New Orleans area higher education briefs for Feb. 18, 2013

This photograph is one of thousands of images contained in the Orleans Parish School Board collection at the University of New Orleans library, which is housed at UNO's Earl K. Long Library.
This photograph is one of thousands of images contained in the Orleans Parish School Board collection at the University of New Orleans library, which is housed at UNO's Earl K. Long Library.

UNO celebrates Orleans collection

The University of New Orleans will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Orleans Parish School Board collection at its Earl K. Long Library with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in room 407.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the Earl K. Long Library and the Ethel & Herman Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.

Available to scholars and researchers since 1983, the unique collection documents the history of public education in New Orleans since 1841. It is among the largest collections of its kind in the United States and exceeds 1,600 linear feet — more than the length of five football fields. In addition to preserving the official records of the school board, it honors the careers of generations of educators.

For 30 years, scholars have been using the collection to write a growing number of theses, dissertations, monographs, articles and books about public education in Louisiana.

Highlights of the collection include minutes of the Orleans Parish School Board from 1841-1996; rules and regulations from 1856-1989; more than 4,000 photographs, some dating back to the late 19th century; and legal files, including the complete legal records for the landmark case Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board, which resulted in the desegregation of the schools in 1960.

Jindal names professor to panel

Rebekah E. Gee, assistant professor of public health and obstetrics and gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee.

The committee is composed of 21 members who develop and maintain a legal pharmacopoeia, a list of preferred drugs, for Louisiana. The pharmacopoeia is publicly available and is formulated after evidence-based analysis of each drug.

Gee also serves as director of the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative. Since moving to Louisiana in 2009, she served as the medical director for the maternity program of Title V, the state’s maternal health federal block grant program.

In 2010, Gee was named director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative, an assistant secretary level position in Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals.

UNO to hold research showcase

The University of New Orleans is emphasizing undergraduate research and creative scholarly work this spring with InnovateUNO, the university’s first juried undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity showcase.

Students involved in a project that involves research, scholarly work, creative work or service learning will present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance or screening at the competition March 1 on the fourth floor of the university’s Earl K. Long Library.

Winners will be selected for each category, and top presentations in selected categories will be nominated for participation at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit, which UNO joined for the first time last year.

Designer to speak
at Loyola auditorium

April Greiman, an art and design luminary whose collaborations with acclaimed architects have earned critical praise and an international following, will present a lecture at Loyola University’s Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Part of the Department of Art and Design’s ongoing lecture series, the event is free, open to the public. Free parking for the event is available in the West Road Garage.

Often recognized as one of the first designers to embrace computer technology as a design tool, Greiman is credited as one of the creators of the New Wave design style in the U.S. during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Loyola hosts higher education leader

Loyola University will host Loyola University Chicago President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., in a special public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus.

Garanzini serves as the secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus and works to coordinate and champion Jesuit higher education issues around the world. His New Orleans talk, “Making the Most of Every Crisis,” will focus on how Jesuit institutions share similar challenges.

The lecture, part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series, is free and open to the public.

A coffee and dessert reception will immediately follow. Free parking is available for attendees in the West Road garage accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

Loyola names
new college dean

Loyola University announced Maria Calzada, Ph.D., as the new dean for the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

A mathematics professor and scholar, Calzada joined Loyola’s faculty in 1991 and has served as the interim dean for the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences since fall 2012. She will officially begin her new post in July.

She received the Loyola Faculty Senate Teaching Award in August 2004 and was recognized as a Mathematics Teacher of Distinction that same year by the Greater New Orleans Teachers of Mathematics. She is also a recipient of the Order of St. Louis award recognizing her leadership and service to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Researcher makes retinal discovery

Research led by Minghao Jin, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has found a protein that protects retinal photoreceptor cells from degeneration caused by light damage.

The protein may provide a new therapeutic target for both an inherited retinal degenerative disease and age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in elderly people and affects an estimated two million Americans.

The paper is published in the February 13, 2013 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

The LSUHSC research team also included Songhua Li, Yongdong Zhou, William C. Gordon and James M. Hill. Researchers from Cellerant Therapeutics and Washington University School of Medicine also participated.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau