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9:02am

Thu May 1, 2014
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Lufkin natural history museum lands NASA moon rock exhibit

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell traverses the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
Credit NASA

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin unveiled an almost 4 billion-year-old moon rock display this week that is on permanent loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It came from the Apollo 14 space mission, and is the largest moon rock sample in NASA’s display collection.

Museum CEO Neal Naranjo says last year the museum displayed a small sample for a short time, and more than 330 school tours came through the museum to see it.

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10:07am

Wed April 30, 2014
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Nacogdoches conference includes Texas Runaway Slave Project

This ad, placed by a Shreveport slave owner, was published in the Telegraph and Texas Register in 1838.
Credit Texas Runaway Slave Project

Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase faculty research, scholarship and artistry Thursday at its daylong Bright Ideas Conference. More than 90 poster presentations will be on display, including the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Kyle Ainsworth, special collections librarian at SFA’s East Texas Research Center, has combed through Texas newspapers compiling hundreds of advertisements and announcements about runaway slaves between the 1830s and 1860s. The project is in a searchable database.

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9:34am

Mon April 28, 2014
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North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle to host national mathematician in residence

LSU Shreveport mathematics professor Judith Covington coordinates meetings for the North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle, a group comprised of about 30 teachers.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

More than two dozen mostly middle school math teachers from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes will convene in May to do math for the fun of it and attend the final meeting of the school year for the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle.

LSU Shreveport mathematics professor Judith Covington launched the group several years ago. She says math teachers meet eight evenings during the academic year to work on problems in a casual environment.

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9:02am

Fri April 25, 2014
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Christian Service to focus on feeding homeless at new Shreveport location

This architectural rendering shows Christian Service's future dining facility in a former Shreveport warehouse.
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A Shreveport charity that serves thousands of hot meals a year in the Ledbetter Heights neighborhood is moving two miles away where it will join 12 nonprofits to provide services to homeless people.

Christian Service’s Hospitality House was founded in 1970. The agency is raising $500,000 to convert a warehouse into a dining facility, according to board president Jane Snyder. She says Christian Service will no longer provide transitional housing, a decision that was carefully considered by its board.

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9:22am

Wed April 23, 2014
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Shreveport neonatologist to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

LSU Health Shreveport pediatrics professor Dr. Arun Pramanik will accept the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the presence of his children on May 10.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

LSU Health Shreveport pediatrics professor Dr. Arun Pramanik is among more than 100 people who will be honored in May with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations presents the annual award to U.S. immigrants or native-born citizens who have made significant contributions to society.

Pramanik grew up in rural India, and he’s never forgotten where he came from. He works with a number of global health agencies to reduce the number of stillborn births in the developing world.

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