2007 - Volume 6, Issue 2
Savannah State University

From Dean's Desk

In the Spotlight ..

Rear Admiral's Visit


Kudos to ...

ABRCMS Conference

Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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I am writing to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be part of Rear Admiral Archer Macy’s visit to SSU, February 22-23, 2007. Without your participation, without the diversity of interests and views, the reception and dinner would not have been so flamboyant and successful. I believe that it placed SSU in context for Admiral Macy and the Naval Surface Warfare Center contingent. There were very nice reports both on WTOC and Savannah Morning news. While some of the photographs are presented below, you can view all of them in a movie format at our COST website:

Your participation and contribution has been significant and I thank you most sincerely. I look forward to us moving this institution forward together. If anyone asks you about SSU, just remember … We are rising.

Dr. Babajide Familoni, Dean, College of Sciences & Technology

WTOC News Item Dated 02/23/07

Rear Admiral Visits Savannah State

Savannah State University students were visited yesterday by Rear Admiral Archer Macy, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Washington D.C. Rear Admiral Macy was at the school hoping to encourage students to turn towards a career in naval technologies.

This year, the Naval Sea Systems Command said farewell to many of its senior officers, and Rear Admiral Macy wants to make sure his departments don't suffer. "My hope is to be able to hire them" he said about Savannah State students.

The NAVSEA warfare centers employ more than 18,000 people with approximately 10,000 working as scientists and engineers.
(Source: http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp?s=6132694)

Savannah Morning News Dated 02/24/07 (by Sean Harder)

Admiral seeks diverse workforce at SSU

Many of the engineers and scientists at the Naval Sea Systems Command are getting older and closer to retirement, and the Navy is struggling to find bright young college graduates to replace them in the ranks.

That, along with a push to diversify his workforce, is what brought Rear Adm. Archer Macy to Savannah State University this week.

The commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center led a delegation to school on Thursday and Friday to speak to faculty and students about internship opportunities, faculty exchanges and joining the Navy as a scientist or engineer.

"The point is to establish an ongoing relationship with Savannah State as we're doing with other historically minority institutions," Macy said.

"The more viewpoints and more experience backgrounds you have in a workforce, the better you are at solving problems."

The NAVSEA Warfare Centers employ more than 18,000 people, with about 10,000 working as engineers and scientists.

SSU faculty members have traveled to Macy's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and witnessed some of the work in the Navy's labs, where everything from making lighter batteries, safer ships and technology to counter roadside bombs in Iraq takes place.

Dr. Jide Familoni, dean of SSU's College of Sciences and Technology, said the visit is the first from someone of Macy's rank but one more step in a relationship the university hopes to foster.

"We can have a faculty group and a students group participating in these programs," he said.

For more information on the Naval Service Warfare Centers, visit http://www.nswcdc.navy. mil/.

(Source: http://savannahnow.com/node/233335)


Rear Admiral Archer M. Macy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972 and he was selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program, and graduated from the University of Washington in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. His graduate education includes a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has a proven subspecialty in Weapon Systems Engineering, is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, and is a designated Acquisition Professional.

Rear Adm. Macy has served at sea in USS Jesse L. Brown (FF-1089), USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1092), USS LaSalle (AGF-3), and in USS David R. Ray (DD-971). He commanded USS Comte De Grasse (DD-974). He has deployed to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, North and South Atlantic, Caribbean, and eastern and western Pacific.

Ashore Rear Adm. Macy has served in the Program Executive Office for Cruise Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; and in the Aegis Combat System and Navy Area Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Programs. He was the Program Manager for Surface Electronic Warfare Systems and Decoys.

Rear Admiral Macy assumed duties as the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center and as the Deputy Commander for Warfare Systems Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command, in July 2004.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (Fourth Award), the Navy Commendation Medal (Third Award), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Visit to SSU by
Rear Admiral Archer M. Macy, Jr.
Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Deputy Commander for Warfare Systems Engineering
Naval Sea Systems Command










Paramasivam, S. and A.K. Alva. 2007. A comparison of anion concentration in surficial groundwater sampled from two types of water quality monitoring wells, Journal of Environmental Science & Health, vol 42, Issue 1, 45-50.

