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Dr. James Elithorp, Associate Professor of Geomatics; Purdue University

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Scott Banville (English)–Presentation: Discussion Leader for Lafourche Parish Library’s NEH-funded Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys’ book discussion of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Oct. 9.

Scott Banville (English)–Presentation: “Bram Stoker’s New Men: Re-Imagining Masculinities” and “Victorian Modernities” at the 18th Annual Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States in Portland, OR; Nov. 14-16.

Scott Banville (English)–Presentation: “Bram Stoker: Dracula and Beyond” at the Southern Louisiana chapter of Romance Writers of America in the Jefferson Parish Library; Oct. 19.

Dr. Chris Bonvillain with D.A. Rutherford, W.E. Kelso, and C.C. Green (Biology) – Publication: “Evaluation of hand-held meters for determination of hemolymph lactate and protein concentrations in red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii.” Journal of Crustacean Biology 33(6):894-897; 2013.

Dr. Chris Bonvillain with D.A. Rutherford, W.E. Kelso, and C.E. Murphy (Biology) – Publication: “Biotic and abiotic influences on population characteristics of Procambarus clarkii in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana.” Freshwater Crayfish 19(2):125-136; 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with N. Eddlemon (Biology) – Publication: “Water Quality and Microbial Ecology of Upper Barataria Estuary in Southeast Louisiana.” Journal of Water Sustainability; 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with C. Kern, M. Kilgen, and Q. Fontenot (Biology) – Publication: “Sustainable Treatment and Recovery of Shrimp Aquaculture Wastewater using Sequencing Batch Reactor Processing.” Agriculture Engineering Society News; 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy with D. Adams (Biology) – Publication: “ Effect of Formic Acid to Control Vibriosis in Shrimp Aquaculture.” Biologia; 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Presentation: “Bioremediation of Soil Contaminated with Explosives” at the International Conference on Advances in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in Pune, India. Nov. 25, 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Presentation: “Biodegradation of Crude Oil” at the International Conference on Emerging Horizons in Biochemical Sciences and Nanomaterials in Barshi, India. Nov. 28, 2013.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Presentation: “Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Sewage Treatment Plant.” In Daegu, S. Korea. Oct. 28, 2013.

Dr. Scott Beslin and Grant Boudreaux (Mathematics)–Publication: “Extending Greatest Common Divisor across the Rationals” in Australian Senior Mathematics Journal; accepted to appear.

Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Pianist for clarinet/piano recital with Dr. Michael Bartnik at Community Church Unitarian Universalist in New Orleans; Oct. 27.

Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Organist for Autumn Concert by Les Amis de la Chanson at Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales; Nov. 3.

Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Joint harpsichord/violin recital, Bach in the Baptistry, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morgan City, to raise funds for theater renovation.

Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Organist for dedication of restored 1893 organ at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dec. 17.

Rya Butterfield (Speech) and Nathan Crick–Publication: “From Edicts to Human Flesh Searches: Legal Communication and Practice in China’s New Media Environment,” Communication Law Review, Volume 13, Issue 1.

Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Presentation: “The Confucian Rhetorical Tradition” at the Second International Advanced Forum in Communication Studies of Language and Rhetoric, Qufu, China; October.

Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Presentation:Revolutionary Shockwaves” At the National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C.; November.

Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Presentation:  “The Neo-Confucian Community Compact and Isocrates’s Evagoras: Practices in Epideictic Rhetoric” at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C.; November.

Rya Butterfield (Speech)–Presentation:Confucius Institutes in America: The Academy’s Response to Centers for Strategic Cultural Acquaintance.” National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C.; November.

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. In Press

Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)-Presentation: “Divergent selection on plants under stress: the evolution of diversity in Protea pigmentation and morphology” during week-long faculty stay on the Organization for Tropical Studies Graduate field course held in Palo Verde, Costa Rica; Dec 29-Jan 5

Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art) with John Doucet (Biology)–Presentation: “Innovative, Inexpensive Honors College Offerings During Times of Economic Challenge” at the SACS-COC Conference; Dec. 7.

Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)– Publication:  Review of Renaissance Gothic by Ethan Matt Kavaler in Sixteenth Century Journal; Winter 2013.

Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Session Chair:  “Myth, History and Dreams in the Symbolist Imagination and the Symbolist Movement Part II” at the College Art Association Conference; Feb.12.

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 in Austin, TX; January 3-7.

Jean Donegan (Art)– Publication: 500 Teapots (Vol. 2), Lark Craft Publications, Sterling Publishing Company.

Richmond Eustis (English)–Publication: [Review] Schulz, Dieter. Emerson and Thoreau: or Steps Beyond Ourselves: Studies in Transcendentalism. (Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag, 2012), 307 pp., in Econzo@: European Journal of Studies in Literature and the Environment; Fall.

Richmond Eustis (English)–Publication: “Taking it Outside: Reading and Walking in Pursuit of Thoreau” in the Thoreau Society Newsletter (Fall 2013).

