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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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