Laura Younger, BRCC Interim Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has been appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education and was recently sworn in as one of two faculty representatives on the 29 member Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council (LaSTEM). Dean Younger will serve on the Higher Education – 2 Year and 4 Year Workgroup
LaSTEM, under the auspices of the Board of Regents, is tasked with carrying out the legislative mandates of Act 392, which was approved in the 2017 regular session, to coordinate and oversee the creation, delivery, and promotion of STEM education programs; to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of STEM; to ensure the alignment of education; economic development, industry, and workforce needs; and to increase the number of women who graduate from a postsecondary institution with a STEM degree or credential.
The Advisory Council must have two members who are on the faculty of a Louisiana postsecondary education institution who teach in a STEM discipline. Dean Younger assumed her role as Interim Dean of STEM at BRCC on January 23, 2017. She most recently served as Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chairperson of Science at BRCC from 2009 to 2017. As such, she was directly involved with the development of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technician program. She also served as principle investigator for two Louisiana Board of Regents' Enhancement grants focused on the development and support of environmental and engineering technician programs for Louisiana's workforce. Prior to that role, she worked as a research microscopist in the Microscopy Center at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dean Younger has a Master's degree in Zoology and Physiology from Louisiana State University. Her current projects include work as a co-investigator of a NASA-LSU initiative, Launching Louisiana Community College Students into STEM and a National Institute of Health Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant with LSU that assists BRCC biological sciences and biological engineering students in