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The history department's Dr. Rian Thum has penned an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, entitled "What is a Uyghur?"  You may access the essay at the following link:  The essay explores, in brief, issues examined at length in Dr. Thum's now-available book, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard, 2014).

For the past year Holly has been employed as a research engineer at Digital Reasoning ( ), a software company that focuses on large scale unstructured text analytics. Digital Reasoning’s machine learning platform, Synthesys, identifies threats, risks and opportunities by transforming information into a private Knowledge Graph that enables automated understanding of human communication.

Dr. Lisbeth Philip, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures, presented a paper entitled Las innovaciones léxico-semánticas en el uso de las malas palabras en Venezuela at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO). San Diego, CA. September 20, 2014.

Kenneth Keulman, Provost Distinguished Professor, is co-author of European Identity.

The latest play by Chair of the English Department, John Biguenet, called "Broomstick" is receiving rave reviews in both New Orleans and Los Angeles, the two cities in which the play is running concurrently.

Dr. Connie Rodriguez received the 2014 Foot Soldier Award of the Archaeological Institute of America recognizing over 20 years of service to the New Orleans Society.

Natalie Jones (Theatre Arts/Spanish 2014) received the Magis Outstanding Achievement in Service Learning Award in May 2014 for her work with Project Lazarus. ¡Felicitaciones, Natalia!

Loyola University New Orleans English professor and human trafficking expert Laura Murphy, Ph.D., has won an international award for her outstanding African literary studies work culminating in her book, “Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature.” Murphy received the inaugural African Literature Association First Book Award last month.

To students, she is forever a role model and mentor. To fellow faculty members, she is a devoted colleague known for her steadfast commitment to Jesuit education. To Loyola University New Orleans, philosophy professor Constance Mui, Ph.D., is the recipient of the university’s top faculty honor—the 2013 Dux Academicus Award. She received the accolade Friday, Jan. 10 at the Spring 2014 Faculty and Staff Convocation.

Madi Stark presented her senior thesis research at the Botany 2014 national conference in Boise, ID, in July 2014. The poster, on a possible undescribed hybrid cattail spreading aggressively in the Mississippi River delta, was co-authored with Biology professors Dave White and Don Hauber.


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