Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Our award-winning faculty has been making an global impact, both inside and outside of the classroom, since 1860.

2018 Distinguished Scientist Award

The Southeastern Universities Research Association, or SURA, announced that Gabriela González, professor of physics and astronomy at LSU and former spokesperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, will receive the 2018 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award. The annual honor goes to a research scientist whose extraordinary work fulfills the SURA mission to “advance collaborative research and education” in the Southeast and nation.

National Teacher of the Year Award


LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Jinx Coleman Broussard, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2018 Scripps Howard Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Award. The national competition recognizes excellence in teaching in several areas, including innovative teaching practices, influence on curriculum, mentoring of students and faculty scholarship as it relates to teaching, leadership in educational activities and on-going industry engagement inside and outside the classroom.

LSU Professor McClure Named one of 13 Innovative Female Architects Around the World

photo: mcclure with student

Ursula Emery McClure, FAAR, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, A. Hays Town Professor in the LSU School of Architecture, was named on ArchDaily’s list of 13 top female architects, the only architect in the United States to make the list. The article “Celebrating A Generation of Women Leaders in Architectural Practices Around the World,” published April 3, 2018, recognizes innovative female architects across the globe.


President Trump has named LSU Department of Chemistry Barre Distinguished Professor Graça Vicente and the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.
Phil Stouffer, the LSU School of Renewable and Natural Resources Lee F. Mason Professor of Conservation Biology, will receive the 2019 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award from the American Ornithological Society, or AOS. This award is given to a senior ornithologist, who has provided extraordinary service to AOS. 
Professor Emeritus William C. Black has been awarded the 2019 Doctoral Educator’s Award from the Southeast Marketing Symposium member Universities, which include Florida State University, Louisiana State University, The University of Memphis, Mississippi State University, The University of Alabama, The University of Arkansas, The University of Georgia, The University of Kentucky, The University of Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee. The award recognizes those individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to marketing doctoral education during their careers.
Bart R. Swanson Endowed Memorial Professor Jinx Broussard, Ph.D., was named the 2018 Scripps Howard Teacher of the YearThis national award recognizes excellence in teaching in several areas, including innovative teaching practices, influence on curriculum, mentoring of students and faculty scholarship relating to teaching, leadership in educational activities and on-going industry engagement inside and outside the classroom.
LSU School of Theatre Billy J. Harbin Associate Professor John Fletcher was recently named Co-Editor for the prestigious journal Theatre Topics. A peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Theatre Topics is committed to publishing original scholarship with an emphasis on articles that reflect the intersection of theory and practice.
LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson received the Soybean and Corn Researcher of the Year award at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference on Jan. 31.
ForensicsColleges.com, an online resource specializing in forensic accounting programs across the country, has recognized the Master of Accountancy degree program in the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Department of Accounting for excellence in combating securities and commodities fraud. Professor Larry Crumbley was also recognized as an expert in the field.
Nature, the leading, international weekly journal of science has selected LSU Boyd Professor Isiah Warner for the Nature Award for Mentoring in Science. The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science were founded in 2005 to celebrate mentorship, a crucial component of scientific career development that too often goes overlooked and unrewarded. Through Warner's leadership and mentorship, the LSU Department of Chemistry has become the leading producer of doctoral degrees in chemistry for African Americans in the U.S. Under his direction, the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives has mentored countless numbers of students across eight programs from the high school to doctoral levels.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), in partnership with Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, has selected Louisiana State University professor Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell for the 2019 Light Up for Literacy Award. The award, which has been given annually since 2015, is presented in partnership with the State Library of Louisiana’s Center for the Book and is part of the state humanities council’s effort to honor individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. Sulentic Dowell and the other award winners will be honored on April 4, 2019, at the 2019 LEH Bright Lights Awards Dinner in Lafayette.

Marybeth Lima, Cliff & Nancy Spanier Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was recently named one of 32 “trailblazers”who have impacted engineering education in Prism Magazine’s 125th anniversary issue, the monthly publication of the American Society for Engineering Education.
LSU Libraries’ Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Brittany O’Neill recently received an Up and Comer award from ATG Media. The 2018 Up and Comer awards were only given to 15 recipients throughout North America.
English professor Chris Barrett, Ph.D., is the highest-rated LSU professor on the website ratemyprofessors.com. Read the Daily Reveille article.
Max Conrad, professor of landscape architecture at LSU for more than 50 years, was named a “Most Admired Educator” of 2018-19.

