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The Tidewater Times is the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's internal, weekly newsletter put together by the communications department. Tidewater Times shares grant and publication announcements, awards, academic information, new hires and farewells, and other news for our community. You can look for the Tidewater Times weekly on Wednesdays (a change from prior years). If you're not sure if your news fits, please reach out and ask

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August 2022 Issues
  • August 10, 2022, COVID-19 Vaccines-The Science vs The Antiscience: This Friday, we will be joined by Professor Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in a seminar cohosted by SPHTM and SOM, and organized by the Tulane Clinical Neuroscience Research Center.
July 2022 Issues
  • July 27, 2022, ASPPH Ambassadors: Congratulations to Allie Cheek and Samuel Dichiara who have booth been named to the 2022-2023 This Is Public Health (TIPH) Ambassador Cohort! 
  • July 13, 2022, Food Trucks: The university has arranged for the Creole Tomateaux food truck to be parked from 11am to 3pm outside of Tidewater on multiple dates this summer. Faculty, staff, students, and medical residents with a valid Tulane Splash Card can enjoy an entree, side, and drink for just $6. 
June 2022 Issues
  • June 30, 2022, Career outcomes: SPHTM grads are finding success! That's the result of the 2021 Graduate Career Outcomes Report prepared by the Office of Career Services.
  • June 15, 2022, Juneteenth: Don't forget! This year for the first time, Tulane is recognizing Juneteenth as an official university holiday, and marking that time to consider the work still needed in order to build a truly equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus community. The observation of Juneteenth will take place on Monday, June 20, 2022. 
  • June 2, 2022: Special Emergency Preparedness Edition, Emergency preparedness is, simply, the actions taken to prepare for and respond to emergencies -- like hurricanes, tornados, flooding, active shooters, pandemics, fire, an explosion, or some other occurrence -- that require immediate action to protect and preserve the safety of the community. 
  • June 1, 2022, Food Trucks: Kudos to Chauntrell Shelby for keeping our dining options fresh! We have a few vendors who will be parking outside of Tidewater, so please patronize them so they will keep coming back.
May 2022 Issues
  • May 18, 2022, Graduation Week: It's a big week at SPHTM! Lots of culminating events in the life of our students!
  • May 17, 2022: Third Faculty Graduation 2022 Edition, Theater Capacity: In case students ask you about it, we really are asking graduates to please limit their guests to no more than four (4) to ensure seating for everyone at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
  • May 16, 2022: Third Updated Graduation 2022 Edition, Theater Capacity: REMINDER: We are asking graduates to please limit their guests to no more than four (4) to ensure seating for everyone at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
  • May 5, 2022: Second Faculty Graduation 2022 Edition, Faculty Personal Items: As usual, there will be a robing area for faculty. To ensure that no items are left behind at the theater, staff will collect any items faculty do not want to keep with them and store these in individual bags. 
  • May 5, 2022: Second Updated Graduation 2022 Edition, Theater Capacity: We anticipate full capacity at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. We will use seating for about 400 graduates, leaving about 1,700 seats for guests.
  • May 4, 2022, Volunteers needed: Help us make the 2022 SPHTM Graduation a success for our students by volunteering for graduation day on May 21st.
April 2022 Issues
  • April 27, 2022, Travel Policy Explained: Earlier this month, the university announced that it’s lifting the ban on Tulane-affiliated international travel.
  • April 20, 2022, Passing of a former chair: Dr. Roger Sherwin, former chair of the Department of Epidemiology, passed away this week after a long illness. He was 90 years old. 
  • April 19, 2022: Special Faculty Graduation 2022 Edition, Faculty, you already received some of this information. But this special FACULTY EDITION adds additional information specifically for SPHTM faculty. Pay particular attention to highlighted areas. 
  • April 15, 2022: Special BSPH Graduation 2022 Edition, There are two celebrations for Graduation Day, Saturday, May 21, 2022.
  • April 14, 2022: Special Graduation 2022 Edition, There are two celebrations for Graduation Day, Saturday, May 21, 2022. 
  • April 13, 2022, Our Student Employees Rock! SPHTM had a total of four students nominated for Tulane's Student Employment Awards!
