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LaDIA Faculty Fellows Selected

Louisiana Sea Grant has selected 15 tenure-track faculty from six university campuses as 2019 LaDIA Fellows. Louisiana Discovery-Integration-Applications (LaDIA) Fellows receive training from experts in science communication and outreach, while broadening their knowledge of coastal concerns.

The new LaDIA Fellows are:

  • Kelly Boyle, University of New Orleans (UNO)
  • Ignatius Cahyanto, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL)
  • Traci Cox, UNO
  • Juliana D’Andrilli, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
  • Michael Dance, Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • Thomas Douthat, LSU
  • Jennifer Hill, Louisiana Tech
  • Yong-Cheol Lee, LSU
  • Hai (Thomas) Lin, LSU
  • Paul Miller, LSU
  • Robert Miller, LSU
  • Jessica Pearce, ULL
  • Jerod Penn, LSU AgCenter
  • Chao Sun, LSU
  • George Xue, LSU

The new class of Fellows participated in their first educational retreat in August. Fellows learned how to describe their research and refine the message they want to convey through roleplaying exercises where they interacted with policy makers, journalists and coastal residents. The Fellows also learned more about the challenges faced by New Orleans-area residents while visiting the 17th Street Canal Pump Station, Davis Pond and the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway.

Since LaDIA’s pilot year in 2014, 35 fellows have explored possible research and outreach projects in coastal communities from Grand Isle to the Chenier Plain.

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