Professor Mette Gaarde, of the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected by the American Physical Society as an outstanding referee, a lifetime award for exceptional work in assessing manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals.

“Referee work requires wide ranging and detailed knowledge of the field, a deep appreciation of the importance of other’s work, and a significant investment of time and effort," said John DiTusa, chair and professor in the department.

The 2017 selection was made from 30 years of records on over 57,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more than 35,000 that were submitted in 2016. The 2017 outstanding referees come from 29 countries.

Johnny Saichuk, retired LSU Agricultural Center rice specialist, and Jim Griffin, retired LSU AgCenter weed scientist, were named to the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association Hall of Fame at the Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management Conference.

The E.J. Ourso College of Business Diversity Diplomats team finished third among 35 schools participating in the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition.

LSU’s presentation was a strategy to help publicize and market retailer Target’s role in gender-neutral toys. The team, dubbed Tiger Paw Solutions, finished behind the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University. Team members were Carmen Calderon, a sophomore international trade and finance major from Cecilia; Teja Dabney, a junior accounting major from New Orleans; Brianna Price, a sophomore marketing major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and Irielle Washington, a senior marketing major from New Orleans.


The Urgent Care Association of America has designated Lafayette General Urgent Care Center at Carencro as a certified urgent care provider, joining its centers in River Ranch and Sugar Mill Pond. The Carencro location opened in December 2015.


Dr. Beomjune Kim and Dr. Waleed Zaid, both assistant professors of oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, have been awarded certification in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Recipients have to be board certified by the organization, complete a recognized fellowship in the subspecialty; performed extensive and varied head/neck surgical cancer procedures as the primary surgeon; and have full hospital staff privileges to provide head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery services.

Kim, whose expertise is in facial trauma, head and neck oncology and maxillofacial reconstruction, has privileges in University Medical Center, Touro Infirmary, Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. Zaid, whose expertise is in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery, has privileges in Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General, Touro Hospital and University Medical Center.


The Louisiana Home Builders Association has named David Anders, of the Acadian Home Builders Association, as its 2016 Builder of the Year; Rolf Parelius, of the Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association, Remodeler of the Year; April Becquet, of the Acadian Home Builders Association, Associate of the Year; Kenneth Jones, of the Capitol Region Builders Association, the John Gentry Award of Excellence; Kenny Adams, of the Northshore Home Builders Association, the Mike Penn Distinguished Service Award. Named to the LHBA Hall of Fame were Tommy Coyne, of the Southwest Louisiana Home Builders Association, and Jeannie Dodd, of the Louisiana Home Builders Association.

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction inducted Charles A. “Buck” Vandersteen, of Alexandria, for his contributions to the forestry industry, presiding for 34 years over the Louisiana Forestry Association; Mayther Ray Young, of Wisner, for his contributions to the agriculture industry by pioneering and introducing the no-till system now used in farming across the South; and posthumously to James D. Graugnard Sr., of New Iberia, for his role in the leadership and development of the Louisiana Farm Bureau and accomplishments in improving for rural residents electrical and telephone services, highways and rural roads and flood control.

The annual induction is presented by the Louisiana Radio Network in cooperation with the LSU Agricultural Center, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.