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LSU: SEC Champs in Football and Return on Investment

While the entire LSU community is excited about capturing the SEC’s football championship, LSU is also the SEC champion when it comes to providing an education with return on investment. A new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that LSU ranks #1 among the SEC’s public institutions when comparing graduate earnings versus average student debt. The university also leads SEC peers in the category of lowest median debt for students after graduation.

But LSU’s high ranking in these metrics is not just regional. As in football, the university is a national leader. In the earnings-to-debt ratio, LSU ranks 13th nationally among major public research universities, ahead of institutions such as the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan, and Purdue University. In addition, LSU ranks #5 among the country’s 50 flagship universities, and #3 among the nation's 75 land-grant institutions.

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 LSU is Fierce for Research 

Research is an essential part of LSU's mission, and we are charged with finding innovative solutions to the state’s most pressing issues. Across all eight campuses, our faculty and researchers are continuing to secure incredibly competitive grants that advance society, contributing to LSU’s collective active research portfolio of $1.1 billion. 

Researchers at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans recently completed one of the largest studies ever undertaken on premature infant health. Their work focused on treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis, a life-threatening disease that has a 50% mortality rate among infant children.

LSU’s flagship campus was one of 33 universities chosen to receive funding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish the Expanded Nuclear Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, a collaboration between our Colleges of Coast and Environment, Engineering, Science, and the Center for Energy Studies.

LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter Terrorist Education is formally partnering with the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, housed at LSU, to better leverage the university’s assets in creation of programs for aerospace research, education, technology and economic development. 

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Two New Deans on Flagship Campus

Dr. Troy Blanchard has been formally named dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Blanchard, an LSU alumnus, joined the university faculty in 2007 as a professor of sociology. He is widely recognized for his research, which has secured over $4.5 million in funding for LSU during his time on the faculty. 

Dr. Roland Mitchell was formally named dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education. He joined LSU’s faculty in 2005 and is recognized for his research on the impact of higher education on communities. He is the author of six books and numerous scholarly articles. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Mitchell also serves on the advisory board of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, and the Louisiana Governor’s Taskforce on Community Policing and Reform. 

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  LSU Faculty are Fierce for Achievement

LSU’s outstanding faculty are fierce in their constant pursuit of excellence. This commitment to a high academic standard brings many international and national honors to the university and shines a spotlight of excellence on Louisiana.

Dr. Brant Faircloth, assistant professor of biological sciences, was named one of the world's “Highly Cited Researchers” by the Web of Science group. He was cited more than 8,000 times during the last year and has appeared in almost 90 published works.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has announced the creation of a national award named in honor of LSU Professor Jinx Broussard. This accolade will recognize a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the teaching of media history.

Boyd Professor Susanne C. Brenner has been elected president of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. SIAM is a 14,500 member, global organization dedicated to promoting research in scientific and mathematic fields.

Three LSU AgCenter researchers and extension educators received the National Excellence in Multistate Research award from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LSU Health Shreveport’s Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Chris Kevil, has obtained commercial licensing for a groundbreaking treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease.

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College of Science Launches New Publication

Earlier this month, the LSU College of Science produced the first edition of “Pursuit for Kids” – a STEM-themed newspaper aimed at elementary and middle school students. The publication is full of articles and activities designed to encourage students’ interest in STEM careers and inform them about all of the opportunities offered by the College of Science. This month, 36,000 copies were distributed to schools in East Baton Rouge Parish.   

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

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Only children are more likely to be obese, study says

Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher Chelsea Kracht discusses how lifestyle and diet habits among families with a single child tend to lead to greater rates of childhood obesity. 

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Black Hole Factories May Hide at Cores of Giant Galaxies

LSU and LIGO scientists discuss their discoveries and new theories about how black holes can revolutionize the study of space.
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Health Officials in “Cancer Alley” Will Study if Living Near a Controversial Chemical Plant Causes Cancer

Louisiana Health officials discuss how the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the Louisiana Tumor Registry are essential to the study of cancer near a chemical plant in St. John the Baptist Parish. 

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You Can Improve Longevity By Having This Diet At Least Once A Month

Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center studied how timing is key to ensuring that dieting works and how that factor can also affect an individual’s life span.

Mark Your Calendars!

Stories in Art / Historias en Arte at LSU Museum of Art

December 14, 10:30 a.m. at the LSU Museum of Art 

Spanish and English readings of children's books, plus an additional art activity. Admission is free and children up to age six are welcome to attend with a parent. 


Museum Special Saturdays - Escape From Disaster

December 14, 10 a.m. in Foster Hall

LSU ecologist Rachel Harman will have a special presentation for kids ages 5-12, discussing how animals adapt to new habitats when the environment forces them to move. The program is free to attend and participants are asked to pre-register online.


Commencement Activities

December 20, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Fall 2019 graduates will be awarded their degrees by LSU’s colleges. Commencement speakers for individual ceremonies include Governor John Bel Edwards and Mary L. Werner, Chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Specific ceremony details can be found online.