Tulane Researchers To Study Oil's Effects On Gulf Of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University researchers have been awarded $4 million to study oil's effects on the Gulf of Mexico.

         The New Orleans Advocate reports proposals from three Tulane researchers are among 22 being funded by the latest Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative program.

         The money will go to scientists in the School of Science and Engineering, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

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         Vijay John, the Leo S. Weil professor of engineering at Tulane, will be the principal investigator of a project to improve dispersants, which help break up oil into small droplets. The research team received $1.2 million to develop different materials that will better work to disperse weathered oil and high-viscosity crudes.

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