Louisiana faces a significant challenge with childhood obesity, ranking among the highest in the country , leading to severe health issues in children. LSU Kinesiology Professor Senlin Chen, PhD, and his team have secured a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The three-year, $450,000 project, named ProudMe (Preventing Obesity Using Digital-assisted Movement and Eating), aims to implement a novel obesity prevention intervention in Louisiana schools. This important research directly supports LSU's Scholarship First agenda, particularly in biomedical research and discovery, and ensures LSU is meeting "the challenge of improving the state's health outcomes head-on."
LSU’s historic win for Louisiana and energy economic development in the state—$160 million in funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Engines program with an additional $67.5 million through Louisiana Economic Development—was enabled by leading industry partners, including Shell, ExxonMobil and Baker Hughes.
Highly competitive NSF Engines grant will provide up to $160 million to support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs and develop the energy workforce.
LSU Professor of Psychology Julia Buckner has received two separate awards from the National Institutes of Health--over $800,000 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse--to study the direct links between daily experiences with racism, including microaggressions, and alcohol and cannabis use and potential problems that result from use.
LSU Cybersecurity Team Awarded $1M from U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Help Fight Terrorism, Online Crime
Two separate research projects led by LSU cybersecurity experts Golden Richard and Aisha Ali-Gombe have each been awarded half a million dollars in defense funding through the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at George Mason University, to advance the state-of-the-art of memory forensics, which is a frontier field in digital investigations to recover elusive evidence of criminal activity.
Louisiana Sea Grant at LSU has received $780,000 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Gulf Research Program to continue its work with the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe to protect coastal land in lower Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes using nature-based solutions.
LSU Professor Emeritus Robin McCarley and former LSU Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kevin Kelly have been elected as fellows to the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI. They are among 162 newly elected fellows.
LSU Professor Investigating Connections Between Religious Attendance, Health in Older Mexican Americans
With support from a $30,000 grant from the Louisville Institute, LSU Professor of Sociology Sam Stroope, along with collaborators Rhiannon Kroeger and Samantha Ramey, are researching the effects of aging on religious involvement among Mexican Americans. In a newly published article in the Journal of Aging and Health, the researchers show an earlier decline in religious service attendance in older Mexican Americans compared to white Americans.
To better understand vulnerabilities and ultimately secure Industrial Control Systems networks across Louisiana, State Police has partnered with LSU to advance industrial cyber research and talent development.
Stephania Cormier and John Flake will work to advance the five research priorities of LSU's Scholarship First Agenda: agriculture, biomedicine, coast, defense and energy.