Understanding the population genetics of the Neotropical montane bird, flowerpiercers, using hybrid zones in the Andes of South America
In nature, hybrid zones are where two species or varieties meet and cross-fertilize, such as the classic donkey + horse = mule. A single hybrid zone is scientifically important for understanding how species diverge. So imagine the excitement of finding not just one, but two hybrid zones in the Andes of South America. And even cooler, the hybrid zone is the home of a special type of bird, flowerpiercers, who steal nectar from plants using their pirate-hooked bills. Anna Hiller, LSU Museum of Natural Science Ph.D. candidate, tells us what hybrid zones are, what we can learn from them, and how she is using the flowerpiercers as her model. She also shares adventures from her previous expeditions and how her passion to include women in science is informing her upcoming field trips to Peru and Bolivia.
As C-I faculty, we frequently put our students in a position to reflect on their abilities as a speaker, and to practice and refine critical oral communication skills. When was the last time you gave yourself the same opportunity? At the recent LSU Faculty Colloquium, Dr. Linda Nilson reminded us just how important this is: "As faculty, we may not think of ourselves as public speakers, but our students do."
Dwayne Hinton's pursuit of knowledge surpasses any one discipline. This is why he'll be graduating in December with three bachelor's degrees.
Eager to connect passionate young people with opportunities to make an impact, Bruce Sharky started brainstorming creative ways to address misconceptions and increase awareness about the profession while engaging future landscape architects to think critically about how to best communicate with different audiences. In Fall 2019 he offered LA 4504, a professional elective focused on recruiting the next generation of landscape architects.
Dr. Phil Bart, LSU College of Science Geology & Geophysics professor, invites us to learn about the evolution of Antarctic ice sheets and how he investigates the movement of ice sheets and ice rises over geologic time to aid in predicting their future behavior.
The close of the semester is the perfect time to encourage your students to reflect on the communication skills they’ve gained within your C-I course. Highlighting the connections among the content knowledge they’ve engaged with, and the transferability of the disciplinary communication skills they’ve acquired, elevates students’ overall learning long-term.
Learn about his path from LSU to med school and how being a Distinguished Communicator has helped his career so far.
What's it like to launch an SUV-sized rover to another planet and ensure that, on arrival, the rover will be able to complete scientific missions AND be controlled from Earth? In this episode, Dr. Comeaux leads us through the complexities involved in designing Mars rovers his career path from LSU to NASA, and the potential prospects of discovery for the Mars 2020 Mission.
Who is responsible for creating a bridge between the scientists asking questions and the curious public? The answer, Outreach Specialists. In this episode we speak with Valerie Derouen, the LSU Museum of Natural Science's very own outreach coordinator.
Chris DeFelice, a senior in public relations, shares his path to becoming a Distinguished Communicator and how the program is already impacting his career trajectory.
A podcast assignment offers students a new way of meeting important benchmarks of courses in every academic discipline.
Dr. Paige Brown Jarreau and Dr Becky Carmichael discuss the inspiration behind the #ScientistsWhoSelfie project, the results, and the next steps for changing stereotypes of scientists.
Cultural and religious connections that bind Southern Louisiana's coastal communities to the land and water
The connections of the people in South Louisiana to the land and water shape the culture of those that call the state home. We explore these connections with Michael Pasquier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History and the Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christian Studies, and discuss how the stories of the past can help us prepare for the future.
Want to inspire students to engage in class discussions? To think critically about course material? To discover their personal investment in the course? Consider a podcast.
Did you know that over 1,000 Japanese men were interned in Louisiana during WWII? LSU librarians Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms discuss who these Japanese men and their families were, the conditions at the Louisiana internment camps, and the crucial lessons we need to remember in order to fight against the discrimination of those who are different.
Since joining the School of Architecture faculty in 2010, Kristen has been a champion for CxC, certifying every one of her courses as communication intensive. In addition to serving as a C-I faculty member, she has worked collaboratively with the CxC Art & Design Studio team to creatively develop assignments for architecture students and has served as a faculty advisor for several Distinguished Communicator candidates.
Penguins almost exclusively live in the Southern Hemisphere, most notably in Antarctica. So how do those cute, tuxedo wearing birds survive and what is it like to study penguins in the coldest place on Earth?
During May 2019 Commencement, 62 graduates across nine colleges will receive the LSU Distinguished Communicator Medal.
Are you wondering how to get into medical school? What better than to hear from someone who was just accepted into an MD-MPH program!
Whether you have goals to become a leader or have years of experience guiding a team, these skills can be easily implemented to make the most of your experience as well as your team's development.
How do you discover ancient Maya artifacts buried underwater? And what do you do with the artifacts once you discover them? Heather McKillop, Thomas & Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, presented her research on ancient Mayan civilizations during LSU’s Science Cafe in September 2017. We later sat down with Dr. McKillop, where she shared how her team has been able to study submerged Mayan villages, excavate artifacts and preserve those artifacts through 3D printing so we can better understand the livelihood of the Maya.
How do you measure things that move really fast? With light, of course! Dr. Mette Gaarde explains how ultrafast pulses of light—think a billionth of a billionth of a second—can be used to uncover very fast processes.
Plankton provide the single largest source of oxygen and carbon sequestration on this planet all while nourishing the largest mammal on Earth, the blue whale. With the rise in temperature and acidity in the ocean an urgent question emerges; how will the environmental changes affect the plankton's ability to maintain these global processes and provide the foundation of the world's food web?
When you look in the mirror, do you see a star? Of course you do! Your body is composed of the elements of stars. We met with Dr. Catherine Deibel, Assistant Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to learn about her research in experimental nuclear astrophysics, the importance of basic research in discovery, and explain how we are all made from the ashes of stars.
LSU CxC and the Humanities and Social Sciences Residential College host a panel discussion on how to be a more effective global citizen and how traveling abroad can enrich your personal and professional life.
Distinguished Communicator Courtney Irwin is taking her communication skills and dedication to community to new heights.
In this episode of LSU Experimental, we discuss zero gravity experiments, the development of 3P QuickCure Clay, and how the high density of amphiuma salamanders here in Southern Louisiana may help scientists understand the toxic chytrid fungus!
How do the largest mountains on Earth drive one of the greatest climatic events witnessed by humans? Dr. Peter Clift, professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, shares how he uses sediment samples from oceans, rivers, and land to link the development of the Himalayas to the intensity of the Asian monsoon.
Have you ever heard sixty metronomes slowly going out of sync? What about a line the size of a telephone wire being plucked like a string? Listen to how Edgar Berdahl takes seemingly impossible ideas and make them a musical reality.
Can plant promiscuity address the 1.4 trillion dollar toll invasive species take on the world each year? Dr. Metha Klock shares how the mutualism between plants and fungi can unlock the patterns behind species invasion and inform management of natural areas.
Dr. Sabrina Taylor shares how she uses historic DNA to unlock the mysteries surrounding century old changes in species population size, range, and disease susceptibility.
Not only does Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Curator of Fishes at Louisiana State University's Museum of Natural Science, travel the world for science - he is an active science communicator! Prosanta is a past TEDxLSU and TED speaker, he was a TED Fellow - a group of "rising stars in their field" impacting the global community, and was recently named TED 2018 Senior Fellow. We catch up with Prosanta in his office following the announcement of being named TED Senior Fellow to learn more about his TED experiences, recent research adventures, and advice for for sharing your science.
How can small, blind cavefishes aid in uncovering the story of continental movement? Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty travels the world researching the morphology and DNA of fish species to uncover pieces of the world's deep evolutionary and geological puzzles.
Clay Tucker, graduate student in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, discusses his research in dendroclimatology and how he uses tree rings to predict future hurricanes along the Louisiana Gulf Coast and advise residents on becoming more resilient to these natural disasters.
November 13, 2017 Globalization impacts every aspect of our lives, and savvy communicators understand that asking the right questions and adapting to different scenarios sets us on the path to success.
October 2, 2017 Listening is how you gain information and learn. By becoming a better listener, you can avoid communication breakdowns, improve the quality of all your relationships and increase productivity.
September 27, 2017 LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) has championed TEDxLSU for the past three years. Students have always played an important role in the TEDxLSU event, especially when it comes to day-of implementation.
September 26, 2017 As the LSU Career Fair approaches, it’s important to freshen up on key interview skills needed to impress recruiters and future employers. When it comes to preparing for a job interview, there are many factors that need to be addressed.
Mobile homes may illicit many stereotypes that extend beyond the physical structure, affecting the people that inhabit them. Dr. Annemarie Galeucia shares her dissertation research on mobile home communities and the common misconceptions people hold about them.
July 15, 2017 Meet David Fertitta, student researcher and science communicator extraordinaire.
November 11, 2016 Combining his love for science with his drive to equalize socio-economic inequity, Blake Kruger is tackling a big problem. The Distinguished Communicator candidate is devising a therapy for Kaposi Sarcoma, which is a type of cancer that traditionally impacts minority populations.
October 28, 2016 LSU landscape architecture major and Distinguished Communicator candidate Ry’yan Clark is spending his last year of LSU undergrad studying the effects landscape architecture can have on the world around us.