In the last few years, there has been a resurgence in Southwestern Louisiana, where interest in promoting the French language and heritage is not only found in French immersion schools but also amongst the business and tourist industry. For the first time ever, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) opened its scholarship program to young Louisiana professionals to participate in the 5-week French Immersion Summer program at Universite Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The society of civil engineers has given Louisiana’s roads and bridges a grade of D. Louisiana is not the only state that is suffering from poor roads and bridges and collapses have happened in other states. The bridges in Louisiana undergo inspections regularly and our Civil engineers are designing roads for the future in order to prevent future tragedies.
Home security systems have been around for years and they continue to advance. The use of smart phones is just what AT&T is using to create a new security system that does things your average security system cannot do. Safety is very important and knowing you can check what is going on in your home at the palm of your hands makes this new system one that people may either gravitate towards or run away from. Learning more about Digital Life and how it will affect the world we live in is vital as technology continuously grows.
A team of professors at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are developing a influenza tracking software. Leading professor, Dr. Sonya Hsu states, “It is a real time flu tracking system. Once the prescriptions come in, we can put it in a database, connect it to the map, and we can actually visualize the flu occurrences in real time.” The professors plan to enter their work in the SureScript Technology Challenge to gain international attention. However the current goal is to have the map work throughout Louisiana.
As the state continues to cut funding for French immersion programs, it could give the impression that Cajun heritage is fading out. People travel from around the world to see the only U.S. state with French influence. How does the language continue without funding? Individuals, like those that visit the Blue Moon’s weekly Cajun jam, take it upon themselves to learn and practice their heritage. French speakers, like Kelley Courville, regularly gather to play music and converse.