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Dr. Quenton Fontenot to Professor of Biology

Dr. Allyse Ferrara to Professor of Biology

Dr. Jay Udall to Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Shana Walton to Associate Professor of English

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing to Professor of Mathematics

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new hires

Danny Authement, Instructor of Mathematics; M.S. Mathematics Nicholls State University.

Allison L. Bergeron, Instructor of Mathematics; M.S. Nicholls State University.

Dr. Sean Graham Assistant Professor of Biology; Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Louisiana State University.

Jeremy Grassman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; MFA Louisiana State University.

Sabrina Malik, Instructor of English; M.A. University of New Orleans.

Dr. Matthew Marlow, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D. University of Wyoming.

Chrystal Portier, Visiting Instructor; M.S. Mathematics Nicholls State University.

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performances/presentations/publications

Dr. Scott Banville (English)–Review: “Review of Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage, by Catherine Wynne” in Victorian Periodicals Review (in press).

Dr. Scott Banville (English)– Presentation “Harnessing the Energy of the Hive Minds: Dracula and Competing Modes of Collective Thought and Action Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies” at the University of Houston, March 27-30.

Dr. Scott Banville (English)–Presentation: “Piloting the Brave New World of Developmental Writing: Co-requisite at a Regional State University: Another Day, Another Meeting: Integrating Developmental Writing into an Existing FYW Program” at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN, March 19-22.

Dr. Ellen Barker (English)–Presentation: “The Department Chair and Emerging Co-Requisite Developmental Writing Programs” at the Conference College Composition and Communication in March.

Madeline Cagle and Ellen Chauvin (English)–Presentation: “Approaches to Teaching Writing: A Panel Presentation for Composition Teachers” at Vandebilt High School in Houma, July 31.

Dr. Christopher P. Bonvillain with D. Allen Rutherford and William E. Kelso (Biology)–Poster Presentation: “Effects of environmental hypoxia on population characteristics of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii in the Atchafalaya River Basin” at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting May 29.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with Travis Everage, Dr. Raj Nathaniel, Dr. Gary LaFleur and Dr. John Doucet (Biology)–Publication: “A survey of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a sewage treatment plant in Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA.” International Journal of Biodeterioration & Biodegradation July.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) –Presentation: “Biodegradation of Crude Oil Under Various Redox Conditions at the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO. July 20-23.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with A. Naquin, J. Clement, M. Sauce, R. Grabert and Mingma Sherpa (Biology)–Presentation: “Presence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Small Town Sewage Treatment Plant in Southeast United States” at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Boston, MA. May 17-20.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Presentation: “Ethanol Production from Gamma Grass, Switch Grass, and Sugarcane Biomass” at the 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. Clearwater Beach, FL. April 28-May 1.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with A. Naquin, J. Clement, M. Sauce and R. Grabert (Biology)–Presentation: “Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Raw and Treated Sewage in Thibodaux, Louisiana” at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Alexandria March 8.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with R. Grabert, M. sauce, A. Naquin, and J. Clement (Biology)–Presentation: “Presence of Tetracycline Resistance Genes and Tetracycline Resistant Enterococcus faecalis in Sewage Treatment Plant” at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Alexandria March 8.

Dr. Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Organ Recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Thibodaux March 9.

Dr. Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Organ Recital at the Annual Convention of Organ Historical Society in Meridian, NY, Aug. 15.

Jeff Brown (Art)–Exhibition “Art of the Cup” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s 7th Annual Invitational Exhibition, September 4 – December 7.

Dr. Rya Butterfield (Speech)¬¬–Publication: “Reviving the ‘Confucius’ in Confucius Institute Diplomacy” in China Media Research, Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2014).

Dr. Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Co-editor (with : Dr. Weiming Yao, University of Pittsburgh): Special Section of China Media Research, Volume 10, Issue 1 (2014), “Confucius Institute: How China Exerts Its Influence through Language Instruction.”

Dr. Jane Carlson with M.S. Heschel, A. Evankow, K.B. Wolfson and K.E. Holsinger (Biology)–Publication: “Drought response diversification in African Protea species.” International Journal of Plant Sciences May 2014

Dr. Jane Carlson with R. Prunier, and K.E. Holsinger (Biology) –Publication: “Reconsidering a disjunct distribution: molecular and morphological evidence for two evolutionarily distinct lineages in Protea mundii (Klotsch).” South African Journal of Botany (in press).

Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)–Presentation: “The function of leaf functional traits in Protea repens: Context-dependent relationships between leaf morphology and physiology contribute to Protea trait differentiation” at the annual meeting for UCONN Dimension of Biodiversity NSF project, hosted at the University of Connecticut (presented via Skype) May 13.

Dr. Katherine Conner (English)–Publication: “Mummy Baby” in Pembroke Magazine (UNC Pembroke), Fall.

Angela Corbin (Biology)–Presentation: “The use of lytic bacteriophage for antibacterial therapy in shrimp aquaculture for the control of Virbrio” at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Alexandria March 9.

Angela Corbin (Biology)–Presentation: “Vibrio parahaemolyticus Bacteriophage: Restriction Enzyme Analysis “at the ULS Academic Summit. University of Louisiana at Lafayette April 11 – 12.

Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Review: Architecture Since 1400 by Kathleen James-Chakraborty in Choice.
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Review: Take a closer look by Daniel Arasse in Choice.
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Review: Votive Panels and Popular Piety in Early Modern Italy by Fredrika H. Jacobs in Sixteenth Century Journal.

Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Presentation: University of Louisiana System International week lecturer at Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci March 17-24.

Dr. Zachary Darnell (Biology)–Presentation: “Temperature-dependent growth and size-at-maturity in the blue crab Callinectes sapidus.” at the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Thibodaux May 30.

Dr. Zachary Darnell (Biology)–Presentation: “Temperature-dependent growth and size-at-maturity in the blue crab Callinectes sapidus.” at the Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting, Port Aransas, Texas, April 24.

Dr. Zachary Darnell (Biology)–Presentation: “Size-at-age vs. size-at-stage: Environmental control of blue crab growth rates.” at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, March 20.

Dr. Zachary Darnell (Biology)–Presentation: “Size-at-age vs. size-at-stage: Environmental control of blue crab growth rates.” at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, Jan. 6.

Dr. Yusheng Dou (Physical Sciences)–Editor: Dynamics of Photoexcited DNA Bases and Related Molecules (Special Issue) International Journal of Photoenergy.

Dr. John P. Doucet (Biology)– Presentation: “The Rise of the House of (Charles) Usher: Genetic Discoveries in Usher Syndrome Among the Acadians” at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine in Plymouth, England, July 15.

Tiffany Duet (English)–Publication: “Felicia’s Fishing Camp” in Subsistence in Coastal Louisiana: An Exploratory Study, Fall.

Dr. Richmond Eustis (English)–Presentation: “Into the Wild: the Perils of Jon Krakauer’s Wilderness Idyll” at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference in New York, Fall.

Dr. Richmond Eustis (English)– PublicationL “Thou Shalt Have the Air at Freedom”: A Review of Peter Adley’s Air: Nature and Culture” in Criticism, Fall.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with I. Braasch, P. Batzel, R. Loker, A. Amores, Q. Fontenot and J. Postlethwait (Biology)–Presentation: “Darwin’s living fossil as a new model: Spotted gar and the genomic basis of vertebrate evo-devo” at the European Society of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 2014 meeting, Vienna, Austria, in July.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with C. Green, N. Lundberg and Q. Fontenot (Biology) –Presentation: “Development of larval salinity tolerance in two populations of alligator gar Atractosteus spatula” at the World Aquaculture 2014, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, in June.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with I. Braasch, Y. Guiguen, R. Lokera, J.H. Letawa, J. Bobe and J.H. Postlethwait (Biology)–Publication: “Connectivity of vertebrate genomes: Paired-related homeobox (Prrx) genes in spotted gar, basal teleosts, and tetrapods.” Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C, 163: 24–36 Jan. 2014.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with C. Green, Q. Fontenot and R. Mendoza Alfaro (Biology)–Publication: “Conservation aquaculture: Restoring the ancient alligator gar” Aquaculture Magazine June/July 2014.

Stephen Flynn (Geomatics)– Presentation: “Standard of Practice for the State of Louisiana and Mississippi” at the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Convention in Baton Rouge April 05.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with Mr. B. Boudreaux and Dr. A.M. Ferrara (Biology)–Presentation: “Relative abundance, age distribution, and growth of largemouth bass collected in Lac des Allemands and Lake Cataouatche, Louisiana.” at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting May 29-30.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with T. Allgood and A.M. Ferrara (Biology)–Presentation: “Seasonal fish community comparison for two lakes in the upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana, including impacts of Hurricane Isaac.” at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting May 29-30.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured artist at “Night at the Opera” Saint Mary’s Academy, Opera Creole, Oc. 18.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Executive artistic Director/Choral Director at the Sixth Anniversary of Patriotic Project Statewide Youth Chorus Concert
Trinity Episcopal Church, Aug. 17.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured artist with Opera Creole: Dooky Chase Foundation June 14.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured artist with Channel 4 Morning News, Dooky Chase Foundation, June 11.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: DuPont Convention at the Botanical Gardens City Park, May 14.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist with the Works of African American Composers: Samuel Coleridge Taylor, William Grant Still, Leslie Adams, Camille Nickerson at the New Orleans Museum of Art May 16.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the Third Year Anniversary Opera Creole Concert Marigny Opera House May 18.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Children’s Tent May 4.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: At the Benefit concert for the Ninth Ward Youth Orchestra at Tulane University Feb. 5.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured guest artist at the University of Southern Mississippi program “Honoring the African American Artist and Composer” with Kimberly Davis and Phyllis Lewis-Hale at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, Feb. 21.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Artistic director for
“A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual” Concert Series featuring voice majors from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, Feb. 6.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Artistic director for “Opera Under Construction II” at the First Methodist of Houma, April 1.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: La Bohème duet with Mr. Rayam as part of Jubilee, April 3- 5.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the Celebration of African American History at Ninevah Baptist Church in Kenner, Feb. 22.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the Coast Guard Diversity Summit in Morgan City Feb. 18.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the Musical Tribute to African American Women Composers at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, Feb. 2.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: A Musical Tribute to Nelson Mandela at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, Feb. 22.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured artist at the U. S. Mint, recording music composed by free men and women of Color in March.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Featured Artist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City as part of Black History Mass in February.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music) – Performance: Served as musical director for “EMCM Presents: Honoring Our Elders” concert series of Voices of Purpose at the Ellis Marsalis Center, March 25.

J.M. Fulcher, Dr. Dr. D.G. Wayment, P. White and C. Webber (Physical Sciences)–Publication: “Pyraclostrobin Wash-off from Sugarcane Leaves and Aerobic Dissipation in Agricultural Soil” in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2014, 62 (10), pp 2141–2146.

Gaohong Zhai, Shuai Shao, Shaomei Wu,Yibo Lei and Dr. Yusheng Dou (Physical Sciences)–Publication: “Detailed Molecular Dynamics of the Photochromic Reaction of Spiropyran: A Semiclassical Dynamics Study” in International Journal of Photoenergy.

Dr. Sean Graham with C.R. Judy, Q. Lin, A.X. Hou and I.A. Mendelssohn (Biology)–Publication: “Work: Impacts of Macondo oil from Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the growth response of the common reed Phagmites australis: a mesocosm study.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 2014.

Dr. Sean Graham, and I.A. Mendelssohn (Biology)–Presentation: “Tidal wetland stability maintained through counterbalancing accretionary responses to chronic nutrient enrichment” at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

Dr. Sean Graham with M.B. McKee, H.E. Steinmuller, I.A. Mendelssohn and J.R. White (Biology)–Poster Presentation: “Effects of long-term nutrient loading on microbial activity of coastal wetland soil” at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland OR.

