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Our award-winning faculty has been making an global impact, both inside and outside of the classroom, since 1860.

2016 SEC Professor of the Year

Isiah Warner, LSU Boyd Professor, has been named the 2016 SEC Professor of the Year, the SEC announced on Tuesday, April 12

 

 

Nancy Isenberg, the T. Harry Williams Professor in the Department of History, is named the fourth most influential thinker, doer and visionary in American politics by Politico Magazine for her New York Times best-selling book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. 

School of Education faculty Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Director of the Louisiana State University Writing Project and the Coordinator of the Grades 1-5 Teachers Education Program, selected as Earnest Oberholtzer Foundation Participant. 

Four LSU researchers are recipients of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for 2016 announced today. These competitive awards are among the suite of activities in the program’s 30-year mission to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. outer continental shelf regions. 

Brian Chandler, the LSU AgCenter area forestry agent for southeast Louisiana, has been named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

University Laboratory School's Head Athletic Trainer Melissa Sorrells has been awarded the "Back to Sport" Grant, funded through the National Football League and American Hospital Association, in recognition of exemplary efforts as an advocate for youth sports safety.

James E. “Jay” Shelledy, professional-in-residence and Fred Jones Greer Jr. Endowed Chair at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, or AEJMC. The award honors professors for outstanding achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development.  

AEJMC, the nation’s largest organization of journalism professors, will present the award to Shelledy at its annual conference in Minneapolis in August.  

Dr. Petra Munro Hendry, St. Bernard Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association Endowed Professor, received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B Lifetime Achievement Award in Curriculum Studies on April 9, 2016 at the AERA National Meeting in Washington D.C. 

Dr. Pam Blanchard is one of five people in the nation to receive a National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute, which honors excellence in wetlands conservation. Blanchard was honored on May 11, 2016, at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C .

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González was awarded the Brigadier General Juan Bautista Bustos prize from her home state of Cordoba, Argentina for her work that led to the detection of gravitational waves. She is the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of more than 1,000 scientists. Cordoba Governor Juan Schiaretti presented her the prize on May 17, 2016.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America have announced that LSU President F. King Alexander will be inducted in to the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 11, during a ceremony in New Orleans. 

Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication, was named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists. The recognition is the society’s highest honor and honors those who have made an “extraordinary contribution to the profession.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, recognized a paper written by Emeritus Boyd Professor Harry Roberts and colleagues as historically important to the offshore civil engineering field. The paper, 3D-Seismic Amplitude Analysis of the Sea Floor: An Important Interpretive Method for Improved Geohazards Evaluations, was written 20 years ago. The paper was inducted into the ASCE Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame in Houston in May 2016. 

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 28 members, including LSU's Charles Fryling and Lake Douglas, to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016. Fellowship is among the highest honors ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

LSU Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Anthropology Andrew Sluyter's book, Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century, received the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers. The prize is awarded to "a serious but popular book about the human geography of the contemporary United States."

Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Mallory Vachon has been granted a W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research 2016 Early Career Research Award for her project, "The Temporary Migration Response to Industry-Specific Shocks: Evidence from the U.S. Shale Boom." The award provides resources for junior faculty to pursue research related to labor markets and public workforce policy. Vachon’s research interests include energy, labor, and public economics, with a focus on the local economic impacts of natural resource extraction. 

LSU AgCenter forestry economist Shaun Tanger received a Southern Regional Extension Forest Resources Award for Excellence. Tanger’s award was for his forestry market blog, Stumpage Speak, which details price reports, market trend analysis and the economic outlook for the forestry industry.

Charlie Johnson, professor emeritus of horticulture in the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been awarded life membership in the Louisiana State Horticulture Society.  

LSU Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy Ivan Agullo has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award to support his research on the early universe. 

LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kathryn Fontenot has been named the recipient of the 2016 John E. Hutchinson Extension Award for Young Professionals from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Fontenot’s focus is developing and conducting statewide educational programs in the areas of commercial vegetable production, community gardens, school gardens, farmers markets and home gardens. 

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor to be published in prestigious research journal. 

Lawrence Datnoff has been named to receive the 2016 Alumni Award from the Virginia Tech University Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science. Datnoff is a professor and department head in the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology.

Associate Professor Marsha Cuddeback of the LSU School of Interior Design was elected to the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2016–17 Board of Directors as director-at-large of the organization’s Teaching Collaborative. Cuddeback will assume her new IDEC leadership role on May 1, 2016. 

Guillermo Scaglia, a beef cattle researcher at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station in Jeanerette, and Stan Dutile, an LSU AgCenter extension agent in Lafayette Parish, each received the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council. 

 

LSU physicists Thomas Kutter, Martin Tzanov and William Metcalf are among the scientists sharing the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced on Nov. 8. The prize is for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics. 
School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell achieves national board certification in the certificate area of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts for the third time.  
LBaldridge, distinguished professor of mathematics at LSU, is the lead author and mathematician for Eureka Math/Engage NY, a national mathematics curriculum based on common core state standards designed for Pre-K through 12th grade. The curriculum was established two years ago to help students engaged in and get excited about mathematics. This unique program is the first complete curriculum that meets all of the common core state standards in every single grade. 
School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell achieves national board certification in the certificate area of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts for the third time.  
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Ilya Vekhter has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  
LSU Assistant Professor Parampreet Singh in the Department of Physics & Astronomy has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to support his research on "Explorations in Quantum Gravity: Cosmological and Black Hole Spacetimes."  
Bridget Robicheaux, counselor for the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA.

 

The film “As It Is in Heaven,” directed by LSU Theatre Assistant Professor of Television and Film Joshua Overbay has played around the country at several Film Festivals and has been mentioned by many critics as one of the top 20 films of 2014.

Kenneth Rose, the associate dean of research and professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at LSU’s School of Coast & Environment, or SC&E, recently traveled to Québec where he received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence.
LSU’s Mark Batzer, LSU Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor, along with Research Assistant Professor Miriam Konkel and Research Associate Jerilyn Walker in Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, contributed to an article featured on the cover of the scientific journal Nature, titled “Gibbon Genome and the Fast Karyotype Evolution of Small Apes.” 
Economics Letters has published a submission that LSU Department of Economics Assistant Professor Briggs Depew and Eric Cardella of Texas Tech University co-authored. The paper, “The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Reported Health of Young Adults,” concludes that individuals are six percent less likely to have health insurance when they turn 19, and that having health coverage significantly increases the likelihood of reporting excellent health among young adults. 
LSU Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope is the lead author of a new study, “Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men,” that will appear in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
LSU Department of Accounting KPMG LLP Professor Larry Crumbley recognized by the Pfeiffer University Department of Accounting and Fraud Investigation for his outstanding career service in the field of forensic and investigative accounting.
LSU Psychology Professor and Distinguished Research Master Johnny Matson was named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for his work in the social sciences.  
LSU’s Mark Batzer, Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor in Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, contributed to an article in the scientific journal Nature Genetics, titled “The Common Marmoset Genome Provides Insight into Primate Biology and Evolution,” published on July 20.
Ellis Sandoz, LSU political science professor and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, has been named to the Library of Congress Advisory Board of Scholars for an exhibition on the Magna Carta.
Jacob Esselstyn, curator of mammals at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, was part of a research team that discovered a carnivorous water rat in central Indonesia. The species was previously known only to local people in the western highlands of Sulawesi Island, and has been used as a talisman by area residents to protect homes from fire.
Mark R. Cheathem’s “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” published by LSU Press, received the 2013 Tennessee History Book Award in May. The Tennessee History Book Award is annually attributed by The Tennessee Library Association to celebrate excellence in historical writing.
The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday, May 9, unanimously voted to award a Boyd Professorship to LSU History Professor Suzanne Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in the field of German history. A designation as Boyd Professor is the LSU System’s highest and most prestigious academic rank, and is only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements.
The Journal of Advertising has awarded Judith Anne Garretson Folse, V. Price LeBlanc Developing Scholar Professor of Marketing, its 2013 Best Article Award for “Defending Brands: Effects of Alignment of Spokescharacter Personality Traits and Corporate Transgressions on Brands Trust and Attitudes,” co-authored by former LSU faculty members Scot Burton and Richard Netemeyer. The article analyzes the role of spokescharacters in defending consumer perceptions of brand attitude, brand trust and the willingness to pay a price premium for the brand.
 LSU School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell was selected for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education Award by the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Education in Higher Education.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has honored photographer Richard Sexton with the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography.
According to LEH’s press release, “Sexton combines artistry, storytelling and powerful evocations of the past to create work that reflects the rich landscape of Louisiana. His portrayals of the people, buildings and soil of the Gulf South follow in the path of the late Michael P. Smith.” 
LSU School of Kinesiology Associate Professor Russ Carson was selected as the 2014 Southern District Scholar Award from the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD. 
Craig Colten, the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography, represented LSU at the New Zealand Emergency Management and Business Resilience Summit in Wellington on Wednesday, Feb. 26. He was invited to present a featured plenary lecture titled “Lessons Learnt in New Orleans.”
Areendam Chanda, an associate professor who holds the John C. Hamilton Family Professorship for Developing Scholars in the Department of Economics, recently coauthored an article that the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics has accepted for publication. “Persistence of Fortune: Accounting for Population Movements,” written with Brown University Professor of Economics Louis Putterman and former E. J. Ourso college Ph.D. student and Yale School of Public Health Postdoctoral Associate C. Justin Cook, explores the reversal of fortune that has occurred for many countries that have emerged out of lands colonized by Europeans, beginning in the late 15th century.
Two LSU research projects featured in Discover Magazine’s "Top 100 Stories of 2013." Brent Christner, associate professor of biological sciences; Thomas Kutter, professor of physics and astronomy; and MartinTzanov, assistant professor of physics, conducted research recognized in the magazine’s annual listings.
  • Christner’s work on the exploration of lakes beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet came in at number 12 in the list. His groundbreaking work in this arena has been attracting international attention for years, and this is his second time being featured in Discover’s Top 100.
  • Kutter’s and Tzanov’s work with the Tokai to Kamioka, or T2K, international collaboration has also received international attention for several years. Coming in at number 66 in Discover’s list, the magazine describes the team’s discovery of new evidence of neutrino oscillations from one “flavor” to another as information that “may lead to insights about why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.”

