August 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 8
Savannah State University

Birthday Brag ..

Recognition of Excellence

Hosting Summer Interns

Seminars .. Workshops

Kudos to ....

Data from NSF ..

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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SciTech's Birthday Brag .....!

Dear Readers!

Oh! It's there! My Second Birthday!
I have been online for two years today!
Launched on August 2002 as a monthly, I am celebrating my second anniversary!
My birthday nicely coincides with the COST's welcome celebration to our new Dean, Dr. Babajide Familoni!

I was created to disseminate information which you can relish and use. I always had the best desire to brief you on the routine happenings in COST, achievements of our faculty, staff and students as well as topics of interest in the world of sciences and technology. I have tried to reach our alumni and seek their appreciation and help in recruitment. I have attempted to provide you with a glimpse on the events in the university campus and also reminded you of some of the quotable quotes.

The fusion of Science and Technology defines the future of this world and the quality of life. As the future unfolds, Savannah State University and the COST will have to play an ever-expanding role to meet the challenges and demands. I am pleased and proud to indulge in thinking that in some way I may be doing my share in our trying to attain excellence which seems to be always on the horizon.

I am glad I go out to all members of SSU family, alumni of COST, and probably to many other individuals (students, relatives and friends). Visit the website of COST to browse and fondle all my past issues again in the E-Bulletin Archive.

I thank you, the reader, for your support and the wonderful feedback I've received in the past year. I am really excited about the future.

With Love


The following were recognized for excellence in their work at College of Sciences & Technology during the academic year 2003-04, and they received certificates of recognition from Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Babajide Familoni, Dean, College of Sciences & Technology, during Fall Faculty & Staff Institute in August 2004.

Excellence in Teaching Dr. Eugene Mesco
Associate Professor(Biology)
Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Excellence in Research & Grant Writing Dr. Chellu S. Chetty
Professor (Biology)
Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Excellence in Advising Dr. Jonathan Lambright
Assistant Professor (GTREP)
Dept of Engineering Technology
Excellence in Staff Support Mrs. Marilyn Felder
Dept of Engineering Technology

Research Publications by Dr. Mulatu Lemma, Professor of Mathematics, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

(1) Logarithmic Transformations into Gw, International journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, 25(2004): 1310-1314.

(2) Abe-Type Transformations into G, South East Asian Bulletin of Mathematics 28(1)::73-80.

(3) The l^2 Translativity of Abel-Type Transformations, South East Asian Bulletin of Mathematics 28(1)::81-86.

Congratulations, Dr. Lemma! Please keep it up!

Environmental Science Program Hosts Summer Interns!

Dr. Joseph H. Silver, VPAA, with the participants

Five students, Crystal Romeo, and Nia Harris (Spelman College-Atlanta, GA), Victoria Henderson (Dillard University-New Orleans, LA), Erica Mosely (Xavier University-New Orleans, LA), and Ronicka Harrison (Albany State University-Albany, GA) participated in a ten weeks (June 1-August 13, 2004) Mentoring Environmental Scholars (MES) Internship Program at Savannah State University. The internship program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy/UNCF.
The interns were mentored under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Sajwan and Dr. Siva Paramasivam.

Seminars .... Workshops ...

Coastal Issues, Ecology and Habitats Workshop

A Workshop on “Coastal Issues, Ecology and Habitats” was held at Savannah State University from June 21-July 9, 2004 under the auspices of the “No Child Left Behind,” Improving Teacher Quality funded project. Over 20 participants that included area elementary, middle, and high school teachers attended the workshop. The main objective of this workshop was to provide updated knowledge on coastal issues, environment, and habitats to area school science teachers.

Contact: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Teaching Radiation, Energy and Technology (TREAT) Workshop

A Workshop on “TREAT” was held at Savannah State University from August 2-5, 2004 under the auspices of the Department of Energy (DOE) funded project. Over 30 participants that included area science teachers and community focus groups attended the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to educate community and community focus groups about the radiation and health effects of radiation. The workshop also focused on the environmental impact of occasional tritium spill into Savannah River from a DOE site near Aiken, South Carolina.

Contact: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Kudos To ....

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, recently presented a research paper on “Lack of Protection Against Cigarette Smoke-Mediated Atherosclerosis in Apo E-Deficient Mice by Dietary Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation” at the 10th International Congress of Toxicology, held in Tampare, Finland, July 11-15, 2004.


Some Interesting Data from NSF!

U.S. population 18–24 years old, by race/ethnicity:
July 1990–99 and projections to 2050

NOTE: Hispanics may be of any race. Data for American Indians/Alaskan Natives are not shown

The proportion of the U.S. population that is minority will continue to rise in the first half of the 21st century.

  • According to the latest population projections, minorities (Asians/ Pacific Islanders, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives) are expected to be more than half (52 percent) of the resident college-age (18–24 years old) population of the United States by 2050, up from 34 percent in 1999.

  • By 2050, whites would constitute 48 percent of the U.S. population 18–24 years old, down from 66 percent in 1999.

  • The greatest growth among minority groups is projected for Hispanics and Asians/Pacific Islanders, reflecting immigration trends.

  • Relatively little growth is projected for college-age blacks and American Indians/Alaskan Natives; these populations would remain 14 and 0.9 percent, respectively, of all U.S. 18–24-year-olds in 2050.

Minority undergraduate engineering students, by race/ethnicity:

SOURCE: American Association of Engineering Societies, Engineering Workforce Commission, special tabulations.

Minorities account for an increasing proportion of undergraduate engineering enrollment.

  • The percentage of undergraduate engineering students who are white decreased from 76 percent in 1990 to 68 percent in 2002.

  • The Asian/Pacific Islander share of engineering enrollment generally increased between 1990 and 2002.

  • The Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native share of engineering enrollment also increased, although there has been little growth or some decline since the late 1990s.

Bachelor's degrees awarded in Sciences & Engineering
(S&E) and non-Sciences & Engineering (non-S&E) fields,
by sex: 1966–2001

NOTE: National data not available for 1999.

Females now account for half of all S&E bachelor's degree awards.

  • The number of S&E bachelor's degrees awarded to females has increased every year since 1966 (excluding 1988), reaching 202,583 in 2001.

  • The number of bachelor's degrees in S&E awarded to males has fluctuated around 200,000 since 1976.

  • Females earn more bachelor's degrees in non-S&E fields than males.

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Source: - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: National Physical Laboratory

If you thought brown was the proverbial new black, think again. Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in Britain have developed a nickel-phosphorus compound called NPL Super Black that absorbs 99.65% of visible light. Black paint absorbs only about 97.5% of visible light—positively shiny by comparison. Not just cool, the new black is useful too. Precision optical instruments depend on eliminating any and all stray reflected light to get their readings. The blacker the black, the less reflected light, the better the data. That makes NPL Super Black a pretty bright idea.
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University News

Savannah State University and the Savannah District of the US Army Corps of Engineers renewed the 1999 partnership agreement, committing the two organizations to work together to enhance opportunities for SSU students throughout the Corps. SSU President Dr. Carlton E. Brown and Commanding Officer of Savannah District Col. Mark S. Held signed the pact during a brief campus ceremony on August 11, 2004.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer." - Hermann Joseph Muller

"All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial." - Ernest Rutherford

"The most incomprehensible thing about our universe is that it can be comprehended." - Albert Einstein

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.

Please send your comments/contributions to next e-Bulletin to jay or Berenice Scott before 15th of each month.

Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
P.O. Box 20019, Savannah, GA 31404
Tel: 912 356 2349
Fax: 912 356 2432