Bridging the gap: Yimin Zhu, an LSU construction management professor, and his team of researchers have been awarded a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to create a new program in Hong Kong that aims to better prepare students for international projects. The funding will allow LSU to work with the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to establish the U.S.-Hong Kong Center of Leadership Development in Built Environment Sustainability. The center will conduct international research and professional training activities for U.S. graduate students. Read the full announcement.
Next week: Amazon’s “Prime Day” is back next week. The made-up holiday, first held in 2015, has become one of Amazon’s busiest shopping days, offering discounts on gadgets, TVs and other goods. But it’s also a way for Amazon to get more people to sign up for its $119-a-year Prime membership. This year, despite its name, Prime Day is happening on two days: July 15 and July 16.
FAFSA: According to the National College Access Network’s FAFSA tracker, Louisiana ranks number one in the nation for financial application completion for a second year. Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Executive Director Dr. Sujuan Boutté says the numbers are a big win for the state. “Last year we were at 77.1% and we were up this year to 78.7% of the 47,837 seniors that completed their FAFSA,” said Boutté. Nationwide, 53% of seniors applied for FAFSA.