Dr. Gary Stringer is the first president for the new nonprofit Advocates for Poverty Point.
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Representatives from UNESCO will make site visits this summer to Poverty Point, an archeological site in northeast Louisiana where mammoth earthen mounds were erected some 3,000 years ago. Poverty Point was nominated this year to become a World Heritage Site. That’s one reason why a new nonprofit organization has formed to support its preservation and promote its scientific merit. Gary Stringer, professor emeritus of geology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will serve as the first president of the recently-incorporated Advocates for Poverty Point.
Teachers from 25 Caddo Parish schools have begun a graduate seminar at LSU Shreveport to enhance their expertise and ability to teach American and Louisiana history. The Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been the bread-and-butter program for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities over the years. These grants totaled $2 million for Caddo Parish since 2005, and touched 370 teachers. LEH president Michael Sartisky said the current group of teachers will be the last ones through the program.
The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.
Feral cats roaming in one Shreveport neighborhood will be able to be fixed for free through a new grant program. Robinson’s Rescue, a Shreveport nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services, announced it launched a new Free Feral Cat Program made possible through a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Thousands of people are expected to descend on the opening day of the Shreveport Farmers' Market. This year, 166 vendors will be set up in downtown’s Festival Plaza selling locally-grown produce, meat, honey, plants and artisan food products.