Briggs Depew, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, was recently published in both Labour Economics and Explorations in Economic History.

  • “Elasticity of Supply to the Firm and the Business Cycle,” which appeared in Labour Economics, examines the idea that businesses possess a certain level of wage setting power.
  • “New Deal or No Deal in the Cotton South: The Effect of the AAA on the Agricultural Labor Structure," which appeared in Explorations in Economic History, examines the role of the Agricultural Adjustment Act in the rapid reduction of share tenants and sharecroppers.
LSU School of Education Associate Professor Eugene Kennedy received the “Champions of Workforce Development” award from the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance during their 2013 Contractor Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards Banquet.
LSU University Laboratory School art teacher Nancy Von Brock was named the 2014 Louisiana Art Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Art Education Association, or LAEA. 
Karen Deville, senior director of the Office of Advancement for the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, has been named among the 2013 Influential Women in Business by The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The list features nine successful businesswomen from varying industries in the Baton Rouge area.
University Registrar Robert Doolos recently received two honors by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, or AACRAO. Doolos was recognized as this year’s sole recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and joined seven members in receiving honorary membership to the association.

 

 

LSU University Laboratory School first-grade teacher Donna Lamonte was named as the math recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from President Barack Obama.

LSU Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Graham Bodie receives two prestigious recognitions in the field of communication:

