Nicholls professor to join crawfish panel

Nicholls State University biology professor Chris Bonvillain has been appointed to the executive board for the International Association of Astacology.

The astacology — the study of crawfish — executive board is made up of people who represent the crawfish farming industry, academia and state and government organizations from more than 40 countries, Nicholls said in a news release.

Bonvillain is one of only two appointed board members from the U.S.

“This shows that Nicholls biology faculty are involved in research that is important to our state,” said Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls biological sciences department head. “The fact that Chris is recognized by this international appointment confirms that Nicholls is recognized as a leader in crawfish research.”

The aim of the IAA is to encourage the scientific study, conservation and wise use of crawfish.

The board meets every two years at the International Association of Astacology Symposium, with this year’s meeting having been in Pittsburgh. The next meeting will be in the Czech Republic in 2020.


Nominees accepted for Athena Award

The deadline to nominate a local leader for the Women’s Business Alliance of Houma’s annual Athena Award is Thursday.

The award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, excels in his or her chosen field, provides a valuable service to improve quality of life in the community and forges a path of leadership for women to follow, the alliance said in a news release.

Previous Athena Award honorees include Angie Pitre, Lori Davis, Kandy Theriot, Arlanda Williams, Kaye Bergeron, Heidi Hillery, Brenda Dardar-Robichaux, Karen Schilling, Brenda Babin, Natalie Bergeron and Sharon Bergeron.

Email nominations to Nomination forms can be downloaded from

The Athena Award will be presented Sept. 27 at a celebratory luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Houma. Register at


K & B exec to address SCIA

Doug Hemstreet, operations vice president for K & B Industries, which is celebrating 44 years in business, is the guest speaker for the South Central Industrial Association general membership luncheon on Sept. 18.

The luncheon will be at the Courtyard by Marriott, 142 Library Drive, Houma. Fellowship begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting runs from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RSVP by Wednesday to 851-2201 or


TGMC hires new physicians

Terrebonne General Medical Center has added two physicians to its active medical staff

Dr. Rachel Coleman, an endocrinologist, will practice at the new Endocrinology Care TGMC clinic. Dr. Nicholas Rome, a neurologist, will practice at the new Neurology Care TGMC clinic. Both clinics are in the TGMC Medical Atrium building.

Coleman, a native of Bourg, is a graduate of LSU. She completed her doctorate, internship and residency from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. She continued her training with a fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism from Vanderbilt University.

She will focus on treating and managing hormone-related diseases, such as thyroid diseases, metabolic disorders and diabetes.

Originally from Houma, Rome graduated from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He earned his doctorate from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his neurology residency from the Houston Methodist Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College.

Rome will diagnose and treat nervous system disorders, including concussions, epilepsy and diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.


Danos, Shell donating generators

The Gray-based Danos Foundation and Shell Exploration and Production Co. are working together to donate 50 new generators to local nonprofit agencies.

Interested nonprofit agencies that need to be operational during power outages and have substantial operations in Lafourche, Terrebonne or St. Mary parishes or Grand Isle can visit to learn more and submit a request form.

The companies are also donating 49 generators to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for distribution as needed during emergency response activities.


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