An LSU biologist is going to apply her recent advances in plant research—discovering the genes that allow certain plants to grow in extreme environments—to engineer more resilient biofuels. Maheshi Dassanayake, associate professor in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences, shares a 2.6 million grant from the US Department of Energy with Stanford University.
Niloufar Emami, assistant professor of architecture and holder of the A. Hays Town Professorship, has received the 2020 ARCC Research Incentive Award from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium for a research project on how to use 3D printing in novel ways to narrow the gap between design and fabrication.
Marlene Janes, professor and graduate coordinator in the LSU College of Agriculture and member of the LSU Council on Research, has won the award for National Excellence in Multistate Research together with two of her LSU AgCenter colleagues, assistant professors Achyut Adhikari and Wennie Xu. These awards for exemplary research and outreach efforts come from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Janes is using chemical and natural antimicrobial compounds to control or eliminate foodborne pathogens on the surfaces of meats, poultry, fruits, and vegetables.
The NSF CAREER program supports early-career faculty who demonstrate the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organization.
Carolyn Ware, folklorist and associate professor in the LSU Department of English has received a $305,045 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, grant—a significant accomplishment for a humanities scholar—for a project titled Human Impacts of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industries in Plaquemines Parish, which she will work on together with Michael Pasquier, director of the Center for Collaborative Knowledge and associate professor of religious studies and history at LSU.
Wesley Shrum, professor in the LSU Department of Sociology, has received a $105,795 grant from the National Science Foundation to film paleontologists searching for fossils of the earliest humans (and hominids) in Kenya, documenting how they draw grand conclusions about our species.
Chris Barrett, associate professor in the LSU Department of English, received a teaching release this fall semester from the Board of Regents as well as an Everett Helm visiting fellowship at the Lilly Library at Indiana University to work on her second book, on trees.
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