October 2002 - Volume 1, Issue 3
SciTech
e-Bulletin of College of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State University
CONTENTS

Environment & Women

Seminars

Dr. Yi Pan's Lecture

2003 Regents' Award

YDSS - Talk

Technology Timeline

Greatest Achievements

Kudos to ......

SSU Homecoming

Quiz for School Kids!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
Welcome to COST's e-Bulletin for October 2002
 Previous Issues:  Aug ' 02  Sept ' 02
Environment and Women's Health

Water pollution in Uzbekistan has led to an increase in birth defects and complications in pregnancy.

Pesticide exposures in Central Sudan are linked to 22 percent of hospital stillbirths.

Air pollution in the Ukraine has been linked to 21 percent of all illnesses affecting women and children.

One in three women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer sometime during their lives.

Nuclear contamination in Chelyabinsk, Russia has led to a 21 percent increase in cancer and a 25 percent increase in birth defects. Half the population of child bearing age is sterile.

In Guatemala, pesticide residues in breast milk are reported to be 250 times the amounts allowed in cow's milk.

Most children in China take in DDT from breast milk at levels 10 times higher than internationally accepted maximums.

Source: Risks, Rights and Reforms: A 50-Country Survey Assessing Government Actions Five Years After the International Conference on Population and Development (WEDO, March 1999)


Do You Know about our Marine Science Seminar Series?

The following seminars were held in September 2002 (Venue: Marine Science Bldg., SSU):

"Sand dollar larvae can deal with constant and fluctuating salinity" by Dr. Sophie George, Georgia State University - September 6, 2002

"Changing paradigms for the role of the sea floor in controlling coastal ecosystems" by Dr. Richard Jahnke, SKIO - September 13, 2002

"Environmental risk and peer review process in decision-making" by David Kyler, Center for a Sustainable Coast - September 19, 2002

"The use of estuaries by larvae and juvenile winter flounder pseudopleuronectas americanus" by Dr. Carla Curran, SSU - September 27, 2002

(Contact for more information:
Dr. Carol Pride, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)



YDSS - Lecture

The Talk by Dr. Yi Pan of Georgia State University, arranged as part of the Yamacraw Distinguished Speaker Series, was held on Friday, October 4, 2002 in Room 119, A-Block, Hubert Building. The 1-hour and 15 min talk on "Biologically Inspired Approaches for Routing in Optical Multistage Interconnection Networks" was followed by about 30 minutes of question-and-answer session, and ended with a 45-minute informal discussion over a refreshment of snacks. The many professors and students from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern University, and Savannah State University applauded the educative and interesting presentation.

FY 2003 REGENTS' TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Faculty/Staff Award Guidelines

Criteria

The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominees have a record of superlative teaching at their campus, including a strong commitment to fostering the academic success of students through classroom instruction and through interaction with students outside of the classroom (e.g., advising, mentoring, recruiting, etc.).

Required Documentation

Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 20 pages, including any appendices (no smaller than 12 point). Each portfolio must include the following information: Nomination letter from the institution's chief academic officer, noting the highlights of the nomination portfolio. (1-2 pages) A condensed curriculum vitae. (2-3 pages) A reflective statement about teaching and learning from the nominee.(2-4 pages) Two or three letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee's teaching. These letters should describe how the nominee teaches and why he or she is especially effective in advancing student learning. Two or three letters of support from current and/or past students. At least one letter should be from one of the nominee's current students. Documents that provide evidence of the nominee's teaching success (e. g. data showing the success of the nominee's students, course syllabi, handouts, descriptions of evaluation methods, examinations, summaries of recent student evaluations, etc.)

Note: Seven complete sets of nomination portfolios should be received in our office by January 13, 2003. Nomination portfolios should not be placed in folders or binders - staple each copy in the upper left-hand corner. Portfolios that exceed 20 pages or are faxed cannot be accepted.

(Source: Email dated October 8, 2002 from Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs and also University System of Georgia website)

NOTE: The 2002 Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Regional and State Universities of the USG was received by Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, who also received the 2001 White House Millennium Award for Teaching and Research Excellence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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

Technology Timeline:

1623: First Mechanical Calculator (German Inventor Wilhelm Schickard)

1642: Pascal's Machine (Nineteen-year-old Blaise Pascal of France)

1673: Gottfried Liebniz (German philosopher and mathematician) builds calculator.

!820: Arithmometer invented (World's first commercially available calculator invented by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar of France)

1822: Difference Engine and Analytical Engine (English Mathematician Charles Babbage)

1885: Adding Machine (patented by William Burroughs)

1889: Tabulating Machine (patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith and used in the eleventh US census in 1890)

1914: Thomas Watson Sr. joins Tabulating Machine Company, which he reorganizes and reinvents as IBM.

1939: Hewlett-Packard founded by Stanford classmates David Packard and William Hewlett.

1939: John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry build the Atanasoff-Berry Computer.

1940: George Stiblitz of Bell Labs develops electronic computer.

1947: Transistor invented (Will Shockley, Walter Braitton, & John Bardeen)

1948: Manufacture of UNIVAC, the world's first commercially available electronic digital computer

1949: The first RAM developed by Jay Forrester of Digital Computer Lab at MIT.

