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LSU is still the “Ole War Skule”

More than 160 years after first being established as the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, LSU still holds true to its heritage by honoring the men and women of our armed forces through excellent student veteran services. For example, the Student Veterans of LSU recently won chapter of the year from Student Veterans of America, while LSU Online’s MBA Program ranked as one of the nation's top programs for veterans. In December, we celebrated an 83-year-old veteran receiving his Ph.D., and just last week LSU Shreveport opened an on-campus veterans' resource center.

Marie the Phantom

LSU Demonstrates Commitment to Improving Health

The world-renowned faculty across LSU's eight campuses are wholeheartedly committed to improving your health through research, education, outreach and medical training.

Just recently, the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing, which produces hundreds of talented professionals each year, was recently ranked #10 in the top 100 nursing schools and #4 among public schools. Researchers at LSUHSC-NO produced a potential breakthrough for Alzheimer's treatment after researchers found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can greatly benefit Alzheimer's patients. LSUHSC-NO scientists also discovered a protein that can stop the spread of breast cancer. LSU student Megan Moore created the world’s first 3-D printed full body human phantom to advance research on radiation therapy. And lastly, the DASH diet, developed by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was named the #2 best overall diet in the nation.

Dr. Alexander addresses sixth graders on campus

LSU’s Standard for Education is Excellence

As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU's mission includes providing an excellent higher education experience. LSU's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) was recently acknowledged for its incredible success in increasing retention and graduation rates among engineering students. 

LSU's School of Education launched a monthly newsletter called "Best Practices" to provide parents, educators and policymakers with solutions to commonly faced problems.

The University’s commitment to providing an excellent education for its students extends beyond the campus gates and on to K-12 students. LSU Engineering students developed 3-D tools to help Baton Rouge school children learn mathematics. For the fourth consecutive year, LSU hosted more than 800 sixth graders from East Baton Rouge so they keep they focus on the pathways to college. And Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell was honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with the Light Up for Literacy Award for her dedication to improving the lives of young children through literacy and education.

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LSU Protects the Gulf Coast and Promotes Environmental Sustainability

One of LSU’s greatest responsibilities is to conduct research that helps protect our invaluable coastal environment and natural resources. Demonstrating our recent success in this area, three LSU assistant professors were recently awarded seed funding to test the efficiency of their research on hurricanes wind, rain, storm surge and flooding.

Boyd Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences R. Eugene Turner recently published research proposing a new, cost-effective way to prevent coastal erosion and protect Louisiana’s wetlands. In order to better understand the species occupying these waters, LSU has received support from the National Science Foundation to begin an unprecedented study of fish that can walk.  Meanwhile, on dry land, the LSU Department of Chemistry faculty discovered a new internal structure for the nation’s most economically important agricultural plant – corn. This research is especially critical since corn is used for ethanol and biofuel.

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LSU Students and Faculty Rack Up National Accolades

LSU faculty and students are relentless in their pursuit of excellence, and their efforts are often recognized both nationally and internationally. Dean of LSU's College of the Coast & Environment Chris D’Elia was named a Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography in recognition of his exceptional track record as a coastal scientist. Additionally, Professor Don Chance of the Department of Finance was named Australia’s Macquarie Faculty of Business and Economics Visiting International Scholar.

Emmy Hicks, a Master of Public Administration student at LSU, has been awarded entry into the American Society for Public Administration's 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation named engineering Ph.D. student Matthew Jordan a Cooke Graduate Scholar. And Mobina Shafaati, a finance Ph.D. candidate, received funding from the Canadian Derivatives Institute for her research examining the measurement of the effects of sudden and extreme price movements on the risk of individual stocks. 

Finally, undergraduate student Chase Anselmo and Ph.D. candidate Takashi Taguchi were awarded grants from Sigma Xi, the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers, for their research regarding biology and behavioral ecology. 

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LSU Celebrates Louisiana's Unique and Rich Cultural Assets

As part of its strategic plan, LSU is proud to contribute and enhance the creativity that sets our state apart from the rest of the nation. To illustrate this, the LSU Wind Ensemble has been chosen from among dozens of other peer collegiate ensembles to perform at the College Band Directors National Association National Convention later this month. And with carnival season quickly approaching, Professor Naohiro Kato of LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences is continuing to create biodegradable Mardi Gras beads using microalgae to avoid clogging the streets of New Orleans with tons of plastic waste.

In the News: A Sample of LSU's Footprint in the National Media

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Congrats on the New Baby. Would You Like a Screening Test?

LSU Health Health Sciences Shreveport's Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr. MD is researching how the genomes of babies are sequenced and what ethical methods should be established to guide newborn genetic screening. 

Cooking Light logoWhy Does Wine Give Some People Headaches?

Dr. Sami Bahna, a professor with the Allergy & Immunology department of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, explains how genetics could play a part in how one digests and metabolizes wine in effort to determine why red wine can cause headaches.

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Bud Light Debuts Large Nutrition Label on Packaging

Research from LSU and Cornell tracked what happened when diners were given menus with calorie counts, finding that the information caused people to order lower calorie entrées and appetizers. Surprisingly, the knowledge had little-to-no impact on diners’ dessert and drink orders.

New York Times logoStressed and Stuck: The Health Costs of Traffic

This article references research done by LSU economist Louis-Philippe Beland demonstrating a link between extreme traffic congestion and domestic violence. 

WSJ logoCold Pursuits: A Scientist's Quest to Uncover Antarctica's Secrets

LSU's John Franks Endowed Chair Peter Doran has collected environmental data in Antarctica for almost three decades. This year he is leading a project that uses aerial sensors to probe beneath the surface of vast glaciers

Mark Your Calendars!

LSU Alumni Association | Topgolf Baton Rouge

February 24, 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Topgolf Baton Rouge on 10955 N. Mall Drive, Baton Rouge, LA


Join the LSU Alumni Association, along with members of Forum 35, from 4-6 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The cost of admission ($55) includes:

  • Guaranteed climate-controlled hitting bay with no waiting list
  • Free Topgolf lifetime membership
  • Each bay can have up to eight people (only six can hit golf balls)
  • Food. Soft drinks, tea and coffee are included - Cash bar is available
  • Clubs for men and women are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own clubs.

You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy the fun!

If you have any questions, please contact Lois at iamalsutiger1@gmail.com.


LSU Science Café | Mighty Mississippi

February 26, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre


Join LSU Center for River Studies Director Clint Willson for an informative talk about the powerful body of water in our own backyard: the Lower Mississippi River. Dr. Willson and his students study the river’s dynamic processes on the 90-foot by 120-foot scaled physical river model that was made possible through a partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking and light refreshments, 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

Share questions or feedback with Ashley Arceneaux, Director of Presidential & Policy Communications, at ash@lsu.edu