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Research News

Flooding Issues

LU professor secures funding to study flooding problems across Southeast Texas

Qin Qian, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering has recently received funding for two research grants to address regional flooding.


Reovery and Resiliency Grant

EDA taps LU professors for project with national impact

Henry Venta and James Slaydon received a $440, 000 grant to develop a framework for the Economic Development Agency to help Southeast Texas recover from disasters such as Tropical Storm Harvey.


James Henry, Associatie Professor of Chemical Engineering

Flow Cytometer at Lamar University

James Henry, associate professor of Chemical Engineering, was awarded National Science Foundation grant funding for the acquisition of a flow cytometer/sorter for Lamar University. This device will be the first of its kind to be located between Houston and Lafayette, and will be available for multidisciplinary research on the LU campus. A flow cytometer allows researchers to examine and sort individual cells at a rate of 100,000 per minute, giving far more precision to the practice of studying groups of cells.


Research Vessel

LU Brings Ocean Science Research Ship to Gulf of Mexico

Lamar University is helping bring one of three state-of-the-art National Science Foundation funded oceanographic research vessels to the Gulf of Mexico. This announcement brings the first new regional class research ship in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet to the Gulf of Mexico in nearly four decades.


Dr. Tracy Benson

Engineering Professor at LU Awarded Patent for Research

After a four-year submission and review process, Drs. Tracy Benson, a professor of chemical engineering at Lamar University, and Russell Chianelli, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas-El Paso, have been awarded a patent for a catalyst material to make medium chain alcohols using Fischer – Tropsch reactions


 Qingjiang Yao, associate professor at Lamar University

The Impact of Diversity on Higher Education

Qingjiang Yao, associate professor in Lamar University’s Department of Communication and Media recently published an article in the “Journal of Marketing for Higher Education,” based on research about the impact of Yaodiversity on higher education.