University of Louisiana at Lafayette

An associate professor of nursing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is featured in a new Zika virus webinar for nurses. Helen Hurst says the one-hour program focuses on what nurses need to know about the disease that is spread through mosquito bites. Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the virus causes severe birth defects. Hurst says nurses are often on the front line of education and they need to ask key questions. 

Kisatche Ranger District

The Kisatchie Ranger District will finish up an intensive ten-week field study this week. The work is mostly carried out by four anthropology students from LSU and University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The students are shovel testing 1,100 acres of forestland near Natchitoches. They’re searching for sensitive archeological sites as part of an environmental assessment for a proposed habitat improvement project, according to district archeologist Geoffrey Lehmann.

Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment

It’s been six years in the making and now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's cube satellite is hitching a ride into space this month on a NASA rocket. Dozens of undergraduate students have had a hand in CAPE-2. It stands for Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment. Assistant project manager Rizwan Merchant is a senior computer science major from Lafayette. He says his work on CAPE-2 will be his calling card for prospective employers.