Department of Tropical Medicine
Fall 2012 Newsletter
Welcome to the Fall 2012 Incoming Class!
This Fall the Department of Tropical Medicine will welcome 40 new students! 20 MSPH, 15 MPHTM, Diploma and 2 PhD students will be moving to the Big Easy from over 20 States and 7 Countries including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. 

Don't forget to mark your calender for the Student Picnic on September 15 in Audubon Park!
Alan Goggins
PhD Candidate
Get To Know... Alan Goggins

Alan was born in North Carolina but moved 17 times before he finished middle school! Before starting at Tulane he graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Environmental Public Health. As an undergraduate student Alan participated in La Crosse Virus transmission and vector ecology research with SPHTM Alum Dr. Brian Byrd. This experience sparked both his interest in graduate school and in Tulane. Alan has been married 5 years this August to Bessie, a 3rd grade teacher at Arise Academy in the Upper 9th Ward. In his spare time he enjoys working out, traveling, exploring new cuisines and listening to great music. Alan joined Dr. Kumar's Lab in Spring 2011 and after graduating, would like to pursue a post-doctoral position in a public health institute like the CDC. Long term, you'll find him in an academic institution that allows a balance between research, and teaching the next generation of public health students. 

Student Achievements
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Kristen Merino for passing the Preliminary Exam!

Kristen also received the Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship from the American Society of Microbiology to continue her PhD research in Dr. Kumar's Lab.

Congratulations to Dibyadyuti Datta who was awarded the ASTMH Student Travel Fellowship! She will be presenting a poster at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Conference in Atlanta this November.  
Departmental News
The Department of Tropical Medicine would like to congratulate and wish best of luck to Kijuana Yarls in her move to Uptown Campus. Kijuana will begin her new position as Program Coordinator in the President's Office in late August. Kijuana has worked in DTM for 1.5 years and will be missed greatly by all. Congratulations Kijuana!!
 Dr. Daniel Bausch was recently interviewed by BBC Radio and ChinAfrica Magazine on the Ebola outbreaks in Africa. Dr. Bausch serves as the Director of the Emerging Infections Department of the Naval Medical Research Unit 6 based in Lima, Peru.
 Dr. Dawn Wesson, associate professor of Tropical Medicine has been working with the local mosquito control officials and colleagues at Louisiana State University to collect and study mosquitoes in South Louisiana. "We have never had this many mosquito infections before," Wesson says. "The virus may have mutated and is acting a bit differently. " Check out Dr. Wesson's interview with Fox8Live HERE!
Congratulations to Anusha Gopalakrishnan, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Kumar's Lab, and her husband, Sudhir Subramanian, on the birth of their son, Samarth Sudhir Subramanian. Samarth was born on July 26, 2012, weighing 8 pounds.


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In This Issue
Get To Know Your Colleauges
Student Achievements
Departmental News

Mark Your Calender!
Annual Picnic 
September 15
11am - 4pm
Audubon Park
Shed # 11
All students, faculty and families are welcome!


Tulane SPHTM's 100th Anniversary 
November 9 - 11 
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ASTMH 61st Annual  Conference 
Atlanta, GA 
November 11 - 15
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