Two LSU researchers have won a $250,000 grant to probe the origins of the universe.
Parampreet Singh, an assistant professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Peter Diener, assistant research professor in the LSU Center for Computation & Technology and in Singh's department, submitted a proposal hoping to answer questions about the earliest state of the university and won the grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
The foundation awarded more than $4 million in research grants to 20 scientists worldwide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the state paying for half of a new $100 million engineering education complex at LSU's flagship campus in Baton Rouge.
Jindal announced Tuesday that he'll include the $50 million proposal in the state's annual construction budget, when he proposes it to lawmakers next year. The other half of the funding is expected to come from private donations, about $8 million of which has been raised so far.
The project involves improvements to an existing building, along with the construction of a new annex dedicated to chemical engineering.
LSU has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether southern coastal Louisiana has reached the tipping point, becoming too costly to sustain.
The interdisciplinary research project will investigate the sustainability of coastal communities that are especially vulnerable to natural resource loss and natural hazards. Nina Lam, professor of environmental science and principle investigator, said Tuesday it's the first study to look at both environmental factors and the human element.
David Constant has been named head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering, a joint position shared between the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Engineering.
Constant, most recently dean of the LSU Graduate School, has been on the LSU faculty since 1984. He holds the Humphreys T. Turner Professorship in the department of civil and environmental engineering and has served as associate dean and then interim dean in the College of Engineering.