Loyola student wins journalism award

Lucy Dieckhaus, a senior at Loyola University, has won a national journalism award for her outstanding service to the First Amendment. She will formally receive the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists on Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The organization is recognizing Dieckhaus for articles she wrote addressing open-meeting laws while reporting for The Lens’ Charter School Reporting Corps.

She also served as vice president of Loyola’s Student Media’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter.

In July, the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors awarded Dieckhaus first place in the college enterprise/investigative category for “Behind closed doors: disenfranchised,” which reported on changes within Loyola’s Student Government Association.

Tulane hosts cancer survivor weekend

Tulane University will host a Gynecologic Cancer Survivor Weekend on Friday and Saturday.

The event will feature a documentary screening and a benefit concert by N.E.D., a band composed of six prominent gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country, including bass player William “Rusty” Robinson, of Tulane Cancer Center.

N.E.D. will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Proceeds will benefit Tulane Cancer Center’s Woman to Woman program and the N.E.D. Fund at the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.

A screening of the documentary “N.E.D. — No Evidence of Disease” by Spark Media will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Healing Center.

“Breast cancer awareness is everywhere, but there is far less media attention and vastly fewer research dollars spent on gynecologic cancer, even though thousands of women suffer and die from it each year,” said Robinson, the chief of gynecologic oncology at Tulane Cancer Center.

Tickets are available at www.tulane.edu/som/cancer/research/nedconcert.cfm.

Newcomb Art Gallery names new director

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been named the new executive director of Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.

Ramírez-Montagut, former associate director and senior curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California, was selected following a national search.

She has more than 15 years of experience in the world of contemporary art, architecture and design.

She has served as curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and assistant curator of architecture and design at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, among other posts.

UNO gets $400,000 to fight cybercrime

The University of New Orleans has received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop tools to fight cybercrime in large computing environments.

Researchers at UNO will work in cooperation with researchers at Purdue University on the project.

The goal is to understand the strategy and detailed steps of a cyberattack, collect evidence for possible legal proceedings and reveal hidden impacts of an attack.

Cyberattacks, especially advanced targeted attacks, pose a significant threat to the safety and economic well-being of society, according to Golden Richard, professor of computer science at UNO and the grant’s principal investigator.

The research will help to advance techniques in cyberforensics, a critical need as U.S. infrastructure is increasingly dependent on computers, Richard said. It also will deepen students’ understanding of real-world cyberattacks and cutting-edge forensics capabilities.