Deidre Deculus Robert has been appointed by President Joe Biden as rural development state director for Louisiana.
Rural development state directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development and carry out the mission of the agency.
Robert has more than two decades of legal, administrative and executive management experience. She was an assistant city prosecutor in the East Baton Parish Attorney’s Office, an assistant attorney general with the Louisiana Department of Justice, executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and general counsel for the Southern University and A&M College System.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine recently bestowed the following awards:
Alexandra Noël, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, received the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. Zoetis presents an honorarium and inscribed plaque to a faculty member who has excelled in veterinary medical research during the past two years. Noël’s research focuses on the production and characterization of aerosols, as well as inhalation and developmental toxicology. This includes the study of engineered nanoparticles, second-hand smoke, electronic cigarette vapor, hookah smoke and a multipollutant approach to simulate real-life exposure scenarios.
Shisheng Li, a professor in Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, received the School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award. An honorarium and inscribed plaque are presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research and/or scholarly activities. Li’s research focuses on the mechanisms of DNA damage repair and mutagenesis.
Dr. Andrew Lewin, assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology, received the Andrew Lackner Mentoring Award. This award honors the memory of Dr. Andrew Lackner, former director of the Tulane National Primate Research Center, and his dedication to the training scientists. Lewin’s research focuses on ocular infectious disease, next-generation sequencing and clinical veterinary ophthalmology. He mentors veterinary students, interns and residents in the LSU Vet Med Veterinary Teaching Hospital.