The Louisiana Tech Lecture Series

The Louisiana Tech Lecture Series will offer presentations by distinguished faculty who will be invited to showcase noteworthy achievements in research and publication. In some cases, this series will be recorded using class-capture software and hardware, and the lectures will be made available for viewing on these pages.

The School of Architecture’s Design/Build Program, and Habitat for Humanity

Presenter: Kevin Stevens, School of Architecture

Thursday 18 March 2010, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CIT Conference Room PML 1014

With the recent publicity about humanitarian efforts in Haiti, we need to be aware that faculty do their part to help those less fortunate right here in our area. The School of Architecture’s Design/Build program has successfully designed, fabricated and constructed 19 projects over the past ten years. These projects have ranged in scale and scope from outdoor classrooms to four recently completed homes in collaboration with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Together, these projects account for more than $700,000 in construction costs and have enabled the School of Architecture to become a regional leader in design/build community service.

Associate Professor Kevin Stevens from the School of Architecture will discuss the four homes recently completed in partnership with the North Central Louisiana Chapter of Habitat for Humanity as well as the home currently under construction at 1010 Jones Street. Join us for a chance to hear how one department at Tech is doing its part to improve the quality of life for people right here in Lincoln Parish.


Pride and Prejudice in the Evaluation of Wine?

Presenter: Dr. Barry Babin, College of Business

Wednesday 24 February 2010, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CIT Conference Room PML 1014

This month’s program in the Louisiana Tech Lecture Series will feature Dr. Barry Babin, Professor of Business and Chair of the Marketing & Analysis Department at Louisiana Tech University, who will discuss his recent article, “Pride and Prejudice in the Evaluation of Wine.” Dr. Babin’s article, which was published in the November 2009 issue of the International Journal of Wine Business Research, received a 2010 Award for Excellence from the Emerald Literari Network.

Dr. Babin will discuss this research and how psychological beliefs about a wine can affect consumer perceptions, including their perception of a wine’s taste, quality, and willingness to pay. He writes, “The research varies consumer perceptions about the origins of wine. In 1976, the 1974 Chalone Chardonnay (California) turned heads in a blind tasting in Paris. But, consumers do not buy wine without knowing what it is or where it comes from, and the interest is on how the prior beliefs that we develop may bias actual perceptions.” Dr. Babin’s research looked at how an actual wine labeled as a French wine or a domestic American wine caused reactions among consumers who vary in ethnocentrism. Join us for what is sure to be an interesting and informative session that may cause you to rethink everything you thought you knew about wine – or perhaps confirm what you believed all along.


Using Low-Cost Technology in the Classroom: The Pulse Smartpen

Presenters: Kerri Phillips, SLP.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology, Pleasance Owen, B.A., Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology

Tuesday 10 November 2009, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CIT Conference Room PML 1014

Learn about a pilot program developed right here at Tech to utilize multi-modality learning coupled with low-cost technology materials to provide educational enhancement and training in the traditional classroom setting. The use of readily available low-cost technology tools can have a direct and positive impact on educational outcomes. Dr. Phillips and Ms. Owen will demonstrate how the Pulse Smartpen can be used by faculty and students as an educational aid during classroom lectures. Join us to learn about one of the most interesting learning tools to come along in years.


“Nazis and Berliners: How Americans Remembered Germany during the Cold War.”

Presenter: Dr. Brian Etheridge, Department of History

Thursday April 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

CITDL Classroom, Prescott Library 1014

For the first program in our series, Louisiana Tech associate professor of history Dr. Brian C. Etheridge discussed his research on American perspectives of Germans as presented in filmic media post World War II.  Dr. Etheridge’s work was awarded the 2009 Stuart L. Bernath Research Article Prize, presented by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. The Bernath Prize recognizes the best article by a younger scholar on a topic related to the history of U.S. foreign relations.

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