Tulane University School of Science and Engineering
Fall 2017
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Chemistry Professor Russell Schmehl was presented with the annual Award in Photochemistry for 2016 by the Inter-American Photochemical Society earlier this year.  The I-APS Award in Photochemistry was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions by members of the Society to the advancement of the photochemical and photophysical sciences, recognizing achievements made during the past ten years of the nominee’s career.

Computer Science Professor Carola Wenk along with co-PIs Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor J. Quincy Brown, Computer Science Assistant Professor Brian Summa, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Assistant Professor Andrew Sholl were awarded $479,293 from the National Science Foundation to develop quantitative methodology for detecting geometric and topological features in point clouds extracted from (histology) images.  Of particular relevance, this project considers the setting of prostate cancer classification, which is based on a pathologist grading of histology slides using the Gleason grading system.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor and Department Chair Nancye Dawers, as a co-PI with Tulane subcontract was awarded $79,718 from the Water Institute of the Gulf/Restore Act Center of Excellence to better understand the vertical motion of land surfaces.  High-resolution seismic data and sediment coring will take place to evaluate faulting in the Mississippi River Delta Plain.  Dawers will collaborate with PI, Mark Kulp, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of Coastal Research Laboratory, University of New Orleans.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Associate Professor Jordan Karubian, as co-PI with Tulane subcontract, was awarded $91,898 from the Water Institute of the Gulf/RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for work on brown pelicans.  Karubian will collaborate with PI, Professor Paul Lebergy from ULL.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor and Department Chair David Heins was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish on January 1, 2017.

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Mathematics Professor Ricardo Cortez has been selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for the 2017 Class of Fellows. This Fellowship honors SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to the fields served by our organization.

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Message from the Dean

Michael Herman, Interim Dean

Michael Herman, Interim DeanDear friends,

Welcome back! As we begin another exciting semester at Tulane, we here at the School of Science and Engineering are looking forward to a great year. As interim dean, it gives me great pleasure to thank our outgoing dean, Professor Nicholas Altiero, for his extraordinary service to the School. In his seventeen years as dean (first in Engineering and then in SSE), Nick has been an exemplary leader, catalyzing growth in every area of operations, and setting standards for all of us—students, faculty, and staff—to follow. We wish him all the best on his much deserved and long overdue sabbatical.

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Anne Robinson Tulane Shares in $41.7 Million Grant to Lower Drug Costs

Article by Barri Bronston

Tulane and three other universities have received a $6.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study ways to lower the cost of drugs for illnesses such as Crohn’s, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. The four-year grant is among eight awards totaling $41.7 million announced Wednesday by the NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, also known as EPSCor.

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Nick-Altiero.jpg Gift for K-12 STEM Honors Altiero

Article by Mary Sparacello

In the 17 years he has served as dean of the schools of Engineering (2000-2005) and Science and Engineering (2006-2017), Nicholas J. Altiero has been recognized as an innovator and leader in engineering education. To honor Altiero’s personal and academic commitment to supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, Tulane alumni and friends have established the Nick and Amy Altiero Directorship for K-12 STEM Education, a role that operates at the intersection of community service and academic leadership.

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River-Coastal Science and Engineering Department Rivers and Coasts are the Focus of New Academic Department at Tulane University

Article by Barri Bronston

The Tulane University School of Science and Engineering has created a first-of-its-kind academic department dedicated to research and education in river-coastal issues.

“Improving our understanding of river-coastal systems is vital today in order to find protection and restoration solutions to the acute problems resulting from rising sea levels, climate change and the effects of destructive storms,” said Tulane Earth and Environmental Sciences professor Mead Allison.

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Magnetic Semimetal Tulane Team Advances Knowledge Toward More Efficient Electronics

Article by Barri Bronston

A recent discovery by a team of researchers led by Tulane University advances fundamental knowledge that could one day lead to more energy-efficient computers, televisions, cellphones and other electronics.

The researchers’ discovery of a new magnetic topological semimetal is featured in the latest edition of the prestigious journal Nature Materials.

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Tulane Engineers Without Borders

We are very proud of the Tulane Engineers Without Borders students’ extraordinary accomplishments and the positive impact they’re making in the village of Laquigo, Ecuador. Please visit the EWB website for more on the amazing work being done by these students and to donate to this worthy initiative.

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2018 Tulane Engineering Forum

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Upcoming Events

School of Science and Engineering Highlights

Fall 2017

School of Science and Engineering 2017 Research Lab Tours

Friday, November 3, 2017
2 PM – 4 PM
Boggs Center for Energy & Biotechnology – First Floor Lobby
Everyone is Invited

School of Science and Engineering 2017 Homecoming Tailgating Tent

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: TBD
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School of Science and Engineering Board of Advisors Reception

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6 PM – 8 PM
Ralph’s on the Park
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School of Science and Engineering Board of Advisors Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017
7 AM – 11:45 AM
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life – Room 203 – Stibbs Conference Room
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Spring 2018

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outreach Event

Monday, January 22, 2018 –
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Hosted by Tulane School of Science and Engineering Lavin-Bernick Center Room 213 – Kendall Cram
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12th Annual School of Science and Engineering Research Day ~Outstanding Researcher Ceremony, Student Research Posters, & Reception~

Thursday, April 12, 2018
3 PM – 5 PM
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life – Room 212 – Qatar Ballroom & Room 213 – Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Everyone is Invited

School of Science and Engineering Distinguished Leadership Circle Reception & 10th Annual Science and Engineering Alumni Awards Celebration

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6 PM – 8 PM
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life – 1834 Club
All science and engineering alumni are invited. RSVP is required: candy@tulane.edu
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