Maureen H. Westgard, director of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, was among women investment executives invited by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to participate in discussions about financial market innovations and investment in economic recovery.

Donald L. Thompson, a professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, was presented the Equine Science Award by the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science. The award is given to a member of both organizations. Thompson was recognized for his outstanding research achievements and contributions to the equine industry.

Ochsner Health System announced that three health center cardiology echocardiography labs recently received three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. The accreditation includes adult transthoracic and adult stress testing at Ochsner Health Center-Baton Rouge, Ochsner Health Center-Covington and Ochsner Health Center-Metairie.