Latter & Blum donates $100,000 to UNO

The University of New Orleans has received a $100,000 donation from Latter & Blum Realtors to support a new graduate certificate program in coastal sciences and costal science engineering, and scholarships.

“Coastal restoration is the most important issue facing south Louisiana,” said Robert Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum. “The University of New Orleans is making it a priority to educate the workforce in order to address the challenges of our rapidly eroding coastline before we reach a point of irreversibility.”

UNO and Greater New Orleans Inc. recently announced the establishment of a graduate certificate in coastal engineering and a graduate certificate in coastal sciences. Both certificate courses will be offered online beginning in the spring semester.

Delgado Second Start registration continues

Delgado Community College is offering a second opportunity for students to enroll for the fall semester.

Second Start allows students who missed the August starting date more time to enroll and register for classes.

Second Start courses are full-credit courses taught during eight weeks instead of 16. Classes are compressed and move at a quicker pace, much like a summer term.

Current, former and new students may enroll through Second Start if individual course prerequisites are met.

Registration continues through Oct. 7, and classes will begin Oct. 8. Financial aid and admission applications are still being accepted.

For information, visit www.dcc.edu/classification/students/second-start .

LSU School of Medicine receives national award

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has won one of six Association of American Medical Colleges 2013 Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Awards.

The school was recognized for an internal medicine residency training program that involves medical, nursing, pharmacy and social work students in the management of patients with uncontrolled diabetes.

The care management team visits with registered high-risk diabetic patients, who are invited to meet for a planned visit and subsequent follow-up encounters, via phone or in person.

The goal is to address patients’ medical and related psychosocial problems to improve their functional health status, enhance coordination of care, eliminate duplication of services and reduce the need for expensive medical services. Each member of the team addresses different aspects of care.

LSU tumor registry gets $1.3 million grant

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health’s Louisiana Tumor Registry a $1.3 million grant.

The money, to be received over a five-year period, will help to more rapidly find and report cases of cancer in children and young adults.

It will support efforts to increase the availability of this data for research activities at the local, state and national levels.

The funding will help the Louisiana Tumor Registry capture this data more quickly and promote its use for research and cancer control programs. LSU Health New Orleans will enhance its cancer data on children and young adults by linkages with secondary data.

Anonymous donation supports law program

Loyola University’s College of Law has received an anonymous $150,000 donation that will support a recently announced yearlong mentorship and skills program that will train solo-practice lawyers to address legal needs of the poor.

The donation from an area couple also will provide scholarship assistance for first-year law students and will be used to establish a new professorship in the College of Law.

The program in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice will include five recent College of Law graduates in their first three years of solo practice. They will have access to mentorship, peer feedback, case referrals and training in law office management.