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Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous - Don't Lose Your Head

In the latest episode of LSU Experimental, host Becky Carmichael and Kyle Sirovy look back on episodes where wondering minds resulted in some exciting experiments.

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Why collecting mid-semester feedback is worth your time and a few tips on how to do it effectively

In C-I courses, we use feedback loops to help students learn, but what about creating feedback opportunities to help us learn as teachers? Midterm is the perfect chance to elicit feedback from our students about what's working well (and not so well) to inform our teaching practices and enhance students' own success.

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LSU CxC Wins National Award for Innovative Faculty Support Programming

As one of the first programs of its kind in the nation, LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) has long been recognized for academic innovation, but the Delphi Award is the first to specifically honor CxC's progressive work in transforming faculty support and LSU's institutional culture surrounding teaching excellence.

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LSU medical school student's experience with COVID-19

In Episode 37 of LSU Experimental, Cindy Nguyen, a medical student at LSU Health New Orleans and graduate from the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was up for an interview even with lingering COVID-19 effects. Cindy contracted the virus in early March and in this episode she describes the testing process she went through along with her symptoms, like water tasting sweet. We also catch-up on her medical school program, her exciting internship and how the COVID experience is influencing the physician she aspires to become.

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Seven ways to improve your digital classroom setting without buying new equipment

The first step to enhancing your lectures and video class time is by controlling your environment and making the most of what you have on hand. While new technology can be an asset, it is often costly--or difficult to access. We have a few simple solutions to improve your setup that will put you and your content in the best light possible.

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Fostering Effective Class Discussions in Asynchronous Settings

Teaching via live discussion is a tried and true method for many of us. And while yes - discussions are different when you take them out of a live setting - they can still be a powerful tool for steering students on their learning path. As their instructor, you have the ability to foster consistent structure and clearly communicate what you ask of your students to help them succeed.

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Communication Tips for Remote Learning Success

Take a moment to recognize that as a college student, you have already been building skills to be able to think critically, communicate effectively, and lead through the unexpected. In other words, you’ve been training for this challenge all along!

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Etiquette Tips for Participating in Live Online Video Meetings

Whether you're meeting via live online video for school or work, having clear communication protocols is key to being productive. Here are a few etiquette tips you and your online group might consider adopting, particularly if you're just beginning to transition away from face-to-face (F2F) meetings.

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Meagan Moore on Problem-solving with STEAM

What happens when you include art in science, technology, engineering and math? You create STEAM, or in this case, Meagan the Maker. In this episode of LSU Experimental, Meagan Moore, a senior in biological engineering at LSU, sits down with host Becky Carmichael to discuss how she uses her unique artistic and problem-solving talents to find solutions for everything from prototyping PPE for healthcare professionals during the pandemic to fabricating life sizes 3D phantoms used in breast cancer research.

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Meet the May 2020 Distinguished Communicators

During the May 2020 graduation celebration, 44 graduates across six colleges will join the elite group of LSU Distinguished Communicator Medal.

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2020 CxC Faculty Award recipient Cynthia DiCarlo

For education students who will soon embark on their roles as advocates for their own students’ development, few serve as a better role model than 2020 CxC Outstanding Faculty Award recipient Dr. Cynthia DiCarlo.

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Three Spring Break To Do's to Prepare for Remote Learning Success

Are you prepared to resume classes in a different setting next week? Either way, CxC is here to help! We've compiled a few suggestions to help get you started on the right path on March 30.

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Distinguished Communicator candidate Libby Reiner on communicating as an engineer

Electrical Engineering Senior Libby has not only become a standout team member in the CxC studio, she has also used her time in the Distinguished Communicator program to fully explore the role communication plays in her current research and future career.

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The First Semester of Medical School

Episode 33 of LSU Experimental features Heidi Nowakowski, LSU Spring 2019 College of Science grad. Heidi is currently in her second year of medical school at LSU New Orleans, but we caught her in the middle of her first semester. Here, she shares her insights into what it takes to get into med school, the first semester transition struggles, and her advice on how to cope with school stress.

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Hybridization in Andean Nectar Bandits

In the latest episode of LSU Experimental, 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 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.

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Five ways faculty can improve their public speaking skills

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."

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Meet Distinguished Communicator Dwayne Hinton

Dwayne Hinton's pursuit of knowledge surpasses any one discipline. This is why he'll be graduating in December with three bachelor's degrees.

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How one course is developing communication skills to tackle an industry-wide problem

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.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Antarctic Ice Sheets

In Episode 31 of LSU Experimental, 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.

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Encouraging end-of-semester reflection from students

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.

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Blake Kruger on being a Distinguished Communicator

Learn about his path from LSU to med school and how being a Distinguished Communicator has helped his career so far.

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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 Heather McKillop preserves Mayan artifacts with 3D printing

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.

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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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Uncovering Star Composition with Catherine Deibel

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.

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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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Monsoons, Mountains, & Civilizations with Peter Clift

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.

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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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