New Orleans —The Loyola University New Orleans College of Business is hosting the second annual Economic and Real Estate Forecast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex at 6363 St. Charles Ave.
The event is open to the public, and tickets are available for $45 in advance and $55 at the door.
Attendees can earn up to eight hours of continuing education credit for attending the full day or four hours credit for attending either morning or afternoon sessions.
The event is held in conjunction with the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®, the Commercial Investment Division and the Louisiana Chapter of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.
Conference speakers will offer insight and forecasts on the future of the market and the role the housing market plays in the local and national economy.
New Orleans — Tulane University psychologist and neuroscientist Jill Daniel has received nearly $1.4 million from the national Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging to study the long-term consequences of short-term midlife estrogen use on the aging female brain.
Daniels’ research suggests that hormone therapy used to relieve the symptoms of menopause can help stave off the cognitive decline and dementia associated with old age.
The NIH award to Daniel and her co-investigator, neuroscientist Nandini Vasudevan of the Tulane Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, will fund a five-year study to be completed in 2017.
Daniel’s test cases are middle-aged rats that have had their ovaries removed. Some are being treated with estrogen and some are not. The results of Daniel’s study could lead to ground-breaking treatments for women approaching menopause and help them maintain optimal cognitive health.
New Orleans – The School of Nursing at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has been awarded a $700,000 grant over two years to help students pursuing advanced practice primary care nursing degrees meet educational expenses.
The grant is from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Money can be used for tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses.
Eligible full-time students in the LSUHSC Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program may receive up to $22,000, and eligible part-time students up to $11,000. Students who receive awards will be appointed as trainees in HRSA’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship.
The project director of the grant is Dr. Marsha Bennett, LSUHSC Associate Dean for Nursing Research, Scholarship, and Science. She will work closely with Dr. Shelley Jeanfreau, Program Director for the LSUHSC Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program, in the management of the grant.
The purpose of the program is to increase the number of primary care advanced practice nurses to met the growing demand.
New Orleans — University of New Orleans student Luis Tandalla won a $50,000 first prize in a competition to develop innovative software to help teachers score student written responses to test questions.
The Automated Student Assessment Prize (ASAP), sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, seeks to address the need for high quality standardized tests to replace many of the current bubble tests. It drew 187 participants across 150 teams who tackled the challenge of developing software that can score short-answer responses to questions on state standardized tests.
Tandalla is a senior mechanical engineering student at UNO. He is a native of Quito, Ecuador.
New Orleans — Dr. Patricia Molina, professor and Chair of Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a behavioral approach to reducing alcohol use and disorders in people living with HIV/AIDS.
A team of scientists led by Dr. Molina will work with LSUHSC physicians at the LSU HIV Outpatient Clinic as well as the LSUHSC School of Public Health.
They will enroll 250 people living with HIV/AIDS in a clinical study that will compare intervention with holistic health recovery program adapted for alcohol use disorders with a control group in achieving or maintaining viral load suppression, reducing alcohol use and HIV risk behaviors and improving patients’ adherence to drug therapy.
Molina said that the Louisiana HIV positive population has a high level of alcohol use and that the state has a high number of new HIV cases diagnosed per year.
New Orleans — The Water Institute of the Gulf has hired veteran researcher and Tulane University alumnus Ernst Peebles as director of coastal systems ecology.
Peebles has studied coastal ecology and estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean for more than 30 years. The Louisiana native earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Tulane in 1983.
Peebles currently works as an associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, serving as lead investigator on projects with more than $7 million in public, private and nonprofit funding.
New Orleans — Tulane students have provided professional support to Birthing Project USA in communities from Mississippi to Malawi, in projects such as demystifying social media, coordinating a global Safe Birth Kit campaign and facilitating the New Orleans Barber Shop Program for fathers.
The Tulane Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences has garnered the Harriet Tubman Community Partnership Award from Birthing Project USA in recognition of its collaboration.
“Even though you are a student you can make a difference in the world,” observes Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founder of the Birthing Project. Hall-Trujillo, familiarly known as “Mama Kat,” is an Ashoka Fellow at Tulane.
She founded the project when she realized, 25 years ago, that investing in mothers who were at risk for poor birth outcomes would save babies as well as the larger amount of money spent on sick infants and children.
The project relies on a “sister-friend” approach that empowers women in the community to help expecting mothers care for themselves and their babies by connecting them to local community resources.
New Orleans — The Student Bar Association in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will hold a blood drive on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Bloodmobile outside the College of Law on Pine Street.
The drive is taking place on behalf of Faith Adam, a two-year old from Lafitte, La., who was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and is currently being treated at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.
Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds or 16 years old with parental permission who weigh at least 130 pounds. A picture ID is required at the time of donation.
“As a Jesuit school, Loyola College of Law is committed to giving back to our community, especially to those in need. Faith is one such member who truly needs help from us, and donating blood is one simple way our community can come together to help her and other children currently being treated at Children’s Hospital,” said Nicole Tusa, law student and Student Bar Association Charity and Fundraising director.
Compiled by The Advocate New Orleans bureau
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