Sajwan, K.S., S. Nune, J.P. Richardson, K.S. Kumar, and B.G. Loganathan. 2006. Contamination status of polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in Fort Pulaski in Coastal waters off Savannah, Georgia, USA. Organohalogen Compounds. 68: 2334-2337.

Loganathan, B.G., E. Sinclair, E., K.S. Kumar, K.S. Sajwan, and K. Kannan. 2006. Occurrence of Perfluorinated organic compounds in waste water treatment plant samples from Kentucky and Georgia, USA. Organohalogen Compounds. 68: 2515-1518.

Sahi, V. S., A. T. Ruley, N.C. Sharma, S.R. Singh, and K.S. Sajwan. 2006. Effects of lead and chelators on growth, photosynthesis activity and lead uptake in Sesbania drummondii. Environmental Pollution Journal.144:11-18.

Yousuf, A. Radar performance analysis system: A software package of learning simulations for electronic laboratories, Journal of Applied Science and Engineering Technology (Paper accepted).

Kudos to ............

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has received $441000 for FY 2007 from the Department of Energy for the project " The Environmental Justice Community Education and Advisory Project".

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan has also been invited as a Key Note Speaker to present his talk on "Feasibility of using coal and coal combustion byproducts as soil amendment" during the Second International Contamination Site Remediation Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia in June 25-29, 2007

2006 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

The following MAGEC-STEM students and biology majors presented papers at the 2006 ABRCMS held on November 8-12, 2006 at Anaheim, CA. The students conducted their research in Summer 2006 under the supervision of the faculty of the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Dr. Chellu Chetty (MAGEC-STEM Program Director) and Dr. Eugene Mesco guided and assisted the students in their presentations at the conference.

Lakita Givens, "Identification of conserved mRNA sequences within the Ubiquitin Proteolytic Pathway" (Supervisor: Dr. Gene Mesco)

Myeisha Durant, "Alterations in the Morphology of Rat Erythrocytes Exposed to Aniline Analogs" (Supervisor: Dr. Elissa Purnell)

Kenneth Williams, "Functional Analysis of Arabidopsis Leucine-rich Receptor-like Kinase (LRR RLK) Genes" (Supervisor: Dr. Sharon Zhang)

Karissa Grier, "Detection and interaction of Photosensitized Singlet" (Supervisor: Dr. Cecil Jones)

Kanesha Gray, "Fluorescence Quantum Yields of Water-Soluble Porphyrins" (Supervisor: Dr. Cecil Jones)

Sidney Jones, "Structure Activity Relationship Studies of 3,1-Benzoxa-4-ones as Potent Protease Inhibitors" (Supervisor: Dr. Karla Sue-Marriott)

Stephanie Ebanks, "Influence of Coal Combustion-Waste on Elemental Uptake by Maize" (Supervisor: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan)

The Best Poster Award goes to ......

Ms. Kanesha Gray, a MAGEC-STEM scholar and biology sophomore, who carried out her summer research under the supervision of Dr. Cecil Jones, received the BEST Poster Award at the ABRCMS Conference. The award included $250 cash and a Certificate.

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University News
Adrian R. Cornelius has joined as the Dean of Enrollment Management at SSU. Enrollment Management includes Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, and the Center for Retention and Student Success. Mr. Cornelius replaces Dr. Judith Edwin who stepped down in December 2006 to take up a position in the University of Virgin Islands.

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Quotable Quotes ......!

"If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter. " - Margaret Mead

"Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles." - Paul Fussell  

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This monthly e-Bulletin, ‘SciTech’, will provide you with the latest information about the College of Sciences and Technology of Savannah State University. It will also include selected highlights from the world of Sciences and Technology.

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Dr. Babajide Familoni
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