Official newsletter of the LSU College of Science  |   August 2015 
See photo and video highlights from the the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Ready, Set, GEAUX! 
College Hosts Second Annual Geaux Science Welcome for First-Year Students 

The College of Science kick started the fall semester with hot dogs, snow cones and cool college swag for its newest students. All first-year students with plans to major in a College of Science program were invited to spend a Sunday afternoon in the LSU Museum of Natural Science for the college's 2015 Geaux Science welcome. The students were given Geaux Science t-shirts and sunglasses and encouraged to view the museum exhibits and explore the diversity of student organizations in attendance.  

"We decided to have a bit of fun with our students before the start of lectures and labs," said Cynthia Peterson, College of Science dean and Seola Arnaud and Richard Vernon Edwards Jr. Professor.
"This event gives our new students an opportunity to meet the faculty and their peers, learn about undergraduate research opportunities and explore how they can get involved on campus through student organizations."
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s H-IIB rocket launched at 7:50 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. LSU Physics & Astronomy Chair Mike Cherry represented LSU at the launch.
LSU Astrophysicists Lead U.S. Science Team's International Space Station Experiment

Astrophysicists John Wefel, Mike Cherry and Greg Guzik have been searching for possible nearby sources of very high energy cosmic ray particles and signatures of Dark Matter through high altitude balloon flights of the ATIC experiment launched from Antarctica. They are now part of a new experiment for the Space Station - CALET - which will provide a multi-year exposure in space to provide new and expanded data to continue the search.

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> Listen to Greg Guzki's interview on the Jim Engster Show

> Watch Space Station Live interview with John Wefel
Physics Professor and CIMM Co-PI Phillip Sprunger works with undergraduate materials science students in the physics laboratory.
LSU Faculty Secure $20 Million Grant to Form Louisiana Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $20 million grant to the Louisiana Board of Regents to fund the creation of a consortium that will support advanced manufacturing research and initiatives.    

The Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials, or CIMM, will work over the next five years to advance applications in 3-D metal printing and multi-scale metal forming. It will draw from a network of state resources-including faculty expertise from five state universities, and centers of excellence

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Super Bugs Beware!
Chemistry Professor Receives Grant to Fund Research on Novel Antibiotics

In an effort to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistant infections, or "super bugs," Carol Taylor, LSU professor of chemistry and department chair, has been awarded a $390,000 National Science Foundation grant to research a family of potent antibiotics with considerable therapeutic potential.

Exploring the GĂ©ologie of France 
This summer, 45 LSU students spent five weeks exploring the geology of Paris as part of the " LSU in Paris " program . Associate Professor of Palynology and Museum of Natural Science Curator Sophie Warny was one of five instructors to guide the students through Paris and Southern France.  

Explore the Science of LIGO  
at LIGO Science Saturday, September 19
Explore the interactive exhibits in the LIGO Science Education Center during LIGO Science Saturday, September 19 from 1pm to 5pm. The event is held the third Saturday of each month and allows budding scientists of all ages to explore the science of LIGO through 50 hands-on exhibits designed to demonstrate LIGO concepts.

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Katrina & Rita:
A Decade of Research and Response 
In commemoration of the storms' tenth anniversary, the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) is hosting Katrina & Rita: A Decade of Research & Response, a coordinated collection of free events and activities that highlight the storm related research conducted by LSU faculty, staff and students.
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Yellow Rail fitted with a radio transmitter to determine how long it will stay in the area

MNS Co-Sponsors Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
This year marks the seventh anniversary of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival (YRARF), one of Louisiana's most successful bird watching events. 
Based in the rural community of Jennings in Jefferson Davis Parish, YRARF brings birders and farmers together to realize the value to birds of the area's "working wetlands," and offers a unique opportunity to view the secretive Yellow Rail, a small marsh bird found in wet meadows and shallow marshes.  
Steve Cardiff and Donna Dittman, collection managers in the LSU Museum of Natural Science created the festival with rice farming friends Kevin and Shirley Berken and LSU Agriculture Center statewide agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch. The event attracts visitors from more than 20 states throughout the U.S. This year's festival will be held October 28 - November 1.


A. Landolt
S. Walker
D. Zhang
LSU Ball Professor Emeritus in Physics & Astronomy Arlo Landolt was presented the Astronomical League's Leslie C. Peltier Award "for his development of photometric stellar standards for use by professional and non-professionals alike, and his overall support for the astronomical community," at the Astronomical League Convention in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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The Shapes of Things: A Practical Guide to Differential Geometry and the Shape Derivative written by LSU Assistant Professor of Mathematics Shawn Walker has been published in the SIAM monograph and textbook series Advances in Design and Control. 

Associate Professor of Chemistry Donghui Zhang has been named to the Editorial Board of Nature Reports, part of the Nature Publishing Group.


Professor and Hearne Chair of Theoretical Physics Jonathan Dowling published "Quantum Hall effect with small numbers of vortices in Bose-Einstein condensates" in the August edition of Physical Review online.

Revati Kumar, LSU assistant professor of theoretical chemistry, and members of her research team, Tanping Li and graduate student Kiara Taylor-Edinbyrd, published "A computational study of the effect of the metal organic framework environment on the release of chemically stored nitric oxide" in the August edition of
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.


