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Scientist studies evolution of 'electric organs'

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.

University announces appointment of vice president for Research

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.

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Research Center Settles Two Infractions with USDA

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.

UL Lafayette Professor Warns Of Climate Changes In South Asia

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.


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