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Senior electrical engineering students work with a Siemens & Halske four pole machine in the dynamo laboratory located in the engineering building, which was part of the Tulane University College of Technology around the turn of the century.
Kim O’Connor, a professor in Tulane University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a three-year $599,638 grant from the National Science Foundation to study ways to improve the survival of mesenchymal stem cells once they are implanted in patients.
Robin Forman, a Harvard-trained mathematician who currently serves as the dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, has been named Tulane University’s new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective Sept. 1. Forman replaces Michael Bernstein, who stepped down June 30 after nearly nine years in the same role.
Students work in the machine shop laboratory of the mechanic arts program in the Tulane University College of Technology, circa 1905.
Students gathered in the Qatar Ballroom on the uptown campus Friday (Aug. 5) for the culminating presentation of the nine-week Neuroscience Summer Research Program.
The program grants undergraduate students the opportunity to gain lab experience and develop essential public speaking skills as they prepare for a final presentation discussing their individual neuroscience research projects with an audience of their peers, faculty and graduate students.
At age 12, Berlin native Carola Wenk first discovered her passion for computer science in an unlikely place — a German department store. “They had computers in department stores, and I thought it was the coolest thing to go there and program a little loop that would say ‘hello’ 20 times. I always loved it,” said Wenk. Currently an associate professor of computer science, Wenk joined the Tulane University faculty in 2012 as the department was being re-established with an interdisciplinary focus.
This summer, the Newcomb College Institute (NCI) of Tulane University funded 26 student internships in New Orleans and around the world. NCI offers research and internship grants for women at Tulane. One of these students is Liat Perlin, who works at Bija Vidapeeth (Earth University), a Doon Valley learning center in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
While many Tulane University students leave New Orleans for the summer, Taylor McCrady, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, traded her vacation time for experience through an internship with LaCell, a company that generates stem cells for scientific research.
Mason Varuso, a senior at Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, focuses on his project for Intro to Electronics, which is part of the Tulane Science Scholars Program for high school students to earn college credit.
For two days in July, exuberant groups of high school students enrolled in the Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) gathered in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall on the uptown campus to discuss the ways our world uses energy and why STEM fields are important.
The Tulane Science Scholars Program grants high school students the opportunity to take college-credit courses while living in campus housing.
By devising and creating different landforms using stream tables, sand, gravel, and rocks, students in Physical Geology Lab explore how water creates various landforms, like stream channels and deltas, through erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment.
Sonia Kovalevsky was the most widely known Russian mathematician of the 19th century as well as an advocate for women’s rights and the first modern European woman to attain a full professorship.
The School of Science and Engineering (SSE) was formally established on July 1, 2006. Establishment of the School was a key element of the Tulane University “Plan for Renewal”, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating impact on Tulane, New Orleans, and the Gulf region. As this Newsletter goes to press, the School is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
The School of Science and Engineering experienced an exceptional 2015-2016 school year. During this year’s commencement, 451 undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate degrees were presented. Outstanding SSE faculty and students were also honored for their achievements during their time at Tulane.
This year, six SSE students received the Tulane 34 Award. This prestigious award is presented to 34 graduates from Tulane's 10 schools and colleges, and recognizes students for their exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. Named for the year in which the university was founded, the Tulane 34 Award is among the most coveted university-wide honors bestowed upon students. The 2016 SSE winners included Nina Baumgartner, Marguerite O’Quinn, Mysia Dye, Cooper Battle, Gabriella Runnels and Tyler Fukae.
Tulane University is joining forces with Texas A&M in one of five regional centers located across the United States as part of the $140 million Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced by the White House this week.
Leah Walsh, a psychology and classical studies major from Fairfield, Connecticut, was studying for finals in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library when she received an unexpected email — a notice congratulating the rising senior for earning a $5,000 summer research grant from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.
Atlanta businessman and nonprofit leader Douglas Hertz has been named chair-elect of the Board of Tulane, the university's main governing body. Hertz’s three-year term as chairman will begin July 1, 2017.
Tulane University alumna Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, and former head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will speak in New Orleans during the American Society for Engineering Education’s 123rd annual conference. The event takes place in the New Orleans Convention Center from June 23 through June 29.
