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
VICE CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES Smith
OFFICE 130 David Boyd Hall
LSU CENTER FOR APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
OFFICE 237 Nicholson
The Center for Applied Information Technology and Learning (CAPITAL)was created in response to a funding initiative created by Governor Mike Foster and the Louisiana Legislature to invest in university research and teaching programs as engines of economic development. As stated in Vision 2020, the area of information technology has been selected as one of the six areas of focus by the State of Louisiana. CAPITAL will draw on the established areas of expertise at LSU in computer science, computer engineering, and information systems and decision sciences. The center will also look to create new areas of research excellence in order to provide the state and nation with graduates who are equipped to handle the growing technology infrastructure.LSU HURRICANE CENTER
The LSU Hurricane Center is an interdisciplinary team of researchers addressing hurricanes and other hazards and their impacts on the natural, built and human environments. The mission of the Center is to advance the state-of-knowledge of hurricanes and their impacts; to stimulate new interdisciplinary/collaborative research activities; to transfer this knowledge and technology to students and professionals in concerned disciplines; and to assist the state, the nation, and the world in solving hurricane-related problems.
LSU has one of the greatest concentrations of faculty studying hurricanes and their many impacts anywhere in the world. This research expertise covers a very broad spectrum. It includes such areas as: remote sensing of storms and their impacts on the environment; real-time monitoring and modeling of hurricane winds, waves, storm surge and storm surge flooding; hurricane climatology and paleotempestology; wind and flood effects on the coastal environment, buildings and other infrastructure; transportation and behavioral aspects of evacuations; social support networks and access to services for disaster victims; and many others.
The Center is developing two unique academic programs to complement its research and service activities. Supported by a large award from the National Science Foundation, the Center and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are creating several courses in the filed of hurricane engineering. This new discipline of engineering covers planning, analysis, design, response and recovery of civil engineering systems.
Working with the College of Arts and Sciences and several other colleges, the Center has created a new minor in Disaster Science and Management. DSM is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students interested in emergency management-related careers in the public, not for profit, and private sectors with: A broad understanding of the nature and impact of disasters on the natural, built, and human environments;
A basis for establishing strategies to effectively plan for disasters, mitigate the adverse effects of disasters, respond to disasters, and recover from disasters.
DSM combines traditional emergency management with a strong background in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and information technology. Participating departments include Geography and Anthropology, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Continuing Education.LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLINE/CASTLE
The United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), entered into a Cooperative Agreement with LSU to establish the Center for Advanced Support of Technology for Law Enforcement (CASTLE). CASTLE is providing an advanced technological resource to further the state of the art law enforcement communications capabilities, technologies, and procedures to the national law enforcement community.
An initial component of CASTLE has been the creation of Law Enforcement On Line (LEO). LEO is providing a communications mechanism to link all levels of law enforcement in all parts of the United States, supporting broad, immediate dissemination of information concerning the best technologies and practices in law enforcement. LEO is intended to be a user friendly, no cost to user service, which can be accessed by the law enforcement community using industry-standard personal computers.
Until recently, with the advent of the Internet, there had been no practical way for law enforcement officers to be able to easily communicate among themselves. Although there have been national networks such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems (NLETS) which allow access to local, state, and Federal data bases, there had been no system that served the needs of the individual officer or law enforcement manager. With the advent of LEO, we now are providing law enforcement, down to an officer level, the ability to communicate in a secure mode with members of other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and to share information on topics of mutual concern. It is anticipated that LEO will provide for the wide dissemination of timely topical information to the vast majority of the law enforcement officers throughout the country.
LEO is currently an Intranet exclusively for the law enforcement community, and its unique value is its ability to deliver communications services and distance learning to local, state, and Federal law enforcement on an any time, any place basis. Although in its early stages, LEO is already becoming an important tool in equipping officers to counter crimes that involve a coordinated effort across United States law enforcement operations.CENTER FOR ENERGY STUDIES
Composed of divisions for Policy Analysis, Data and Information Services, and the Central Gulf Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, the Center for Energy Studies(CES) provides analysis, research, information, and technology on energy issues that are important to Louisiana.
Also reporting through the Center's Executive Director are a number of independent institutes and programs. These are the Louisiana Applied and Educational Oil Spill Research and Development Program; the Louisiana Geological Survey, which includes the Basin Research Institute as its Oil and Gas Division; the Minerals Processing Research Institute; and the Radiation Safety Office. Although independent, these units all have either a state legislative or federally mandated mission, an applied resource policy focus, and a strong commitment to public service. Neither the Center for Energy Studies nor its associated independent units have academic programs, but they frequently retain graduate assistants and work with staff or faculty from academic units on projects of mutual interest.
The 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 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 in mandated to provide information and analysis that respond to the needs of the Legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups. 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 the new and improved upstream (exploration and production) technologies for oil and gas operators.Louisiana Geological Survey
The modern Louisiana Geological Survey (LGS)began operations at LSU in 1931 and was officially established in 1934 by the Louisiana Legislature under state legislative Act 131. The LGS is part of LSU and is administratively under the Center for Energy Studies at LSU. The Basin Research Institute (BRI) merged with LGS on July 1, 2000, and is now called the Basin Research Energy Section of the 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. LGS 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 & Development, the Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the U.S. Geological Survey.The Basin Research Energy Section of the LGS includes large stratigraphic research laboratories; a computer/plotting laboratory; petrographic laboratories equipped for thin-section preparation and 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 LGS 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 paleontological analyses are available in the nearby Department of Geology & Geophysics.
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, reports, newsletters, sponsored short courses, professional presentations, and publications. 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, well equipped with computer equipment, plotters, and GIS facilities, 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 normal prices.Louisiana Applied and Educational 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 funds 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 Center for Energy Studies. 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 the 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.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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.
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 18 Louisiana institutions of higher education working with the two state educational boards, two business/industry partners, and four nonprofit organizations. 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. This goal is accomplished through competitive awards to researchers, fellowships for graduate students, mentored research assistantships for undergraduates, outreach to K-12 teachers and students, and public awareness events. 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.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:
designing and conducting research, technology transfer, extension, and educational activities involving a broad range of natural science, engineering, economic, legal, public policy, and sociological expertise, and
extensive cooperation with pertinent federal, state, business, and citizen groups. Providing a base of fundamental research and bringing the results to the market by enhancing existing businesses and growing new businesses are key program elements.
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.SPONSORED PROGRAMS
The Office of Sponsored Programs provides advice and support to the LSU community in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research, and public service mission of the University. The office provides institutional endorsement for proposals, negotiates terms and conditions of awards with sponsors and executes agreements on behalf of the institution., prepares and negotiates subawards, serves as point-of-contact for audits of sponsored projects, and processes requests for security clearances and controls all classified documents. The office also conducts seminars and workshops on federal, state, and institutional requirements; proposal development; and project management.OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG)develops comprehensive management information systems for the University. ESG has developed and installed more than 50 major applications, including telephone registration (REGGIE), degree audit, admissions, payroll, general ledger, and financial aid.
The department is also responsible for Personal Access Web Services (PAWS), a web-based portal available to all students, faculty, and staff. To date, approximately 55,000 individuals have obtained PAWS portals. Each individual's portal is unique and is customized to reflect the individual's relationship to the University. Further, each portal dynamically adapts in real-time when this relationship changes. Services accessed through the PAWS portal include enterprise, workgroup, and personal applications that meet the specific administrative, academic, and research needs of each PAWS user. Some of the most widely used PAWS applications include, e-mail, registration, degree audit, grade inquiry, financial aid inquiry, library collections, and course tools.High Performance Computing Group
The High Performance Computing Group (HPC)operates a reliable computing environment for LSU research. The HPC staff develops and maintains caSPer, the Callaway Scalable Parallel Environment for Research. CaSPer provides support for the development of advanced interactive, serial, and parallel research applications in many different disciplines and across several campuses in the state. The HPC staff also fosters the development of network-intensive applications for Internet2, coordinates campus-wide system security indicatives, and manages centralized UNIX systems for e-mail and other Internet applications. HPC staff also supports central and distributed local area network servers, mainframe connectivity, and central and distributed printing services.Louisiana Online University Information System
The Louisiana Online University Information System Office (LOUIS)is responsible for the automation and enrichment of Louisiana's academic libraries. Twenty-six Louisiana academic libraries have been automated on the LSU mainframe and all Louisiana academic and public libraries have Internet access to a repository of full-text electronic resources which have been licensed by LOUIS. The staff, consisting of computer analysts and librarians, interfaces with, provides support to, and coordinates the efforts of library personnel in 31 academic libraries, 66 public library systems, and the State Library of Louisiana. LOUIS also helped the Louisiana Department of Education license full-text electronic resources for public and nonpublic K-12 schools in Louisiana.
