Dillard to host appeals court session

Dillard University will host the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

The session, which is being held in honor of Black History Month, will begin at 11 a.m. in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building on Dillard’s campus.

Judges Terri Love, Roland Belsome and Joy Cossich Lobrano will hear oral arguments.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, we are cognizant of the fact that we stand on the shoulders of many great legal scholars, including Justice Revius Ortique Jr.,” Love said. “To have the privilege of conducting appellate arguments in a courtroom named in his honor is a true representation of his legacy.”

Ortique was the first African-American elected to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The mock trial courtroom is part of Dillard’s Center for Law and Public Interest, established for undergraduate students who seek careers in law.

Both students and the public are invited to attend the oral arguments.

Women’s heart health to be topic of talk

The chief of cardiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine will give a free talk about women’s heart health on Monday. Dr. Frank Smart will speak at 4 p.m. in Room 563 of the Mervin L. Trail Clinical Sciences Research Building at 533 Bolivar St.

His presentation will cover the disparate symptoms women manifest, their lack of sensitivity to routine cardiac testing, the concept of vulnerable plaque and an update on research to better understand coronary artery disease before it results in a heart attack.

The event, sponsored by the medical school’s Women’s Affairs Committee and the Association for Women in Science, is free and open to the public.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. More women than men die from it each year. Yet only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

Ballet competition to be held at Loyola

The Valentina Kozlova International Semifinal Ballet Competition is coming to the United States for the first time and will be held from Friday through Sunday at Loyola University’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Competition jurors will convene at Loyola from all over the world including Britain, France, Panama, Cuba and Russia. More than 65 dancers from around the U.S. will compete for medals in four age categories, from 11 to 26 years old.

Kozlova, who came to the U.S. in 1979, was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and opened her own dance school, the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York, in 2003.

Her first performance after defecting from the Soviet Union was in New Orleans.

The Kozlova Competition is one of only four ballet competitions sanctioned in the U.S. by the International Dance Council.

UNO grant to quicken digital forensics

A new grant given to University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard may help quicken digital forensics.

Richard received $153,000 from the National Institute of Justice to develop a faster way to recover and investigate material found in digital devices with large storage capacities.

According to Richard, the increasing size and number of storage devices, such as flash drives, have made the process cumbersome and expensive. The delay creates backlogs for law enforcement and can increase legal risks, he said.

Researchers will use techniques to target evidence and ignore irrelevant storage space. Ultimately, they aim to create a compressed disk image that can be used by standard equipment.

Richard is the director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO.