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Name: Denise Attaway
Title: Assist. Communication Spec
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Department: Communications
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 121 Knapp Hal
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone Number: (225) 578-2939
Mobile: (225) 788-5245
Fax Number: (225) 578-4524

Education/Training

Ph.D., Human Resource Education, LSU, 2013.
M.A., English/Technical Writing, Louisiana Tech University, 2003.
B.A., Journalism, Louisiana Tech University, 1989.



Certificates

    • Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness: FEMA IS-00010.
    • Animals in Disaster, Community Planning: FEMA IS-00011.
    • Livestock in Disaster: FEMA IS-00111.
    • Are Your Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness: FEMA IS-00022.
    • Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies: FEMA IS-00015A.
    • Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: FEMA IS-00008.
    • Effective Communications: FEMA IS-00242.
Membership
    • Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for all academic disciplines.
    • Gamma Sigma Delta, an honor society that promotes the advancement of all disciplines associated with agriculture and their contributions to humankind.
Areas of Specialization/Research

Editing, writing, photography, Web design, page design and layout, media relations.

Professional Experience
2012-Present
Louisiana Intitute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing. Responsibilities inlcude posting written and visual content to the website:
http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/Bioenergy/biofuels_bioprocessing/subi/ Also responsible for writing and editing text documents, as well as shooting still photos.

2009-2012
All About Blueberries Project Coordinator with the LSU AgCenter. Responsibilities included coordinating efforts of staff located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina relating to educating the public about the benefits of eating and growing blueberries. Also edit and post articles, photos, as well as audio and video files to the All About Blueberries www.extension.org site. Member of the Content Management Board for www.extension.org.

2006-2009
Hurricane Recovery Project Coordinator and Editor/Writer with the LSU AgCenter. Responsibilities involved working closely with the director of the LSU AgCenter’s Road Home hurricane recovery project, assisting in creating and maintaining a project coordination system in the LSU AgCenter “SharePoint” environment, coordinating the efforts of field faculty and in AgCenter campus departments related to hurricane reconstruction.

2006-2006
Technical Editor with Innovative Emergency Management (IEM) in Baton Rouge. Responsibilities included editing documents and providing documentation support for researchers and other professionals.

2000-2006
Communications Agent with the LSU AgCenter covering a 24-parish area in North Louisiana. Responsible for writing stories and taking pictures for distribution from AgCenter News Bureau, as well as serving as media contact for the LSU AgCenter in North Louisiana.

1995-2000
Reporter/Bureau Chief with The News-Star. Responsibilities included serving as Ruston Bureau Chief, covering general assignment reporting for The News-Star, a mid-sized daily newspaper headquartered in Monroe, La.

1992-1995
News Director for the Ruston Broadcasting Co. Responsibilities included writing and producing five daily newscasts for sister radio stations KXKZ 107.5-FM and KRUS 1490-AM. Also produced a weekly talk show focusing on issues of local interests.

1990 -1992
Reporter/Bureau Chief with The Florence Morning News. Responsbilities included serving as Lake City Bureau Chief for the Florence Morning News, headquartered in Florence, SC. Wrote hard-news stories for the daily and soley produced a weekly supplement, The Lynches River News, which was distributed on Fridays in Lower Florence County. Production of The Lynches River News involved writing stories, editing, taking photos, and paginating the supplement.

1989-1990
General Assignment Reporter with The Denham Springs News. Responsibilities included writing hard news, features, sports news, and taking photos, as well as assisting in page design and layout.

Awards/Grants
  • H.C. Sanders Fellowship Grant Fund recipient. 2011.
  • LSU Graduate Student Travel Grant Award recipient. 2011.
  • Gold Award in 2009 from the Association for Communications Excellence for Media Campaign under $1,000.
  • Silver Award from Agricultural Communicators in Education in April 2004 for a collection of stories I assisted with about rice research being done in Louisiana.
  • 2nd Place for Interpretive Reporting in 1999 from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association for stories that appeared in a news package about video poker.
  • Newspaper of the Year in 1999 from the Louisiana Farm Bureau for my agriculture reporting.
  • Outstanding Young Women of America 1993.
Publications/Presentations/Patents
  • Energycane, sweet sorghum show promise as crop options for Louisiana and Mississippi farmers. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine. Winter Magazine 2014.
  • Growing Blueberry Knowledge via Social Networks. Poster Session. American Society for Horticulture Science Conference. Waikoloa, HI. 09.26.2011.
  • LSU TechPawlooza. Oral presentation about how the All About Blueberries Community of Practice is using Google Analytics to measure web traffice, and Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Flickr and YouTube to send out our blueberry information to the public. 03.03.2011.
  • Growing Blueberry Knowledge via Social Networks. Poster Session. Southern Region for the American Society for Horticulture Science Conference. Corpus Christi, TX. 02.06.2011.
  • An Overview of eXtension's "All About Blueberries" Website. Presentation. Southern Region of American Society for Horticulture Science (SRASHS) Conference. Corpus Christi, TX. 02.06.2011.
  • Creating a Community of Practice for Blueberries. Oral Presentation. American Society for Horticulture Science Conference. Palm Desert, CA, 08.03.2010.
  • Growing Blueberry Knowledge via Social Networks. Poster session and proceedings paper about how the LSU AgCenter’s All About Blueberries project staff is using social networks to publicize its project. Kalamazoo, MI, 07.27.2010.
  • LSU Technology Share Fair.  Oral presentation about how All About Blueberries Community of Practice is using Google Knol to collaborate among group members located throughout the United States. Baton Rouge, LA 04.21.2010
  • Southwest Louisiana Community Rebuilding seminar in Grand Lake, LA 05.16.2009.
  • Road Home Workshops: presented rebuilding information in:
    • Houma, LA 08.05.2008;
    • Lake Charles, LA 08.07.2008;
    • New Iberia, LA 08.21.2008; and
    • New Orleans, LA 08.26.2008.
  • Vermilion Parish Homeowners Fair: presented information about materials and Web site the LSU AgCenter offers homeowners who are rebuilding after hurricanes, 06-26-2008.
  • Hurricane Resistant Home Improvement Seminars: presented information, about protecting/securing wall openings, in:
    • Covington, LA, 10.15.2007;
    • Lake Charles, LA, 10.23.2007;
    • New Iberia, LA, 11.07.2007;
    • Franklin, LA, 11.27.2007;
    • Lafayette, 11.28.2007;
    • Hahnville, LA, 12.5.2007;
    • Metairie, LA, 12.06.2007;
    • Houma, LA 12.11.2007; and
    • Prairieville, LA, 12.13.2007.

Proceedings and Abstracts:

  • Attaway A.D., Clark B. and Hummel N. 2010. Growing blueberry knowledge via social networks. American Society of Horticultural Science. Palm Desert, CA. Aug. 2-5. Journal of Fruit Science.
  • Hummel N.A., Attaway A.D., Coneva E.D., Braswell J., Cline W.O., Marshall D., Ferrin D.M. Machtmes K.M., and Roy H.J. 2010. Creating a community of practice for blueberries. American Society of Horticultural Science. Palm Desert, CA. Aug. 2-5. Journal of Fruit Science.
  • Attaway A.D., Clark B. and Hummel N. 2010. Growing blueberry knowledge via social networks. North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference. Kalamazoo, MI. Jul 25-28.
  • Hummel N.A., Attaway A.D., Coneva E.D., Braswell J., Cline W.O., Marshall D., Ferrin D.M. Machtmes K.M., and Roy H.J. 2010. Creating a community of practice for blueberries. North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference. Kalamazoo, MI. Jul 25-28.
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