Bravo for Paleo
Biology Student Offers Healthy Alternative
to Fatty Game Day Food

Football and fatty foods may go hand in hand for most fans, but senior biology major Monica Bravo hopes to cull the trend of unhealthy concessions with a paleo inspired alternative.
In 2013, Bravo launched Bravo for Paleo, a blog with an impressive catalog of paleo recipes and encouragement for those ready to explore the paleo way of life.
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ASF Award recipients Colleen Robichaux and Austin Baldwin


Two College of Science Students
Receive Astronaut Foundation Scholarship 
College of Science seniors Colleen Robichaux and Austin Baldwin are recipients of the prestigious Astronaut Foundation Scholarship, one of the most significant scholarships given to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The scholars were named among 38 recipients from more than 30 institutions throughout the U.S.
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Physics Student Develops New Video Game
for Mobile Devices  
Craig Jones, LSU double major in physics and computer science and lead developer of After Hours Lab, have produced Space Shrimp, a game for mobile devices that chronicles the story of Grub and Shwil, two comet crossed lovers who just happen to be shrimp.

Jones took a video game course at LSU last spring and decided to put what he had learned to work. Joining forces with a team of designers, programmers, gamers and musicians, Morgan developed an original video game. 


College of Science Names New SRC Rector

Hollie Hale-Donze, LSU instructor of biological sciences and former research associate in the Shared Instrumentation Facility, or SIF, has been named rector of the Science Residential College, the living-learning community for first-year students interested in College of Science programs.
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Maverick Assumes Associate Dean of Academic Services Position

Andrew Maverick, Philip & Foymae West Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and former chair of the LSU Chemistry Department, has been named associate dean for Academic Services. George C. Kent Professor Emeritus John Lynn retired from the position this summer and Maverick came on board as acting dean. Maverick assumed the position permanently this month and will continue to serve as the lead administrator for the Office of Student Services.

Welcome to the LSU College of Science! 

The college is excited to welcome eight new tenure-track faculty and four new full-time instructors.
The newest additions to the faculty community are:

Tenure-track Faculty
  • Erik Aschehoug, assistant professor of biological sciences (ecology)
  • Arnab Ganguly, assistant professor of mathematics (stochastic processes)
  • Yuchen Liu, assistant professor of biological sciences (molecular microbiology)
  • Scott Marley, assistant professor, physics and astronomy (experimental nuclear physics)
  • Gerald Schneider, associate professor of chemistry (neutron scattering)
  • Carol Wilson, assistant professor, geology and geophysics (geochronology)
  • Rui Zhang, assistant professor, physics and astronomy (medical physics)
  • Guangsheng Zhuang, assistant professor of geology and geophysics (geochronology)
Full-time Instructors:
  • Hollie-Hale Donze, biological sciences
  • Tiah Alphonso, mathematics
  • Jacob Blanton, mathematics
  • Michael Muffuletto, mathematics


LSU Alumnus Mario Garner Named Sr. VP
and CEO of New Memorial Hermann Hospital
LSU microbiology graduate Mario Garner has been named the first Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, a 64-bed hospital scheduled to open early 2016. Prior to assuming this role, Garner served as the inaugural president and CEO of the New Orleans East Hospital. He joined New Orleans East in August 2013 while it was still under construction. During his tenure, he successfully recruited hospital leadership, staff and physicians to re-establish a full-service inpatient hospital to an area severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.      

Chemistry Graduate Anna Normand
Receives Competitive Knauss Fellowship
LSU College of Science and Ogden Honors College alumnus Anna Normand has been quite busy since she graduated from LSU with a degree in chemistry in 2011. That same year, Normand received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which she's using to pursue a PhD in Soil and Water Science at the University of Florida. She also just found out she's been named a 2016 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow . This competitive fellowship places graduate students in oceanic or coastal research-related fields in one-year marine policy positions with the federal government.

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LSU sets fundraising record with $193M

In the past year, LSU has shattered several major fundraising records - efforts that university leaders say will help the university grow and improve programs - even as state funding remains relatively stagnant.

Faced with the possibility of potentially catastrophic cuts to its state funding when the legislative session started a few months ago, LSU managed to take in $193 million from private donors during the budget year that wrapped up June 30 - more than double its previous fundraising record, set just a year before.

LSU Boyd Emerita Mary Good
Featured in Arkansas Business 

Mary Good, a standout in radiochemistry with a remarkable 25-year research and teaching tenure at LSU, was featured in Arkansas Business.

Good, a 2006 Hall of Distinction Inductee, was the first woman at LSU to achieve the university's highest faculty rank of Boyd Professor. Her career, which spans more than 60 years, includes presidential appointments to the National Science Board (twice), the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and Undersecretary for Technology in the Department of Commerce.

> View the full article in Arkansas Business



The College of Science would like to welcome the newest members of the Dean's Circle.
Thank you for your contribution to the teaching and research activities in the college.

  • Dr. John R. Gilmore, June 2015


Click HERE for a complete list of Dean's Circle Members 


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