Research areas include English & American literature; cultural studies; women’s/gender studies; film studies; linguistics; folklore; creative writing; rhetoric and composition; film making; postcolonial literature; Southern literature; science fiction; literary theoryFaculty have won 3 Guggenheim Fellowships, numerous NEH, ACLS, and NHC fellowships, Mellon and NIH grants; and have averaged 2+ ATLAS grants per year.
Undergraduate and Graduate StudentParticipation in Research at LSUExecutive Vice Chancellor and ProvostStuart BellPanelists:Dr. Mark Batzer, Biological SciencesDr. Ram Ramanujam, Electrical and Computer EngineeringDr. Gerald Kennedy, EnglishDr. Randy Duran, Office of Undergraduate Research
Flagship Agenda 2020 Goals• Increasing nationally-recognized research andcreative activities• Expanding interdisciplinary solutions to significantsocial, environmental, economic, cultural andeducational problems• Increasing partnerships with industry to developintellectual property and foster commercialapplications
Submissions and Funding1,2501,3641,396 1,3991,2591150120012501300135014001450FY2008FY2009FY2010FY2011FY2012Total Proposals Submitted$84.759%$34.925%$23.216%FY 2012 Awards: $142.8millionFederal State Other
Comparative Genomics1) Comparison of genomes to deduce the structure and functionof genes and genomes.2) How do transposable elements „jumping genes” impact thegenome? Utilize transposable element based variation tostudy human population genetics, forensics, phylogeneticsand human disease.4) Over 260 publications, 175 since arrival at LSU in 2001. Fivepatents in forensic genomics since 2001.3) Extramural funding fromNIH, NSF, NIJ, CIA, DOD, DOE, TSWG, LaBOR.
Graduate Training1) Sixteen graduates students at LSU including two presently inthe program.2) Students from throughout the U.S. and around the world(Africa, China, Korea, United Kingdom).4) Faculty members at Rutgers, University of Utah, Ohio StateUniversity, Dankook University, Industry, postdoctoralfellows at Oregon Health and SciencesUniversity, NIH, Washington University in St. Louis.3) Students major in Biological Sciences or Biochemistryand graduate in 4 years with multiple publications(typically at least two senior authored and multiple juniorauthored). Participated in 61 published studies from LSU.
Undergraduate Training1) Fifty undergraduates since 2001 including twelve presently inthe laboratory.2) Students from a variety of different programs, Chancellor‟sFuture Leaders in Research, Chancellor‟s Aide, NSFREU, INBRE, HHMI, NIH.4) Multiple students have received national recognition:Truman finalist, Goldwater scholar. Over twentyphysicians, two dentists, two optometrists, one patentattorney several graduate students.3) Students have participated in multiple projects at LSUand have co-authored over 30 publications on populationgenetics, phylogenetics, and genome structure inScience, Molecular Biology andEvolution, PNAS, Genome Research.
Future Directions1) Increase undergraduate participation in extramural researchthrough federal training grants and individual supplements.2) Increase graduate participation in extramural researchthrough federal training grants and individual supplementsand awards.4) Increase stipend levels for graduate students to nationallycompetitive rates.3) Increased emphasis on recruitment of undergraduate andgraduate students using research as a conduit.
