"RIP Bluntnose Stingray" from Ghosts of the Gulf series, 2014. Giclée print on handmade Japanese rice paper.Photo Credit

The Pursuit 2016-17

From gravitational waves to MD success, you can read about it all in the 2016-17 edition of The Pursuit magazine. Celebrate the history-making achievements of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and live vicariously through our student researchers as they recount their international teaching and research experiences. And, see how our multi-talented scientists are using art to share and articulate their work.

So, dive right into this edition of The Pursuit and feel proud to be a member of the LSU College of Science community. Enjoy!

- Dawn S. Jenkins, director of communications and editor of
The Pursuit magazine









 Feature Stories:

Dr. Beverly Ogden, LSU College of Science alumnus

MD Success

College of Science Medical School Success Rates Surpass National Average

In high school and throughout her college years, Beverly Ogden worked closely with her father, a noted surgeon. She enjoyed being in the surgical room, surrounded by the equipment and tools of the trade, but she never wanted to be the surgeon.


Link Morgan examines cleared and stained fish specimen from The Crude Life Exhibit

Two Cultures Intertwined

Science and Art at LSU

There is a common misconception that art and science are two different cultures. In the 1950s, chemist and novelist C. P. Snow wrote about the divide between “two cultures,” the sciences and the humanities, and that this divide had become so stark that individuals in the sciences and individuals in the arts and the humanities could no longer communicate with one another.




More stories from The Pursuit:

 Photo of Dr. Trish Sucy and Dr. Vince Licata in Antarctica




In Review

Let's take a look back at some of the top stories to come out of the College of Science during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.


LSU Physics Professor of Physics & Astronomy Gabriela Gonzalez 

Faculty Accolades

From rainmakes to a distinguished research master, our faculty are simply outstanding. Don't just take my word for it. Read on to learn more.



A plate of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii colonies that are the result of a genetic cross

Realizing the Next Green Revolution

LSU Researchers Explore Creative Solutions to Improving Crop Yield



LSU System Boyd Professor Isiah Warner

Inspiring the Next Generation

Master Mentor, Dr. Isiah Warner



Dr. Peter Wolenski and his team of graduate and undergraduate researchers in front of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Power of Math

LSU Math Students Create a Detection Interface to Help Pennington Biomedical Researchers Measure Infant Sucking Behavior



LSU researcher Jeremy Brown holding a cajun chorus frog

Call of the Cajun Chorus Frog

LSU Researchers Analyze Chorus Frog Biodiversity with 40-Year-Old LSU MNS Tissue Samples



LSU seismologist Patricia Persaud exploring the Venado Caves in Costa Rica

Drop, Cover, Hold

Researchers Create 3D Images that Shed New Light on the Activity Below the Earth's Surface



LSU 100 honoree Marco Moran with Mike at the 2016 Dean's Circle Dinner

Celebrating Entrepreneurship

College of Science
Salutes LSU100 Honorees



LSU alumnus Dr. Charles M. Smith

Paying It Forward

Profile of LSU Alumnus
Dr. Charles M. Smith



Family of Benjamin Boussert and Chemistry Professor Robin McCarly

Benjamin's World

Boussert Family Commissions Stained Glass Windo in Honor of LSU Alumnus Benjamin Boussert