ON CAMPUS AT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
In May 2019, LSU received a special invitation to join a select group of about
20 government and academic leaders at the White House for an academic
roundtable on innovation in quantum information science.
LSU Department of Biological Sciences Professor Naohiro Kato discovered
a way to make biodegradable Mardi Gras beads and doubloons that could
help prevent tens of thousands of pounds of plastic beads from entering
the environment every year. The celebratory throws are made from algae.
Kato has also been able to extract an antioxidant from the algae, called
fucoxanthin, which has been shown to have natural anti-cancer properties.
LSU students won a number of national and international scholarships in
the past year, including Jack Green, a political science and applied coastal
science double major who was selected as a Udall Scholar for the second
year in a row. Over the past three years, Green has advocated for waste-tolandfill
reduction projects, with his efforts resulting in the reduction of tons
of greenhouse gas emissions around campus.
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González was
named the 2019 SEC Professor of the Year. González is the second professor
from LSU to win the honor since the inception of the award in 2012.
A native of Argentina, González is a leader in gravitational wave
research, including having served as the global spokesperson for the
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, Scientific
Collaboration, a program that includes more than 1,000 scientists around
the world. In 2017, LIGO leaders were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
after proving predictions made by Albert Einstein.
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