Research • Faculty Resources
Research and scholarly activity are fundamental to the role of the faculty and essential to the attainment of the University's goals of academic excellence and national prominence. Research is a crucial part of graduate instruction and has profound effects upon the currency and vitality of undergraduate education. This exploration of the boundaries of knowledge is undertaken by faculty in the various departments and by the research units included in this section.
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
CENTER FOR COMPUTATION AND TECHNOLOGY
The Center for Computation and Technology 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.
The center draws on the established areas of expertise at LSU in computer science, computer engineering, and information systems and decision sciences. The center also looks 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.
CENTER FOR FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
DIRECTOR • Dubois
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR • Jacob
OFFICE • 425 Hodges Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1396
FAX • 225-578-6620
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/cffs
The Center for French & Francophone Studies develops and encourages interdisciplinary 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 is a video library containing many African francophone films.
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 infra-structure; transportation and behavioral aspects of evacuations; social support networks and access to services for disaster victims; and many others.
Major research thrusts of the center at present include: storm surge and rainfall flood modeling and consequence assessment; modeling of travel demand and traffic for hurricane evacuation; hurricane shelter assessment and design; modeling of extreme wind effects on buildings and structures in the LSU Wind Tunnel Laboratory; and application of remote sensing and GIS tools to hazards mapping and monitoring. Integration of multidisciplinary research findings to develop hurricane hazard mitigation strategies is handled primarily through the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes.
The LSU Hurricane Center provides an array of services to state and local governments related to education, mitigation, and emergency preparedness and response. These activities include: delivery of training courses in areas such as geospatial information systems; consequence assessment, and hurricane shelter assessment; development of hurricane exercises; storm surge and rainfall flood studies; and planning studies for shelters and refuges of last resort. When hurricanes threaten Louisiana, faculty and research staff from the LSU Hurricane Center and several collaborating units provide real-time operational support for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as other emergency management agencies. This support includes storm tracking using satellite imagery, meteorological support, storm surge flood modeling, and consequence assessment. The center is continuing to develop 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 & Environmental Engineering have created several courses in the field of hurricane engineering. This new discipline covers planning, analysis, design, response, and recovery of civil engineering systems.
Working with the College of Arts & Sciences and several other colleges, the center has created a new minor in disaster science and management (DSM). DSM is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students interested in emergency management-related careers in the public, nonprofit, 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, respond to disasters, and recover from them.
DSM combines traditional emergency management with a strong background in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and information technology. Participating departments/schools include Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography & Anthropology, Landscape Architecture, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Social Work, and Sociology.
Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes
DIRECTOR • van Heerden
OFFICE • 3221 Patrick Taylor Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4813
FAX • 225-578-7646
WEB SITE • www.publichealth.hurricane.lsu.edu
Established in January 2002, the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes is funded through a LSU Hurricane Center initiative to the Louisiana Board of Regents. A five-year contract was awarded through the Board’s Millennium Health Excellence Fund (HEF) to establish the center. A pilot study was funded through the center to research the public health impacts of major flooding and hurricanes in greater New Orleans.
The center includes 16 faculty/researchers from LSU, Baton Rouge; the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans; and the Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences Department, University of Notre Dame. It consolidates the research and expertise of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, computer specialists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, and the mental health and medical communities to form a broad-based Public Health/Flood Impact Consortium.
The center’s effectiveness and practicality are enhanced by the guidance of an Advisory Panel including members from the Louisiana State Offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities; Louisiana Departments of Public Health, Mental Health, and Environmental Quality; LSU Health Sciences Center; and the EBR Parish Animal Control Center. Federal agencies involved include FEMA, EPA, and the CDC.
Various research components of the associated pilot study (of Greater New Orleans) include utilizing computer models for the calculation of storm surges and rainfall flooding, and for the simulation of air and water movement of chemical contaminants; consolidating critical information from government databases; working with Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for the documentation of at-risk areas; and determining probable chemical and sewerage release sites. Epidemiologists, social scientists, and public health experts will determine public and mental health impacts and develop management plans for such scenarios. Federal agencies involved include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All aspects of the study are managed through an interactive GIS that will be exportable nationally and internationally.
The center and the New Orleans pilot study will offer a major service to the state of Louisiana. The center will have a direct positive impact on emergency preparedness to prevent or reduce fatalities, disease, pain, and suffering as a consequence of a major disaster. The center will also apply all applicable research results to other disasters such as tornadoes, chemical spills, and terrorism.