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with Q.C. Fontenot, S. Castillo, K. Bollfrass, R. Mendoza, and J.P. Lazo. (Biology)-Publication: “Effect of thyroid hormones on larval development of alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) and spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus).”  Aquaculture Research. In Press.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with Q.C. Fontenot and M. Felterman. (Biology)-Presentation: “Comparison of female reproductive patterns of two populations of alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, in coastal Louisiana” at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Little Rock, AR; September 8-12.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara with M. A.Perera-Garcia, M. Mendoza-Carranza, W. Contreras-Sánchez, M. Huerta-Ortiz and R. E. Hernández-Gómez. (Biology) – Publication: “Comparative age and growth of common snook Centropomus undecimalis (Pisces: Centropomidae) from coastal and riverine areas in Southern Mexico”.  International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation. 61(2):  807-819. 2013

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with A.M. Ferrara and T. Allgood (Biology)-Presentation: “Seasonal fish community comparison for two lakes in the Upper Barataria Estuary, Louisiana, including impacts of Hurricane Isaac” at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Little Rock, AR; September 8-12.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with A.M. Ferrara and B. Boudreaux (Biology)-Presentation: “Comparison of two largemouth bass populations in the Upper Barataria Estuary, LA” at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Little Rock, AR; September 8-12.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with J. Jackson, K. Lubinski, and D. Jackson. (Biology)-Presentation: “The Mississippi River Floodplain: Current status and historical perspective” at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Little Rock, AR; September 8-12.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured artist in Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Documentary “Envisioning Louisiana;” October.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured artist with Opera Creole “Red Carpet Premiere 12 Years a Slave” Civic Theater, New Orleans, Oct. 10.

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: Featured Artist, La Creole Conference, Xavier University, Opera Creole; Oct. 19

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Assistant to the Musical Director, New Orleans Opera, Patriotic Project Statewide Youth Chorus, featured in Production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, November 15-17.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Artistic Executive Director Patriotic Project Statewide Youth Chorus Concert; Dec 1.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured Soloist – Opera Creole “Christmas New Orleans Style” at the French Quarter Festival Concerts in Saint Louis Cathedral; Dec. 2. 

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Featured Artist “Liberty Bank Christmas” – Duo performance with Dr. Wilfred Delphin, Stephanie Jordan, Irvin Mayfield and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; Dec. 7.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist for Women’s Day at the Pure Light Baptist Church, Dec. 8.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist for the Jefferson Parish Youth Orchestra’s Youth Intervention Program, Dec. 13.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist at the New Orleans Lambert House Black Chorale; Dec. 14.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist with Wilfred Delphin, Delfayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis “A Musical Tribute to Nelson Mandela” at the Trinity Episcopal Church; Dec. 15.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist with Hezekiah Brinson and Delfayo Marsalis at Ninevah Baptist Church, Dec. 15.

Dr. Valerie Anne Jones Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist at First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Dec. 31.

Joseph Holsapple (Art)–National Juried Exhibition: “Childhood Memories” Exhibition Outlet/Location at Mills Pond House Gallery in St James, NY.

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

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Everyday Objects” at the University of Arkansas – Monticello; November-December.

Ross Jahnke (Art)–Exhibition: “Atlanta Print Biennial” in Atlanta, GA; November-December.

Dr. J. Paul Leslie (History)–Presentation:  “Laurel Valley: A Living Contribution to Local History” to the Thibodaux Lions Club in fall 2013.

Dr. J. Paul Leslie (History)–Presentation:  “Our Constitution,”  to W. S. Lafargue school in September 2013.

Dr. Stephen Michot (History)–Presentation: “Training the Iraqi Security Forces” at National Social Science Association in New Orleans; Fall.

Nick Mainieri (English)–Publication: Short story “Ritual in Miami: May 1980″ accepted for publication by online literary magazine Cheap Pop; In press.

Dr. Aaron Pierce with J. Liechty. (Biology)-Presentation: “Diet composition and apparent survival of Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns on Louisiana barrier islands” at the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium in Baton Rouge; August 15.

Dr. Aaron Pierce with B.C. Furfey and T. Risch. (Biology)-Presentation: “Observations of Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) nests using infrared cameras in coastal Louisiana” at the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists/Louisiana Chapter, The Wildlife Society Fall Symposium in Baton Rouge; August 15.

J. Bryant Smith (Spanish)– Publication: “Anxiety in the Foreign Language Classroom” in Academic Exchange Quarterly; In press.

J. Bryant Smith (Spanish)– Publication: Book Reviews of the following: Review of En otras palabras, perfeccionamiento del espanol por medio de la traduccion.  Lunn, Patricia V. and ernest J. Lunsford Edition in NECTFL Review; January.

J. Bryant Smith (Spanish)– Publication: Review of “Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes.”  UAB Digital Collections.  Sanchez-Lopez, L., ed. 2013 in Hispania; In press.

David Whitney (Government)–Publication:  Maladies of Modernity:  Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. St. Augustine Press; in press.

