Robert Lipton's research got noticed by WRKF, the public radio station in Baton Rouge. His group is part of a Multi University Research Initiative that is funded by the Department of Defense. Other participating groups are at MIT, Ohio State, UC Irvine and the University of New Mexico.
Robert Lipton joined LSU in 2001, and is currently the S.B. Barton Professor of Mathematics. In 2013 the American Association for the Advancement of Science elected him as a AAAS Fellow.