The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program
Deadline to apply for 2018-2019: March 16, 2018. Click here to apply.
The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program was established and endowed with a generous gift from Professor William L. Duren '26, M.A. '28, Ph.D., LL.D. honoris causa '59, professor emeritus of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Each year, two faculty members serve as Duren Professors, and eligibility is open to all full-time professors, including professors of practice. Duren Professors enjoy an especially close relationship to the Newcomb-Tulane College during their tenure in the program. They are provided with additional resources that permit them to adopt distinctive pedagogies (team-teaching, use of auxiliary materials or electronic information technologies, and others), and to arrange for and facilitate distinctive kinds of meaningful interactions with students enrolled in the courses they teach as Duren Professors.
Duren Professors 2017-2018
Professor Mirya Holman, Political Science
“Of God and Gov't: Religion and U.S. Politics”
This research-intensive course will examine how religion has shaped political events and thinking in the U.S., despite the constitutional ban on "separation of church and state." Students will further analyze the intersection of religion and American politics by designing and implementing a collective survey with embedded experiments. They will also have the opportunity to continue their research after the course via independent study with Professor Holman.
Professor Noshir Pesika, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
“Biomimetics: An Approach to Problem Solving”
This interdisciplinary course will encourage students, from diverse fields of study, to use nature as a source of inspiration to develop new technologies and solve engineering problems. In collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute, students will be asked to determine the unique capabilities of an animal or insect of interest, use microfabrication techniques (photolithography, 3-D printing, and electrochemical deposition) to build a prototype device/surface that exhibits similar properties, and participate in outreach by presenting their prototypes to K-12 students.
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