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.
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NIRC Makes Improvements for Animal Welfare
The New Iberia Research Center has agreed to a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture stemming from the deaths of three Rhesus macaques in May 2011 and an injury sustained by a chimpanzee last year.
“Our primary concern is always the safety and welfare of the primates in our care. We regret these incidents and have made changes intended to reduce the chances of reoccurrences,” said Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, interim vice president for Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are studying the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One team of scientists will examine how razor clams and ghost shrimp affect the way oil is distributed and ultimately broken down by bacteria along the coast. The other will try to to uncover the possible impact of the spill on blue crabs by looking at their genes.
A UL Lafayette professor has a warning for millions of people in South Asia: climate changes pose a dire threat.
“Our coping mechanism/resources are very limited and are dwindling, the level of public awareness is very low, and the national, regional and local adaptation strategies and programs are insufficient and lack scientific rigors,” said Dr. Durga Poudel, a professor in UL Lafayette’s newly established School of Geosciences. An expert on climatic patterns of South Asia, he was quoted in an article recently posted on the Internet by Eurasia Review.