Six members of the faculty at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing have been named to the 2015 list of Great 100 Nurses by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation.

They are Monchielle M. Bolds, instructor of nursing; Alison H. Davis, assistant professor of nursing; Quinn T. Lacey, instructor of nursing; Helen Neil, instructor of nursing; Lorrie L. Powel, associate professor of nursing; and Angela Scanio, instructor of nursing.

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation was founded in New Orleans 29 years ago and since then has honored thousands of nurses across Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. The nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession of nursing and their mentoring of others.

The winners will be honored at a celebration Oct. 14.

UNO prof to study how sunlight affects oil

University of New Orleans chemistry professor Matthew Tarr has been awarded a three-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how sunlight transforms oil on the surface of water.

Tarr and his research team will expose different types of oil to simulated sunlight in order to gain a better understanding of the chemical structures that are formed when petroleum is spilled in water. They will also determine how dispersants affect the makeup of the oil.

“Many previous studies utilized ultraviolet radiation that is not representative of sunlight, and few, if any, studies have recorded findings across oil types or in the presence of dispersants,” Tarr said.

The research will allow scientists to better predict the behavior of oil spilled in water. It also will provide valuable guidance for future response strategies and technologies, according to Tarr.

Undergraduate students will work as part of the research team, and high school students and teachers will participate during the summer.

Tarr, who joined the UNO faculty in 1995, is the 2015 recipient of the UNO Research Excellence Prize, given to an associate professor or professor who has an outstanding and sustained record of creative or scholarly activities.

Delgado to offer degree in instrumentation

The Louisiana Board of Regents has granted Delgado Community College approval to establish an associate of applied science degree program in instrumentation and control.

The new degree was approved by the Louisiana Community and Technical College Board of Supervisors earlier this year.

Delgado plans to begin offering program courses in the spring at the college’s West Bank campus in Algiers.

The program is designed to prepare individuals to become process control operators and instrumentation technicians. Graduates will have the background and entry-level technical skill for instrumentation and control operations as diverse as distillation, boilers, refrigeration, cooling towers and reactors as they are used in chemical, oil and gas, water, waste management and food production processing.

The objective of the 67-credit-hour degree program is to prepare graduates to apply basic engineering principles and to have the technical skills required to support engineers engaged in developing measurement and control systems and procedures.

An industry-based advisory committee assisted in development of the curriculum and has expressed interest in supporting the program through internships, evaluation of the program’s effectiveness and hiring of graduates.

This will be Delgado’s first program exclusively focused on developing and maintaining instrumentation and control systems. All 10 instrumentation courses in the major will be new to Delgado.

This will be a limited-enrollment program. The college anticipates as many as 20 new students to enroll each year and projects an 80 percent completion rate.