Research Magazine

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The Human Condition: Building Connections Across Neighborhoods

While Louisiana may be no stranger to disaster, it’s also intimately familiar with community resilience. To capture the qualitative stories of humanity and community resilience, sociology professor and disaster research scholar Frederick Weil and his research team of LSU undergraduate and graduate students have conducted and collected hundreds of hours of taped interviews with people and community leaders throughout the pandemic.

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Passionate Preservationist: Q&A with Rural Life Museum Director Bill Stark

Last year, the museum welcomed new Director Bill Stark, who will continue the Burdens’ vision of the museum while making it relevant and relatable to today’s visitors.

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What Happens When a Newspaper’s Opinion Page Ignores National Politics? New Research Finds More Local News Can Bring People Together

A Google alert prompted LSU Assistant Professor of Political Communication Joshua Darr to drop everything else he was working on. From the alert, he read that Julie Makinen, the executive editor of The Desert Sun newspaper in southern California, had mentioned one of his studies.

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Justice Reinvestment: LSU Helps Louisiana Decrease Mass Incarceration and Increase Workforce with Low-Risk Prisoners

Through faculty collaboration, student effort, and by using big data analysis to evaluate the risk prisoners pose to society and the needs they would have upon release—merging expertise in sociology and law—LSU has helped lower the Louisiana prison population by almost one-fourth in three years, saving the state more than $150 million annually.

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Combating the Opioid Crisis One Patient at a Time

LSU Department of Psychology Professor Julia Buckner is helping to add critically needed behavioral health services for patients who misuse opioids and other substances in Louisiana. Her team has already helped hundreds of patients through a growing partnership with Our Lady of the Lake, or OLOL, Regional Medical Center.

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Humans in Space: LSU Faculty Work to Improve Life on Earth and in Space

Life in space is a part of NASA astronaut and LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor’s reality and experience.

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Coastal Champion: Nancy Rabalais is Unstoppable in Her Prusuit to Protect the Gulf of Mexico

For more than three decades, Nancyy Rabalais has studied the hypoxic zone, a large region of water in the Gulf of Mexico where oxygen levels are so low that marine organisms cannot survive in it.

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Grit: New Reporters Cut Their Teeth Through the Rigorous Manship School News Service

LSU’s Manship School Statehouse Bureau is one of the only journalism programs in the country that helps fill these coverage gaps. Part of LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s experiential journalism curriculum,

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Meet Julie Lively

Julie Anderson Lively, the new executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, conducts research centered around commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico with a focus on blue crab including soft shell crab production, which generates about $293 million in Louisiana each year.