Dr. Sean Graham with S.F. Jones, C.L. Stagg, I.A. Mendelssohn and M.W. Hester–Poster Presentation: “Elevation change in a sediment-slurry amendment restoration site in Port Fourchon, LA” at the State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–Exhibition: “Robots, Ragdolls, and Rocketships” at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–Exhibition: “Childhood Memories” at the Mills Pound House Gallery.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–Exhibition: “Luminous Language” at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–Exhibition: “Annual Summer Juried Exhibition” at the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington, MO.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–Exhibition: “Invented Worlds” at the Flow ArtSpace n St. Paul, MN.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Recent Works by Ross Jahnke and Ernest Milsted”
at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Nov. 1, 2013 – Jan. 31, 2014.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Printmaking Invitational” at Caffrey Gallery, Baton Rouge, Feb. 7 – Mar. 29.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Indefinite Spaces” at the Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art at Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN,
April 28 – July 1.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Indefinite Spaces” at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV, October 5 – December 11, 2014.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Rust City” at the Mid America Printmaking Conference,
Ellen Kayrod Gallery at the Luella Hannan Foundation, Detroit, Michigan
Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.

Nicholas Mainieri (English)–Publication: Short story “Flint” in The Southern Humanities Review, Spring 2014.

Nicholas Mainieri (English)–Publication: Short story “Ritual in Miami, May 1980″
in Cheap Pop magazine, May.

Nicholas Mainieri (English)–Publication: Essay “Shoeless Joe Was a Pelican” inHobart: Another Literary Journal, online, April.

Dr. Stephen Michot (History)–Presentation: “Frictions of War: The Effect of Weather, Leadership, and Morale at the Battle of Labadieville” at Louisiana Historical Association in Hammond (March 2014)

Dr. Stephen Michot (History)–Presentation: “Crossfire: The Impact of Union and Confederate Policies on the Plain Folk of South Louisiana” (LSU Rural Life Museum Symposium, March 8, 2014, Baton Rouge, LA).

Dr. Aaron Pierce with Ms. T.M. Owen (Biology)–Publication: “Productivity and Chick Growth Rates of Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) and Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana.” Waterbirds (in press).

Dr. Aaron Pierce (Biology)–Presentation: “Breeding waterbirds on Louisiana’s barrier islands” as Guest Speaker at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Aaron Pierce with Ms. A. Minor (Biology)–Poster Presentation: “Forested freshwater wetland reponses to secondarily treated municipal effluent discharge.” at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting May 29-30.

Dr. Aaron Pierce with Mr. J. Liechty (Biology)–Poster Presentation: “Diet composition of Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern on Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge” at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting May 29-30.

Dr. DesLey Plaisance (Mathematics)–Presentation: “Quality Questioning in Number and Operations,” at the NCTM 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition April 2014.

Trisha Rabalais(Art)–Exhibition: San Diego Book Arts at the Geisel Library, University of California, May 4 – June 22, 2014.

Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Geomatics)– Presentation: “Status of the Geomatics Program” at the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Convention in Baton Rouge
April 04.

Dr. J. Bryant Smith (English)–Presentation: “Current Trends in Motivation for Studying Spanish at the University Level” at the XXIX Biennial Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the Louisiana State University in February.

Dr. J. Bryant Smith (English)– Presentation: “Incorporating Embedded Technology and Authentic Media in the Spanish Language Classroom” at the South Central Association for Language Learning, Technology in Baton Rouge in March.

Dr. J. Bryant Smith(English)–Publication: “Anxiety in the Foreign Language Classroom” in the Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring.

Dr. Luciana Soares (Music)–Performance: As part of the (James) Alexander-Soares Duo performed Sonata-Fantasie by H. Villa-Lobos and Sonata No. 3 by Liduino Pitombeira at the International Festival of Santa Catarina in Brazil in January.

Dr. Robin White (English)– Publication: Photo essay titled “Laurel Valley Plantation: A Quiet Museum” in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Spring.

Dr. Robin White (English)–Presentation: “The Quadroon Encumbrance” at the Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference, Spring

Dr. Robin White (English)–Presentation: Panel titled “French and Frenchness in Louisiana” at the Northeastern Modern Language Association conference, Fall.

Michael Williams (Art)– Curated the “Drawing Fire Exhibition” at the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Sabile, Latvia.

Michael Williams (Art)–Exhibition: “Coalescence” Best in Show Award for group exhibition and part of the the permanent collection of the Talsi Regional Museum Talsi, Latvia.

Dr. Paul Wilson (History)–Presentation: “The Nazi State,” to the Military Roundtable in Houma, April 15.

