New Orleans area higher education briefs for July 1, 2013

Physics professor wins national award

A University of New Orleans physics professor, who teaches a course designed to improve musicians’ understanding of sound waves and how they work, has won a national prize in acoustics education.

Juliette W. Ioup, professor of physics, received the 2013 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education from the Acoustical Society of America.

The Rossing Prize includes a $4,000 cash award and a medal, which Ioup will receive this fall at the ASA’s annual conference in San Francisco.

At that meeting, Ioup will deliver the “Acoustics Education Prize Lecture” in a session sponsored by the society’s Committee on Education in Acoustics.

The Rossing Prize is designed to recognize an individual who has significantly furthered acoustics education through distinguished teaching, development of educational materials and other activities.

Ioup, the 10th recipient of the prize, is a fellow of the ASA.

She teaches physics, geophysics and electrical engineering and includes a variety of acoustic specialties among her research interests at UNO.

Three join Xavier University’s board

Xavier University of Louisiana added three new members to its board of trustees at the June meeting of the governing board.

Joining the board were strategic marketing and business operations leader Mark D. Goodman, former university president Dr. Marie V. McDemmond and former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial.

Goodman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Boyer’s Coffee Company in Denver has served as a top executive in leading public and private backed companies that include Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, the McDonald’s Corp., and Goldman Sachs Private Equity. Prior to his current position, he served as chief executive officer for the MG Capital Group.

McDemmond, a 1968 Xavier alumna, is president emeritus of Norfolk State University, where she was president from 1997 to 2006. Before that, she was vice president for finance at Florida Atlantic University.

Morial has served as chief executive officer of the National Urban League since 2003. He started several successful small businesses and served as a state legislator and an adjunct faculty member at Xavier, which awarded him an honorary degree in 2002.

UNO foundation names president

The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation has named Eileen Kennedy Byrne its new president and chief executive officer.

The promotion comes after Byrne’s more than 30 years of experience, most recently serving as the University of New Orleans Foundations’ vice president and chief financial officer.

Byrne will oversee the R&T Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support for UNO initiatives, develops and manages research and technology facilities and fosters economic development collaborations between the public and private sector.

The foundation is engaged in university-related projects with a combined value of over $200 million. It manages about 800,000 square feet of real estate.

LSUHSC chancellor awarded lectureship

Larry H. Hollier, chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has joined Dr. Michael DeBakey and other icons in the field of vascular surgery who have been awarded the John Homans, MD Lecture.

Named for a charter member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the lecture was established in 1950 at the fourth annual SVS meeting. The John Homans, MD Lecture was to be presented “from time to time by distinguished vascular surgeons.”

The first John Homans, MD Lecture was presented in 1951. Only nine vascular surgeons have been awarded the distinction in the 63 years since it was established.

Hollier presented the Homans Lecture at the 2013 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the only one in the past 18 years.

In his lecture, Hollier highlighted multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, one of the most common causes of death in surgical intensive care units. MODS begins when injuries such as trauma, cardiac arrest, burns, massive infection, or shock block blood flow and set off a cascade of events resulting in too little oxygen in tissues.

UL panel approves UNO appointments

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the appointment of five University of New Orleans administrators during its board meeting in Baton Rouge.

The board approved the appointments of: Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs; Kenneth Sewell, vice president for research and economic development; John Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration; Darrell Kruger, dean of the College of Education and Human Development; and Kevin Graves, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

All of the appointments will go into effect on July 1, except that of Graves, whose appointment will begin Aug. 1

Lassen comes to UNO from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he served as vice president for finance and operations.

He will succeed Linda Robison, who is retiring as vice president for business affairs after 39 years at UNO.

Sewell previously served as vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Williams has been interim dean of the College of Business Administration since August 2010. His appointment to the permanent post followed a national search.

Kruger comes to UNO from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., where he was the interim associate vice president for research and graduate studies as well as manager of the Centers for Emerging Entrepreneurs.

Graves is senior associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He will fill the void left by Susan Krantz, who is retiring as dean after 30 years at the university.

Ginsburg to join Tulane Law in Paris

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak to Tulane law students and graduates at lectures and at an alumni reception in Paris in July.

Fresh from the end of a momentous Supreme Court term that included major rulings on voting rights and same-sex marriage, Ginsburg is scheduled to deliver a series of lectures at Tulane Law School’s summer program in Paris and attend the law school’s first alumni gathering in Europe in more than a decade.

The Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies, hosted by Paris-Dauphine University, provides students three weeks of instruction in topics that include a comparative look at how the United States and key European nations approach judicial review and federalism; the impact of European Union antitrust and merger rules on U.S. corporations; and the history and structure of the European Union.

Ginsburg is scheduled to speak to students between July 9 and 12 on the role of dissenting opinions; the value of a comparative perspective in constitutional decision-making; and the importance of the law in ensuring women’s equal rights.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau