Tulane dean named director of new center

Kenneth Schwartz, dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture, has been named founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. He also has been named the first holder of the Sacks endowed chair in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.

The center, made possible through a $15 million gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was announced in November. It will bring together Tulane faculty, students and researchers from varied disciplines to work collaboratively on solving problems of the environment, education and health care.

The endowed chair is being funded by the Michael Sacks Fund for Social Entrepreneurship and is named for Michael J. Sacks, a 1984 graduate of Tulane.

Schwartz will serve as director of the center in addition to his role as Architecture School dean.

He led the growth of Tulane City Center, a highly successful social entrepreneurship program at the school, and recently introduced an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

UNO professor chosen for advertising program

University of New Orleans marketing professor Elyria Kemp is one of 12 academics across the country selected for the Advertising Educational Foundation’s 2015 Visiting Professor Program, a two-week fellowship.

The program places professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts with advertising agencies as well as marketing and media companies.

The goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry.

In 2014, 15 professors were hosted by advertising agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Kemp, an assistant professor of marketing, researches the role of emotions in advertising. She teaches strategic marketing classes in the master of business administration program and health care management program.

The 2015 fellows will be assigned their host companies in coming weeks.

LSU professor gets national appointments

Dr. Rebekah Gee, assistant professor of health policy and management and of obstetrics and gynecology at the LSU Health New Orleans Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has been elected to two national positions.

First, she is now a member of the Health System Performance and Public Health Steering Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

The nonpartisan NASHP works with state and federal officials, providers, researchers and consumers to develop and implement new approaches and policies in health care.

The committee is responsible for issues related to how health care services are delivered in the areas of public health, preventive health, health disparities, care and disease management, health care workforce, quality and medical errors.

Gee also was elected to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Performance Measurement.

The NCQA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care. Since its founding in 1990, it has sought to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.

Gee also serves as Medicaid medical director for Louisiana and is a nationally recognized expert on quality improvement, Medicaid policy and maternal and child health.