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Department of English alumnus Kirby Voss graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Film and Digital Media. At 14, Kirby realized he wanted to be a director after watching the 1964 comedy Dr. Strangelove, and that passion for films and filmmaking has inspired him ever since.

In a paper published late last year, Dr. Grissom, along with colleagues from the Brain Institute at Tulane University, demonstrated that estrogen receptors remain active in the brains of mice even when the ovaries have been removed (OVX), and that neuroestrogens contribute to this activity for a limited time.

During the summer of 2019, Lowell Smith, a senior in Psychological Sciences, presented work on cognitive changes and sex differences in stress hormone release in aged rats at the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience national conference at Indiana University.

Dr. Armin Kargol has published a two-part book series on Introduction to Cellular Biophysics (Parts I and II). It is intended as a textbook for an undergraduate course in Cellular Biophysics.

Part I: Membrane Transport Mechanisms is an inventory of physical transport processes occurring in cells. Part II: From membrane transport to neural signaling is a closer look at how complex biological and physiological cell phenomena result from these very basic physical processes. This two-volume book has been published by Morgan and Claypool in cooperation with IOP as a part of a "Concise Physics" series. It is available in print and ebook formats: Part OnePart Two

A collaborative effort between Dr. Kate Yurgil and her colleagues at Tulane, this review article critically examines research on the effects of music training on brain waves and working memory across the lifespan. The article was published in Frontiers in Psychology: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience on February 21, 2020 and can be viewed at:


Twenty fellow Classicists joined Eta Sigma Phi on September 11, 2019, for delicious cookies with a side of Greek and Latin phrases!

The officers of the honor society lead a discuss on archeological field work and opportunities.

Everyone left this fun event with smiles and a nice sugar rush!

Five students were recognized for excellence in the study of the Spanish language and its cultures in Fall 2019:

Kimberly Díaz

Mariana Kendall, ENVB ’20, is studying the effects of the removal of invasive water hyacinth with the use of the herbicide 2,4-D on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities that live on the

Dr. Kate Yurgil's review article on the research of music training and brain rhythms that support important cognitive functions like working memory was published on the "Frontiers of Psychology" on the 21st of February, 2020. Her collaborative research article featuring her and four other co-authors can be viewed here at:


Congratulations Dr. Yurgil!

Mona Wolfe, Office Manager of Physics and Biological Sciences, is named Staff Employee of the Month for March 2020.


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