LSU to host cancer moonshot summit

Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of the LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, will host a Cancer Moonshot Summit for New Orleans on June 29 at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

Vice President Joe Biden is convening the National Cancer Moonshot Summit to bring the entire cancer research community together for the first time under a national charge to double the rate of progress toward a cure. Researchers, doctors, scientists, philanthropists, advocates, patients and survivors are expected to attend.

Ochoa is the only person from Louisiana and one of 28 experts nationally named to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel, which is helping guide the initiative.

The summit will include an update on the panel’s activities and research progress. Discussions will cover clinical trials, treatment, philanthropy and advocacy.

According to the National Cancer Institute, community input is critical to the success of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The summit is free and open to the public. Registration is available at The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at 1700 Tulane Ave.

Loyola director to lead journalism association

Sonya F. Duhé, director of the School of Mass Communication at Loyola University, has been named president-elect of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. She will serve as president in 2017-18.

The association, founded in 1917, comprises about 190 journalism and mass communication programs at colleges in the United States and Canada.

Duhé also will be serving a three-year term on the Accrediting Committee of the Accreditation Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

At Loyola, she has pioneered curriculum changes, leading the school to two national accreditations and a record-breaking year of success. In 2015-16, students got 91 awards, including a national Pacemaker Award earned by the student newspaper, The Maroon.

Duhé has continued development of Loyola’s Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications, introduced a “Brand Lab” for strategic communications students and is raising funds for a $5 million digital laboratory that will serve as a media center on campus.

Loyola’s Monroe Hall wins design award

The recent renovation of a Loyola University building won a regional design award for the architects’ design excellence.

Holly and Smith Architects, based in New Orleans and Hammond, were honored for the project by architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects.

Selected from among 130 submitted projects in a juried contest, the renovation of Monroe Hall received a Merit Award.

“Although the design goes a long way to deny the previous horizontality, it has created a complete overhaul feel over a five-year period while maintaining full occupancy as required. The architects took an eyesore and gave it the Cinderella treatment,” a panel of judges said in their review. “While using the structure of the existing building, everything else gets a much-needed facelift and looks as if it was always that way.”

A center of learning at Loyola for 45 years, Monroe Hall is home to more than 40 percent of undergraduate courses. The $93 million renovation added two floors and 114,000 square feet, improving classroom and meeting space in the building.

With help from private donors, including the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation and the Edward G. Schleiter Foundation, Monroe received new chemistry, physics and biology laboratories as well as a state-of-the-art 3,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse made possible by the Azby Fund, a local philanthropic organization.