February 2003 - Volume 2, Issue 2
e-Bulletin of College of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State University

Black Heritage Festival

COST's Action Steps

In the Spotlight ...


Outreach Program

Kudos To...

African American History

Dear Alumni ...

A 2002 Best Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
E-Bulletin for February 2003
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pixel Black Heritage Festival
February 2003

The Savannah State University and the City of Savannah proudly present:

"In the Footsteps of Tradition ...
The Legacy Continues".

Presentation of talks and lectures, story-telling, symphony orchestra, gospel concert, dances, plays, films, arts and crafts, ....

For detailed schedule, please visit SSU website:


pixel COST's Action Steps for Strategic Plan 2002-07

The document (available at COST’s website at http://www.savannahstate.edu) spells out COST’s strategies and action steps to successfully accomplish the outcomes expected in the SSU’s Strategic Plan 2002-2007 (based on the conceptual framework involving the planning themes/focus areas of Comparative Advantage, Institutional Capacity Building, Recruitment and Retention, Professional Development, and Image and Communication).

These Action Steps outline a coordinated, complementary program of work in pursuit of our shared mission and goals and, at the same time, adhering to the framework of our University’s Strategic Plan 2002-2007. They also present a multifaceted, multidirectional and multimodal approach for achieving the expected outcomes.


Dr. Harpal Singh, Professor of Biology and Acting Chair, has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This Department (DNSM) offers BS degree programs in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Marine Science, and Mathematics as well as an MS program in Marine Science. Dr. Singh is also the Director of MARC program which provides for scholarships/seminars/ research activities to encourage and support SSU students to enter into graduate programs.

Seminars .... Workshops ...

2002-2003 Distinguished Professor Seminar/Mentoring Workshop Series (Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty)
Dr. Howard Adams, H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc., Atlanta GA. conducted workshops on January 14, 2003:
"Life/Career Planning" (For Students) and "Mentoring: A Proven Strategy for Developing Students" (For Faculty)

SSU/MARC Program Workshop (Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)
Ms. Sally Bond, Program Evaluation Group, Pittsboro, NC
Topic: "Evaluation in Program Design and Proposal Development"
January 31, 2003

MBRS Program Biomedical Seminar Series (Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty)
Speaker: Dr. Durisala Desaiah, Regulatory and Clinical Services, Cleveland, OH
Topic: "Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences"
January 31, 2003

Marine Science Seminar Series (Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)
Jan 10, 2003:
S David Lenox Taylor, University of Rhode Island
"Immunological Detection Of Juvenile Flounder In The Stomach Contents Of Predatory Shrimp"

Jan 17, 2003:
David C. Smith, University of Rhode Island
"Life In Marine Sediments: Probing The Limits Of Earth’s Deep Biosphere"

Jan 24, 2003:
Sharon Hook, SKIO
"A How-To Guide For Predicting Responses To Pollution In Aquatic Animals"

Jan 31, 2003:
Doug Haymans, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
"Georgia’s Imperiled Blue Crab Fishery"

Feb 7, 2003:
Merryl Alber, University of Georgia
"A River Runs To It: How Changes In River Flow Affect Estuaries"

Feb 14, 2003:
Carol Pride, SSU
"Dissolved Silicon Utilization By Southern Ocean Diatoms: Variations On Seasonal To Orbital Time Scales"

DNSM's Outreach Program to Students of Beach High School

Fifty students (11th and 12th graders) of Beach High School attended special lectures in Biology and carried out hands-on experiments in the microbiology laboratories of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics on February 7, 2003. This outreach program, which was initiated by the Department in 2002, was planned and organized by Dr. Julius Afolabi, Dr. Kenneth Sajwan and Dr. Harpal Singh in collaboration with Dr. Stewarts of Beach High School and other faculty and staff of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Kudos to .....

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, DNSM:
Dr. Chellu S. Chetty has been selected to receive the Richard Nicholson Award for Excellence in Science Teaching at a Higher Education Institution from the QEM/MSE (Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering) Network. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in the sciences as well as beyond-the-classroom student-focused teaching activities.

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, DNSM:
Dr. Kenneth Sajwan has been invited to organize and chair a Special Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Coal and Coal Combustion Byproducts during the 7th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment to be held June 15-19, 2003 in Upsala, Sweden.