The Technology Support Center (TSC) provides hardware, software, operational and technical support services to meet the computing requirements for the LSU community. The state-of-the-art operational environment includes a large-scale enterprise server (IBM 9672-RX3), multiple UNIX systems including an IBM-SP and a myriad of servers integrated into the campus-wide fiber-optic network backbone, the Internet, and statewide networks. Uninterrupted operational and production control services are maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days. Campus Telephone Information services are provided more than 80 hours per week. System management responsibilities include maintaining an ultra-reliable software environment and security and archival services for over 1.5 terabytes of online data.
Public computing labs are located prominently around the campus providing student access to more than 1,000 PCs 16 hours per day. Coordinated Help Desk services are provided to assist with a variety of technology, connectivity, and related support issues for faculty, staff, and students. The OCS Training Center provides 50-60 classroom technical training sessions per semester on a variety of introductory and advanced topics, as well as providing customized training upon request.Telecommunications
The LSU Office of Telecommunications (OTC) maintains the campus telephone system, an 11,000 station Lucent Definity G3r, and an ATM backbone data network with over 10,000 nodes.
Network facilities for the distribution of voice, data, and video services on campus include an extensive fiber optic network which provides the campus with high-speed communications and Internet access. LSU is an Internet2 member institution with access to the Abilene network. Internet2/Abilene is a very high speed network dedicated to research and educational applications. In addition, the NSF has designated LSU a vBNS Authorized Institution.CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING AND TEACHING
The Centers for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides resources and services to improve institutional effectiveness through the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), the Center for Assessment and Evaluation (CAE), and the Center for Distance Education. Such assistance to the faculty is considered essentialto the University's mission to provide excellence in instruction.
An Advisory Council consults with the executive director of the CELT 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 promotes and enhances the teaching and learning environment at LSU by providing a coordinated array of services, resources, and programs that support the continuing professional development of LSU faculty members and graduate teaching assistants. To accomplish this goal, the Center: sponsors a variety of special topic workshops, seminars, and special events on teaching and learning issues and on the scholarship of teaching;
The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT)offers faculty and graduate teaching assistants a variety of instructional support services, including: design and production of instructional materials through audio, video, photographic, and graphic media;
All of the University's instructional areas include chalkboards, overhead projectors, and projection screens. Many classrooms are also equipped with instructor consoles that control the projections of computer, film, slide, and video images. Additional equipment is delivered and retrieved at no charge when used by instructors in scheduled academic classes. Fees are assessed for some media production services.
The Center for Distance Education provides leadership, training, and support related to teaching and learning at a distance. Services include instructor training for the delivery of instruction in the electronic environment, guidance in the preparation of course materials, consultation on the design and implementation of distance education technologies and facilities, the development of distance education courses, and support for administrative video conferencing. Additionally, the CDE frequently provides advise, leadership, and service to state agencies.
The Center for Assessment and Evaluation (CAE) provides the University community with both theoretical and practical support for assessment and evaluation programs, methodologies, and services. In addition to supporting academic departments in the design of student needs and learning outcomes assessments and curricular review strategies, the Center supports faculty committees in the administration of learning outcomes assessments that provide insight into the manner, quality, and extent of student learning, particularly in the General Education Program. Programs for student evaluations of instructors are coordinated in the Center, which also administers standardized needs assessments that support the maintenance and improvement of essential aspects of the institutional infrastructure for student learning and research. Other services provided by the Center include the electronic scoring and item analysis of teacher-made tests; the custom-design, production, and statistical analysis of machine-scannable survey instruments; the administration of institutional tests for advanced-standing course credit, and computer-based tests for admission to graduate and professional schools; and the administration, scoring, and reporting of teacher-made tests delivered via computer.Additional information and resources are available on the CELT home page at www.celt.lsu.edu.
The 51-acre training center south of the LSU campus has now been expanded to 80 acres to increase the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting and Marine Fire Fighting training area at the facility which 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 fire safety and public fire education.
The Firefighter and Emergency Responder Certification Program offers certification testing for career and volunteer firefighters in all levels of the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualification Standards. The certification process 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.Information concerning classes and schedules can be found on the website.
The LSU Libraries offer students and faculty strong support for instruction and research through collections containing almost three million volumes, microform holdings of more than four million, and a manuscript collection of more than 12 million items. LSU is part of the Louisiana Online University Information System (LOUIS). The library catalogs of 27 universities in the state are accessible online. Periodical data bases and full text journal 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 113 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 is 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 electronic databases and journals and bibliographic instruction, may be obtained from the Reference Desk and through the library web site.
Other features of Middleton Library are audio workstations for accessing music 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 graduate students may borrow it through interlibrary borrowing.
LSU Libraries' U.S. Regional Depository Library collection, the United Nations documents collection, and the U.S. Patent Depository Library collection are housed in Middleton Library. The Library has been a depository for publications of the federal government since 1907 and 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 Collectionsin Hill Memorial Library provide a center for research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The primary strength of Special Collections resides in The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, an outstanding integrated collection that consists of materials documenting the history and culture of the region. It provides rare and early imprints pertaining to the exploration and colonization of the region; books on Louisiana subjects; books by Louisiana authors; Louisiana state documents; extensive and prestigious manuscript collections, 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 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. In addition, the University Archives is the office on campus charged with records management duties.
The Rare Book Collections is wide-ranging and eclectic in nature, with concentrations in 18thcentury English literature and history; book arts and the history of the book, including the Bruce Rogers Collection; New World exploration and travel; economic history; and science fiction and fantasy.
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. High points in this collection include the James Audubon's double-elephant folio Birds of America, and the "Native Flora of Louisiana" collection of original watercolor drawings by internationally renowned botanical artist Margaret Stones.
The T. Harry Williams Center for Oral Historyand the United States Civil War Centerare also administered as part of the Special Collections but are located in the Agnes Morris House on Raphael Semmes Drive. The Center for Oral History was established 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. Tapes and transcripts generated by the program and its affiliated researchers and deposited in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections.
The United States Civil War Center was created in 1993. 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 include a clearinghouse web page, publications, exhibitions, and the Civil War Book Review.LSU MUSEUM OF ART
The LSU Museum of Art, located in Memorial Tower, houses the University's permanent fine arts collection of ceramics, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. The museum contains period rooms stressing English and American decorative arts, representing the early 17ththrough the mid-19th centuries.
Artists represented by the painting, print, and drawing collections include Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Benjamin West, Rembrandt Peale. 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 silver and Newcomb pottery craft work made in New Orleans.
An ancillary organization, Friends of the Museum of Art, supports the museum by providing funds for art acquisitions, temporary exhibits, and with Museum touring programs. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; closed on University holidays, Mondays, and on Saturdays with home football games. The Museum is free to the public.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 Textile and Costume Museum, 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 Scienceis 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 578-3080 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 museum and gardens are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.LSU PRESS
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
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.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.COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
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 Art and 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
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
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
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, as well as a video library containing many African francophone films.Louisiana Population Data 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
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 University of Missouri Press, 34 vols. projected of which 22 have been published to date.COLLEGE OF
The Biodynamics Institute encourages research on free radical chemistry, oxidative transformations, and free radical biology, especially as applied to environmental systems. 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), combustion products (such as fine particles), 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 Department of Environmental Studies, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.LSU Herbaria
The Lichen and Bryophyte Herbarium, located in A257 Life Sciences Annex, 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.Mycological Herbarium
The Mycological Herbarium, located in the A257 Life Sciences Annex, 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, located in A257 Life Sciences Annex, 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. Diane M. Ferguson, Collections Manager, A257 Life Sciences Annex, 225/578-8564, e-mail:E. J. OURSO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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: management and marketing expertise;
LBTC provides space for new business start-ups within its 47,000 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 NASA Southeast Regional Technology Transfer Center (SERTTC). 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:
To establish a process for matching Louisiana businesses with Small Business Innovation Research grant requests and for assisting businesses in applying for grants; To foster local and state economic development by accessing the federal labs for problem solving, innovation, and technology transfer;
The Louisiana Institute for Entrepreneurial Education and Family Business Studies was formed to address the issues and challenges of entrepreneurship, family business, and franchising. The Institute offers programs and activities such as educational seminars and workshops in an executive education format; university course work; business planning, marketing, and management consultation; and venture funding assistance, to give entrepreneurs effective management tools and problem-solving skills with a prime goal of job creation in Louisiana.
The Institute is currently focused in three areas: entrepreneurship education designed to educate students, business owners, managers, and aspiring entrepreneurs; family business forum which provides knowledge and experience on topics most crucial for success and survival of family businesses; and, international franchise forum provides expertise and experience to help businesses start their franchising systems, and advice on the right franchising system for individuals who wish to become a franchisee.
The Institute works with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC), a small business incubator on the LSU campus, to enhance economic growth in Louisiana through entrepreneurial development. This development process-network is designed to create successful businesses by providing assistance to stimulate small business formation, growth, and survival.Public Administration Institute
The Public Administration Institute (PAI) offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree to enhance the career opportunities of those planning to enter public service, to those currently in public service who want to acquire or to extend their professional knowledge, to those interested in the non-profit sector of the economy, and to those in the private sector or those intending to work in the private sector who will deal with the public sector. Students from a social science, liberal arts, business, or physical science background are encouraged to apply.
The curriculum consists of course work in the disciplines of finance, economics, political sciences, management, and statistics. The course work focuses on analytical, quantitative, and management skills needed by today's successful public or private manager. The core courses are taught by faculty in the PAI and supporting departments throughout the University. Classes are scheduled to accommodate career professionals as well as full-time students. Challenging internships in government agencies are available to qualified students.Louisiana Real Estate
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 students.
The institute's work is closely supported by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission Endowed Chair of Real Estate, the Latter & 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 E. J. Ourso College ofBusiness Administration, the Commercial Investment Division of the Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, and various local and state private corporations.
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 EDUCATION
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.
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
The mission of the Center for Gas Turbine Innovations and Energy Research is to bring university researchers, turbine engine companies, utilities, and industries together to pursue collaborative interdisciplinary research in the area of gas turbines and distributed energy, and to educate and prepare students for opportunities in gas turbine engine companies, utilities, and cogeneration facilities. The center is staffed with a team of researchers from the colleges of Engineering and Basic Sciences, Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, and Center for Energy Studies. The various researchers have established strong programs in gas turbines and distributed energy or related areas.Center for Rotating Machinery
The Center for Rotating Machinery, established in 2000, was created by an interdisciplinary research group led by faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department in close collaboration with business and industry leaders. By providing cutting-edge technological innovations to solve complex problems in engineering systems, the Center serves as an intellectual foundation to the industry with focus on long-range development. The Center fosters the development of next generation mechanical components, materials synthesis and fabrication techniques, and serves the needs of the large industrial base in Louisiana and elsewhere in the nation. Current collaborations exist between researchers in the Center and a number of industries as well as, the Gulf South Compression Conference steering committee, and CAMD. Projects of note include research in the areas of tribology, materials synthesis, characterization, modeling, micro fabrication, mechanical, systems, analysis, non-destructive testing, and advanced sensing technology. The Center is committed to maintaining a strong partnership with industry through stimulating technological innovation, facilitating commercialization of new research and development, serving as a magnet for attracting new industries to Louisiana, hosting workshops, symposia and advanced speciality courses for training professional engineers, and providing our graduate students with real-world relevant experience to produce a high quality workforce for Louisiana and beyond.Hazardous Substance Research
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: Management of hazardous substances in contaminated sediments and dredged material; and
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 Ecological Infrastructure Engineering
The Institute for Ecological Infrastructure Engineering, established in 2000 by faculty within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was created to fully integrate science into the existing engineering infrastructure in the pursuit of ecologically sustainable solutions to environmental and infrastructure problems. This mission encompasses traditional environmental problems in addition to the design and placement of infrastructures like roads, and facilities that may impact the ecology of the surrounding area. The Institute has grown to include a cross-discipline set of faculty from LSU and other universities. Current research areas of focus include urban runoff, municipal domestic wastewater treatment, coastal and small community domestic wastewater treatment using natural and artificial wetlands, industrial waste mitigation, aquaculture, and lakes management. This Institute represents the first initiative of this type in the U.S. Collaborative projects have already been established with theLouisiana Transportation Research Center, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
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.
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 is on hurricane flood prevention, small water shed hydrology, and nonpoint source pollution problems.MANSHIP SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION
The Center for Media & Public Affairs, launched in 2000, is the focus of numerous projects and activities aimed at elevating the quality of civic discourse. The center is housed in the Manship School of Mass Communication, but collaborates with other academic units.
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, conferences, an annual survey, and a public policy fellows program 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 exper-tise of superior scholars on practical problems. Projects may include opinion surveys, communication plans, media training, and other special projects.OTHER RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS
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.
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 225-578-6130.AUDUBON CENTER FOR RESEARCH OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
The Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES), opened in 1996, is an ambitious and innovative initiative in species conservation. Located In New Orleans, ACRES is a 36,000-square-foot facility designed to house scientists whose research programs include studies in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, genetics, embryo transfer, and the expansion of a "frozen zoo" to assure the future of endangered species through the banking of genetic materials.
The alliances between LSU and ACRES (joint programming, data pooling, collaborative research and cooperative funding) enables interdisciplinary field-and-lab teams to conduct far-reaching research programs which range in scope from regional to international.
The knowledge gained through collaborative research between LSU and ACRES will help scientists and conservationists cope with threats to the most seriously endangered species by developing new reproductive technologies and reintroduction techniques necessary to ensure their long-term survival.For more information contact Dr. Kevin Smith, of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, at 225-578-5833 or visit their website.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to coordinate and stimulate Louisiana's activities in marine research and education. LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities, and conducts research and educational programs in the marine sciences.
LUMCON's primary facilities are located at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States, to a variety of coastal environments, and to the open Gulf of Mexico.
LUMCON is governed by a six-member Executive Board comprised of chief executive officers of Louisiana State University and A & M College, Nicholls State University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This board reports to the Louisiana Board of Regents. For more information about LUMCON visit their website at www.lumcon.edu/.OAK RIDGE ASSOCIATED UNIVERSITIES
Since 1946, students and faculty of LSU have benefitted from its membership in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ORAU works with its member institutions to help their 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.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)--the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as 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, geological sciences, 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. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available on the ORAU web site, or by calling either of the contacts listed below.
ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. Kevin Smith, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, ORAU Councilor for LSU; or contact Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, (865) 576-3306 or visit the ORAU home page: www.orau.org.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 64 premier universities and institutions throughout the world, including LSU. Graduate students at LSU are eligible to participate in the renowned field courses in tropical biology in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru and to apply for tropical research fellowships through OTS. Undergraduate biology majors are eligible for the OTS Semester Abroad, an integrated program of environmental sciences and Latin American culture. OTS is headquartered at Duke University. Courses and research activities are centered in Costa Rica. 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. 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 and at or from the Organization for Tropical Studies, North American Office, P.O. Box 90630, Durham, North Carolina 27708 and at www.ots.duke.edu.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 Biological Sciences, 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 four research divisions: Functional Foods, Obesity, Nutrition and Chronic Disease, and Health and Performance Enhancement. Within these divisions, current research focuses on neuro-biology, lipoprotein, cholesterol and insulin metabolism, energy metabolism, molecular biology, genomics, gene expression studies, proteomics, bioinformatics, transgenics, nutrition and behavior, stable isotopes, clinical psychology, clinical trials, biostatistics, and others. In additions, the PBRC has a program in women's studies.