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You'll see a little more purple and gold in New Orleans this Mardi Gras: the Golden Band from Tiger Land will make its debut in the iconic Zulu parade alongside LSU's first ever Queen Zulu, sophomore Kailyn Rainey. The Krewe of Zulu starts rolling at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in New Orleans.

The LSU Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at the College Band Directors National Association National Convention in Tempe, Arizona, one of the highest honors available for a student ensemble.

LSU apparel design junior and Baton Rouge native Katie Brunet was only of only 17 students in the nation selected to attend New York Fashion Week, providing an invaluable experience that will help to shape her budding career. 

LSU School of Theatre alumnus Deaundré Woods will be performing in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton! this spring.

J. Gerald Kennedy, LSU Boyd Professor of English and expert on Edgar Allan Poe, is the co-editor of “The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe,” a book containing the most important essays ever produced on the famous poet.

The College of Music will host the 2019 Louisiana Bass Fest on Saturday, March 9, with special guest Satoshi Okamoto from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the 2019 Trumpet Festival on Friday, March 29, with special guests from around the country and Europe.


Boating Through the Wetlands

LSU is Home to World-Renowned Coastal Experts

Christopher D'Elia, Dean of LSU's College of the Coast & Environment, recently received the Wes Tunnell Lifetime Recognition for Gulf Science and Conservation for his dedication and achievement in support of a healthy and sustainable Gulf of Mexico environment and economy.

Five LSU faculty contributed to the newly published book, Coasts and Estuaries: The Future, which demonstrates the urgency of finding sustainable long-term solutions for the constantly changing conditions of the Gulf Coast and others worldwide.

LSU Associate Professor Kristine DeLong's research demonstrates how an ancient cypress forest off the coast of Alabama dating back more than 60,000 years ago reacted to a much different ecosystem when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. 

LSU scientists estimate that more than three billions metric tons of carbon exist on the world's coastlines, and they have identified global blue carbon "hot spots," signalling the first step in protecting these natural defense mechanisms to combat global warming. 

Ecogeomorphologist Dr. Carol Wilson shares her knowledge on river delta systems and research experience in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta and how it relates to the Mississippi river delta in a fascinating Q&A.

Faculty walking through BEC

LSU Means Business

ForensicsColleges.com recognized the Master of Accountancy degree program in the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Department of Accounting for excellence in combating securities and commodities fraud

A team of undergraduate students from LSU's Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Business Student Success placed runner-up out of 42 teams at the 2019 National Diversity Case Competition, an annual event where students are challenged to resolve diversity-related business ideas.

Statistical Analysis System named Master of Analytics student Lauren Agrigento a 2019 SAS® Global Forum Student Ambassador.

Four students in the E. J. Ourso College of Business advanced to the southwest regional finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an intercollegiate competition sponsored by the CFA Institute in which leading industry professionals teach business and finance students how to research, write and present a report. 


Law Center

LSU Knows the Law 

LSU Law's Advocacy Programs LSU Law students Joe Heaton and Briana Falcon swept best brief, best oralists, and first place at the regional rounds of the Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition in Dallas. The team now advances to the national championships on March 16 in Washington, D.C. 

Three more students from LSU's Law Advocacy Program placed first in the John L. Costello National Trial Competition, held in Fairfax, Va. last month. Team members Elise Benezech, Brooke Delaune and Allena McCain faced off against 32 teams from law schools across the country in the fast-paced, ever-changing Costello competition, and ultimately emerged as the 2019 national champions.

The LSU Law center's National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team tied for second place at this year's Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the largest interschool moot court competition. 

On campus, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center's Law Clinic recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Nearly 700 law students have participated in the Clinic and, under close faculty supervision, students practice law by representing real clients with important legal issues or serve as mediators in real cases of controversy. 


LSU Campus Aerial Shot

LSU Continues Research Excellence

LSU Mechanical Engineering graduate student Tatiana Mello is researching how to genetically engineer and optimize E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner.

A research group from LSU has greatly contributed to the understanding of genome sequencing of baboon species over the past seven years, shedding new light on the fundamental biological processes that generate new species.

LSU Assistant Professor Stephen Midway's new study shows that although the number of shark attacks has increased over time, the rate of attack is low and the risk of being attacked by a shark is highly variable across the globe. 

A study led by LSU Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Matthew Valasik is the first to show a statistical connection between homicide, blighted buildings and convenience stores.

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

National Geographic logoIt's Time to Rethink Mardi Gras—Without Tons of Plastic Beads

As the search for alternatives for plastic Mardi Gras beads continues, LSU Plant biologist Naohiro Kato is developing a method to create biodegradable beads that could be produced and manufactured locally.

The New York Times logoA School Board Says No to Big Oil, and Alarms Sound in Business-Friendly Louisiana

Executive Director of LSU's Center for Energy Studies David Dismukes weighs in on the East Baton Rouge Parish school board’s decision to reject Exxon Mobil request for a tax break. 
The Conversation logo
When Newspapers Close, Voters Become More Partisan

LSU Assistant Professor of Political Communication Joshua Darr weighs in on the importance of local newspapers. Darr and other researchers find that the loss of local news leads to political polarization, and this shift in media directly affects how people vote.

National Geographic logoWhy Insect Populations Are Plummeting—and Why It Matters

Timothy Schowalter, an entomologist at LSU, weighs in on the critical effects that could occur when certain insects responsible for decomposing animal and plant waste disappear.

Mark Your Calendars!

March 9, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Natural Science

Ichthyologist Pam Hart of the Department of Biological Sciences of LSU's Museum of Natural Science will explain why fishes in extreme environments need extreme adaptations to survive in the coldest, darkest habitats, fishes use specialized hairs, eyes, fins, and more to get around their world. These adaptations make them some of the weirdest looking fish out there! Anglerfishes, lanternfishes, and cavefishes are just some of the many fishes that manage to survive (and even thrive!) in some of the harshest environments on our planet.

Special Saturdays are free and especially appropriate for children ages 5-12. Sessions are held in the exhibit area of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (Foster Hall) from Please pre-register as attendance is capped.

March 13, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Holliday Forum, LSU Journalism Building

Hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affair at the Manship School of Mass Communication, the 2019 John Breaux Symposium will trace the barriers facing women in political leadership.

The event will feature a full day of panel discussions, and former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D., (R-NY) will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Discussion topics will explore the barriers that women in political leadership face, from their early socialization as children to the challenges of winning elections and serving in office.

RSVP at Eventbrite, or contact smalin@lsu.edu for more information. 

March 23, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Shop from over 5,000 homegrown perennials and annuals specifically selected by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners for success in your garden! The EBR Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale raises money to support the educational activities of the Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

Visit the plant sale website before the sale to browse the selections with images and specifications on the available varieties.

March 26, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre

Join artists and scientists in staged readings of, and commentaries on, some of the hottest selections from LSU's first national new science play solicitation and competition with Dr. Vince LiCata and Dr. Kristin Sosnowsky.

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