Builders group holding ‘aging-in-place’ courses

The Capital Region Builders Association will hold three days of courses where individuals can earn designation as a certified aging-in-place specialist.

The courses provide information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes so they can stay there as they age. The certification program was developed by the AARP, National Association of Homebuilders Research Center and NAHB 50+ Housing Council and NAHB Remodelers.

“Marketing and Communications Strategies” will be held Aug. 10; “Design/Build for the 50+ Housing Market” on Aug. 11; and “Business Management” on Aug. 12.

All classes will be held at the CRBA, 10518 Kentshire Court, in Baton Rouge and are limited to 30 students per class.

Participants can attend individual classes up to all three.

For information, call Denise Emmons at (225) 769-7696 or go to

LaSPACE receives NASA, state funding

Three multiyear funding awards from NASA have been presented to LaSPACE to support space-related research development and higher education programs in Louisiana.

Over the next three years, Louisiana will receive $2.5 million from NASA, plus about $1.9 million from the state Board of Regents Support Fund.

LaSPACE manages NASA’s Space Grant and its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, programs.

LaSPACE is administered by a team of professionals based at lead institution LSU, which invests an additional $225,000. LaSPACE programs fund projects primarily for students in higher education and university-based, NASA-related research, with some secondary support for K-12 teacher development and public outreach.

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant, first awarded to Louisiana in 1991, will bring in about $1.4 million from NASA over three years, plus a $750,000 state match for programs at 29 affiliated member institutions.

NASA EPSCoR administers two major competitions from which Louisiana proposals were selected for funding.

A proposal titled “Developing Aerospace Research in Louisiana” will bring in $375,000 of NASA funding, with a one-to-one match from the Board of Regents. The bulk of the $750,000 award will be dispersed to faculty researchers on campuses around the state on a competitive basis.

A proposal that measures gamma-rays generated by thunderstorm lightning will bring in $750,000 from NASA over three years, also with a one-to-one match from the Board of Regents. The goal of the project is to understand the formation and evolution of lightning-producing storms that can become a part of climate models and predictive systems.

dd’s Discount opens Karam center store

dd’s Discounts, a division of Ross Stores Inc., has opened a 21,000-square-foot store in the Karam Shopping Center at Evangeline Throughway and Willow Street in Lafayette.

dd’s said it features a moderately priced assortment of in-season, name-brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions at 20 percent to 70 percent off moderate-department and discount-store regular prices. dd’s Discounts has more than 160 locations in 15 states.

Export training course scheduled July 16, 17

An export training course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 16-17 at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The course is for business managers, marketing and sales staff who are new to exports or need export training.

The cost is $125. For information, contact Marisol Canedo at (504) 722-7894 or

Row crop field day planned in Alexandria

The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host its annual row crop field day July 9.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. 71. Tours will follow at 8:45 a.m.

An indoor program with updates from AgCenter administrators will begin at 11:20 a.m. and conclude with lunch at noon.

Field tour topics include disease, weed and insect pest management; cotton and corn agronomy research; integration of cover crops; soybean seeding rates; and potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture.

The Dean Lee Research and Extension Center is located off U.S. 71 near LSU of Alexandria. For information, contact Daniel Stephenson at (318) 473-6590 or