Loyola adds student coaching program

Loyola University has announced the start of a program meant to enhance students' performance and improve their college experience by providing them with executive-style coaching.

Over the course of a three-year partnership, Loyola will work with the organization InsideTrack to develop a sustainable student success coaching program.

InsideTrack’s coaches will immediately begin partnering with Loyola to offer coaching to every first-year student.

In the meantime, its consulting and operations teams will support Loyola in assessing the institution’s current capabilities and in deploying its own coaching, training and certification and managerial development.

A Catholic university with more than 5,000 students, Loyola offers more than 60 majors for undergraduates across its three colleges.

Since 2001, InsideTrack’s coaching methodology, technology and tools have been proven to increase student persistence, officials said. It's been used for 1.5 million students and 1,600 academic programs nationwide.

It has satisfied the rigorous standards of evidence established by the U.S. Department of Education for inclusion in the What Works Clearinghouse, according to Loyola.

Tulane gets grant to reduce auto emissions

Tulane University has received a grant to reduce auto emissions, officials announced.

Members of Tulane’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce the emissions.

The Shantz Lab in the university's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department is focused on the development of new materials that will be relevant in energy generation, storage and conversion.

The three-year-old lab and its students have received a grant and equipment resources from SACHEM Inc., a chemical science company.

Under the direction of Daniel Shantz, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the Entergy chair of clean energy engineering, the lab members and SACHEM scientists will collaborate to improve the performance of zeolite SSZ-39, a solid material of silicon.

The sponge-like substance is designed to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere through auto exhaust.

The Tulane team will test the ability of SSZ-39 to operate in vehicles’ selective catalytic reduction, the system in cars that reduces harmful emissions.

Specifically, the Tulane team will test SSZ-39’s efficiency in reducing nitrogen oxides, which contribute to the production of acid rain.

The focus of this program is to better understand the properties of SSZ-39, with the goal of demonstrating whether it could be a commercially viable catalyst in selective catalytic reduction, officials said.

According to Shantz, one of the challenges for SCR catalysts is their ability to handle temperature increases from typical operating conditions.

If the system typically operates between 300 and 400 degrees Celsius, materials are needed that can handle higher temperatures for short periods of time. The inability of materials to handle these high-temperature spikes is a limitation of the current technology.

Ellis Marsalis to kick off UNO jazz series

New Orleans musical patriarch and University of New Orleans jazz studies professor emeritus Ellis Marsalis will kick off the fall 2017 Jazz at the Sandbar series, school officials announced.

Now in its 28th year, the series will open Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sandbar at The Cove on the UNO campus.

Jazz at the Sandbar is presented Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters. Each performance features a different jazz artist.

During his tenure as the first chairman of the jazz studies program, Marsalis launched the series to provide opportunities for UNO students to gain live performance experience alongside seasoned professionals.

This season’s guest artists will bring a different instrument to the stage each week. 

The fall lineup is:

Oct. 4: pianist Ellis Marsalis

Oct. 11: singer Germaine Bazzle

Oct. 18: percussionist John Wooton

Oct. 25: trumpeter Andrew Baham

Nov. 1: guitarist Mike Moreno

Nov. 8: bassist Rufus Reid

Nov. 15: clarinetist James Evans

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