UNO to research effects of rising sea level

The University of New Orleans’ Coastal Research Laboratory will study the impacts of relative sea level rise on Louisiana’s coast.

The school has received research funding, scholarship money and data from several companies and professional societies affiliated with the oil and gas industry. The donations will be applied to research projects under an initiative of the New Orleans Geological Society.

Schlumberger Limited, the world’s largest oilfield services company, donated 253 square miles of three-dimensional seismic data covering Lake Borgne. Geophysical Pursuit Inc., a Houston data company, donated 382 linear miles of two-dimensional seismic data covering Lake Pontchartrain.

The data were originally produced from 1990 to 2002 for use in oil and gas exploration, at an estimated cost of $25 million. They will now be used by graduate students to map geologic structures and sedimentary layers below the surface of the lakes and to study the potential for active geologic fault movement as a cause of wetlands loss.

Paleo-Data Inc., a New Orleans consulting company, also donated data that will be used to help determine the geological age of the sedimentary layers that are being mapped below the surface.

The Southeastern Geophysical Society made a $2,500 donation to the Coastal Research Lab, and the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists awarded two $1,250 scholarships to graduate students to support their seismic research.

LSU Health graduate student honored

LSU Health New Orleans graduate student Rebecca Crawford is one of 44 candidates selected from a pool of more than 1,800 applicants to participate in the St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium in March.

The symposium is an all-expenses-paid event held each spring in Memphis, Tennessee. It includes scientific sessions, tours of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and meetings with St. Jude faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

Application to the event is by invitation only, and a panel of St. Jude faculty selects participants based on their potential for postgraduate work.

Each participant will be required to present a 12-minute talk and a poster on his or her research.

Crawford will be presenting work on a gene involved in both metabolic disease and osteoporosis. The gene could lead to new therapeutic approaches to prevention or treatment.

She is a Ph.D. student at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Graduate Studies and is working in the lab of Imran Mungrue, assistant professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics.

Kwame Rose to headline MLK event

Social activist and artist Kwame Rose will visit New Orleans this week as headline speaker of the 30th Annual MLK Week for Peace, which this year has the theme “Making the Dream Matter: Moving from Action to Activism.”

New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

The MLK Week for Peace is a collaborative celebration among Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University and the University of New Orleans.

Each year, it commemorates, celebrates and reflects on the life and teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A community service award is presented to a student from each university.

This year, the week includes a convocation featuring Rose and Cantrell, tributes to students and outstanding community leaders, a showcase of university step teams and a day of service spotlighting collaborative community service projects. Volunteers may sign up at bit.ly/noladayofservice2016.

Rose will kick off the event with a speech Wednesday at Tulane about ways in which New Orleans youth can bring about positive change. In 2013, he helped form Brothers in Action Inc., a mentoring group in Baltimore.