Three Xavier alumni return as doctors, authors, and commencement speakers

For decades, Xavier University has ranked first in making African-Americans into medical professionals. This status led three young men to study at the university twenty years ago. Xavier’s 2019 commencement featured alumni Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr., ’01 as keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. The three—who formed a brotherly bond at Xavier—now practice medicine and have co-authored a book about their journey to success. Since leaving the university in the early 2000s, the three gained doctorates in medicine and their own practices in three different cities. Dr. Johnson got his doctoral degree from University of Illinois and practices in Chicago, IL.

Six Xavier University students receive awards at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

In an unprecedented accomplishment for the university, six Xavier University of Louisiana students received awards at the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) for their innovative research in the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) fields. Students presented their research to a panel of experts in such areas as chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and physiology at the conference in November. Six Xavier students were among those receiving an award for their presentations:

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) scholars Blaine Deribgny, a junior chemistry major; Lauren Thornton, a senior biology major; Chandler Golden, a senior psychology major; and Ashley Mello, a junior biology major
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar Dailia El-Desoky, a senior physiology major
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) scholar, Camilla Do, a senior chemistry major

All award recipients received a certificate and a $300 check. The four-day conference saw more than 2,000 poster and oral presentations given by undergraduate and post baccalaureate students, and featured scientific and professional development sessions, over 380 exhibit booths, networking opportunities, plenary speakers, conference programming tracks for undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral scientists, and non-students, and an awards banquet. Learn more about Xavier University of Louisiana’s stem programs.

Xavier University to host this month’s NOPD Second District meetings

The remainder of April’s weekly meetings of the NOPD Second District will be held at Xavier University, police said. The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at their usual 1 p.m. Wednesday times on April 13, 20 and 27, in room 115 of the pharmacy building at Xavier. Visitors are encouraged to get parking directions at the university police office at the corner of South Carrollton and Drexel. The NOPD Second District spans much of Uptown from Louisiana Avenue to the Jefferson Parish line.