Business Briefs for September 19, 2021 | Business News

Tulane business forum to address surviving and thriving in new economy

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni will host a free virtual forum Thursday that will address topics such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care and how leaders act on their ideas

“Emergence: Surviving and Thriving in a Reimagined Economy” will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and feature presenters Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Dr. Stephanie Mills, chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Walter Isaacson, author and a professor at Tulane University; and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial.

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Ochsner opens new urgent care clinic in Baton Rouge

Ochsner Urgent Care-Arlington Marketplace is open near Burbank and Lee drives.

The clinic at 650 Arlington Creek Centre Drive will handle such ailments as heat-related illness, stitches, broken bones and COVID-19 testing.

Southern gets $750,000 in USDA grants

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The Southern University AgCenter and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences have received nearly $750,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The grant money will be used to increase knowledge and skills in health literacy, develop a mobile lab to introduce young people to agriculture and launch a business incubator focused on fashion design and apparel entrepreneurship.

LSU mechanical engineering professor studies tissue-freezing processes

LSU mechanical engineering professor Ram Devireddy is researching different cooling rates for organs so they remain viable longer and could even be frozen and transported across the world.

According to Devireddy, the number of organ donors is not the problem; it’s getting the perfect match to the recipient. Freezing organs would enable a longer time for transport for a recipient more than four hours away.

Devireddy, whose research is funded by a $432,803 grant from the National Institutes of Health, is using a combination of two techniques to closely study tissues under temperature stress.


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