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Srikanta Dash,

director of Tulane University's Hepatitis Research Laboratory, was awarded two National Institutes of Health grants totaling $2.6 million. The grants — from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute — will fund studies determining why some patients respond differently to standard treatments for chronic hepatitis C.

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Margot Ferster

was named AmeriCorps Member of the Year at the 2013 Rebuilding Together National Conference in Washington, D.C. last month. Ferster, a 2011 graduate of Tulane University, received the honor for her work in New Orleans, where she served as an AmeriCorps member building houses with Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity for two years.

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Robert "Bobby" Savoie,

chief executive officer of Metairie-based information technology firm Geocent, was named University of New Orleans 2013 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Savoie earned a doctorate in engineering and applied science from UNO in 2009. He will receive the honor Feb. 14.

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Lashandra Harris,

a tax preparer from Natchitoches, was sentenced Jan. 31 in U.S. District Court to 18 months in prison and one year of supervised release for helping her customers file false tax returns in exchange for kickbacks from the inflated returns. Harris also was ordered to pay $102,000 in restitution.


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