On Campus for Oct. 7, 2013

Newcomb Gallery opens pottery exhibit

Tulane University, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, kicked off its exhibit of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise on Thursday at the Newcomb Gallery.

The exhibit features more than 130 objects, ranging from iconic pottery to rare textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and works on paper.

The exhibit will be displayed on campus until March 9 , when it will begin a national tour.

The Newcomb Pottery enterprise, which was in existence from 1895 to 1940, was established as an educational experiment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s former women’s college.

In addition to the exhibit, a 330-page coffee table book also is being released.

Business Week to focus on biotechnology

Xavier University will be hosting its “Business Week” from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.

The event, which is open to the public, is an annual event and will focus this year on the subject of biotechnology.

On Oct. 21, “Learning the Biotech Industry,” will be held in University Center Ballroom A from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Oct. 22, “The Role of Universities in the Biotech Industry,” will be held in the Convocation Center Annex Room 111 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Oct. 23, “The Ethics of Biotech,” will be held in the Convocation Center Annex Room 111 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For information, contact Tonia-Simmons-Doakes at 504-520-7505.

UNO Transportation Institute awarded grant

The Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute has been awarded $750,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to study sustainable maritime and multimodal transportation systems.

UNO is a member of two university consortiums that were successful in obtaining funding through the National University Transportation Center Program.

UNO will receive $500,000 through its membership in a University of Arkansas consortium and $250,000 through its membership in a University of Maryland consortium to conduct research related to freight transportation and the effects of freight operations.

“These awards reaffirm the university’s research excellence in transportation,” said John Renne, director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute.

According to Renne, these grants will allow the univeristy’s Transportation Institute to expand its partnership with the Port of New Orleans and the local maritime community.

The money will also help the institute support local and regional freight-based economic development activities, bridging academia, business and industry, Renne said.

Oral cancer screenings planned for Oct. 18

Students and faculty from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans will conduct a free oral cancer screening Oct. 18 at the Bank of New Orleans, 1600 Veteran’s Blvd., Metairie.

The screening will be open to the public and will be between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Those who are screened will receive an examination of the oral cavity and neck as well as counseling about risk factors for oral cancer.

Participants will be referred for followup when warranted.

For information, call the LSUHSC Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at (504) 568-4785.