Dr. Paul Wilson (History)–Presentation: “Nazi Germany at War,” to the Military Roundtable in Houma, May 20.

Dr. Paul Wilson (History)–Presentation : “Shipbuilding on the Bayou in the Age of Big Oil,” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting in March.

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “A Hybrid Scheduling Model and Its Performance Analysis for Quality of Service Guarantee of Heterogeneous Data Flows” in the International Journal of Networks (accepted, to appear).

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “A Novel Trust-Based Secure Data Aggregation for Internet of Things” in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Science & Education (in press).

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “A Teamwork Approach to Improving the Downloading Time in BitTorrent-like Systems” in the
International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering (in press).

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “Adding Coinduction into Discrete Mathematics” in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Vol. 29, No. 5.

Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “FAMOUS: A Novel Fast Multi-Constrained Multicast Routing Algorithm” in the Proceedings of the ACM 2014 International Conference on Research in Adaptive and Convergent Systems (in press).

S. Yuan, Z. Shen, W. Zhang, Dr. Y. Dou and Dr. G.V. Lo (Physical Sciences)–Publication:
“Thymine Dimer Splitting in the TT-G Trinucleotide Model System: A Semiclassical Dynamics and TD-DFT Study” in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2014.02.046.

S. Yuan, H. Huiling, W. Gang, Z. Wenying, Dr. Y. Dou and Dr. G. V Lo (Physical Sciences)–Publication: “Competing Deactivation Channels for Excited π-Stacked Cytosines” in International Journal of Photoenergy, 2014, 9. dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/158523.

Dr. Chad Young and Dr. Kaisa Young (Physics/Astronomy)–Presentation “Cool Star Beginnings: YSOs in the Perseus Molecular Cloud” at the Cool Stars Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, June 9-13.

Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Publication: “Effects of cadmium alone and in combination with low molecular weight chitosan on metallothionein, glutathione-S-transferase, acid phosphatase, and ATPase of freshwater crab Sinopotamon yangtsekiense” Environmental Toxicology 29: 298-309 2014.

Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Presentation: “Invisible endocrine disruption and its mechanisms” at the College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, China June 26.

Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Presentation: “Interactive effects of hypoxia and petroleum PAH in the brown shrimp Penaeus aztecus” at the Provincial Key Laboratory for Coastal Bioresources, Yancheng Teachers University, China July 1.

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grants

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $10,000 NSF-EPSCoR- P-Fund grant to conduct research on degradation of crude oil in marsh sediments

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $9,640 Nicholls Research Council grant to find the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in Bayou Lafourche

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $34,500 Nicholls

Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)–Received a $20,840 National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration grant to continue research on floral color evolution in the plant genus Protea of South.

Angie Corbin (Biology)–Received a $2,500 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (administered by Louisiana Sea Grant) grant to offer the Louisiana undergraduate community funding to support hands-on research experiences in marine and coastal resource issues.

Dr. Zachary Darnell (Biology)–Received a $5,885 NSU Research Council grant to develop a miniaturized archival tag that can be mounted on free-ranging intertidal ectotherms (primarily fiddler crabs) to monitor internal body temperatures and ambient solar radiation levels.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara (Biology)–Received a $40,000 grant from Shell Oil for the Nicholls Plant Materials Program to support coastal restoration and planting.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara (Biology)–Received a $15,000 grant from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to produce black mangroves for planting on Isle Dernieres barrier island chain.

Dr. C.H. Young, A. M. Ferrara, M. Gamel, H. Johnson, G. V. Lo, D. V. Plaisance and Dr. K. Young (Physical Sciences)–Received a $115,343 Board of Regents grant for the infrastructure to support undergraduate research.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Received a $36,000 grant to bring the Talbot Hall printshop up to ADA code.

Dr. G. V. Lo and Dr. Y. Dou (Physical Sciences)–Received a $8,995 Board of Regents grant for equipment.

Dr. A.R. Pierce (Biology)–Received a $35,000 Comite Resources, Inc., grant .

Dr. A.R. Pierce (Biology)–Received a $99,509 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries grant.

Dr. A.R. Pierce (Biology)–Received a $3,360 Nicholls Research Council grant.

