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Following a long line of distinguished minds in the field of economics analysis, Dr. David Dismukes, the elusive, reclusive LSU professor who shuns contact with the press at almost any cost, joined the likes of the brilliant Dr. Milton Friedman and Paul Krugman in the pantheon of theories and original thinking in the field. In Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday the Nobel Nominating Committee announced that Dismukes, lead researcher at LSU’s Center for Energy Studies, is one among seven candidates for the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Said the committee in announcing the nomination: “Dr. Dismukes’ analysis explores a new area of research and documentation in which his insights and conclusions are never reached without first reviewing and coordinating data with clients who underwrite his analysis.”

Although Dismukes himself could not be reached for comment, Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, said, “He’s been a dependable, go-to guy for our industry — even more reliable than legislators like [state Rep. Joel] Robideaux, who can put our bills in the hopper faster than you can pull a rabbit out of a hat. As a client, I certainly appreciate Dr. Dismukes’ uncanny ability to generate precisely the analysis we need, when we need it.”

LSU Chancellor Dr. Peter Blankenfein was equally effusive: “David’s work has become as integral to the university identity and prestige as athletics over the course of a distinguished career,” Blankenfein said in a press release touting the announcement. “After successful spring football drills and the promise of yet another national championship, this is icing on the cake.”

The Nobel Committee will announce the winners on May 10.

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