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Focus on Faculty: Professor John "Ray" Proctor - November 12, 2019

To many, science fiction and fantasy provide an escape from reality where characters can be placed in fantastical environments.  To Professor John “Ray” Proctor III, this makes it the perfect genre for exploring issues of identity. Dr. Proctor is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and teaches a first-year Honors colloquium titled “Superheroes: Gender, Race and Orientation,” which is aimed at analyzing identity within the superhero genre.  In his own words, he and his...

Student Spotlight: Alexis LaRosa - November 12, 2019

Alexis LaRosa is a first-year Stamps Scholar at Tulane planning to major in neuroscience and cell & molecular biology. She recently took time to reflect on the first few months of her Honors experience. Alexis is currently enrolled in an Honors first-year colloquium class titled “How to Think About Weird Things,” taught by Professor Marc Zender from the Department of Anthropology. The course aims at equipping students with the tools to investigate claims of all sorts.  Zender’s course...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Alex Schimmoller - November 12, 2019

Alex Schimmoller, a senior majoring in physics, is applying his passion for physics and his interest in research to help reconcile competing theories that could change the way physicists understand the universe. Alex is writing an honors thesis with Professor Denys Bondar in the Physics Department, building on a research project they started in the Fall of 2018. Through this project, they aim to develop a theory of quantum entropic gravity.  Alex and Dr. Bondar are working to reconcile...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Graveyard Poets - November 12, 2019

Graveyards are an iconic part of the New Orleans landscape and are often visited by tourists and locals alike, but it's not every day that students use these spaces as a place to contemplate mortality and enjoy poetry. Dr. Mike Kuczynski, Professor of English, has taken advantage of the rich history of New Orleans’ cemeteries and his own knowledge of poetry to provide the members of his Books and Reading Wall Society with a unique opportunity to explore the city and build a community with...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Nelle Kulick - October 09, 2019

For Nelle Kulick, pursuing her passion for research can mean wearing snake guards and wading through mud. This summer, Nelle, a senior majoring in environmental biology and anthropology, traveled to Santa Rosa National Park in Costa Rica to work with Katherine Jack, Professor of Anthropology, on a study of capuchin monkeys. She worked alongside other researchers to study alternative male morphologies in white-faced capuchin monkeys, and her fieldwork was supported by the Jean Danielson...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Jonathan Gutmann - October 09, 2019

Jonathan Gutmann is the kind of student who travels in many ways. From his abroad experiences, both short and long term, and his language immersion programs in the US to his Admission tours on foot and his distance unicycling in the city, Jonathan’s passions range with the theme of travel. His Honors Thesis is the culminating experience of his travels, at least so far, and it is here where he uses four different languages and thousands of books to try to answer one question: why do we choose to...

Focus On Faculty: Professor Ashley Nelson - October 09, 2019

When teaching her Honors Business TIDES Class, Professor Ashley Nelson encourages students to have challenging conversations and develop their skills in real-world situations, a unique opportunity for first-year Honors students. Nelson, a Professor of Practice in Business and Legal Studies, achieves this by giving her students the freedom to collaborate and pursue their interests while engaging in academic discussion and service learning. Her Honors classes involve “a lot less lecture,” instead...

Student Spotlight: Maya Lavinier - October 09, 2019

Maya Lavinier is a sophomore Honors student studying history and is also a Newcomb Scholar. In the following article, she reflects on the Honors Residential Learning Community (RLC) event that changed the course of her academic path and led her to a rewarding internship experience this past summer. This particular event was a “History in the News” program co-hosted by the History Department and the Honors Program. These presentations are informal events over dinner where professors present...

Three School of Science and Engineering Undergraduates Receive Prestigious Competitive Awards - September 10, 2019

Nathalie Clarke and Danielle (Nelle) Kulick, Tulane University juniors majoring in Environmental Biology and Anthropology, were named Goldwater Scholars for 2019 by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.  The Goldwater Scholarship, named in honor of the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, fosters and encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.  The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier national...

Focus on Faculty: Dr. Jayawickramarajah - September 10, 2019

For over a decade, hundreds of sophomore Tulane students each year have encountered Dr. Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah— or Prof. J—as the tough but fair instructor of one of the most dreaded classes on the pre-med track: Organic Chemistry. This fall, sophomore residents of the Honors Residential Learning Community are getting to know Prof. J in a whole new way, as the new Faculty in Residence in Weatherhead Hall. Over snowballs in the Weatherhead lobby during the first week of classes, Prof. J...

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