November 2003 - Volume 2, Issue 11
Savannah State University

2003 Nobel prizes

In the Spot Light ..

Students at Conference

Seminars/ Workshops

Beta Beta Beta

NSSE 2003 Report

Dear Alumni ...

A 2002 Best Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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pixel 2003 Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prize in Physics
"for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids"
Alexei A. Abrikosov
USA and Russia
Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Anthony J. Leggett
United Kingdom and USA

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
"for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes"
"for the discovery of water channels"
Peter Agre
"for structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels"
Roderick MacKinnon

The Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine
"for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging"
Paul C. Lauterbur
Sir Peter Mansfield
United Kingdom

The Nobel Prize in Literature
"who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider"
John Maxwell Coetzee
South Africa

The Nobel Peace Prize
"for her efforts for democracy and human rights"
Shirin Ebadi


COST Students
to Attend Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute

Michelle Caleb

Mary Stopczynski

Ms. Michelle Caleb, a Chemistry Major with a Minor in Physiology, and Ms. Mary Stopczynski, a Marine Science Major, will participate in the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund's Third Annual Leadership Institute which is held in November 2003 in New York.

The Leadership Institute brings together students from the 45-member schools of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, its Board of Directors and members of the business and educational communities to deliver an insightful and interactive conference on preparing a new generation of leaders.

Since its inception in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund has provided more than 4400 students with scholarships. The fund is the only national organization that awards merit-based scholarships to students attending public historically black colleges and universities.


Our Students at Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Diego, California!

Eight students and four faculty of participated in the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Diego, CA on October 15-19, 2003. Five students presented their posters at this conference:

King, Harriet, Singh, H., Purnell, E., and Bostick, M. Skeletal Membrane Protein Alternations in Aniline Exposed Erythrocytes.

Allen, Destiny L., and Amester, J. A New Method for Rapid Protein Identification.

Walker, Nakoya, Paramasivam, S., Sajwan, K.S., Delise, J., and Singh, H. Comparison of Chemical Association of Trace Elements in Soils Amended with Biosolids.

Hodges, R. J., and Trant, J.M. Molecular Endocrine Changes Associated with a Complete Molt Cycle in the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus).

Caleb, Michelle A., Song, Z., Allen, D., Olubajo, O., and Chetty, C. 31P NMR Investigation of GTF-Counterion Interactions.

Destiny Allen

Michelle Caleb

Nakoya Walker

Richard Hodges

Dr. E. Purnell, Harriet King & Dr. H. Singh
Seminars .... Workshops ...

MARC/ NSM Seminar (Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)
October 30, 2003:
Speaker: Dr. Matthew J. Kluger, Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia
"Fever and Inflammation: An Understanding of Sickness Behavior"

Marine Science Seminar Series (Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)
November 7, 2003:
Speakers: Dr. Oscar Pung(Georgia Southern University)
"Parasites of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes Pugio"

October 24, 2003:
Speakers: Dr. Scott France, Grice Marine Lab, College of Charleston
"Into the Abyss: Patterns of Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Deep-sea Amphipods and Corals"

October 17, 2003:
Speakers: Dr. Martha McIlveene, Director, Oatland Island Education Center
Outreach Activities to K-12 System/ Collaboration in Research Activities/ Careers in Teaching

October 10, 2003:
Speakers: Dr. Gabriela Slalley, Georgia Institute of Technology
"To Eat or Not to Eat: A Question for Mixotrophic Plankton"

Beta Beta Beta Induction Ceremony & High School Reception

Kudos to the Beta Beta Beta Coordinator, Dr. Hettie Beard Jones, Professor of Biology, other faculty members and students of the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, who organized the tri-beta induction ceremony on October 22 and a reception/recognition of area high school students on October 23, 2003 at Drew Griffith Building Annexe. The students were recognized for their excellence in the area of science.
The event was also utilized 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.

NSSE 2003 Overview - "Time on Task"

Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSEE) collects information from undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities across the country to assess the extent to which the students engage in a variety of educational practices.

About 348000 first year and senior students were included in the NSSE sample. These students were randomly selected from data files provided by 437 participating four-year colleges and universities.

Here are the highlights on "Time on Task":


  • Only about 13% of full-time students spent more than 25 hours a week preparing for class, the approximate number that faculty members say is needed to do well in college. More than two-fifths (41%) spent 10 or fewer hours a week.
  • More than half of all part-time students (51% first-year students, 61% seniors) work off-campus more than 20 hours per week.
  • A non-trivial fraction of seniors (about 18%) spent 11 or more hours per week caring for dependents.
  • Seventy-four percent of all students spent 15 or fewer hours a week relaxing and socializing. Nearly one out of every ten students spent more than 25 hours.
  • Sixteen percent of all students participated in co-curricular activities more than 10 hours a week.


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

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Source: - 2002 Best Inventions

Many of us feel the call of the deep, but few of us are willing to face the cold, wet and occasionally shark-infested realities of scuba diving. That's why we need Spyfish, a gadget for divers who aren't quite ready to take the plunge. Spyfish is a battery-powered minisubmarine tricked out with cameras and floodlights and operated by wireless remote control. It trails a slender cable behind it that transmits whatever it sees back to a monitor topside, so you can rummage through Davy Jones' locker while sunning yourself on deck and sipping a mai tai. The product of years of research and testing, Spyfish is elegant and streamlined but rugged enough to withstand depths of 150 m and conditions too cold or dangerous for a human diver.

Availability: Late in 2003; around $14,900
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University News

Dr. Carver Waters, Associate Professor of English, SSU, presented a narrative about Solomon Northrup ("Solomon Northrup and the Problem of Literacy") as the first installment in the 2003-04 Academic Affairs Lecture Series on October 29, 2003 at the University Village Commons.

Dr. Richard Long, Professor Emeritus at Emory University, presented the Fuller E. Callaway Lecture on November 3, 2003 in the Jordan Business Auditorium. The topic was "African-American Artists: Challenge and Response".

Quotable Quotes ......!

"A great memory does not make a mind, and any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature." - John Henry Newman

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it." - Rev. Jesse Jackson

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

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