LSU Faculty Senate
The representative governing body of the Faculty Council.
Six LSU faculty members have been selected as Rainmakers this year by the LSU Council on Research based on their outstanding scholarship and creative activity within their respective ranks and disciplines. The Rainmaker awards recognize sustained work with high impact on the academic community and beyond, often in alignment with LSU's Scholarship First Agenda to elevate lives.
Andrew J. Maas, associate vice president for research overseeing the LSU Office of Innovation & Ecosystem Development, has been named board chair of AUTM, a global nonprofit whose members support the commercialization of academic research. Maas has more than 16 years of experience in technology licensing and commercialization. He succeeds Almesha L. Campbell, PhD, assistant vice president for research and economic development at Jackson State University. Maas's term as chair ends in February 2025.
Head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Richard W. Spinrad will make a rare visit to LSU on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to recognize LSU's nation-leading coastal and oceanographic work.
Louisiana faces a significant challenge with childhood obesity, ranking among the highest in the country , leading to severe health issues in children. LSU Kinesiology Professor Senlin Chen, PhD, and his team have secured a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The three-year, $450,000 project, named ProudMe (Preventing Obesity Using Digital-assisted Movement and Eating), aims to implement a novel obesity prevention intervention in Louisiana schools. This important research directly supports LSU's Scholarship First agenda, particularly in biomedical research and discovery, and ensures LSU is meeting "the challenge of improving the state's health outcomes head-on."
LSU’s historic win for Louisiana and energy economic development in the state—$160 million in funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Engines program with an additional $67.5 million through Louisiana Economic Development—was enabled by leading industry partners, including Shell, ExxonMobil and Baker Hughes.
Highly competitive NSF Engines grant will provide up to $160 million to support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs and develop the energy workforce.