Livingston-Tangipahoa briefs for Oct. 3, 2013

Meeting set for gifted students’ parents

Parents of children in the gifted program in Livingston Parish will meet at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 9 to talk about the options available for gifted students in the parish.

The meeting will be at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs.

The group also will talk about LAGIFTED.org’s mission and the recent forced changes to education programs, and will hold a question-and-answer session.

Grant to aid SLU molecular research

The Southeastern Louisiana University chemistry program will add a new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to its equipment arsenal, thanks to a $274,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The unit is arguably the most powerful and important piece of equipment used to determine the structure of molecules, said Debra Dolliver, associate professor of chemistry.

She and Jean Fotie, assistant professor of chemistry, were the primary applicants for the device, in collaboration with chemists Bill Parkinson, Zhengrong Li and Thomas Sommerfeld and physicist David Norwood.

“Essentially, this is an MRI for molecules,” Dolliver said. “A molecule is placed in a large magnetic field, allowing the scientist to interpret signals from the molecule when it is subjected to relatively low-energy electromagnetic waves.

“From these signals, we can detect a surprising amount of information about the types of bonds and the order of connections between atoms.”

The new device will replace one that had been donated to the university several years ago by an area industrial plant.

Amite theater group deals ‘Deadly Hand’

What happens when you take a casino owner and his daughter, add in an ex-wife, a crooked lawyer, an Indian chief, a princess, a crocodile hunter and two old ladies — all looking for money?

A spoof of “Casablanca,” “Dealt a Deadly Hand” Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre contains music, comedy and light-hearted mystery.

A fundraiser for the Amite Community Center and Amite’s community theater, “Dealt a Deadly Hand” is directed by Liz Addington and is set for one night only: 7 p.m. Oct. 11, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Amite Community Center, across from La Carreta Mexican Restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitelittle theatre.com or are available at Addington Chiropractic in Amite. Tickets are $50 apiece or $85 per couple and include dinner. A full bar is available. Patrons must be 21 or older. For more information, call (985) 747-2225.

Denham Springs library hosts art show

The Denham Springs Fine Art Association will host its 2013 fall show, Fall In Love With Louisiana, at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Denham Springs-Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Awards will be presented. The art can be viewed throughout October.

Compiled from Advocate staff reports