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.
Interview: Patti Holland and Christine Balfa Present the Teche Project's 2nd Annual Shake Your Tail Feather Festival, which takes place on October 19 from 1200-6:00 PM at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux in Breaux Bridge