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LSU Celebrates Six Rainmakers

LSU Celebrates Six Rainmakers

Six LSU faculty members have been selected as Rainmakers this year by the LSU Council on Research based on their outstanding scholarship and creative activity within their respective ranks and disciplines. The Rainmaker awards recognize sustained work with high impact on the academic community and beyond, often in alignment with LSU's Scholarship First Agenda to elevate lives.

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LSU's Andrew Maas named chair of global nonprofit AUTM

Andrew J. Maas, associate vice president for research overseeing the LSU Office of Innovation & Ecosystem Development, has been named board chair of AUTM, a global nonprofit whose members support the commercialization of academic research. Maas has more than 16 years of experience in technology licensing and commercialization. He succeeds Almesha L. Campbell, PhD, assistant vice president for research and economic development at Jackson State University. Maas's term as chair ends in February 2025.

LSU’s CERA website showed projected storm surge at high resolution and accuracy ahead of Hurricane Ida in August 2021.

MEDIA ADVISORY: High-Level NOAA Official to Make Rare Visit to LSU Tuesday, Feb. 20

Head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Richard W. Spinrad will make a rare visit to LSU on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to recognize LSU's nation-leading coastal and oceanographic work.

LSU School of Kinesiology’s Senlin Chen Receives NIH Grant to Prevent Adolescent Obesity

LSU School of Kinesiology's Senlin Chen Receives NIH Grant to Prevent Adolescent Obesity

Louisiana faces a significant challenge with childhood obesity, ranking among the highest in the country , leading to severe health issues in children. LSU Kinesiology Professor Senlin Chen, PhD, and his team have secured a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The three-year, $450,000 project, named ProudMe (Preventing Obesity Using Digital-assisted Movement and Eating), aims to implement a novel obesity prevention intervention in Louisiana schools. This important research directly supports LSU's Scholarship First agenda, particularly in biomedical research and discovery, and ensures LSU is meeting "the challenge of improving the state's health outcomes head-on."

Learn why industry joined LSU’s FUEL team to help secure $160M in federal funding for Louisiana

Leading Energy Innovation in Louisiana: Why Industry Joined LSU's Statewide Fuel Team

LSU’s historic win for Louisiana and energy economic development in the state—$160 million in funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Engines program with an additional $67.5 million through Louisiana Economic Development—was enabled by leading industry partners, including Shell, ExxonMobil and Baker Hughes.

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LSU-led Team Wins Largest Grant Ever Awarded by U.S. National Science Foundation

Highly competitive NSF Engines grant will provide up to $160 million to support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs and develop the energy workforce.

Researching How Racism Leads to Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Black Americans

LSU Researcher Awarded $800K to Study Links Between Substance Misuse and Experiences with Racism

LSU Professor of Psychology Julia Buckner has received two separate awards from the National Institutes of Health--over $800,000 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse--to study the direct links between daily experiences with racism, including microaggressions, and alcohol and cannabis use and potential problems that result from use.

LSU Cybersecurity Team Awarded $1M from U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Help Fight Terrorism, Online Crime

LSU Cybersecurity Team Awarded $1M from U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Help Fight Terrorism, Online Crime

Two separate research projects led by LSU cybersecurity experts Golden Richard and Aisha Ali-Gombe have each been awarded half a million dollars in defense funding through the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at George Mason University, to advance the state-of-the-art of memory forensics, which is a frontier field in digital investigations to recover elusive evidence of criminal activity.

LSU Awarded $780K from National Academies to Help Louisiana Tribe Protect Coastal Land

LSU Awarded $780K from National Academies to Help Louisiana Tribe Protect Coastal Land

Louisiana Sea Grant at LSU has received $780,000 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Gulf Research Program to continue its work with the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe to protect coastal land in lower Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes using nature-based solutions.

National Academy of Inventors Selects Two LSU Innovators

National Academy of Inventors Selects Two LSU Innovators

LSU Professor Emeritus Robin McCarley and former LSU Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kevin Kelly have been elected as fellows to the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI. They are among 162 newly elected fellows.

LSU Professor Investigating Connections Between Religious Attendance, Health in Older Mexican Americans

LSU Professor Investigating Connections Between Religious Attendance, Health in Older Mexican Americans

With support from a $30,000 grant from the Louisville Institute, LSU Professor of Sociology Sam Stroope, along with collaborators Rhiannon Kroeger and Samantha Ramey, are researching the effects of aging on religious involvement among Mexican Americans. In a newly published article in the Journal of Aging and Health, the researchers show an earlier decline in religious service attendance in older Mexican Americans compared to white Americans.

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Louisiana State Police Partners with LSU to Solve Critical Challenges in Industrial Cyber

To better understand vulnerabilities and ultimately secure Industrial Control Systems networks across Louisiana, State Police has partnered with LSU to advance industrial cyber research and talent development.

LSU Names Two Associate Vice Presidents to join the Office of Research & Economic Development

LSU Names Two Associate Vice Presidents to join the Office of Research & Economic Development

Stephania Cormier and John Flake will work to advance the five research priorities of LSU's Scholarship First Agenda: agriculture, biomedicine, coast, defense and energy.

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LSU Enabled Professional Career in Music, Then Cybersecurity

LSU alumnus Andrew Trimble had to put his trumpet down due to a medical condition but found a new career securing communications and data for the U.S. Army after completing LSU Online & Continuing Education’s Cyber Bootcamp.

LSU Innovation Wins $600,000 Federal Grant to Help Technology Entrepreneurs

LSU Innovation Wins $600,000 Federal Grant to Help Technology Entrepreneurs

LSU has been awarded a $600,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration grant to boost technology entrepreneurship in the Capital Region. The Baton Rouge Initiative for Development, Growth and Entrepreneurship, or BRIDGE, program will use the EDA funding to support entrepreneurs and their startups through technical support, a mentorship program with local mentors and executives-in-residence based on an analysis of their needs.