November 2002 - Volume 1, Issue 5
e-Bulletin of College of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State University

Nobel Prize Winners

Adopt-A-Stream & SSU

Spotlights on ...

Just Pause!...MLK Jr.


Yamacraw Lecture

From Distinguished Prof!

Beta Beta Beta

Strategic Plan Highlights

Kudos to ...


University News

Quotable Quotes!
Welcome to COST's e-Bulletin for November 2002
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2002 Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prize in Physics
"for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos"
Raymond Davis Jr. (USA)
Masatoshi Koshiba (Japan)
"for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic
X-ray sources"
Riccardo Giacconi (USA)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
"for the development of methods for identification and structure analyses of biological macromolecules"
"for their development of soft desorption ionisation methods for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules"
John B. Fenn (USA)
Koichi Tanaka (Japan)
"for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution"
Kurt Wüthrich (Switzerland)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
"for their discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death"
Sydney Brenner (UK)
H. Robert Horvitz (USA)
John E. Sulston (UK)

The Nobel Peace Prize
" "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development" "
Jimmy Carter (USA)

SSU Coastal Region Training Center for Georgia's

Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) is a program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. AAS seeks to raise public awareness about water quality, and it enlists the public's support and action in monitoring and protecting water resources. As a positive, cooperative approach to protecting water quality, AAS provides the opportunity for local citizens to take a leading role in protecting our water bodies.

Dr. Joseph Richardson, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, is the Director of the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Coastal Region Training Center at Savannah State University. The Center serves the 11 counties of coastal Georgia through a grant from the Coastal Management Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The center is specialized in conducting Adopt-A-Stream training and activities in coastal Georgia. It serves as a resource center for information, literature, videotapes, training manuals, maps, and chemical and biological monitoring techniques. The center also serves as a training location and offers workshops for all levels of AAS activities including chemical and biological monitoring, and has chemical monitoring kits and biological sampling equipment available for training sessions. Training workshops can also be conducted throughout the eleven county coastal region. The center also offers quality assurance certification workshops and train-the-trainer workshops. The Georgia AAS Coastal Region Training Center serves the following counties: Bryan, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne

Contact for more information:
Dr. Joseph Richardson,
Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics;;
Tel: 912 356 2809

Dr. Joseph Richardson,
Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Director, SSU Coastal Region Training Center
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

During the Georgia Adopt A Stream annual conference meeting, in conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Educators Alliance annual conference, Dr. Joe Richardson, Director of the Coastal Region Training Center, was awarded an AAS Spirit Rock award for his work in the coastal region for GA Adopt-A-Stream. At this conference, Dr. Richardson was also asked to serve on the state-wide GA AAS Advisory Council.

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

Dr, Chellu S. Chetty has been selected as 2003 National Outstanding Teacher of Natural Science by the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST) and Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

He will receive the award at the 2003 SCST/NSTA(National Science Teachers Association) National Convention in Philadelphia on March 27-30, 2003. He has also been invited to present the Marjorie Gardner Lecture at the 2004 SCST/NSTA National Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Just Pause ....!
Please Browse through MLK Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech.

Martin Luther King's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway

I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when twenty-two million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award in behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice.

I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeing to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sunctuary to those who would not accept segregation.

I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.

Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time -- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.

Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.

If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama, to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity.

This same road has opened for all Americans a new ear of progress and hope. It has led to a new Civil Rights bill, and it will, I am convinced, be widened and lengthened into a superhighway of justice as Negro and white men in increasing numbers create alliances to overcome their common problems.

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him.

I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.

I believe that even amid today's motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.

"And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid."

I still believe that we shall overcome. This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.

Today I come to Oslo as a trustee, inspired and with renewed dedication to humanity. I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brotherhood. I say I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally.

Every time I take a flight I am always mindful of the man people who make a successful journey possible -- the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.

So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit. You honor, once again, Chief (Albert) Luthuli of South Africa, whose struggles with and for his people, are still met with the most brutal expression of man's inhumanity to man.

You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth.

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live -- men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization -- because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.

I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners -- all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty -- and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.


Workshops ... Seminars ...!