LSU Professor Tammy Dugas is developing a new cardiovascular stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time to promote healing and prevent blood clotting and inflamation.

LSU Professor Naohiro Kato is developing biodegradable Mardi Gras beads to prevent tens of thousands of pounds of plastic beads from ending up in landfills each year.

Art history Assistant Professor William Ma won the Site and Space in Southeast Asia research award, a two-year funded research opportunity in Southeast Asia.

Professor Milen Yakimov is part of the 2018 class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

The AMS recognized his contributions to noncommutative algebra and service to the community. This year the AMS selected 63 new fellows from its 30,000 members.

Milen Yakimov joined the LSU Math Department in 2008. He is the Michael F. and Roberta Nesbit McDonald Professor.

Louisiana Sea Grant Executive Director Robert Twilley is the recipient of the 2017 National Wetlands Award for Science Research from the Environmental Law Institute, or ELI. He will receive his award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 18, at the U.S. Botanic Gardens.

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González has been elected as a member to the academy. González is one of the 84 new members recognized for her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. She is an experimental physicist with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves in 2015 predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. 

James Ottea received the distinguished achievement in teaching award from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America at its meeting in Memphis on March 12-15. Ottea is a professor of entomology with the LSU College of Agriculture and a research scientist in the LSU AgCenter.
LSU Experimental Statistics Professor Luis A. Escobar recently received the prestigious Alan O. Plait Award for Tutorial Excellence during the 2016 annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, or RAMS, in Orlando, Fla. Escobar and research partner William Meeker of Iowa State University were given the award for the best tutorial presented at the 2016 RAMS meeting for their study “Experiences in Reliability Data Analysis.”
LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education’s associate dean, Dr. Roland Mitchell and Doctoral Candidate Sara Wooten’s book, The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence, has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) award, a prestigious honor presented to those voted the best in scholarly titles by Choice. In addition to being selected as an OAT, Wooten & Mitchell's volume was highlighted on the Top 25 Favorites list of the Choice editors.
Dr. Amanda Benson, Dunkirk, New York native, received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA). This award is designed to recognize and honor those who have served and demonstrated outstanding and unusual service to SEATA and the profession of athletic training. Benson is the Assistant Program Director for Athletic Training at LSU.

Dean Alkis Tsolakis, along with two other LSU faculty – Alexandre Leupin and Olivier Moreteau – were named to the French Republic’s prestigious Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Order of the French Academic Palms).

Nancy Isenberg, the T. Harry Williams Professor in the Department of History, is named the fourth most influential thinker, doer and visionary in American politics by Politico Magazine for her New York Times best-selling book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.

School of Education faculty Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Director of the Louisiana State University Writing Project and the Coordinator of the Grades 1-5 Teachers Education Program, selected as Earnest Oberholtzer Foundation Participant.

Four LSU researchers are recipients of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for 2016 announced today. These competitive awards are among the suite of activities in the program’s 30-year mission to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. outer continental shelf regions. 

Brian Chandler, the LSU AgCenter area forestry agent for southeast Louisiana, has been named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

University Laboratory School's Head Athletic Trainer Melissa Sorrells has been awarded the "Back to Sport" Grant, funded through the National Football League and American Hospital Association, in recognition of exemplary efforts as an advocate for youth sports safety.

James E. “Jay” Shelledy, professional-in-residence and Fred Jones Greer Jr. Endowed Chair at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, or AEJMC. The award honors professors for outstanding achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development.  

AEJMC, the nation’s largest organization of journalism professors, will present the award to Shelledy at its annual conference in Minneapolis in August.  

Dr. Petra Munro Hendry, St. Bernard Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association Endowed Professor, received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B Lifetime Achievement Award in Curriculum Studies on April 9, 2016 at the AERA National Meeting in Washington D.C.

Dr. Pam Blanchard is one of five people in the nation to receive a National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute, which honors excellence in wetlands conservation. Blanchard was honored on May 11, 2016, at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González was awarded the Brigadier General Juan Bautista Bustos prize from her home state of Cordoba, Argentina for her work that led to the detection of gravitational waves. She is the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of more than 1,000 scientists. Cordoba Governor Juan Schiaretti presented her the prize on May 17, 2016.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America have announced that LSU President F. King Alexander will be inducted in to the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 11, during a ceremony in New Orleans.

Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication, was named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists. The recognition is the society’s highest honor and honors those who have made an “extraordinary contribution to the profession.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, recognized a paper written by Emeritus Boyd Professor Harry Roberts and colleagues as historically important to the offshore civil engineering field. The paper, 3D-Seismic Amplitude Analysis of the Sea Floor: An Important Interpretive Method for Improved Geohazards Evaluations, was written 20 years ago. The paper was inducted into the ASCE Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame in Houston in May 2016. 

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 28 members, including LSU's Charles Fryling and Lake Douglas, to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016. Fellowship is among the highest honors ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

LSU Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Anthropology Andrew Sluyter's book, Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century, received the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers. The prize is awarded to "a serious but popular book about the human geography of the contemporary United States."

Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Mallory Vachon has been granted a W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research 2016 Early Career Research Award for her project, "The Temporary Migration Response to Industry-Specific Shocks: Evidence from the U.S. Shale Boom." The award provides resources for junior faculty to pursue research related to labor markets and public workforce policy. Vachon’s research interests include energy, labor, and public economics, with a focus on the local economic impacts of natural resource extraction.

LSU AgCenter forestry economist Shaun Tanger received a Southern Regional Extension Forest Resources Award for Excellence. Tanger’s award was for his forestry market blog, Stumpage Speak, which details price reports, market trend analysis and the economic outlook for the forestry industry.

Charlie Johnson, professor emeritus of horticulture in the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been awarded life membership in the Louisiana State Horticulture Society.

LSU Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy Ivan Agullo has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award to support his research on the early universe.

LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kathryn Fontenot has been named the recipient of the 2016 John E. Hutchinson Extension Award for Young Professionals from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Fontenot’s focus is developing and conducting statewide educational programs in the areas of commercial vegetable production, community gardens, school gardens, farmers markets and home gardens.

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor to be published in prestigious research journal.

Lawrence Datnoff has been named to receive the 2016 Alumni Award from the Virginia Tech University Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science. Datnoff is a professor and department head in the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology.

Associate Professor Marsha Cuddeback of the LSU School of Interior Design was elected to the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2016–17 Board of Directors as director-at-large of the organization’s Teaching Collaborative. Cuddeback will assume her new IDEC leadership role on May 1, 2016.

Guillermo Scaglia, a beef cattle researcher at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station in Jeanerette, and Stan Dutile, an LSU AgCenter extension agent in Lafayette Parish, each received the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council.

LSU physicists Thomas Kutter, Martin Tzanov and William Metcalf are among the scientists sharing the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced on Nov. 8. The prize is for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.
School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell achieves national board certification in the certificate area of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts for the third time.
LBaldridge, distinguished professor of mathematics at LSU, is the lead author and mathematician for Eureka Math/Engage NY, a national mathematics curriculum based on common core state standards designed for Pre-K through 12th grade. The curriculum was established two years ago to help students engaged in and get excited about mathematics. This unique program is the first complete curriculum that meets all of the common core state standards in every single grade.
School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell achieves national board certification in the certificate area of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts for the third time.
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Ilya Vekhter has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
LSU Assistant Professor Parampreet Singh in the Department of Physics & Astronomy has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to support his research on "Explorations in Quantum Gravity: Cosmological and Black Hole Spacetimes."
Bridget Robicheaux, counselor for the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA.

The film “As It Is in Heaven,” directed by LSU Theatre Assistant Professor of Television and Film Joshua Overbay has played around the country at several Film Festivals and has been mentioned by many critics as one of the top 20 films of 2014.