  • named one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication, ranking in the top 1 percent of scholars who published articles in communication journals from 2007 to 2011, based on a study published in Communication Education.
  • 2012 Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, or NCA. The award was recognizes “a scholar whose body of work contributes significantly to knowledge of interpersonal communication and shows promise for continued contributions.”
Rudy Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bern’s Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The doctorate, which was presented Dec. 1, recognizes Hirschheim’s research in the area of information systems, particularly his pioneering work in the study of outsourcing.
Nancy Rabalais, LSU adjunct professor in the School of the Coast & Environment, and director of LUMCON, or the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.” As a marine ecologist, she was selected for “documenting the environmental and economic consequences of hypoxic zones in the Gulf of Mexico and informing strategies for restoring the degraded waters of the Gulf and the Mississippi River basin.”  
LSU Boyd Professor and Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives Isiah Warner has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Award in Analytical Chemistry, a prestigious honor awarded by the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.    
LSU Professor of English and Atlantic Studies Keith Sandiford was awarded the 2012 Frantz Fanon Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, or CPA, in recognition of his overall contribution to Caribbean thought.
LSU Distinguished Research Master and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetlands Studies at LSU R. Eugene Turner recently received the Wetland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ninth International Wetland Conference. Turner’s research interests focus on the low oxygen zone off the Mississippi and wetland conservation, restoration and management. 
James Van Scotter, the Sneha Bhandari Memorial Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences, has been recognized as the eWARDS Technology Educator of the Year. Specifically, Van Scotter won the award for his work with the department’s new Master of Science in Analytics program.
LSU vice provost for Academic Programs, Planning and Review and professor of kinesiology T. Gilmour Reeve received the Distinguished Service Award from the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance,  or AAHPERD, at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Boston.  
Meredith Blackwell, Boyd Professor of biological sciences at LSU, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts with election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
 Xin Li, assistant professor of the LSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, was one of 24 award recipients to receive the IBM faculty award in the fourth quarter of 2011. Li received the award based on his research of geometric information analysis and processing and its application on computational medicine. Li’s research group is currently developing a computational framework to model the respiratory motion of a tumor and surrounding organs, which could guide the automatic offline planning and intelligent online management of lung radiotherapy.
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education, or NASPE, presented its 2012 Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award to Russell L. Carson, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. Carson received this recognition for his exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction. In 2011, Carson received the Mabel Lee College/University Award from AAHPERD for accomplishments across his scholarship, teaching and service.
George Z. Voyiadjis, Boyd Professor, Chair and Bingham C. Stewart Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the Khan International Award for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 20 years (1991-2011), especially to the areas of multi-scale modeling and inelastic localization. 
 Brandon M. Smith, an LSU alumnus who currently serves as the university’s community affairs liaison, was recently named to the 2011 class of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Top Forty under 40.” A Baton Rouge native, Smith joined the LSU staff in August 2007.  

 

Kathleen Wylie, deputy director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud, located at LSU, recently received the top public service award granted by the United State Department of Justice. Wylie received the Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service during the Attorney General’s 59th Annual Awards Ceremony, held in October in Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Mette Gaarde and Physics & Astronomy Professor James Matthews were named fellows by the American Physical Society, or APS, one the world’s largest organizations for physicists.  
The University of Pittsburgh’s School-Based Behavioral Health Program has recognized LSU professor R. Kenton Denny as one of 30 leaders, past and current, in the area of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Denny is the Judith Walker Gibbs endowed professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice.  
LSU’s Jorge Pullin, co-director of the Horace Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics, recently published a first of its kind textbook with the Oxford University Press and co-author Rodolfo Gambini of the University of the Republic of Uruguay.
LSU staff member Timothy E. Rodrigue's novel “Vlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon,” recounts in frightening detail the life of 15th Century Romanian Prince Vlad III, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” 
Photographer and LSU College of Art & Design Assistant Professor Jeremiah Ariaz’s work is currently on display in the group show, “No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla. The exhibition investigates the visual, societal and ecological consequences of postwar development, as the participating photographers reveal the ordinary in a manner that encourages contemplation of modern land-use practices and the particulars of place.
LSU Associate Professor of Geography Dydia DeLyser was associate producer on a documentary film related to her research on early women pilots, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club,” that was recently awarded a 2011 L.A. Area Emmy Award in the Arts & Culture/History category.
Susanne C. Brenner, a professor in the LSU Department of Mathematics who holds a joint appointment with the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, was selected by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, or SIAM, and the Association for Women in Mathematics, or AWM, to deliver the prestigious Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture at the 2011 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  
Patrick Hesp, R.J. Russell Professor in Geography and Anthropology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for the fall of 2011.  The award will provide funding for Hesp to spend three months in southern Brazil conducting a detailed drilling and dating program on two coastal barriers – one at Pinheira in Santa Catarina State, and the other at Paranagua in Parana State. 
Pam Blanchard, associate professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice and director of the LSU Coastal Roots Program, will receive one of six 2011 Coastal Stewardship Awards presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana on Friday, May 6.The Coastal Stewardship Award is given to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Nominees are judged based on the merit of their work and the significance of their contribution.
LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center Executive Director Charles D’Agostino was honored on Tuesday, April 12, with the National Business Incubation Association’s President’s Award during the 25th International Conference on Business Incubation.  
 In March, LSU Police Officer Justin Lanoux was recognized by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for his efforts in removing 24 drunk drivers from the streets in 2010.
Ed Overton, professor emeritus in LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment, and his team of scientists were recently honored with the Superior Accomplishment Award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Office of Response and Restoration, for extraordinary sustained support and contributions to the ongoing efforts to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  
Three LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center staff members--Jason Boudreaux, Jennifer Fowler and Matthew Wiggins--received awards at this year’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center Awards Banquet. Fowler and Wiggins each received a $1 Million Capitalization award, while Boudreaux received a special recognition for his contribution in the LSBDC Network New Financial model and an acknowledgment for successfully completing the Certified Business Advisor certification Level I. The LSBDC Technology Center at LSU is a part of a statewide network of SBDC centers.  
Jennifer Jolly, assistant professor in the College of Education and program leader for gifted education at LSU, has been named the 2011 Higher Education Professional of the Year by the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children, or LA CEC.  
Jorge Pullin, Horace C. Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics chair and professor in the LSU Center for Computation & Technology and Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been appointed founding editor of Physical Review X, to be published by the American Physical Society.
Cathleen Williams, an associate professor in the LSU School of Animal Sciences’ Department of Dairy Science, was recently selected as the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Louisiana Professor of the Year, according to a release from the organization.  