Two-day Workshop on "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)"
Workshop Leader: Bruce Adams, Applications Chemist, Varian NMR Inc.
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Chemistry Program
November 12-13, 2002; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Drew-Griffith Room 227. (Contact: Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo)

Seminar on "Interjurisdictional Marine Fisheries Management"
Speaker: Susan Shipman, Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick, GA
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Marine Sciences Program
November 8, 2002; 4:00 PM; Marine Sciences Bldg.
(Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

MARC Seminar on "Targeted Overexpression of LH in Transgenic Mice"
Speaker: Dr. John Nilson, Chair, Dept of Pharmacology, Case Western University
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, MARC Project
November 7, 2002; 10:00 to 11:00 AM; Drew-Griffith Room 202.
(Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)

Seminar on "Systematics and Zoogeography of Estuarine Killifishes"
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Relyea, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Marine Sciences Program
November 1, 2002; 4:00 PM; Marine Sciences Bldg.
(Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

Seminar on "Growing Employment Opportunities in Life Sciences in Georgia"
Speaker: Ms. Rosita Smith, Director of Talent Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
October 30, 2002; 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM; Drew-Griffith Room 202.
(Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)

Seminar on "Regents' Quantitative Skills Test"
Speaker: Dr. Kailash Chandra, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, SSU
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Mathematics Program
October 29 2002; 10:10 AM; Herty Hall Room 212.
(Contact: Dr. Shinenin Lin)

Seminar on "Applications of Plant Biotechnology in Salt Marsh Ecosystem Studies"
Speaker: Dr. Chandra Franklin, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, SSU
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Marine Sciences Program
October 25, 2002; 4:00 PM; Marine Sciences Bldg.
(Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

Seminar on "Water Chemistry & Its Significance to Electric Generation"
Speaker: Michael Wiltshire, Pacific Gas & Electric National Energy Group, Jacksonville, FL
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Chemistry Program
October 22, 2002; 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM; Hubert Bldg Room 208.
(Contact: Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo)

Seminar on "Why Small Herbivores Prefer Toxic Plants? Marine Studies Provide Terrestrial Insights"
Speaker: Dr. Mark Hay, Georgia Institute of Technology
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Marine Sciences Program
October 18, 2002; 4:00 PM; Marine Sciences Bldg.
(Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

Seminar on "Bioremediation of Contaminated Salt Marshes: Molecular Approaches Towards Assessing the Role of Complex Microbial Communities"
Speaker: Dr. Marc Frischer, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Organized by the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Marine Sciences Program
October 4, 2002; 4:00 PM; Marine Sciences Bldg.
(Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)

Yamacraw Distinguished Speaker Series (YDSS):

Dr. Robert Cook, Yamacraw Professor, Georgia Southern University will speak on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:10 PM at Armstrong Atlantic State University, University Hall - Room 158.
Title: The Phoenix Operating System Architecture

Dr. Paul Goransson, President & Founder, Meeting House Data Communications will speak on Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 PM at Georgia Southern University, MPCS - Room 3314.
Title: Wireless LAN Security

2002-2003 Distinguished Professor Workshop Series:

Mentoring for Pre-Health for Science Majors

Workshop Title: "Programs in Allied Health Sciences, Graduate Studies, Dentistry, Medicine and Masters in Nursing"
Speaker: Mrs. Wilma Sykes-Brown, Office of Special Programs, Medical College of Georgia
The Workshop included individual student sessions and a reception.
October 16, 2002; 2:30 to 8:00 PM; Drew Griffith Annexe Room 110(Contact: Dr.Chellu S. Chetty)

Beta Beta Beta hosts an Engagement & Recruitment Event!

Thanks to the Beta Beta Beta Coordinator, Dr. Hettie Beard Jones, Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, about sixty students from the middle- and high schools, along with their teachers and counselors, attended a function, on Thursday, November 7, 2002, at Drew Griffith Building. The event was organized to disseminate information on SSU's programs, faculty, and laboratory facilities in the broad spectrum of the biology discipline. The students and teachers visited the laboratories, held discussions with our students of biology, received an insight into the research activities, and understood the best education, potential support and individualized attention they would receive if admitted to the SSU degree programs. Dr. Harpal Singh, Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, and other faculty and students of the Department addressed the audience. The participants received certificates, and the event ended with informal discussions over refreshments.

