Courses precede geophysics meeting

A three-part short course in Delft3D modeling and delta geomorphology is being held by the Water Institute of the Gulf and Deltares USA on Dec. 4-9 in New Orleans ahead of the American Geophysical Union fall meeting.

The short course includes a two-day introductory course Dec. 4-5 in hydromorphodynamics using the Delft3D 4.02 Suite designed to simulate interactions between waves, currents, sediment transport and bathymetry over days to decades; a three-day course Dec. 6-9 for advanced Delft3D users; and a Dec. 9 field trip by boat to the West Bay Sediment Diversion in the Mississippi River’s birdsfoot delta to observe delta sedimentary dynamics and ecology in action.

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SBA loans total $194 million in La.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana District Office approved $194.3 million in loans to 388 small businesses during fiscal year 2017, a 2.14 percent increase from the year before.

District Director Michael Ricks attributed the increase to participating lenders using SBA guarantees for loans to small businesses in the state.

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Humanities group seeking nominations

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting public nominations until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 for its 2018 Humanities Awards honoring Louisianians who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities.

Individuals, institutions or organizations can submit nominations. Letters of nomination should not exceed two pages and should detail specific accomplishments in the humanities. Curriculum vitae for the nominee and other letters of support should accompany the nomination letter.

Award categories are lifetime contribution to the humanities; humanities documentary film of the year; Michael P. Smith documentary photography award; humanities book of the year; museum exhibition of the year; and the Light Up for Literacy Award.

Recipients will be honored at the April 2018 Bright Lights Awards Dinner in New Orleans.

Nominations should be mailed to Humanities Awards Committee, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113; faxed attention to Chair, Humanities Awards Committee at (504) 529-2358; or emailed to

Information is available from the group's President Miranda Restovic at or at the group's website,

LONI changing name, branding

The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, a computer network that connects public and private universities to one another and allows them to conduct research online, is changing its name to the Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure.

The change was approved by Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph C. Rallo on the recommendation of the LONI Management Council. LONI, a program of the state Board of Regents, also is rebranding with a new logo.

"Through the hard work of everyone involved, LONI has grown from an initiative to a relied-upon, economical infrastructure fostering knowledge sharing and opportunity for Louisiana institutions," said Bettina Owens, chairwoman of the LONI Management Council. "The name change is long overdue."

"With this step, the LONI community recognizes the investment by the Board of Regents and the LONI operations staff from transitioning LONI from a concept to a project to now an organization whose mission is to provide value to its subscribers," said Lonnie Leger, executive director of LONI.

For more information about LONI, visit

WorkBoat Show, conference scheduled

The annual International WorkBoat Show, a commercial marine trade show and conference, will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The show features a keynote address by war-hero retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills; a maintenance and repair day; and a series of half-day conference programs focused on key sectors including shipyards, offshore, and inland and passenger vessels.

The 2017 show is expected to attract more than 1,100 exhibitors and nearly 15,000 business leaders from 45 states and 27 countries.

The show and conference will take place in Halls B through F, with registration in the lobby outside Hall D.

Qualified members of the industry can attend the WorkBoat Show exhibit hall and keynote for free by registering through Nov. 28. Registration is at