October 2003 - Volume 2, Issue 10
Savannah State University

Georgia's Infrastructure

In the Spot Light ..

Research Publications

Seminars/ Workshops

Kudos To ...

Education & Earnings

Dear Alumni ...

A 2002 Best Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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Georgia's Infrastructure

Top 3 Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Mass Transit
  3. Waste Water

Key Infrastructure Facts:

  • Roadway conditions are a factor in an estimated 30% of traffic fatalities. There were 1,508 traffic deaths in 1999 in Georgia.
  • Federal funding for Georgia's road and bridge system under TEA-21 is about $988 million in fiscal 2002.
  • 23% of Georgia's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • 19% of Georgia's urban freeways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Georgia's highways increased by 48% from 1991 to 2001. Georgia's population grew by 29% between 1990 and 2001.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Georgia motorists $72 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs - $12 per motorist.
  • 37% of Georgia's schools have at least one inadequate building feature.
  • 48% of Georgia's schools have at least one unsatisfactory environmental condition.
  • Georgia's drinking water infrastructure need is $2.4 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Georgia's wastewater infrastructure need is $2.3 billion.
  • There are 105 state-determined deficient dams in Georgia.
  • The rehabilitation cost for Georgia's most critical dams is estimated at $288.4 million.

Source: American Society of Civil Engineers

Dr. Alex Kalu, Professor, Dept of Engineering & Engineering Technology, has research and outreach activities (externally funded) in 5 countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Nigeria and Ghana) in the African continent.

Dr. Kalu's externally funded grant projects are:

  • Renewable Energy for Empowerment of Mozambique Women and Girls (REEMWaG)

  • Renewable Energy Technology Utilization (NHRETU), and

  • Renewable Energy for African Development Projects (REFAD).

    These projects have initiated vibrant development activities in these countries in the African continent. They have also provided for initiating interest and active involvement of SSU students and local high school students in engineering and energy areas.

  • More Research Publications!
    By Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan & Dr. Chellu S. Chetty
    (Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

    Sajwan, K.S., S. Paramasivam, B.G. Loganathan, and J.P. Richardson. 2003. Endocrine disrupting Pollutants in sediments and oysters tissues from atlantic salt marsh ecosystem off Savannah, Georgia, USA. Organohalogen Compounds, 52: 81-84

    Kannan, K., S. Battula, C. Hong, D. Villeneuve, B.G. Loganathan, K.S. Sajwan, J.P. Giesy, K.S. Aldous. 2003. Trace organic contaminants including toxaphane and trifluralin in cotton field soils from Georgia and South Carolina, USA. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 45, 30-36

    Shafek, A., D. Arunakumari, R. J. Prasanthi, and G.R. Reddy. 2003. Azadirachtin and fenvalerate induced alternations in the neuronal activity of the cockroach (periplanata americana). Indian Journal of Comparative Animal Physiology, 21: 1-4

    Reddy, G.R., John L. Baker, J. Heinz and C.S. Chetty. 2003. Lead Induced Effects on Acwtylcholinesterase Activity in Cerebellum and Hippocampus of Developing Rat. International Journal of developmental Neuroscience.

    Seminars .... Workshops ...

    Graduate Studies Seminar (Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty)
    September 30, 2003:
    Speakers: Dr. Kathleen McKie, Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Admissions Committee Member, Medical College of Georgia, Ms. Wilma Sykes Brown (Special Academic Programs) and Ms. Stephanie Perry (School of Dentistry)
    "How to be a Competitive Applicant for Medical School"

    MARC and NSM Seminar(Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)
    September 22, 2003:
    Speakers: Dr. Patricia L. Cameron, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies, and Director, Undergraduate Research, Medical College of Georgia
    "Biomedical Research - A Vital Component of Today's Health Care Initiatives"

    September 11, 2003:
    Speakers: Dr. Clinton Webb, Professor & Chairperson, Department of Physiology, Medical College of Georgia
    "RhoA/Rho-kinase Signalling and Vasoconstriction: Lessons from Hypertension and Erectile Dysfunction"

    Marine Science Seminar Series (Contact: Dr. Carol Pride)
    September 26, 2003:
    Speakers: Jan Mackinnon (Georgia Dept of Natural Resources), Carla Curran & Whitney Palefsky (SSU)
    "Update on Salt Marsh Dieback in Coastal georgia"

    September 19, 2003:
    Speakers: Dr. Jim Nelson, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
    "SeaWiFS Ocean Color Satellite Imagery in the South Atlantic Bight: Relating Bio-optical Patterns to Interannual Time"

    Kudos to .....

    Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Dr. Chellu Chetty, Professor of Biology, has been invited to participate and present a paper at the International Symposium on Nitric oxide-cGMP Signal Transduction in Brain in Valencia, Spain from November 23-25. Dr. Chetty and Mr. John Baker will present a paper "Impact of Perinatal Lead Exposure on Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Regulatory Proteins in Rat Brain".

    Dr. Chetty has been invited by Philip Morris External Research Program, Baltimore, MD to serve as a grant reviewer to review the grant applications in biomedical sciences.

    Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Professor of Environmental Science, attended and presented two research papers at the 23rd International Symposium on Halogenated Environmental Organic Pollutants and POPs. in Boston from August 24-29, 2003.

    Dr. Chellu S. Chetty & Dr. Carla Curran, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology and Director, MBRS Program received a supplemental grant from NIGMS/NIH with $71985 budget for the period 06-01-2003 to 03-31-2005. Dr. Carla Curran, Assistant Professor, Marine Science is the principal Investigator for this project

    Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor of Environmental Science received a grant award of $295500 from Department of Energy/Environmental Protection Agency for the project "Environmental Justice, Community Education and Advisory Project". This project, which was initiated in 2002, is expected to continue to receive funding through FY 2006-07.

    Educational Attainments & Earnings

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    University News

      Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President, Savannah State University, has been named the 2003 recipient of the King-Tisdell Foundation, Inc. Educator of the Year Award.
    Dr. Malik Watkins of College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences has been selected to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation' Council of Academic Advisors, which will be a part of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research. As a member of the Council of Academic Advisors, Dr. Watkins will join a group of distinguished experts who will conduct analysis and facilitate research on issues of energy, housing,education,health, African Globalism, and economic development. He and his fellow advisors will lend their "expertise to ensure the production of quality CPAR products and events that facilitate the goal of social and economic inclusion for African Americans".

    Quotable Quotes ......!

    "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." - Mark Twain

    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Sir Winston Churchill

    "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." - Wernher Van Braun

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