Higher Education Briefs

Xavier reorganizes its Arts, Sciences

Xavier University has announced a major reorganization of its college of arts and sciences that will replace its 17 departments and two divisions with the following six divisions: biological and public health; business; education and counseling; humanities and the fine arts; mathematical and physical sciences; and social and behavioral science.

Loren Blanchard, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said the new arrangement will increase efficiency. She added that it would not negatively affect the academic progress of any current students.

UNO undergraduate awarded scholarship

University of New Orleans undergraduate Kyle Tyson has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.

Of the 210 recipients, Tyson is the only student who attends a public university in Louisiana.

Tyson, a Metairie native and former valedictorian at Crescent City Christian School, is a student in the school of naval architecture and marine engineering. He is a member of the society of naval architects and marine engineers as well as the honor societies Golden Key and Omicron Delta Kappa.

The Tau Beta Pi scholarships are awarded on the competitive criteria of high scholarship; campus leadership and service; and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Recipients get a $2,000 cash award for their senior year of engineering study. All scholars are members of Tau Beta Pi.

Loyola newspaper receives approval

For the fourth time in five years, Loyola University’s student newspaper, The Maroon, has received an official stamp of approval in a national, independent review.

The Associated Collegiate Press ranked The Maroon a “first class” newspaper as a result of its newly released annual formal critique.

The distinction is the second-highest possible category awarded by the Associated Collegiate Press.

As part of that critique, The Maroon submitted six publications from the year and a professional independent critic assessed the publication in the five areas of coverage and content; writing and editing; photos, arts and graphics; layout and design; and editorial leadership.

The organization also gave the student newspaper a “mark of distinction” this year for its editorial leadership, recognizing the ambitious and relevant content the staff tackled this year.

Tulane engineering professor wins award

Tulane engineering professor Hank Ashbaugh is being awarded the International Helmholtz Award for his work on the hydrophobic effect, which is the aversion of water to nonpolar substances like oil in a solution.

Ashbaugh will travel to London on Sept. 2 to accept the award, which is given annually by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Stream to recognize promising early- to midcareer scientists and engineers who are making significant contributions in water research.

“I started studying the hydrophobic effect when I started working on my doctorate,” Ashbaugh said.

“You can devote an entire career to studying why oil and water don’t mix, and still not get to the bottom of it.”

In 2008, Ashbaugh he received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and $431,000 in research funding.

Ashbaugh was nominated by Pablo Debenedetti, dean of research at Princeton University, where Ashbaugh did postdoctoral work from 1999 to 2001.

Harvard taps LSU health care professor

Dr. Rebekah Gee, an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the LSU school of public health and medicine, has been invited to Harvard to give the annual Betty Pitcher lecture.

Gee was one of three Harvard alumni invited to speak. Her lecture was titled, “The End of Birth Control Politics?”

Gee, who is also the Medicaid medical director for Louisiana, trained in obstetrics at Harvard after earning her medical degree at Cornell. She also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau