Tulane offers dual MD/MBA program

The Tulane University School of Medicine and the A.B. Freeman School of Business have created a new program that allows students to earn a master of business administration degree with their medical degree.

The four-year accelerated program was created to meet a growing need for physicians with business training, said Dr. Lee Hamm, senior vice president and dean of the School of Medicine.

“Future leaders in medicine must excel as clinicians as well as managers in today’s rapidly evolving health care market,” Hamm said. “This joint degree program is designed to prepare physicians who may later run their own practices, become biomedical entrepreneurs or pursue future careers in health care administration or pharmaceutical development.”

The program starts this summer. Newly admitted medical students will take courses at Freeman during the summers before and after their first year of medical school. They will then complete their business education at the School of Medicine.

Visit http://tulane.edu/som/admissions/programs/combined-degrees.cfm for more information.

Delgado offers free adult education

Delgado Community College is offering free enrollment to any student 16 or older who is seeking to earn a high school equivalency, formerly called the GED, and prepare for various college and career pathways.

The school’s Adult Education Program will offer morning, afternoon and evening classes at campuses in City Park, the West Bank, Metairie, Gentilly and Mid-City.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 13 at the City Park Campus in Building 2, Room 108.

The registration process will take 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and students will receive information on when to return for placement testing and orientation. Faculty and staff members will be available to answer questions and advise students throughout the registration and scheduling process.

UNO professor to study artificial intelligence

University of New Orleans professor Stephen Ware has been awarded a two-year, $138,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop artificial intelligence systems that interact more naturally with people.

Ware, an assistant professor of computer science, does research on computational models of narrative, meaning he studies how insights about human storytelling and story understanding can be better integrated into artificial intelligence systems.

This grant will enable researchers in Ware’s Narrative Intelligence Lab to study how people reason hypothetically when reading and writing stories.

“Imagine a video game that tells a story, or an intelligent tutoring system that adapts to the individual needs of the student, or a military training simulation that responds to the choices of the trainee,” Ware said. “All of these systems need to change the narrative as they are used, and to make those changes they need some way to reason about narrative.”

Ware teaches classes at UNO on artificial intelligence and game development.

Loyola to host Longshore Conference

The Continuing Legal Education program at the Loyola University College of Law will host the Annual Longshore Conference, a two-day program for maritime lawyers, next month.

Presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, the conference explains changes in the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, recent judicial decisions under the act, claims and ethical obligations.

New rules of practice and procedure will be adopted by the time the conference convenes. It will address those rules, as well as recurring issues in legal ethics, maritime jurisdiction and determination of responsible employers and carriers.

The conference will take place March 19-20 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal St. Registration is $495, with a $20 discount for Loyola College of Law alumni and nonprofit and government employees.

Visit www.loyno.edu/cle for more information.