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New Orleans Geological Society to hear about LSU Campus Mounds

The New Orleans Geological Society will hold a Zoom meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday. 

Brooks B. Ellwood, a professor emeritus in the LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics, will discuss recent radiocarbon dating that found one of the LSU Campus Mounds is the oldest known and intact man-made structure in North America. 

To register for the meeting, go to

GBRIA industrial trade show set at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance will hold its first Industry Showcase from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Attendees will be able to find cost-saving solutions, ideas to improve efficiencies and the latest technologies available to industry.

The targeted industries include petrochemicals, energy, paper, oil refining and other manufacturing industries in south Louisiana. Plant personnel, industrial support services, maintenance efficiency personnel, turn-around organizations, environmental support teams, education providers, suppliers and vendors are encouraged to attend.

There will also be continuing education classes covering topics such as ethics, water supplies for industrial plants and engineering.

Registration is available at

Free patent protection workshop Wednesday

A free workshop that covers how to apply for patent protection will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Mark Melasky, an attorney with Intellectual Property Consulting, will host the hybrid seminar. The event will be held in person at the IP Consulting offices, 400 Poydras St., Suite 1400, in New Orleans or via Zoom. 

The workshop will cover topics such as how to obtain a patent, what to expect during the patent registration process, patent infringement issues and deadlines.

Email to RSVP for a seat or to obtain the Zoom link. 

Lucid founder to address ACG Tuesday

Patrick Comer, the founder of Lucid, will speak to the Association for Corporate Growth at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of its notable dealmakers speaker series. 

Comer sold his market research company for more than $1 billion last year.

The luncheon will be held at Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., in New Orleans. Admission is free for association members, $65 for nonmembers. To register, go to

Edison Chouest Offshore awarded contract to service Long Island wind farms

Edison Chouest Offshore has been awarded a contract to provide charter services to two offshore wind farms on Long Island.

The hybrid vessel will be based in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and will partially sail on battery power. It will be able to accommodate up to 60 wind turbine technicians working on the Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 developments.

The charter agreement with Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP, is set to begin in the mid-2020s.

Acadian launches latest accelerated EMT program

Acadian Ambulance and the National EMS Academy are kicking off the latest round of accelerated emergency medical technician classes in New Orleans.

The program will select people interested in earning their emergency medical technician certification and pay them while they are in training. Upon successful completion, they will then serve as EMTs.

Compared with the traditional EMT program, which takes four months to complete, the accelerated program is a seven-week course. Acceptance into the program is competitive. Acadian will cover the fees and costs of the course. While in school, students will earn $11 an hour.

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The last day to apply for the program is June 20, and the courses will begin July 11. Classes will be in the New Orleans area.

To learn about the program or to apply, visit

New Orleans conference set for small business owners, entrepreneurs

The third annual Biz Chiefs Business Conference will be held June 24-26 at the Hotel Saint Vincent, 1507 Magazine St., in New Orleans.

The event is aimed at growing and scaling profitable businesses and will feature sessions covering IP/trademarks, stocks, business credit, financial strategies, e-commerce and marketing. Speakers include Lakeisha Robichaux, founder and CEO, Chief of Minds; Lori B. Jackson, director of the Women’s Business Resource Center at the Urban League of Louisiana and Anthony Kimble, founder and managing partner of Kimble Properties, a real estate investment and development company.

Registration is $249 for general admission and $899 for a VIP package, which includes a post-conference business counseling session. For information or to register, go to

Yokogawa opens technology center in Baton Rouge

Yokogawa Corp. of America, which specializes in industrial automation, has opened a technology center in Baton Rouge.

Several dozen people will work out of the office, 3895 O’Neal Lane, which will also serve as a local hub for engineers and sales staff that service clients in the area.

Tokyo-based Yokogawa has clients in a range of industries, including energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals and food.

Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson mill earns EPA Energy Star award

Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson mill was named an Energy Star Challenge Achiever for Industry by the EPA for its efforts to reduce energy usage.

The facility voluntarily reduced its energy usage by 18.5% between 2020 and 2022.

This was accomplished by reducing water, electricity and compressed air usage, combined with the installation of a more efficient, natural gas-fired boiler. The energy reduction will result in annual savings of about $8 million.

LSU Engineering faculty awarded funding by U.S. Defense Department

Two LSU College of Engineering faculty — electrical and computer engineering professor Shuangqing Wei and chemical engineering associate professor Kevin McPeak — were recently each awarded grants by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

Wei received $288,579 for his proposal, “Advanced Signal and Information Processing for Managing Interference in Radio Communication Systems.” Specifically, the funding allows Wei to obtain instruments that will be used to build a wired and integrated testing system/platform over which multiple types of complex interference signals and signals of interest, or SOI, can be generated and tested in a controlled environment.

McPeak’s proposal, “Ellipsometry of Thin Films for Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics,” received $225,000 in funding, which will provide him with two vital pieces of equipment.

“The mid-infrared wavelengths are a very important area for the Department of Defense,” McPeak said. “Being able to detect light in this region is critical for several security applications in the defense sector. There are not many materials that absorb electromagnetic radiation in this region which are also able to efficiently convert the radiation into an electrical signal.”

FranU adds forensic certificate to curriculum for fall 2022

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has added a certificate in forensic science for fall 2022 which helps to provide a pathway to careers in most areas of the crime labs such as drug analysis, toxicology, latents, firearms and evidence receiving.

The certificate in forensic science is designed to create quality educational experiences in forensics and form highly skilled professionals ready to enter the workforce.

When accompanied by a bachelor of science in a natural science, the certificate ensures the basic educational requirements are met for employment in various forensic fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the job outlook for forensic science technicians is positive, with an additional 16% or 2,700 jobs projected to be added in the next 10 years.

Admission consideration requirements include enrollment in or completion of a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a chemical science, physical science, biological science or forensic science.

After completing the initial six hours of biology and six hours of organic chemistry, students should be able to complete the remaining requirements within one year.

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