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Joshua C. Leaney received the Francis A. Benedetto Award for Excellence in Physics. This is a departmental award that emphasizes scholarship and research achievement in physics and is given by the faculty of the Physics Department as a token of confidence and encouragement.

Professor Verchick was in for a big surprise this week when one of his virtual law classes came together to thank him for all his hard work over the pandemic. The students shared their thanks with him using several hand made signs which they presented during their last Zoom meeting of the semester. A recording of the gesture has gone viral on TikTok, and so far has over five million views and two million likes.

Three Latin American Studies and Spanish seniors presented their final, culminating projects together with the three French seniors who gave their Capstone presentations on April 28. Pictured here are the six senior presenters: (left to right) Roux Fernandez, Kimberly Diaz, Sabah Bashi, Christophe Cogerino, Ella Cogerino, and Catherine Boudreaux flanked by Spanish/LAS professor Dr. Pablo Zavala (left) and French professor, Dr. Stacey Battis (right).

Here is the complete Capstone program listing the six students who participated this year and the titles of their projects.

Each year the English department recognizes English majors who excel in each of our three major tracks: Literature, Writing, and Film & Digital Media. This year the department recognizes the following juniors:

During the pandemic, research continues... Even if the labs are closed, theoretical work can still be done to complement the experimental work and to answer our questions about why things happen the way they do in the real life! 

Congratulations to Pre-Health student Tomi John, who was recently crowned Homecoming Queen of 2021 and was awarded the Alumni Association Graduation Award and Grace of Ignatius Award!

Dr. Allyn Schoeffler, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earl and Gertrude Vicknair Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, received $89,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents' Research Competitiveness Subprogram that will support undergraduate research in biochemistry for three years. Her project, "Molecular Determinants of Specialization in Bacterial Topoisomerases from Extreme Environments," will study adaptations in enzymes controlling DNA topology.


Aaron Wiseman ’17 recently started work as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish.  His initial work will be in the civil rights division.


In 2017 the Political Science Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to Aaron Wiseman at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation.

Jaime Jimenez is a senior in the environmental studies and journalism department. He is currently working on his capstone project which involves creating standing snags in Picayune, MS. This conservation project hopes to create habitats to draw in more bird and insect species. He has  special consideration of invasive Tung trees in the area. When Jaime isn’t girdling trees you can find him working on a story for The Maroon, cycling on the levee or trying new recipes.

Mark Tobler is a plant ecologist in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Barnes where they study plant and ecosystem responses to global climate change. In addition, he oversees the Azby rooftop greenhouse that supports teaching, student research and faculty-student collaborations. He is always seeking student volunteers interested in fostering a lifelong passion for plants.


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