Grant to help preserve SUNO’s African art

The Museum Studies Master’s Program at Southern University at New Orleans has received a $5,234 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

SUNO said the grant is for development of a long-term plan to preserve the university’s Norma Wolff Collection of African Art.

The Museum Studies Program is working on a plan that would involve hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and train museum staff on conservation measures. The program also would acquire preservation supplies.

The Norma Wolff Collection of African Art features 96 cultural objects — including masks, jewelry, instruments and weapons — from West and Central Africa.

Tulane grad is newest member of its board

The dean and CEO of the NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Robert I. Grossman, has joined the Tulane University board of trustees.

Grossman, a Tulane alumnus, is an award-winning researcher and author of 336 publications and five books, including a best-selling textbook in neuroradiology. He leads both the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health System, the latter comprising several hospitals and 115 ambulatory locations throughout New York City and surrounding areas.

Grossman received his bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Contributions in Research Award, given annually by the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology.

Grossman is a member of the Tulane President’s Council and a former member of the board of advisers for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.

Modern slavery expert to speak at Loyola

Dr. Kevin Bales, one of the world’s leading experts on modern slavery, will speak at Loyola University next month.

The free talk will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Nunemaker Hall, located in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus.

While in New Orleans, Bales will present his newest book, “Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World,” and share his examination of two entwined global crises, environmental destruction and human trafficking, and solutions to them. “Blood and Earth” will be published Jan. 19. Copies will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

“Human trafficking is a global issue,” said the Rev. Kevin Wildes, Loyola president. “Here at Loyola, our own Modern Slavery Research Project is leading cutting-edge research on the issue of trafficking in New Orleans, the United States and the world.”

Bales’ new book is the product of seven years of travel and research to the world’s most dangerous places where human trafficking exists.

Delgado West Bank campus gets dean

Dr. Peter L. Cho has been named interim executive dean of Delgado Community College’s West Bank Campus, which has about 3,000 students.

Cho, a faculty member at Delgado since 1995, is the lead department chairman of the Arts and Humanities Division and the arts and humanities coordinator for the West Bank Campus. He also serves as chairman of the Multiculturalism and Diversity Committee.

He has served as the department chairman of humanities, coordinator of the music and music business department and director of the Delgado Jazz Ensemble.

Cho holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of New Orleans and a master of music degree and a bachelor of jazz studies degree from Loyola University.

He serves on the executive board of the American Federation of Musicians’ local union and as a faculty member of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.