LSU AgCenter researcher Terrence R. Tiersch, director of the Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, has been reappointed as chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Genetic Resources Advisory Council.

The council provides feedback to the secretary of agriculture and to land-grant colleges and universities on food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics priorities and policies. The advisory board also provides reports and recommendations to the appropriate agricultural committees of Congress.

Tiersch has been chair of the council since 2018.

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Rachelle Sanderson, regional watershed coordinator for Region 7 of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative for the Capital Region Planning Commission, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Ivan A. Johnson Award for Young Professionals by the American Water Resources Association.

The award recognizes and encourages young professionals as the future leaders of water resources research, management and education. It is given annually to a young professional who has demonstrated outstanding achievements, talents and leadership potential through their professional activities related to water resources.

Sanderson began as the watershed coordinator for Region 7 in May 2020. She works with communities to incorporate local perspectives into planning efforts while growing capacity and knowledge of challenges and opportunities that increased flood risk present.

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Oracle Lighting won SEMA’s 2021 Manufacturer of the Year award.

The SEMA Industry Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the specialty-equipment industry.

Metairie-based Oracle Lighting has been lighting products and technologies for the automotive, powersports, motorcycle and marine markets since 1999.

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Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie was awarded its seventh consecutive A rating from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital quality watchdog.

The designation recognizes Tulane Lakeside’s longstanding efforts in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns a grade to all general hospitals across the country every six months and is the only ratings program based exclusively on prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.