On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, wreaking havoc all along the Gulf Coast. The storm’s wind and storm surge, and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans and surrounding cities, left over 1,800 people dead and caused over $100 billion in damage. The following month, Hurricane Rita struck southwest Louisiana, dealing a double-blow to the state, the coast and the nation.
LSU’s critical role in the rescue and recovery efforts during both storms is only matched by the extensive research and creativity that has grown out of the study of the storm’s impact. LSU researchers have generated over 175 published papers, presentations, and other materials based on research relating to Katrina, Rita and post-hurricane recovery.
In commemoration of the storms’ 10th anniversary, the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) is organizing Katrina & Rita: A Decade of Research & Response, a coordinated collection of events and activities that highlight the storm-related research done by LSU faculty, staff and students. The focal point of the event will be a one-day symposium of research presentations to be held at the Digital Media Center Theatre on Friday August 28, 2015. We plan to showcase panel discussions, paper presentations, posters, exhibits, and videos in disciplines from across the university, including science, engineering, social science, arts and humanities.
The symposium will also be a clearinghouse for information about other Katrina- and Rita-related activities elsewhere on campus. We will work closely with University Relations to provide the campus and the public with information about other campus-based events and activities related to the storm’s anniversary, including art exhibits and concerts.
How to Participate in the Katrina & Rita Symposium
Katrina & Rita Symposium: On August 28, 2015, the Katrina & Rita Symposium will be held at the Digital Media Center Theatre, with paper, panel and poster sessions discussing research conducted by LSU faculty and staff regarding a wide range of topics and disciplines. Proposals are no longer being accepted. We will announce the selected proposals shortly.Stephen David Beck at the Office of Research & Economic Development.