LSU Hosts SURA Board of Trustees


BATON ROUGE – LSU hosted the Southeastern University Research Association, or SURA, Board of Trustees this week. SURA is a consortium of more than 60 leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada, established in 1980. LSU was one of its early members. LSU President F. King Alexander serves on the SURA Council of Presidents, LSU College of the Coast & Environment Dean Chris D’Elia serves on the SURA Board of Trustees and LSU Roy P. Daniels Professor of Physics Jerry Draayer serves as president and CEO of SURA, a position he has held since 1998.

On Tuesday, the SURA Board of Trustees visited the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, in Livingston, La., where the first-ever detection of gravitational waves were received. That evening, Alexander, D’Elia and LSU Vice President for Research & Economic Development K.T. Valsaraj hosted a reception and dinner for the presentation of the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award, which was given to Thomas J.R. Hughes, the Peter O’Donnell Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin, and the presentation of Celebrating 30 Years of the Internet from SURAnet Forward.

SURA’s mission is to advance collaborative research and education and to strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and the nation. It attracts and engages knowledgeable and forward-thinking scientists to pursue research that is beyond the scope of a single institution or small group of institutions. Coastal and environmental research, information technology and nuclear physics are three of the organization’s research and scientific initiatives.

The SURA Coastal Ocean Observing Program, or SCOOP, links existing coastal observation systems with the LSU WAVCIS, or Wave-Current-surge Information System, program to yield synoptic pictures in real-time of Louisiana’s coastal environment. SURA was integral to the formation of the strategic collaborations that developed the Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed, and continues to coordinate the advancement of this program in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

LSU was also an integral part in developing the SURANET high-performance computing network, which connects universities and other organizations in the southeastern U.S. to each other and to existing federal and international networks.

SURA was established in 1980 to design, build and operate what is now the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility – a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.


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