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Summer 2009 Highlights

LSU Students Spruce up Schools, Learn More About the Baton Rouge Area at Community Bound
While most college students use the last weekend before school starts to run errands, move into dorm rooms or apartments or just to relax before the upcoming semester, a group of students at LSU chose to do something entirely different.

The Manship School of Mass Communication on Forefront of Diversity in Media Education
The Manship School of Mass Communication was recently honored by the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, or AEJMC, with its inaugural Diversity and Equity Award.

LSU Welcomes Students to Campus as Fall 2009 Semester Begins
With events that have spanned the past two-plus weeks, LSU welcomed students to campus for the fall 2009 semester, which officially began with Monday’s first day of classes.

LSU Remains in the Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
For the second year in a row, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

LSU Hosts Unique Research Experience for Undergraduates on River and Coastal Restoration
The LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences has established a unique collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, focusing on river and coastal restoration.

STRIPES Program Gives Incoming Students an Insight to LSU Life
Going away to college can be an intimidating experience for anyone. Students are on their own for the first time, typically in a new city. There are financial responsibilities, class schedules to maintain and a massive campus to navigate. But for students entering LSU, there is a way to gain a leg up in the weeks before classes start.

LSU Professor Develops Integrated Storm Surge and Hurricane Wave Modeling Capabilities for Coastal Protection and Restoration
Q. Jim Chen, LSU associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and recipient of one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards, the NSF Career Grant, leads a research group tasked with helping our coastal communities better prepare for hurricanes and other inevitable events that come with living near the coast.

Department of Physics & Astronomy Partners with Beijing
LSU’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Institute of Physics, or IoP, in Beijing, China, recently signed an agreement creating a unique dual-doctorate program between the universities – one of the only such programs currently in existence.

748 Receive Degrees at LSU’s 269th Commencement Exercises
Delano Lewis, former U.S. ambassador and former president and CEO of National Public Radio, offered advice and encouragement to the 748 graduates at LSU's 269th commencement exercises held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Engineering Professor Tests Safety of Nighttime Roadwork Lighting
Marwa Hassan, LSU assistant professor of construction management and industrial engineering, is currently testing the safety and efficacy of various construction site lighting options, including a novel new system known as "balloon lighting."

Student Studies at Queen’s University in Ireland
The Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium, known as SECAC, created a study abroad program, which invites one student from each SEC school to the Global Leadership Program in Northern Ireland. SECAC was awarded a $94,000 grant from the Institute for Study Abroad to help the selected students make the trip overseas. This year was the first year for the program.

High School Sophomores Get College Exposure from LSU
Focusing on College and Unlimited Success, known as FOCUS, is a student organization within the Honors College. Students in FOCUS plan and participate in a two-week program, which concentrates on arts and humanities. FOCUS opens its doors to sophomores who attend under-resourced high schools in East Baton Rouge.

Talk To Type
LSU is one of the nation’s leaders in providing services to deaf and hard of hearing students, including both real-time captioning services and sign language interpreting. LSU Disability Services is home to one of the largest C-Print real-time captioning programs in the United States, behind only the software’s developer, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

LSU Camp Shows that "Science is pHun!"
Supriya Jindal, Dow Scientist Work with Students at LSU Continuing Education Summer Camps.

LSU Libraries Obtain Grant to Help Digitize Louisiana Newspapers
The LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division has been awarded a grant of $351,380 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH, to digitize 100,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers published between 1860 and 1922.

America’s Wetland Foundation Announces $300,000 Donation to Forever LSU to Establish New Coastal Sustainability Studio
The America’s WETLAND Foundation, or AWF, announced a $300,000 donation to LSU and the Forever LSU campaign today. The gift will be used to establish the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, a university-based professional training studio to restore, protect and sustain America’s WETLAND.

Students Learn to Build, Program Robots at LSU Summer Camp
Robotics Camp is More than just “Playing with Legos”

Researchers at LSU Study the Academic Effects of ADHD Drugs
Professor Claire Advokat’s Recently Published Article Questions Cognitive Effects of These Drugs

Landscape Architecture Students Renovate New Orleans School
When high school students at the Priestley School of Architecture and Construction in New Orleans return to school next month, they might not recognize the once-drab, asphalt schoolyard located in the city’s Carrollton section.

Department of Computer Science Hosts Robotics Camp for High School Students
LSU recently played host to a full-on robot war as the LSU Department of Computer Science hosted INSPIRE, the Innovative Scholastic Program in Robotics Education camp. INSPIRE gives middle and high school students hands-on experience in robotics, with an eye toward motivating students to pursue future careers within the sciences.

Chandeleur Lighthouse Remembered with New Web site
After weathering numerous hurricanes, the lighthouse at the northern tip of the Chandeleur Island chain succumbed to Hurricane Katrina. To keep the history of this isolated locale alive, Louisiana Sea Grant has collected images and recorded recollections of its past in Reflections on Chandeleur, a Web site featuring brief movies, photographs, oral histories and information on the islands.

LSU Study Finds Tough Choices Ahead for Louisiana’s Deltaic Coast
Former LSU Harrison Professor Mike Blum and Boyd Professor Harry Roberts find sediment loss and global sea-rise threaten to submerge delta by 2100

LSU Student Krista Allen Works to Strengthen, Educate on United States-Israel Relations
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, Policy Conference featured some of the world’s most prominent leaders and speakers. Speaking alongside these government leaders was LSU history major Krista Allen.

Jazz concert series brings professors and musicians together
The newly renovated Shaver Theatre, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building on campus, opened its doors June 18 for its first paid-performance, which was also the premier show of the Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz concert series.

LSU Diversity Officers Present Institute at Diversity Conference
Katrice Albert, vice provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, and Chaunda Allen, director of Multicultural Affairs, formed one of only 25 teams to present a pre-conference institute at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, or NCORE, Conference in San Diego in late May.

Local “Weather Guy” Informs and Impresses Students
Steve Caparotta’s second grade physical education teacher asked him every day what the weather would be the next day. And every day, Steve could tell him whether P.E. would be inside or outside.

Minority undergraduates from across the nation visit LSU with their eyes on Ph.D.s
Nine ethnic minority undergraduate students from various institutions across the nation are participating in LSU's Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute, or PDSI, for an opportunity to gain greater insight into doctoral education and pursuing graduate studies.

Journalism camp brings high school students to Manship
A group of nearly 40 journalists were gathered in the Manship School of Mass Communication’s D. Jensen Holliday Forum. There was no press conference, no news event to be covered. They wore press passes around their necks, and gripped notepads in their hands, but the excitement of the morning was captured in a single item: Ring Pops.

Banner Year for LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center
From celebrating its 20-year anniversary to winning numerous national and international awards, it has been a banner year for the Louisiana Business & Technology Center, or LBTC, an integral part of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at LSU.

LSU Art & Design Students Work to Redevelop Downtown McComb
While many LSU students spent the month of May regrouping from the spring semester and gearing up for summer, a group of students from the College of Art & Design were busy working in McComb, Miss., on an urban redevelopment plan for the city’s historic downtown district.

John Lennon Bus serves as mobile recording studio
The outside of The John Lennon Education Tour Bus is painted to resemble a bright blue sky dotted with clouds.

Hill Memorial exhibit displays historical maps in fact and fiction
For most, maps are a way to a destination. For some, they may serve as a place of imagination—where “X” marks the spot. But for others, maps serve simply as a piece of art.

LSU’s Middleton Library to Host Louis Braille Bicentennial Exhibit
To celebrate the 200th birthday of Louis Braille, who pioneered the braille tactile reading system for the blind, non-profit publishing company National Braille Press has produced a 20-panel traveling exhibit.

NSF Career Grant Series: LSU Professor Delves Into Complex Materials With Novel Equipment
Jiandi Zhang comes to LSU for Materials Science MHI, brings in situ research capacity.