Highlights of SSU's Strategic Plan 2002-2007
With Excellence and Equity as Keys to Continued Success

The conceptual framework for implementing this phase of planning will be based upon the following planning themes and focus areas:

Comparative Advantage

Institutional Capacity Building

Recruitment and Retention

Professional development

Image and Communication

The expected outcomes are as follows:

  • SSU will become the institution of choice for higher education in the service area, the region and the state, as a result of focused curricula without peer.

  • SSU will become a center of economic, social and cultural development based upon quality and demonstrated effectiveness of educational programs and public service.

  • SSU's student-centered focus will promote greater satisfaction among the students resulting in strong word-of-mouth university promotion by satisfied clients.

  • SSU will attract and retain quality students, faculty, staff and administrators as a result of human and professional advantages accruing from affiliation with the institution.

  • SSU students will become known in the external community for their love of knowledge, leadership, commitment to learning, and effectiveness in applying that learning to resolve social, cultural, and economic issues.

(Source: Savannah State University: Strategic Plan 2002-2007 - August 2002)

Kudos to ….

Mr. Trenis Palmer, student of Biology Major, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, received an award for the Best Poster Presentation at the Fall Meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) held at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC in October 17-19, 2002.

Dr. Charles Xuejin Zhao, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, on his recent research publication
“Existence of Multiple Positive Solutions for -Du – m(u/lxl2)=u2*-1 + sf(x)”
in the Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, 2002; 25:1307-1336.

Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has recently received a $145,500 grant from the EPA for FY 2002-2003 as a cooperative agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The total estimated cost of the Project is $895,000 for a period of five years (2002-2007). The grant activities include environmental science laboratory enhancement, student research internship, community education, Environmental Justice, and Academic Institution, Community and Agency-Network (ACA -Net).

Student Research: During last 9 months, eight students were engaged and trained in environmental science research by Drs. Sajwan and Paramasivam (Post Doctoral Research Associate). Four students presented their research findings at the 2002 Georgia Academy of Science Annual meeting held in Milledgeville, Georgia, and four students will be presenting their research findings at the American Society of Agronomy Annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana during November 2002.

The bimonthly news letter “FASEB NEWS” from the Federation of American Society of Experimental Biologists, Bethesda, MD has featured an article about the success of SSU – about achievements of Dr. Chellu S. Chetty and Mr. Johnny Johnson, student of Class 2001.

Coronation of Miss SSU....
A Spectacle of Splendour & Beauty

Thanks to the Coronation Committee Members
(Juanita Adams, Cathy Baker, Charlesetta Blake, Rosalind Kent Braxton, Michelle Caleb, Elaine Campbell, Robert Campbell, June carter, Toisun Denson, Tonia Brown-Dickerson, Elias Golde, Mary Ann Goldwire, Shiley James, Velma Johnson, Laura McGraw, Alfred McGuire, Gwendolene Moore, Regina Rawls, Sheri Saleem, Jennifer Shealey, LaSonya Stovall, Marilyn Suggs, Gwendolyn Taylor, Spencer E. White, III, Dianne Williams & Bevery Worlds)and

Committee Chairman,Mrs. Marilyn Felder of COST.

Do you know?
Michelle & Kaylar (Miss SSU's Attendants) are students of COST!
Michelle Ann-Marie Caleb is a Chemistry Major, and Kaylar Jackson is a Biology Major!

University News

Under the auspices of the Academic Affairs Lecture Series, Dr. Emily Moore, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, delivered a talk on "Our Community, Our Past and Our Future: Facing the Challenge of HIV and AIDS" on Wednesday, November 6, 2002.
Dr. Moore also offered a seminar on "Culture of Higher Education (with an emphasis on research)" on Thursday, November 7, 2002 for university faculty with recent PhD.

Congratulations to Dr. Dionne Hoskins, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, on her election as the Secretary of the University Faculty.

The financial aid counselor, Ms. Faith Denise May, is the recipient of the SSU National Alumni Association Prestigious Young Alumnus of the Year award.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"The entire object of true education is to make people not merely to do the right things, but to enjoy them; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge; not merely pure, but to love purity; not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice." - John Ruskin

"The man who can make hard things easy is the educator." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"School is a building that has four walls - with tomorrow inside." - Lon Watters

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