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LSU digital footlocker preserves memories, memorabilia of veterans in new computerized catalog

Letters from Veterans
Courtesy of Virtual Footlocker Project
Letters from Veterans

Personal items belonging to active-duty military and veterans, like handwritten letters, emails, photos and social media posts, help humanize the American war experience and can become part of our shared history — that’s if they aren’t lost, forgotten or destroyed. An LSU researcher is now offering resources to help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Edward Benoit III, associate professor at the LSU School of Library & Information Science, recently began the Virtual Footlocker Project. He tells us more about how this online portal preserves veterans’ personal collections.

Mosquito bites can spread diseases like malaria, dengue fever and, as we’re familiar with in Louisiana, West Nile virus. Mosquito tests usually require human volunteers, but a new research partnership between Tulane and Rice Universities is now using synthetic skin made with a 3D printer.

Sam Jameson, a postdoctoral fellow with Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, tells us more about the benefits of this new research method.

But first up on Monday’s Louisiana Considered,  Alabama has some of the strictest laws on prenatal drug use in the country. And running afoul of them can cost thousands of dollars, leaving a woman with a felony record and facing the prospect of giving birth in prison. But advocates and reproductive health providers say there’s got to be a better way. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller looks at alternatives for pregnant women when addiction is criminalized.

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

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.