A research center established by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Drexel University to meet challenges posed by huge amounts of information – or big data – has added a research site in Finland.
University Research Park, which is part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus, earned recognition recently by state economic development leaders.
It was cited during a reception held in Baton Rouge to announce the observance of Louisiana Innovation Month throughout November.
Dr. James Albert jabs the exposed end of a length of coated wire into the water of a small aquarium, home of a tiny electric eel the size of pocket comb.
The associate professor of biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette waves the metal prongs around like a wand, sending electrical impulses into a black box at the other end of the wire. The electronic box crackles like an old transistor radio searching for a signal. The popping sounds grow louder as his hand nears the eel, which emits an electric current it uses to stun prey, defend itself, navigate and communicate.
Dr. Jack S. Damico has been named assistant vice president for Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
He will continue to serve as a professor of communicative disorders, according to Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, vice president for Research at the University.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has named Dr. Ramesh Kolluru as its vice president for Research.
His appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.
Kolluru has served as interim vice president for the past 18 months.
“He has had many roles at the University over the years and has excelled in all of them,” said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette’s president.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top 10 universities in the United States for its percentage of research and development expenditures funded by business.
University researchers have developed a way to improve sensors that are used to detect hazardous gas levels, zero in on narcotics and sniff out spoiled food.
Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are working with a local company to develop a military boat capable of autonomous navigation.
Swiftships Shipbuilders LLC of Morgan City, La., designed the Anaconda, a 35-foot boat, for the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Durga Poudel led a team of researchers who conducted a six-year study to measure how agricultural production impacts water quality along the Bayou Plaquemine Brulee Watershed. Results were published in an academic journal this summer.
Some researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ecology Center have been working to preserve and propagate native plants since 2007.
This year, they launched a commercial initiative: PureNative™ seed mixes, specialized blends of seeds from plants that are native to south Louisiana.