Happy Holidays from LSU 
Dear LSU Family and Friends,
As 2016 draws to a close, I hope your days are filled with joy and laughter and all the little things that make the holidays such a special time. In the spirit of celebration, I'm sharing with you a few of our university's most recent accomplishments. I hope you're as proud of LSU as I am.
Warmest wishes,
F. King Alexander

More Records
LSU recognized 1,697 graduates at fall commencement, which included the most degrees awarded to African American and Hispanic students during any fall semester. 
Shooting for Mars
Graduate student Nikki Button studies geology of volcanoes and impact craters on Mars but has the ultimate goal of becoming an astronaut for NASA. 
Problem Solving
LSU is the lead university in a consortium awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a regional transportation research center. 

Meet Poncho
During the historic flood of 2016, Poncho, a baby Brangus bull, was rescued and cared for by faculty from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. His story even ended up in People magazine

Best in the World
LSU's Gabriela Gonz├ílez has been named one of the top 10 scientists in the world by the scientific journal Nature, adding to an impressive list of accolades that include Scientist of the Year by Great Minds in STEM, Breakthrough of the Year from Physics World, Science Breakthrough of the Year and a top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. 
Did You Know?
Best Value:   LSU was rated as the best value among universities in Louisiana by  SmartAsset, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated LSU 65 among the top 100 public colleges for in-state students, putting LSU as the highest rated public university in Louisiana. 

National Academy of Inventors: L SU Boyd Professor of Chemistry and SEC Professor of the Year Isiah Warner and Professor of Veterinary Surgery Mandi Lopez have been named Fellows to the National Academy of Inventors

Cuban Delegation:  Earlier this fall, Ogden Honors College Dean Earle, Dean of the College of the Coast & Environment Christopher D'Elia, and Vice President for Research & Economic Development Kalliat Valsaraj joined Gov. John Bel Edwards' delegation on a trade mission to Cuba.
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