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*A previous version of this newsletter misstated the name of LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. It has been corrected.

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LSU is one of only 33 NOAA-designated Sea-Grant universities in the country. With nearly a century of coastal research excellence and more than 200 faculty members currently focusing research on coast-related challenges, the state's flagship uses research and outreach to protect our state's citizens and natural resources from land-loss, hurricanes and storm surge. Just recently, more than 80 LSU faculty, staff and students shared their research at the "State of the Coast" conference in New Orleans to advance Louisiana's ability to thrive, even throughout hurricane season.

To learn more about LSU's commitment to the coast, visit www.lsu.edu/researchworks/coast.

Green Blooded Skink

LSU Scientists Learn Lizard's Green Blood Might Have Benefits for Human Health

Zachary Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate in LSU's Department of Biological Sciences, and Chris Austin, biology professor and curatory of herpetology at LSU's Museum of Natural Science, recently published a study exploring the mystery of green blood in lizard species of New Guinea. Their research found that this evolutionary oddity developed over four different lineages. The toxic bile that gives their blood its lime-green color has potential for treating malaria, jaundice, and more.

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Art History Professor Darius Spieth Presents Research at Louvre

LSU art history professor Darius A. Spieth was invited to speak and give a book-signing at the world-renowned Louvre Museum in Paris, France on May 28. He presented research on 18th-century art merchant Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun.

Based on the findings revealed in Spieth’s recently published book, Revolutionary Paris and the Market for Netherlandish Art (Brill, 2018), his lecture retraced Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun’s career. The event was held in the Great Auditorium of the Louvre, under the I. M. Pei pyramid, with a full, standing-room only attendance.

LSU Public Relations Students - Winners of National Bateman Competition

LSU-NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education Develops Strategic Plan to Advance Global Security

LSU-NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education has already significantly impacted national and international preparedness. More than 372,324 responders have been trained through its programs over the last 20 years. With the development of its Strategic Plan 2025, NCBRT identifies opportunities to use its established knowledge, skills and resource capital to further impact preparedness and response capabilities globally – keeping our families safe while maintaining LSU's long-term leadership role in national security.


LSU Student Public Relations Team Wins Top National Award

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication took home first place in the country’s premier public relations competition this week, beating out 84 other university teams from across the country.

The LSU team, which formed the local Tigers with Purpose organization, was comprised of senior public relations students Josie Bonnette, Chloe Kingston, Kevin Miner, Meagan Morvant and Amanda Rabalais.

During the “Fight for Five” campaign, the Tigers with Purpose team raised $1,500 for With Purpose and reached an audience of more than 1.9 million people through innovative approaches to placing news stories with local and national media outlets, social media, community partnerships, local events and video content.

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LSU Introduces Coastal Voices Initiatives, looking for stories from Morganza and French Settlement to start

We're all familiar with the fact that Louisiana loses a football field of coast with every hour that passes. What many may not realize, though, is all the culture, knowledge, and history that disappears as well.

Michael Pasquier, LSU Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, LSU alumnus and Louisiana native, together with a group of LSU students, started the Coastal Voices initiative with funding from the Whiting Foundation.

Coastal Voices collects stories from Louisianans living along the coast in order to deepen public understanding of the natural and man-made challenges facing our state. Share your stories or learn more at coastalvoices.lsu.edu/.

Did You Know?

LSU faculty members discovered 14 new species last year.

LSU's Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture was ranked #1 in the nation.

Faculty across the LSU family of institutions were awarded 31 patents over the last twelve months.

Patrick F. Taylor Hall is the nation's largest free-standing engineering education complex, and the largest academic building in Louisiana.

Forbes recently rated LSU as one of the nation’s top “Best Value” Colleges.

To learn more about LSU's success stories, visit www.lsu.edu/accolades.

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June 26, 5 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre


Join LSU Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Megan Papesh to learn why humans think we're good at recognizing faces, when in reality, we are not, and to discover more about the societal implications of our deficits in perception and memory.

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!