New Orleans area higher education briefs for May 27, 2013

Tulane hosts
housing conference

Tulane University will host the New Orleans Housing and Community Development Conference from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lavin Bernick Center on Tulane’s Uptown campus.

The half-day meeting will address such topics as increasing access to affordable housing, realities of home ownership and strategies to revitalize the Iberville/Treme housing development.

Attendees will include affordable and single-family housing developers, neighborhood-based developers, attorneys, investors and lenders, policy makers and continuum of care providers.

Participants will be able to view end-of-year projects by students in Tulane University’s Master’s of Sustainable Real Estate program.

The conference is sponsored by the Tulane School of Architecture, the city of New Orleans, the Louisiana Housing Corp., the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Unit and the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers. The cost is $100, which includes lunch, parking and shuttle service from the Diboll Garage. To register, go to

LSUHSC faculty honored for teaching

Six members of the faculty of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans have been awarded the 2013 Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Awards.

They were chosen by their schools’ leadership, their colleagues and their students.

The recipients are: School of Allied Health Professions — Jeffrey A. Thompson, assistant professor of Clinical Physical Therapy; School of Dentistry — Kitrina Cordell, division head and associate professor of comprehensive dentistry and biomaterials, oral and maxillofacial pathology; School of Medicine — Robin McGoey, associate professor of pathology and residency program director; School of Nursing — Nancy Buccola, assistant professor of clinical nursing; School of Public Health — Joseph L. Hagan, assistant professor of public health, research; Basic Sciences — Paula Gregory, associate professor of genetics.

The Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Awards are awarded each year to one individual in each area of study.

Sewell named
to UNO post

Kenneth W. Sewell has been named vice president for research and economic development at the University of New Orleans.

Sewell is vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. His appointment must be approved by the University of Louisiana system Board.

Sewell will oversee all research and economic development activities at UNO, including those sponsored by the UNO Research and Technology Park.

As the chief research officer for UNT, Sewell was responsible for promoting research, scholarship and artistic creativity in support of the entire mission of the university.

He worked with deans, chairs and faculty, as well as funding agencies and other institutions, to enhance UNT’s research profile.

MDA announces clinic at LSUHSC

The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced the designation of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine as an MDA/ALS clinic.

The designation makes LSUHSC the first MDA/ALS clinic in Louisiana and recognizes the high standards of care offered by a team of specialized physicians and therapists for people in the greater New Orleans area who are living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

LSUHSC is the 44th MDA/ALS center in the country, joining a national network of MDA/ALS centers that provide a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of ALS.

LSUHSC has built a comprehensive medical team of clinicians.

This includes a board-certified neurologist, a pulmonologist and respiratory, physical and speech therapists.

MDA/ALS centers are an integral part of MDA’s commitment to developing effective treatments and working toward finding a cure.

One of the ways in which they do this is by participating in ongoing ALS clinical research trials.

Newcomb 1963 alumna honored

Margaret Leonard, of the class of 1963, was honored as the 2013 Outstanding Newcomb Alumna at the Under the Oaks celebration this month during Tulane University commencement week events.

Leonard is credited as one of the first Southern white women to participate in the Mississippi Freedom Rides, garnering national media attention in 1961. Police arrested many riders, including Leonard.

After she graduated from Newcomb, Leonard worked as a writer and editor for various groups, including a labor union, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a self-help housing association.

She is retired from a career of reporting and editing at the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald and Tallahassee Democrat.

Loyola meets
donor challenge

New O rleans An anonymous donor pledged $100,000 to Loyola University with the stipulation that the university had to obtain 2,500 new donors from March 15 to May 12. Loyola exceeded the fundraising effort — dubbed the Centennial Challenge — garnering gifts from more than 2,600 new donors during the two-month span, according to the university’s early projections.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau