Brokaw to address Loyola Class of 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Brokaw, former anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” will address Loyola University’s class of 2013 during its spring commencement ceremony.

Brokaw will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony, along with legendary jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times

Managing Editor Dean Baquet. Loyola’s College of Law commencement will feature Mary Matalin and James Carville as the keynote speakers.

Both commencement exercises are scheduled for May 11 and will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The undergraduate and graduate ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m., and the College of Law ceremony starts at 5:45 p.m.

Tulane hosts football panel, ESPN duo

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University will host two Super Bowl-related events Tuesday night.

ESPN’s Mike and Mike (sports analysts Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic) will discuss the game as well as other football-related topics at 7:30 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium on Tulane’s campus.

A panel of national sports experts will discuss the future of professional football, injuries, and the Saints bounty scandal at 8 p.m. at Tulane Hillel, 912 Broadway.

The panel is part of “The Big Issue” series and will be moderated by Tulane law associate professor and sports law expert Gabe Feldman. Panelists include George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs for the NFL Players Association; Judy Battista, NFL reporter for the New York Times; Andrew Brandt, a former player agent who is now an analyst for ESPN; and Mike Pesca, a national sports correspondent for NPR.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Carl Joe Williams’ art to be displayed

New Orleans — An exhibition by New Orleans artist Carl Joe Williams opens Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 28 at Delgado Community College.

“Rhythmic Souls by Carl Joe Williams” will be on display at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus. The gallery is in Isaac Delgado Hall (Building 1), third floor, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. An artist talk followed by a reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 31.

Rway to delay diseaseesearchers find

New Orleans — Researchers at the University of New Orleans, led by Gerald LaHoste, associate professor of psychology, have discovered a way to significantly delay the symptoms of Huntington’s Disease in mice that carry the human Huntington’s Disease gene.

Huntington’s Disease is an untreatable, fatal disease that causes certain nerve cells in the brain to waste away.

For years, scientists have known that a mutated version of the gene, known as huntingtin, is present in people who suffer from Huntington’s Disease. UNO researchers identified a second gene that might be linked to the disease.

Based on their findings, they believe that a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, could greatly slow the symptoms of Huntington’s Disease in humans.

EU ambassador to speak at Tulane

NEW ORLEANS — João Vale de Ameida, European Union ambassador to the United States, will speak about his role in Washington D.C. and the relevance of the EU for Louisiana and the nation at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 1111 of Goldring-Woldernberg Hall II on Tulane’s campus.

The ambassador also will discuss the benefits of promoting growth and jobs overseas, ways the U.S. and the EU jointly confront global challenges and steps the EU is taking to emerge stronger from its fiscal crisis. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Email Eric Smith at to reserve a spot.

LSUHSC professor given Hero Award

NEW ORLEANS — Kim Edward LeBlanc, professor of orthopedics, head of family medicine, and director of rural education at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, was named one of 10 recipients nationwide of the 2012 Robert Raszkowski Hero Award.

The award is presented by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and honors “extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise” in continuing medical education.

Fox News analyst to speak at Loyola

New Orleans— Fox News analyst Judge Andrew P. Napolitano will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday in Loyola University’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Sponsored by Loyola’s Economics Club, “An Evening with Judge Andrew P. Napolitano” will cover the “decline of freedom in contemporary American society,” according to a university news release. Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, lectures nationally on the Constitution, the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime and human freedom.

Tulane establishes new professorship

New Orleans— The Tulane School of Social Work has received a gift that allows it to establish and fully endow the Sonja Bilger Romanowski Professorship in Social Work.

The professorship, the first for the school, will be used to support the research and scholarship of a faculty member in the early stages of his or her career. Appointments are for three-year periods.

The donor, Sonja Bilger Romanowski, of Dallas, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University’s Newcomb College in 1962 and earned her masters of social work in 1964 from the school.

The first recipient is assistant professor Madeline Lee.

Loyola professor part of cancer-study team

New Orleans — Loyola University School of Nursing professor Laurie Anne Ferguson is on a team that is part of a five-year colorectal cancer study funded by a $1.3 million grant from the American Cancer Society.

Ferguson’s team studies how people understand basic health information and services and how that relates to patients getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Ferguson, who teaches nurse practitioner students in the master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice programs, will help coordinate the research project at Varnado Family Practice in Greensburg and other rural clinics in southern Louisiana.

LSUHSC research targets breast cancer

New Orleans — Research led by Suresh Alahari, the Fred Brazda professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, details how the HER2 cancer gene promotes the progression and spread of breast cancer cells.

The inactivation of a tumor suppression gene called Nischarin is among the mechanisms identified. The findings provide a new therapeutic target to block the function of HER2. The research was published last week in Cancer Research, OnlineFirst.

Invention is goal for UNO professor

NEW ORLEANS — Elizabeth Shirtcliff, a psychology professor at the University of New Orleans, was awarded a grant of close to $20,000 to invent a device that will be able to test testosterone levels and deliver results in real time.

Shirtcliff said testosterone levels can change quickly, and with it, behavior. Testosterone is recognized for changing risky decision-making tendencies in humans, especially teens, and for increasing the likelihood that a person is motivated to seek rewards, risks or status-oriented behaviors, Shirtcliff said.

The research is funded by a grant from Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a National Science Foundation program designed to build and expand the science and engineering research, education, and technology capabilities in states that have historically received lesser amounts of federal research and development funding.

Loyola to host lecture on globalization

New Orleans — The Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, president of the Catholic University in the State of Tachira in Venezuela, will present “Political Implications of a Humanizing Globalization,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center at Loyola University. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on Latin American contributions in the areas of politics and globalization.

Loyola professor earns state honor

New Orleans — The Public Relations Association of Louisiana recognized Loyola University professor Cathy Rogers as the 2012 State Educator of the Year in public relations.

Rogers, who joined Loyola in 1990, received the association’s new award created to honor a full-time faculty member teaching in public relations, journalism or communications. The association presented Rogers with the award at a ceremony Jan. 8.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau