Research - Faculty Resources
Research and scholarly activity are fundamental to the role of the faculty and essential to the attainment of the University's goals of academic excellence and national prominence. Research is a crucial part of graduate instruction and has profound effects upon the currency and vitality of undergraduate education. This exploration of the boundaries of knowledge is undertaken by faculty in the various departments and by the research units included in this section.
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES
CENTER FOR COASTAL, ENERGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
The Coastal Ecology Institute, Coastal Fisheries Institute, Coastal Studies Institute, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Institute for Environmental Studies, Special Programs, and Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute comprise the Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources (CCEER). The center is a college-level academic and research unit that facilitates the development of innovative research programs leading to a better understanding of the coastal, energy, and environmental resource systems critical to the continuous economic growth of Louisiana and the well being of its citizens.
Coastal Ecology Institute
The Coastal Ecology Institute is a scientific research unit whose focus is the wide range of ecosystems encountered in the coastal zone. The specialties of the institute include computer modeling, conservation, plant and animal ecology, hydrology, microbiology, wetlands, restoration, oceanography, and water quality. Faculty seek answers to problems in the shallow continental shelf, the coastline, inshore estuaries, and wetlands that form an interface between the uplands and the open ocean. Faculty have ongoing projects—mostly in Louisiana—but also in Central and South America, Asia, Europe, and elsewhere in the United States.
Major projects directed by the staff include studies of the biological oceanography of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (including the low oxygen zones and hard bank communities), characterization and assessments and monitoring studies, wetland loss and human impact analyses, wetland restoration efforts, and development of ecosystem models to predict and evaluate management and potential climate change effects on Louisiana's coast. This research has been funded by several state and federal agencies, as well as through private industries.
Coastal Fisheries Institute
The Coastal Fisheries Institute (CFI) was created in 1983 to conduct applied and fundamental research intended to provide a better understanding of relationships among man, environmental processes, and fish communities; to document the status of existing fisheries and fish populations; and to assist in providing the research foundation for the evolution of a more stable marketing system.
The objectives of CFI are to strengthen and lead marine fishery-related research (fish, mollusks, and crustaceans) and education at LSU; to develop a better understanding of the operative factors influencing fish growth, survivorship, and yield; to provide state government, public conservation agencies, and private industry with the data necessary to make sound management decisions; and to cooperate with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to assure the safe development and wise use of Louisiana's fishery resources.
Research at CFI coordinates and integrates knowledge from zoology, ecology, biochemistry, oceanography, economics, law, and statistics to address serious problems, such as overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and resource utilization disputes which threaten Louisiana's fishery resources, its rich coastal heritage, and the economic well being of an important industry.
Coastal Studies Institute
The Coastal Studies Institute is a research organization established in 1952 with major emphasis on dynamic processes in the ocean, atmosphere, and marine geology. It receives support from various state and federal agencies, including the United States Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U. S. Minerals Management Service, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Coastal Sciences Program of the Office of Naval Research, the Corps of Engineers, the Sea Grant Program, and major petroleum companies.
Research is interdisciplinary, including marine geology and geophysics, hydrodynamics, dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, and remote sensing. Field investigations have been undertaken on all continents except Antarctica, including the coast of the Arctic Ocean. Research concentrates on transport processes and form-process relationships in coastal and continental-shelf environments.
The emphasis of the marine geology program is on deltaic, shelf, and slope sedimentary environments and sediment-transport mechanisms. Physical oceanographic research focuses on the dynamics of water and sediment particulates in estuarine, continental shelf and slope, and marginal ocean basin environments, including numerical modeling of such processes. The dynamic meteorology program addresses research problems in the coastal zone and marine boundary layer.
The Institute houses the Earth Scan Laboratory, LSU’s satellite receiving station and image processing facility.
The Institute for Environmental Studies conducts teaching and research in environmental sciences, with participation by the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Basic Sciences, Business Administration, Design, and Education; the School of Veterinary Medicine; and other units in the Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources.
The institute offers a variety of comprehensive undergraduate courses relating to the environment, although a bachelor's degree is not offered. A master's degree in environmental sciences is offered with two areas of concentration, environmental toxicology and environmental planning and management.
Research activities within the institute include environmental assessment, environmental resources, water quality, environmental management, environmental toxicology, genetic toxicology, environmental regulations, acid deposition, hazardous waste management, and the environmental impact of energy systems.
For additional information, see the section, "Graduate School and Professional Programs" in this catalog.
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Admission to the program in oceanography and coastal sciences requires admission to the Graduate School and a bachelor's or graduate degree in science or engineering from an accredited institution. Because of the nature of the fields of oceanography and coastal sciences, successful applicants to the program must first be accepted by a faculty member of their department who will serve as the major adviser. Students interested in the department's program are, therefore, encouraged to contact faculty members who work in the student's field of interest. A description of all courses offered by the department is included in this catalog.
Special Programs focuses on cooperative research programs involving several CCEER and other LSU units, other universities, and Federal and state agencies. Most projects are multidisciplinary, focusing on applied problems, particularly in planning, management, and protection of coastal resources.
The majority of projects are supported with contract funds and involve the application of CCEER research results to resources and environmental issues. Project leaders report to the Executive Director of CCEER and are supported by administrative staff.
Current special programs include the Coastal Marine Institute, Louisiana Geographic Information Center, and the Natural Systems Modeling Group.
Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute
Established in 1977, the LSU Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute investigates sediment chemistry/plant relations in natural wetland ecosystems such as salt marshes, fresh and brackish marshes and swamps, and floodplains, and the chemical and biological behavior of plant nutrients and toxic substances in wetland ecosystems. The environmental impacts of pesticides, toxic heavy metals, hydrocarbons, and plant nutrients in wetlands are major areas of expertise.
Current studies deal with response of wetland plants to various environmental stresses such as anaerobic soil conditions and salinity; biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon in fresh, brackish, and saline wetlands; factors affecting biodegradation of toxic organic compounds in wetlands; physicochemical reactions of toxic metals in soils and sediments; comparative ecosystem functioning of wetlands and nonwetlands; and chemical, physical, and biological factors affecting coastal marsh stability. In addition to University support, the laboratory receives financial support from various federal and state agencies.
The Basin Research Institute, the Center for Energy Studies, the Louisiana Energy & Environmental Resource & Information Center, the Louisiana Geological Survey, the Louisiana Oil Spill Research and Development Program, the Minerals Processing Research Institute, and the Radiation Safety Office comprise the Energy Programs.
The Energy Programs are independent units that have in common either a state legislative or federally mandated mission. In addition, all the units have an applied resource policy focus and a strong orientation to public service. The Energy Programs are encouraged to conduct collaborative efforts among themselves, with other LSU units, and with the private sector to gain management efficiencies and increase research and public services productivity. For example, the Louisiana Energy & Environmental Resource & Information Center assists the other units in serving information needs to nontechnical constituencies; the Basin Research Institute functions as an oil and gas division of the Louisiana Geological Survey; and the Center for Energy Studies frequently subcontracts research to the Department of Petroleum Engineering and to the private sector. Although the Energy Programs do not have any academic programs, they frequently retain graduate assistants from other discipline-based graduate programs to assist and be involved with applied public policy resource studies.
Basin Research Institute
Established in 1984 by the Board of Regents, the Basin Research Institute functions as an advisory, technical, and informational institute on geological and related matters pertaining to the oil and gas industry.
BRI is the only Louisiana oil and gas exploration/exploitation oriented institute funded to conduct applied and fundamental research programs and transfer the results for the use/benefit of the industry operating in the state. As of July 1, 1998, BRI was merged with the Louisiana Geological Survey (LGS) and now functions as the Oil and Gas Division of LGS, but retains the BRI name. Both LGS and BRI are under the administration of the Energy Programs at LSU.
In part, present funding for the BRI originates in the LSU general research and public service budget appropriated annually by the Legislature. The remaining funds used for the operating budget are derived through external sources such as research grants and contracts from government, private institutions, and companies.
The BRI includes large stratigraphic research laboratories; a computer/plotting laboratory containing computers with plotters; research and administrative support staff offices; petrographic laboratories equipped for thin-section preparation, carbonate and siliciclastic studies; and conference rooms and storage space. A separate well-log library, a core storage facility with a work lab equipped with saws, and other core processing and photographic equipment are located nearby on campus. The BRI core repository and well log library are component collections of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. Access to other laboratory facilities for geochemical, isotope, SEM, EM, XRD, sedimentology, and paleontology analyses are available in the nearby Department of Geology and Geophysics.
Research results are disseminated through sponsored workshops, seminars, conferences, professional journal publications, technical reports, and the publication of two newsletters and one BRI bulletin each year.
Center for Energy Studies
The Center for Energy Studies (CES) was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1982. CES is the state's only officially recognized energy studies center for public higher education. As directed by resolutions of the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents, the CES is a college-level unit with a strategy to marshal, focus, and support expertise available elsewhere in the University rather than to build a large internal staff.
The structure and staff of the CES have changed since its creation, but its mission has not. The CES conducts, encourages, and facilitates energy-related research and analysis concerning problems and issues affecting Louisiana's economy, environment, and citizenry. Whether conducted by its staff or by others it supports, the goal of the CES is to provide a balanced, objective, and timely treatment of issues with potentially important consequences for Louisiana.
The CES is mandated to provide information and analysis that respond to the needs of the Legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups. The center maintains unique data bases and is the official repository of energy information from the state and The Energy Council. CES staff respond to requests from a wide variety of individuals and institutions for specialized energy information.
The center is also the "Regional Lead Organization" for the Central Gulf Region of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)—a national non-profit organization founded in 1993. The center's PTTC programs are funded by the state and the U.S. Department of Energy, and serve as a clearinghouse for new and improved upstream (exploration and production) technologies for oil and gas operators.
Louisiana Energy & Environmental Resource & Information Center
Louisiana Energy & Environmental Resource & Information Center (LEERIC) of Energy Programs provides a multi-level approach to information. This division also serves as a selector, collector, provider, and producer of energy and related environmental information.
The division also:
This reference service extends beyond the LSU campus to educators, and to governmental, business, industrial, and consumer groups.
In addition, the division creates and maintains statistical, bibliographic, and biographic data bases; plans and conducts workshops and conferences; and provides specialized services on contract. The division has been designated a National Network Center for Environmental Education by the Alliance for Environmental Education, and is the official Louisiana access point for Eisenhower National Clearinghouse materials. LEERIC cooperates with the Louisiana Department of Education by housing and maintaining their State Literacy Resource Center website.
Louisiana Geological Survey
The LGS carries out applied and fundamental geologic research in the areas of Louisiana’s surface and subsurface geology, mineral resources, and ground water, and also does statewide geologic mapping, producing maps and reports designed to encourage both economic development and environmental protection. The LGS also studies geologic hazards, landslides, and active faulting, producing maps and reports designed to identify such hazards and to minimize their impacts. Earth Science educational materials are provided to school teachers when requested. The LGS works cooperatively on research contracts with several State and Federal agencies including the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, the Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
In performing its applied mission and tasks the LGS is also charged with effectively transferring geological information to the citizens of the state through the production of maps, bulletins, and reports. The LGS has a well-recognized cartography section that produces maps, atlases, illustrations, slides and exhibits, both in support of LGS research and for other LSU departments and State agencies. The LGS Cartography Section has produced several official state maps including the official State Map of Louisiana. The LGS receives and answers a large number of inquiries from the public related to geologic matters and its publications are available for sale at nominal prices.
Louisiana Oil Spill Research and Development Program
Louisiana's Applied and Educational Oil Spill Research and Development Program (OSRADP), under the authority of the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator, is outlined in R.S. 30:2495 of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (Act 7), which provides $525,000 annually for applied oil spill research.
Through an interagency agreement between the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office and LSU, the program is administered by the University's Energy Programs. Working within the program's protocols and guidelines, LSU is authorized to provide subcontracts or letter agreements through the OSRADP administrator to Louisiana's 19 eligible public institutions of higher education for a broad array of research initiatives.
With OSRADP, Louisiana has established a mechanism whereby its public colleges and universities can apply for the necessary financial resources to conduct research on oil spill-related matters. Through coordination and cooperation with industry, government, and the university community, the program's research mission has promoted scientific endeavors that are affordable, applied in nature, and designed to guarantee that research is relevant to oil spill-related concerns in Louisiana.
Minerals Processing Research Institute
The Minerals Processing Research Institute, supported by funds from Federal and State agencies and private organizations, was established at LSU in 1979. The institute conducts research on minerals processing, legal and business related research, and environmentally related research. This research is directed at the chief minerals in the state and region, oil and natural gas, and the other important minerals, sulfur, salt, and lignite. These mineral resources are among Louisiana's most valuable assets.
Radiation Safety Office
The use of radioisotopes or radiation-producing devices is governed by the Campus Radiation Safety Committee. The campus radiation safety program is administered by the Radiation Safety Office, Center for Energy Studies. Approval for the use of radioisotopes or radiation-producing devices must be obtained prior to their use. Professional health physicists are available for consultation regarding radiation safety aspects of planned activities.
The objectives of the Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) are to protect the University's intellectual property—new ideas, inventions, and discoveries—by obtaining patents and copyrights; by seeking clients in the U.S. and worldwide to commercialize that technology; and by negotiating and licensing those technologies for the benefit of society, as well as for the monetary gain of the University and of the inventors.
Information on all aspects of patents, copyrights, and licensing opportunities is available upon request.
J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, SR., CENTER FOR ADVANCED MICROSTRUCTURES AND DEVICES
The J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) was initiated by a grant from the Department of Energy in 1988. At the heart of the center is a 1.5 GeV electron storage ring. This high-energy electron accelerator produces a broad spectral range, from radio waves to x-rays, of very bright and intense electromagnetic radiation, which can be used by researchers for a variety of applications. Among these are fabrication of extremely small electronic and mechanical devices, using x-ray lithography; spectroscopic investigations of atoms, molecules, solids, and surfaces; and analytical applications for determining the structure and elemental composition of materials.
LOUISIANA SPACE CONSORTIUM
The Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE), supported by funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Louisiana Board of Regents, is a group of 17 Louisiana institutions of higher education working with the two state educational boards, two business/industry partners, and one nonprofit center. The goal of LaSPACE is to enhance space and aerospace related research, technology, education, and public awareness throughout the state and to promote mathematical and science education, the training of aerospace professionals, and economic development. LaSPACE is Louisiana's representative to the National Network of Space Grant Consortia, which now encompasses every state in the nation plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
NATIONAL PORTS AND WATERWAYS INSTITUTE
LIAISON OFFICE- 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 300 Arlington, VA 22201
The National Ports and Waterways Institute conducts and administers the University's maritime-related research, education, and advisory activities. Emphasis is on the solution of practical problems confronting the maritime transportation and offshore industries. Institute programs encompass inland waterways, coastal ports, fishing ports, and the interfaces between shallow- and deep-draft navigation, and between vessel and surface transportation systems.
To achieve applied results, the institute bases its activity on analysis of all major components of water transportation and their interactions. Areas of institute expertise include strategic planning for maritime industry; intermodal planning for integrated maritime and surface transportation systems; assessment of waterborne commerce in international and domestic trade; port management and administration; market analysis and intermodal traffic allocation; maritime economics and finance; navigation safety; port and off-shore technology assessment; inland barge and ocean-going vessel operation; port and navigation system and capacity estimates; and dredging requirements and costs.
The institute's mission involves maintaining close liaison with a broad spectrum of the maritime industry, as well as public, private, and research/educational organizations with interests in water-based transportation in the U.S. and overseas. Research and training programs are defined in response to maritime transportation needs. National, state, and regional benefits are assessed in defining policies, operational measures, and investments in waterways and ports improvements. Impact of shipping industry and ports performance on transportation costs, revenues and tariffs, regional employment, and industrial development are considered.
SEA GRANT DEVELOPMENT
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a congressionally mandated federal/state endeavor which is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national program network includes 30 lead institutions and consortia, based in coastal and Great Lakes states, involving more than 250 U.S. colleges, universities, laboratories, and private entities in research, training/education, technology transfer, and advisory service activities focused on coastal and marine problems.
LSU's Office of Sea Grant Development is responsible for administering all activities approved by NOAA for sea grant funding in Louisiana. The mission of the Louisiana program is
to provide knowledge, trained personnel, and public awareness needed to wisely and effectively develop and manage coastal and marine areas and resources in a manner that will assure sustainable economic and societal benefits. This goal is pursued by supporting and/or developing selected capabilities in the Louisiana university community and, as appropriate, drawing on those in the national program network. The work requires:
The Louisiana Sea Grant NOAA-funded core program supports approximately 30 individual projects at several state universities. These projects typically support the work of more than 20 graduate students. There is also an annual, national competition for 25 Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellowships that provide selected graduate students a unique opportunity to spend a year working in host offices of the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, or associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Core program activities are supplemented with projects funded by various federal and state agencies that have mutual goals and interests. Private sector support for the program is exemplified by the John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer which brings highly qualified scientists to LSU for periods for one semester to two years to work on marine and coastal issues identified as critical to Louisiana.
In 1978, LSU was named a Sea Grant College—the 13th university in the nation to be so designated and the highest classification attainable in the program. This status was reaffirmed by a national evaluation team in 1995, and LSU is presently one of only 25 universities in the U.S. designated as both a land grant and sea grant institution.
The Office of Sponsored Programs assists the LSU community in preparing grant proposals and in locating sources of funding to support research and scholarly activities. The office also coordinates review and approval of proposals to project sponsors. It issues reports on research activity and maintains a data base on research funding and research interests of faculty. The office maintains extensive print and on-line information resources of funding sources, research data bases, and help files for on-line operations available at www.osr.lsu.edu. Frequent workshops are offered in proposal development, management, and funding searches.
Enterprise Solutions Group
Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) develops comprehensive management information systems for the University. ESG has developed and installed more than 50 major data base systems, including telephone registration (REGGIE), degree audit, admissions, payroll, accounting, and financial aid systems. The department employs a variety of technology and supports three different data base environments—CICS, IMS, and DB2.
High Performance Computing Group
The High Performance Computing Group (HPCG) provides assistance to clients of computing facilities and extends the applications of computer and telecommunication technology to new users on campus. HPCG maintains the HelpDesk, which provides assistance with a variety of technology and connectivity issues. It also offers specialized consulting services including advice on hardware and software options, technology standards, and campus-wide license agreements. The staff also performs standardized hardware and software installations, conducts formal training classes, and provides access to training materials.
In addition, HPCG manages the central UNIX servers that provide access to research, the library, the Internet, e-mail, news, and other software services for faculty, staff, and students, as well as Local Area Network servers that provide office applications for academic and administrative departments.
Louisiana Online University Information System
The Louisiana Online University Information System Office (LOUIS) is responsible for the implementation and enrichment of Louisiana's academic library network (LOUIS) and the Louisiana Library Network (LLN). Seventeen Louisiana academic libraries have been automated on the LSU mainframe and all Louisiana academic and public libraries have access to a repository of index and abstract data base products loaded on LSU's IBM RS/6000 RISC cluster, as well as full-text journal articles accessed through the Internet. The staff, consisting of computer analysts and librarians, interfaces with, provides support to, and coordinates the efforts of library personnel in 21 academic libraries, 66 public libraries, the State Library of Louisiana, and 18 K-12 school libraries throughout the state.
Technology Support Center
The Technology Support Center (TSC) provides computing resources and services (24 hours per day) in support of instruction, research, and administrative data processing. Current resources include an IBM 9672-R53 enterprise server running MVS/ESA (TSO) and VM/CMS; an IBM SP with 22 nodes and a cluster of IBM RS/6000 RISC processors running UNIX, and a DEC VAX 7610 with a cluster of 50 workstations running VMS. Extensive software is available. These resources are integrated with the campus-wide, fiber optic backbone, the Internet, and statewide networks.
The LSU Office of Telecommunications maintains the campus telephone system and installs network facilities for the distribution of voice, data, and video services on campus. Fiber optic networks provide the campus community with high-speed communications and Internet access.
LSU has become one of the major research universities to join an effort to develop and participate in the future generation of the Internet—Internet2. Internet2 is an evolving, very high speed network that will connect universities and research institutions via fiber optic technologies, allowing them to bypass the increasingly commercialized and saturated Internet.
As envisioned, Internet2 will be capable of moving information (voice, video, and data) at speeds of 622 millions bits per second. The current Internet can accommodate data transfers at a theoretical top speed of one and a half million bits per second. It should be understood, however, that the major benefit of the evolving technology is not speed, but greater reliability and efficiency. These new technologies will make it possible to expand research applications and facilitate electronic data and image transfers that are simply not possible with the current Internet.
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
The Division of Instructional Support and Development (DISD) provides resources and services to improve institutional effectiveness through the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), the Measurement and Evaluation Center (MEC), and the Center for Distance Education. Such assistance to the faculty is considered essential to the University's mission to provide excellence in instruction.
An Advisory Council consults with the executive director of the DISD in the formulation of policy. Members of the Advisory Council are appointed by the Chancellor and represent each college, the Graduate Council, the Library, the Faculty Senate Improvement of Instruction Committee, and students.
The Center for Faculty Development provides and facilitates the enhancement of teaching and learning at LSU by offering professional development opportunities for faculty and graduate teaching assistants. To accomplish this goal, the center
Topics addressed by the center's programs include course planning and development, classroom assessment, the scholarship of teaching, faculty roles and rewards, academic leadership, career development, and effective teaching methodologies and learning strategies.
The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) supports teaching and learning by:
The staff also advises faculty and administrators concerning the purchase of instructional hardware and the design of presentation facilities for new or renovated buildings.
Equipment is delivered and retrieved at no charge, when used by faculty in scheduled academic classes. For some services, such as media production and film/video rental, nominal fees are assessed.
The Measurement and Evaluation Center (MEC) provides broad institutional support in the areas of educational measurement and assessment. Services include:
The MEC administers departmental examinations for course placement and advanced standing credit, and is a center for national testing programs, including Educational Testing Services' computer-based testing programs.
The Center for Distance Education (CDE) provides electronic delivery of top quality academic resources to increase educational access and opportunities to unserved or under served learner populations at the local, state, national, and international levels. The Center facilitates collaboration among the LSU academic community and other institutions on issues related to distance education. Focus is on the teaching and learning process.
The Center for Distance Education develops, implements, and maintains distance education resources in a way that augments teaching, research, and community service activities; enhances the quality of academic credit and non-credit programs; expands educational opportunities to meet the needs of the state; and promotes strategic alliances designed to maximize academic resources and services.
Services provided by the Center for Distance Education include:
Additional information and resources are available on the DISD home page at www.disd.lsu.edu.
LSU FIRE AND EMERGENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE
The 51-acre training center south of the LSU campus provides in-service training to firefighters throughout Louisiana and complements the training provided by the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute instructors who teach in all regions of the state.
Activities include courses taught in every parish in Louisiana. A series of specialized programs taught at the center meet in-service needs by incorporating the national standards for both career and volunteer firefighters. These programs include instruction in aircraft rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, marine firefighting, and water rescue. In addition, the Industrial Program offers specialized, OSHA-approved industrial training courses for individuals and fire brigades, both at the training center and at industrial plant sites.
The Instructional Resource Center distributes educational materials on the prevention of fires and fire casualties. A correspondence study course for firefighters is offered by the Office of Independent Study in the Division of Continuing Education .
The Firefighter Certification Program offers certification testing for career and volunteer firefighters in all levels of the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualification Standards. The system is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Although the program is not mandatory, it is strongly supported by the state's fire service associations.
LIBRARIANS- Bolner, Cargill, Kleiner, Loubiere, Phillips, Wittkopf
The LSU Libraries offer students and faculty strong support for instruction and research through collections containing 2.9 million volumes, microform holdings of more than 4 million, and a manuscript collection of more than 12 million items. A campus-wide computer network allows access to the library catalog (LOLA). LSU is part of the Louisiana Online University Information System (LOUIS). The library catalogs of many of the universities in the state are accessible online from the same workstations through which patrons access LOLA. Periodical data bases and full text can also be retrieved through the network. The LSU Libraries' subject strengths include Louisiana materials, sugar culture and technology, Southern history, agriculture, petroleum engineering, plant pathology, natural history, and various aspects of aquaculture including crawfish, wetlands research, and marine biology.
The LSU Libraries belong to the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, which include the top 111 academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Southeastern Library Network, and the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium. Middleton Library serves as the main library, with special collections housed in the adjacent Hill Memorial Library. Materials in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering are located in the Chemistry Library, Williams Hall. The CEBA Reading Room, 2301 CEBA Building, contains reserve materials for business and engineering courses. The Design Resource Center is located in the Design Building.
The open-shelf arrangement of the main collection in Middleton Library makes material completely accessible; assistance is offered through Reference Services and the periodical desk on the first floor. Information regarding library services, such as the computerized literature search service and bibliographic instruction, may be obtained from the Reference Desk.
A number of electronic data bases can be accessed through the web site. Additional data bases are on stand-alone workstations.
Other features of Middleton Library are listening rooms with an extensive collection of recordings and a microforms area. Self-service photocopying machines are available at a nominal cost. When material not found in the Libraries is needed for research, faculty, staff, and students may borrow it through interlibrary borrowing.
LSU Libraries' U.S. Regional Depository Library collection, the United Nations documents collection, the U.S. Patent Depository Library collection, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Documents Reading Room collection are housed in Middleton Library. The Library has been a depository for publications of the federal government since 1907 and now has a substantial portion of the U.S. documents issued before and after that time. In 1964, the Library became a Regional Depository Library. The holdings of United Nations publications date from the establishment of the United Nations in 1947. In 1981, the Library was designated an official depository for U.S. Patents. The patent collection includes all patents issued from 1871 to the present. The department also has an extensive collection of scientific and technical reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Technical Information Service.
The LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library provide a center for research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. It houses, preserves, and services rare and/or expensive materials, materials requiring special handling or protection, and materials dealing with specific subject areas. The primary strength of Special Collections resides in The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, an outstanding research and reference collection that consists of materials documenting the history and culture of the region. An integrated collection, it comprises books, journals, maps, prints, photographs, video and audiotapes, microforms and electronic media. It provides rare and early imprints pertaining to the exploration and colonization of the region, books on Louisiana subjects, and books by Louisiana authors, Louisiana state documents, and a vertical file on numerous Louisiana topics.
The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections also contains the extensive and prestigious manuscript collections of the LSU Libraries, which include the personal papers of important individuals in the history of the region, including the Long family; records of business, professions, and organizations; and extensive photographic collections. The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections constitute an important resource for research in political and social history, cultural geography, agriculture, education, literature, speech, sociology, music, and other fields in the humanities and social sciences.
The University Archives, administered by Special Collections and housed in Hill Memorial Library, is the official repository for all permanent noncurrent records of academic and administrative units of the University. These records document the development of a small military school into one of the largest and most comprehensive research institutions in the country. In addition, they illustrate the development and metamorphosis of the social, economic, and political structure of the state as a whole.
Since its beginning in 1859, efforts have been made to document the history of LSU. Because many founders had the foresight to save their records, the Archives now has some of the earliest records of the University. Letters from our first Superintendent, William Tecumseh Sherman, are among these prestigious holdings. The collections in the Archives are as diverse as the activities on campus and document all segments of campus life.
In addition, the University Archives is the office on campus charged with records management duties. These duties are set forth in PS-74, a copy of which is available upon request from University Archives. All questions concerning records management should be directed to the University Archivist.
The Rare Book Collections consist of materials that are generally rare, expensive, or otherwise in need of special handling or protection. Special strengths of this eclectic collection include 18th century English literature and history, book arts and the history of the book, including the Bruce Rogers Collection, and books on the subjects of New World exploration and travel.
The E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection was donated to the LSU Libraries in 1971, in memory of Edward Avery McIlhenny, whose private library forms the core of the collection. Rich in ornithological and botanical art, it is an exceptional resource for researchers in the history of those fields. Treasures in this collection include the Audubon double-elephant folio Birds of America, Banks' Florilegium, and the "Native Flora of Louisiana" collection of original watercolor drawings by internationally renowned botanical artist Margaret Stones.
Other subject collections include the Judge Warren L. Jones Lincoln Collection, focusing on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln; the Oliver P. Carriere Collection of Poker and Hoyle; the Gladney Chess Collection; and the Rendell Rhoades Crawfish Collection, covering four centuries of literature on the taxonomy and culture of the crawfish.
Hill Memorial Library also houses the LSU Libraries Image Resources Unit and Electronic Imaging Lab. For more than 40 years the unit has preserved most of the newspapers published in the state. The unit is also responsible for carrying out the preservation of the extensive photographic collections of the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, and the general conservation work in all areas of Special Collections. In addition, the unit produces photocopies, photographs, and microfilm of materials to serve the needs of researchers and other institutions.
The T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History is also administered as part of Special Collections but is located in 226 Middleton Library. The Center for Oral History was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary program that supports and encourages the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Louisiana through the use of tape-recorded interviews. Topics documented in the center's interviews include the history of LSU, of primary and secondary education in Louisiana, of civil rights activities in Baton Rouge, and of several Louisiana communities.
In addition to conducting and collecting interviews, the Williams Center is a campus-wide resource for the support of faculty and graduate student research, and graduate and undergraduate teaching. The staff offers workshops and classes on oral history methodology that are open to the public as well as the University community. The center also provides technical consultation for family and local history projects. Tapes and transcripts generated by the program and its affiliated researchers are deposited in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections.
The United States Civil War Center was created in 1993 to meet a very clear need: no center for all Civil War interests existed. The center's unique and all-inclusive mission is to promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines. Projects and programs, such as conferences, publications, and exhibitions, are designed to enhance profoundly the general public's perception of the Civil War.
In 1995 a web site was established that was visited more than six million times internationally in its first two years of operation. The site maintains links to other Civil War related web sites. Membership in the center is available and helps support a diversity of projects.
LSU MUSEUM OF ART
The LSU Museum of Art, located in Memorial Tower, houses the University's permanent fine arts collection and shows the cultural relationship between the United States and Great Britain. The museum contains original period rooms from England and America, representing the early 17th through the mid-19th centuries, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.
In addition to the period rooms, there is a strong painting, print, and drawing collection which includes works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Benjamin West, Rembrandt Peale, and some of the contemporary masters. The museum's collection of the graphic works of the late Caroline W. Durieux, internationally recognized printmaker, is the most comprehensive in existence. The museum houses outstanding collections of New Orleans-made silverware, Newcomb pottery, and other crafts made in New Orleans. Also housed are 19th century lighting devices and early oil and watercolor paintings depicting south Louisiana subjects, especially Baton Rouge area views.
Until a new museum facility can be built, space has been provided in Lakeshore House to show the multicultural collection given to LSU by Charles E. Craig, Jr. At present the collection includes New Guinea wood sculpture, early Indian stone sculpture and miniature paintings, pre-Columbian pottery and textiles, and contemporary American works.
The organization, Friends of the Museum of Art, supports the museum by providing funds for art purchases, sponsoring loan exhibitions and tours, and by helping with the conservation of objects. (Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; closed on University holidays.)
LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Louisiana Museum of Natural History is the official state museum of natural history and consists of sixteen major research collections located on the LSU campus. Together, these collections hold a total of more than 2.8 million specimens, objects, and artifacts that document the rich natural history of Louisiana, the central-Gulf region, and the world. These collections are dispersed among six independently administered units on campus, and include the Vascular Plant Herbarium, the Mycological Herbarium, the Lichen Herbarium, the Log Library and Core Repository, the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, the Center for Excellence in Palynology, the Gems and Minerals Collection, the Historic Textile and Costume Collections, and eight collections of the Museum of Natural Science (the Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles, the Collection of Birds, the Collection of Fishes, the Collection of Genetic Resources, the Collection of Mammals, the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection, the Collection of Fossil Protists and Invertebrates, and the Ethnology-Archaeology Collection).
The collections of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History, used actively for education, research, display, and public service, represent an important historical trust for future generations of Louisiana's citizens. Details about each collection, including educational and exhibits programs, can be obtained by contacting the curator-in-charge of the collection (see individual listings) or by visiting the museum's website.
LSU MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
The Museum of Natural Science is a subunit of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. It consists of the Division of Zoology, located in Foster Hall, and the Division of Geoscience, located in Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex. The exhibits in Foster Hall consist of nine major dioramas that depict with meticulous accuracy the flora and fauna of selected scenes from North America, including representatives of Louisiana's animal life. Other exhibits and visual aids explain various biological principles. The museum's zoology exhibits are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on special Saturdays (call 388-3080 for information); closed on Sunday and University holidays.
The museum's Division of Zoology contains extensive research collections, numbering more than 500,000 cataloged specimens of birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and their tissue samples. This internationally known repository of zoological material provides the basis for a program of organized research and serves as an important aid in teaching biological subjects.
The Division of Geoscience contains the most extensive archeological and geological research collections in Louisiana. The museum curates archaeological collections, including more than one million lots from 1800 sites in Louisiana and many other sites in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean regions. Ethnological collections include material from North and South America, Africa, Australia, Oceania, Asia, and the Arctic. The H. V. Howe Type Collection of fossil ostracoda and the H. B. Stenzel Collection of fossil oysters are among the best of their kind in the world.
The museum is a member of the Association of Systematics Collections, the American Association of Museums, and the Louisiana Association of Museums. Two organizations, Friends of the Museum of Natural Science and Geoscience Associates, support the museum in numerous ways.
RURAL LIFE MUSEUM AND WINDRUSH GARDENS
The Rural Life Museum, a 20-building complex, is located approximately five miles from campus on the University's 450-acre Burden Research Plantation. Open daily, this unique museum is divided into three areas. The Barn contains hundreds of artifacts dealing with everyday rural life dating from prehistoric times to the early 20th century. The Plantation consists of a complex of buildings, commissary, overseer's house, kitchen, slave cabins, sick house, schoolhouse, blacksmith's shop, sugarhouse, and grist mill, authentically furnished to reconstruct all the major activities of life on a typical 19th century sugarcane plantation. Louisiana Folk Architecture is exemplified in seven buildings, a country church, a pioneer's cabin and corncrib, potato house, shotgun house, Acadian house, and a dogtrot house, whose divergent construction traits illustrate the various cultures of Louisiana settlers.
Adjacent to the museum are the Windrush Gardens, designed and planted by the late Steele Burden. This five acre expanse of semiformal gardens with winding paths and open areas is reminiscent of 19th century Louisiana gardens. The gardens are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Founded in 1935, LSU Press is one of the oldest and largest presses of its kind in the South and one of the outstanding scholarly publishers in the country. Like other university presses, it exists primarily to publish works of scholarship, and its purposes are, therefore, essentially academic.
The LSU Press publishes 70 to 80 books each year. The final decision to publish a manuscript rests with the Faculty Senate University Press Committee, composed of eight faculty members. Over the years, the books which the Press has published have won many important awards, including Pulitzer prizes in fiction and poetry. It has especially earned an outstanding reputation in the fields of southern literature, biography, and history.
THE SOUTHERN REVIEW
The Southern Review, now in its second series, is an internationally known literary magazine under the editorship of Professors James Olney and Dave Smith, with Lewis P. Simpson serving as consulting editor. Founded in 1935 by Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, Albert Erskine, and Charles Pipkin, The Southern Review publishes poetry, fiction, book reviews, and critical articles with emphasis on modern literature and the literature and culture of the South. Issues appear in January, April, July, and October. Subscriptions are $25 a year for individuals and $50 a year for institutions. Manuscripts and subscription orders should be addressed to The Southern Review, 43 Allen Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-5005.
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Louisiana State Arthropod Museum
The Louisiana State Arthropod Museum (LSAM), located in the Life Sciences Building, is a part of the Department of Entomology and a component collection of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. The LSAM is the largest repository of insects and related arthropods in Louisiana. It houses approximately 400,000 specimens, including 280,000 pinned specimens, 18,000 fluid-preserved samples, and 30,000 microscope slides. One of the main strengths of the collection is a nationally significant beetle collection. In addition to preserving examples of the non-marine arthropod fauna of Louisiana, the LSAM’s holdings include substantial numbers of specimens from elsewhere in the southern United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean region.
The LSAM serves the research needs of Louisiana’s scientific community by conserving voucher specimens generated by projects in agricultural entomology, biodiversity, and conservation biology. It serves the needs of the public by providing identifications of insects and other non-marine arthropods and by providing information about their habits and life histories. Specimen loans are made to qualified researchers throughout the world. The LSAM is not open to the general public and no exhibits are maintained, but requests for identifications and related information are welcome.
LSU Textile & Costume Museum
The Textile and Costume Museum offers changing exhibitions of regional, national and international interest. Museum hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. The scope of the museum's more than 10,000 piece collection is global. Holdings include prehistoric and ethnic textiles and costume as well as contemporary high fashions and high-tech textiles. Types of items include apparel, accessories, household textiles, piece goods, books, patterns, and a variety of items related to textile and apparel production use and care. As part of the School of Human Ecology, the museum promotes conservation, research, teaching, and public service. Research includes studies of technical, aesthetic historic, and sociocultural significance of textiles and apparel. It is a component collection of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History at LSU.
The organization, Friends of the Textile and Costume Museum, supports the goals and functions of the museum by providing funds for purchases, exhibitions, workshops, and other activities throughout the year.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Southern Regional Climate Center
The Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC), one of six federally funded climate centers, provides climate data services for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Housed in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, the SRCC is administered by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The SRCC receives a wide array of National Weather Service (NWS) data via Internet and through a satellite receiver. These data are processed at the SRCC and merged with historical climatic archives. These data enable the SRCC staff to monitor and assess the current state of the regional climate and to provide value-added climatic information that promotes economic development. The SRCC staff also provide services to state emergency response officials during tropical storms and hurricanes that threaten coastal Louisiana.
Faculty, staff, and graduate students utilize SRCC climatic data and computing resources to perform applied and basic research on a variety of climate-related topics that include rainfall frequency analysis, regional flooding and drought, climatic impacts on agriculture, and numerous issues related to climatic change and variability.
Louisiana Office of State Climatology
The Louisiana Office of State Climatology (LOSC) has been providing climate data services to the state's public, private, industrial, and governmental sectors since the late 1970s. The LOSC is charged with maintaining historical climate data, as well as monitoring current weather trends for Louisiana, and is supported in this activity by the National Climate Data Center. Located within the Department of Geography and Anthropology, the LOSC is closely linked to the department's Southern Regional Climate Center and shares the SRCC's data and computer resources.
Center for French and Francophone Studies
The Center for French and Francophone Studies develops and encourages graduate-level research in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and language. It provides facilities and opportunities for LSU and visiting faculty as well as for student researchers. The center is involved with all French and Francophone activities at the University and with state and national organizations. Open to faculty and students, a library of French and Francophone literature and reference materials is also housed in the center.
The Louisiana Population Data Center was established at Louisiana State University in 1987 to provide technical support for nationally competitive research proposals in the social sciences. The center has moved to national prominence through its service and research on critical social problems. Because it is self-supporting, research contracts and awards with national and local agencies have been an important component of center activities.
The center data archive houses more than 3000 files of census and other social science data. Support services provided by the center include: a survey laboratory with a computer-aided telephone interviewing (CATI) facility; a Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory for mapping of census and other demographic data; Internet, GOPHER, and FTP services; and a technical library. The library houses documentation for data sets, census materials, technical reference materials, and selected publications. The center's home page can be reached at www.lapop.lsu.edu.
The center also is the organizational representative for the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the academic coordinating agency in Louisiana for the State Data Center (SDC) program of the Bureau of the Census.
Administratively, the center is housed in the Department of Sociology, although it supports faculty from a number of disciplines. Policy is set by an Executive Committee, the members of which are appointed by the department chair in consultation with the center's director. Funded research is administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.
Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies
The Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, a humanities-social science research institute with no instructional program, was created as a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences in 1987. The institute is named for perhaps the greatest scholar-teacher in the history of the University (1942-1958) and one of the original Boyd Professors, Eric Voegelin, of the Department of Government (renamed the Department of Political Science in the 1960s). The institute is devoted to revitalizing the teaching and understanding of the great books of Western civilization in comparison with other civilizational traditions, especially along lines embodied in Voegelin's own massive scholarship.
Largely supported by private contributions and other external funding, the institute is principally involved in two activities: (1) conferences conducted both in the United States and abroad (especially in Central Europe) in the fields of constitutionalism, individual liberty, and political philosophy; and (2) publications (books and monographs) in these same interest areas. It is the principal editorial and financial support unit for the large edition entitled The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (LSU Press, 1989-1998; and University of Missouri Press, 1997-), 34 vols. projected.
COLLEGE OF BASIC SCIENCES
The Biodynamics Institute encourages research on free radical chemistry, oxidative transformations, and free radical biology. These interdisciplinary areas extend into chemistry, biochemistry, enzymology, nutrition, vitaminology, and toxicology. Oxidative reactions are involved in heart disease, cancer, emphysema, and other chronic, life-shortening diseases. Furthermore, many toxins (such as smog) and industrial chemicals (such as chlorinated hydrocarbons) put oxidative stress on plants and animals. Because Louisiana has pollution problems and some areas have cancer rates far above the national averages, the toxicological studies of this institute are especially relevant to our state.
Oxidative reactions, which often involve free radicals, appear to be involved in human aging itself. Micronutrients that protect against oxidative stress, such as vitamin E, are free-radical scavengers. Antioxidants (vitamins E and C and $-carotene) appear to protect humans against heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and several other chronic life-shortening diseases.
Faculty members in the institute have joint appointments in other departments and the institute actively encourages joint research programs with other departments such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, the Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Center for Excellence in Palynology
The Center for Excellence in Palynology, (CENEX), a research and training institute within the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was jointly established by LSU and the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists. Palynology is the study of organic-walled microscopic entities, including spores and pollen from land plants and cysts from fresh water and marine algae. The distribution of such organisms is sensitive to both rapid evolution, which makes them important to studies of stratigraphy, and to environments, which makes them important to studies of ecology. At LSU several palynology studies are currently underway in Antarctic, Borneo, and the southern Mississippi River Basin that will help unravel the geologic history and environmental evolution of those areas. CENEX maintains a reprint collection of approximately 30,000 palynologic papers and a reference collection of 6,000 modern pollen and spore species. The CENEX Pollen and Spore Collection is a component of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History.
Lichen and Bryophyte Herbarium
The Lichen and Bryophyte Herbarium, located in the Life Sciences Building, is a permanent scientific collection of preserved material of more than 45,000 specimens of lichens—the largest collection of its kind in the Gulf South—and several thousand mosses and liverworts. It is the result of the work of Boyd Professor Emerita Shirley Tucker, Department of Biological Sciences. Geographical emphasis is on species native to Louisiana and the southeastern U.S. Other areas represented include the western and northern U.S., Canada, the American tropics, New Zealand, Europe, and Australia. The collection is particularly rich in tropical and subtropical crustose lichens. Active exchange programs with institutions worldwide continue to increase and diversify the holdings.
The herbarium is primarily a research and teaching facility. Research programs are in progress on floristics of southeastern U.S. lichens and on ultrastructure of subtropical crustose lichens. On request, specimens are available for loan to other institutions.
The Mycological Herbarium, located in the Animal Science and Plant Biology Building, contains the University's permanent collection of more than 25,000 preserved specimens of nonlichenized fungi from all over the world. It was collected principally by the late Dr. Bernard Lowy, an LSU mycologist and ethnobotanist of international stature. It includes a large representative collection of Amazonian Tremellales and other Basidiomycetes, as well as an important collection of Gulf Coast wood decay fungi. The herbarium is principally a research and teaching facility, and specimens are loaned to other institutions, both domestic and foreign.
Vascular Plant Herbarium
The Vascular Plant Herbarium houses the permanent, scientific collection of preserved specimens of ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and flowering plants. Founded in 1869, it is the oldest herbarium in the Gulf South and presently comprises more than 100,000 specimens, including one of the best collections of Louisiana plants.
The collection includes dried, pressed specimens and material preserved in alcohol. Many historically important nineteenth and early twentieth century specimens from the Louisiana Gulf Coast are included. New material is obtained through the collecting efforts of herbarium personnel and associated colleagues and amateurs, and through the exchange of duplicates with other herbaria. The goal of the herbarium is to be the premier collection of Louisiana and Gulf South plants, and a resource of international importance.
The herbarium is a reference and service facility, and is an essential resource for all research, teaching, and public service involving identification, classification, economic importance, and ecology of the plants and vegetation of Louisiana, the Gulf South, and the northern Neotropics. Numerous publications are based on the collections; use may be arranged through Dr. Mark Mayfield, Collections Manager 225/388-8564, e-mail: email@example.com.
E. J. OURSO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Louisiana Business and Technology Center
The Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) was created in 1988 as a joint venture of the University, the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority. LBTC is now part of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration. Its purpose is to enhance economic development in the state through a job creation network. A community resource, LBTC assists new and small businesses by offering:
The intent is to develop and nurture small business growth as a means of diversifying the economy.
LBTC provides space for new business start-ups within its 35,000 square foot incubator on South Stadium Drive. Companies located in the LBTC can concentrate on production and marketing, which affect success and profit. Day-to-day administrative details and overhead problems are left to the facility manager.
The center provides additional services to businesses through its LSU Small Business Development Center, a partnership with the U. S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development; its Louisiana Technology Transfer Office at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and its linkage to the Southern Technology Applications Center. Also, financial consultants provided by the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority offer excellent resources to LBTC's clients.
LSU Small Business Development Center- A partnership with the U. S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, this center serves small and new businesses in three areas: education, research, and outreach. Job creation and economic development are the main goals of the center.
Students work with entrepreneurs and small business clients to produce business plans, market studies, software programs, and accounting systems. The program provides students with real world experience and practical application of acquired knowledge.
Technology Transfer- The LBTC operates the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, under a contract from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The office is a technology clearinghouse for Louisiana business and industry. Its purpose is to foster technology commercialization and economic development. Close ties were developed with the Federal Laboratory Consortium, which has a wealth of talent and technology available to businesses that can access the system.
Goals of the Technology Transfer Office are:
Louisiana Real Estate Research Institute
The Louisiana Real Estate Research Institute was established in 1985 with funding from the College of Business Administration and the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Its purpose is to encourage, support, and conduct applied and basic research in real estate, with particular focus on real estate and related economic activity in Louisiana. The institute has sponsored nearly 200 research projects ranging from the analysis of nonparametric location theory to investigation of the effect on housing markets of below-market financing bond issues. An integral part of the institute's effort is to fund research grants for faculty and graduate students, as well as to provide scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students.
The institute's work is closely supported by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission Endowed Chair of Real Estate, the Latter and Blum Professorship of Business Administration, and the C. J. Brown Professorship of Real Estate. Continued funding for the institute has been provided by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, the College of Business Administration, the Commercial Investment Division of the Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, and various local and state private corporations. Funding is typically provided on a project basis to researchers throughout the state.
Public Management Program
Through its comprehensive program of training, services, and research, the Public Management Program provides state and local governments with the expertise necessary to solve governmental problems. Services range from seminars and in-service training programs to consultation and research on specific problems. This unit also develops and publishes manuals on various governmental procedures, such as personnel administration, management, organizational development, and job evaluation and pay. These services are provided statewide by the Public Management Program staff and University professors.
This unit has been designated as the sponsoring agency for a training and educational program authorized by the 1979 Louisiana Legislature. The Comprehensive Public Training Program is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of all state employees and nonelected officials. The Certified Public Manager Program (CPM), a nationally recognized and accredited certification program, is open to persons holding a management position in state government or nominated by their supervisors for promotion to such a position. The CPM curriculum includes 216 instructional hours in management and 60 hours in elective courses. On completion of the program, participants are awarded the Certificate in Supervisory Techniques (CST) and the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designations.
Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce
The Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce is a global, academic partnership between individual Centers at Louisiana State University (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland,) and the University of Melbourne (Australia). Within the Center's ‘virtual’ walls, researchers, students, and other partners will create and disseminate knowledge about how innovative uses of information technology (IT) can help organizations, both real and virtual, learn and prosper. Breakthroughs in IT including computers, networks, and an emerging global infrastructure free individuals and organizations from the traditional constraints of time and place; nevertheless, we are still in our infancy in regard to our understanding of how to use these technologies most productively.
COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Computer Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems Research
The Computer Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems Research Laboratory (CADGIS) is dedicated to education and
research in computer aided design, geographic information systems, remote sensing, image processing, and other computer applications in the areas of art, architecture, design, geography and anthropology, interior design, and landscape architecture. This multidisciplinary laboratory, operated jointly by the College of Design and the Department of Geography and Anthropology, provides specialized support to academic and research units at LSU, to state and federal agencies, and to private organizations.
Projects conducted by the laboratory have included land use planning, resource analysis, computer mapping, digital terrain modeling, three-dimensional architectural modeling, and graphic displays of scientific data.
The CADGIS laboratory has three well-equipped microcomputer laboratories. A wide range of software is available, including digital terrain modeling, facilities management, world mapping, image processing, and several graphic design and word processing programs.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Center for Scientific and Mathematical Literacy
The Center for Scientific and Mathematical Literacy (CSML) was established in 1992 to meet the needs as identified by the emerging goals and standards for science and mathematics education. Since that time, many programs have been initiated from CSML that target both teaching and learning at the K-12 and at the college level in the areas of science and mathematics. Personnel from the center have been involved at all levels: local, state, and national, in forming strategies and plans for action to accomplish the goal of literacy for all students in science and mathematics.
Associates of the center are from LSU, other schools, colleges, and universities, and from scientific and governmental organizations and agencies. The center encourages and fosters interdepartmental programs that share in the common objective of better science and mathematics education: K-16. The center encourages research and development in the teaching of science and mathematics and facilitates the efforts of University faculty toward this end. Research is promoted in the areas of basic scientific/mathematical learning, establishment of innovative curricula, preservice and inservice teacher education, and alternative means of assessing scientific and mathematical knowledge.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Hazardous Substance Research Center
The Hazardous Substance Research Center/South and Southwest (HSRC) is a three-institution consortium consisting of LSU, as the lead institution, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Rice University. The consortium conducts research and technology transfer activities on critical hazardous substance problems. These investigations focus on the following two categories:
Hazardous Waste Research
The Hazardous Waste Research program supports research which focuses on waste site remediation through interaction including a local Superfund site. In addition, basic research on hazardous wastes and the problems associated with their treatment and disposal is funded through industrial and government grants, including participation in a nine-university consortium of Gulf Coast institutions. Projects are often interdisciplinary, incorporating faculty and facilities campus-wide.
Institute for Recyclable Materials
Established January 1990 through a cooperative agreement between Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. and Louisiana State University, the Institute for Recyclable Materials (IRM) develops and conducts research and technology transfer programs related to the prevention, minimization, and recycling of industrial residuals and municipal solid waste. Target areas include a municipal/industrial recyclables GIS data base, integrated municipal solid waste management systems, construction uses for industrial residuals, aquatic applications for cement stabilized phosphogypsum, coastal protection and restoration applications for industrial residuals, pollution prevention, plastics recycling, and nonstandard natural materials. These programs encompass technical, economical, environmental, legal, and regulatory considerations.
Remote Sensing and Image Processing Laboratory
The Remote Sensing and Image Processing Laboratory (RSIP) is an interdisciplinary laboratory in the College of Engineering at Louisiana State University. Its role includes: (1) research and development, (2) services to other LSU units, state agencies and local industries, and (3) training and technology transfer. Faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are associated with the Laboratory. RSIP performs research in: (1) remote sensing, (2) development of GPS and GIS based systems, (3) image and signal processing, (4) traffic and transportation, and (5) civil engineering infrastructure. Topics include transportation and environmental studies; traffic control; sensor fusion; radar and optical imaging; multi-radar detection and tracking; real-time monitoring systems with communication links, modeling, and simulation; intelligent transportation systems; and highway and airfield pavements.
Louisiana Transportation Research Center
The Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) is a cooperative research, education, and technology transfer center jointly administered by LSU and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The center was established in 1986 by the Louisiana State Legislature with the goal of improving the state's transportation system through basic and applied research, education, and technology transfer. The primary focus of the center is development of nationally recognized research and educational programs in transportation systems resulting in the implementation of more efficient design, planning, maintenance, operation, and construction practices as well as improved safety. LTRC offers courses, seminars, and training sessions designed to enhance the professional capabilities of DOTD engineers and other personnel in the transportation field. LTRC also publishes reports, brochures, and training materials. These publications are available to students in appropriate disciplines.
The LTRC Technology Transfer Center (Local Technical Assistance Program) is part of a national network dispersing the latest in transportation practices to local governing bodies by means of publications, seminars, workshops, and technical assistance.
Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute
The Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute funds research concerned with water resources problems and the enhancement of Louisiana's water resources, while simultaneously training engineers and scientists to address future problems. Located on the LSU campus, research may be conducted by faculty from universities and colleges statewide. Research topics range from resource management (including flooding and water supply) to water quality (including wastewater treatment and aquifer restoration). The current research focus reflects input from the fields of agriculture, basic sciences, and engineering and seeks cost-effective engineered solutions to nonpoint pollution problems.
MANSHIP SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION
Kevin P. Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs
The center supports cutting-edge scholarship and research on all aspects of media and politics. Topics range over a wide variety of issues, including news coverage of government and business, the impact of elections and referenda, campaign financing, the role of the Internet in diffusion of political ideas, public opinion analysis, and constituent building by public and private entities.
The center has a number of venues for making its research public and useful. It cooperates with LSU Press to publish an ongoing series of books. It also supports symposia and conferences for the discussion of media and public affairs issues. The Senator John Breaux Symposium is held annually, bringing in outstanding scholars, journalists, and business and civic leaders. Every fourth year the symposium will examine the presidential campaign; symposia in other years will focus on state and national issues of pressing contemporary importance. Symposia are often published as a report and distributed nationally.
No degree is offered, but the center is tied to the Ph.D. program in Mass Communication and Public Affairs, which offers fellowships to support doctoral candidates who assist faculty and the center with research. Work in the center provides valuable experience for students, thereby enhancing the quality of their education. The center also brings in visiting scholars to collaborate on projects and work with students.
The center’s public service arm directly assists media companies, industry, government, and non-profit agencies by focusing the expertise of superior scholars on practical problems. Projects may include opinion surveys, communication plans, computer training, and other special projects.
OTHER RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS
LSU AGRICULTURAL CENTER
As the research arm of the LSU Agricultural Center, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station is a major partner in graduate education and research. Research in the major soil, climate, and agricultural production areas is conducted in campus departments and in research stations located throughout the state. Many Agricultural Experiment Station faculty hold joint teaching and research appointments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, and Basic Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the Experiment Station provides a large number of graduate assistantships, and laboratories, equipment, and facilities of the station are made available to graduate students.
ARCTIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM OF THE UNITED STATES (ARCUS)
The mission of ARCUS is to strengthen and advance arctic research to meet national needs. ARCUS consists of institutions organized and operated for educational, professional, or scientific purposes. An institution is considered eligible for membership in ARCUS if it has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a coherent research program or course of studies leading to degrees in one or more of the disciplines associated with arctic research or related fields. These institutions have a common purpose of advancing science, promoting the application of their knowledge to national problems, and attacking in concert those scientific and technological questions that require the collaborative skills and resources of scientists, engineers, and others throughout the nation and world. For more information contact LSU Consortium Representative Dr. H. Jesse Walker at 225-388-6130.
OAK RIDGE ASSOCIATED UNIVERSITIES
LSU is a founding member of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Since 1946, students and faculty of LSU have benefitted from its membership in this consortium of colleges and universities. In addition, ORAU is a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members where their collective strengths can be focused on issues of national importance.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)—the DOE facility that ORAU manages—undergraduates, graduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines.
ORAU seeks opportunities for collaborative research and development alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Current alliances include the Southern Association for High Energy Research, Pan American Association for Physics, Materials Science Forum, and international initiatives in support of the new independent states in Central and Eastern Europe. Other activities include the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, the Visiting Scholars' Lecture Program, and Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. Lynn Jelinski, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, ORAU Council Representative for the LSU System, 225/388-4028; or contact Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, (615) 576-3306.
ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit scientific, academic consortium whose mission is to provide leadership in tropical biology by promoting education, research, and the wise use of natural resources in the tropics. Founded in 1963, OTS is now composed of 52 premier universities and institutions in the U.S. and Central America, including LSU. Graduate students at LSU are eligible to participate in the renowned field courses in tropical biology and to apply for tropical research fellowships through OTS.
Undergraduate biology majors are eligible for the OTS Semester Abroad, an integrated, rigorous program of tropical biology studies that takes place in the ecosystems and cultural context in which tropical biologists typically work. OTS is headquartered at Duke University. Courses and research activities are centered in Costa Rica, with administrative offices near San José. Three field stations are located in tropical rain forest (La Selva), tropical dry forest (Palo Verde), and tropical montane forest (Las Cruces) environments. La Selva Biological Station, its flagship facility, is a modern biological research laboratory in the midst of a 3000-acre lowland rain forest preserve. OTS provides logistical support and offers the use of equipment and field stations for field research in tropical biology. Limited funds are available through OTS for qualified graduate students to initiate research projects.
Additional information regarding the program and course application forms are available from Dr. Bruce Williamson, Department of Biological Sciences, 508 Life Sciences Building, or from the Organization for Tropical Studies, North American Office, P.O. Box 90630, Durham, North Carolina 27708.
PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) conducts research in nutrition and preventive medicine. Many of its full-time scientists hold adjunct appointments in LSU units, such as the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Department of Anatomy, and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the School of Human Ecology, the Department of Food Science, and the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology. Similarly, faculty in several LSU departments (psychology, biological sciences, chemistry) hold adjunct appointments at the PBRC.
The PBRC offers opportunities for graduate and post-graduate research in areas including clinical and experimental obesity, neurobiology, hypertension, stable isotopes, lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism, taste physiology, nutrition and behavior, clinical psychology, clinical trials, women's studies, biostatistics, and metabolic studies.