Area residents seeking higher educational opportunity are invited to apply to attend Delgado Community College this summer and fall.

Day, evening, weekend and online courses are available, and financial aid is available for qualified applicants.

Priority registration is underway through May 22 online at www.dcc.edu and in person at all Delgado locations. Summer session classes will begin June 3. Fall semester classes will begin Aug. 15.

Delgado, the largest and oldest community college in Louisiana, offers instruction at nine locations around the New Orleans region, including its City Park and West Bank campuses, the Delgado Charity School of Nursing, campuses in Slidell and Metairie, and the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center in Gretna.

Visit www.dcc.edu for information or to apply and register online, or phone (504) 671-5012.

Children invited to “Tooth Fairy’ fundraiser

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association invites the public to its “Breakfast with the Tooth Fairy” fundraiser from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the School of Dentistry’s Administration Building, 1100 Florida Ave.

The $10 donation for children includes a healthy breakfast, a picture with the Tooth Fairy, activities and a goody bag. There will also be face painting and story time. The $5 adult donation includes breakfast.

Proceeds benefit community outreach activities and help students attend the American Dental Hygienists’ Association annual national meeting.

“Between 50 and 60 LSU Health New Orleans dental hygiene students work hard to make the event possible,” said Tricia Barker, a clinical assistant professor.“It is a magical day for all who attend.”

For information or to register, email Barker at tbark1@lsuhsc.edu.

Many LSU medical grads to stay in La.

More than half — 56 percent — of this year’s Louisiana State University Health New Orleans graduating medical students will stay in the state to complete their medical training, officials announced.

Of those students, 85 percent will enter into an LSU residency program. The LSU Health New Orleans residency programs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Bogalusa matched 207 new residents.

“Our medical graduates are some of the most sought-after in the country,”said Dr. Larry Hollier, chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans. “That so many of them have chosen to remain in Louisiana this year is a vote of confidence in the quality of our graduate medical education programs.”

The National Resident Matching Program every year matches applicants to residency programs with available positions at U.S. teaching hospitals and academic health centers. Both students’ and institutions’ choices are taken into account.

National studies have found that a high percentage of physicians set up their permanent practice in the area where they complete their residency.

Other LSU Health New Orleans students will be going to such prestigious programs as Johns Hopkins, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Residency programs begin July 1.

Tulane receives grant to study BP oil spill

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University has received a $1.4 million grant to study impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Funded by the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the grant will pay for collecting new information about health, social well-being and economic impacts of the oil spill in three hard-hit coastal communities in Louisiana and Alabama.

The research will provide guidance to community leaders and policy makers on actions they can take to more effectively mitigate disaster impacts, according to school officials. Researchers will choose the target communities based on the oil spill’s impact, vulnerability to future oil spills and socioeconomic indicators.

Tulane’s computer science department will receive an additional $480,000 to develop a web tool that will display information about the oil spill’s impacts.

Tulane received the grant as part of the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, which was formed to assess and address public health, social and economic impacts of the spill.