Some of our very own recently received national and international acclaim, and I just love to brag on the positive things happening in our city.

Pennington honors

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center received a commendation from the American Diabetes Association for its "long-standing excellence" in research on this disease, which strikes one in 11 Americans. The award was presented to Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, chairwoman of the Pennington Medical Foundation and granddaughter of center founder, the late C.B. "Doc" Pennington, at a Feb. 13 reception. Making the presentation was Dr. William Cefalu, former center executive director who in January was appointed chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association.

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Ordre des Palmes

A week earlier, three LSU faculty members were inducted into the French Republic’s prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques, which recognizes both foreigners and French living abroad who promote French education and culture. The awards were presented by Consul Général de France Grégor Trumel.

LSU College of Art & Design Dean Alkis P. Tsolakis and Center of Civil Law Director and Assistant Dean Olivier Moréteau were both bestowed the grade of "officier." Alexandre Leupin, director of the Center for French & Francophone Studies and Phyllis M. Taylor professor in French Studies, received the grade of "chevalier" or knight.

Congratulations to all!

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