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Razor clams are ubiquitous in the western Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to Argentina, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Darryl Felder / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Clams don’t mess around after oil spills, Deepwater Horizon

Stout razor clams may be on the cutting edge of oil spill cleanup, according to University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers.
After simulating an oil spill, faculty and student researchers found coastal sediments that held razor clams retained 25 percent less oil than areas where the mollusks weren’t present.
That could mean clams are absorbing oily residue, or they might be burying it. Either way, they’re acting as frontline custodians combatting environmental crises, said Dr. Paul Klerks, a UL Lafayette biology professor and one of the project’s investigators.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top 311 national universities cited in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Colleges.”

U.S. News & World Report grades UL Lafayette among the ‘best’

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top 311 national universities cited in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Colleges.”
The annual guidebook for prospective college students was released today.
National universities emphasize research and offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.
U.S. News &World Report’s best national universities include 190 public, 114 private and seven for-profit institutions, based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Plum Island Estuary, an area of tidal marshes and creek channels in northeastern Massachusetts, was the site of UL Lafayette biologist Dr. James Nelson and other researchers’ decade-long study on the effects of artificial nutrients on salt marshes. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey)

Researcher suggests rough sailing for proposed river diversions

The fate of fish in a New England estuary could predict what’s ahead for Louisiana marsh life should the state activate a cornerstone of its coastal restoration plan.
That’s according to Dr. James A. Nelson, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette biologist.
Nelson and other researchers introduced nutrient-enriched seawater into three watersheds in Plum Island Estuary, an area of tidal marshes and interconnected creek channels in northeastern Massachusetts.

UL Lafayette’s School of Music and Performing Arts staged “Metamorphoses” in 2016 at Burke-Hawthorne Hall. The travel website Expedia cited the school and the University as stewards of Lafayette’s arts and culture scene on its 2018 list of “America’s Most Artistic Towns.” (Credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

University’s role as cultural steward cited on website

A travel website ranked Lafayette among “America’s Most Artistic Towns” – and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a big reason why.
Expedia’s list includes 26 communities that “are most contributing to the artistic culture of our country.”
The website cites only places with fewer than 1 million residents. Lafayette is among 10 cities categorized as medium-size, or having a population between 100,000 and 349,999 people. Lafayette’s population is more than 127,600.

UL Lafayette’s online program earns kudos

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s online bachelor’s program is among the top 100 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings.
UL Lafayette was No. 94 in the 2018 Best Online Programs list that was released today.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University’s online bachelor’s program the highest among colleges and universities in Louisiana.

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