Higher education briefs for Nov. 12, 2012

Tulane set to host
political summit

New Orleans — Bipartisan political duo James Carville and Mary Matalin will co-host the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Fourth Annual Political Summit, “Beyond the Ballot: A Government in Transition,” on Thursday at Tulane University.

The summit will feature more than two dozen current and former elected officials, national political strategists from both sides of the aisle and prominent journalists.

Panel discussions throughout the daylong event will explore the current political landscape and examine where the two parties may find common ground going forward to address the nation’s key policy issues.

Follow the event on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan and #BPCNOLA.

UNO selects provost
for academic affairs

New Orleans — James E. Payne has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Orleans.

Payne most recently served as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the polytechnic campus of the University of South Florida System. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and has more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and administrator.

Payne’s appointment will begin Jan. 1.

He succeeds Louis V. Paradise who will retire in December after more than 30 years at UNO.

Freedom Riders
to lead discussion

New Orleans — Nine of the original Freedom Riders will participate in a panel discussion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tulane University.

The panel will be held in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall, 6901 Freret St., Room 204.

The event is open to the public. The riders will talk about their experiences in the fight for civil rights in the South, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Tulane school marks 100th anniversary

New Orleans — Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine celebrated its 100th anniversary last week.

Alumni, faculty, former faculty, students and professionals gathered for discussions and seminars on the global impact of disasters, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the global burden of chronic diseases and changing health care systems.

Founded in 1912 with a donation of $25,000 from New Orleans businessman Samuel Zemurray as the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the first such educational institution in the nation, the school answered the need for tropical medicine and hygiene studies in New Orleans, a city that had long suffered from devastating epidemics of malaria, cholera and yellow fever.

Delgado honors outstanding alumni

New Orleans — The Delgado Circles of Excellence Outstanding Alumni recognition dinner honored the community contributions of Delgado graduates last month.

James Hines, president of the Harvey Canal Industrial Association and a Circles of Excellence Award winner in 2008, was the keynote speaker. Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan served as master of ceremonies.

2012 Delgado Circles of Excellence Award winners are: Pamela Albers Gretna, 1994, general studies, social worker with New Orleans Family Justice Center; Anna Marie Eastburn, Slidell, 2006, dietetics, performance dietitian with University of Pittsburgh at John C. Stennis Space Center; Joseph Scott Morgan, Dahlonega, Ga., 1991, criminal justice, assistant professor at North Georgia College and State University and author; Patrick M. Smith, Mandeville, 1999, criminal justice, community relations deputy with Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office; Pearlina Thomas, New Orleans, 2008, construction management and civil engineering, area manager with Louisiana Associated General Contractors; Joseph Webster, New Orleans, 2011, fire science technology, firefighter with New Orleans Fire Department, U.S. Army Reserve recruiter.

Dilliard conference
set on mental health

New Orleans — The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies will host “The Root of it All: the State of Mental Health of New Orleans’ Youth” on Nov. 20 at Dillard University.

The event will raise awareness of mental health issues affecting children in the New Orleans area.

The conference will reveal data from a study compiled by IWES on mental and emotional wellness of New Orleans youth.

Presentations will be given by national and local sociologists, psychiatrists and political leaders, including MSNBC host, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, world renowned social psychiatrist, Dr. Mindy Fullilove, and educational leader and community activist Dr. Andre Perry.

The event will also include a special presentation by the ReThinkers, a group of children making efforts to reshape policies in New Orleans schools.

The ReThinkers and the Children’s Defense Fund will also receive an award from IWES for their continued service to New Orleans’ youth.

LSU researcher
targets Alzheimer’s

New Orleans — Research led by Chu Chen, associate Professor of Neuroscience at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has identified an enzyme called Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) as a new therapeutic target to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was published online Nov. 1 in the Online Now section of the journal Cell Reports.

The research team found that inactivation of MAGL reduced the production and accumulation of beta amyloid plaques, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers blocked MAGL with a highly selective and potent inhibitor in mice using different dosing regimens and found that inactivation of MAGL for eight weeks was sufficient to decrease production and deposition of plaques and the function of a gene involved in making beta amyloid toxic to brain cells.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that is the most common cause of dementia among older people.

More than 5.4 million people in the United States and 36 million people worldwide suffer with Alzheimer’s disease in its various stages.

Chen’s research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to scientists from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, the research team also included investigators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

White House honors Tulane service work

New Orleans — Tulane University was one of 31 organizations nationwide honored this week by Together for Tomorrow, an effort by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service, to help struggling schools.

Tulane’s Center for Public Service was lauded as one of seven demonstration sites that ran pilot Together for Tomorrow programs prior to their national roll-out.

Tulane operated a AmeriCorps*VISTA program that places full-time volunteers in New Orleans public schools to build community partnerships and increase parental involvement.

Friends of Music
hosts concert today

New Orleans — New Orleans Friends of Music presents the second concert of its 58th season of chamber music, a performance by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at 8 p.m. today at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall.

The performance is preceded at 7 p.m. by a free lecture by John Joyce of the Newcomb Department of Music faculty.

Admission is $25. Tulane students are admitted free.

Delgado musicians offering free recitals

New Orleans — The Delgado Music Department holds weekly recital hours at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday in Isaac Delgado Hall, 615 City Park Ave., Room 316W — the Band Room.

The recitals are free and open to the public and include music students and faculty, as well as guest professional musicians.

This week, piano students will perform. No recital will be held Thanksgiving Day; the Delgado Chorus will perform Nov. 29.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau

Delgado presents group art exhibit

New Orleans — The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is presenting “NOLA Community Prints,” a group exhibit of artist members and supporters of the New Orleans Community Print Shop and Darkroom.

The exhibition opened last week and runs through Dec. 6 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College. The gallery is in Building 1, third floor, and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The New Orleans Community Print Shop is an association of printers and educators committed to enabling and engaging local artists, printmakers, students and entrepreneurs in the practices of printmaking by providing programming and resources at an affordable and accessible facility.

Delgado on list of top Fulbright producers

New Orleans — Delgado Community College has joined 88 other colleges and universities nationwide on a Chronicle of Higher Education list of “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars” for the 2012-13 academic year. The list was published Oct. 28 and includes awards granted through Oct. 5.

Of all the institutions listed, 26 are community colleges. The rest are four-year, master’s and doctoral degree-granting colleges and universities or specialized schools. Delgado is the only higher education institution in Louisiana to appear on the list.