Brandon Davis, a partner at Phelps Dunbar, has been recognized as a Certified Employment Law Specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.
The certification recognizes Davis’ experience representing clients in a range of labor and employment matters. To earn the certification, he was required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing legal education in employment law and pass an employment law specialization exam.
Davis focuses his practice on labor and employment law, immigration law and business.
He earned a bachelor’s in finance, magna cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans and a law degree from Tulane University Law School.
Erik Showalter and Dr. John Stewart have been selected as members of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development.
Showalter has served as president of the Baton Rouge General Foundation since 2018. Before that, he was the major and planned gifts officer for the organization.
He earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Louisiana Tech University.
Stewart is the founding director of the LSU-LCMC Cancer Center and professor of surgery at the LSU New Orleans School of Medicine. Before arriving at LSU, Stewart held leadership roles at the University of Illinois Health System and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
He earned a medical degree from Howard University and completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Paul Danos, president and CEO of Danos, has been named to the National Safety Council’s annual “CEOs Who ‘Get It'” list for 2023.
This is the 20th year that the group has recognized CEOs who go above and beyond to protect employees both on and off the job.
Danos was one of seven executives profiled in the February issue of Safety+Health Magazine, the council’s official publication.
Danos’ father, Hank, who preceded him as CEO, was a recipient of the award in 2018.
Robert L. Newton Jr., an associate professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been awarded a Google Health Equity Research Initiative.
Newton, who heads the Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health Laboratory, was one of 18 researchers to win the award. His study looked at increasing physical activity in Black rural communities.
“African Americans and rural residents have low levels of physical activity, which increase their risk of developing chronic disease,” Newton said in a statement. “With the funding from Google, we will be able to assess the effect of emerging technology to promote physical activity in these populations.”
An associate professor and an alumna from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine were honored at the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association annual conference.
Dr. Mustajab Mirza, associate professor of equine surgery, received the Everett D. Besch Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Christine Navarre, professor of veterinary science, received the 2020 Dr. Ralph C. Cooper Award Veterinarian of the Year.
Mirza was honored for his role over the past 17 years in leading the vet school’s Large Animal Technical Response Team during disasters. He has trained hundreds of veterinarians. vet students and animal control officers in large animal rescue.
He has been on the faculty of the vet school since 2006. Mirza earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad and a masters of science from LSU Vet Med
Navarre was recognized for giving her time, energy and ideas to the veterinary profession in Louisiana. She has been on the faculty of the vet school since 2005.
Navarre earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine from LSU Vet Med and a masters of science from Texas A&M.