  • April 6, 2022, Admitted Student Visit Day: Help Admissions welcome more than 30 newly admitted students to campus on this Friday for Admitted Student Visit Day!
March 2022 Issues
  • March 30, 2022: Extra Edition, Extra Extra! Apologies for doubling up on the Tidewater Times today. We try to be respectful of your time and email inbox, but there were a couple of updates/additions to the news that wouldn't wait until next week. 
  • March 30, 2022, Be Weather Aware: This afternoon and evening, there is a severe weather advisory for Southeast Louisiana. The most severe weather is expected to be north of us but there is still a chance of strong winds and potentially heavy rain between 5-9pm in the metro New Orleans area. 
  • March 23, 2022, Post-Storm Check-in: Yesterday evening, a line of storms passed through South Louisiana and tornadoes touched down in several areas. If you have been impacted in any way, please reach out to the contacts below.
  • March 16, 2022, A Day for the Audacious: #GiveGreenTU is coming up on Tuesday, March 22! Check out our SPHTM page and learn more about how gifts of all sizes make an impact. 
  • March 9, 2022, Proposal Submission Program: The process for submitting proposals has been revised and simplified! The Proposal Submission Program incentivizes applications for extramural funding! Principal investigators will receive a $500 deposit to their discretionary account following the submission of an eligible proposal.
February 2022 Issues
  • February 24, 2022, CORRECTED DATE BELOW: Your fearless Tidewater Times editor normally does not like to send out corrections in the same week since this is weekly publication, and we can usually catch everyone up with the right information in the next issue. But since we are not publishing next week, and since we want to make sure all graduating students have the right information to help them make their plans, we want to make sure there's no confusion about the dates.
  • February 23, 2022, APE Workshops: The SPHTM Office of Public Health Practice is planning two Applied Practice Experience orientation sessions for students in mid March.
  • February 16, 2022, Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey: The Tulane Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey is still open through at least February 20, 2022. All Tulane students aged 18 or older are invited to participate, and currently underrepresented graduate student participation is very low. Every student's participation is valuable! 
  • February 9, 2022, Making the Magic Happen: Carnival time is here and if you have a unique role in making all the magic happen, Tulane Today (and SPHTM Communications!) wants to know about it!
  • February 3, 2022, Special Announcement: A Birthday! Today is Dean LaVeist's birthday!
  • February 2, 2022, Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey: Tulane University is conducting a campus-wide student Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey, running from January 28 through February 20, 2022.
January 2022 Issues
  • January 26, 2022, Welcome to the Spring Semester! Welcome, new students, and welcome back to everyone else! We're happy to see you as we all start the new semester.
  • January 19, 2022, Staff Promotion: Congratulations to Abby Lukens, who has been promoted to assistant director of career services!
  • January 12, 2022, Welcome Back! Flexibility remains the name of the game as we continue to dodge the balls that COVID-19 continues to throw at us. As most of you know, the start of the spring semester has been pushed to January 25.
2021 Issues
  • December 22, 2021, We said last week's issue would be the last for the year, but we had a last few resources to share before Winter Session begins! 
  • December 15, 2021, End of Semester Changes: Response to Omicron: As most everyone is likely aware, all undergraduate students and all SPHTM graduate students have been granted the opportunity to complete the remainder of the semester online due to the uptick in positive COVID tests on campus.
  • December 8, 2021, Faculty Affairs, Synergy Awards: Four SPHTM faculty were lauded at last night's Synergy Awards for outstanding achievement!
  • December 1, 2021, End of Year Celebrations: Faculty/Staff Holiday Party: Save the date for the annual SPHTM Holiday Gathering! 
  • November 17, 2021, Staff News: Welcome New Staff: This week, we're happy to introduce you to two new staff who are both working on a new health equity-related grant.
  • November 10, 2021, Homecoming: Events for everyone: Homecoming is this weekend! And SPHTM is a part of it!
  • November 3, 2021, Mask Optional: Policy Update: In case you missed it, in compliance with updated updated guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health and the City of New Orleans, Tulane no longer requires students, faculty, staff, visitors, or vendors to wear masks indoors or outdoors while on any Tulane campus, effective Friday, October 29.
