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Denise Reed, Ph.D.
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Denise Reed, Ph.D., is Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at The Water Institute of the Gulf. Reed is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems. She has studied coastal issues in the United States and around the world for more than 30 years.

Dr. Reed has worked closely with Louisiana’s state government in developing coastal restoration plans, including the 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plans. Her experience includes field research on the response of coastal wetlands to sea level rise, ecosystem restoration and planning in the California Bay Delta, and advisory roles involving many federal water resource planning issues including post-Sandy work in the northeast and restoration planning in Puget Sound. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including a number of National Research Council, now the National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine, committees.

Prior to joining The Water Institute of the Gulf, Dr. Reed served as a University Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

She currently serves on the NOAA Science Advisory Board and is a member of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. She earned a bachelor's and doctoral degree in geography from the University of Cambridge.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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