Geological Society of New Orleans hears about LSU campus mounds
The Geological Society of New Orleans will hold a Zoom meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Brooks B. Ellwood, Professor Emeritus in LSU’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, will discuss recent radiocarbon dating that revealed one of the mounds on the LSU campus is the oldest known, intact man-made structure in North America.
To register for the meeting, go to nogs.org/events.
GBRIA Industrial Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center
The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance will hold its first industry showcase from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Participants will be able to find cost-effective solutions, ideas for improving efficiency and the latest technologies available to the industry.
Targeted industries include petrochemicals, energy, paper, oil refining and other South Louisiana manufacturing industries. Plant personnel, industrial support departments, maintenance efficiency personnel, turnaround organizations, environmental support teams, training providers, suppliers and vendors are encouraged to attend.
There will also be continuing education courses covering topics such as ethics, water supply for industrial plants and engineering.
Registration is available at gbria.org/industryshowcase.
Free Workshop on Patent Protection Wednesday
A free workshop on how to seek patent protection will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Mark Melasky, attorney at Intellectual Property Consulting, will moderate the hybrid seminar. The event will take place in person at the offices of IP Consulting, 400 Poydras St., Suite 1400, New Orleans or via Zoom.
The workshop will cover topics such as how to get a patent, what to expect during the patent registration process, patent infringement issues and timelines.
Email [email protected] to RSVP for a seat or to get the Zoom link.
Lucid Founder to Speak to ACG on Tuesday
Patrick Comer, the founder of Lucid, will address the Association for Corporate Growth at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of his notable speaker series.
Comer sold his market research company for more than $1 billion last year.
Lunch will be at August Restaurant, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Admission is free for members of the association, $65 for non-members. To register, go to acg.org.
Edison Chouest Offshore Wins Contract to Serve 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 at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and will operate partially on battery power. It will be able to accommodate up to 60 wind 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 expected to begin in the mid-2020s.
Acadian Launches Latest Accelerated EMT Program
Acadian Ambulance and the National EMS Academy are launching the latest series of crash courses for emergency medical technicians in New Orleans.
The program will select those interested in becoming certified as an emergency medical technician and will pay them while they are trained. If successful, they will then serve as paramedics.
Compared to the traditional EMT program, which takes four months, the accelerated program is a seven-week course. Acceptance into the program is competitive. Acadian will cover the course fees and costs. While studying, students will earn $11 per hour.
The last day to apply for the program is June 20 and classes will start on July 11. Classes will be held in the New Orleans area.
To learn more about the program or to apply, visit nationalemsacademy.com/programs/accelerated-emt-program-new-orleans/.
New Orleans Conference for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
The third annual Biz Chiefs Business Conference will be held June 24-26 at the Saint Vincent Hotel, 1507 Magazine St., New Orleans.
The event aims to build and grow profitable businesses and will include sessions covering Intellectual Property/Trademarks, Equities, Business Credit, Financial Strategies, E-Commerce and Marketing. Speakers include Lakeisha Robichaux, Founder and CEO, Chief of Minds; Lori B. Jackson, director of the Urban League of Louisiana’s Women’s Business Resource Center; and Anthony Kimble, founder and managing partner of Kimble Properties, a real estate investment and development firm.
Registration is $249 for general admission and $899 for a VIP package, which includes a business counseling session after the conference. For more information or to register, visit conference.bizchiefs.com/Execution2022.
Yokogawa opens technology center in Baton Rouge
Yokogawa Corp. of America, specializing in industrial automation, opened a technology center in Baton Rouge.
Several dozen people will work from the office, 3895 O’Neal Lane, which will also serve as a local hub for engineers and sales personnel serving area customers.
Tokyo-based Yokogawa has customers in a variety of industries, including energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals and food.
Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson Plant Wins EPA Energy Star Award
Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson plant was named Energy Star Challenge Achiever for Industry by the EPA for its efforts to reduce energy consumption.
The facility has voluntarily reduced its energy consumption by 18.5% between 2020 and 2022.
This was accomplished by reducing water, electricity and compressed air consumption, combined with the installation of a more efficient natural gas boiler. The energy reduction will result in annual savings of approximately $8 million.
LSU’s Faculty of Engineering Receives Funding from the U.S. Department of Defense
Two LSU College of Engineering professors — electrical and computer engineering professor Shuangqing Wei and chemical engineering associate professor Kevin McPeak — each recently received grants from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.
Wei was awarded $288,579 for his proposal, “Advanced Signal and Information Processing for Interference Management in Radio Communication Systems.” Specifically, the funding enables Wei to obtain instruments that will be used to build a hard-wired, integrated test system/platform on which multiple types of complex interference signals and signals of interest, or SOIs, can be generated and tested in a controlled environment.
McPeak’s proposal, “Thin Film Ellipsometry for Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics,” received $225,000 in funding, which will provide him with two vital pieces of equipment.
“Mid-infrared wavelengths are a very important area for the Department of Defense,” McPeak said. “Being able to detect light in this region is essential for several security applications in the defense sector. There aren’t many materials that absorb electromagnetic radiation in this region that are also able to effectively convert the radiation into an electrical signal.”
FranU Adds Medical-Legal Certificate to Program for Fall 2022
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has added a Forensic Science Certificate for Fall 2022, which helps pave the way to careers in most areas of crime labs such as drug analysis, toxicology, latents, firearms and receipt of evidence.
The Forensic Science Certificate is designed to create quality educational experiences in forensic science and train highly skilled professionals ready to enter the workforce.
When accompanied by a Bachelor of Science degree in the natural sciences, the certificate ensures that basic educational requirements are met for employment in various forensic fields.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the job outlook for forensic science technicians is positive, with 16% or 2,700 additional jobs expected to be added over the next 10 years.
Admission requirements include enrolling in or obtaining a bachelor’s or graduate degree in chemical sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, or forensic sciences.
After completing the first six hours of biology and six hours of organic chemistry, students should be able to complete the remaining requirements within one year.