Leanne M. Redman, an associate professor in the clinical sciences division at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has won the 2018 National Postdoctoral Association Garnett-Powers & Associates Inc. Mentor Award.

The award recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars. Redman is an expert in human metabolic phenotyping and well-known in the fields of obesity, lifestyle intervention and energy metabolism. She has mentored honors, master's and Ph.D. candidates from the neighboring LSU campus as well as postdoctoral fellows from around the world. Many of her predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows have been recognized for their work through National Institutes of Health funding, awarded competitive training opportunities or been finalists or award recipients at national and international meetings.

Redman obtained her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Southern Cross University; Ph.D. in physiology and obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Adelaide in Australia; and a master's in clinical science from Tulane University in New Orleans.

The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors has recognized outgoing 2017 chairman Andrew Lopez, of Cajun Industries, for his leadership and service and named him Merit Shop Member of the Year; Thad Rispone, of ISC Constructors, and outgoing 2017 board secretary, Mentor of the Year; Lance Arvel, of Group Industries, Committee Member of the Year; and Wesley Littleton, of the Brock Group, BEAM Club Award recipient for his work in recruiting new members.

Keep America Beautiful has presented Keep Louisiana Beautiful in Covington with the State Innovative Achievement Award for its annual Leaders Against Litter program involving community leaders and elected officials and the diamond-level State Affiliate Recognition Award for its support of its local affiliate organizations throughout the state.

Also, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was recognized with the State Agency Award for its support of Keep Louisiana Beautiful. St. Tammany Parish litter enforcement officer and constable, Rick Moore, received the Law Enforcement Leadership Award for his dedication to litter law enforcement in the state, which includes establishing a litter court in St. Tammany Parish.

Dwain J. Broussard, of Vermilion Parish, and Barry D. Lacasse, of Acadia Parish, received Master Farmer certification through training in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.

Participants develop conservation plans for their farms, with the goal of implementing research-based management practices that allow them to maintain productivity while protecting natural resources. They take annual continuing education, and recertification is required every five years.

Organizations involved in the program are the LSU AgCenter; Louisiana Farm Bureau; Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.