Kenneth Rose, the associate dean of research and professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at LSU’s School of Coast & Environment, or SC&E, recently traveled to Québec where he received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence.
LSU’s Mark Batzer, LSU Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor, along with Research Assistant Professor Miriam Konkel and Research Associate Jerilyn Walker in Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, contributed to an article featured on the cover of the scientific journal Nature, titled “Gibbon Genome and the Fast Karyotype Evolution of Small Apes.
Economics Letters has published a submission that LSU Department of Economics Assistant Professor Briggs Depew and Eric Cardella of Texas Tech University co-authored. The paper, “The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Reported Health of Young Adults,” concludes that individuals are six percent less likely to have health insurance when they turn 19, and that having health coverage significantly increases the likelihood of reporting excellent health among young adults.
LSU Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope is the lead author of a new study, “Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men,” that will appear in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
LSU Department of Accounting KPMG LLP Professor Larry Crumbley recognized by the Pfeiffer University Department of Accounting and Fraud Investigation for his outstanding career service in the field of forensic and investigative accounting.
LSU Psychology Professor and Distinguished Research Master Johnny Matson was named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for his work in the social sciences.  
LSU’s Mark Batzer, Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor in Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, contributed to an article in the scientific journal Nature Genetics, titled “The Common Marmoset Genome Provides Insight into Primate Biology and Evolution,” published on July 20.
Ellis Sandoz, LSU political science professor and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, has been named to the Library of Congress Advisory Board of Scholars for an exhibition on the Magna Carta.
Jacob Esselstyn, curator of mammals at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, was part of a research team that discovered a carnivorous water rat in central Indonesia. The species was previously known only to local people in the western highlands of Sulawesi Island, and has been used as a talisman by area residents to protect homes from fire.
Mark R. Cheathem’s “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” published by LSU Press, received the 2013 Tennessee History Book Award in May. The Tennessee History Book Award is annually attributed by The Tennessee Library Association to celebrate excellence in historical writing.
The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday, May 9, unanimously voted to award a Boyd Professorship to LSU History Professor Suzanne Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in the field of German history. A designation as Boyd Professor is the LSU System’s highest and most prestigious academic rank, and is only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements.
The Journal of Advertising has awarded Judith Anne Garretson Folse, V. Price LeBlanc Developing Scholar Professor of Marketing, its 2013 Best Article Award for “Defending Brands: Effects of Alignment of Spokescharacter Personality Traits and Corporate Transgressions on Brands Trust and Attitudes,” co-authored by former LSU faculty members Scot Burton and Richard Netemeyer. The article analyzes the role of spokescharacters in defending consumer perceptions of brand attitude, brand trust and the willingness to pay a price premium for the brand.
 LSU School of Education Associate Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell was selected for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education Award by the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Education in Higher Education.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has honored photographer Richard Sexton with the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography.
According to LEH’s press release, “Sexton combines artistry, storytelling and powerful evocations of the past to create work that reflects the rich landscape of Louisiana. His portrayals of the people, buildings and soil of the Gulf South follow in the path of the late Michael P. Smith.” 
LSU School of Kinesiology Associate Professor Russ Carson was selected as the 2014 Southern District Scholar Award from the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD. 
Craig Colten, the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography, represented LSU at the New Zealand Emergency Management and Business Resilience Summit in Wellington on Wednesday, Feb. 26. He was invited to present a featured plenary lecture titled “Lessons Learnt in New Orleans.”
Areendam Chanda, an associate professor who holds the John C. Hamilton Family Professorship for Developing Scholars in the Department of Economics, recently coauthored an article that the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics has accepted for publication. “Persistence of Fortune: Accounting for Population Movements,” written with Brown University Professor of Economics Louis Putterman and former E. J. Ourso college Ph.D. student and Yale School of Public Health Postdoctoral Associate C. Justin Cook, explores the reversal of fortune that has occurred for many countries that have emerged out of lands colonized by Europeans, beginning in the late 15th century.

Two LSU research projects featured in Discover Magazine’s "Top 100 Stories of 2013." Brent Christner, associate professor of biological sciences; Thomas Kutter, professor of physics and astronomy; and MartinTzanov, assistant professor of physics, conducted research recognized in the magazine’s annual listings.
  • Christner’s work on the exploration of lakes beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet came in at number 12 in the list. His groundbreaking work in this arena has been attracting international attention for years, and this is his second time being featured in Discover’s Top 100.
  • Kutter’s and Tzanov’s work with the Tokai to Kamioka, or T2K, international collaboration has also received international attention for several years. Coming in at number 66 in Discover’s list, the magazine describes the team’s discovery of new evidence of neutrino oscillations from one “flavor” to another as information that “may lead to insights about why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.”

Briggs Depew, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, was recently published in both Labour Economics and Explorations in Economic History.

  • “Elasticity of Supply to the Firm and the Business Cycle,” which appeared in Labour Economics, examines the idea that businesses possess a certain level of wage setting power.
  • “New Deal or No Deal in the Cotton South: The Effect of the AAA on the Agricultural Labor Structure," which appeared in Explorations in Economic History, examines the role of the Agricultural Adjustment Act in the rapid reduction of share tenants and sharecroppers.
LSU School of Education Associate Professor Eugene Kennedy received the “Champions of Workforce Development” award from the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance during their 2013 Contractor Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards Banquet.
LSU University Laboratory School art teacher Nancy Von Brock was named the 2014 Louisiana Art Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Art Education Association, or LAEA. 
Karen Deville, senior director of the Office of Advancement for the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, has been named among the 2013 Influential Women in Business by The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The list features nine successful businesswomen from varying industries in the Baton Rouge area.
University Registrar Robert Doolos recently received two honors by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, or AACRAO. Doolos was recognized as this year’s sole recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and joined seven members in receiving honorary membership to the association.

LSU University Laboratory School first-grade teacher Donna Lamonte was named as the math recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from President Barack Obama.

LSU Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Graham Bodie receives two prestigious recognitions in the field of communication:

  • named one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication, ranking in the top 1 percent of scholars who published articles in communication journals from 2007 to 2011, based on a study published in Communication Education.
  • 2012 Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, or NCA. The award was recognizes “a scholar whose body of work contributes significantly to knowledge of interpersonal communication and shows promise for continued contributions.”
Rudy Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bern’s Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The doctorate, which was presented Dec. 1, recognizes Hirschheim’s research in the area of information systems, particularly his pioneering work in the study of outsourcing.
Nancy Rabalais, LSU adjunct professor in the School of the Coast & Environment, and director of LUMCON, or the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.” As a marine ecologist, she was selected for “documenting the environmental and economic consequences of hypoxic zones in the Gulf of Mexico and informing strategies for restoring the degraded waters of the Gulf and the Mississippi River basin.”  
LSU Boyd Professor and Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives Isiah Warner has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Award in Analytical Chemistry, a prestigious honor awarded by the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.    
LSU Professor of English and Atlantic Studies Keith Sandiford was awarded the 2012 Frantz Fanon Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, or CPA, in recognition of his overall contribution to Caribbean thought.
LSU Distinguished Research Master and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetlands Studies at LSU R. Eugene Turner recently received the Wetland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ninth International Wetland Conference. Turner’s research interests focus on the low oxygen zone off the Mississippi and wetland conservation, restoration and management. 
James Van Scotter, the Sneha Bhandari Memorial Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences, has been recognized as the eWARDS Technology Educator of the Year. Specifically, Van Scotter won the award for his work with the department’s new Master of Science in Analytics program.
LSU vice provost for Academic Programs, Planning and Review and professor of kinesiology T. Gilmour Reeve received the Distinguished Service Award from the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance,  or AAHPERD, at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Boston.  
Meredith Blackwell, Boyd Professor of biological sciences at LSU, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts with election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
 Xin Li, assistant professor of the LSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, was one of 24 award recipients to receive the IBM faculty award in the fourth quarter of 2011. Li received the award based on his research of geometric information analysis and processing and its application on computational medicine. Li’s research group is currently developing a computational framework to model the respiratory motion of a tumor and surrounding organs, which could guide the automatic offline planning and intelligent online management of lung radiotherapy.
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education, or NASPE, presented its 2012 Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award to Russell L. Carson, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. Carson received this recognition for his exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction. In 2011, Carson received the Mabel Lee College/University Award from AAHPERD for accomplishments across his scholarship, teaching and service.
George Z. Voyiadjis, Boyd Professor, Chair and Bingham C. Stewart Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the Khan International Award for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 20 years (1991-2011), especially to the areas of multi-scale modeling and inelastic localization. 
 Brandon M. Smith, an LSU alumnus who currently serves as the university’s community affairs liaison, was recently named to the 2011 class of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Top Forty under 40.” A Baton Rouge native, Smith joined the LSU staff in August 2007.  

