Three Spring 2014 College of Sciences graduates Dean Ackleh pilots the autonomous craft Anaconda via an iPad Preparing Jurassic dinosaur skeletons for museum exhibit Airboat sampling marsh for fish Cajun Bot autonomous vehicle drives itself Geology students on a field trip to the western US Akinjide Akintunde and Andi Petculescu discuss research about infrasound 2011 Srivastava chemistry research group 2012 Mathematics Awareness Month mixer


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This long-term study will reveal what impacts may be in store 30 years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. (GoMRI photo)

Sciences Interdisciplinary Monthly Meetings

Long-term Ecological Studies in the Gulf of Mexico

Professor Natalia Sidorovskaia of our Physics Department has graciously agreed to present the inaugural seminar for the Sciences Interdisciplinary Monthly Meetings (SIMM). ...Read more

This long-term study will reveal what impacts may be in store 30 years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. (GoMRI photo)

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Consortia Grants

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. ...Read more

An ant, which has been infected by the 'zombie fungus' discovered by Saltamachia, is shown on
Wednesday (Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE)

"Zombie Fungus" found by Biology Student

University of Louisiana at Lafayette senior Stephen Saltamachia's discovery this year of an ant infected with a rare "zombie fungus" has mycologists -- fungi experts -- about as excited as they get, and even a national magazine has taken notice. ...Read more

Biology professor James Albert displays a jar containing a knife fish in his lab in
Wharton Hall (Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE)

Evolution of 'electric organs' in fish and eels

The future of biomedical science may be buzzing around in tanks on the fourth floor of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Wharton Hall. After 14 years of research, a group of scientists released an article, ...Read more

SMART Festival logo

SMART Festival 2014

The 2014 SMART (Science Meets ART) Festival was hosted by the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences at the LITE Center in the UL Lafayette Research Park on Friday and Saturday, 24-25 October 2014. ...Read more

High school students participating in Science Day 2014

Science Day 2014

The inaugural Science Day was hosted by the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences on Friday, 24 October 2014. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors from across the state came to learn about the College of Sciences and get a taste of campus life. ...Read more

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located
in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

Biologist Joins Exploration of Our Deepwater Backyard

Dr. Scott France (associate professor of biology) is studying the New England Seamount chain. This large undersea feature consists of more than 30 volcanic peaks. Numerous underwater mountains dotted with holes and tunnels provide habitat for a range of species. ...Read more

Three Spring 2014 College of Sciences graduates

Spring 2014 College of Sciences Commencement

The Spring 2014 Commencement for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences was held on 17 May 2014. ...Read more

Dragon spacecraft splashes down in the Pacific (SpaceX photo)

Biology experiment returns from the International Space Station

At 12:05pm PT on May 18, 2014, The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying Dr. Karl Hasenstein's Biotube-Micro research project splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a full four weeks at the International Space Station. ...Read more

Dinosaur skulls in the new exhibit at the Lafayette Science Museum

New exhibits at the Lafayette Science Museum

An exhibit of dinosaur models from the prehistoric era will be on display at the Lafayette Science Museum when a new exhibit opens April 5. The opening of the dinosaur display also will coincide with the opening of UL Lafayette's geology museum, which moved to the Lafayette Science Museum last year. ...Read more

Rock Eval 6 analyzer

State-of-the-Art Petroleum Rock Analyzer Installed in the School of Geosciences

A Rock Eval 6 analyzer, designed for the characterization of petroleum source rocks, was recently installed in the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. ...Read more

Biotube-MICRO experiment patch

Biology experiment on its way to the International Space Station

A UL Lafayette Biology experiment is on its way to space. This experiment will travel on the Space-X3 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The target launch is set for 3/16/14 at 4:41 AM with additional launch windows on 3/17 and 3/20. ...Read more

Swiftships AN-2 Anaconda watercraft is piloted on the Atchafalaya River, Bryan Tuck photo (Bryan Tuck photo)

Demonstration of the Anaconda prototype autonomously navigable military craft

(February 26, 2014: The Advocate)

The Swiftships Shipbuilders and University of Louisiana at Lafayette team that created the Anaconda, a 35-foot prototype Navy vessel that one day might drive itself, took others for a ride Tuesday (18 February 2014) in the boat that's marched from concept to work-in-progress in less than a year. ...Read more

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Computer science professor pens history of computer science

(February 13, 2014 : UL Lafayette news release)

Dr. Subrata Dasgupta, a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is a computer scientist and historian who studies creativity. In his most recent book, It Began with Babbage: The Genesis of Computer Science, he tells the story of how the modern discipline came to be. ...Read more

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Fulbright award sends biologist to teach, study in Brazil

(February 12, 2014 : UL Lafayette news release)

Dr. Ray Bauer, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will spend four months in Brazil this year, collaborating with researchers there to help support that nation's shrimping industry. Bauer received the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program Distinguished Chair Award. ...Read more

Cajun Codefest photo

CajunCodeFest 3.0 to center on "Aging in Place"

(February 4, 2014 : UL Lafayette news release)

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers to take part in CajunCodeFest 3.0. Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate. ...Read more

keyboard photo

Computer scientist aids Air Force cyber defense

(January 30, 2014 : UL Lafayette news release)

Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is helping the U.S. military identify malware, software designed to disrupt computer systems. Charles River Analytics, in partnership with the University, has won an Air Force contract to develop novel cyber defense techniques for the Semi-Supervised Algorithms against Malware Evolution program. ...Read more

UL Lafayette commencement

School of Computing and Informatics to confer first degrees

(December 17, 2013 : UL Lafayette news release)

Three graduating seniors are the first to earn bachelor's degrees in informatics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Hyolin Lee of New Iberia, La., Kyle MacDonald of Lafayette, La., and Paul Olinger of Rayne, La. will receive their diplomas during Fall 2013 Commencement ceremonies Friday, December 20, 2013. ...Read more

Nicholas Lipari

Using 3-D technology to make big data useful

(La Louisiane, p. 30, Fall 2013)

Nicholas Lipari is using 3-D technology to make big data useful. He's working on a project for the, national Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, a collaborative effort of UL Lafayette, Drexel University, the National Science Foundation and industry. ...Read more

Akinjide Akintunde and Dr. Andi Petculescu

Infrasound and the "health" of earth's thermosphere

(La Louisiane, p. 32, Fall 2013)

Akinjide Akintunde's research involves infrasound, which is sound typically produced by earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, and explosions whose frequencies are too low to be heard by humans. "Infrasounds have long wavelengths, and travel long distances with little loss of energy due to their low frequencies. ..." ...Read more

pure allure

Pure allure

(La Louisiane, p. 3, Fall 2013)

Next summer, Anita Pant will spend every day in the fields of the Ecology Center, keeping track of birds and insects as they come and go, visiting the blooms of native plants. Pant, who is from Nepal, is pursuing a doctorate in environmental and evolutionary biology at UL Lafayette. ...Read more

Fatemeh Karbalaei Saleh

Is the earth overdue for geomagnetic reversal?

(La Louisiane, p. 33, Fall 2013)

Earth seems overdue for geomagnetic reversal, which happens when the orientation of its magnetic field flips: magnetic north and south switch places. On average, this happens every 200,000 to 300,000 years, but it has been more than twice that long - about 780,000 years - since the last reversal. ...Read more

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Team creating technology to track flu outbreaks

(September 10, 2013 : UL Lafayette news release)

A six-person team led by a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among nine semifinalists in a competition to create software for analyzing, managing and treating outbreaks of influenza. Dr. Sonya Hsiu-Yueh Hsu, of the UL Lafayette Informatics Program, is leading five UL Lafayette staff members and one from LSU in the Surescripts Technology Challenge: Tracking Influenza in Real Time. ...Read more

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School of Geosciences teams up with Lafayette Science Museum

(September 3, 2013 : UL Lafayette news release)

Part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's School of Geosciences will be moving into new digs - literally. The University is collaborating with the Lafayette Science Museum to create an exhibit with a three-fold mission. ...Read more

Higgs boson related photo from CERN

Physicist offers new approach to dark energy

(August 21, 2013 : UL Lafayette news release)

It is perhaps the biggest mystery of all: What is causing the universe to come unraveled? A paper, co-authored by Dr. James Dent, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, offers a possible explanation. Dent and Dr. Lawrence Krauss, a well-known theoretical physicist and cosmologist, published their paper, "Higgs Seesaw Mechanism as a Source for Dark Energy," online in Physical Review Letters in early August. ...Read more

Gabriele Morra photo

Physicist-Geodynamicist Reconstructs 200 Million Years of Tectonic Plate Dynamics

Dr. Gabrielle Morra of the UL Lafayette Physics Department and his team have been able to simulate the motion and sizes of tectonic plates over the last 200 million years. To explain the changes in the plates' sizes, the team suggests that the mechanism for plate tectonics may alternate between being plate-driven and mantle-driven. The study finds that, while the number of smaller plates has been relatively steady for the past 60 million years, the large plate distribution has changed considerably....Read more

Video Highlight

An undergraduate biology student explores the Liquid Jungle Lab in Pacific Panama

William Gardiner REU video image [watch the video]

There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects within the several units of our college. This video gives a feel for the activities of William Gardiner, a freshman biology student who was selected to be the summer 2011 NSF REU (National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergratuates) student funded by a Collaborative Research grant "Marine Algal Diversity of Southern Central America." William conducted biodiversity research on marine red algae in biology professor Suzanne Fredericq's lab and collected intertidal seaweeds around the Liquid Jungle Lab located the island of Canales de Tierra, Veraguas province, Pacific Panama in July 2011. The video shows Will's participation in the field class on Pacific seaweeds at the Liquid Jungle Lab. The class was attended by Panamanian students from the University of Panama in Panama City and co-taught by Brian Wysor (Roger Williams University), Suzanne Fredericq (UL Lafayette) and Cindy Fernandez (University of Costa Rica). William learned to snorkel with mask and fins during this trip. He collected many rhodoliths, calcareaous red algal nodules.

Sciences Interdisciplinary Monthly Meeting

The Ray P. Authement College of Sciences is pleased to announce a new seminar series, The Sciences Interdisciplinary Monthly Meetings (SIMM). This seminar series is designed to foster interaction among faculty and students within the academic units of the college. Interested parties from outside the college are encouraged to participate as well. Please join us and learn what your colleagues in other units are up to and how you might profitably interact with them.

Professor Natalia Sidorovskaia of our Physics Department has graciously agreed to get the seminar started on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. We will meet in room 112 of Oliver Hall (the auditorium) from 3:30 - 4:30. Professor Sidorovskaia will discuss "Long-term Ecological Studies in the Gulf of Mexico". ...Read more