- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has named communicative disorders professor Jack Damico the university’s assistant vice president for research.

Vice president for research Ramesh Kolluru says Damico will continue as a professor, as well.

The university wants to increase its research and development spending to $100 million per year over the next five years. Over the same time, it also wants to nearly double the number of doctoral students to 100 per year, and to help 10 new companies each year with research and innovation.

Damico helped create the university’s doctoral program in applied language and speech sciences.

He has published widely in research publications in the fields of applied linguistics, communicative disorders, diversity education and social science. Damico also has written or edited 12 books.

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