  • October 27, 2021, Carville's Cure: TONIGHT! Join NPR's Pam Fessler and political strategist James Carville for a discussion of Fessler's book, Carville's Cure, about the National Leprosarium that was located in Carville, La., for more than a century. 
  • October 20, 2021, Homecoming: It's almost time to come together in appreciation for all things Tulane! Especially after the year we've all had, everyone needs a reason to celebrate. Join in the fun at Tulane's annual Homecoming celebration held November 12-14.
  • October 13, 2021, Testing Protocol: The university is encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to continue to comply with the testing schedule. We know that this deep into the pandemic that regular testing can feel tiresome, but it has proven to be a valued tool in the university's toolkit for combatting COVID-19.
  • October 6, 2021Staff Retreat: Reminder - staff retreat today, Wednesday, October 6, 9am-2pm in the Diboll Auditorium and via Zoom. Box lunches will be provided. Topics will include a Town Hall, a hurricane resilience discussion, and a review of the Draft Staff Council By-Laws. 
  • September 29, 2021, Student Fund: Hurricane Ida dealt a hard blow to Southeast Louisiana, leaving a sweeping path of devastation that stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast.
  • September 22, 2021, Food Insecurity: Because of the ongoing COVID pandemic, there are additional exceptions for college students to be eligible for SNAP that may qualify you. 
  • September 15, 2021, Welcome Back: We hope that each and every one of you - faculty, staff, and students - are recovering from the stress and upheaval caused by Hurricane Ida.
  • August 25, 2021, Welcome Students! Welcome to the fall semester and if you're new around here, welcome to Tulane!
  • August 18, 2021, COVID-19: Where are we now? Webinar: The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting a rapidly changing landscape, and the delta variant has created a fourth surge.
  • August 4, 2021, Fellowship: Claudia Herrera was accepted as a fellow in the Scialog: Mitigating Zoonotic Threats program.
  • July 21, 2021, Evolution of a Department: One Becomes Two: Join Dean Thomas LaVeist, IHSD Chair David Hotchkiss, and Interim SBPS Chair Gretchen Clum in a webinar to discuss the exciting changes!
  • July 7, 2021, Town Hall: Reminder for the Staff Town Hall today in the Diboll Auditorium starting at 10:30am followed by a box lunch.
  • June 30, 2021, Framed Photos: We are breaking with our bi-weekly summer schedule to announce the availability of framed photos.
  • June 23, 2021, Welcome Back, Staff: Dean LaVeist will host a town hall as the first opportunity for staff to gather as a group since COVID-19! 
  • June 9, 2021, New Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) guidelines were passed on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, by the General Faculty.
  • May 26, 2021, Experience it all again: Graduation and all of the other end-of-year events are in the books for 2021, but you can see them again, or enjoy them for the first time if you had to miss the festivities.
  • May 19, 2021, End-of-year Events: It's that time of year when we recognize our students for all their hard work! Fall Semester Town Hall: Tulane University will return to full on-campus classes in the fall.
  • May 12, 2021, End-of-year Events: It's that time of year when we recognize our students for all their hard work! Career Services: Reminder to those students who will be graduating.
  • May 5, 2021, End-of-year Events: It's that time of year when we recognize our students for all their hard work! Faculty Elections: The results are in!
  • April 28, 2021, Alumni Awards: SPHTM Alumni Affairs is calling for nominations for the Tulane SPHTM Alumni Association Student Recognition Award for 2020-2021.
  • April 21, 2021, Healing Sessions: In the aftermath of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has organized three virtual Zoom events to be held TODAY at 5pm.
  • April 14, 2021, Candidate Presentations: As you know, this summer, Dean LuAnn White is retiring from her position as senior associate dean for academic affairs.
  • April 7, 2021, MD/MPH CME webinar: Also remember that as part of the 50th Anniversary of the MD/MPH Program, there will be a continuing medical education panel next week on the topic of COVID-19 and Chronic Disease with several MD/MPH alumni participants including Louisiana State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter.
  • March 31, 2021, Building Bridges to Better Health: Next week is National Public Health Week and this year, Tulane SPHTM is participating in a big way!
