News 2016 - 2017

Mike Cunningham honored with national STEM award July 27, 2017

072617-insight-award600-pbc-8674Two Tulane scientists and a graduate student are among 40 national winners of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award, which honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Lisa Molix awarded Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award at Under the Oaks May 19, 2017

molix_1At the Newcomb College Institute 2017 Under the Oaks ceremony, Lisa Molix is awarded the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty. Lisa teaches undergraduate courses in social psychology, experimental methods, supervises a vibrant cadre of research assistants, and is faculty-in-residence at Greenbaum. The Tulane chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society included several graduating psychology seniors: Kayla Iuliucci, Erin Granberry, Claire Multer, Carlie Rose, and Rachel Tenenbaum. Other seniors honored were Chardee Bryant and Laurel Greilich (Newcomb Alumnae Association Community Service Award) and the Carol Downes Cudd Award for academic achievement and service to the university (Margaret Stolte).

Beth Wee named Weiss Fellow  May 18, 2017



Beth Wee, who co-founded the undergraduate major in neuroscience, is named one of the 2017 Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellows.


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End of Year Celebration May 16, 2017

PSYC2017graduatesThe 2017 Psychology Honor's Thesis Students received recognition certificates from Drs. Wyland and Overstreet. The 2017 undergraduate awards of Senior Scholar *M. Annelise Blanchard) , the Rosa Cahn Hartman Prize (Sidonia Compton and Annika White), the Aaron Hartman Medal (Gabriel Rodriguez and Lily Zmachinski), the Anne M. McPherson Memorial Student Award (Leah Walsh), the Barbara E. Moely Award for Psychology in the Public Interest (Chardee Bryant and Ashley Beggin), and the Psychology Faculty Memorial Awards (Jaelyn Edwards and Hannah Swerbenski) were presented. The C. Chrisman Wilson Memorial Award for Graduate Student Teaching in Psychology (Emily Shaffer) also was presented. Other awards included those presented at Under the Oaks (see above) and through Newcomb-Tulane College (including Annika White and Annelise Blanchard, who were inducted into the Tulane Peery Society).  More Pictures.

Official-Logo1Building a smarter child May 8, 2017

Dr. Markant discusses infant-directed speech during a critical phase of brain development.


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A New Movement to Treat Troubled Children as ‘Sad, Not Bad’ January 25, 2017

Crocker College Prep

On dress-down days, Sherlae’s outfits almost always include sequins and sparkles. Whenever she passes a window, she lights up, in a way that matches her sunny personality and big, dimpled smile. But for years, because of strife at home, she had to force herself to look cheerful each morning as she walked into her school, Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep in uptown New Orleans. “I always try to put on a happy, smiling — not sad — face, ” said Sherlae, 13, whose middle name is used here to protect her privacy.

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A Professor Who Inspires Winter 2016

Gary Dohanich

Some teachers have the unique ability to connect with students in a way that motivates them to search for knowledge. For Wayne Teetsel, that teacher was Gary Dohanich.

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111816_gist_1686_600_dna[2]_239MEDFemale role models make science a better fit for girls   November 18, 2016

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.

Led by Laurie O’Brien, an associate professor of psychology at Tulane, the study, “Improving Girls’ Sense of Fit in Science: Increasing the Impact of Role Models,” was conducted during a science outreach event where middle-school girls were exposed to multiple female role models.

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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 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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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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