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b1Bank and LSU announce partnership

b1Bank and LSU’s EJ Ourso College of Business have formed a partnership to expand opportunities for business students and veterans.

The relationship will establish a scholarship and increase resources for the college’s commercial banking initiative.

b1Bank will also support the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans, equipping veterans with the tools to become successful entrepreneurs. b1Bank is the new sponsor of the LSU 100, an annual honor that identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing companies owned or led by Tiger.

Adams and Reese expand construction law practice with addition of Tampa firm

Adams and Reese expanded its nationally listed construction practice with the addition of Cotney Construction Law.

The Tampa-based firm serves the construction and infrastructure industries with 16 attorneys and professionals located across the United States. They will join Adams and Reese’s current roster of 58 construction lawyers and grow the group to 75, making it now one of the largest construction firms in the country.

Adams and Reese, founded in 1951, is a multi-disciplinary law firm with more than 270 attorneys and advisers.

LSU mechanical engineering professor designs ‘soft’ robot for NASA

Hunter Gilbert, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at LSU, is developing a “soft” carbon fiber robot for NASA.

With a grant from the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Space Consortium, Gilbert and his graduate and undergraduate students will spend a year building a soft robot in his lab. The first six months of the project will focus on modelling, simulation and design, while the last six months will focus on experimental evaluation.

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“At the moment, we are still in the fundamental stages, so we are focusing on a small bench-scale in the laboratory,” Gilbert said. “Development of something that goes into space can come at a later date, once we have the basics. We need to understand it before trying to scale it.

Soft robots have their advantages besides being lightweight. The first is that bumping into objects will not destroy the robot or the environment it operates in since the robot is made of carbon fiber, which makes it bendable.

Soft robots are also being explored for surgical use, as well as industrial inspection and maintenance.

Trahan Architects Selected to Design Austin’s Asian American Resource Center

Trahan Architects, an architecture firm with offices in New Orleans, has been selected by the City of Austin to design a performing arts center for the Asian American Resource Center.

The center’s mission is to create a space of belonging and healing for Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. This is accomplished through community collaborations and partnerships; provision of rental space; organization of cultural, educational and wellness programs relating to health; and curator of art and history exhibitions.

Information meetings planned for developers of affordable housing

The East Baton Rouge Parish Community Development Office will host two free information sessions on Tuesday about available funding sources to support affordable housing development.

The first session will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the main library on Goodwood Boulevard. The second session will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the River Center Branch Library.

Sessions will cover topics such as the East Baton Rouge Parish housing needs assessment, future sources of funding from parish-town and state agencies, affordable housing subsidy requirements and private financing.

Participants must register on brla.gov/communitydevelopment.

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