Shana Walton (English) with Helen Regis–Presentation: “Map Your Jazz Fest: Creating a Sustainable Research Partnership” at the American Folklore Society in Portland, Maine; Oct 18.

Shana Walton (English) with Helen Regis–Presentation: “Subsistence Cycles: The Work of Elders in Sharing and Harvesting in Coastal Louisiana” at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting; Nov. 24.

Shana Walton (English) with Helen Regis–Presentation: “Backyard Gardens and After-School Crabbing: The Importance of Subsistence in Community and Culture in Coastal Louisiana” at the State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans; March 18.

Michael G. Williams (Art)–Exhibition: 2013 Group Invitational, “All Aboard” Sculpture Exhibition at the Historic Train Depot in Hattiesburg, MS; Oct. 1-31.

Dr. Paul Wilson (History)—Presentation:  “The Rise of Hitler,” to the Military Roundtable in Houma, Feb., 18.

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

Dr. Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “Traffic Measurement between Peers in BitTorrent-Like Networks” in Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 380-384 (Vehicle, Mechatronics and Information Technologies); August 2013.

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grants

Scott Banville (English) received a $35,238.84 Nicholls ITS grant.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Received a $60,863 ITS grant to upgrade audio visual equipment in four classrooms in Gouaux Hall.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Received a $5,990 Nicholls Research Council grant to study antibiotic resistant bacteria in sewage treatment plant.

Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology) – Received a $10,000 Louisiana Board of Regents grant to study BP oil spill effect on sediment microbes.

Dr. Allyse Ferrara (Biology) – Received a $15,000 Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana grant to produce and plant 2013 Year class black mangrove seedlings on the Isle Dernieres barrier island chain.

Mr. Stephen Flynn (Applied Sciences), Dr. John Doucet (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences) – Nicholls Student Technology Fee grant of $22,870.00 to add multimedia support to two classrooms.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot (Biology) – Received a $12,000 LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries grant to identify larval fish collected throughout the state.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot with A.M. Ferrara (Biology) – Received a $104,506 LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries grant to study the impacts of environmental hypoxia on largemouth bass movement in the upper Barataria Estuary.

Dr. Gary LaFleur (Biology) – Received a $60,000 Coypu Foundation grant to survey the range of the invasive Apple Snail in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary.

Don Lasseigne, Sherill Dupree and Matthew Gamel (Mathematics) received a $10,684 Nicholls ITS grant to upgrade networking in the Mathematics Enrichment Workplace.

Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences)–Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government one-year grant of $30,000 to help standardize Geospatial Data for Terrebonne parish.

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faculty awards

Dr. James Elithorp received The Morris and Sandra Hebert Endowed Professor in Geomatics/Surveying, January. 

Dr. Quenton Fontenot (Biology) was voted to the Louisiana State University Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries Alumni Council.

Dr. Balaji Ramachandran received The Contractors Educational Trust Fund Super Endowed Professor in Geomatics/Surveying, January.

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NOTES OF INTEREST

applied sciences

Geomatics Student Association partnering with Bayou Region Habitat for Humanity volunteered their time by selling Jumbalaya dinner to raise $400.

Geomatics program celebrated its tenth anniversary on Oct 10 and 11 2013 respectively.  The event was a great success and was well attended by Geomatics Industry Partners, Nicholls Geomatics Alumni and Students.

art

Michael G. Williams, Assistant Professor of Art held the Third Annual Down the Bayou Iron Pour at the Nicholls State University Farm on Oct. 26, 2013. Professors and students from the University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and the Foundry Manager of The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee attended the iron pour.

The department will host Jubilee Art Day and the Annual Faculty Exhibition reception on April 11. Lectures and demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

The Art Department is having a fundraiser “Art Works” on April 1. The funds generated will be used for scholarships, student development, and equipment upgrades. Tickets are $50 and include: in-depth studio tours of the department; demonstrations including a hot metal pour, printmaking, printing photos in a darkroom, and throwing on the potter’s wheel; a silent auction of faculty, alumni and student work; a juried student art exhibit; a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Everyone is encouraged to come casual and comfortable to see and do some hands on activities.

biology

Dr. Jane Carlson established a long-term research garden on the Nicholls Farm, consisting of 250 plants of two native Hibiscus species from wetlands throughout the eastern USA. The garden plants were wild-collected by Carlson from 15 field sites, many within National Wildlife Refuges, during a 5800-mile collection trip that ranged as far away as Connecticut and central Illinois, and as close to home as Bayou Sauvage in New Orleans and Lake Verette. The research garden of Hibiscus plants was planted in Sept 2013, with help from undergraduates Megan Varvaro and Liz Bergeron, and outside assistance from Gary Fine and Chris Adams.

The Department of Biological Sciences dedicated the Marilyn B. Kilgen Laboratory of Biological Sciences on 1 November 2014. The years Dr. Kilgen has spent in her Gouaux Hall laboratory conducting research and training students has left an indelible impact on the department, the university, and our communities, and we are proud to have officially dedicated the laboratory in her name.

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