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Voices from the Water

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.

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Finding Humans: Studying Paleontologists at Work

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.

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A Treatise on Trees: Environmental Thought in the Renaissance

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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Sweet, but Tough: Helping Farmers Grow Resilient, Shapely Sweet Potatoes

Arthur Villordon is a professor with the LSU AgCenter and a researcher at the Sweet Potato Research Station on Sweet Potato Road in Chase, Louisiana. Thanks to a three-year $220,970 grant from Lamb Weston, a food processing company specializing in frozen french fries, Villordon and his team is studying how farmers can grow sweeter, tougher, and more evenly shaped sweet potatoes through traditional and sustainable practices.

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Safeguarding Coastal Communities by Informing Homeowners of the Actual Risks and Total Costs of Flooding

Carol Friedland, the Cajun Constructors and Performance Contractors associate professor in the LSU Bert S. Turner Construction Management department, is working toward safer homes and enhanced community resilience in the face of stronger hurricanes and more frequent floods. She and her team, including Jim Wilkins, Niki Pace, and Melissa Trosclair, will help Gulf Coast residents make smarter housing decisions—calculating the total cost of homes that might or might not flood, and what it would cost to protect them—thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program.

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Studying the Enigmatic Dance of Electrons in Graphene

Daniel Sheehy, associate professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, will be the sole US scientist on an upcoming international collaboration—including Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim—to understand the electronic properties of graphene.

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National Academies of Sciences Awards LSU and Louisiana Sea Grant Funds to Bolster Gulf Coast Resilience

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program recently announced that it has awarded a total of $10.7 million in this latest round of Gulf Coast resiliency grants. LSU faculty and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program researchers are a part of two of the four funded projects.

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