 

Lloyd F. Collette Endowed Chair of Insurance and Financial Services Ji-Chai Lin, a professor in the Department of Finance, received a best paper award at the 18th Securities and Financial Markets Conference for “SEO timing, the cost of equity capital, and liquidity risk." The paper was co-authored with YiLin Wu of National Taiwan University’s Department of Economics. According to its abstract, the paper “uses a simple approach to capture time-varying risks surrounding seasoned equity offerings to shed further light on SEO timing and post-issue underperformance.” 
LSU Boyd Professor Emeritus Harry Roberts recently added another distinguished award to his already impressive resume: the Doris Malkin Curtis Medal from the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, an international organization that focuses on research in sedimentary geology.  The Gulf Coast Section concentrates on sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology of the Gulf Coast states, especially as it relates to petroleum geology.
Steven Babcock, instructor at the LSU Laboratory School, is one of 24 U.S. educators selected by the Toyota International Teacher Program to travel to the Galapagos Islands from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, on a study tour to an area of the world where finding innovative solutions to environmental challenges is the highest priority.  
LSU’s Sibel Bargu, along with her former graduate student Ana Garcia, from the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment, has discovered toxic algae in vast, remote regions of the open ocean for the first time. The recent findings were published in the Nov. 8 edition of one of the most prestigious scientific journals, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS.
Jayne Garno, LSU associate professor of chemistry in the College of Science, has been awarded the United States government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers: the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE.
Gary C. Sanger, Distinguished Chair of Finance in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and director of the college’s Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading Lab, received the 2010 C. Stewart Sheppard Award from the CFA Institute.
LSU Associate Professor and Edwin B. and Norma S. McNeil Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Steve C.S. Cai was recently elected a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, for his contributions to the civil engineering profession.
Brent Christner, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Charles C. Randall Lectureship Award from the South Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, or ASM.
James Richardson, director of LSU’s Public Administration Institute and a professor in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Department of Economics, was recently selected by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management to be the recipient of the 2010 S. Kenneth Howard Award.  
Roland Mitchell, assistant professor in the LSU College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice, or ETPP, has been named senior editor of the College Student Affairs Journal and the higher education section editor for the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.
Two LSU researchers, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching in LSU’s Division of Student Life and Enrollment Services and Professor of Chemistry Saundra McGuire and Greater Houston Alumni Chapter Endowed Alumni Professor of Chemistry William H. Daly, were honored with the title of “Fellow” by the American Chemical Society, or ACS, for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to chemical science and the organization.  
Luis A. Escobar, a professor in the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics, recently received the 2010 Jack Youden Prize, awarded by the American Statistical Association, or ASA, for the best expository paper that appeared during 2009 in the organization’s journal, Technometrics.

