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The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast opens with January 30 event

Lamar University’s Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast will celebrate the rich history, art, literature, music and cuisine of the region at its inaugural event January 30.


Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

On October 7-8, 2016 the Twelth Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference will be held in the Lucas Building.


Chemistry and Biochemistry Department hosts professional growth activities for students

October 5, 2016 - Resume Seminar
October 7, 2016 - Dr. Charles Newell guest speaker at seminar
October 12, 2016 - Chemistry luncheon


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Prospective LU bound students to attend Cardinal View

The College of Arts and Sciences invites Cardinal View attendees to meet and interact with department chairs, faculty members, and staff on October 8, 2016.


Seminar: Biological discoveries using four dimensional biomaterials

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting a seminar on September 23, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Archer Physics Building, Room 108.


Chemistry Department Student Poster Competition

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry poster competition on September 21st from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Chemistry Building hallway.


Computer science to create virtual campus map app

Lamar University computer science graduate students Ankur Shah and Chandrakant Rudami, along with Department Chair Stefan Andrei, are creating an avatar-based interactive campus map application for Android, iPhone and iPad.


JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing stepping up to school status

Lamar University’s JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing has announced that it will change its title to JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing to better reflect the additions and development of educational opportunities over time that have elevated it to school status


Catalina Castillon

Castillon named assistant director for Office of Undergraduate Research

Catalina Castillón has been appointed assistant director for the Office of Undergraduate Research, Director Kumer Das announced.


Jeff Forret

Forret nominated for Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition named LU Professor of History Jeff Forret one of three finalists for the 18th annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his publication of “Slave Against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South and New Directions in Slavery Studies” by LSU Press.


Sunny Lei

Lei receives 2016 Faculty Mentor Award

Xiangyang (Sunny) Lei, associate professor of chemistry and interim chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named by the Office of Undergraduate Research as the recipient of Lamar University's 2016 Faculty Mentor Award.


Students awarded EPA research grant

Students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering were awarded a $15,000 research grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3 Program for their proposal to design and synthesize sustainable, environmentally friendly coating systems with self-healing and feedback properties using linseed oil monomers.


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Utter publishes three-volume work on 'Guns and Contemporary Society'

Distinguished Professor Glenn Utter's recently published book Guns and Contemporary Society: The Past, Present, and Future of Firearms and Firearm Policy examines various approaches to firearms, including constitutional and legal issues, public health and criminal justice concerns, and perspectives on personal safety and self-defense.


Social Work students simulate aging experience

Social work students simulate aging

Social work majors recently gathered to experience first-hand many of the trials facing the aging population by simulating the process of aging themselves.


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Sclumberger gives industry software to Department of Earth and Space Sciences

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences was gifted software licenses for both Petrel E&P and Techlog wellbore software platforms for research use from industry leader, Schlumberger. This gift is valued at roughly $1.7 million.


Students head to political convention internships

Efforts by the Department of Political Science and the Reaud Honors College resulted in  four Lamar University students being selected to participate in the National Presidential Nominating Conventions through the Washington Center’s Campaign 2016 program.


Gill scholars travel to Silicon Valley for conference

Gill Scholars, Bharatkumarr Tejwani, a master’s student in computer science, and Regina Kuebodeaux, a master’s student in chemistry, participated in Ignite!, a three-day entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley.


National History Day competition

The Department of History hosted its seventh annual National History Day regional competition on February 11, 2016.


Jeff Forret

Forret wins PROSE award

Professor of History, Jeff Forret, won the 2016 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) for his book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the on South.


Kumer Das

Das receives award from SIGMAA on Statistics Education

Associate professor of statistics, Kumer Das, was granted the Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics by the Special interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Statistics Education.


Lamar Literary Festival Series sponsors readings

The Department of English and Modern Languages, Lamar Literary Press, and the Office of the Provost will sponsor readings by fiction writers, Elizabeth Harris and Lisa Sandlin, as a part of the Lamar Literary Festival Series.


Kelli Creel

Beck Fellow to conduct research in England

Beck Fellowship finalist and pre-dental Biology major, Kelli Creel, will be going to the University of York in Heslington, England this summer to conduct research with two world-class scholars on the microbial communities entrapped in dental tartar obtained from ancient Roman skeletons.


Jeff Forret

Forret awarded Cromwell Fellowship

Jeff Forret, professor of history, has been awarded the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Research Fellowship for continued work on his book, Williams' Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South.


Cade Johnson

Biology major, Cade Johnson, selected for Beck Fellowship

Cade Johnson, a double major in biology and exercise science, i one of two undergraduate recipients of the Beck Fellowship.


Students present at Texas Undergraduate Math Conference

Several Lamar University students recently attended the 11th annual Texas Undergraduate Math Conference hosted by the University of Texas at Tyler.


Computer science poster winners

Computer science students tie for first

Two students from the Department of Computer Science, James Wilson and Bharatkumar Tejwani, both won first prize at the Student Poster Contest during the Association for Computer Educators in Texas (ACET) conference.


Keeley Townley-Smith

LU's Townley-Smith named TSUS Regents' Student Scholar

Lamar University senior Keeley Townley-Smith has been named Texas State University System Regents' Student Scholar.


Kumer Das

Das honored with Rogers Community Service Award

Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics and director of the Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research, will be honored with Lamar University's 2015 Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award.


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Nursing helps community with tobacco education

Lamar University’s nursing department is helping its students get involved in the community by partnering with Julie Roger’s Gift of Life Tobacco Control Coalition Program to promote tobacco cessation and reduce the harm caused by tobacco in Southeast Texas.


Jeff Forret

Forthcoming books by Forret expand slavery dialogue

Jeff Forret, professor of history at Lamar University, has two books being published in November by LSU Press: Slave Against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South and New Directions in Slavery Studies.


Dean Brenda Nichols

Long-term college dean Nichols named Associate Provost

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Brenda Nichols has been named associate provost, James Marquart, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Lamar University recently announced.


Students at STEM Conference

STAIRSTEP students present research

Eight STAIRSTEP undergraduates presented their research at the 3rd Annual Texas STEM Conference recently. The conference was hosted by Lamar University’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and funded by ExxonMobil.


Stuart Wright

Wright examines government raids in Storming Zion

Stuart Wright and Susan Palmer have completed what they believe is the first comprehensive study ever conducted of government raids on religious communities — Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities, is the result of extensive research that took the two from Central and West Texas to the streets of Paris and Brussels to the most remote parts of the Alps and Pyrenees.



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Nursing students help mend memory with music

Lamar University nursing students are helping implement the innovative Music and Memory project to enhance the quality of life of resident dementia patients through music.


Dr. Steve Zani

Zani: Monster stories will loom large

Lamar University has honored Dr. Steven Zani, professor of English and Modern Languages, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2015. Zani has been a member of the Lamar faculty since 1999.