Wednesday, June 1, 2016


I'm a bit late with this post, but still wanted to post a picture and recognize the official graduation of Ngozi, Erik, and Nehal.  They are enjoying a break before gearing up for their doctoral programs.  I am so proud and wish them great success in their future as scientists!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hooding Ceremony

Today the School of Biological Sciences held their first hooding ceremony for graduating graduate students.  It was a great way to recognize the contributions and success of our graduating students with their friends and family.  I am so proud of Erik, Ngozi, and Nehal, but also sad to see them go.  Tomorrow is graduation and and then they will pack up their apartments to enjoy a summer break before beginning their PhDs.  So proud of everyone graduating from Biological Sciences!

Students and their faculty mentors

Graduating Graduate Students of Spring 2016

Nehal, Erik, Ngozi, and me following the ceremony

Katie and Demi came to celebrate the success of their colleagues

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lab Party

To celebrate the end of the year we like to host the lab and my husband's softball team at our place for an afternoon of outdoor games and dinner.  It was nice to be able to spend sometime with everyone off campus and be able to relax and laugh.  There was volleyball, frisbee, and cornhall (which sounded like it got pretty competitive!).

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Awards and Inspiration

Today the lab was involved in 2 different activites...GLAMS and Sigma Xi.  I took two of my students, Demi and Katie to El Dorado, Arkansas to participate in Girls Learning About Math and Science (GLAMS) an event for 8th grade girls to learn about different types of science.  We worked with them to make DNA bracelets, teaching them about DNA sequences and complimenatry base pairing.  We met just over 20 students and had a great time.
Katie, Demi, and me teaching girls about science
 While we were in Arkansas, Nehal was back on campus being recognized by the Louisiana Tech chapter of Sigma Xi for being an outstanding graduate student at the University.  This was a much deserved recgonition for Nehal and I'm sorry I missed it.
Nehal receiving his award from Dr. Terri Maness, Sigma Xi President
Today's Sigma Xi Outstanding students.  Congratulations to all!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Louisiana Academy of Sciences

Today was the 90th Annual Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting in Alexandria, LA.  I took several students down there for the meeting; some to see what a conference is like and some to present on their research.  They did a great job representing Tech and the Newman lab!  Erik receiving 1st place for a graduate oral presentation in biomedical sciences and Katie received 1st place for an undergraduate poster presentation in biomedical sciences.  Great job to everyone who participated today!!!

Katie (above) and Demi (below) present their posters at LAS

Erik presenting his work in an oral presentation at LAS

Ngozi presenting her research in an oral presentation at LAS

Newman Lab at LAS

Winners!  Abitha (Dr. Caldorera-Moore's lab), Erik, and Katie were first in each of their respective categories

Monday, April 18, 2016

University of Louisiana Academic Summit

Following ANS Day on Thursday Demi and Katie drove down to Nicholl's State University to represent Louisiana Tech at the annual Academic Summit.  They were selected from the University Research Symposium to present posters at this multidisciplinary conference showcasing the best of the University of Louisiana system schools.  We were proud to have them there representing us!!  I was not able to attend, but a colleague made sure to take pictures.
Demi presenting her poster (above and below)

Katie presenting her poster (above and below)

Friday, April 15, 2016


Yesterday was the College of Applied and Natural Science's annual research and recognition event.  Three of the lab members gave oral presentations and one did a poster presentation.  After the talks and posters there was a lunch and an awards ceremony.  The ceremony recognized featured students, including our own Erik Beadle and Katie Whitehead, and honored faculty where I was awarded the colleges Research Award.  It was great to see the students recognized and be able to share their research and an honor for me to receive that award.
Katie presenting her research in the oral presentations at ANS Day

Erik getting ready to present his research in the oral presentations at ANS Day

Demi presenting her work in the oral presentations at ANS Day

Ngozi explaining her research in the poster session at ANS Day

Katie receiving her Featured Student Award from Dean Gary Kennedy

Erik receiving his Featured Student Award from Dean Gary Kennedy

Dr. Newman's Research Award from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences