Loyola clinic to train lawyers to aid poor

Loyola University’s Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice soon will be training a new wave of solo-practice lawyers to address the legal needs of poor or moderate-income individuals. With help from a grant from the American Bar Association, the college is launching the Loyola Incubator Program — an intensive, yearlong mentorship and skills program for recent graduates of Loyola’s College of Law.

Five young lawyers in their first three years of solo practice will receive access to mentorship, peer feedback, resources, instructions, case referrals and training in law office management. Participants also will provide a significant amount of pro bono legal service throughout the 12-month program, which focuses on social justice-oriented solo practice work.

The College of Law was one of seven programs around the country to receive grants awarded through the American Bar Association’s Legal Access Job Corps initiative.

Two new members join Tulane board

Michael Corasaniti, chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Tourmalet Advisors, and David Mussafer, managing partner and co-chairman of the executive committee of Advent International, have joined the board of Tulane University.

Corasaniti earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Tulane and an MBA from Columbia University, where he also is an adjunct professor. He is a member of the Tulane President’s Council, the Paul Tulane Society and the School of Liberal Arts’ Dean’s Advisory Council.

Mussafer received a Bachelor of Science in management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the President’s Council at Tulane and the founder of the Mussafer Family Endowment Fund, which supports the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives.

LSUHSC chosen for lung cancer trial

The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is one of six initial sites chosen for a new clinical trial related to lung cancer treatment.

The university’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center will be enrolling students in the Lung Cancer Master Protocol, a collaboration between six cancer programs and five pharmaceutical companies.

The trial, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, uses genomic profiling to match patients to medications by targeting the genetic changes fueling the growth of their individual tumors. Participants will be tested using a “master protocol” before being assigned to one of five different clinical trial arms. The LSU Health Sciences Center will enroll patients at four clinical sites in Louisiana: the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center locations in Houma, St. Tammany and Baton Rouge. The goal is to enroll 10,000 patients among all the sites.

Medications will be provided to participants at no charge.

For more information, contact Eileen Mederos at (504) 407-7395.

UNO chemist to study microscopic particles

A chemistry professor at the University of New Orleans has been awarded a three-year, $405,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research on fabricating microscopic structures. These tiny particles, about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, are often referred to as “peas in a pod.”

Professor John Wiley, the associate director of UNO’s Advanced Materials Research Institute, began the research in 2011.

The studies could lead to advances in developing optical, electronic or medical devices with promising applications in using sunlight to convert water to hydrogen gas, a clean fuel source, according to Wiley.

Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students will be involved in all aspects of the research, and local high school students will participate during an annual summer program.

“This new funding will allow us to examine putting different combinations of peas in the same pod,” Wiley said. “The ability to organize small-scale objects into ordered arrays is important to the development of new technologies.”

Wiley’s research in this area received initial funding from a Louisiana Board of Regents Post-Katrina Support Fund grant.