January 2003 - Volume 2, Issue 1
SciTech
e-Bulletin of College of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State University
CONTENTS

Engineers Week

Engineering Doctorates

Top 10 Forecasts: 2003

In the Spotlight ...

Dr. Chetty & Mr. Baker!

Dear Alumni! ...

Alumna gets MS!

Cloning Milestones

A 2002 Best Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
E-Bulletin for January 2003 Happy New Year!
Previous Issues:  Aug ' 02  Sept ' 02  Oct ' 02    Homecoming Special   Nov ' 02  Dec ' 02
pixel National Engineers Week
Februry 16-23, 2003


In a blink of the eye, engineers have turned ideas for human flight into reality. National Engineers Week 2003, chaired by Lockheed Martin and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, celebrates the many contributions engineers make to our quality of life.

Source: http://www.eweek.org

Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2001

Out of the total 5502 doctorates awarded in the year 2001 in Engineering, 925 went to women.

Of the total 5502, 2435 doctorates were awarded to US citizens or permanent residents.

Only 92 doctorates in engineering were received by Black US citizens or permanent residents, and the distribution is as follows:

Chemical Engineeering: 17
Civil Engineering: 11
Electrical Engineering: 22
Mechanical Engineering: 17
Other Engineering: 25

Out of the 92 doctorates in engineering, 67 were received by Black Men and 25 by Black Women.

Source: Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2001, National Science Foundation, October 2002

pixel Top 10 Forecasts from Outlook 2003

Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine.
Here are the editors' top 10 forecasts from Outlook 2003:
1. Web-based control over transportation could eliminate drunk driving. Smart cars connected to public databases might automatically run a series of network checks on drivers before they'll move. Sensors would collect and analyze your breath for signs of alcohol, for instance.
2. On the Technology Timeline: Confessions to artificial intelligence "priests," 2004. Designer babies, 2005. Video tattoos, 2010. -------------
3. Nanotech will be the new "new thing" for venture capitalists.
4. Aquacultural veterinarian: Hot job for the coming "eco-economy." A future economy that is environmentally sustainable will be rich with new career opportunities: ecological economists, wind meteorologists, recycling engineers, geothermal geologists, wind-turbine engineers, and environmental architects, to name a few.
5. Good news, bad news for water in Africa. Enormous amounts of pure water exist below the deserts of Africa, which could help avert a future water crisis. But the underground aquifers cross international boundaries, raising the specter of future water wars.
6. Animals will gain more human rights.
7. Future homes will be healthier habitats. New technologies will improve indoor air and water quality by filtering out particulates, allergens, and contaminants. Bacteria-killing devices will make food safer, and future foods may be bioengineered to prevent diseases.
8. Hydrogen may supplant fossil fuels in the near future. Automakers such as DaimlerChrysler and Toyota are developing fuel-cell-powered cars that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, with plans to put them on roads by 2010.
9. Eco-workers of the world, unite! Creating a sustainable "eco-economy" that meets the needs of future generations will mean new career and investment opportunities in such areas as fish farming, hydrogen generation, fuel-cell and solar-cell manufacturing, light-rail construction, bicycle manufacturing, and tree planting.
10. Supersoldiers on the march. New materials for uniforms will give soldiers superhuman capabilities. MIT's new Institute for Nanotechnologies is developing fabrics that could change properties as needed. Shoes could store energy, allowing soldiers to catapult themselves over 20-foot-high walls.

Source: World Future Society (http://www.wfs.org)

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Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President of Savannah State University, is one of the 11 Presidents featured on the front cover of Miller Brewing Company's Gallery of Greats 2003 Calendar: African American Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Foundation, this 2003 Calendar will be unveiled during a special ceremony in January in Washington DC.

Georgia State Representative Barbara J. Mobley was the Guest Speaker at SSU's 161st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2002 at Tiger Arena. Born in Waynesboro, GA, she was first elected to the House in 1992.

After earning her BS degree at SSU in 1969, she received a Master's degree in Social Work from University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) and also earned her juris doctorate degree at Southern Methodist University's School of Law in Texas in 1983.

Ms. Barbara Mobley is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the SSU National Alumni Association and many other organizations.

Dr. Chellu Chetty & Mr. John Baker at Budapest, Hungary!


Mr. John Baker with Dr. Chellu Chetty

Dr. Chellu Chetty, Director and Mr. John Baker, Program Coordinator of MBRS program have presented a paper at the 2002 Eurotox Conference, Budapest, Hungary and participated in the post-congressional tour and visited the United Nations International Atomic Energy Commission in Vienna (Austria), Humboldt University in Berlin(Germany), Warsaw(Poland) and Prague (Czech Republic).

Mr. John Baker, a 1996 alumnus of SSU has been selected by NASA and United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation to receive NASA/Harriett G. Jenkins prestigious fellowship award in support of women, minorities and persons with disabilities for graduate education leading to doctoral degrees in NASA-related disciplines. Mr. Baker and Dr. Chetty have been invited to visit the NASA Center in Huston, TX in January 2003.

Congrats to Dr. Chellu Chetty, whose research paper 'Lead Neurotoxicity: Heme Oxygenase and Nitric Oxide Synthase Activities in Developing Rat Brain' by G.R. Reddy, K.S. Murthy and C.S. Chetty was also recently published in Neurotoxicity Research 4(1): 33-39, 2002.

Dear Alumni! .... Please Help Us in Recruitment!

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Kudos to .....


Ms. Rosita Green
Gulfstream, Savannah

Our Alumna, Rosita, graduates with MS in Technical Management!

Ms. Rosita Green has earned her Master of Science Degree in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida on December 14, 2002.

Ms. Green works as an Electrical Engineer in GulfStream, Savannah.

Ms. Green obtained her BS degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Savannah State University.

Congratulations, Rosita!

(Request to all COST Alumni:
Thank you for your overwhelming response to help us update our alumni database. Please continue to keep in touch and also to let us know your achievements in your professional careers/ higher studies/ promotions/ new appointments. Thanks!)

Cloning Milestones

1938
Cloning envisioned. Dr. Hans Spemann (Germany) proposed an experiment to remove the nucleus from an unfertilized egg and replace it with the nucleus from a differentiated cell.

1953
Structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) discovered by Francis C. Crick (U.K.) and James D. Watson (U.S.).

1970
Dr. John B. Gurdon (U.K.) clones a frog by transplanting the intestinal cell of a tadpole into an enucleated frog egg, which develops into an adult frog.

1973
First successful gene splicing (recombinant DNA) by Paul Berg and Stanley N. Cohen (U.S.). A major breakthrough in genetic engineering.

1978
Birth of first child, conceived by in vitro (literally “in glass”) fertilization to Leslie Brown (U.K.).

1980
U.S. Supreme Court rules that a genetically created new bacterium (a non-natural manmade microorganism) may be patented.

1984
Dr. Steen M. Willadsen (Denmark) clones a lamb from a developing sheep embryo cell. His experiment is repeated by other scientists who clone a variety of animals.

1993
First humans cloned (U.S.). Cells taken from defective human embryos that were to be discarded in infertility clinic are grown in vitro and develop up to 32-cell stage and then are destroyed.

1994
Dr. Ned First (U.S.) clones calves from cells of early embryos.

1995
Drs. Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell (U.K.) create the world's first cloned sheep, Megan and Morag, from embryo cells.

1996
Dr. Ian Wilmut and his team clone the world's the first sheep from adult cells. The lamb born in July 1996 is named Dolly.

1997
Scientists at Oregon Regional Primate Research Center (U.S.) create first primates—two rhesus monkeys named Neti and Ditto—from DNA taken from cells of developing monkey embryos. They are not genetically identical because two different embryos were used.

1997
A team led by Drs. Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell (U.K.) create the first sheep with a human gene in every cell of its body. The genetically engineered lamb is named Polly.

1999
Dr. Gerald Schatten (U.S.) leads a team of researchers who become the first to create a clone (Tetra, a rhesus monkey) by embryo splitting.

1999
Dr. Xiangzhong Yang leads a U.S. experiment to clone calves from frozen cells taken from a Japanese beef bull. The experiment is successful and proves that cells can be stored for later cloning.

2000
The first patents for cloning are given to the scientists who cloned Dolly, giving their company, Geron Bio-med, exclusive right to the technologies they used.

2000
Japanese scientists clone a baby bull from a bull that was a clone itself, the first re-cloning case involving a large mammal.

2001
A team of European scientists led by Pasqualino Loi (Italy) produces the first surviving clone of an endangered animal, a wild sheep found in Sardinia, Corsica, and Cyprus known as a mouflon.

2001
A team of scientists at Texas A&M University produces the first cloned pet, a calico kitten called “CC” (for Copy Cat). The work was funded by Arizona millionaire John Sperling, whose company, Genetic Savings and Clone, hopes to clone pets for profit.

Source: Infoplease.com

Source: Time.com - 2002 Best Inventions



Tired of having to wear a cell phone on your belt wherever you go? In the future, you may not have to. Two British researchers have developed a prototype "phone tooth" that can be embedded in a molar and receive cell-phone calls. The signals are translated into vibrations that travel from the tooth to your skull to your inner ear—where only you can hear them. Great for giving instructions to spies and NFL quarterbacks. Not so great for the rest of us, because while our teeth may talk to us, we can't talk back to them.

To Learn More:sciencemuseum.org.uk

University News

Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, was selected by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges to serve on a team that will develop instructional programming to help Board members understand their academic affairs responsibilities.

Dr. Jason DeSousa stepped down as Vice President for Student Affairs, effective December 31, 2002. Mr. Irvine Clark, Director of Residential Services and Programs, will serve as Interim Vice President while the University conducts a search to fill the vacancy.

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

Quotable Quotes ......!

"The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." - Horace Mann

"In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer." - Oscar Wilde

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana
 


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