November 2005 - Volume 4, Issue 11
Savannah State University

USG Chancellor

In the Spotlight ..

Education in US


By-catch Samples


Dear Alumni ...

University News

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Regents Name Davis as Chancellor-Designate of the University System of Georgia

Erroll B. Davis, Jr., chairman of Madison, Wis., based Alliant Energy Corporation has been named chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia. He will be the first African-American and the first person from outside academia to hold the chancellor's job as a permanent position. Davis will assume the chancellor's position in early 2006. Davis will fill the position vacated by former Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith, who resigned in July and served through September 30. Interim Chancellor Corlis Cummings has served since October 1.

Davis has served as chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation - an energy holding company with $8.3 billion in total assets and annual operating revenues of $3.0 billion - since 2000, after joining the company in 1998 as president and chief executive officer. He retired from his dual roles as president and CEO in July 2005, and retained the chairman's post. Prior to the creation of Alliant Energy, Davis served as president and CEO of WPL Holdings, from 1990 to 1998. From 1978-1990, Davis rose through the senior management ranks at Wisconsin Power and Light Company, starting as vice president of finance and ending as CEO and president. His career also includes corporate finance positions at Xerox Corporation and Ford Motor Company.

Davis' higher education experience includes serving as a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents from 1987-1994, and as a former chairman of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, of which he is a life member. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Davis earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, in 1965, and a M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago, in 1967. He is a member of the board of directors of BP p.l.c., PPG Industries, Inc., and Union Pacific Corp., and numerous professional associations and civic organizations. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board, and chairs the USOC's Audit Committee.

Davis and his wife, Elaine, established the Davis Family Foundation, which makes annual grants to numerous students in need. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including recognition as one of the "75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise magazine, the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.

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Trends in the Educational Level of the United States Population

In 2003, some 87 percent of all 25- to 29-year-olds had received a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, and many of these young adults had received additional education. Although this percentage represents an increase since 1971, the high school completion rate has been at least 85 percent since 1976.

In 1971, Blacks were considerably less likely than Whites to have completed high school (59 vs. 82 percent). Although Blacks have narrowed the gap, their high school completion rate was still below that of Whites in 2003 (88 vs. 94 percent). The high school completion rate for Hispanics also increased between 1971 and 2003 (from 48 to 62 percent), but Hispanics, unlike Blacks, have not made measurable progress in closing the gap with Whites.

Overall, the percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who completed at least some college increased from 34 to 57 percent between 1971 and 2003. However, increases were not even throughout the entire period. The completion rate increased during the 1970s, leveled off during the 1980s, increased in the early and mid-1990s, and has leveled off since then. The overall upward trend reflects the overall pattern of change in the propensity of high school graduates to enroll in college immediately after completing high school.

The percentage completing some college increased between 1971 and 2003 for each racial/ethnic group, but less for Hispanics than for Whites or Blacks. In 2003, 57 percent of all 25- to 29-year-olds had completed some college, with Whites (66 percent) more likely than Blacks (51 percent) or Hispanics (31 percent) to have done so.

Twenty-eight percent of 25- to 29-year-olds had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2003, up from 17 percent in 1971. In general, the rate for completing a bachelor’s degree or higher was roughly half the rate for completing some college. Although the percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased for all three racial/ethnic groups, the gap between Whites and Blacks and between Whites and Hispanics widened over time.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2005). The Condition of Education 2005 (NCES 2005–094), Indicator 23.

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By-Catch Samples in Ichthyology Class!

Marine Science students of Ichthyology class sort, identify to species level, measure and count fishes from a recent shrimp trawl by-catch sample of fishes from Wassaw Sound for a laboratory in Ichthyology taught by Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Professor of Marine Science in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. By-catch is the discarded portion of fishes, invertebrates, and occasionally sea turtles from commercial shrimp trawls after the shrimp and other marketable species have been removed. Trawling is also used by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and scientists/students at SSU to monitor coastal ocean ecosystem health.

A green sea turtle released alive and unharmed from a trawl net aboard the R/V Savannah by students participating in a Collaboration to Integrate Research and Education (CIRE) cruise on November 1, 2005. The by-catch is being studied by Ichthyology course students.

Contact: Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Professor of Marine Science, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Honors & Research Publications:

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, has been selected for the 2005 American Society of Agronomy Fellow.

Dr. Sajwan has also been selected to serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality and the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.

Loganathan, B.G., J.A. Botts, B.G. McKenna, J. Spadone, and K.S. Sajwan. "PCB congener concentrations in a municipal sewer system in New Jersey, USA.", Organohalogen Compounds, 2005

Prashad, M.N.V., K.S. Sajwan, and R Naidu: Trace Elements in the Environment: Biogeochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioremediation. Taylor and Francis Group, CRC Press, 2006

Hua Zhao, Olarongbe Olubajo, Zhiyan Song, Artez L. Sims, Terra E. Person, Rasheed A. Lawal and LaDena A. Holley, "Effect of Kosmotropicity of Ionic Liquids on the Enzyme Stability in Aqueous Solutions", Bioorganic Chemistry, 34(1), accepted and in press, 2006.

(NOTE: Artez L. Sims, Terra E. Person, Rasheed A. Lawal and LaDena A. Holley are chemistry major students.)

Hua Zhao, "Review: Effect of Ions and Other Compatible Solutes on Enzyme Activity, and its Implication for Biocatalysis Using Ionic Liquids", Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 37, 16-25 (2005).

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