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The Crescent City Peace Alliance
was the only Louisiana recipient this year of a federal Carol M. White Physical Foundation for Progress grant distributed by the U.S. Department of Education and aimed at supporting youth physical education and fitness programs. The $355,000 grant will help CCPA, a nonprofit group that focuses on community advocacy and violence prevention, expand its after-school programs.

Three Tulane University professors
have been chosen as Fulbright Scholars for the 2004-2005 academic year. The prestigious national grants allow the recipients to lecture and conduct research overseas in the coming year. Awardees include associate communications professor Joy Van Fuqua, adjunct law professor Herbert Victor Larson, and law professor Steven Plotkin. They will travel to Hong Kong, Poland and Greece, respectively.

Dr. Carl Kardinal,
head of clinical cancer research at Oschner Clinic Foundation, has won the national Association of Community Cancer Centers¹ Clinical Research Award. The honor recognizes his outstanding work in developing cancer treatments and in promoting public involvement in clinical research. Kardinal, known for breast cancer research, also teaches at the Tulane and Louisiana State University medical schools.

Louisiana
has taken a step backward in the welfare of its youth, with the number of children in poverty increasing by 8 percent since 2000, almost double the national rate of 4.6 percent. A recent study by child welfare groups, using U.S. Census figures, estimates Louisiana had 340,000 impoverished children in 2003. These children are likely to be raised by parents who have jobs but limited education, says the National Center for Children in Poverty.

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