Scott S. Cowen,
Tulane University's president, recently was elected chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Cowen will serve as a spokesman and will represent AAU in meetings with policymakers to draft national policies for higher education. Founded in 1900, AAU represents 59 U.S. and two Canadian universities and focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive institutions. Tulane joined AAU in 1958.
New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
has been selected by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to receive the 2012 Dick Ferneau Paid EMS Service of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes EMS for its "outstanding patient care," excellence in pre-hospital medicine and community education, and its tactical medic division, swift water rescue, search and rescue responders and bicycle medics.
a nonprofit group created to raise money for laid-off Times-Picayune employees, will provide 75 former staffers with cash grants. The group raised more than $60,000 after the paper's layoffs and its plan for thrice-weekly print publication. Twenty-eight percent of the recipients are from the paper's newsroom. The deadline to apply for the second grant distribution is Dec. 1.
Stand Up for Our Children,
an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, awarded more than $575,000 to 10 local organizations that help support families with children. Organizations receiving the grants include the Louisiana Children's Museum, the Neighborhood Partnership Network, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Puentes and United Way of Southeast Louisiana.