Kathleen Wylie, deputy director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud, located at LSU, recently received the top public service award granted by the United State Department of Justice. Wylie received the Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service during the Attorney General’s 59th Annual Awards Ceremony, held in October in Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Mette Gaarde and Physics & Astronomy Professor James Matthews were named fellows by the American Physical Society, or APS, one the world’s largest organizations for physicists.  
The University of Pittsburgh’s School-Based Behavioral Health Program has recognized LSU professor R. Kenton Denny as one of 30 leaders, past and current, in the area of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Denny is the Judith Walker Gibbs endowed professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice.  
LSU’s Jorge Pullin, co-director of the Horace Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics, recently published a first of its kind textbook with the Oxford University Press and co-author Rodolfo Gambini of the University of the Republic of Uruguay.
LSU staff member Timothy E. Rodrigue's novel “Vlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon,” recounts in frightening detail the life of 15th Century Romanian Prince Vlad III, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” 
Photographer and LSU College of Art & Design Assistant Professor Jeremiah Ariaz’s work is currently on display in the group show, “No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla. The exhibition investigates the visual, societal and ecological consequences of postwar development, as the participating photographers reveal the ordinary in a manner that encourages contemplation of modern land-use practices and the particulars of place.
LSU Associate Professor of Geography Dydia DeLyser was associate producer on a documentary film related to her research on early women pilots, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club,” that was recently awarded a 2011 L.A. Area Emmy Award in the Arts & Culture/History category.
Susanne C. Brenner, a professor in the LSU Department of Mathematics who holds a joint appointment with the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, was selected by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, or SIAM, and the Association for Women in Mathematics, or AWM, to deliver the prestigious Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture at the 2011 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  
Patrick Hesp, R.J. Russell Professor in Geography and Anthropology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for the fall of 2011.  The award will provide funding for Hesp to spend three months in southern Brazil conducting a detailed drilling and dating program on two coastal barriers – one at Pinheira in Santa Catarina State, and the other at Paranagua in Parana State. 
Pam Blanchard, associate professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice and director of the LSU Coastal Roots Program, will receive one of six 2011 Coastal Stewardship Awards presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana on Friday, May 6.The Coastal Stewardship Award is given to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Nominees are judged based on the merit of their work and the significance of their contribution.
LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center Executive Director Charles D’Agostino was honored on Tuesday, April 12, with the National Business Incubation Association’s President’s Award during the 25th International Conference on Business Incubation.  
 In March, LSU Police Officer Justin Lanoux was recognized by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for his efforts in removing 24 drunk drivers from the streets in 2010.
Ed Overton, professor emeritus in LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment, and his team of scientists were recently honored with the Superior Accomplishment Award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Office of Response and Restoration, for extraordinary sustained support and contributions to the ongoing efforts to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  
Three LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center staff members--Jason Boudreaux, Jennifer Fowler and Matthew Wiggins--received awards at this year’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center Awards Banquet. Fowler and Wiggins each received a $1 Million Capitalization award, while Boudreaux received a special recognition for his contribution in the LSBDC Network New Financial model and an acknowledgment for successfully completing the Certified Business Advisor certification Level I. The LSBDC Technology Center at LSU is a part of a statewide network of SBDC centers.  
Jennifer Jolly, assistant professor in the College of Education and program leader for gifted education at LSU, has been named the 2011 Higher Education Professional of the Year by the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children, or LA CEC.  
Jorge Pullin, Horace C. Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics chair and professor in the LSU Center for Computation & Technology and Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been appointed founding editor of Physical Review X, to be published by the American Physical Society.
Cathleen Williams, an associate professor in the LSU School of Animal Sciences Department of Dairy Science, was recently selected as the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Louisiana Professor of the Year, according to a release from the organization.  


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