New Orleans area higher education briefs for Jun 17, 2013

Phyllis Taylor joins Board of Tulane

Phyllis Taylor, chairwoman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which funds educational endeavors, military and law enforcement causes and other nonprofits, has joined the Board of Tulane.

Her three-year term begins Friday.

Taylor, a graduate of Tulane Law School, is a member of the President’s Council at Tulane and a past member of the Tulane Medical Center Board of Governors; the Center for Bioenvironmental Research Advisory Council; the Key to the Cure Committee and the Newcomb Dance Advisory Board.

She also established the Tulane Water Prize to promote an innovative solution to a problem dealing with water and to encourage others to support similar challenges to social issues.

Taylor serves on the New Orleans Business Council and on the boards of numerous nonprofits, including The Smithsonian National Board, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Education Commission of the States, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Catholic Leadership Institute National Advisory Board and the Xavier University Board of Trustees.

Minority students
get look at nursing

The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing gave 14 junior and senior high school students an in-depth look nursing as a career through its Future Nurses Institute, which was held last week.

The program is aimed at underrepresented minority high school students seriously considering nursing as a profession.

The students spent three days in lectures, getting hands-on experience in the hospital lab and simulation labs and interacting with LSUHSC faculty experts in various nursing disciplines.

The students, from Xavier University Preparatory High School, St. Augustine High School, St. Mary’s Academy High School and Warren Easton High School, also participated in panel discussions and had a chance to question and learn from LSUHSC faculty who hold leadership positions in the nursing profession.

Dillard presents
‘A Soldier’s Play’

As part of the American Theatre Project, Dillard University and The Standard New Orleans will present a staged reading of the 1982 Pulitzer-Prize Winning drama by Charles Fuller, “A Soldier’s Play” at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. The reading will take place simultaneously in 27 theaters in 12 states and 17 cities throughout the country and in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The play is a murder mystery that takes place on an army base in Louisiana in 1944 during the time of segregation in the military.

This is third annual Project 1Voice Play Day which celebrates African American Theater.

“As one of the oldest African American University theaters in the country, Dillard is excited to once again host this Project1Voice production in partnership with the American Theater Project,” said Cortheal Clark, chair of Dillard’s theater department. Admission is free and open to the public.

Fundraiser helps cancer research

Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center received more than $104,000 from a sporting clays fundraiser event held earlier this year at Stella Plantation in Braithwaite, La.

Gunning for a Cure was planned and hosted by the family and associates of Sartor’s friend and former patient, Chalin Perez, at the plantation, which is the Perez family home.

and crawfish.

Perez, who served as president of the Plaquemines Parish Council for many years, joined the Naval ROTC at Tulane University in 1940, and was commissioned as an ensign upon graduation in 1943. He returned to Tulane after the war and received his law degree in 1948.

His children say they hope to provide financial support to continue Sartor’s research and assist him in his efforts to help other patients and families.

Sporting clays fundraisers called the One Man Shoot in Baton Rouge and Shreveport/Bossier City on Aug. 3 and on Oct. 4 through Oct. 5 also will support the research.

Tulane grad gets research fellowship in Switzerland

Recent Tulane University graduate Gisele Calderon, of Baton Rouge, has won a Whitaker International Fellowship, becoming the first Tulane student to be awarded the prestigious postgraduate research grant.

She will spend the 2013–14 academic year at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Calderon will work with world-renowned scientist Jeffrey Hubbell, a biomedical engineering professor at the institute and an adjunct professor of surgery at the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami.

While a student at Tulane, Calderon was a Newcomb Scholar who majored in biomedical engineering. She was member of the women’s swimming and diving team, specializing in the butterfly stroke. In 2010 and 2012, Calderon received the Torch Award, which is given to an athlete for achieving excellence in academics and athletics while contributing to the community.

Tulane scientist wins geology award

Tulane University scientist Kyle Straub won the James Lee Wilson Award, a national honor, for his work in sedimentary geology.

Straub, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, received the award at the annual meeting of the Society for Sedimentary Geology in Pittsburgh. Straub’s research focuses on the transport of sediment from land to ocean and into the layers of earth that make up the stratigraphic record. His areas of interest range from the interaction of swiftly flowing water currents with winding rivers to the construction and preservation of river deltas over millions of years. Straub and his team of scientists conduct much of their research in the sediment dynamics lab at Tulane, where they create miniature river deltas. This work helps predict how and where sediment is deposited in locations like the Mississippi River Delta.

Understanding the movement of sediment can help identify how sea-level rise and subsidence will affect coastal communities and determine where to drill for oil.

Tulane athlete gets service award

Tulane track and field athlete Candice St. Etienne was one of 12 Conference USA athletes to receive the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, the commissioner’s office announced last week.

The award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

St. Etienne, who graduated from Tulane last month, served as vice president for Tulane’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which was involved in five major initiatives this year. SAAC raised $60,000 for Tulane football player Devon Walker, who was severely injured in a Sept. 8 football game at Tulsa, by selling T-shirts and wrist bands at home football games.

Also in the fall, the New Orleans native helped collect more than $3,400 for the Second Harvest Food Bank to be used to provide food to those less fortunate during the holiday season.

St. Etienne was also involved with the youth of the greater New Orleans area.

During Wave Days, an annual event hosted at the Louisiana Superdome, SAAC partnered with elementary schools to educate 500 students about the possibility of going to college and continuing their education.

She also participated in the Shadow a Student-Athlete Day, where 60 Harriet Tubman Charter students followed individual student-athletes through a typical morning, attending classes and walking around the campus.

During her senior campaign for the track and field squad, St. Etienne was an integral part of the team as she competed in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4 x 400 meter relay team.

After the season, St. Etienne was honored with the 2013 Wilson Award, considered to be the most prestigious won by a Tulane student-athlete.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau