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Engineering the Mars 2020 Rover Mission with Keith Comeaux

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.

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How Valerie Derouen packages science into outreach activities

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.

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Senior Chris DeFelice on the Distinguished Communicator experience

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.

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Creating a collaborative learning opportunity through a podcast assignment

A podcast assignment offers students a new way of meeting important benchmarks of courses in every academic discipline.

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Dismantling problematic science stereotypes using selfies

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.

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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.

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Podcast technology as a tool for student engagement and learning, no matter the academic discipline

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.

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Uncovering the hidden history of Louisiana's Japanese internment camps during World War II

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.

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2019 CxC Outstanding Faculty Award recipient Kristen Kelsch

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.

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Studying Penguins in Antarctica with Mike Polito

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?

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Announcing May 2019 LSU Distinguished Communicators

During May 2019 Commencement, 62 graduates across nine colleges will receive the LSU Distinguished Communicator Medal.

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Cindy Nguyen on entering a Med School/Master of Public Health Program

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!

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Four essential tools to help leaders communicate with their teams

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.

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How Mette Gaarde uses light to measure ultrafast electrons

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.

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Whitney Kroschel on flooding in the floodplains

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The river of plastic with Mark Benfield

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Malinda Sutor on tiny creatures that make a big impact

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?

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The gray landscape of education with Maria F. G. Wallace

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Being an Effective Global Citizen

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.

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Where Are They Now? - Courtney Irwin

Distinguished Communicator Courtney Irwin is taking her communication skills and dedication to community to new heights.

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John A Pojman shares his journey to a chemical career

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!

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Don Hood and Allison Barbato on Mineral Connections

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Edgar Berdahl on creating new electronic instruments

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.

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Distinguished Communicator Candidates Named Udall Scholars

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Melissa DeBiasse on Coping with Environmental Stress

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Discussing Promiscuous Plants with Metha Klock

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.

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Sabrina Taylor on unlocking messages in genes

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.

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Prosanta Chakrabarty discusses fishes as evolutionary puzzle pieces

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.

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Detecting gravitational waves with Jonathan Cripe

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Translating nature's history through tree rings

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.

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Communicating as a Global Citizen

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.

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Vincent LiCata on Proteins with Superpowers

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Listening is a Communication Skill Too

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.

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TEDxLSU Creative Team

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.

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First Impressions: Interview Dress

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.

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Examining the role mobile homes play in the American cultural landscape

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.

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From Studying the Ocean to Telling Stories about the Ocean

July 15, 2017 Meet David Fertitta, student researcher and science communicator extraordinaire.

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Blake Kruger and the Impact of Science Communication

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.

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Laying the Groundwork for Effective Communication with Ry’yan Clark

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.

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Utilizing Social Media in the Classroom Part 2 - a Q&A with Paige Jarreau

October 24, 2016 Science Communication Specialist for LSU College of Science Dr. Paige Jarreau helps students and faculty utilize social media tactics to bring new opportunities to the classroom.

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Best Practices for Communicating on Social Media

October 20, 2016 How many times have you heard someone say “technology is ruining communication?” The idea that technology could be communication’s kiss of death has sparked numerous debates.

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Utilizing Social Media in the Classroom Part 1 - a Q&A with Paige Jarreau

October 18, 2016 In college classrooms, faculty of all fields try to find new ways to engage students and help them gain more experience communicating in the science world. Some of them turn to social media.

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Communicating in Every Role with Hayley Franklin

October 12, 2016 Hayley Franklin, a current LSU student and Distinguished Communicator candidate, is cultivating her communication skills to help her tackle her future job as a lawyer.

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Q&A with TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team Graphic Designer Victoria Roberts

August 8, 2016 Former TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team member and visual communicator Victoria Roberts is doing big things with her LSU degree.

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Books on Writing

April 19, 2016 Writing is one of the most important forms of communication throughout history and in today’s society, and it can be deceptively challenging.

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Studio 151 Facelift

March 28, 2016 Part of CxC’s services towards LSU students includes three fully equipped Communication studios around campus.

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New Location of Engineering Communication Studio

April 20, 2015 To assist all LSU students in improving their communication skills, CxC has staff and communication studios across campus equipped with state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled communication advisors. The Engineering Communication Studio, housed within the Chevron Center for Engineering Education, has always been a hub for engineering students on the second floor of Patrick F. Taylor Hall.

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LSU Students Showcased in Videos Shown at TEDxLSU 2015

April 17, 2015 In its third annual event, TEDxLSU, championed by LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC), weaved the event theme “connect” into many aspects of the event, including the outdoor activities and a series of short videos shown between TEDx talks.

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TEDxLSU 2015 Tickets On Sale Now

January 13, 2015 After two successful TEDxLSU events, the third annual TEDxLSU will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The popular event, championed by LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum, will return to LSU’s campus in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the College of Music and Dramatic Arts from 1-5 p.m.

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Interacting with Faculty

November 13, 2014 LSU engineering senior Gerry Knapp recently shared his experience communicating with professors in a CxC student workshop entitled “Interacting with Faculty.”

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