Volume 93 Issue 34 | pp. 27-29
Issue Date: August 31, 2015

How Tulane University’s Chemists Rescued Their NMRs From Hurricane Katrina

In the midst of the mighty storm, a skeleton crew of faculty and staff hatched a plan to save the valuable instruments
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Disaster in Gulf, Hurricane aftermath
Keywords: Tulane, NMR, Katrina

Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina inevitably leads to reflections on what was lost to the storm and floods: 1,833 lives, $108 billion in property damage, and countless personal artifacts. But among these recollections are bright spots—stories of survival, salvage, and even triumph. This is one of them.

In 10 years of retelling, the tale of how Tulane University’s nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers survived the Katrina disaster has taken on the air of a . . .

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