Competition was stiff, but in the end, Tulane University associate professor of computer science Ramgopal Mettu and 2015 Tulane graduate Samuel Lensgraf came up winners.
It’s an industrywide problem: Fewer women than men practice computer science. Fast Company reported in March 2016 on a new study by the financial software and data firm Smart Asset that U.S. women make up only 26.5 percent of the tech workforce. And women earn, on average, just 85 percent of what male workers do in similar positions.
It is considered the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious junior faculty award program, and this year, Tulane University assistant professor Julie Albert is in the CAREER award's class of 2016. Albert, the Robert and Gayle Longmire Early Career Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is one of 160 recipients from 88 institutions across the United States.
The growth of the technology sector of the New Orleans economy has been “massive.” That’s how Neel Sus, owner of Metairie-based Susco Solutions and a 1999 Tulane engineering graduate, describes it. A study released last year by Greater New Orleans Inc., a regional economic development organization, reported that the knowledge-based sector of the New Orleans economy increased by 37 percent from 2007–2015.
In August 2012, as a freshman from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Skylar Deckoff-Jones never expected to be a role model to those involved in the science and research departments at Tulane University. Later, Deckoff-Jones authored a publication that consists of his research on the nonlinear optical properties of ultrathin crystals. “The fact that I’ve contributed new knowledge to the scientific community is one of my proudest moments from my time at Tulane,” he says.
For two years, Madeline Sell, a 2016 graduate of Tulane University, split time between hitting the books and working in a lab at the Tulane Cancer Center.
The 20-year-old chemical and biomolecular engineering major from Phoenix collaborated with an innovative research team there, examining the roles of toxic metals nickel and cadmium as cancer-causing agents.
Three outstanding alumni were honored for their contributions to science and engineering, and the university on March 18, 2016 at the eighth annual School of Science and Engineering Alumni Awards Ceremony held at the Audubon Tea Room.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such successful and dedicated alumni,” says Nicholas Altiero, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering. “These awards showcase not only the achievements of these three individuals, but also the accomplishments of the school as a whole.”
During her time at Tulane, graduating senior Erin Weisman has devoted over 500 hours to service in classrooms throughout New Orleans. Committed to changing lives for the better, Weisman teaches during the day and attends her education classes in the evening. Weisman will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a psychology and early childhood education major from the School of Science and Engineering on May 14. She is part of Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program.
It’s called a Schmidt hammer, and for the past eight years, it has been a critical tool in the research of Nicole Gasparini, an associate professor in the Tulane Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Also known as a Swiss hammer, it measures the elastic properties or strength of concrete or rock. Gasparini is a geomorphologist, a scientist who studies the evolution and configuration of landforms. She has been using the device to gain a better understanding of bedrock river erosion.
From the time he was a kid watching “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” Brian C. Templet knew he wanted to help people by being a doctor. At 25, he will be the youngest graduate in the 2016 Tulane University School of Medicine class at the Unified Commencement Ceremony on May 14. Templet is among the first graduating class of the Tulane Accelerated Physician Training Program.
If there was ever any doubt that unusual career paths can lead to success, Amy Goodson, the newest National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane has laid that notion to rest. “I’m not your traditional grad student,” says Goodson, 30, a native of Denver and a first-year Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. “I didn’t fit into the standard box.”
James T. Rogers, Professor Emeritus, joined the Department of Mathematics at Tulane University in 1998 and remained until his retirement in 2010. During his 42 years, he received numerous National Science Foundation grants and traveled both to present his work at conferences and to collaborate with other mathematicians. He was proud of his numerous awards for Excellence in Teaching, and served as faculty advisor to the Tulane Athletic Department and the Board of Trustees. During his career, Jim was most interested in continuum theory, with an emphasis on homogeneity, and developed an interest in dynamical systems, especially holomorphic dynamics of the complex plane.
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) announces the election of Asis Lopez, a Tulane doctoral student, to its board of directors. SACNAS is a national organization that promotes diversity in STEM fields, especially for Chicano, Hispanic and Native American students and professionals.
