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Doctoral student Maretta McDonald writes in SLATE about the COVID-19 stimulus bill punishing parents behind on child support

Doctoral student Maretta McDonald writes in SLATE about the COVID-19 stimulus bill punishing parents behind on child support

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Ten Minutes with Rainmaker Dr. Matthew Valasik

Dr. Matthew Valasik is informally known as a “gang scholar.” After completing his PhD in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine and joining LSU as an assistant professor of sociology in 2014, Valasik’s focus has been on applied research at the intersection of geography, place, and theory to better understand the community contexts of crime and policing. Last year, he led the first study to show a statistical connection between homicide, blighted buildings, and proximity to convenience stores in Baton Rouge, finding that nearly 25 percent of homicides take place within the same areas that comprise about 3 percent of the city. In a time when gang behavior, traditionally defined within a specific neighborhood or territory, often finds parallels in various online activities of organized groups, Valasik continues to explore how his specific expertise on gangs can translate to new ways of thinking about communities with shared agendas on a much larger scale.

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Dr. Tim Slack's Op-Ed on the importance of the 2020 Census for Louisiana

Dr. Tim Slack's Op-Ed on the importance of the 2020 Census for Louisiana. In 2020, the Census Bureau will for the first time allow people to submit their census responses online, along with the options of responding by mail and by phone. The hope is that these options will improve self-response rates.

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Ethnografilm, managed by the LSU Video Ethnography Lab, rated in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals.

According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, Ethnografilm Paris ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.

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Dr. Lori Martin funded by NSF for study on benefits of technology for youth educational success.

Dr. Lori Martin and colleagues, Juana Moreno, Yu Chen, Fernando Alegre and Benjamin Necaise were just awarded $1,000,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research proposal: "BRBYTES: Baton Rouge: Bringing Youth Technology, Education and Success."

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Dr. Wes Shrum and Dr. Mark Schafer funded by NSF for video ethnography study

Dr. Wes Shrum and Dr. Mark Schafer were just awarded $106,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research proposal: How to Collect Humans: A Video Ethnographic Approach to Fieldwork in Paleontology.

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Doctoral student Jiabin Fan receives ICPSR's Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship.

Doctoral student Jiabin Fan receives the prestigious Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship to participate in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at University of Michigan. This scholarship covers the fee to enroll as a Program Scholar. The Clogg Scholarship is a very esteemed one, awarded each year to a handful of graduate students in sociology in the United States.

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