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Spring 2018
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Tulane President Fitts bestowed Maker Space's managing team, Biomedical Engineering Professor Emeritus and Maker-in-Chief Cedric Walker, Physics Professor of Practice Timothy Schuler, and Biomedical Engineering Systems Analyst / Lab Supervisor John Sullivan, with a 2017 President's Staff Excellence Award and a $1,500 check.

Cell and Molecular Biology Professor and Dept. Chair YiPing Chen was awarded $376,250 from the NIH, which is the first-year award of a 4-year R01 grant, to study the genetic interactions between and the transcriptional mechanisms by two key transcription factors Shox2 and Nkx2-5 in the regulation of cell fate decision in the cardiac pacemaker and the PV by employing a combination of genetics, morphometric, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics, and electrophysiological approaches. Cell and Molecular Biology Associate Professor Laura Schrader serves as co-investigator on this grant.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professors Hank Ashbaugh and Daniel Shantz were awarded $316,669 from the NSF to develop new materials to purify processed biomass to enable the biofuel economy.

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Steve and Jann Paul Donate $10 Million for New Science and Engineering Building at Tulane

Article by Mike Strecker

Nicholas J. Altiero, DeanTulane graduates Steve and Jann Paul have made a $10 million gift to support construction of a new School of Science and Engineering building at Tulane University.

Work on the four-story, 36,000-square-foot Steven and Jann Paul Hall for Science and Engineering is scheduled to begin by the end of 2019. The building, which will be located between Stanley Thomas Hall and Flower Hall on Tulane’s uptown campus, will include classrooms, labs and collaborative spaces for increased student and faculty interaction. The donation serves as a lead gift in a fundraising campaign for the building.

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ImageTulane Awarded $3.67 Million Grant for Quantum Computing

Article by Barri Bronston

Tulane University professor Michael Mislove has received a $3.67 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to help develop cutting-edge technology related to quantum computing.

The goal of the project is to develop tools and related methodologies for designing and analyzing programming languages for quantum computers, which are being designed to complete tasks and solve problems far more efficiently and faster than today’s computers. Although a number of prototype quantum computers already exist, the traditional methods for checking that programs are correct don’t work in the quantum setting, Mislove said.

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Image Tulane MakerSpace an Inspiration to New Orleans Schools

Article by Barri Bronston

Tulane University opened its MakerSpace in 2016, offering students and professors alike access to digital fabrication tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and lathes.

With two years under its belt, Cedric Walker, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering and maker-in-chief, sees an additional role for the cutting-edge facility – outreach. He started the initiative earlier this month, inviting more than a dozen teachers from local public and private schools to share ways MakerSpace education can improve outcomes in subjects like math, science and history.

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Image Tulane Study Evaluates the Status of Brown Pelicans Along the Gulf

Article by Roger Dunaway

Tulane University’s Karubian Lab has released a new five-year, two-part study on the populations of brown pelicans along the Gulf Coast. The work charts the birds’ ability to rebound from near extinction in the state of Louisiana as a result of storms and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Making Waves Across Generations: Brian Barcelo, ME ’65

Article by Benjamin Morris

He’s never had the pigments formally checked, but it’s safe to say that Brian Barcelo’s (Engineering 1965) blood runs olive and blue. Son of a large native New Orleans family, Barcelo’s father, brothers, and uncles all attended Tulane, his aunts worked on staff at the university, and his wife Gail, too, was a Newcomb grad.

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Makerspace Challenge

Tulane has been chosen as one of 12 schools participating in the Make48 College Challenge. Our competitors include Rice, the University of Illinois, and Georgetown. Participants in the 3 - 4 person team must be undergraduates or May '18 grads, and we're looking for a diverse group of team members.

To become a team member, send e-mail to makerspace@tulane.edu

Upcoming Events

School of Science and Engineering Highlights

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
RSVP is required for the Outstanding Researcher Ceremony and Reception:

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:

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18th Annual Tulane Engineering Forum

Friday, April 20, 2018
8 AM – 5 PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
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School of Science and Engineering 2018 Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 19, 2018
4 PM
Tulane Uptown Campus
Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse
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