Tulane University School of Science and Engineering
Winter 2016
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Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Michael Moore and his group’s start-up company, AxoSim, was awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the NSF and Tulane received $115,974 as a subcontract. The grant was awarded to develop a human cell-based tissue model that can be used to measure changes in myelin—the fatty insulating sheath surrounding nerves that can be damaged by diseases such as multiple sclerosis—for the purpose of screening experimental drugs before they go to clinical trials.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Kim O’Connor was awarded $599,638 from the NSF to understand the molecular basis for cell-to-cell variation in the survival of mesenchymal stem cells when they are implanted at the site of tissue injury. The goal of this project is to develop novel methods to improve the survival and engraftment of these stems cells during tissue repair.

Chemistry Professor Bruce Gibb was awarded $320,000 from the NSF to examine how molecular entrapment within nano-scale capsules can bring about catalysts for new and unusual chemical conversions.

Chemistry Professors Igor Rubtsov and Russell Schmehl were awarded $430,497 from the National Science Foundation to develop ways of modulating rates of electron transfer in molecules and designing novel photo switches involving electron transfer. The international team involves collaborators at Duke, Xavier and Cyprus Universities.

Computer Science Associate Professor Carola Wenk was awarded $158,052 from the NSF to develop algorithms for developing theoretically grounded geometric and topological algorithms for analyzing data on road networks. This includes aligning GPS trajectories to road networks under realistic assumptions, to reconstruct road networks from data, and to compare data-endowed networks. This award is part of a $499,975 collaborative grant together with researchers at Ohio State University and Montana State University.

Computer Science Associate Professor Carola Wenk was also recently awarded $317,681 from the new "Algorithms in the Field" program at NSF to develop probabilistic network movement models to extract traffic and movement information from diverse and uncertain data on road networks, which has applications in urban planning and emergency management. This is part of a $825,533 total grant together with collaborators at George Mason University.

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Message from the Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, DeanWe have come to the end of the 2016 Fall Semester and the students have departed campus for their winter break. The campus was a very busy place this past Fall as Tulane enrollment is at a record high. School of Science and Engineering enrollment is also at a record high as over 2,300 undergraduate students are enrolled in at least one science or engineering undergraduate degree program and the number of graduate students in the School now exceeds 450. SSE research funding is also at a record high, having increased by more than 67% over last year!

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A Professor Who Inspires

Article by Kirby Messinger

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.

“When I started at Tulane in 1983, I didn’t really take school that seriously. Every class was a chore,” says Teetsel, a 1987 psychology major and 1990 masters in business administration graduate. “But that all changed my sophomore year when I took a class with Dr. Dohanich.”

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Math Professor Awarded for Impact on the Field

Article by Barri Bronston

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) annually recognizes scientists and professionals for their contributions to research in biosurveillance, and this year Mac Hyman, a mathematics professor in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, is being honored twice.

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Engineering Aid Group Helps Solve Water Problems

Article by Barri Bronston

In the tiny Ecuadorean village of Laquigo, hundreds of residents get their water from ditches. Water for bathing. Water for cooking. Water for drinking.

There’s a reason: The town of 2,400 tripled in population between 2000 and 2016, but the water distribution supply has not kept pace.

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Tulane Workshop Exposes Boys to STEM

Article by Jamie Logan

The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering exposed 70 middle school boys to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the inaugural Boys At Tulane in STEM (BATS) workshop on Saturday (Oct. 22).

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Upcoming Events

School of Science and Engineering Highlights

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outreach Event

Monday, January 23 – Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life
Room 213 – Kendall Cram
Hosted by Tulane School of Science and Engineering
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Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair

Monday, February 13 – Thursday, February 16, 2017
University of New Orleans
UNO Human Performance Center
Hosted by Tulane School of Science and Engineering
Free and Open to the Public
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11th Annual School of Science and Engineering Research Day ~ Outstanding Researcher Ceremony, Student Research Poster Presentations, & Reception

Thursday, April 6, 2017
3 PM – 5 PM
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life
Room 212 – Qatar Ballroom &
Room 213 – Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
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School of Science and Engineering Distinguished Leadership Circle Reception & 9th Annual Science and Engineering Alumni Awards Celebration

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6 PM – 8 PM
Tulane ByWater Institute -
Tulane River and Coastal Center
1370 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130
All science and engineering alumni are invited. RSVP is required: candy@tulane.edu
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17th Annual Tulane Engineering Forum

Friday, April 21, 2017
8 AM – 5 PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Registration is Required
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