New Orleans area higher education briefs for Feb. 12, 2013

College offers help with tax preparation

New Orleans — Our Lady of Holy Cross College is offering free income tax preparation and electronic filing for taxpayers with incomes less than $51,000 on Wednesdays through April 10 at the college, 4123 Woodland Drive, in the Algiers neighborhood.

Tax accounting student interns, specially trained and certified by the IRS, prepare basic tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. They also can help taxpayers with special tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Education Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers the tax assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Tax assistance is available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the college’s Moreau Center. Free parking is available. For information, call (504) 398-2230.

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Environmental law summit scheduled

New Orleans — Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, will be the keynote speaker at the 18th annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy on Feb. 22-23.

The summit, at Tulane Law School, is open to the public.

Kieran Suckling, the founding director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Emma Marris, correspondent for Nature Magazine, are panelists and will speak at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Chouinard will speak at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

Panels will be held on national and local issues, including the Bayou Corne sinkhole and Louisiana’s scenic rivers.

Online registration and a detailed schedule of events is available at http://summit.law.tulane.edu.

African priest speaks
on poverty, humor

New Orleans — Inspired by life in the rural Nigerian village where he was born, the Rev. Uwem Akpan will share unique tales influenced by the humor and endurance of the African poor — even in the face of the agonizing tragedies plaguing the region — in a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the Loyola University campus.

The Catholic priest will discuss the real-world accounts included in his award-winning collection of short stories, “Say You’re One of Them.”

Calogero receives
2013 St. Ives Award

New Orleans — Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alumnus and retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr.is the recipient of the 2013 St. Ives Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Law Alumni Association.

The St. Ives Award is presented annually to alumni who have volunteered services to the College of Law or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession and furthered the mission of the alumni association.

Calogero will be honored at the College of Law Alumni Luncheon on Feb. 22 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Researcher develops treatment

New Orleans — Jennifer Lentz, assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology and biocommunications and a member of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, is the lead author of a paper reporting that hearing and balance can be rescued by a new therapy in a mouse model of Usher syndrome that contains the mutation responsible for type 1C Usher.

The results provide the first evidence that congenital deafness can be effectively overcome by treatment early in development to correct gene expression. The paper was published online in Nature Medicine.

Lentz, along with researchers at Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill., and at Isis Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, Calif., have developed a novel therapy that corrects defective gene expression caused by a mutation in the USH1C gene.

UNO to host forum
of world educators

New Orleans — The University of New Orleans, through its Division of International Education, will serve as an official host institution for the Association of International Education Administrators annual conference Sunday through Feb. 20 at the New Orleans Marriott.

UNO also will serve as the host of the post-conference leadership roundtable on Feb. 21, a joint initiative of the AIEA and the European Association for International Education. Selected participants from the United States and Europe will engage in a daylong seminar that will address the increasing requirement for strategic leadership and the rising demand for internationalization at higher education institutions worldwide.

Alea Cot, assistant vice president for international education at UNO, will take part in the roundtable, along with senior international officers from 25 American and European institutions.

Tulane participates in recycling event

New Orleans — Tulane University is one of more than 200 colleges and universities participating in the national RecycleMania tournament that began Feb. 3 and ends March 30.

All trash and recyclables collected by the uptown and downtown campuses will be measured and weighed against similar materials at competing institutions nationwide.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau