logged 67,338 service hours in 2013, a 24 percent increase from 2012. The 1,100 volunteers were honored at an event May 8 with awards for foster volunteers, youth volunteer of the year, and volunteers with a minimum of 100 hours. The LA/SPCA is the state's oldest animal welfare organization and provides adoption, spay/neuter and other community programs.
received a $5,000 prize from the International Precious Metals Institute to study gold nanoparticles and their potential in solar technology, drug treatment and circuitry. The University of New Orleans doctoral student and Iran native will receive the award at the institute's 38th annual conference in Florida next month.
donated 10,000 tomato plants to third- and fourth-grade students at 50 schools across the country April 28, including New Orleans area schools Belle Chasse Primary, Ethel Schoeffner, John L. Ory Communications Magnet, Our Lady of Grace, McDonogh 26, Morris Jeff Community School, Resurrection of Our Lord, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis Xavier and St. Joan of Arc.
co-owner of the Kenner-based water toxicity testing company Laboratory Technology, was sentenced April 24 in U.S. District Court to two years' probation and fined $10,000 for falsifying reports for oil and gas companies to be sent to the EPA from 2008 through 2012. Hebert also agreed not to do any testing for five years. Laboratory Technology closed in March.