  • March 24, 2021, Anti-Racism Teach-in: Faculty and staff are encouraged to join the 2021 Anti-Racism and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Teach-in!
  • March17, 2021, Next week: Today may be St. Patrick's Day, but next Tuesday is your day to #GiveGreenTU.
  • February 17, 2021, Water Damage: As shared via the listservs this morning, several floors sustained water damage due to a water line break.
  • February 10, 2021, Vaccine Info,  We have some Tulane-related vaccine information to share, but before we get to that, we want to highlight the New York Times op-ed led by our own Dean LaVeist and signed by 60 Black members of the National Academy of Medicine. 
  • February 3, 2021, Research Weekend Opportunity: Tulane's Lepage Center will hold a Research Weekend around the topic of "Counting the Costs of Racial Inequity in the United States."
  • January 27, 2021, Vaccine Distribution: Tulane University was designated as a COVID-19 vaccine provider site by the Louisiana Department of Health, and has been providing immunizations for about two weeks as this newsletter is released.
  • January 20, 2021, Health Science Research Days: Call for Abstracts is open! Health Sciences Research Days 2021 will be held virtually* on Wednesday–Thursday, April 14–15.
2020 Issues
  • December 15, 2020, Holiday Event: The Holiday Extravaganza for Faculty and Staff is this afternoon at 5pm!
  • December 9, 2020, Dissertation Winner: Congratulations to MD/PhD student Austin Jones (MPHTM '19) who was chosen as the People's Choice Winner in the 3-Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition!
  • December 2, 2020, TA Training: Graduate students interested in an SPHTM Teaching Assistantship must complete the TA Orientation and Training Program as partial fulfillment of the SPHTM TA qualifications.
  • November 18, 2020, Research Synergy: For the 11th year in a row, Tulane University will be presenting the Faculty Research Synergy Event.
  • November 11, 2020, Zoom backgrounds: Ever wished you could share your SPHTM pride when in a virtual meeting or class? Well, now you can!
  • November 4th, 2020, Post-election Resources: It's been a long election season and we all need to make space for emotional health. Neighbors in location and vocation, SPHTM and SSW are hosting two "Decompressing & Managing Emotional Health" Sessions today.
  • October 14, 2020, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: While COVID-19 may have curtailed the way we do things, it hasn't stopped us from conducting research and sharing that information.
  • October 7, 2020, Campus Safety and Security Community Town Hall: The SPHTM community is invited to join this interactive event featuring both updates and the opportunity to ask questions. 
  • September 30, 2020, APHA: We'll be posting the SPHTM presentation schedule soon so you can keep up to date with faculty, staff, and student presentations at the annual American Public Health Association meeting, this year online.
  • September 23, 2020, Professional Development Days are almost here!
  • September 16, 2020, CELT Training Stipends: If you participated in CELT training over the summer to prepare you for HyFlex, you can anticipate seeing a stipend in your September paycheck.
  • September 9, 2020, APHA: Please continue to let us know if you will be presenting at the virtual American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
  • September 2, 2020, Welcome back to the Tidewater Times.
  • March 10, 2020, Remember to Give Green this Thursday.
  • March 3, 2020, I encourage students to check out our first-ever Public Health and Health Administration Career Fair.
  • February 18, 2020, Are you a student looking for a summer practicum or internship?
  • February 11, 2020, As a follow up to last week's Dean's Corner on the novel coronavirus, Dr. Ron Blanton has coordinated an interdisciplinary seminar.
  • February 4, 2020, Two dozen countries have been affected by this novel coronavirus so far, causing the World Health Outbreak to declare a global emergency. 
  • January 28, 2020, This week our next gallery exhibition opens in the Diboll Gallery with The American Dream Denied: The New Orleans Residents of Gordon Plaza Seek Relocation.
  • January 21, 2020, I recently returned from a trip to Taiwan to meet with the school’s partners there.
  • January 14, 2020, Belated Congratulations to Epidemiology's Dr. Felicia Rabito who was awarded  a coveted Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Grant (PCORI) in the last quarter of last year.
  • January 7, 2020, The American Journal of Public Health will commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a special section in the August 2020 edition.