January 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 1
Savannah State University

Top 10 Forecasts

In the Spot Light ..

National Engineers Week

Seminars/ Workshops

Dr. MLK Jr. Timeline

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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pixel Top 10 Forecasts from Outlook 2004

1. Genetically modified crops may surpass natural crops in acreage planted by 2020. Crops could be 100% genetically modified by the end of the twenty-first century, according to some optimistic experts.

2. Two-thirds of the world's population will be chronically short of water by 2050.

3. How do you walk? Security people will be watching. Your unique swagger, stagger, or shuffle will speak volumes. "Gait analysis" could soon join fingerprinting and retina scans in the identification technology toolbox.

4. Voters are vanishing worldwide. Voter turnouts have dropped in established democracies, with record lows in the United Kingdom (59% in the 2001 parliamentary elections) and the United States (51% in the 2000 presidential election). Some countries, such as Australia, Singapore, and Belgium, have made voting compulsory, helping boost participation rates to above 90%.

5. Earthquakes will become deadlier. These future deadly earthquakes won't be more powerful, but they will kill more people simply because there will be more people to kill, particularly in the world's largest cities. Half the world's megacities, with multimillion populations, are located near potential magnitude 7.5 earthquakes.

6. We may be able to engineer longer lives for ourselves. Genetic engineering can double a worm’s life span. Mice are living 50% longer with the help of genetic inventions. Thanks to the human genome project, scientists are closer to identifying ways to decelerate human aging.

7. Polar bears extinct by the year 2100? Global warming is melting polar bears’ Arctic hunting grounds and threatens to prevent new ice from freezing. If the trend continues, polar bears could starve off in the next 100 years.

8. More Americans will go it alone. People in their prime family-forming years are opting out of family life. Since 1970, the proportion of 25- to 34-year olds who live alone rose from 4% to 10%. The proportion of 35- to 44-year-olds living alone rose from 3% to 9% in that time. If these trends continue, look for more solo-living in the future.

9. Physicians may soon have ways to help paralyzed people move their limbs by bypassing the damaged nerves that once controlled their muscles. Researchers are already able to get rats to do things by stimulating the pleasure centers in the rats' brains.

10. You may be wearing your power on your sleeve. Fabrics containing flexible solar cells may soon be possible as researchers overcome obstacles such as losing current when fabrics are bent. Solar textiles could one day be used to provide clothing for emergency workers or as solar-powered carpets for tents in refugee camps.

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


Dr. Otis Johnson
Mayor of Savannah, GA

Dr. Otis Johnson, former Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Savannah State University, is now the newly elected Mayor of Savannah. The mayoral inauguration took place at the Savannah Civic Center on January 3, 2004.


* A native of Savannah, attended SSU and transferred to Armstrong State College as the first African American student.

* Served in the US Naval Reserve for 6 years

* Elected for 2 terms representing Second District on City Council beginning in 1983

* 10 years of leadership of the Youth Futures Authority

* Represented the Second District on the School Board from 1999 to 2002

* College professor who earned his PhD from Brandeis University

* Established the undergraduate program of Social Work at SSU in 1971, that won national accreditation in 1984

* Served as Dean of College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at SSU until 2002

Seminars .... Workshops ...

Marine Science Seminar (Contact: Dr. Matthew Gilligan)

January 23, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Marc Weissburg, Associate Professor of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology
"The ecology of yum: chemosensory detection of prey and predators in marine animals"


Dr. MLK Jr. Timeline (1929 - 1968)

January 15: Born to school teacher Alberta King and Baptist Minister Michael Luther King in Atlanta, GA.

Graduates from Booker T. Washington High School and is admitted to Morehouse College in Atlanta

Graduates from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and enters Crozer Theological Seminary.
Ordained to the Baptist Ministry at the age of 19.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary.
Starts graduate studies in Boston University.

Marries Coretta Scott in Marion, AL. (They will have 4 children.)

Moves to Montgomery, AL to preach at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Receives his PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University.
Joins the bus boycott after Rosa Park's arrest and is elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association.

King's house is bombed.
The Supreme Court rule that bus segregation is illegal.

Formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King is named as the first president.
During the year, King travels 780000 miles and makes 208 speeches.

Publishes his first book "Stride Toward Freedom" (Harper).
Stabbed by an assailant in Harlem.
Meets with President Dwight D. Eisenhower on problems affecting black Americans.

Visits India and studies Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.

Becomes copastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

King meets with President John F. Kennedy to urge support for civil rights.

Arrested after demonstrating in defiance of a court order, King writes "Letter from Birmingham Jail". This eloquent letter, later widely circulated, becomes a classic of the civil rights movement.
250000 civil rights supporters attend the March on Washington. At the Lincoln Memorial, King delivers the famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

King's book "Why We Can't Wait" is published.
King attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 at the White House.
King appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year.
King wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

King protests discrimination in voter registration, and he is arrested and jailed.
Meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson about voting rights for African Americans.
King leads Selma to Montgomery March.

King begins the March Against Fear through the South.
Initiates a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago.

The Supreme Court upholds a conviction of King by a Birmingham court for demonstrating without a permit. King spends four days in Birmingham jail.
King announces the inception of the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the people of all races.

King marches in support of sanitation workers on strike in Memphis.
April 4: King is assassinated in Memphis, TN
King is buried in Atlanta, GA

A national holiday is proclaimed in King's honor.

Sources: Seattle Times; Channel4000; Louisiana State University Library

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Source: Time.com - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Tonight's Menu Intelligent Ovens

Here's your schedule: you get up in the morning. You stick a meal in the refrigerator. You go to work. Around noon you use your cell phone to call your refrigerator and tell it to turn itself into an oven. The oven cooks your food so it will be done at 6 p.m. You come home, and dinner's ready to eat. That's the future according to the makers of the Intelligent Oven, an appliance that can cool and cook food and follow instructions sent via a cell phone or the Internet. It even has two separate compartments that can heat and cool independently of each other. Now if only it would do the dishes afterward.

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University News

Edna Branch Jackson, Alderwoman At-Large, Post 1, City of Savannah was the guest-speaker in the SSU's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Assembly on January 15, 2004 at 10:00 AM at the Savannah Room in the King Frazier Student Center.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the proposal from Savannah State University to offer the new academic program of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Performing Arts. Conveying this pleasant news, Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, has informed that this program will be offered with immediate effect.
Quotable Quotes ......!

"It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yates

"Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity." - Horace Mann

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