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Alumnus Pens Trilogy on Aviation Safety
Dr. John Shewmaker (MS ’89), Doctor of Osteopathy, has written a trilogy on Aviation Safety. The first two books are available on Amazon with a third book soon to be published. Book one: "Flying under the Weather". Book two: "Murder in a 172". Book three: "Head in the Sand, Death in the Clouds". These books expose flaws in the NTSB investigation process, the nature of aviation accidents, and how to avoid common mistakes during medical examinations by pilots.
Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa
During spring break, three seniors, Jamie Amato, Brandy Malbrough, and Tanner Jones, traveled to Tofo, Mozambique to examine the link between the lower food web (plankton) and oceanic mega fauna, such as whale sharks, manta rays and reef rays, which have been experiencing declines over the last 10 years.
During the trip the students were able to get a glimpse of life in Mozambique, how developing a sense of sustainability for natural resources has different challenges then ones we face in developed countries, and received their open water dive certification. This was the pilot program for a new study aboard course in marine research field techniques. Check out the video (no audio) to learn more about the student’s experience. Questions about the study aboard course can be sent to Dr. Reagan Errera, RErrera@lsu.edu.
A more extensive article and additional photos, with details on the Student's research project in Mozambique, are available at the LSU College of Agriculture website. Access the article HERE.
RNR Graduate Student Wins Award
at Duck Symposium
In February, Dr. Kevin Ringelman's lab group traveled to Annapolis, MD for the 7th North American Duck Symposium, held every three years. First-year Masters student Cassandra Skaggs won a student poster award for presenting on her graduate research in North Dakota, which examines the effect of the fracking boom on waterfowl nesting ecology. Fellow Masters student Clay Stroud took the opportunity to discuss his project on Lesser Scaup with other diving duck researchers, and recent RNR graduate Jacqueline Satter made valuable connections with potential graduate school advisers from around the country
Hydrology Students Awarded Competitive LEEC Grants
Congratulations to MS students Emily DelDuco(left) and Bo Wang (right)! They have won University Research Grants from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) to support their research.
Emily and Bo will each receive $1,200 for their studies – “Carbon transport and transformation in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers” and “Assessing sediment availability in the lowermost Mississippi River for Louisiana coastal restoration.” They are both Dr. Jun Xu’s graduate students.
The University Research Grants are awarded to the most competitive proposals by graduate students from all colleges across the state. This year LEEC gave six awards, and our RNR students won two of them!
Research Fellowship Awarded
Congratulations to MS student Cassie Skaggs. She was awarded the Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship for 2016.
The scholarship is awarded to students studying any aspect of wildlife ecology or management in North America, with special emphasis on projects focused on wetlands. Cassie is a student of Dr. Kevin Ringelman.
Only one award a year is given to M.S. students, and includes a monetary award of $1000. The Scholarship is administered through the group Long Point Waterfowl in conjunction with Delta Waterfowl Foundation.
Good News on Zhen--
UPDATE on Zhen: [17 May 2016] Thank you very much for all your help! Zhen is going home today! He still needs time to be fully recovered, but this is already a miracle! The GoFUNDMe account is still open. Any help would still be greatly appreciated!
Zhen Xu, a PhD student in Dr. Jun Xu's lab was the victim of a serious car accident on Sunday, 6 March 2016. A drunk driver driver, going the wrong way on Interstate 10, ran into the car he was in. Zhen was badly injured, and faces a long road to recovery. A GoFundMe account has been established in his name to help to defray the costs associated with travel and housing for his wife and parents, and perhaps some medical expenses. There is not much we can do to help directly at this time but, with your assistance, we can at least help Zhen’s family a little bit financially.
You are encouraged to help with a donation, if you can: Here is the link: GoFundMe: Zhen Xu's Medical Fund. Any little bit would be helpful. Thank you!
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