Research • Faculty Resources


OFFICE • 146 Thomas Boyd
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8863
FAX • 225-578-5980


DIRECTOR • Bridwell-Bowles
OFFICE • 1190 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-7795
FAX • 225-578-6973

Communications across the Curriculum (CxC), established in 2004 with a generous gift from LSU engineering alumnus Gordon Cain, helps undergraduates become more sophisticated communicators using the written word, speech, visual images, and digital communication.

Through direct work with students, faculty members, departments, and colleges, as well as through its Web site, CxC provides students with the following:

Students who complete Communication- Intensive (C-I) classes will receive a special designation for each class on their transcripts. Students who meet high standards in communication in multiple C-I classes and build an exemplary digital portfolio will be recognized at graduation and on their transcripts as High-Level Communicators.

CxC provides faculty the following services:

A CxC Advisory Council, comprised of members from across the disciplines and administrative offices on campus, has been established by the Provost. The Advisory Council, in consultation with the appropriate committees on campus, has developed criteria for certifying courses as Communication- Intensive (C-I) and for certifying students who meet high standards of communication. A C-I course is built around the following components: significant writing, significant speaking, and uses of visual communication and technology for communication. Criteria for students seeking recognition for high standards of communication include building a digital portfolio that showcases a student’s examples of writing, speaking, use of communication technology, and visual communication.


OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3700
FAX • 225-578-3709

Louis: The Louisiana Library Network

OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3740
FAX • 225-578-3709

The Louisiana Library Network combines the resources of Louisiana’s public and private academic libraries, along with a centralized support staff located on the LSU campus, to produce a dynamic library consortium. The central support staff, commonly referred to as “LOUIS,” provides many services to consortium members such as library automation, a union catalog, a digital library, electronic resources, authentication, training, consulting, and hosting related listservs and Web sites. Established in 1992 by the Board of Regents, LOUIS has 43 members and receives approximately $3.5 million annually in contracts and membership fees to support consortium members.

Networking and Infrastructure

OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3700
FAX • 225-578-3709

LSU Networking and Infrastructure is responsible for the campus voice and data networks, back office server support and a 7x24 Network Operations Center (NOC).

Network facilities include 1,500 wireless access points, extensive fiber and copper infrastructures that support 30,000 network nodes, 14,000 telephone ports and a core data network capable of transmitting up to 30Gigabits per second. LSU is a member of National Lambda Rail, Internet2, SURAgrid, and Louisiana Optical Networking Initiative and has been designated a vBNS Authorized Institution by the National Science Foundation.

Back office server operations provide enterprise level support for Microsoft Windows server platforms including SQL servers, IIS, Exchange and Active Directory in support of campus wide applications.

The Network Operations Center (NOC) provides uninterrupted operational, production control and monitoring services 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The NOC monitors mainframe services and applications, campus network equipment and services, network traffic, network security systems as well as all external connections to the LSU network.

Research IT Enablement

OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3700
FAX • 225-578-3709

LSU Research IT Enablement (RE) is responsible for the development and support of services enabling LSU’s premium computing environment. The overall high performance computing environment, in partnership with the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), features a new centerpiece supercomputer called Tezpur and Pelican, a parallel supercomputing cluster. A total of 18.9 million hours of computational resources are available annually through a diverse set of supercomputing platforms, and the overall capability of the environment exceeds 21.9 trillion numerical operations per second. RE, through a contract with the Louisiana Board of Regents, supports the state’s Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), and is responsible for the installation and operation of its network infrastructure and computational resources. With well over 80 teraflops of computational capacity, LONI features the nation’s largest computational grid environment owned by higher education.

University Information Systems

OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3700
FAX • 225-578-3709

University Information Systems (UIS) develops comprehensive management information systems for the University. ESG has developed and installed more than 50 major applications, including registration, degree audit, admissions, payroll, general ledger, and financial aid.

The division is also responsible for Personal Access Web Services (PAWS), a Web-based portal available to all students, faculty, and staff. To date, approximately 70,000 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.

The division includes System Programming; IS Architectures; HR/Financial Applications; Student and Research Applications; and Portals of Business Intelligence.

User Support and Student IT Enablement

OFFICE • Frey Computing Services Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3700
FAX • 225-578-3709

User Support and Student IT Enablement (USS) services as the primary campus interface with IT at LSU. USS provides customerfocused software and technical support and services to LSU students, faculty and staff. USS is committed to quality response to the computing and technical needs of the campus community as well as the enablement of technology to enhance the living, learning, and working environment.

Located prominently across campus, public computing labs provide student access to 450 PCs and multiple networked printers. Through strategic partnerships with constituents like the Centers for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), USS supports over 350 machines in multimedia and computer classrooms. IT training opportunities for faculty and staff are available through the USS Training Center. The Center provides 50- 60 classroom technical training sessions annually on a variety of introductory and advanced topics, in addition to customized training upon request.

Coordinated Help Desk services are available to LSU students, faculty, and staff, to provide first-level assistance for a variety of technology, connectivity, and related support issues. Campus Telephone Information services are provided more than 50 hours per week.


OFFICE • 222 Prescott Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6001
FAX • 225-578-4522

The Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical Literacy provides support for Louisiana educators who are working to prepare citizens who are literate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines to support 21st century economic and societal needs. The Center fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations made possible through its joint sponsorship by the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Basic Sciences, Education, and Engineering.

The goals of the center include:


OFFICE • 118 Himes Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1135
FAX • 225-578-5789

The Centers for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides resources and services to improve institutional effectiveness and student learning.

An Advisory Council consults with the executive director of the CELT to provide guidance in the centers’ activities and serves as a liaison between the faculty and the CELT. Members of the Advisory Council are appointed by the Chancellor and represent each college and school, the LSU Libraries, the Graduate School, the Faculty Senate Improvement of Instruction Committee, and students.

CELT administers and facilitates the following:

Three CELT units serve the University community: the Center for Assessment & Evaluation (CAE), the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), and the Center for Instructional Media Services (CIMS).

The Center for Assessment & Evaluation provides support for assessment and evaluation programs, methodologies, and services to the University community, including:

The Center for Faculty Development fosters an institutional climate of instructional innovation and teaching excellence by providing services, resources, and programs for LSU faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and their colleges and departments. The CFD is committed to teaching and learning principles and initiatives that promote scholarly teaching, recognize and reward classroom assessment and research, and invite peer collaboration and review. To accomplish this, the Center:

The Center for Instructional Media Services provides opportunities for faculty to enrich student learning through innovative and practical applications of instructional technologies and strategies for the electronic learning environment. Services provided by CIMS include:


DEAN • Cargill, Joel and Kathleen Ory Professor
OFFICE • 295 Middleton Library
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2217
FAX • 225-578-6825

LIBRARIANS • Cargill, Diamond, Phillips
ASSOCIATE LIBRARIANS • Anderson, Armstrong, Bensman, Blessinger, Chalaron, Colyar, Griffin, P. Kelsey, S. Kelsey, Kuyper-Rushing, Laver, Martin, Morrison, Smyth
ASSISTANT LIBRARIANS • Bell, Costello, Daugherty, Fontenot, Hrycaj, P. Kelsey, Lee, Olle, Patterson, Pankl, Rasmussen, Riquelmy, Russo, Ryan
GENERAL LIBRARIANS • Bolton, Brady, Henson, Jensen, Karalius, Mitchell, Palermo, Tarbell

The LSU Libraries offer students and faculty strong support for instruction and research through collections containing more than three million volumes, microform holdings of more than five 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 most universities in the state are accessible online. Periodical databases and full text journal articles 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.

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 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 Collections in 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 businesses, professions, and organizations; and extensive photographic collections.

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 wideranging and eclectic in nature, with concentrations in 18th century 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 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 History and the United States Civil War Center are 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 are deposited in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections.

The United States Civil War Center was created in 1993. The center’s 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 and the Civil War Book Review.


OFFICE • Shaw Center for the Arts
TELEPHONE • 225-389-7200

The LSU Museum of Art, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., houses the University's permanent fine arts collection of ceramics, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. The collection highlights include English and American decorative and fine arts representing the early 17th through the mid-19th centuries, Chinese jade, and Inuit sculpture.

Artists represented by the painting, print, and drawing collections include Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, and 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 made in New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century.

A selection from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 4,000 objects is always on exhibition. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on major holidays. The museum has an admission fee. More information can be found at


OFFICE • 119 Foster Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3083
FAX • 225-578-3075

The Louisiana Museum of Natural History, the official state museum of natural history, consists of 16 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 & Core Repository, the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, the Center for Excellence in Palynology, the Gems & Minerals Collection, the Textile & Costume Museum, and eight collections of the Museum of Natural Science (the Collection of Amphibians & 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 & 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 Web site.


DIRECTOR • Sheldon
OFFICE • 119 Foster Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2855
FAX • 225-578-3075

The Museum of Natural Science, a subunit of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History, consists of the Division of Zoology, located in Foster Hall, and the Division of Geoscience, located in the 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 and geological principles. The museum's exhibits are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (call 578-3080 for information); closed on Saturday, 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 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’s archaeological collections include more than one million lots from 1,800 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 Natural Science Collections Alliance.


OFFICE • 4560 Essen Lane
TELEPHONE • 225-765-2437
FAX • 225-765-2639

The Rural Life Museum, a 28-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 corn crib, 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 p.m. Admission is charged.


DIRECTOR • Callaway
OFFICE • 3990 West Lakeshore Drive
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6294
FAX • 225-578-6461

Founded in 1935 as an integral part of the plan to expand and improve Louisiana State University, the LSU Press quickly established itself as a major publisher of books about the South. As one of the outstanding scholarly publishers in the country and the only academic publisher in the state, LSU Press remains committed to publishing the best books, books that will inform, educate, and enlighten readers. A nonprofit institution, the LSU Press’s publishing list is mission driven, not profit driven.

Without LSU Press, many classic works might never have been published. Our list of more than 2000 books includes the monumental A History of the South: The Encyclopedia of Southern History, The History of Southern Literature, The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren, The Papers of Jefferson Davis, and A Confederacy of Dunces.

LSU Press publishes approximately 80 new books a year by authors from our region and around the world. Our global publishing perspective ensures that we continue to be recognized for distinguished publishing in the areas of southern history, southern literature, the Civil War, poetry, fiction, jazz studies, environmental studies, media studies, African American studies, and Louisiana and the Gulf South region.

Our books are published to rigorous standards, including approval by the Faculty Senate University Press Committee, which is composed of eight faculty members.


DIRECTOR • Fernandez
OFFICE • 3160 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3299
FAX • 225-578-9119

The National Center for Security Research & Training (NCSRT) has been established to coordinate efforts in security research and training. The University is currently a leader in providing training on antiterrorism and counter-terrorism techniques and regularly supports projects initiated by state and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the center is to:

Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program

OFFICE • 3128 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6757
FAX • 225-578-6915

The Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program (ATAP) provides training to international delegations in anti-terrorism subjects under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. To date, LSU and its sub-grantees, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) and Grambling State University (GSU)along with its subcontractor, Science Applications International Corporation, (SAIC) have trained 91 countries that have been identified as “in need” of specialized training by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

LSU Fire & Emergency Training Institute

DIRECTOR • Gleason
OFFICE • 6868 Nicholson Drive
TELEPHONE • 225-766-0600 or 800-256-3473
FAX • 225-765-2416

Activities at the 82 acre training center south of the LSU campus 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; urban search and rescue; and high angle, rope, and confined space rescue. In addition, the Industrial Program offers specialized, OSHAapproved industrial training courses for individuals and fire brigades, both at the training center and at industrial plant sites. The above classes are also available for laborincumbent worker programs.

The EMS Program has been expanded to include not only basic life support and EMT basic courses, but human anatomy and physiology and a one year EMT paramedic course.

