TULANE PROVOST: Robin Forman, a Harvard-trained mathematician, has been named Tulane University’s new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective Sept. 1. Forman replaces Michael Bernstein, who stepped down June 30 after nearly nine years in that role. Forman currently serves as the dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences and as a mathematics professor at Emory University. Before joining Emory in 2010, Forman spent much of his academic career at Rice University, where he became dean of undergraduates in 2005. Forman and his wife, Ann Owens, have a son, Saul.
UNO FISHERIES RESEARCH: The University of New Orleans has been awarded a $232,500 grant to design a device that effectively protects sea turtles from being captured in small shrimping nets. Though federal law has long required shrimpers to use such turtle-excluder devices, or TEDS, in their nets, the technology has been limited to use by shrimpers using vessels longer than 25 feet with nets designed for fishing deeper waters. Martin O'Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UNO and director of the university's Nekton Research Laboratory, will use the grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in his work to improve turtle excluder devices. The grant's co-principal investigator is Meg Uzee-O'Connell, research associate with UNO's Pontchartrain Institute of Environmental Sciences. O'Connell also works closely with Jeff Gearhart, a Mississippi-based fisheries biologist with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service. Meghan Gahm, a Ph.D. candidate in UNO's engineering and applied science degree program, will be collecting data for the project over the next two years, measuring the effectiveness of various turtle-excluder device designs in the field.
UNO TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH: Tara Tolford, a research associate at the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, has been awarded a $142,463 grant from the Louisiana Transportation Research Center to study the most effective and cost-efficient ways to collect data on bicyclists and pedestrians statewide. Since 2010, Tolford has been involved in an effort to calculate bicycle usage in metropolitan New Orleans, one that relies largely on college students going out and counting the numbers of bicycles that pass at various locations. Data collected through that Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Initiative has shown an 88 percent increase in the number of bicyclists and 67 percent increase in pedestrians at 12 locations between 2010 and 2015."You can't really do that on a statewide basis," Tolford said. "We are interested in figuring out how we can scale it so that we can collect data across Louisiana."
FILM INDUSTRY TRAINING: Nunez Community College has obtained financing to provide professional film industry standard workforce development training. This program is coordinated by Jamie Landry-Zimmer, a film industry workforce development professional, and will be offered free of charge to those who qualify and are selected to participate. The program will provide training that meets industry standards in acting, independent film-making and production. Film industry standard seminars will also be offered free of charge to the general public. Together, these training programs will situate St. Bernard Parish as a center for the development of an indigenous Louisiana film industry. The deadline to apply for film and television actor training is Sept. 5. Applicants, 17 and older, should send a résumé, head shot or picture, and short paragraph on why they will benefit from the program to Jamie Landry-Zimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified applicants will be invited to audition Friday, Sept. 9, for the 15 openings in this round of training. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 1, 8, and 15. For information, visit www.nunez.edu or call (504) 278-6467.
TOURISM ADMINISTRATION: The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is awarding scholarships to three University of New Orleans students for the 2016 fall semester. Caitlin Lawless Castay and Kyarah Golden will each receive $1,900 and Channing Maumus will receive $1,000. The students, who are all enrolled in UNO’s Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, were to be recognized at the 2016 Five Star Futures Awards Gala Aug. 6 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS: The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing has been awarded a total of $2.2 million over four years by the Health Resources and Services Administration to help nurse anesthesia and family nurse practitioner students with school and living expenses. The funding is being distributed through three mechanisms: the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship, the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, and the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.
EKG TECHNICIAN PROGRAM: Nunez Community College will offer a program in electrocardiogram (EKG) technology beginning this fall. EKG technicians perform diagnostic tests to assess the heart rhythm and rate in patients. They are an integral part of the care and management of patients with heart disease. EKG technicians also maintain equipment and process data reports. Coursework for a technical competency area credential in EKG technology can be completed in as little as 16 weeks. Fall classes start Aug. 22. For information about the program, contact Shirley Millbern at (504) 278-6386 or email@example.com.
AUTO TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION: Delgado Community College has entered into an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the National Coalition of Certification Centers to offer Fiat Chrysler brand-specific training beginning this fall. The students will receive the opportunity to earn all relevant Chrysler certifications while enrolled in Delgado’s fully accredited motor vehicle technology associate degree and technical certificate programs. Delgado is one of 20 colleges nationwide selected to participate in the new program. Delgado Community College is the only college in Louisiana or in the neighboring states of Mississippi and Arkansas that offers dealership technician employment training for all three major U.S. automakers: Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, said Donald Davenport, department chair of motor vehicle technology at Delgado.
UNO HEALTH SCIENCES: A $75,495 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents promises to breathe new life into the University of New Orleans’ human performance and health promotion program, which suffered setbacks following Hurricane Katrina. Marc Bonis, assistant professor of human performance and health promotion, said the award will enable UNO to buy a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, commonly called a “DXA” machine, to enhance and complete UNO’s health science learning lab. The instrument is used to measure bone density and is an effective source of data for those studying osteoporosis and obesity. The university had such a tool prior to Katrina, but it was damaged by moisture and disuse following the floods, Bonis said.
LOYOLA BASKETBALL: The basketball court at the University Sports Complex at Loyola University New Orleans will undergo a significant renovation, including a new floor, new bleachers, and other aesthetic improvements, with financing from First NBC Bank. In recognition of this multiyear gift commitment, First NBC Bank has naming rights for the court through 2031. The renovation work began in June with the addition of new lighting and aesthetic improvements. Installation of permanent bleachers and a reconfigured game floor will take place in the summer of 2017.