Also In This Issue

aerial view of Tulane's campus showing temporary buildings for COVID-19 safety

Why We Came Back

Ensuring a rewarding academic and social experience for our students, creating a more diverse and just university, continuing our life-saving research and transforming the heart of our city into a high-tech and healthcare hub are why we came back — and why we are here to stay. Continue Reading

Medical students gather at a Black Lives Matter protest

Racial Reckoning

Tulane renews and expands its commitment to making the university a more inclusive and supportive home for all. The time to act is now. Continue Reading

photo of Robert Garry in lab

Coronavirus Detective

Tulane virologist Robert Garry reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading

photo of Chad Roy in lab

Virus Survives in Air for Hours

The Tulane National Primate Research Center leads a study on COVID-19 aerosols. Continue Reading

15 Black medical school students in white coatspose in front of Whitney Plantaion

‘Resilience Is in Our DNA’

A photo of African American students from Tulane School of Medicine made national news in December after it went “viral” on social media. Continue Reading

Portrait of Mónica Lebrón in New Orleans

Green Wave Justice

Mónica Lebrón, the first chief diversity officer for Tulane Athletics, leads Green Wave Justice for All. She’s also deputy athletics director and chief operating officer. Continue Reading

photo of Praveena Fernes in Thailand

Ghost Stories

One of the most compelling pieces of narrative history is The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World. Continue Reading

collage of Warren G. Harding holding Return to Normalcy sign

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Is 2020 this country’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” as sung by Simon & Garfunkel in the turbulent ’70s before entering the ’80s? Continue Reading

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tom Sherry

Nature Works in Strange Ways

Thomas Sherry has helped build the cornerstones of a Tulane education that nurture tomorrow’s climate leadership. Recognizing the close relationship between the natural world and the well-being of humans, he pays particular attention to birds and their habitats. Continue Reading

section of a graphic novel from Anne Rice archives

Anne Rice Archives Acquired

Manuscripts, screenplays, journals and personal correspondence of the Interview With the Vampire author are available to researchers at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Continue Reading

Googe map image of Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta in Bangladesh

Climate Risk Management

Professor Jesse M. Keenan has a leading role in the first climate change publication by a U.S. financial regulator. Continue Reading

Dr. Sophia Omoro stands in her French Quarter store, odAOMO

Ampersand: Sophia Omoro: Surgeon, Designer & Social Entrepreneur

Sophia Aomo Omoro (M ’00, ’02) always knew she wanted to be a surgeon. Continue Reading

Robert Raborn and Lenore Benson Raborn stand on a beach

A Legacy of Service

The chance meeting of a pair of Tulane University students at a medical school fraternity party almost 75 years ago led to a life filled with family, service and a lasting legacy that will continue at Tulane for years to come. Continue Reading

Susan Hassig

Impression: Susan Hassig

After years of studying HIV transmission, Susan Hassig (PHTM ’84, ’87), associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, became a go-to media source on the prevention and spread of COVID-19. Continue Reading

Dr. James Kelly, Avalon Fund representative, and Tulane’s Dr. Greg Stewart sign the agreement for the creation of the Center for Brain Health.

Donors Support Sport and Health

Two programs with ties to sport received generous gifts this year. Continue Reading

Cindy Reese Mitchell speaking at a podium

Impression: Cindy Reese Mitchell

Cindy Reese Mitchell’s (NC ’99) journey to her current position as Founding Chief Executive Officer of Mill House Ventures in Canberra, Australia, began when she was a girl growing up in Macon County, Alabama. Continue Reading

Leonard A. Lauder portrait in a suit

University Values

Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., has made a gift to Tulane University to establish The Leonard A. Lauder Professor of American History and Values. Continue Reading

 Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam with fall leaves in the background

Gift Enhances Covid-19 Testing

Tulane University has received a $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and her husband, Rob Katz, to significantly expand its molecular pathology lab to increase COVID-19 testing capacity within the region. Continue Reading