UNO awards research prizes to 3 faculty

The University of New Orleans has awarded the 2015 UNO Research Recognition Prizes to three faculty members. Matthew Tarr, professor of chemistry, won the Research Excellence Prize; Elliott Beaton, assistant professor of psychology, won the Early Career Research Prize; and Mahdi Abdelguerfi, professor of computer science, won the Competitive Funding Prize.

Tarr researches nanostructure materials for energy conversion, environmental chemistry and photochemistry, and the use of nanomaterials for biomarker detection or site-directed drug delivery. He has served as the principal investigator for $4 million in external funding. From 2011 to 2014, he ran a high school summer research program at UNO for 131 high school students and 52 high school teachers. He will receive a $10,000 grant.

Beaton directs the Stress, Cognition and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. He and his research team study how stress affects brain development in children at high risk for adult mental illness, including anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. He has been awarded more than $910,000 in grants from agencies including the National Institute of Mental Health. He will receive a $7,500 grant.

Abdelguerfi, chairman of the computer science department, was awarded more than $840,000 in grants last year. On a grant from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, he is developing a geospatial information system for fish tagging, artificial fishing reefs and oyster maps. He recently received research funding from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center. He will receive a $10,000 grant.

Delgado to open new resource center Friday

Delgado Community College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday for the new Marvin E. Thames Sr. Learning Resource Center at Delgado’s City Park Campus, 615 City Park Ave.

The 60,000-square-foot, $14 million facility houses the Moss Memorial Library; it replaces a building destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The library has operated from temporary quarters since then.

Moss Memorial Library is the hub for the network of libraries in the Delgado Community College system.

FEMA funds were used to pay for the new center. The architects were Sizeler, Thompson, Brown of New Orleans.

The building is named for the late Dr. Marvin E. Thames Sr., a former Delgado president who served the college for more than 30 years. Thames held a variety of positions at Delgado, including director of the Delgado Trades School in the 1950s, before it became a college.

Moss Memorial Library opened in 1965. It was named in honor of Elleonora Moss, a friend of businessman and philanthropist Isaac Delgado, the school’s founder. The new Learning Resource Center is located on the same spot as the previous library, between the Student Life Center and Isaac Delgado Hall.

U.S. Marine Band to perform at Tulane

America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, the United States Marine Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium.

The concert, sponsored by the Tulane University Band Program and the Loyola University Band Department, is free and open to the public. It is part of Loyola’s 2015 Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

The Marine Band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Traditionally known as “The President’s Own,” the band’s primary mission is to provide music for the president and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

The concert tour was created to give Americans who could not travel to Washington, D.C., the opportunity to see and hear the band.

Free tickets may be reserved by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Marine Band Concert, c/o Tulane University Marching Band, 102 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; others will be admitted at that time.