International Research Fair 2017
The fourth annual International Research Fair, themed “Diversity, Collaboration, Engagement”, was sponsored by LSU International Programs (IP) and co-sponsored by AgCenter Global Network and LSU Global on November 15, 2017. The fair was held at the LSU Union, Atchafalaya Room, from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. The fair is a forum for visiting scholars to showcase their scientific research and to interact and engage with colleagues and the LSU community. The annual International Research Fair is an IP initiative, coordinated by Ms. Loveness Schafer, Associate Director of International Services.
Twenty-two visiting scholars and Fulbright visiting students demonstrated their research activities in the fields of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Biological Science, Costal Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Graphic Design, Physics and Astronomy, and Veterinary Medicine. A main purpose of International Programs is to help LSU as a university become more globally engaged and culturally adept. The international research fair is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the globalization of research within LSU. The dedicated scholars and Fulbright students spend countless hours researching a multitude of topics from the growth promotion of soybean and disease management of root and stem rot to observing electronic dynamics in molecules with strong laser fields. Having these amazing scholars and Fulbright students at LSU is a considerable stride forward in representing the importance of internationalization and engaging with researchers on a global level.
Dr. Matt Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services, gave opening remarks, highlighting the alignment of the research fair to the LSU Strategic Plan 2025. Ms. Susan Karimiha, Coordinator, AgCenter Global Network, welcomed visiting scholars and guests, on behalf of the research fair’s programming committee. Ms. Collette Agnese, Lead of Institutional Engagement, Institute of International Education (IIE) gave the Keynote address, explaining the mission of IIE and its partnerships with institutions of higher education. Dr. Matt Lee and Ms. Collette Agnese were introduced by Dr. Hector Zapata, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs.
Prizes were awarded to the top four poster presentations. Because of the extraordinary quality of the scholars and Fulbright students’ research, there were two first place winners. Alexander A. Reyes (Fulbright Scholar from Honduras) tied with Dorien Reijnders Most (Postdoctoral Researcher from the Netherlands). Mr. Reyes studies Environmental Chemistry and his poster presentation explored mercury concentrations in Louisiana’s freshwater fish and its relationship to selenium. Ms. Most studies Pathology and the fertility and pregnancy problems in obese women and mice. Her poster presentation featured the role of material adipose tissue in the preeclamptic-like BPH/5 mouse. Tatiane Watanabe Negrao and co-presenter Joao Pedro Cavasin (visiting Veterinary Resident and visiting Student Intern, respectively; both from Brazil) came in second place. They partnered on their poster presentation due to their common research interest in Pathological Diagnostics. Thirdly, Rosalie Calderon (Fulbright scholar from the Philippines) and co-presenter Soheila Zarbafi, (visiting researcher from Iran) partnered in result of their similar interests in Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology. Prizes for the winning poster presentations were donated by LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts; LSU Rural Life Museum; Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts; and Ms. Jeannie Williamson, Administrative Coordinator, LSU Foreign Languages & Literatures.
First Place: Alexander A. Reyes (Fulbright Scholar from Honduras), Department of Environmental Science; Supervised by Dr. Edward Laws.
First Place: Dorien Reijnders Most (Postdoctoral Researcher from the Netherlands), School of Veterinary Medicine; supervised by Dr. Jennifer Sones.
Second Place: Tatiane Watanabe Negrao(left), and co-presenter Joao Pedro Cavasin(right), (visiting Veterinary Resident and visiting Student Intern, respectively; both from Brazil); hosted and supervised by Dr. Ingeborg Langohr of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Third Place: Rosalie Calderon (Fulbright scholar from the Philippines[right]), and co-presenter Soheila Zarbafi, (visiting researcher from Iran[left]); both supervised by Dr. Jong Hyun Ham of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology