LSU Vet Med Associate Professor receives CAREER grant

The National Science Foundation CAREER grant is for $550,000 over five years


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2017


Dr. Lee

Charles Lee, PhD, associate professor in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM), has been awarded a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $550,000 over five years. The grant will support Dr. Lee’s research focusing on understanding how the brain processes auditory information in normal and disease states, as well as supporting his educational, scientific outreach through his radio show, The Groks Science Show. The funding began on August 1, 2017.


The CAREER Program offers the National  Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in both research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.


The ultimate goal of Dr. Lee’s research is to understand how multi-sensory inputs are integrated into holistic perceptual experiences by the brain. This grant will provide support for salaries and research supplies, as well as funding for the new public interactive components to his science radio show.


“I feel very fortunate and honored to have received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, particularly since the program emphasizes both research and teaching efforts,” says Dr. Lee. “I feel that it is incumbent upon scientists to make advances in science and scientific thought accessible to the public, particularly in this day and age.”


Dr. Lee is from Flagstaff, Ariz. and has been a faculty member at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine since 2011. He has been producing and hosting his radio show for more than 16 years, starting as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. The Groks Science Show is syndicated nationally through the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and can be heard in the Baton Rouge area on WHYR 96.9 FM.


For more information about Dr. Lee’s research, please contact Julie Thomas, public relations coordinator at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, at or call 225-578-0110.


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