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Dr. Patricia Molina, LSU Health New Orleans


The Entomological Society of America presented LSU AgCenter entomologist Daniel Swale with its Early Career Professional Research Award; entomology graduate student Lina Bernaola with the Student Certification Award; and entomology graduate student Emily Kraus with the Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award.

Swale's award recognizes research contributions to the field of entomology. His research looks at controlling insects using pathways in the nervous system and feeding organs and enhancing honeybee health by reducing physiological stressors.

Bernaola's award recognizes entomology graduate students with an interest in the mission of the society’s certification program. Her research involves investigations of the mechanical basis of plant resistance against above-ground and below-ground organisms in rice.

Kraus studies plant resistance in rice to insect herbivores, mainly looking at the rice water weevil.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center was presented the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The award, achieved by 7 percent of cancer facilities nationally, was based on surveys performed between Jan. 1 and June 30 and encourages quality and patient-centered cancer care. The facility has earned the award three times consecutively. The Cancer Center was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes and data quality.


Dr. Patricia Molina, professor and chair of physiology at LSU Health New Orleans, will receive the A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award from the American Physiological Society.

The award recognizes a society member for leadership, guidance and mentorship of underrepresented minority students in the physiological sciences. As director of LSU Health New Orleans’ Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program, Molina has helped trainees submit successful grant proposals.

Molina has worked to increase general recruitment and has been successful in recruiting a diverse group of trainees, including Hispanics, African Americans, females and other individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. She has started new courses for graduate and medical students, as well as journal clubs for graduate students and weekly seminars from intramural and visiting distinguished researchers.