The Firefighter & Emergency Responder Certification Program offers certification testing for career and volunteer firefighters at 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. Online training is presently available for Fire Fighter I.

Information concerning classes and schedules can be found on the Web site.

National Center for Biomedical Research & Training

OFFICE • 3190 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1375
FAX • 225-578-8973

The National Center for Biomedical Research & Training (NCBRT), Academy of Counter-terrorist Education (ACE) at LSU is a primary component of the National Center for Security Research and Training (NCSRT). NCBRT is a national leader in the development and delivery of a wide range of training programs in the areas of homeland security, domestic and international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and high-consequence events. Since 1998, NCBRT has developed over ten courses certified by the Department of Homeland Security for the emergency responder community. Course topics include prevention and deterrence, tactical operations, law enforcement operations, emergency response to biological incidents, sampling, and agroterrorism, among others. These courses are delivered year round by NCBRT adjunct instructors to law enforcement, fire, emergency personnel; medical and public health professionals; and local, state, and national law makers throughout the United States and its territories.


OFFICE • Old President’s House
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5108
FAX • 225-578-5098

The Southern Review, now in its second series, is a literary journal published quarterly under the editorship of Professor Bret Lott. Founded in 1935 by Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, Albert Erskine, and Charles Pipkin, The Southern Review publishes contemporary poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews, as well as translations and reproductions of visual art. Subscriptions are $25 a year for individuals and $50 a year for institutions. Manuscripts (accompanied by SASEs) and subscription orders should be addressed to The Southern Review, Old President’s House, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. For more information visit the journal online at


DEAN • Koonce
OFFICE • 124 Agricultural Administration Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2362
FAX • 225-578-2526

Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

DIRECTOR • Carlton CURATOR • Bayless
OFFICE • 575 Life Sciences Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1838
FAX • 225-578-1643

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 750,000 specimens, including 600,000 pinned specimens, 100,000 fluidpreserved 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

DIRECTOR • Rabalais-Vinci
OFFICE • 140 Human Ecology Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2403
FAX • 225-578-2697

The Textile & Costume Museum offers changing exhibitions of regional, national, and international interest. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. The scope of the museum's more than 12,000 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 the 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 & 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

HEAD • Naquin
OFFICE • 201 Old Forestry Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6645
FAX • 225-578-6473

The Public Management Program (PMP) serves as the research to practice affiliate for the Human Resource Education program within the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development. Incorporating research-based theory and current best practices, this unit offers a comprehensive array of human resource development activities to the public sector on a state, national, and international level. Specific activities include: training program design and delivery; strategic planning services; performance improvement on an individual, work group, and organizational level; process improvement; performance evaluation; adult literacy program development and delivery; curriculum design; program evaluation; organizational development strategies; workplace literacy program development and delivery; career development strategies; succession planning activities; and competency model development and implementation. PMP offers seminars, consultation services, and inservice training programs through traditional classroom instruction as well as state-of-the-art technology-based collaborative learning methodologies. The unit also develops and publishes research quality documents (both internally and through peer review systems) on various governmental and organizational issues. These services are provided by Public Management staff and University professors.

This unit is designated as the sponsoring agency for the Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a training and educational program authorized by the 1979 Louisiana Legislature. CPTP is designed to increase the skill and knowledge of state employees and non-elected officials. The Certified Public Manager Program (CPM), a nationally recognized and accredited certification program, is open to persons holding a management position within state government or nominated by their supervisors for promotion to such a position. The CPM curriculum includes 300 instructional hours in management and approved elective courses. On completion of the program, participants are awarded the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation.


OFFICE • 102 Design Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5400
FAX • 225-578-5040

Computer-Aided Design & Geographic Information Systems Research Laboratory

DIRECTOR • Kennedy
OFFICE • 216 Design Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6134
FAX • 225-578-5040

The Computer-Aided Design & 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, disaster sciences, geography, anthropology, interior design, and landscape architecture. This multidisciplinary laboratory, operated jointly by the College of Art & Design and the Department of Geography & Anthropology, provides specialized support to academic and research units at LSU, to state and federal agencies, and to nonprofit organizations.

Sponsored projects conducted by the laboratory include land-use planning, resource analysis, computer mapping, digital terrain modeling, three-dimensional design modeling, and graphic displays of scientific data. CADGIS develops and hosts a variety of Web sites, including the GIS clearinghouse cooperative for hurricanes Katrina and Rita ( and Louisiana Atlas (

CADGIS has two instructional laboratories, one research laboratory, and seminar rooms with IP-based video conferencing capabilities. A wide range of software is available, including CAD, GIS, 3-D modeling, animation, video editing, terrain modeling, facilities management, image processing, graphic design, and internet development programs.


DEAN • Ferreyra
OFFICE • 132 Hodges Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3141
FAX • 225-578-6447

English Language & Orientation Program

OFFICE • 3136 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5642
FAX • 225-578-5710

The English Language & Orientation Program (ELOP) offers English language training to international students through a variety of course components. These components are designed to enable international students to attain a mastery of English for academic, professional, or personal goals and to facilitate their adjustment to the educational, social, and cultural life of the U.S. through an integrated program of language classes, orientation events, cultural activities, and field trips.

Five Eight-Week Basic Courses are offered each year in August, October, January, March, and June. These courses have a core curriculum of 22 hours per week in reading, grammar, composition, and spoken English. Levels are established by placement tests and range from elementary through advanced. All classes are taught by full-time faculty.

Elective Classes offered to students in the Basic Course include: a 10-hour TOEFL Preparation Class; a 20-hour Conversation Class led by trained American students who meet with small groups of ELOP students.

Admission to the English Language & Orientation Program neither signifies nor guarantees admission to LSU.

Applications to this program may be obtained by contacting the English Language & Orientation Program by mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail.

Southern Regional Climate Center

DIRECTOR • Robbins
OFFICE • E328 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5021
FAX • 225-578-2912

The NOAA Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC), one of six NOAA Regional Climate Centers, provides climate data services for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Housed in the Department of Geography & Anthropology, the SRCC is administered by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), an agency of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The SRCC receives a wide array of National Weather Service (NWS) data via Internet and through a NOAA port 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 regional economic development. The SRCC staff, in conjunction with the LSU Hurricane Center, provides 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

OFFICE • E327 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6870
FAX • 225-578-2912

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 & Anthropology, the LOSC is closely linked to the department's Southern Regional Climate Center and shares the SRCC's data and computer resources.

Louisiana Population Data Center

DIRECTOR • Singelmann
OFFICE • 30 Stubbs Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5360
FAX • 225-578-5102

The Louisiana Population Data Center (LPDC) was established at LSU in 1987 to provide technical support for nationally competitive research proposals in the social sciences. Although the LPDC is housed in the Department of Sociology, its mission is to serve social science researchers throughout the University. Since its inception, the LPDC has supported researchers in Psychology, Political Science, Human Ecology, Agricultural Economics, Social Work, and other academic units. The LPDC is the academic coordinating agency in Louisiana for the State Data Center (SDC) program of the Bureau of Census.

The LPDC director is the inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) organizational representative. Through this service the LPDC provides social science researchers at LSU with assistance in acquiring and accessing a vast archive of social science data stored at LSU and the University of Michigan. Funded by the LSU College of Arts and Sciences, access to these data sets is free to LSU researchers.

The center has moved to national prominence through its service and research on key social problems. Because it is selfsupporting, research contracts and awards with national and local agencies have been an important component of the center’s activities. Our research has been supported by funding from National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute on Aging, Minerals Management Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Rockefeller Foundation at the national level, and the Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals, Labor, and Social Services, the Metropolitan Council of the City of Baton Rogue, and the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs at the local and state level.

Administratively, the director of the LPDC together with an Executive Committee set Center policy. Senior researchers of the Center make up the Executive Committee. Upon recommendation from the Center’s Executive Committee, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences appoints the director of the LPDC for a 5-year term. Funded research is administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies.

Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies

OFFICE • 212 Stubbs Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2552; 578-7888
FAX • 225-578-4766

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 & 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: conferences conducted both in the U.S. and abroad (especially in Central Europe) in the fields of constitutionalism, individual liberty, and political philosophy; and publications (books and monographs) in these same interest areas. It is the principal editorial and financial support unit for the large edition titled The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, University of Missouri Press, 34 vols. projected, of which 33 have been published to date.


DEAN • Carman
OFFICE • 338 Choppin Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4200
FAX • 225-578-8826

Center for BioModular Multi-Scale Systems

OFFICE • 8000 GSRI Ave., Bldg. 3100 (LSU S. Campus)
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1527
FAX • 225-578-5799

The Center for BioModular Multi-Scale Systems (CBM2) is a multidisciplinary Center for the development of micro-/nano-scale devices with applications in medical diagnostics, forensics, drug discovery and homeland defense, and is funded by grants from National Science Foundation, Louisiana Board of Regents, National Institutes of Health and others. In addition to its primary research mission, CBM2 also supports active Education/Outreach and Industrial Partnership programs.

Headquartered on LSU’s South Campus, CBM2 is a collaboration of leading research Universities throughout Louisiana and the nation, including LSU (including CAMD), LSU Health Science Center, Tulane Health Sciences Center, Xavier University of Louisiana, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Sloan-Kettering Research Institute.

Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics

DIRECTORS • Dowling & Pullin
OFFICE • 202 Nicholson Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2261
FAX • 225-578-5855

In 1994 LSU alumni, Horace C. Hearne, Jr., endowed two chaired professorships in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at LSU. In his will he also left a mandate that they be used to create the Horace Hearne, Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics.

In 2001 Jorge Pullin joined the LSU faculty as one of the Hearne Chairs and in 2004 Jonathan Dowling was also hired as a Hearne Chair. Research is on quantization of gravity, quantum optics effects in gravitational wave interferometers, decoherence due to quantum gravity, non-standard optics due to quantum gravity, computational issues associated with quantum computing and gravitational problems.

The Institute has more than ten associate faculty in the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Math, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is supported by the original Hearne endowment, as well as large grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

LSU Herbaria

DIRECTOR • Urbatsch
OFFICE • A257A Life Sciences Annex
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8555
FAX • 225-578-2597

Lichen & Bryophyte Herbarium

The Lichen & 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.

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 Bernard Lowy Mycological Herbarium, located in 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 120,000 specimens, including one of the best collections of Louisiana plants.

The collection includes dried, pressed specimens and material preserved in alcohol. Many historically important 19th and early 20th century specimens from the Louisiana Gulf Coast are included. New material is obtained through the collecting efforts of herbarium personnel, associated colleagues, 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, A257D Life Sciences Annex, 225-578-8564. E-mail address:


DEAN • Sumichrast
OFFICE • 3304 CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3211
FAX • 225-578-5256

Louisiana Business & Technology Center

DIRECTOR • D'Agostino
OFFICE • LSU South Campus, 8000 GSRI Rd., Building 3000, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
TELEPHONE • 225-578-7555
FAX • 225-578-3975

The Louisiana Business & 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. 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 in the incubator at South Campus. 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 LBTC was named the 2005 National Business Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and the 2005 Lantern Award winner in the State of Louisiana for its success in fostering economic development in Louisiana.

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:

Entrepreneurship Institute

OFFICE • 3139-G CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6411
FAX • 225-578-5277

The Entrepreneurship Institute was formed to address the issues and challenges of entrepreneurship, family business, female entrepreneurs, 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 four areas: entrepreneurship education designed to educate students, business owners, managers, and aspiring entrepreneurs; a family business forum that provides knowledge and experience on topics most crucial for success and survival of family businesses; Women in Business, a seminar specifically designed to aid female entrepreneurs with start-ups, including four networking sessions annually, mentoring, and educational outreach; and, an international franchise forum that provides expertise and experience to help businesses start their franchising systems, and gives advice on the right franchising system for individuals who wish to become a franchisee.

The institute works with the Louisiana Business & 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

DIRECTOR • Richardson
OFFICE • 3200 CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6743
FAX • 225-578-9078

The Public Administration Institute (PAI) offers the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree to enhance career opportunities for those planning to enter public service; provide help for those currently employed in public service who want to acquire or to extend their professional knowledge; offer service to those interested in the not-for-profit sector of the economy; and offer training for those who are in the private sector or who intend 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 science, management, and statistics. The course work focuses on analytical, quantitative, and management skills needed by today’s successful public or private manager. 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 Research Institute

TELEPHONE • 225-578-6238
FAX • 225-578-6366

The Louisiana Real Estate Research Institute was established in 1985 with funding from the Ourso College of Business 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 Ourso College of Business, the Commercial Investment Division of the Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, and various local and state private corporations.


DEAN • Bassiouni
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5731
FAX • 225-334-1559

Center for Gas Turbine Innovations & Energy Research

DIRECTOR • Acharya
OFFICE • 1419 CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5792
FAX • 225-578-5924

The mission of the Center for Gas Turbine Innovations & Energy Research (TIER) 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 primarily from the College of Engineering, with ongoing collaboration with the College of Basic Sciences, the Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices, and the Center for Energy Studies. The various researchers have established strong programs in gas turbines and distributed energy or related areas.

Center for Rotating Machinery

DIRECTOR • Khonsari
OFFICE • 2508 CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9192
FAX • 225-578-5924

The Center for Rotating Machinery (CeROM), established in 2000, was created by an interdisciplinary research group led by faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering 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 the next generation of 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 Rotating Machinery Symposium (GSRMS) Conference steering committee. Projects of note include research in the areas of tribology, materials synthesis, characterization, modeling, microfabrication, mechanical, systems, analysis, nondestructive 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 graduate students with real-world, relevant experience to produce a high quality workforce for Louisiana and beyond.

Hazardous Substance Research Center

CO-DIRECTORS • Reible; Pardue
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6770
FAX • 225-578-5043

The Hazardous Substance Research Center/South and Southwest (HSRC) is a fiveinstitution consortium consisting of LSU, as the lead institution, Georgia Institute of Technology, Texas A&M, Rice University, and the University of Texas. The consortium conducts research, outreach, and technology transfer activities on critical hazardous substance problems. These investigations focus on the following three categories:

Institute for Ecological Infrastructure Engineering

OFFICE • 100 Engineering Laboratory Annex Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1399
FAX • 225-578-8662

The Institute for Ecological Infrastructure Engineering, established in 2000 by faculty within the Department of Civil & 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, coastal and small community domestic wastewater treatment using natural and artificial wetlands, industrial waste mitigation, aquaculture, and lakes management.

Louisiana Transportation Research Center

OFFICE • 4101 Gourrier Ave.
TELEPHONE • 225-767-9131
FAX • 225-767-9108

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 & Development. The center was established in 1986 by the Louisiana 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

OFFICE • 3221 CEBA Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6027
FAX • 225-578-5043

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).


DEAN • Hamilton
OFFICE • 211 Journalism Bldg.
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2336
FAX • 225-578-2125

Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs

OFFICE • 222A Journalism Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2002; 225-578-2223
FAX • 225-578-2125

The Reilly 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 technology on foreign news coverage, the role of advocacy groups in reaching the electorate, 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, and a public policy fellows program for the discussion of mass communication and public affairs issues. The John Breaux Symposium is held annually, bringing in outstanding scholars, journalists, public officials, and business and civic leaders. Symposia focus on state and national issues of pressing contemporary importance. Symposia are often published as reports and distributed nationally. The Center co-manages LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, and conducts the annual Louisiana Survey.

No degree is offered, but the center is tied to the PhD 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 nonprofit agencies by focusing the expertise of superior scholars on practical problems. Projects may include opinion surveys, communication plans, media training, and other special projects.

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