Tulane to award 4 honorary degrees 

Four people who have made significant contributions to bettering the world will receive honorary degrees at Tulane University’s 2017 commencement ceremony May 20 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the school said.

Helen Mirren, an Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and the event's keynote speaker, will receive an honorary degree for her work on the stage and screen. She will also be honored for her support for disadvantaged youth, orphaned children, the sexually exploited and other vulnerable populations.

Branford Marsalis will be awarded an honorary degree for his musical achievements and for his work rebuilding his hometown after Hurricane Katrina. A three-time Grammy winner named a "master of jazz" by the National Endowment for the Arts, Marsalis helped create the Musicians’ Village, which provides homes for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina along with a children’s learning center and a recording and performance space.

Civil rights leader Diane Nash will be honored for her long career working for racial equality. Nash co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee with future U.S. Rep. John Lewis and others and served as a central organizer of historic events such as the Nashville sit-ins and the Freedom Rides.

Shelley Taylor, a pioneer in the field of health psychology, will also be awarded an honorary degree. An eminent social psychologist, she has focused her work on how psychological, behavioral and cultural factors can both contribute to physical health and lead to illness.

LSU Health tumor registry adds data

For the first time, data published by the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health’s Louisiana Tumor Registry include cancer prevalence.

Cancer prevalence is defined as the number of living people who have been diagnosed with cancer in a given population at a given point in time. It includes new and pre-existing cases and is a function of both past incidence and survival.

“We know that it is important for many cancer organizations to know how many people are living with cancer in our communities,” said Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry.

Wu said the information can be useful for planning the provision of health and oncology services, such as survivorship care clinics.

The prevalence data for all cancers by region and by age group are included in a supplement to Cancer in Louisiana, Vol. 31, published in March.

The largest percentage of people living with cancer falls between the ages of 60 and 69.

The Louisiana Tumor Registry is one of 17 population-based cancer registries in the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program, considered to be the standard for quality among cancer registries worldwide.

Loyola law school expands incubator

The Loyola University College of Law has accepted the largest cohort of attorneys yet for its Incubator Program by welcoming seven candidates this spring, the school said.

The attorneys practice in diverse areas of law including family law, civil rights, estate planning, criminal law, personal injury and employment discrimination.

The Incubator Program is an intensive two-year mentorship and skills program for recent College of Law graduates who are engaged in solo practice.

The program provides free office space along with free skills and Continuing Legal Education courses including training on law practice management. Program attorneys also receive access to mentorship, peer feedback and case referrals.

Joining the program in January were Loyola law alumni Serena Birch, '16; Courtney Hollier Guillory, '16; Andrew Lifsey, '16; John Love Norris IV, '13; Emily Ratner, '13; Mauricio Sierra, '13; and Matt Smith, '15. Three returning participants, Angela Davis, '13; Emily Posner, '13; and Rachel Silvers, '13, have already completed a year in the program.

The Incubator Program includes a pro bono requirement under which program attorneys spend a quarter of their time providing free legal services to low- and moderate-income residents of the New Orleans area.

Incubator Program attorneys have contributed more than 4,300 pro bono hours since the program’s inception.

For more information about the program, visit www.loyno.edu/lawclinic/incubator-program or contact Judson Mitchell, clinic professor and acting director, at (504) 861-5597.

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