June-July 2005 - Volume 4, Issue 6&7
Savannah State University

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With a $4.9 million grant from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), a program of the NSF, Savannah State University will partner with five USG Institutions (Bainbridge College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Georgia - Lead Institution) in launching an initiative, Peach State LSAMP, that aims to boost the number of minorities who receive bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and also to motivate and prepare them for graduate education.

Dr. K. Jayaraman is the SSU Coordinator of PSLSAMP (Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation).


Dr. Dionne Hoskins to Receive Role Model Citation

Dr. Dionne Hoskins, SSU's Assistant Research Professor and Fishery Biologist (of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) has been selected by Minority Access, Inc to receive a role model citation at its National Role Models Conference in Las Vegas on September 11-14, 2005.

Minority Access, Inc is a non-profit organization which is completing its sixth year of a cooperative agreement with the US Office of Minority Health under the Department of Health & Human Services to identify role models in various disciplines.

COST Fund Needs YOUR Donation!

Research Publications:

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

Chellu S Chetty, Mohan C. Vemuri, Khamisi Campbell and Challa Suresh. 2005. Lead Induced Cell Death Of Human Neuroblastoma Cells Involves GSH Deprivation. Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters, Vol. 10, No. 3.

NOTE: Khamisi Campbell is a Biology senior who worked under the guidance of Dr. Chellu Chetty in this research project.

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Dr. S. Paramasivam, & Dr. Julius Afolabi, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

Sajwan, K.S., S. Paramasivam, A.K. Alva, and J. Afolabi. 2005. Chemical Association of Trace Elements in Soils Amended with Biosolids. p. 151-162. In Trace Elements in the Environment, Prasad et al. eds., Francis and Taylor Publishers, Boca Raton, FL.

Loganathan, B.G., C Alexander, I-Lun Chien, and K.S. Sajwan. 2005. Temporal Trends of Inorganic Elements in Kentucky Lake Sediments. p. 143-149. In Trace Elements in the Environment, Prasad et al. eds., Francis and Taylor, Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Sajwan also presented a paper on "Coal Combustion Byproducts and Environmental Issues" at the NATO sponsored “Advanced Workshop on Viable Methods of Soil and Water Pollution Monitoring, Protection and Remediation” held in Krakow, Poland from June 27-July 1, 2005.

Dr. Hua Zhao, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

Hua Zhao, S. Xia, P. Ma. 2005. "Review: Use of ionic liquids as green solvents for extractions", Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, Vol. 80, Issue 11 (In Press).

Malhotra, S.V. and S. Hua Zhao. 2005. "Enantioseparation of the esters of a-N-acetyl amino acids by lipase in ionic liquid", Chirality, 17(S1), S240-S242.

Seminars ... Workshops ...

Marine Science Program:

Interns of CIRE Program (Collaboration to Integrate Research and Education) presented their preliminary research results and research plans from the summer at a seminar at the SKIO on April 8, 2005.

Students of MSCI 3201 (Marine Science II) participated in a two-day cross-shelf research cruise aboard R/V Savannah, SKIO, sponsored by the CIRE Program on March 31-April 1, 2005.

(Contact: Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

Environmental Science Program:

Four summer interns, Gamola Fortenberry (Florida A & M University), Eric Stidum (Rust College), Ashley Jenkins (Alcorn State University) and Ariyon Bryant (Southern University) were mentored under the direction of Dr. Ken Sajwan, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The internship was funded by the UNCF and the Department of Energy under the “Mentoring Environmental Scholars Program.”

Teaching Radiation, Energy and Technology (TREAT) Workshop: A TREAT Workshop for area schools teachers and community workers from July 18-21 at Savannah State University. The workshop was sponsored by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The main objective of the workshop was to educate community about the nuclear waste, nuclear waste management, and health effects of radiation.

(Contact: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)


The six-week MAGEC-STEM summer enrichment program began with orientation sessions on June 5-6, 2005. Thirty five students and their parents attended the orientation meeting on June 5. In addition to free on-campus accommodation in Learning and Living Center and meal plan, each student received $1,000 summer stipend. All the students have also enrolled at Savannah State University for Fall Semester to continue their baccalaureate degree in STEM disciplines. These MAGEC-STEM program students will also receive $1,500 during academic year 2004-05 and a laptop in the Fall Semester. The Summer Enrichment Program ends on July 15 with a closing ceremony and presentation of awards to students exhibiting excellence in the enrichment activities.

(Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Program Director, MAGEC-STEM)

Partnership with South East Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SEAGEP)

Recently University of Florida, Gainesville, FL has received a major grant from the NSF:

  • To increase the number of minority STEM Ph.D. students and prepare them for successful entry into productive faculty careers.
  • Develop synergistic partner relationships for institutionalizing changes that will continue to promote diversity in STEM graduate education
  • Increase the pool of undergraduates from underrepresented groups who are prepared for entry into graduate STEM field.
The alliance consists of University of Florida (Lead Institution), Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Valdosta State University, Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University. Dr. Chellu S. Chetty organized the first planning meeting at Savannah State University on May 12, 2005

(Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

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Quotable Quotes ......!

"The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do." - John Stuart Mill

"Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a family." - Agnes Cripps 

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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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