Tulane researchers honored with national STEM award

Two Tulane scientists and a graduate student are among 40 national winners of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award, which honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to a Tulane article.

The winners – psychology professor Michael Cunningham, biomedical engineering associate professor Michael Moore and doctoral student Katherine Elfer – will be featured with the other recipients in the September 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


Moore and Elfer are BMES members.


Cunningham's research focuses on resilience and vulnerability in adolescents, including mental health and academic outcomes among African Americans, according to the article. In addition, he serves on the faculty of the African and African Diaspora Studies program, and is an associate provost responsible for oversight of all graduate and professional studies academic issues.


Elfer's research interests lie at the intersection of optics, chemicals, biological materials and clinical diagnostics. A doctoral student in biomedical engineering, she is especially interested in outreach activities for students in grades K-12 and serves as program coordinator for Girls in STEM (GiST), a middle school initiative, the article states.


Moore created the startup AxoSim Technologies, which with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health is developing nerve-on-a-chip approaches for pre-clinical drug testing. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER Award and elected “Teacher of the Year” three times by biomedical engineering students.

Read the full article HERE.