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2018 Rainmakers


LSU recently named the newest recipients of the Rainmaker Award for Research and Creative Activity, celebrating those faculty members who balance their teaching and research responsibilities while extending the impact of their work to the world beyond academia.

Everything LSU faculty do, in and out of the classroom, lab, or studio, has a ripple effect that extends outside the gates of their campus to transform the lives of people across the state.

I hope you'll join me in celebrating these exceptionally accomplished women and men who make LSU the outstanding university it is today.

Emerging Scholar Award | Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Chris Barrett, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Emerging Scholar Award | Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Morgan Kelly, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

Mid-Career Scholar Award | Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Karen Maruska, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

Senior Scholar Award | Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Barry Keim, Department of Geography & Anthropology, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Senior Scholar Award | Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Anne Grove, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

LSU Students Creating Beach-Accessible Wheelchair

One team of LSU College of Engineering students has put their education into real-world practice before graduating. Through their senior capstone course project, they are building a beach-accessible wheelchair for 22-year-old Cheslyn Simpson, who has a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia. Cheslyn looks forward to summer vacations on the beach with her family every year, but physically getting her chair through the sand is a taxing endeavor.

The students have been working on a protoype for the entire year, and are hopeful that the design could eventually be used for wider distribution, helping more individuals with limited mobility enjoy the beach.

Interested individuals can donate to their efforts through the LSU Foundation or GoFundMe.

law school national champs

Law Students Capture two National Championships

Two mock trial teams from the LSU Law Center won first place in a pair of national competitions on March 24. LSU Law students Zach Miller, of Baton Rouge, and Max Roberts, of Lafayette, were crowned champions of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition’s North American regional rounds in Washington, D.C. They also took home the award for Best New Team. 

Also on March 24, LSU Law’s team of Jessie Finley, of Belle Chasse; Sara Kuebel, of Covington; and Jacob Cunningham, of Tallahassee, Fla., won the 2018 John R. Brown National Admiralty Law Moot Court Competition in Seattle. They also won the competition's Maritime Law Association of the United States Award for the Best Brief.

Buildings NOLA

Art + Design Professor Authors Buildings of New Orleans

Lake Douglas, associate dean of research and development in the LSU College of Art + Design and professor of landscape architecture in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, coauthored Buildings of New Orleans, a detailed guidebook to New Orleans architecture.

This comprehensive, post–Hurricane Katrina overview of buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes tells a compelling story of the city through concise descriptions of nearly 300 significant structures, open spaces, and lesser-known places, enhanced by 175 photographs and 23 maps.

Anna Sightler

Anna Sightler Awarded LSU CAS Outstanding Supplemental Instructor

LSU Accounting senior, Anna Sightler, from Franklinton, La, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Saundra Yancy McGuire Outstanding Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader award in recognition of her service and commitment to the SI program.

Sightler leads SI sessions for Accounting 2001, where business students are introduced to financial accounting. She has been a SI leader for the last five semesters at LSU.


career award

Daniel Kuroda Named 2018 NSF CAREER Awardee

Assistant Professor Daniel G. Kuroda has received a 2018 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his research project, “Molecular Characterization of Motions, Interactions and Structure of the Lithium Salts in Organic Solvents via Non-Linear Infrared Spectroscopy.”

These prestigious early-career awards are given to “faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

Did You Know?


For every dollar the state invests, LSU provides a return of $13.25.


Michael Polito, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at LSU, was involved in the discovery of super-colony of 1.5 million penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula.


LSU Boyd Professor of Physics Ward Plummer has been recognized with the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award.


LSU Professor of Art+Design Ursula Emery McClure is the only American to be featured on @ArchDaily's list of 13 innovative female architects.


LSU held its first-ever Girls Night at the Museum to encourage local middle school girls to pursue careers in science. More than 30 attended the inaugural event.

In the News

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Mark Your Calendars!



April 11, 7 p.m., PMAC

Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist, sexual abuse survivor and activist, will speak on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center, or PMAC.

The Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Gamma will host the event for its biennial Lectureship in Values and Ethics. Admission is free and open to the public.

Raisman, a Massachusetts native, will discuss the values and ethics she follows as a gymnast, athlete and activist through a moderated question and answer session facilitated by Chad Sabadie, morning anchor on NBC 33-Baton Rouge.


LSU & Louisiana International Film Festival Host Screening of "Fail State"

April 18, 7:30 p.m., Roy O Martin Auditorium, 1100 Patrick F Taylor Hall

LSU will host the kickoff event of the Louisiana International Film Festival with a screening of "Fail State," an acclaimed documentary exploring the predatory nature of for-profit universities. The film is executive produced by Dan Rather. There will be a panel after the screening with director Alex Shebanow, LSU President F. King Alexander, and BRCC Chancellor Larissa Littleton-Steib.



April 23, 5 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre
*note that the April 2018 installment of LSU Science Cafe takes place on a Monday rather than the usual last Tuesday of the month.

E. & D. White Professor of Jazz Studies and virtuoso jazz bassist William Grimes will take us into his world of music, from improvisation to pops orchestra arrangements. Join him as he plays and discusses his creative process, improvisation and look back at the development of the jazz program at LSU over 34 years.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for free food and networking, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. Remember, people of all ages are welcome, so please spread the word and join us for a fun and informative night!