Congratulations to Katie Whitehead on her admission to the MD/PhD program at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Katie joined the lab as an undergraduate and then stayed on to complete a master's degree in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology. Katie has presented at a number of state conferences where her ability to communicate her research was recognized when she was awarded 1st place in poster and oral presentation competitions. Katie also presented at a national meeting where her research was positively received by experts in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Katie has been awarded ANS minigrants and Louisiana Space Consortium grants both as an undergraduate and graduate student. Although she graduated last May, Katie has continued to work in the lab as a part time research associate, completing her second manuscript on which she is first author, and training new students in the lab. Katie has been a tremendous asset to the lab and I am so proud of all she has and will continue to achieve. Congratulations Katie - a much deserved next step in your career!
Every year the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences (CBERS) at Louisiana Tech recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are participating in research. This year 5 members of the Newman Lab were recognized with this honor. Haley Barnett and Joseph Straub were awarded 2 of the Graduate Student awards and India Pursell, Hannah Logan, and Avery Bryan were awarded 3 of the undergraduate awards. This is a cash award that each student receives either as part of their graduate stipend or in the form of tuition support for the remainder of the spring quarter. A well deserved recognition for these 5 students!
On Saturday, March 10, 14 students from the lab got up early and drove down to LSU-Alexandria to present at the annual Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting. Students and faculty from across the state come together every year to share their on-going research and visit with one another for the one day conference. This year a number of students from the lab presented with some of the newer students getting to go and just experience their first scientific conference. Impressively, all of the students from the lab, including one digital painting student I mentored for a medical illustration project, were recognized with a first place win and $100 cash prize for their outstanding oral or poster presentation in the graduate or undergraduate categories in the Divisions of Microbiology and Molecular and Biomedical Biology!! I could not be prouder of my students who made the lab look so professional at this conference that I was not able to attend. Louisiana Tech University has also recognized the accomplishment of these students and others from the School of Biological Sciences who attended and won in their respective divisions with this recent press release.
Congratulations to all students who attended the 92nd annual LAS Meeting!!
Dr. Jamie Newman
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences