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Panelist Bio


Edward B. Overton, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences, LSU School of the Coast and Environment

Edward B. Overton is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of environmental Sciences, School of Coast and the Environment at LSU

He received his B.S.(1965) and Ph.D.(1970) degrees from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

His research interests include understanding the fates and distributions of hydrocarbons following an oil spill, the environmental chemistry of hazardous chemicals, and the detection of environmental pollutants at the site of sample collection.

Dr. Overton held the Clairborne Chair in Environmental Toxicology and Air Quality prior to his retirement, and was honored as a LSU Distinguished Faculty in 2008, and was the 1996 Louisiana Technologist of the Year

He is married to Susan J. Overton (formerly Susan C. Jones)

They have two children: a son Tommy Overton LSU 2006, and a daughter Jennifer LSU 2008

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Special Presentation


     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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What standards should be used for college admissions?

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