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Tulane University names acclaimed psychologist Anita Raj as executive director of Newcomb Institute
March 31, 2023. Anita Raj, PhD, a distinguished scholar and research scientist trained in developmental psychology and public health with a multi-disciplinary research focus on gender equity in global health and development, has accepted the appointment as the new executive director of Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute, effective July 1, 2023. Read more.

Newcomb Scholars Alumnae Spotlight: Nina Baumgartner (SSE ’16, Ph.D. ’21)
March 17, 2023. It is impossible to be bored as a neuroscientist. Nina Baumgartner would know, especially as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Read more.

Visiting global scholars bring unique perspectives to Tulane campus
February 6, 2023. Mariam Taqaddusi and Islam Ahmed are part of Tulane's Global Visiting Scholars Program, co-sponsored by a university-wide collaboration including Tulane Global, the School of Liberal Arts,  Newcomb Institute, the Office of the Provost, and others. Read more.

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Valentine’s Day Alumnae Spotlight: Cora Boyd (LA ‘15)
January 18, 2023. A multi-passionate creator, a relationship expert, and for many, a literal lifesaver. Cora Boyd has made your business her business as an all-around dating and love life consultant and media personality. Read more.

Center for Public Service awards Community-Engaged Research Grants to Tulane faculty
January 4, 2023. Two Tulane professors have received Faculty Community-Engaged Research Grants from the university’s Center for Public Service (CPS): Jana Lipman, PhD, professor in the Department of History at the School of Liberal Arts, and Clare Daniel, PhD, administrative associate professor of Women’s Leadership and assistant director of Community Engagement at Newcomb Institute. Read more.

2022 News

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Tulane’s Newcomb Institute Part of a Team Studying How Black Women Participate in Legislative Caucuses
November 16, 2022. Faculty from Georgetown University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Newcomb Institute at Tulane University are working on a study entitled Bridges: How Black Women Coordinate the Lawmaking Efforts of Identity-Based Caucuses. Read more.

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Tulane University Joins LSU Reilly Center Partnership to Document, Preserve Women’s Legacies in State Politics
November 3, 2022. The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication is partnering with Tulane University’s H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute to document women’s experience as political leaders through oral histories. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Hannah Novak, 27
November 2, 2022. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) centers public health by regulating the products Americans use each day, from food to cosmetics. As a Public Health Analyst for the FDA, Hannah Novak helps the agency with its regulation of medical devices by transforming complex scientific and medical documents into accessible information for the public. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Tara Wilson, 29
November 2, 2022. Tara Wilson was driven to public service out of an urgency to use her skills to give communities a stronger voice in government and to build a better world. As a Legislative Budget Director for the Massachusetts State Senate, she finds purpose in collaborating with stakeholders, public officials, and their staffs to connect people with resources and make necessary legislative changes. Read more.

30 Under 30: Sarah Swig, 29
October 31, 2022. How does public opinion transform into legislative action? This is the question that informs Sarah Swig’s work as Policy Advisor for the United States Senate. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Sarah Jones, 25
October 31, 2022. In the world of nonprofit organizations, finding strong and empowering leadership is a challenge. Sarah Jones, the Senior Research and Outreach Associate for DRG Talent Consulting Experts, meets daily with executive leaders hoping to change the political, social, and economic ecosystem, and helps them find the organizations that suit both their passions and professional trajectories. Read more.

30 Under 30: Allison Saft, 28
September 24, 2022. For New York Times bestselling author Allison Saft, the best part of her job is the writing process itself, from the idea formation stage to the final edits. Read more.

30 Under 30: Samantha Morris, 26
September 23, 2022. Hearing patients’ stories and sharing in their medical journeys are the features of becoming a physician that most excite Samantha Morris. A medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Morris is excited to have reached her clinical years and begun meeting with new patients each day. Read more.

30 Under 30: Rebecca Martin, 27
September 22, 2022. Freedom and flexibility can be rare experiences in the world of science and technology, but for Rebecca Martin, they are a daily occurrence. As Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Engineering and Operations at Dell, she enjoys curating her projects and centering her role around her interests. Read more.

