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Xavier University in New Orleans has plans to open a medical school

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Chuck Billiot
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Xavier University in New Orleans

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn why one LSU professor has been recognized for his accomplishments in wetlands research. Then, we hear about Xavier University’s plan to open a medical school as a way to increase diversity in the field of medicine.

LSU professor and associate dean John White is making a name for himself, as he recently won a National Academy of Sciences award for his research on wetlands. And when he accepts, he will be the sixth member of LSU’s College of the Coast and Environment to win the National Wetlands Award.

White joins us to talk about his 23 years of research that led to his latest accomplishment.

Last month, Xavier University in New Orleans announced plans to establish its own medical school. Watchers are looking to the HBCU to help address issues of a lack of diversity in the medical profession.

Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University, tells us about the school’s plans for this institution of higher education.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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