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Thesis in the Spotlight: Ryan Herrschaft - March 02, 2020

The debate between pro-vaccine health professionals and anti-vaccine communities has grown in intensity and visibility in recent years as the United States has seen outbreaks of preventable illnesses. Ryan Herrschaft, a senior majoring in public health and psychology, wants to understand how pro-vaccine articles attempt to persuade skeptics and what the authors can do to better promote vaccinations. He is investigating the descriptive and persuasive elements of pro-vaccine discourse by looking...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Art in Nature - March 02, 2020

During their first semester at Tulane, students in “The Art of Nature and the Nature of Art” attended classes in Audubon Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Tulane’s Special Collections, and Fontainebleau State Park. In this first-year Honors Colloquium course, co-taught by Professors Norah Lovell and Donata Henry, students explored the intersections of visual arts and the natural world, developing a better understanding of how different disciplines inform and connect with each other. Lovell...

Focus on Faculty: Dr. Noshir Pesika - March 02, 2020

We often imagine a stark divide between nature and technology. Whereas biological structures are shaped by evolution over millions of years, human inventions are meticulously crafted from raw materials in less than a lifetime. Looking to bridge this divide is Dr. Noshir Pesika, associate professor of chemical & biomolecular engineering here at Tulane University. His research focuses on the development of biomimetic smart materials, or materials inspired by nature that are judiciously...

Focus on Faculty: Nancy Mock - January 31, 2020

Oftentimes, professors serve as analytical observers trying to make sense of the world around them.  Other times, they are engaged actors working to change the world for the better.  For Professor Nancy Mock, however, the scholastic and activist mindsets are one and the same.  Nancy Mock, DrPH is an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health where she researches food security and nutrition, higher education and development, and global health systems.  From training public health...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Madeline Billeaud - January 31, 2020

The idea of “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” as a way of better understanding other people is common in our culture, but does viewing incidents of gender-based discrimination from the viewpoint of the complainant make the claims more believable to others? Madeline Billeaud, a senior majoring in psychology with minors in Spanish and management, examines how perspective-taking may cause students to view claims of sexual harassment differently. Her Honors Thesis stems from previous...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Tulane Phi Beta Kappa Welcomes Visiting Scholar to Present Diversity Research - January 31, 2020

  On Friday, January 24, the Tulane University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa hosted Dr. Stacey Sinclair to deliver the organization's annual Visiting Scholar Lecture. Dr. Brian Brox, Associate Professor of Political Science and the president of the chapter, explained, "The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program was created to allow chapters to bring scholars to campus who will contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars...

Tulane Alumna Awarded George C. Marshall Scholarship - December 09, 2019

The Honors Program of Newcomb-Tulane College is pleased to announce that Praveena Fernes has been awarded the George C. Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. She will pursue a Master of Science degree at The School of Oriental and African Studies in Environment, Politics, and Development in her first year and a Master of Science degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Public Health in her second year. Praveena is from Fremont, California. She is...

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...

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