30 Under 30: Angel Carter, 25
September 21, 2022. While many faculty and staff members at Tulane University first encounter students when they arrive on campus each fall, Angel Carter has the unique opportunity to forge connections with students before they even choose to attend Tulane. As the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Tulane’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, Carter meets students from all over the world and helps them through their college application process. Read more.

30 Under 30: Franziska Trautmann, 25
September 20, 2022. Franziska Trautmann is changing the environmental landscape in Louisiana through 'glassroots recycling.' As Co-Founder and CEO of Glass Half Full, Trautmann and her team are leading the state’s efforts to recycle glass into sand and gravel for disaster relief and coastal restoration. Read more.

What PLEN Taught Me
August 31, 2022. My name is Sedonia Davis, and I am a pre-medical student at Tulane University with a background in neuroscience. I attended the Global Policy Seminar in 2022 as a part of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Read more.

In Post-Roe Louisiana, Things Go From Bad to Worse for Teens
August 23, 2022. Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana’s trigger laws banning and criminalizing abortions—although currently contested—are in effect. Read more.

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Information Technology Interns Wrap up the School Year by Sharing Their Work and Stats
August 19, 2022. The Newcomb Institute’s Information Technology (IT) interns work in person at The Technology and Digital Humanities Lab, also known as The Lab. Read more.

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Congo Square Connection
August 19, 2022. Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute’s Digital Research Interns worked as website developers on Congo Square Connection. Read more.

Insights from Clinic Administrator on Dobbs Decision and Aftermath
August 5, 2022. “It’s almost like a bad dream,” said Sylvia Cochran, President of Women’s Health Care Center and Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, when asked about the overturning of Roe v Wade. Read more.

Tulane Database Brings Historic Activism to the Forefront
August 2, 2022. Elisabeth McMahon, associate professor of History and Africana Studies in the School of Liberal Arts, holds a folder of letters that are part of the African Letters Project, a free database that consists of over 5,600 letters written between Americans and Africans spanning from 1945 to 1994, during the decolonization era in many African countries. Read more.

Taiwan for the Summer
July 07, 2022. I am unspeakably grateful to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s 2022 Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin this summer. Read more.

Newcomb to Indonesia
July 07, 2022. This summer, Adhithi Sreenivasan will be heading to Malang, Indonesia, as a part of the Critical Language Scholarship program, which the US Department of State sponsors. Read more.

Alumna Spotlight: Dr. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan
July 07, 2022. Dr. Kurshan has more than 40 years of experience in education as a researcher, entrepreneur, developer, investor, and company executive. Read more.

Making an Impact at Women With a Vision
June 30, 2022. Women With A Vision, Inc (WWAV) is a community-based nonprofit that seeks to serve through harm reduction and public health frameworks. Read more.

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Turning Back the Hands of Time: The Dobbs Decision
June 29, 2022. As a Tulane student, I was shocked to learn about the death of June Wall. She was a first-year student in the Newcomb College Class of 1963 who died due to a botched abortion she received from an 84-year-old woman with previous convictions of performing abortions illegally and in an unsafe manner. Read more.

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Reproductive Justice for People with Disabilities
June 08, 2022. Although great strides have been made towards taking down barriers for women with disabilities and their access to general healthcare, there is still a gap when it comes to their reproductive access. Read more.

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Guiding a Path Through Research 
May 05, 2022. I'm a first-generation college student from Birmingham, Alabama attending Tulane University studying political science with minors in French and Africana studies on a pre-law track. Read more.

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Researching a Movement
May 05, 2022. Working as a research assistant to Dr. Mahoney for the last three and a half years has been one of the highlights of my Tulane experience.  It has given me the chance to combine my passions for politics and gender equity and collaborate with other students and professors who share those interests. Read More. 

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Women in Politics – A Year in Review
May 05, 2022. It has been a busy and successful year for Tulane Women in Politics! 2021-2022 marked the first year that we were able to meet in person again after the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.