Author to tell tales of St. Louis Cemeteries

Save Our Cemeteries will conclude its 2015 lecture series Tuesday with a talk by author and photographer Sally Asher titled “Taken to the Grave: Lesser Known Tombs in the St. Louis Cemeteries.”

The free lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans.

Asher will sign copies of her newly released book, “Stories From the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans,” following her lecture.

Asher is a researcher and fine-arts photographer whose work has appeared in many local, national and international media outlets, including Newsweek and New Orleans Magazine. She has been the public relations photographer for Tulane University since 2008.

Audubon offers free admission to veterans

The Audubon Nature Institute is saluting America’s military service members, both active-duty and veterans, by offering them free admission to three Audubon attractions on Wednesday, Veterans Day.

The offer is good for Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Active or retired military personnel must show a military ID for complimentary admission to any of the three attractions. The offer is valid for up to five admissions, including the veteran. It does not apply to the Entergy Giant Screen Theater.

Visit www.auduboninstitute.org/veterans-day for information.

Pixar animation artist to speak at Loyola

Pixar artist Michael O’Brien will visit Loyola University on Monday for a free one-hour behind-the-scenes animation presentation. He will discuss his work on leading Disney films, including “The Good Dinosaur,” slated to hit theaters on Thanksgiving.

O’Brien will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Hall, located in the newly renovated Monroe Hall near St. Charles Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Pixar is visiting several universities this fall as part of its “College Animator Tour” and chose Loyola because of the university’s graphic design and digital-filmmaking programs, two of the most popular programs among first-year students. Loyola is the only university in New Orleans that offers an undergraduate degree in graphic design.

O’Brien will present slides and information about the making of “The Good Dinosaur.” Students will have an opportunity for questions and answers.

“The Good Dinosaur,” a CGI-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, features a voice-over cast that includes actors Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, Steve Zahn, Frances McDormand and others.

O’Brien joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2000. The first feature film he worked on was “Monsters Inc.” He was the technical effects lead on “The Good Dinosaur.”

Nobel laureate to speak on cancer studies

Nobel Prize winner Andrew V. Schally will discuss “Experimental and Clinical Studies on the Management of Some Hormone-Dependent Cancers With Analogs of Hypothalamic Hormones” at noon Thursday in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schally, who is the Distinguished Leonard M. Miller professor of pathology at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and chief of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, achieved international recognition as a 1977 Nobel laureate for medicine or physiology.

The prize recognized his discovery of the structure of certain key hormones of the hypothalamus, which led to acknowledgement of the hypothalamus as the controlling factor of the pituitary gland. Schally’s work opened the door to new research in contraception, diabetes, cancer, abnormal growth and mental disability, as well as depression and other human disorders.

He was on the faculty of the Tulane University School of Medicine from 1962 to 2005.