Tulane receives $1.5 million grant

Tulane University has received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a certificate program focused on training graduate students for community-engaged research or teaching.

The grant will allow Tulane to develop a certificate program aimed at supporting graduate students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences who want to pursue community-engaged research or teaching.

The program's design is a result of a collaboration among the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, the Tulane Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning and the Tulane Center for Public Service, officials said.

A pilot program was launched two years ago for graduate students. It features weekly readings, seminar meetings, a portfolio project and a mentorship component.

According to Tulane officials, the new program "breaks down the traditional boundaries between disciplines."

Graduate students are expected to expand their traditional education and explore different paths for careers after graduation, according to a release sent out by the school.

The support of the Mellon Foundation is also expected to help Tulane recruit a new wave of graduate students.

LSU Health official influential in tech

Patrick Reed, the director of technology management at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, has been selected as a member of the 2016 Silicon Bayou 100.

The annual list of the 100 most influential and active people in technology and entrepreneurship in Louisiana is published by Silicon Bayou News, a technology media property in Louisiana.

The property reaches over a million page views per year and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and over 100 countries, LSU Health said. 

Reed’s Office of Technology Management facilitates the commercialization of the health center's research for the public benefit and develops mutually beneficial relationships with industry, according to a news release. It also fosters local economic development by creating start-ups and helping to reward, retain and recruit faculty.

Reed, who also has worked at Georgia Tech and the LSU AgCenter, is involved with several local and regional initiatives looking to bolster life sciences research and commercialization. He earned a master's degree in biotechnology from the Kellogg Center for Biotechnology at Northwestern University.

During his tenure at LSU Health, the institution's cumulative numbers of invention disclosures, licenses signed and start-ups formed have increased fourfold.

Reed launched an initiative to highlight the value of inventive work. The new Innovation Celebration recognizes individuals who received patents, had a technology licensed or received an LSU proof of concept award.

Among the initiatives Reed has implemented in support of commercialization are a program to expand interactions with industry in the use of novel research materials. He has helped make research materials more readily accessible and has targeted marketing strategies to identify potential commercialization partners and leverage research relationships with other local universities, officials said.

Reed also helped lead the implementation of an "express license" for all campuses in the LSU system, which allows faculty entrepreneurs to take a license and launch a start-up for their invention with no negotiation needed.

UNO special ed teacher programs recognized

The University of New Orleans Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education recently received national recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for three special education teacher preparation programs.

The programs are the bachelor’s degree in elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities; the master’s degree in teaching in early intervention and mild/moderate disabilities for elementary education; and the master’s degree in teaching in mild/moderate disabilities for secondary education.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is one of the professional accreditors involved in certifying the quality of teacher preparation.

According to CAEP, accreditation demonstrates that a specialized program meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals and other stakeholders.

In accrediting teacher preparation programs for special education, CAEP collaborates with the Council for Exceptional Children, which represents the academic community.

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