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We all intuitively understand that LSU is a major driver for Louisiana's economy, but researchers have quantified its effect in the university's newest economic impact study.

LSU's total economic impact on Louisiana is $5.1 billion. The university provides a return of $13.25 for every $1 the state invests in it.

The study breaks down the university's impact by campus and by parish

Truman 2018

Two LSU Students Named Truman Finalists

LSU is proud to announce that Morgan Johnson, of Shreveport, La., and Madelyn Smith, of Lafayette, La. have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

Morgan is a senior studying political science and Spanish in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Madelyn is a junior studying natural resource ecology and management with a concentration in conservation biology in the College of Agriculture.

I hope you'll join me in wishing these two incredibly talented and well-deserving LSU students the best of luck as they participate in final interviews on Monday, March 5, in Austin, Texas.

Katie G

LSU Student 1 of 38 in World Selected to Participate in Journalism Project

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Senior Katie Gagliano is one of 38 students chosen from 19 universities around the world to participate in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia reporting initiative, which will investigate U.S.-based hate crimes. The Covington, Louisiana native will travel to Tempe, Arizona, this summer to research and report for the program.

Naohiro Kato

LSU Professor Invents Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads

After the recent, headline-making news that New Orleans discovered 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads in sewer drains, many were left stunned at the magnitude of the holiday's footprint on the city.

LSU Biological Sciences Professor Naohiro Kato and his students have a solution -- biodegradable beads made from microalgae. Read more about this novel research and how it was discovered.

Tammy Dugas

LSU Professor Pits Red Wine Against Heart Disease

According to the CDC, approximately 630,000 people each year die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. One successful approach to treatment is to support bloodflow through vessels with a stent.

LSU Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences Professor Tammy Dugas is developing a new stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time, promoting healing and preventing blood clotting and inflammation.

Scott Edwards

LSU Professor Receives Award from American Physiological Society

Scott Edwards, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2018 New Investigator Award by the Central Nervous System Section of the American Physiological Society.

The Edwards Lab, which is part of the LSU Health New Orleans Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence, is investigating the neurobiological changes associated with altered motivational systems in drug and alcohol addiction. The interaction of addiction and chronic pain is the most recent target of their research -- an especially important focus in light of our nation's opiod addiction crisis.


Did You Know?

LSU was the first university to ever host the annual Society of Petroleum Engineers North America Student Symposium on Feb. 21-24, with 400 students from 62 schools attending.

The LSU Board of Supervisors recently funded 11 new technologies through LIFT2, the university's competitive gap-funding program to help LSU research make it into the marketplace.

The LSU Ogden Honors College was recently recognized as "Partner of the Month" by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for their long-established work with Volunteers in Public Schools.

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Mark Your Calendars!

LSU Science Cafe | Magic for the Greater Good
March 27, 5 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre

No single entity alone can solve big problems like violence and crime in Baton Rouge. But organizational psychologist Tracey Rizzuto helps individuals and organizations find mutually beneficial partnerships to tackle large-scale societal issues. She will share the science behind the magic that has the potential to truly transform communities at this month's Science Cafe.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for free food and networking, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. Remember, people of all ages are welcome, so please spread the word and join us for a fun and informative night!