Editor's Note
Welcome back to the Tidewater Times, which is the school's internal  newsletter sent to you weekly [most of the time]. The Times went on hiatus when COVID-19 took over our lives and we needed more immediate methods to get in touch with our community. While we cannot say that life has returned to normal, most news will appear in this weekly newsletter. If there are urgent updates, you'll still receive communiqués from Dean LaVeist or as community briefings via the listserv.

You can look for the Tidewater Times weekly on Wednesdays (a change from prior years). It's in here that we'd love to share grant and publication announcements, awards, academic information, new hires and farewells, and other news for our community. If you're not sure if your news fits, please reach out and ask!
School News
APHA: Normally around this time, we'd be asking who is presenting at the American Public Health Association while making plans for our booth at the annual meeting. This year, all of the events are online, but we still want to know if you're presenting so we can put together a schedule of school-related activities. Please let us know if you are part of this virtual event. 
FAQs, information, and concerns: Although we are a couple of weeks into the semester, we know you might still have questions about learning, teaching, or being on campus. Visit Fall Semester 2020 for the full class schedule and FAQs about academics, testing, and more. You can also find a link there where you can share your questions or concerns (anonymously if you wish). This link is included in the drop down navigation for Students, Faculty, and COVID-19.
A Tidewater refresh: If you park in the Tidewater garage, you might not have noticed that the building has a new look - or at least a corner of the building does. Learn more about our fresh new graphics and the collaboration with The Skin You're In. 
Faculty Affairs
Faculty Roundtable: This Friday, Sept. 4, faculty are encouraged to join their peers in a HyFlex and Online Share-out, discussing the successes and challenges with the start of this most unusual semester. We've compiled comments and concerns about HyFlex from the community and will discuss lessons learned, so it will be important for all teaching faculty to participate! It will be recorded for those who cannot make it. Like the previous sessions, these meetings are participatory and all faculty are invited. 

Award News: We've learned that Assistant Professor Patricia Scaraffia was awarded a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant from the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. We've had several faculty receive this award in the past - have you also been awarded a grant for the coming year? We'd love to showcase the faculty and their plans for the award! Please let Dee Boling know. 
Center News
Congratulations to CEMCH! HRSA has renewed a five-year grant for Tulane’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) program led by Dr. Carolyn Johnson. The award also includes supplemental funding for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology Doctoral Training Program led by Dr. Katherine Theall. 
CEMCH provides training and professional development to MCH master’s and doctoral students to help strengthen and expand the Maternal and Child Health workforce. The MCH Epidemiology Doctoral Training program extends the training and support by providing tuition support and research and travel stipends to eligible MCH epidemiology doctoral students. 
Student Affairs & News
Downtown Testing: Students registered in on-ground programs should have received an email asking them to begin scheduling appointments to be tested for COVID-19 starting this week. This testing is about a week earlier than previously announced because there is excess capacity at the downtown testing center. If you receive a QR code from lablynx, please schedule an appointment at the Downtown Testing Center for this week if at all possible. Getting as many students tested this week will greatly help with the university's testing plan and capacity for the next week.If you have any questions or problems with testing, please reach out to
Student fees: We've been advised by Tulane's Accounts Receivable that student fees for students who opted into online only for the Fall semester will be refunded once the registrar codes their account. Their team is updating practically daily.
Twelfth Floor Study and Meeting Space: Classrooms on the 12th floor have been labeled for use as study space and as meeting space. Signage on the doors indicates the appropriate use for each room. 
Public Health in the Park: Get to know SPHTM professors and parks throughout the city (in small, socially distanced groups, of course!).

This Friday, September 4th, come visit with Mollye Demosthenidy, a faculty member in Health Policy and Management. Professor Demosthenidy will be set up in front of Audubon Park, near the entrance and streetcar stop, ready to talk about all things health care in the 2020 presidential election. The event runs from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Look for the SPHTM flag flying! And bring a chair! RSVP to

See below for more Public Health in the Park dates.
Volunteer Position: Looking to dive in and get involved? The Skin You're In has a volunteer position for a student interested in Monitoring and Evaluation. 
  • No experience required but must demonstrate a strong interest in M&E and data management, as well as an eagerness to learn
  • 10-15 hours per week, unpaid
  • Class credit is possible and may be a practicum experience
  • Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Lacey Allen (
Wear a Mask. Wash Your Hands. Keep Your Community Safe.
Faculty/Staff Events
Fri., Sept. 4
Faculty Roundtable
Fri., Sept. 4
Audubon Park
Public Health in the Park
with Prof. Mollye Demosthenidy


Fri., Sept. 11
Crescent Park
Public Health in the Park
with Dr. Julie Hernandez
Fri., Sept. 18
Public Health in the Park
Tentative: Dr. Lina Moses
Fri., Sept. 25
Audubon Park
Public Health in the Park
with Dr. Susan Hassig
Don't forget to check
Weekly Events
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