children to succeed. He is an associate professor of psychology. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Chemist Recognized as Outstanding Researcher APRIL 16, 2009


Michael Herman, professor of chemistry in the School of Science and Engineering, received the 2009 Outstanding Researcher Award during the school’s third-annual Research Day. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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NIA Directors Regional Meeting on Aging Research APRIL 14, 2009

Free and Open to Faculty and Students.

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Selling the Perks of Science APRIL 7, 2009


Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal wants to expose more of the state’s children to math- and science-based careers. On Friday (April 3) she charged engineers at the ninth annual Tulane Engineering Forum with the task of speaking up about the perks of working in science.

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9th Annual Tulane Engineering Forum APRIL 3, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Professors Win Early Career Awards APRIL 2, 2009


National Science Foundation grants will allow assistant professors James Donahue, left, and W T. Godbey to establish their own laboratories at Tulane. Donahue is in chemistry and Godbey is in chemical and biomolecular engineering. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Scientists Seek to Understand Channel-Like Erosion MARCH 12, 2009


Seepage caused by underground flow of water is the likely cause of the network of channels scouring the levees along the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal, a Tulane scientist says. (Photos from Kyle M. Straub)

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Biomedical Engineering Students Think Big for the Disabled MARCH 11, 2009


Displaying their design of a wheelchair with automated leg rests, which won the show’s top prize, are, standing from left, students Christopher Millan, Scott D. Vermeulen and Danielle Gill. Seated is Christopher B. Rodell. (Photos by George Long)

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Forging the Environment for Innovation MARCH 10, 2009


During the Burkenroad Symposium, National Science Foundation director Arden L. Bement Jr. stresses the importance of science in rebuilding the nation’s economy. (Photos by George Long)

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Biomedical Engineering Design Show Celebrates 20th Anniversary
MARCH 7, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tulane Uptown Campus
Boggs Center for Energy & Biotechnology - Lobby

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Awards for Research Days FEBRUARY 18, 2009

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students received awards for having top presentations during the 20th Annual Tulane Health Sciences Research Days held on Feb. 11 and 12.

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Steve Darwin is Steve #1000 FEBRUARY 14, 2009


A kilosteve attained! A new Darwin inaugurates the third century of evolution!

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The Building Block of Machines JANUARY 29, 2009


While microchips found in everyday electronics have gradually decreased in size until they are now smaller the point of a sharpened pencil, Tulane University scientists are making contributions to research that could one day produce semiconductors that are a million times smaller. In doing so, Alex Burin, an assistant professor of chemistry, and graduate assistant Gail Blaustein are delving into the electronic properties of DNA.

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Creating Undergraduate Research Opportunities JANUARY 20, 2009


Undergraduate students (from left) Theodore Nathan and Lea Kaminstein discuss their research project with Gary Talarchek, along with student Shelby Farmer, right. Talarchek is senior program manager in the Center for Research-Education Activities at Tulane (CREATe). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Faculty Receive Community-based Research Grants JANUARY 15, 2009

faculty-grantSadredin “Dean” Moosavi, right, a professor of practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, works on a beach erosion project with students at Grand Isle, La., a spit of land on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo from Dean Moosavi)

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Summer 2009

Student Brainstorms With Nobel Laureates JUNE 23, 2009


Physics graduate student Peter Jacobson will join other young researchers to mingle with Nobel Laureates from around the world. (Photo by Sally Asher)

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Dr. John Dauns June 4, 2009

John Dauns

Dr. John Dauns, Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University, born Riga, Latvia, June 11, 1937 (as Jani Drinks), died in New Orleans, June 4, 2009. He was an internationally known algebraist, reporting on his research at numerous conferences. John authored four books and sixty seven research papers, all but one in the field of abstract algebra. He also had a lifelong interest in physics. John was devoted to mathematics and could be found in his office in Gibson Hall almost every day of the week.

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Muneoka Leads Limb Regeneration Research JUNE 3, 2009


As biology professor Ken Muneoka and his research team try to understand the genetics behind limb regeneration in salamanders, they hope to make progress for tissue regeneration in humans.
(Photo by Rick Olivier)

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Tulane Scientist to Study Limb Regeneration JUNE 14, 2009

Ken Muneoka, a professor of cell and molecular biology at Tulane, is leading a team that will study limb regeneration in the axolotl, or Mexican salamander.

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River Power Project Proposed JULY 9, 2009


"Daytime or nighttime, rain or shine, the river is always rushing through the front door of our city, and it's something that can be part of our energy security and energy independence," says Doug Meffert, project director of RiverSphere. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

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