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Science
4:08 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

LSU gets $250K grant to probe universe's origins

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.

Higher Education
11:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

LSU eyes new grading system

The LSU Faculty Senate has approved a resolution to recommend the university switch to a new student grading system that awards different scores for "plus and minus" letter grades.

The 26-14 vote passed despite opposition from LSU Student Government, which has argued that a new incremental grading system could hurt "borderline" students.

LSU College of Engineering
10:21 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Jindal backs $100M LSU engineering complex

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.

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Coastal Erosion
10:07 am
Wed October 3, 2012

LSU faculty get $1.5M to study Louisiana's coast

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.

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LSU Bomb Threat
5:09 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

LSU bomb threat suspect indicted by grand jury

Officials say the suspect believed to be behind the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the LSU campus earlier this week has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said Thursday William Bouvay, 42, is charged with one count of willfully conveying false information concerning the attempt to destroy property by means of explosives.

If convicted, the Baton Rouge resident faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

LSU Bomb Threat
1:11 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

LSU back to normal after bomb scare

Louisiana State University officials say everything is back to normal a day after a bomb threat spawned an evacuation of the Baton Rouge campus.

University spokesman Herb Vincent said Tuesday LSU police are leading the investigation into the caller who phoned in a bomb threat Monday morning.

Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said the caller will be arrested and prosecuted.

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LSU Health Sciences Center
3:37 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU center wins tumor registry award

The LSU Health Sciences Center's Louisiana Tumor Registry has been recognized with an award from the National Program of Cancer Registries.

Dr. Vivien Chen, professor of public health and director of the LSUHSC registry, accepted the organization's 20th Anniversary Research Award in Washington.

LSU
3:35 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Constant picked for LSU post

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.

LSU Sports
12:44 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU athletics dept. to donate $36M to academics

The LSU Athletics Department has agreed to give $36 million over five years to the flagship campus, to help bolster academic programs that have been hit with continued budget cuts.

The university's governing board, the Board of Supervisors, approved the unique, profit-sharing arrangement Friday.

Athletics Director Joe Alleva says he knows of no similar arrangement at other colleges around the country.

LSU System
9:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

LSU System's top lawyer resigns amid upheaval

The LSU System's top lawyer is resigning from the job, amid a continued shake-up of the leadership of the flagship university system and its health care network.

Ray Lamonica announced Thursday that he was quitting his position as general counsel, effective Friday. He will return to teaching at the university law school.

Lamonica, a former U.S. attorney, gave no reason for leaving in the announcement and didn't respond to a request for comment.

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