Tulane grant focuses on marketing research

Tulane University has been selected by the National Science Foundation as an NSF Innovation Corps Site, making it the focus of a three-year effort to move technology-based research into the marketplace.

The effort promises to further the growth of New Orleans as a hub for careers in technology, energy and the environment.

Called “Tulane I-Corps Site for a Resurgent New Orleans,” the project is being funded with a $163,000 grant from the NSF and is led by Lars Gilbertson, a social entrepreneurship professor and professor of practice in biomedical engineering, and Anne-Marie Job, program director of Tulane’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in bioinnovation.

“The Tulane I-Corps Site will enable us to strengthen Tulane’s commitment to STEM education, women and underrepresented minorities, global health initiatives, and service to persons with disabilities,” Gilbertson said.

The Tulane I-Corps site, one of 20 in the United States, will involve students, professors and entrepreneurs who will work as teams to move NSF-funded research at Tulane from the lab to the marketplace. Tulane’s interdisciplinary bioinnovation Ph.D. program will play an especially crucial role.

Loyola conference looks at workers’ rights

To draw attention to the challenges of workers’ rights and examine the historical context of low-wage workers in the South, the Workplace Justice Project at Loyola University’s College of Law will charge $7.25, the federal minimum wage, as the fee for the second day of its “Work in the South” conference this week.

“Work in the South: Dixie Cotton, American Steel and a Hurricane Named Katrina — A Reinvention of Bondage” will take place Friday and Saturday at the College of Law. The first day is free, but registration is required.

The purpose of the conference is to examine the economic, legal and political terrain for low-wage workers in the South, with a focus on what makes this region particularly challenging for achieving workers’ rights.

Panels and workshops will include “Building the Low-Wage Work State Since World War II,” “What’s Next for Low-Wage Workers?,” “Power Analysis: The Need for a Race-Conscious Approach to Solutions” and “Litigation Strategies and Unions.”

Keynote speaker Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” will address why workers in the South are more vulnerable than workers in other regions.

For information, contact Andrea Agee at (504) 861-5501.

Delgado wins prize in NAHB competition

The NAHB Student Chapter at Delgado Community College won second place in the two-year college category of the National Association of Home Builders’ Residential Construction Management Competition held at the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.

More than 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers attended the show.

Fifty-four teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition, in which students solve real-life construction management problems and present their solutions to a panel of industry experts.

Five students from Delgado’s Architectural/Design Construction Technology program gave a 30-minute presentation on the project they designed and built.

They completed a residential custom two-story home in Las Vegas. The project included a complete set of architectural design/construction working drawings, construction product specification research, materials and labor estimates/total bid, a daily construction schedule, value engineering and zoning/building codes.

Nobel biophysicist to speak at UNO

Nobel laureate and renowned Stanford biophysicist Michael Levitt will deliver a free public lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday in the University Center ballroom at the University of New Orleans.

Levitt will discuss “the birth and future of multiscale modeling of macromolecules.” His research focuses on theoretical, computer-aided analysis of protein, DNA and RNA molecules responsible for life at its most fundamental level. Mapping the precise structures of biological molecules is a necessary first step in understanding how they work and in designing drugs to alter their function.

“In this talk, I describe the origins of computational structural biology and then go on to show some of the most exciting current and future applications,” Levitt said.

In 2013, he shared the $1.2 million Nobel Prize in chemistry with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”