1958: Jack St Clair Kirby builds an integrated circuit that includes multiple components on a tiny silicon chip.
        ARPA (Advanced Research projects Agency) chartered.

1969: ARPANET commissioned.

1971: Intel markets its first CPU.

1971: Invention of Email by Ray Tomlinson and use of @.
         First electronic calculator introduced by Hewlett-Packard.

1973: Ethernet developed by Robert Metcalfe of Xerox PARC.

1974: CP/M operating system developed by Gary Kildall.

1975: Microsoft founded.

1976: Apple II (which includes a keyboard and monitor) demonstrated at the West Computer Fair.

1979: VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet, hits the market.

1981: IBM introduces its first personal computer.

1983: ARPANET adopts TCP/IP.
         Personal Computer named Time's Man of the Year.

1984: Macintosh is introduced.

1985: Windows 1.0 released.
         Microsoft announces Excel.
         The first domain names are registered.

1988: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority established.

1990: World Wide Web invented
         The World becomes the first commercial provider of dial-up internet access.

1993: InterNIC is founded by National Science Foundation.

1994: Netscape founded.

1995: Sun develops Java.

1996: Microsoft releases Internet Explorer.

1998: URL registration privatized by US government.

2000: Y2K - the Millennium Bug?

2001: AOL-Time Warner merger.

(Source: History Channel)

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century

1. Electrification

2. Automobile

3. Airplane

4. Water Supply and Distribution

5. Electronics

6. Radio and Television

7. Agricultural Mechanization

8. Computers

9. Telephone

10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

11. Highways

12. Spacecraft

13. Internet

14. Imaging

15. Household Appliances

16. Health Technologies

17. Petroleum and Petrochemical Technologies

18. Laser and Fiber Optics

19. Nuclear Technologies

20. High Performance Materials

(Source: National Academy of Engineering)
Kudos to ….

Dr. Allen Zow, Executive Assistant to President/ Legal Counsel, was honored by the Georgia Medical Society at its Health Care Heroes Awards on Thursday, September 26, at the Alee Temple. Dr. Zow was the first place winner in the category of Community Outreach. He was chosen for his extraordinary concept for the establishment of the African American Health Information and Resource Center and for the soon to be established the Institute on Minority Health at SSU. Both of these projects are responses to the nation's concerns regarding the disparities in medical health care delivery for people of color.

Home Again.....! SSU Homecoming 2002

Sunday, October 27:      Gospel Concert

Monday, October 28:      Homecoming Kick-off Party

Tuesday, October 29:       Talent Show/ Mock Step Show

Wednesday, October 30:        Fashion/ Comedy Show

Thursday, October 31:       Alumni Registration, SSUNAA Executive Board Meeting, Coronation

Friday, November 1:      Doug Banks Morning Show, SSU Foundation 'Bill" Davis Golf Tournament, Alumni Registration, Founders' Day Assembly, Wall of Scholars & Committee of 1000 Ceremony, Pep Rally, Cluster Reunion Luncheon & Emeritus Induction Ceremony, Alumni Meeting, Annual Alumni Awards Banquet, Greek Step Show & Concert, and Alumni Pre-Game Party

Saturday, November 2:       Alumni Life Members Breakfast, Homecoming Parade, President & First Lady's Reception for Registered Alumni, E-93 JAMZ Pre-Game Concert, Pre-Game Show, Homecoming Football Kick-off, Annual Concert, and Blast from the Past Post-Concert Dance

What?     4 = 6 ! and 4 = 1 ! .....Something is Wrong!
Pose these to high school students!

Start:          16 = 16

Subtract 40 from both sides:      16 - 40 = 16 - 40

Rewrite as:      16 - 20 - 20 = 16 + 20 - 60

Rewrite as:     16 - 40 = 36 - 60

Add 25 to both sides:     16 - 40 + 25 = 36 - 60 + 25

Rewrite as:      (4 - 5)² = (6 - 5)²

Therefore,      4 - 5 = 6 - 5

Add 5 to both sides:     4 - 5 + 5 = 6 - 5 + 5

So,       4 = 6

Let           a = b

Multiply both sides by 4:     4a = 4b

Subtract a or b from both sides:    4a - a = 4b - b

Therefore,      4a - 4b = a - b

So,      4(a - b) = a - b

Dividing both sides by (a - b):     4 = 1

University News

Under the auspices of the Academic Affairs Lecture Series, Dr. Soraya Coley, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alliant International University, delivered a talk on "Challenges of Higher Education in the 21st Century: The Essential Role of HBCUs" on Thursday, October 3, 2002. Dr. Coley also conducted a mini-retreat from 2:00 to 4:30 PM for the chairpersons of all the departments of the university.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the University Staff Support Council:
Calvin Walker - Chair
Mary Ann Goldwire - Vice Chair
June Carter - Secretary
Zenobie Purnell - Corresponding Secretary

Quotable Quotes ......!

"The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed." - Marva Collins

"The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that we aim too low and we hit it." - attributed to Michelangelo

"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers are more." - Bob Talbert
 


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Dr. Kuppuswamy Jayaraman
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