Dr. A.R. Pierce and R. Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $30,000 a Louisiana Board of Regents Graduate Fellow Grant.

Dr. DesLey Plaisance (Mathematics)–Received a $164,998 LaSIP grant to assist with the professional development of 25 third-eighth grade St. Mary Parish mathematics teachers.

Dr. DesLey Plaisance (Mathematics)–Received a $29,605 BoR grant to equip a classroom (as an optimal learning environment) with manipulatives, specialized learning stations, and software for enhancing instruction for mathematics education majors.

Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Geomatics)–Received a $30,000 Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Program Funding and Data Maintenance grant
To support for the regional GIS initiative and support of the Geospatial Technology Center.

Dr. Darcey Wayment, Glenn Lo, Jim Baker, Dr. Vincent Sichula and Raj Boopathy (Physical Sciences)–Received a $93,000 Board of Regents grant to purchase a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer.

Dr. V. Sichula, R. Boopathy, Dr. D. Wayment and Dr. M. Cortez (Physical Sciences)–Received a $206,700 Board of Regents grant to purchase a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

Dr. Kaisa Young, Dr. Chad Young and Jim Baker (Physical Sciences)–Received a $17,500 Board of Regents grant for the purchase of telescopes.

Dr. Kaisa Young, Dr. Chad Young, Paul Watts (Physical Sciences) and Paul Wilson (History)– Received a $45,000 Board of Regents Grant to purchase AV equipment for Peltier Hall.

Dr. C. H. Young, Dr. K. Young, G. Lo, P. Watts, P. J. Wilson (Physical Sciences)–Received a $56,133 Board of Regents grant for equipment.

Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Received a $131,000 Board of Regents grant for equipment enhancement.

Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Received a $6,115 Nicholls Research Council grant.

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faculty awards

Dr. Scott Banville (English)¬–Received the NSU Apple Award for Outstanding Faculty Support for Student Activities.

Dr. Scott Banville named to Lorio Endowed Professorship of English

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)– Was selected as a Fellow of the International Society for Industrial Bioprocesses, receiving his award in Lille, France, Sept. 8 from the president of the society, Dr. Giles Dussap.

Dr. Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Vice President Elect of the Association for Chinese. Communication Studies, a division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Received a fellowship to Penn State Summer Institute in East Asian Studies, “Reading and Textual Production in Early Modern China.”

Dr. Katherine Conner (English)¬–Received the NSU Apple Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor of a Student Organization.

Jean Donegan was named Lorio Endowed Professor of Fine Arts.

Dr. John P. Doucet (Biology)–Received the NSU Alumni Federation James Lynn Powell Award, for outstanding contributions to field and to university.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Falgout, former head of the Department of Agriculture, was named Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara (Biology)–Named to Board of Directors of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in February.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara named Jerry Ledet Foundation Endowed Professor of Environmental Biology.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Received the President’s “Coin of Excellence” for efforts with the Fourth Annual ” A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual” concert series Feb. 7.

Jeremy Grassman (Art)–Received Four silver Addys at the American Advertising Awards of Baton Rouge.

Jeremy Grassman (Art)–Received the LSU College of Art and Design Dean’s Medal (The highest award granted to a member of the college, the art community, staff and student body).

Dr. Kenneth Klaus (Music)–Named Gloria B. Callais Endowed Professorship of Music.

Dr. Glenn Lo (Physcial Sciences)–Received the Lorio Professorship in Physical Sciences.

Dr. David Middleton, former head of the Department of Languages and Literature, was named Professor and Poet-in-Residence Emeritus.

Jay Udall was named Poet-in-Residence.

Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences) received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.

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NOTES OF INTEREST

art

The Department of Art’s held its first “Art Works” in April, raising more than $25,000 for student scholarships and student development.

biology

The International Coastal Cleanup at Elmer’s Island was be held Sept. 20.

Calypseaux Restoration Planting on East Raccoon Island was held Sept. 26.

Beach Grass Planting on Fourchon Beach took place Nov. 7.

geomatics

Received $100,000 donation from the Contractors Educational Trust Fund. The donation will help Nicholls fund student scholarships, professorial endowments and workforce development opportunities.

music

Monster Piano Concert in the Mary M. Danos Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

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