As in past years, the School of Science and Engineering Student Government and SSE student organizations did a superb job in organizing a week filled with amazing events for 2016 Science and Engineering Week. This year, SSEGS and SSE expanded on the prior success with more students and alumni engaged and new activities.
On any given day of the year, innovation and experimentation characterize the research conducted in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane. New publications, insights, and applications arise from researchers in the School of Science and Engineering on a regular basis, advancing their fields and shaping our world. Yet on one special day each spring, those advances are singled out for special recognition: at the annual SSE Research Day, held this year on April 8.
Tulane University doctoral student Nicholas Pashos is continuing to gather recognition and funding for his BioAesthetics company, which won the $25,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Prize, and then first place in a challenge round for $1,000, at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston.
Eight teams of student researchers went toe-to-toe on April 13 during the second annual Tulane Novel Tech Challenge, a competition that empowers students to improve the environment, human health, education and urban infrastructure through technology. Following brief, pitch-style presentations, a panel of judges chose two winning teams, and a third team took home the crowd favorite prize.
A device to prevent pressure ulcers in patients undergoing medical procedures won first place and a grand prize of $25,000 in the 2016 Tulane Business Model Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, took place on Friday afternoon (April 15) with the winners announced that evening during an awards gala at the Audubon Tea Room.
Dr. Steven Paul got his start in medical research in Dinwiddie Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus. In the laboratory of professor Merle Mizell, Paul was an undergraduate student worker feeding frogs for developmental biology and cancer research.
"Just look around my office," Tulane chemical engineering assistant professor Julie Albert said. "Nearly every piece of furniture involves a polymer in some way." She gestured to her desk and chairs made of wood and plastic, both polymeric materials.
NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, a Tulane University graduate, and Karen Nyberg are among the featured speakers at the 16th annual Tulane Engineering Forum Friday, April 15, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The one-day conference brings together experts from around the country to share their knowledge with more than 500 professional engineers, scientists and technical managers.
Created in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University is unique in that it has established Tulane as the first and to date only university to merge the physical sciences, the life sciences, engineering, and mathematics into one integrated and trans-disciplinary academic unit. This has positioned Tulane University to be a leader in shaping future generations of scientists and engineers.
The Markos, like many others, realize that understanding the brain is no small task. The Brain Institute is a new university-wide initiative that will provide an infrastructure to coordinate and expand the programs and research initiatives that are currently underway, and push them to the next level.
Tulane University geochemistry professor Karen Johannesson won accolades when in 2011 she and her research team made significant discoveries about the origins of arsenic in drinking water in India. Johannesson couldn’t help but wonder if her research could be applied closer to home.
In the mid 1800’s, the United States was not on the forefront of scientific innovation—Europe dominated the field. That makes it all the more fascinating that two of the most ground-breaking scientific inventions in microscopy occurred in the United States – at Tulane University, says Lary Walker (G ’76, ’79)...
For many graduate students, securing a fellowship means more than just financing their education and facilitating research time. Increasingly, a key part of an early researcher’s career, a fellowship also opens the doors to mentorships, travel, and new avenues for dissemination of research.
While construction continues on the main area of the Tulane MakerSpace, beginning in Fall 2015 we have opened a temporary MakerSpace in a corner of the old machine shop. The current space has two 50-watt laser cutters capable of etching or cutting wood, plastic, cardboard, rubber, etc.…
A Tulane University researcher is leading a study that could lead to improved ways of screening chemotherapy drugs for neurotoxicity, the prime reason that patients reduce their doses or cease treatment altogether. The study is being led by Michael J. Moore, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane, in collaboration with AxoSim Technologies, LLC, a start-up company spun out of Moore’s lab in 2014 to improve pharmaceutical drug development.
Michelle Sanchez and her team of volunteer judges covered just about every inch of the massive Human Performance Center at the University of New Orleans during the area’s annual science fair for young students. The UNO venue is home to the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair, but it is Sanchez, a professor of practice and director of K-12 STEM Outreach at Tulane University, and Annette Oertling, a retired Tulane professor, who run the show.
Astronomy buffs have another place to take in the wonders of outer space — the Tulane Observatory.
The observatory will reopen to the public on the first Wednesday of each month beginning March 2 at 8 p.m., weather permitting. The observatory is located on the roof of Joseph Merrick Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., between Devlin Fieldhouse and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
In the year 2000, the first Tulane University undergraduate received a degree in neuroscience. The program has grown to be one of the largest on campus, with 337 majors enrolled this semester and 85 graduates receiving degrees in 2015.
Daniel Nocera, Harvard University’s Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, traveled to Tulane University on Sunday (Feb. 14) to propose a solution to the global energy challenge.
Researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn’t likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study in the journal Neuropharmacology.
A freshman physics laboratory class conducts experiments in F. Edward Hebert Hall in this vintage photograph from 1913.
In her work as a scholar of environmental studies and science, Amy Lesen researches how climate and environmental change affect coastal cities and communities.
“Research is creating new knowledge” – Neil Armstrong
In the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, we believe that research is the key to eradicating disease, creating a stronger economy, and ultimately solving our world’s greatest challenges.
Evidence of activities unseen. Quantum forces and unexplained phenomena. Plasmons, phonons, and more otherworldly properties of physics. It’s all in a day’s work for Tulane senior Skylar Deckoff-Jones, whose research on two-dimensional materials is pushing the boundaries of modern technology.
Shiva Adireddy, left, a research assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, sits outside Percival Stern Hall while discussing a design course with Katy Stone who will be teaching the course as a visiting professor in the spring semester.
Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, more than 50 years’ worth of field documentation of important research collecting may be recreated at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI), home of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection.
Proposals from three Tulane University researchers are among 22 being funded by the latest Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) program. More than $4 million will be awarded to scientists in the School of Science and Engineering, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.
Pictured: Vijay John, Leo S. Weil Professor of Engineering
Donald Gaver, chair of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.
Devon Walker, former Green Wave safety and football team captain, has returned to Tulane University this fall to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience and mentor student-athletes during their collegiate careers.
Madeline Sell, a senior at Tulane University, is working with a team of researchers at the Tulane Cancer Center to link common elements in the environment to cancer.
Astrid M. Roy-Engel, associate professor of epidemiology, advises Sell as she is working to uncover how metals nickel and cadmium cause cancer.
A Tulane University psychology professor and a team of community partners will spend the next four years in New Orleans public schools as part of a first-of-its-kind study to determine the best ways to meet the needs of trauma-exposed students.
A Tulane University researcher is studying adolescent brain development as part of a $5.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
It's been a busy and eventful summer for the School of Science and Engineering but the beginning of a new academic year brings with it the excitement of welcoming our newest class of discoverers and innovators!
What if you could build virtually any structure that you can imagine? Tulane University students will soon be able to create anything they can imagine thanks to the vision of alumni and faculty.
Located in the former engineering machine shop, the Maker Space is a center for design, invention, innovation and fabrication.
In the summer of 2016 Tulane University's School of Science and Engineering will launch the Summer Materials Research @ Tulane Research Experiences for Undergraduates site. The SMART-REU site, supported by a three-year $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, unites faculty from four departments in the SSE (Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics/Engineering Physics) to host ten undergraduate students to conduct cutting edge research in materials science over a ten-week summer session. Professors Hank Ashbaugh (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and Scott Grayson (Chemistry) serve as the site’s Director and co-Director, respectively.
Michael J. Moore, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, jokes that when he was an undergraduate in the 1990s, “I didn’t even want to go to a professors’ office hours.” Now, he’s beginning his second year as faculty-in-residence at Weatherhead Hall.
For such a small organ, it is a source of some wonder that the study of the brain is so large. Now one of the fastest-growing areas of medical and biological research, neuroscience is a top career choice for aspiring physicians and researchers seeking to enter graduate-level work. Yet opportunities as an undergraduate to directly participate in neuroscience research can be few and far between — except, that is, for Tulane undergraduates.
In today's competitive academic environment, students face more pressure than ever to find the right university, the right major, the right internship, and the right career choices. To many students, the questions can seem daunting, even insurmountable—how will they choose the right program? How will they know which degree is right for them? How can they be protected from making a mistake?
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