LA DIA (Discovery-Integration-Application)
Louisiana Sea Grant’s Louisiana Discovery, Integration, and Application Program (LA DIA) expands the impact of research on coastal issues. The program supports scholars who want to share their discoveries with diverse audiences and apply their work to real world problems. By encouraging interdisciplinary efforts among research disciplines and strong links with coastal communities, the LA DIA Program connects the dots between science, communication, and coastal residents. In essence, the program provides a two way conduit between university research results and community needs.
Louisiana Sea Grant is creating stronger connections between researchers and community members in coastal Louisiana through LA DIA (Discovery-Integration-Application) fellowships.
Coastal Connections is modified from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) approach to research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to non-specialist audience. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research topic and its significance using up to two PowerPoint slides. Coastal Connections focuses on the ability of students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Louisiana Sea Grant announced it is funding five new projects concentrating on the program’s Resilient Communities focus area. One is a research project and the others are scientific synthesis efforts –
where existing data is used to develop new models to explain or test a problem. Below is a synopsis of the two-year projects, along with a list of the investigators and their affiliations.