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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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December 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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 2021 Issues
  • 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.