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December 30th, 2005

 Dear Colleagues,

 In the days since Hurricane Katrina hit the
 U.S. Gulf Coast on August 29th, those of us
 based in New Orleans have been trying to
 adjust to new realities and a much different
 environment. Some of the city's residents lost
 loved ones, more than 250,000 are still
 homeless, and many more are displaced. No
 one was spared and everyone lost
 something. As an alumnus or friend of Tulane
 I know you have shared that feeling of loss. Your encouragement and support over the last four months have meant more than you can imagine. By now, residents and functions have returned to many parts of the city, including the Central Business District, the French Quarter, the Garden District and the Uptown/University District. There are many other encouraging signs for the future---a commitment on the part of the federal government to build a stronger levee system, a much reduced crime rate, a restructured school system which promises better education (Tulane has taken a lead role and the university is even taking responsibility for a school in its immediate area), and investment in rebuilding the city.

Hurricane Katrina forced us to rethink the university's role in New Orleans and to make changes that were unthinkable prior to August 29th. At the Health Sciences Center, our School of Public Health and
Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) has played a lead role in planning for the future---working closely with the leadership of the CDC, state and local agencies. It has been exciting for me to see the extent to which our faculty and students have helped address the environmental and other public health issues that confront our community. All of our public health students in "traditional" on-campus degree programs will be back in New Orleans in January. In contrast to the SPHTM, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has proven to be very challenging for the clinical faculty at our School of Medicine (SOM). In Orleans Parish, we have gone from more than a half million residents to about 75,000, and from 11 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds to 2 with about 100 beds occupied. All of this will change over time but the short term challenge has been enormous.

Earlier this month, the university's Board of Administrators announced a restructuring and repositioning of the university (http://renewal.tulane.edu). At the School of Medicine, we undertook a right sizing and repositioning of our programs. In the process, we re-emphasized our core areas of mission and made a strong commitment to the faculty in these areas. The next few years provide an opportunity to reshape the SOM and make it an even better school. I have agreed to step in as dean of the SOM, while continuing in my role as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. One of my goals will be to work with Ted Chen to further strengthen our ties with Taiwan. As always, I am very grateful to Ted for his central leadership role of the Taiwan programs at our Health Sciences Center.

All of the Health Sciences Center buildings in downtown New Orleans were damaged by Hurricane Katrina but most are already repaired and
functional. Careful planning allowed for protection of many valuable research and clinical assets, including cell lines and transgenic animals. Our research community is intact and focused on the future Indeed, we have been awarded a record number of large competitive research grants during the past four months.

The alumni and friends of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center are more vital to its future than ever before. There is no more important group to me than those of you in Taiwan. You have been there for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center and for Ted and me through good times and bad. I am especially grateful to Dr. Min-Ho Huang and his colleagues at the Show-Chwan Health Care System and to Dr. Jeffrey Tsai and his colleagues at Asia University for their strong and energetic support in the post-Katrina environment. I would also like to thank our colleagues at the Taipei Cultural and Economic Office in Houston for their strong support of our Taiwanese students in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We will need your continuing support and advice in the days and weeks to come. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center is a historic academic institution with a very bright future. For my part, I will do everything possible to facilitate the continuation of excellence at the SPHTM and SOM. Shelagh and I look forward to seeing you in Taiwan later in the year and to receiving you in New Orleans if you can visit us in Louisiana.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and successful New Year,

Paul K. Whelton, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Dean, Tulane University School of Medicine
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

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