A University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor emerita of English has started an online petition to urge state lawmakers to restore funding to the state’s public universities. Ann Dobie has gathered nearly 2,000 signatures through her petition on the site signon.org. She hopes the petition is a wake-up call to lawmakers that higher education budget cuts have far reaching consequences.
Shreveport is paying tribute to its native son Van Cliburn, the legendary pianist died Feb. 27 at his Fort Worth home. His early career was nurtured by the Shreveport Symphony community, and he never forgot that, according to Lester Senter Wilson. She’s been executive director of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport for 30 years. She said Cliburn played five times with the Shreveport Symphony, including a performance in 1972 when he celebrated the orchestra’s 25th anniversary. People packed the hall.
Kisatchie National Forest wildlife biologists are preparing to install a webcam above a bald eagle’s nest on Kincaid Lake in Boyce, La. It’s a bit complicated, according to Steve Shively, a wildlife biologist on the Calcasieu Ranger district. It will involve climbing a tree and installing the camera 100 feet above the ground. But he said it’s totally worth it and webcams trained on raptor nests are common around the country.
John Miralles, director of LSU Shreveport's animation and visual effects program, purchased a 3-D printer several years ago through a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. He said the printer cost about $45,000.
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There are a handful of 3-D printers in the Shreveport/Bossier area, and all are being put to different uses, according to the head of LSU Shreveport's animation and digital effects program. John Miralles purchased one several years ago through a grant. He said it’s enhancing the skill set of his students. The printer uses heated plastic in a layering process to turn his students’ computer designs into real objects.
"We’re doing creative projects with an engineering-grade technology," Miralles said, as he peered into the printer's viewing window that resembles a convection oven.
John Cotton Dean is working with 10 parishes in Central Louisiana to help develop a local food economy.
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has hired a regional food systems planner to create a marketplace that encourages the buying and selling of local produce in the alliance’s 10-parish region. John Cotton Dean is beginning to map out his new job. He started last month. He says it’s very forward thinking that the grant-funded job is housed within an economic development agency.