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Researchers from the Tulane Prevention Research Center
found that 60 percent of New Orleans students surveyed
utilized salad bars in 12 public schools.

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School study finds racial gap in salad bar use
Most New Orleans students are using new salad bars that have been installed in public school cafeterias since 2011, but African-American students are less likely to dine from them than peers, according to a Tulane University study. more>>

SPHTM PhD candidate wins university's inaugural 3-Minute Thesis Competition
Olalekan Ogunsakin, a PhD candidate in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, took the top spot at Tulane’s inaugural 3-Minute Thesis Competition held last week in the Lavin-Bernick Center. more>>

Tulane University researchers win grant to develop 'True Blood' for mosquitoes
Tulane University has been awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an artificial mosquito diet so female insects in research colonies don’t have to feast on human or animal blood to reproduce. more>>

A green space connects NOLA neighborhoods
The Lafitte Greenway’s freshly paved walking and biking path and newly manicured landscape is officially open. City officials and greenway supporters held a grand opening on Nov. 6, marking the end of several years of work, including assistance from Tulane University. more>>

Final results released in landmark hypertension study
Researchers released results on November 9 for a landmark National Institutes of Health study that calls for doctors to more intensively manage hypertension for adults over 50, aiming for blood pressure targets well below current guidelines. more>>

Tulane University awarded $6.7 million to study long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $6.7 million grant to Tulane University to support a multi-university network of researchers studying the lasting health, demographic and socioeconomic impacts of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the broader region. more>>


Tulane-based Fussy Baby chapter soothes parent and child
Most parents experience the feeling at least once. Based in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the local Fussy Baby Network meets parents at their homes or in the network’s New Orleans’ office. more>>

Alumni reconnect in Germany after 50 years
Two former classmates, Hanns M. Seitz and Roy W. Keiser Jr., reconnect on the 50th anniversary of their graduation. The two had not seen each other in 50 years but had kept in touch with phone calls, mail, and email. Here’s what they have been doing since 1965. more>>

Collaboration will be Key to Dr. Lu Qi’s New Obesity Research Center
Dr. Lu Qi has only been at Tulane for a couple of months, but he already has big plans. Trained in both nutritional and genetic epidemiology, Qi is launching the Tulane University Obesity Research Center, which will be a school-wide center focusing mainly on precision prevention and treatment of obesity and related cardio-metabolic complications through nutrition and lifestyle modifications. more>>

Interfaith Prayer Room Dispels Stereotypes
Fulbright Scholar Faraz Khalid had a difficult choice to make. more>>

Tulane awarded $3 million to study impact of pollutants in Caribbean countries
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $3 million grant to Tulane University and the Academic Hospital Paramaribo in the Caribbean nation of Suriname to establish a center to study how neurotoxins from mining and agricultural development are affecting pregnant women and child health throughout the Caribbean. more>>

Tulane researcher gets millions to study adolescent brains and more
Tulane University researcher Yu-Ping Wang, an associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics, is studying adolescent brain development as part of a $5.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. more>>

‘Eat Dat!’ cookbook shows how to be healthy on a budget
Eating nutritious and healthy meals can be affordable, and a new cookbook from the Tulane Prevention Research Center gives residents in New Orleans and across the country a guide. more>>


Travel clinic is tailor-made for globetrotters
If you’re jetting off to go camping in the wilds of sub-Saharan Africa, it’s a good idea to soak your clothes in insecticide before you pack. And if you’re really roughing it, you’ll need anti-malarial pills and mosquito netting. more>>

Eat spicy, live longer? Study says yes
Like a fiery finish to dinner? Then you’ll be glad to know that a recent study suggests people who eat hot, spicy foods regularly may live longer. more>>

Study shows malaria in Africa cut in half since 2000
Efforts to fight malaria across the continent of Africa have cut the rate of infections in half since 2000, according to a new study published in the journal Nature and co-authored by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Study calls for more intensive hypertension treatment
Doctors should more intensively manage hypertension for adults over 50, aiming for blood pressure targets well below current guidelines, according to preliminary results of a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. more>>

Comfort zones stretched in design thinking
Tulane University faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to attend Human-Centered Design “Crash Courses” at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking to find out about design thinking — a process to solve complex problems. more>>

‘The Vietnamese were equipped to recover’
Many areas in the city of New Orleans have struggled to recuperate from damage caused by the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. But Tulane University professor Mark VanLandingham has focused on a small pocket of eastern New Orleans that has been the nucleus of the city’s population of Vietnamese immigrants since 1975. This community has had a stronger recovery than other communities with similar levels of flooding and socioeconomic status. more >>

SPHTM Alumna creates new model financing wetland restoration
Sarah Mack came to Tulane University because she knew it was a great place to work on water issues. When she began her graduate work at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a faculty member recommended she work for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans to get practical experience. more>>

Workplaces friendly to breastfeeding on rise in Louisiana
With the many advantages of breastfeeding babies, many working moms are finding that their employers have opted to show support for breastfeeding employees by complying with the federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law. more>>


KATRINA@10 Conference Photo Gallery
Last week New Orleans offered a wide variety of ways to observe the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood. The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine observed the occasion with an an academic conference highlighting research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and organized by Thomas Keller Professor Mark Vanlandingham, PhD, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. more>>

Water, water everywhere: Saving Louisiana’s coast, SPHTM alumna Sarah Mack
It was Day Nine after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 when Sarah Mack’s bosses at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans called her back to work. more >>

Disaster research experts to discuss lasting impacts of Hurricane Katrina
Leading up to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, nationally acclaimed disaster experts will gather at Tulane University for a one-day conference highlighting interdisciplinary research on the storm’s lasting impacts on the city of New Orleans as well as the lives of survivors. “KATRINA@10: Assessments of Recovery, Return, Resilience, and Enduring Vulnerabilities” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Diboll Auditorium at 1440 Canal St. in New Orleans. more>>

Suriname lab techs train at Tulane
Priscilla Friperson, Jennifer Pawirodihardjo, and Meryll Djotaroeno, all research assistants in the Department of Pharmacology at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, recently spent time in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences laboratories expanding their knowledge of biological assays. more>>

New Orleans no longer a supermarket ghost town
Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the number of grocery stores in New Orleans has recovered to pre-Katrina levels citywide and access has improved in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, according to new research from the Tulane Prevention Research Center published in the August issue of the Journal of Urban Health. more>>

Emerging Scholars wrap up third annual academy
Eight students from the Greater New Orleans area completed the third-annual Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Academy. more>>


SPHTM student to compete in Miss America pageant
While her fellow classmates in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine were decompressing from final exams, Meagan Fuller was preparing to compete in the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant held on June 29, 2015. more>>

Tulane University releases report on child labor in West African cocoa production
A new Tulane University study of the West African chocolate industry estimates that 2.12 million child laborers worked in cocoa production in the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. more>>

Dr. Stranova Recognized by ACHE
Dr. Thomas J. Stranova, associate dean for student services at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has achieved the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Service Award. more>>

Despite court ruling, survey finds child welfare advocates strongly oppose corporal punishment
Nearly a month after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that parents have the right to use corporal punishment to discipline their children, a new survey finds that most leading child welfare advocates think it is harmful for children and leads to more aggressive behavior. more>>

Tulane SPHTM: More Global than Ever!
On July 1, 2015, the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) adds 12 faculty who will greatly expand their global portfolio. At the same time, The Department of Tropical Medicine welcomes three faculty and expands their malaria research with the Center for Applied Malaria Research and Evaluation. And the Department of Global Health Systems and Development will become the Department of Global Health Management and Policy (GHMP). more>>


‘Capacity Building for Health’
The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) launched a new resource earlier this summer for New Orleans area neighborhood associations and community-based organizations. more>>

Maureen Lichtveld to Chair AJPH Editorial Board
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Chair for Environmental Health Policy and chair of the Department of Global Environmental Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been appointed chair of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health for a three-year term beginning in November of this year. more>>

Children who garden eat more greens
Schools that offer gardening and cooking classes are seeing results with students eating more fruits and vegetables than their peers, according to findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), a unit of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>


Dr. Ted Chen retires, but collaborations will go on
As graduates said their goodbyes last week, so did Dr. Ted Chen. Or perhaps it was so long for now. more>>

2015 Tulane SPHTM Diploma Ceremony
It was a year of firsts. The first time at the beautiful Saenger Theater and the first time the undergraduate diploma ceremony was joined with the graduate ceremony. The ceremony went off without a hitch. Students were honored for their years of hard work and celebrated with friends and family. Student Speaker Nikechi Mbaebie gave a moving and inspirational speech and Progressive Existence provided high-energy entertainment giving everyone attending a taste of New Orleans style. It was a memorable day as we said goodbye to our graduates who will go on to do great things in the world of public health! more>>

2015 Tulane SPHTM Awards Presentation
Before an audience of friends, family, and faculty, talented public health graduate students (and a few faculty) were honored and recognized last week with awards and distinctions from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and individual departments. more>>

