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LSU Launches $1.5 Billion Fierce for the Future Campaign

Last week marked the public launch of the LSU "Fierce for the Future" campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for higher education in Louisiana history. This marks the first time all eight LSU campuses have come together for such an endeavor. The campaign's fundraising goal is $1.5 billion, with $571.2 million (approximately 38% of this goal) raised during the silent phase.

Learn more about Fierce for the Future and how LSU is changing the world at fierceforthefuturecampaign.org.  


LSU Veterinarians Pose for the Camera

LSU Promotes Economic Development Through Research

LSU annually generates $5.1 billion in economic impact for Louisiana, and its collective success in securing competitive national research grants has served as a catalyst for future economic development.

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine more than $11.5 million to launch the Center for Lung Biology and Disease and develop new treatment methods for lung diseases, which affect approximately 15% of Louisiana's population. Following along in that vein, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor Yogesh Saini received a $2.7 million Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to conduct innovative research on ozone-induced lung diseases.

The LSU AgCenter received $1 million from the federal government to study roseau cane, one of the Gulf Coast's most erosion-resistant and critical marsh plants.

LSU Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Adam Melvin received approximately $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to help control protein degradation and create a more efficient diagnosis process for cancer and diabetes.

Three LSU faculty members were elected as senior members of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of their profound impacts on society's welfare.


LSU Student Walking in Enchanted Forest

LSU Pioneers the Future

Dr. Paul G. Harch, the Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU's School of Medicine, successfully treated a young boy's traumatic brain injury stemming from oxygen deprivation. Dr. Harch used innovative ‘Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy,' which may be a breakthrough treatment for victims of oxygen-related brain damage as well as Alzheimer's.

LSU Geaux Vote, a non-partisan student organization that encourages students to honor their civic responsibility, received approval from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council to make LSU a central location for a new polling place in East Baton Rouge and allow students to vote on campus.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and 14 other senators introduced the College Transparency Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would give students access to important outcomes-based information about colleges and universities allowing them to make informed decisions about their futures.


LSU Professor Lectures in the Quad

LSU Faculty Set the Standard for Excellence

Professor Jinx Broussard, LSU Manship School's Bart R. Swanson Endowed Memorial Professor, earned the 2018 Scripps Howard Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, in recognition of her expertise in teaching innovative and influential practices inside and outside the classroom.

World-renowned physicist and LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González has been awarded the 2019 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Faculty Achievement Award. In 2015, González helped to confirm Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity when she contributed to the historic detection of gravitational waves.

Professor Emeritus William C. Black was recognized for his outstanding services to the Department of Marketing’s Ph.D. program, receiving the 2019 Doctoral Educator’s Award from the Southeast Marketing Symposium member universities.

Kalliat Valsaraj, Roddey Distinguished Professor and Ike East Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the U.K.’s professional body for chemical scientists and experts.

Jean McGuire, William W. Rucks IV Endowed Chair and Professor of Management and department chair in the Rucks Department of Management, accepted a seat on the editorial board of Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), a peer-reviewed academic journal recognized as one of the top publications regarding corporate governance-related issues ranging from accounting to political science.

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Director of LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Institution Metabolism and Body Composition Lab, was named to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Three nurses from the #9 nationally ranked School of Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans, one physician from LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, and one medical professional from LSUHSC School of Dentistry – LSU Health New Orleans were all recognized as 2019 Health Care Heroes.


LSU Cheerleader Using Megaphone

LSU Student-Athletes Achieve Victory for LSU

LSU Gymnastics recently captured their third-straight SEC championship in front of an electric, record-breaking crowd at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The LSU Men's Basketball team finished on top of the standings to claim their 11th SEC title and first conference championship since the 2008-2009 season. 

LSU men's track and field athletes Rayvon Grey (long jump) and Mondo Duplantis (pole vault) won national championships at the NCAA Indoor Championships, becoming the first program in NCAA history to win both the long jump and pole vault at the event. 


Ask LSU: 7 Ways to Make Your Home Wetlands-Friendly

If you're like most Louisianans and are concerned about the future of our state and fragile coast, learn from LSU Assistant Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences at the College of the Coast & Environment Cassandra Glaspie on ways to make your home have less impact on our coastal environment. 


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

CNN logoThere's a Rise in Shark Attacks, But the Risk is Low, Study Finds

LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Stephen Midway explores the likelihood of being attacked by a shark while in open water.

National Geographic logoBrutal Beetles Kept World's Rarest Fish From Breeding - Until Now

LSU ichthyologist Prosanta Chakrabarty weighs in on unusual adaptations fish may take when in isolation.
NPR logoMassive U.S. Machines That Hunt for Ripples in Space-Time Just Got an Upgrade

After over a year of being shut down for hardware upgrade installations, The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has finally restarted in Livingston Parish.  

New York Times logoNo Hate Left Behind

LSU Political Communication Assistant Professor Nathan P. Kalmoe explores the rise in political partisan division and the potential for more hostile conflicts.


Mark Your Calendars!

LSU Discover Day 2019 | Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

April 9, 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the LSU Student Union

The general public is invited to the sixth annual LSU Discover Day Research and Creativity Symposium, where more than 350 undergraduate students will present. Stop by and check out posters, oral presentations, panels, an art show, and more. The event will be held all day in the LSU Student Union and is part of Undergraduate Research Week.

Disney's Approach to Business Excellence | Presented by Disney Institute and Hosted by LSU Executive Education

April 16, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex Auditorium

Executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals are invited to learn the powerful lessons developed by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in the continual pursuit of excellence with regards to leadership, employee excellence, employee engagement, an exceptional customer experience, and sustaining business results. Together, these elements forge an enduring bond between inspired leaders, motivated employees, satisfied customers, and an organization's ability to continually reinvent and grow the brand. During this course, you’ll start to think differently—outside the constraints of old frameworks. When you adapt Disney’s insights to fit your organizational needs, you'll gain the tools to make a positive impact and see results that you can sustain. Please register online for this great event!

LSU Science Café | Ancient Underwater Forest

April 30, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre

Join LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Associate Professor Kristine DeLong as she shares her research on an underwater cypress forest discovered off the coast of Alabama. DeLong dived the underwater forest, excavated it, and analyzed samples of the wood and ancient pollen to find out how old the ancient forest is.

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