Dr. Matthew Gilligan, DNSM:
A book chapter that Dr. Matthew Gilligan co-authored in 1983 has been revised. The book was revised, renamed and published recently. The new reference is: Thomson, D.A. and M.R. Gilligan. 2002. Chapter 7 Rocky-Shore Fishes. pp. 154-180. In: T.J. Case, M.L. Cody and E. Ezcurra (eds) A New Biogeography of Islands in the Sea of Cortéz, Oxford University Press. 669 pp. (The previous 1983 publication citation was: Thomson, D.A. and M.R. Gilligan. 1983. Chapter 4 The Fishes. In: T.J. Case and M.L. Cody (eds) Biogeography of Islands in the Sea of Cortez, Univ. of California Press. 550 pp.)

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan and Dr. Siva Paramasivam, DNSM
The Environmental Science Research Program at Savannah State University and the three research Poster Presentations of SSU Students (Craig L. Young and Jeffrey Delise) were highlighted in an Crops, Soils and Agronomy Newsletter (CSA News January 2003 Issue) published by American Society of Agronomy.

African American History - Timeline (20th Century)

Booker T. Washington dines with President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House

W.E.B. Du Bois publishes ‘The Souls of Black Folk’, which declares that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”

Madame C.J. Walker develops and markets a method for straightening curly hair on her way to becoming the first black female millionaire

Atlanta Baptist College expands its curriculum and is renamed Morehouse College

In Springfield, IL, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, the black community is attacked by several thousand white citizens and two elderly blacks are lynched

George Washington Carver of the Tuskegee Institute reveals his experiments concerning peanuts and sweet potatoes

John Hope is President of Atlanta University, the first graduate school for African Americans

Benjamin Oliver Davis becomes the first black colonel in the US Army

Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals in the Olympic Games in Berlin

Singer Marion Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial before an audience of 75000 after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing at the Constitution Hall

Duke Ellington leads his greatest band including Jimmy Blanton, Ben Webster, Cootie Williams and Billy Strayhorn

Ebony magazine is founded by John H. Johnson of Chicago

US Supreme Court rules unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution

Rosa Parks, Secretary of the Montgomery ,AL Chapter of NAACP, refuses to surrender her seat, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56

Althea Gibson wins the Wimbleton double, as well as the French single and doubles, and italian singles

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is established by Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Sugar Ray Robinson wins back the boxing middleweight title

Motown Records is founded in Detroit, MI by Berry Gordy Jr. Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is produced on Broadway

Black college students launch a sit-in movement at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. writes his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
Sidney Poitier wins the Academy Award as best actor for his performance in “Lilies of the Field”

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law

The Voting Rights Act is passed following the Selma-Montgomery March

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense is founded in Oakland, CA by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
Stokely Carmichael, Chairman of Southern Christian Leadership Conference uses the phrase “black power’ at a march in Mississippi

On his refusal to submit to induction into the armed forces, Muhammad Ali is convicted of violating the Selective Service Act.

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN on April 4.
Gold medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos give black-power salute, leading to their suspension by U.S. Olympic Committee

George Foreman defeated by Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire

Arthur Ashe wins singles tennis title at Wimbleton
Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies.

Andrew Young is elected Mayor of Atlanta, GA

Michael Jackson presents the album Thriller

Colin Powell nominated as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Justice Clarence Thomas nominated to the Supreme Court

Rita Dove is chosen a poet laureate of the United States Toni Morrison receives Nobel Prize for Literature

Minister Louis Farrakhan of Nation of Islam organizes Million Man March in Washington, DC

Michael Johnson excels at Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA

Million Woman March in Philadelphia Michael Jordan leads Chicago Bulls to their fifth championship

Civil rights veteran, James Farmer, awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Clinton

National Capital Planning Commission approves location for a national monument to MLK Jr on the mall in Washington, DC between Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument

March on the State Capitol at Columbia, SC to protest the Confederate battle flag

Source: Brittannica Guide to Black History

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Source: Time.com - 2002 Best Inventions

A new substance called aerogel, invented in the 1930s but recently refined by NASA, has been certified as the lightest solid in the world — yes, it's in the Guinness Book of World Records. Weighing in at a mere .00011 lbs. per cu. in. (thin air weighs about .00004 lbs. per cu. in.), aerogel resembles smoke that has been frozen into place — it's cloudy, translucent and virtually weightless. It's also surprisingly tough. Chemically similar to glass, aerogel is used on the space shuttle to trap tiny spaceborne particles traveling at high speed so they can be brought back to Earth for analysis.

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Savannah State University and the City of Savannah present the "14th Annual Black Heritage Festival" during February 2003. The theme is "In the Footsteps of Tradition ... The Legacy Continues".

Quotable Quotes ......!

"No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value." - Bertrand Russel

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates

"It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy is to say, "I don't know".." - Somerset Maugham

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