The center funds a number of master’s and PhD students.
CENTER FOR ENERGY STUDIES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • Pulsipher
OFFICE • 1101 Energy, Coast, & Environment Bldg.
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4400
FAX • 225-578-4541
E-MAIL • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Energy Studies provides analysis, research, information, and technology transfer on energy and environmental issues that are important to Louisiana. The center is composed of divisions for Policy Analysis, Data and Information Services, Minerals Processing Research, and Research and Development.
Also reporting through the center’s executive director are a number of independent institutes and programs. These are the Louisiana Oil Spill Research & Development Program; the Louisiana Geological Survey, which includes the Basin Research Institute as its Oil & as Division; 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 nor its associated independent units have academic programs, but they frequently employ graduate assistants and work with staff or faculty from academic units on projects of mutual interest.
The center, created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1982, is the state’s only officially recognized energy studies center for public higher education. The center 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 center is to provide a balanced, objective, and timely treatment of issues with potentially important consequences for Louisiana. The center provides information and analysis that respond to the needs of the Legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups.
Louisiana Applied & Educational Oil Spill Research & Development Program
Louisiana Applied & Educational Oil Spill Research & 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) that 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.
Louisiana Geological Survey
OFFICE • 3079 Energy, Coast, & Environment Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5320
FAX • 225-578-3662
WEB SITE • www.lgs.lsu.edu
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 currently part of LSU and administratively reports through the executive director of the LSU Center for Energy Studies to the vice chancellor of Research & Economic Development.
The LGS carries out applied and fundamental geologic research in the areas of Louisiana’s surface and subsurface geology, coastal geology and processes, petroleum geology, environmental geology, mineral resources, and ground water. LGS 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 grants and contracts with several state and federal agencies including the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation & Development, the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Basin Research Energy Section of the LGS includes large stratigraphic research laboratories; a computer/plotting laboratory; petrographic laboratories equipped for thinsection 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 is available in the nearby Department of Geology & Geophysics.
The LGS has a well-recognized cartography section that produces maps, atlases, illustrations, slides, LGS publications 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 maps, including the official state map of Louisiana, an oil and gas map, and a Louisiana Shoreline Change map, 1937-2000. Several LGS Cartographic Sector maps have won national awards.
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 receives and answers a large number of inquiries from the public related to geologic matters, and its publications are available for sale at nominal prices.
Minerals Processing Research Division
DIRECTOR • Pike
OFFICE • 1139 Energy, Coast, & Environment Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3428
FAX • 225-578-1476
WEB SITE • www.mpri.lsu.edu
The Minerals Processing Research Division, supported by funds from federal and state agencies and private organizations, was established at LSU in 1979. The institute conducts research on minerals processing, related business and legal issues, and environmental matters.
This research is directed at the chief minerals in the state and region: oil and natural gas, sulfur, salt, and lignite. These mineral resources are among Louisiana's most valuable assets.
Radiation Safety Office
DIRECTOR • Wang
OFFICE • 112 Nuclear Science Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2008
FAX • 225-578-2094
WEB SITE • www.radsafety.lsu.edu
Authorization for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College to possess, store, and use sources of radiation is stipulated in a broad-scope Radioactive Material License issued by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, which has vested responsibility from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission within the State of Louisiana. The broad-scope license allows the University maximum flexibility in the use of sources of radiation for teaching and research activities through the operation of an internal radiation safety and control program. Administrative authorization from the University is contained in Permanent Memorandum-30 (PM-30). Under the direction and supervision of the Radiation Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Office is responsible for implementing radiation control policies and ensuring safety practice in order not only to be fully in compliance with the federal and state regulations, but also to assure individual wellbeing and the integrity of the University.
Approval of the Radiation Safety Office must be obtained for all procurement of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment, all teaching and laboratory uses, research and development projects, as well as any other activities with potential radiological hazards, all contracts and grant proposals involving sources of radiation, all personnel who will directly use sources of radiation, and all facilities, construction, outfitting, and renovation involving sources of radiation.
The radiation protection program is conducted in such a manner so that radiation exposure to faculty, staff, students, the general public, and the environment will be maintained as low as reasonably achievable and that no radiation exposure will be received without societal benefit. This will be accomplished without hindering legitimate research or realistic teaching objectives. Professional health physicists equipped with a full spectrum of state-of-the-art radioanalytical instrumentation as well as high energy irradiation and neutron activation facilities are available for consultation and research development to support a broad range of radiation applications.
CENTER FOR GEOINFORMATICS
The Center for Geoinformatics operates and maintains GULFNET, the 3-D positioning infrastructure that defines the National Spatial Reference System in Louisiana. The center is a national force in expanding and strengthening the university, commercial, and public-sector geospatial communities within the state of Louisiana and the U.S. It provides the advanced geospatial information applications, products, training, and commercialization expertise that are required to support economic development and environmental stewardship.
CENTER FOR BIOMODULAR MULTISCALE SYSTEMS
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.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COMMERCIALIZATION & DEVELOPMENT
The objective of LSU’s Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization,& Development (OIP) is to commercialize the University’s intellectual property—new ideas, inventions, and discoveries. This includes obtaining patents and copyrights; seeking licensees and business partners in the U. S. and worldwide to commercialize that technology; and negotiating and licensing LSU’s technologies for the benefit of society, the University, and the inventors.
INTERCOLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATIVE
The mission of the Intercollege Environmental Cooperative is to facilitate collaborative relationships that span traditional college and disciplinary boundaries and 216 Research/Faculty Resources enhance the research, teaching, and public outreach that is necessary to address effectively today’s complex second and third generation environmental stakeholders, decision makers, and research sponsors throughout the state, region, and nation.
The Intercollege Environmental Cooperative provides a platform for mutlidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration among LSU researchers and their partners, improves communication and exchange of ideas among environmental researchers and educators across traditional departmental and college/school boundaries, and works to establish ties with industrial organizations that can benefit from increased interaction with LSU on environmental issues.
J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, SR.,
CENTER FOR ADVANCED
MICROSTRUCTURES & DEVICES
The J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices (CAMD) was initiated by a grant from the Department of Energy in 1988. At the heart of the center is a 1.3 GeV electron storage ring. This highenergy electron accelerator produces a broad spectral range, from infrared to X-rays, of very bright and intense electromagnetic radiation, that can be used by researchers for a variety of applications.
Among these are fabrication of extremely small (sub-micon features) 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.
LIFE COURSE AND AGING CENTER
By the year 2020, more than 20 percent of the population is expected to reach the age of retirement. With the increase in the number of older adults living in Louisiana, there will be a greater need to ensure the successful aging of the population of our state. The Life Course and Aging Center recognizes that successful aging begins at birth and continues through the rest of our lives. Therefore, its researchers are committed to identifying the keys to successful aging and educating the public about these important issues.
Its mission is to promote collaborative research activities across many fields including the biological, social, and psychological sciences, develop life course and aging education and curriculum, and collaborate with child and senior service organizations throughout the state. Its faculty members represent six colleges and 14 departments and programs at LSU. Areas of research include cognitive processes and aging, early childhood development, education across the lifespan, interpersonal relations across the lifespan, lifespan development and public policy, physical processes and aging, and sociological aspects of aging.
LOUISIANA SPACE CONSORTIUM
DIRECTOR • Wefel
OFFICE • 364 Nicholson Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8697
FAX • 225-578-1222
WEB SITE • laspace.lsu.edu
The Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE), supported by funds from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration and the Louisiana Board of Regents, is a group of Louisiana institutions of higher education working with the two state educational boards, business/industry, nonprofit organizations, and a local government partner.
The goal of LaSPACE is to enhance space and aerospace related research, technology, education, and public awareness throughout the state and to promote mathematics and science education, workforce development of aerospace professionals, diversity, 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, a congressionally mandated federal/state partnership that is administered by NASA. This national network encompasses every state in the nation plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
SEA GRANT DEVELOPMENT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • Wilson
OFFICE • 239 Sea Grant Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6710
FAX • 225-578-6331
WEB SITE • www.laseagrant.org
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a congressionally mandated federal/state endeavor that is administered by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national program network includes 32 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 individual projects at universities throughout Louisiana. These projects typically support graduate students, as well as provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on research-related activities. There is also an annual, national competition for approximately 50 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 that brings highly qualified scientists to LSU for periods from 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 national performance evaluation teams in 2006. LSU is presently one of only 21 universities in the U.S. designated as a landgrant, space-grant, and sea-grant institution.
The Office of Sponsored Programs, an administrative unit of the Office of Research and Economic Development, provides advice and support to the LSU community in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects to further 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, executes agreements on behalf of the institution, prepares and negotiates subawards, serves as point-of-contact for audits of sponsored projects, 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.