Computation and Data: Researchand Education Across DisciplinesbyJ. “Ram” Ramanujam
Computation and Data-EnabledResearch• Computation is now the third pillar along with theory andexperimentation for research in science, engineering andother fields• Computation and Data-Enabled research crosses manydisciplines, requires all scales of collaborations– Individuals, groups, teams, communities– Multiscale Collaborations: Beyond teams– Researchers (faculty, graduatestudents, postdocs, undergraduate students, …)collaborate, work by sharing data and co-developing algorithmsand software– Impacts “scientific” culture, reproducibility, access, universitystructures• Several multi-disciplinary projects at LSU and elsewhere inthe state
• 7 campuses across the state• Five research universities• Two predominantly undergradinstitutions• Three HBCU‟s• 55 senior investigators + ~50collaborators (in-state and out)• ~60 graduate students &postdocsLSU PI and Co-PI’s:PI: Mark Jarrell, LSUco-PI: Juana Moreno, LSUco-PI: J. Ramanujam, LSU, …Other PIs: Michael Khonsari, EPSCoR & LSULawrence Pratt, TulaneB. Ramu Ramachandran, LA TechUNO, Tulane, XavierLSU, SouthernLATech, GramblingComputational Materials
Coastal Modeling• Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA):Automated visualization tool for storm surgeand wave guidance during hurricanes– Predicts water heights and flooding in coastalareas under storm conditions (near real-time);multi-state effort (LA, NC, MS, OK, private sector)• Numerical Modeling forSustainable Wind Energy• PIs: Jim Chen, Robert TwilleyDHS Impact Award, 2012
Energy Research – DOE EFRC• Center for Atomic Level Catalyst Design – DOEEnergy Frontier Research Center (PI: JerrySpivey, LSU) – a multi-university effort– Catalysts are critical to the development of virtuallyevery energy resource– Develop computational methods to accurately modelcatalytic reactions– Prepare catalysts identified by simulation through newtools of materials synthesis and characterization• 9 LSU faculty, 2 from Grambling, 12 fromelsewhere; several graduate students(http://www.efrc.lsu.edu/)
Digital Media - Education• New graduate program in Digital Media Arts and Engineering(video game design) starting fall– Recently hired a director of the Digital Media Arts and Engineeringprogram– Inter-disciplinary graduate program (College of Engineering, School ofArt, School of Music, …) that focuses on computation, creativity andcollaboration with a focus on industry– Synergy with the arrival of EA Sports, Louisiana Film Industry• Undergraduate Digital Media Minors (Arts, Engineering)– Students take foundation courses in the arts and computerprogramming, then three courses in digital media within their area offocus and one course from the other area of focus– Students meet in a senior capstone course that engages both arts andtechnology applications in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects
Scholarship in the Humanities andSocial SciencesJerry KennedyDepartment of English
Why do the humanitiesand social sciences matter?College of H&SS includesCommunication Sciences & DisordersCommunication StudiesEnglishForeign Languages & LiteraturesFrench StudiesGeography & AnthropologyHistoryPhilosophy & Religious StudiesPolitical SciencePsychologySociologyROTCContributions to higher education& broader society• Knowledge of human cultures– National, global diversity– Languages; political systems, etc• Intellectual and practical skills– Inquiry and analysis– Critical & creative thinking– Oral, written, technological communication skills– Visual and information literacy– Problem solving• Personal, social, and global responsibility– Civic engagement– Intercultural understanding– Ethical reasoning and action• Higher education is about more than enterprise andeconomic growth.• But H&SS also cultivates skills employers most desire.
Researchin H&SS• Some H&SS research involves empirical methods, withhard evidence, data analysis, experiments.• Much H&SS research involves library/archival research;applying interpretive, analytical, and/or historicalmethods; finding “lost” materials, hidden connections.• Nearly all H&SS research aims for insight into humannature, behavior, identity, experience, and/or history.• Groundbreaking research may question familiarassumptions, discover new meanings in artifacts andtexts, or discern revealing patterns in cultural history.H&SS externalfunding: $5M-6M peryr. avg.; total awardsca. 70fellowships, grants
Current major research projects:1. Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age ofPoe, under contract to Oxford UP2. The American Novel to 1870, co-edited with Leland Person, Vol. 5, OxfordHistory of the Novel in English, forthcoming Oxford UP3. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1923-25, Vol. 2, forthcoming Cambridge UP4. Poe’s Republic of Letters: A Digital Archive of Antebellum Print Culture
Poe’s Republic of LettersU.S. Authors ca. 1850
Undergraduate (UG) Research at LSURandy DuranOffice of Undergraduate Research
- UGs are “job one” at LSU- UG Research has a proven track record at all campusesUG Research increases productivity by involving itslargest population in LSU’s research/scholarship mission• Inquiry and analysis• Information literacy• Problem solving• Ethical reasoning• Critical thinking• Creative thinking- LSU-CREATE (UG research), the SACS-COC QEP topic 2014-19- Aligns with Association of American Colleges andUniversities (AACU) “essential learning outcomes”
In LouisianaUndergrad Research at LSUConnects Students and FacultyUG Research Effectively Connects Distant CommunitiesAcross the USAAround the worldR. Duran email@example.com
Undergrad Research at LSULouisiana’s unique private-public opportunity: enhancedlearning environments while supportingscholarship and workforce needsExample: “The Keck Louisiana Delta ResearchCollaborative” around a new research minor -Chevron, Environmental ResearchManagement (ERM), Eskew, Dumez, Ripple(EDR), and the Water Institute of the Gulf, DowChem., Albemarle, BASF, Toxicological &Environmental Associates, Inc. (TEA), Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc., and Forte & TablandaUG Research Connects LSU Students and Faculty to IndustryR. Duran firstname.lastname@example.org