LSU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor John Maxwell Hamilton’s book “Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting,” earns multiple awards:

  • the Goldsmith Book Prize by Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy
  • the 2010 Book of the Year award from the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA)
  • the 2010 Tankard Book Award, in affiliation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, or FETI, Director D. Jeffrey Gleason was awarded the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer, or CFO.  The Commission on Professional Credentialing, more commonly known as the CPC, met on June 8 to officially confer the designation upon Gleason, who is now one of only 702 CFOs worldwide.
Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Todd Monroe has received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentor award for 2010-2012. The distinguished mentor award is based on demonstrated excellence in undergraduate mentoring associated with research in the life sciences.
Kenneth McMillin, a professor in LSU’s Department of Food Science, was elected as an Institute of Food Technology, or IFT, Fellow in 2010 for his outstanding achievements in meat and food processing, packaging and safety, as well as international training in these areas.
Gabriela Gonzalez was selected to participate in a National Academy of Sciences panel called “Astro 2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey.” Astro 2010 will survey the2010 field of space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics, recommending priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010-2020. Gonzalez will serve on the Program Prioritization Panel for programs in the Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation section.
Charles D'Agostino, executive director of the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in L'Aquila, Italy, at the Universita' degli Studi dell'Aquila, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
LSU University Registrar Robert Doolos has been awarded the Thomas A. Bilger Citation for Service by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, or AACRAO, Board of Directors.

LSU English Professor Laura Mullen has been selected as "Poet of the Month" for April by PoetryNet.org.

Saundra McGuire, assistant vice chancellor for learning and teaching in LSU’s Division of Student Life and Enrollment Services and former director of LSU’s Center for Academic Success, recently became one of only seven individuals in the United States to achieve the Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association, or NCLCA.

LSU’s Mark Benfiel, associate professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, displays video of rare oarfish on March 5. 

Brian Gerber, associate professor in LSU’s Public Administration Institute, which is housed in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, recently received national research awards for two articles he co-authored in 2008 and 2009.
LSU’s Webster Parish Chapter Alumni Professor of Geology & Geophysics Ray Ferrell recently took a working trip to Madrid and Seville, Spain, where he was presented with an honorary membership in the Sociedad Espanola de Arcillas, or the Spanish Clay Society. 

 

 

Virginia Grenier, executive director of the International Hospitality Foundation at LSU, was honored by the National Association of International Educators with the 2009 Hugh M. Jenkins Award for excellence in community programming. 

 

Naci Mocan won Economic Inquiry’s 2008 Best Article Award for his paper “What Determines Corruption? International Evidence from Microdata.” The paper uses individual-level data from 49 countries to create a direct measure of corruption, which is a country-level corruption index based on the proportion of individuals in a country who were asked for a bribe in a year. 
Mark Batzer was named editor-in-chief of “Gene: An International Journal of Functional and Evolutionary Genomics,” one of the most prestigious and widely respected scientific journals in the field of genetic research.
Three LSU researchers - MarkBatzer, Brent Christner and Ken Schafer - were included in Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Research Stories of 2008.
  • No. 70 - Ken Schafer : A Single Electron Is Caught on Film
  • No. 88 - Brent Christner : Bacteria Can Control the Weather
  • No. 90 - Mark Batzer : The Platypus Genome Is a Mash-Up of Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals
Three LSU researchers - Jim Matthews, John Wefel and T. Gregory Guzik - were included in the American Institute of Physics’ Top 10 Stories of 2008. The three LSU professors were included for their work with cosmic rays.
Isiah Warner, LSU vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, received the 2008 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis.
Since December 2008, five LSU researchers have been awarded the distinction of Fellow in prestigious national societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
  • Pamela Monroe - National Council on Family Relations
  • Claude Bouchard - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Kam-Biu Liu - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • E. W. Plummer - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Jonathan Dowling - American Physical Society
In 2008, LSU’s Barry Dellinger was recognized by the American Chemical Society with a $30,000 grant from the Astellas USA Foundation for work on environmental and health effects of combustion.
President George W. Bush honored LSU faculty member Randy Raggio in April 2008 with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his volunteer work with the Desire Street Academy.
LSU faculty member Ursula Emery-McClure of the School of Architecture received the prestigious Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2008. The award includes a fellowship to study at the American Academy.
LSU School of Social Work Professor Brij Mohan was selected to receive the President’s Award from the National Association of Social Workers – Louisiana chapter – in 2008. The award, given to Mohan for his international reputation as a scholar and author, is a special honor that has only been given to one other person in the chapter’s history.
Chris Austin, assistant curator of herpetology at LSU's Museum of Natural Science and adjunct professor in biological sciences, has discovered several new species of amphibians during his research in New Guinea, Borneo and Sri Lanka.