Kudos Column:

The Office of Academic Affairs proudly highlights the national achievements of our faculty. This column is dedicated to all of the great work being done by our own faculty members:

Congratulations to Professor of Equine Research Mandi Lopez and LSU Boyd Professor of Chemistry Isiah Warner for being named Fellows to the National Academy of Inventors. NAI Fellows is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.  

Dr. Warner currently holds eight U.S. patents that specialize in spectroscopy while Dr. Lopez invented a device to assist in holding tissue to bone when working with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

“This award highlights creativity. I feel very strongly that is it only by nurturing creativity and innovation that we would move global health and wellbeing forward. I would not have been successful had I not had people who supported my ideas and encouraged me,” said Dr. Lopez. 

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hoffman, Professor of History, who was awarded the Isabel La Catolica decoration, the highest decoration the Spanish government offered to non-Spaniards.

“I am deeply honored to have been both nominated for and awarded this decoration.  On the one hand it recognizes what I believe have been important contributions to the history of Spain in the Americas and on the other looks forward to the additional contributions to that story that I hope to make before I am no longer able to do so!  In terms of career, it is the capstone of recent recognitions (LSU’s Distinguished Research Master, Fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association) and incentive (not that that is needed!) to continue with the research and writing I have planned, including further study of and PR for Santa Elena,” said Dr. Hoffman.