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  1. Growing up in an environment plagued by high rates of gun violence can affect someone for the rest of his or her life, according to public-health experts. In the 1990s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente partnered on a landmark study of more than 17,000 individuals, looking at the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and children's long-term health. The more ACEs someone has—the higher their ACE score—the higher their risk of depression, drug use, and such health problems as diabetes and heart attacks, which disproportionately impact communities of color.
  2. The VPI has won a grant from the Pincus Family Foundation to create a Violence Prevention Scholarship which connects graduate students with VPI faculty and community partners! This interdisciplinary program will be based in the Master's of Public Health program, but will integrate faculty from across all schools at Tulane, particularly the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work. Scholars will be immersed in an innovative new training initiative focused on building skills to effectively integrate with community organizations and co-develop programs designed to mitigate the effects of violence and, in the long-term, prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence and its health impacts. The initiative will focus on the lives of children throughout New Orleans, with an emphasis on Central City, and places throughout the city where children are most affected by violence.
  3. Students of all grades across the country, including at Tulane, walked out of class at 10am (cst) on March 14th for 17 minutes to in memoriam for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school shooting.
  4. The spring, Tulane launched its new Violence Prevention Institute to bring together experts from across campus. Researchers with the Violence Prevention Institute are collaborating across disciplines to understand the causes of violence and how we can best prevent various forms of violence from child maltreatment to intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
  5. Tulane University and Loyola University’s Women’s Resource Center will present a screening of New Orleans filmmaker John Richie's 91%: A Film About Guns in America Thursday night, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium.
  6. As students participate in walkouts across the country to urge lawmakers to do something about gun violence, several universities, including Tulane, announced that they would not let discipline as a result of peaceful protest affect admissions decisions.
  7. March for Our Lives – a student-led organization responding to the Parkland mass shooting – held a panel at Tulane as New Orleans was the group's last stop on the Southern leg of its Road to Change tour, which brought together survivors of the Parkland shooting and local activists and organizers to discuss topics including school-based gun violence prevention strategies and how to push politically for more restrictions on guns. Being conscious of their location, the panelists also turned to the issue of violence in urban environments, especially that which affects young people.
  8. The National Institutes of Health awarded a $146,000 research grant to Drs. Maeve Wallace and Dovile Vilda of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to study how state gun laws may reduce homicide among women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. The school is among the first to receive federal funding for gun violence research after a nearly 24-year ban by Congress.
  9. Sarah Deland, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the defense, testified that she diagnosed Francois as being schizophrenic after examining him six times, noting that he had many of the symptoms typical of the illness, including hallucinations, paranoia, fixation, disorganized thoughts and personality withdrawal. She also said he didn’t fall into the pitfalls common for those who try to fake mental illness.