Public health doctoral recipient is fit to serve
Leading exercise classes in New Orleans City Park, running marathons and coaching a girls’ running club are just a few of the healthy habits Lori Andersen used to relieve stress during her studies at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Posse Scholar earns top service award
Graduating senior Emily Cardinas is the first Tulane University student to earn both the Posse Scholarship and the Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Award, the university’s top service award. more>>

Delta Omega Eta Chapter Honors 2015 Nominees for Induction
Thirty-three graduates of the class of 2015 have been nominated for induction to the School or Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Eta Chapter of the national Delta Omega Honorary Society. They were honored at a dinner Monday evening, May 11 at Café Reconcile in New Orleans. more>>

Tulane student named SAS Student Ambassador for innovative use of analytics
Ashley Collinsworth, a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was named a 2015 SAS Student Ambassador for her work on the use of electronic health records for health services research. more>>

MD/MPH student appointed to national board
Student Quinn Jackson has been appointed to the national board of directors for the Medical Students for Choice, a multi-national organization with chapters across the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. She fulfilled the MPH portion of her degree in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. more>>


In Support of Nepal
Over the weekend, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck around the area of Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu. more>>

I2PH Announces Inaugural Grant Recipients
Six interdisciplinary student teams have been selected to receive $3,000 in pilot funding in the first Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub (I2PH) Grant Program. more>>

At the center of the Ebola outbreak
Lee P. Gary Jr., an adjunct assistant professor in the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, has one of the most critical jobs in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. more>>

Faye Grimsley Named a Fellow of the AIHA
Dr. L. Faye Grimsley, associate professor in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is one of 12 new Fellows to the American Industrial Hygiene Association. more>>

Student research shows ‘four years of hard work’
Comparative drug policy. Edible insects. Eye-gaze tracking computer interfaces. The research projects by 19 seniors in the 2015 Newcomb Scholars cohort represent their diverse interests, passions and talents. more>>

2015 Delta Omega Eta Chapter Poster Contest
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Eta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health held its annual poster contest Friday, April 10.more>>

Dr. Roy Rando to Receive Inaugural ABIH Impact Award
Dr. Roy Rando, professor of global environmental health sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will receive the first Impact Award from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). more>>


Let’s eradicate health disparities’
Student leaders in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine hope to open a dialogue on global health disparities during their annual Thought Symposium on Thursday (March 19) and Friday (March 20). more>>

Tulane SPHTM Advances in Rank to 12th Among Graduate Schools of Public Health
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine moves up to #12 among graduate schools of public health according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. more>>

Hot button issue: economic benefits of paid leaves
Heidi Hartmann, president and founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, lectured on the health and economic benefits of sick and family paid leaves during her visit on Thursday (March 26) to the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Sexual aggression on college campuses: a public health problem
To examine concerns about sexual assault on college campuses, the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center and the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University invited Kevin Swartout, an assistant professor at Georgia State University and researcher on violence against women, to discuss the subject of sexual assault on college campuses. more>>

Donald Krogstad to be Honored with Common Good Award
Dr. Donald Krogstad, professor of tropical medicine at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees to receive one of two 2015 Common Good Awards. As a physician and researcher, he has devoted his life to finding ways to contain and fight malaria. more>>


Tulane joins CDC effort to eliminate malaria in Hispaniola
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is part of a newly announced U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led consortium that aims to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. more>>

I2PH International Scholars Networking Reception
The Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub, or I2PH, was created to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to global health. Last week, the I2PH brought together a number of international scholars to talk about global networking opportunities and how to approach a global health career.  more>>


Skip the dip! Super Bowl team cities see spike in flu deaths
Boston and Seattle football fans beware! Cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a big spike in flu deaths, according to a new Tulane University study. more>>

Tulane Alumnus Named Young Healthcare Executive of the Year
Mario Garner, a 2004 alumnus of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been tapped to receive the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. more>>

Collaborations celebrated in Kinshasa
Dean Pierre Buekens recently returned from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he laid the groundwork for a new grant while strengthening bonds with the school’s network of collaborators. more>>

Safe streets lead to more walking and biking to school
More students walk or bike to school when surroundings streets, sidewalks and crosswalks are safe and attractive, according to a Tulane University Tulane Prevention Research Center study published in the Journal of School Health this month. more>>

Can your cellphone help you lose weight?
If you’re looking to trim down now, one of the best tools may be in the palm of your hand. Cellphone support can help people lose significantly more weight, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more >>


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