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This week WWNO has been exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Central City corridor is home to new nonprofits and business ventures, after a redevelopment effort of more than a decade.

Today we wrap up coverage with a conversation just off the Boulevard, on Baronne Street. It’s the new home of Tulane City Center, a venture of the university’s School of Architecture, with a strong service learning component.

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It was a tough weekend for New Orleans football. The Tulane Green Wave and the New Orleans Saints both lost to Atlanta teams.

The Tulane Green Wave debuted their brand-new Uptown stadium on Saturday. It was the first football game played on their campus in nearly 40 years. But they lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 38-21.

On Sunday the Saints headed to the Georgia Dome to play the Falcons. The Saints held the momentum through the first half, and seemed like they were on their way to an easy victory over their division rival.

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.

In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”

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Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been named executive director of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.

Ramírez-Montagut formerly was associate director and senior curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California.

She brings to the Newcomb Art Gallery more than 15 years in contemporary art, architecture and design.

A Tulane University think tank has issued its annual report on public education in New Orleans, noting strides made in performance since the state assumed authority over most of the city's schools, but also citing the need for numerous improvements.

The Cowen Institute's report, released Wednesday, comes as fewer New Orleans public schools are deemed to be failing and more students are achieving at least basic, grade-level performance. But only 19 percent of New Orleans public school students have shown mastery of subject matter.

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The Advocate reports that Tulane University is again the highest ranked university in Louisiana, according to the Forbes annual rating of the nation’s top colleges.

The Forbes list was released Wednesday. Tulane was ranked 147 in the list of 650 undergraduate colleges nationwide, public or private. LSU was the next-best Louisiana school at 190.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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Tulane University has selected Michael A. Fitts, the dean and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, as the successor to retiring president, Scott Cowen.

Fitts takes over at Tulane on July 1.

At a news conference Tuesday, Rick Rees, a co-chair of Tulane's presidential search committee, said the panel unanimously selected Rees.

The Tulane University football program has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past two years, spurred by the hiring of former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, the rapid construction of a new on-campus football stadium, and a commitment from a university administration involved in the intricacies of college football management on a national level.

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Tulane University researchers are joining a national project to study how rebuilding after a disaster affects people and the environment. They’ll be starting with a close look at the common rat.

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