GE Capital, UNO create apprenticeship

GE Capital, in partnership with the University of New Orleans, has created an apprenticeship program for the university’s computer science majors.

Through the Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program, 10 to 15 full-time UNO juniors and seniors will be allowed to work part-time alongside a software development mentor in the local GE Capital office. The program will launch during the spring semester.

GE Capital opened an office in New Orleans in 2012.

The firm employs 125 people and the company has said it will increase that number to 300 by 2015.

Professor to study rogue bone growth

Tulane professor Jeffrey Gimble will be the principal investigator in a Department of Defense study of heterotopic ossification, a condition in which bone forms in soft tissue that disproportionately affects soldiers returning from the military.

The three-year study, which will cost $962,059, will involve patients at a variety of locations, including the Naval Medical Research Center and Walter Reed National Military Center.

“The project will compare serum samples collected over a one-year period after injury in military and civilian orthopedic patients at risk for heterotopic ossification,” Gimble said.

Loyola to host Oswald’s former girlfriend

Judyth Vary Baker, the girlfriend of Lee Harvey Oswald when he lived in New Orleans, will speak during a one-day symposium at Loyola University on Oct. 19 that will explore the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Baker, who wrote the book “Me and Lee,” is making her first appearance in New Orleans in more than a decade.

She will be joined by other authors who have written about the assassination and will talk about her romance with Oswald and why she believes he did not kill Kennedy. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon at Loyola University’s Miller Hall, Room 114. Registration cost is $20 and a seat can be reserved at

Dental students provide free screenings to kids

Dental students at the LSU School of Health in New Orleans provided free oral health exams Saturday for children 16 and younger.

The students, most of whom were juniors and seniors, also reviewed the children’s oral habits and hygiene with parents.The event was an outreach and community service activity of the student chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at the LSUHSC.