October 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 10
Savannah State University

Nobel Prize Winners

In the Spot Light ..

SSU's Footprints in ..

Role Model Awards

April Gets Award


Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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pixel 2004 Nobel Prize Winners:
(Source: http://nobelprize.org/)

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2004

"for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction"
David J. Gross H. David Politzer Frank Wilczek
David J. Gross H. David Politzer Frank Wilczek
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA, USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA, USA

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004

"for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation"
Aaron Ciechanover Avram Hershko Irwin Rose
Aaron Ciechanover Avram Hershko Irwin Rose
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel
University of California
Irvine, CA, USA

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2004

"for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system"
Richard Axel Linda B. Buck
Richard Axel Linda B. Buck
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2004

"for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power"
Elfriede Jelinek
Elfriede Jelinek

The Nobel Peace Prize 2004

"for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace"
Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai
(Source: http://nobelprize.org/)


Dr. Alex Kalu Adds Namibia to his list!


Dr. Alex Kalu, Professor
Dept of Engineering Technology

Dr. Alex Kalu, Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, has received a grant for SSU from United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) (and USAID) to support a partnership with the University of Namibia.

The grant ($55000) will be for Dr. Kalu for conducting research studies on "Optimizing Economic Recovery from Devil's Claw - A Natural Resource in Namibia for Rural Inhabitants".

Dr. Alex Kalu has already research and outreach activities (externally funded) in 5 countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Nigeria and Ghana) in the African continent.

His other grant projects include:

  • 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.

Dr. Kalu!
Please Keep it up!

Thanks to Dr. Alex Kalu!

SSU's Footprints in Mozambique!

This Pyramid Hybrid Village Power System was designed by Savannah State University Engineers in collaboration with Engineers from Durban Institute of Technology. Two units of the system with a total (maximum output) capacity of 25kW are installed at Banga Village in Mozambique as part of SSU sustainable development project. This Project was funded is in partnership with Eduardo Mondlane University and funded by UNCF-SP/USAID.

Savannah State University/Eduardo Mondlane University Rural Electrification Project Funded by UNCF-SP/USAID EDDI Project

Chetty and Baker Receive Role Model Awards!

Chellu S. Chetty                               John Baker

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics , along with Mr. John Lee Baker, a 1996 graduate of SSU, received the Minority Access National Faculty Award at the Role Models Awards banquet on September 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. John Baker received his BS in Biology from SSU and MS in Biology & Neuroendocrinology from Fisk University. He is at present a doctoral student in the Psychology Department of Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.

The annual Role Models Conference is sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health and Minority Access, Inc. It focuses a national spotlight on individuals who have excelled in producing and supporting minority researchers, particularly in biomedical sciences and health-related fields.

April Whitehead (Civil Engineering Technology Major) Receives $3000 Scholarship!

April Whitehead, majoring in Civil Engineering Technology with a minor in Computer Science Technology, is the recipient of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia scholarship of $3000.

SSU President Carlton E. Brown, Fred Kitchens, Executive Director of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia, and State Senator Regina Thomas attended the reception held to honor April Whitehead on October 27, 2004 at Savannah State University.

The Regional Workshop for Savannah/Chatham County K-12 Teachers and Counselors, organized by SECME in conjunction with MAGEC-STEM, on October 28-29, 2004 at Savannah State University was attended by 80 educators, parents and students.

According to Edward D. Aebischer (Program Manager, SECME), "One goal for us certainly was to whet the appetite for more such teacher professional development in Savannah/Chatham County and neighboring school systems - and to establish SECME school implementation as a means to improve student achievement, aspirations toward STEM studies and careers, and recognition of MAGEC-STEM as an academic path."

(Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty/ Dr. Jonathan Lambright)

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Source: Time.com - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Hunein Maassab and MedImmune Vaccines

Hate shots? FluMist, a new alternative vaccine for the influenza viruses that send millions of Americans back to bed every winter, is administered as a nasal spray. Approved by the FDA in June for healthy people ages 5 through 49, it triggers a buildup of antibodies in the upper respiratory tract—flu's favorite point of entry. The catch: FluMist costs three to four times as much as the shot, and most health-insurance companies won't cover it.

To Learn More: flumist.com

University News

Dr. Joyce Payne, Founder of Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Director of the Human Resources and Minority Programs for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, and recently elected to AARP Board of Directors, will be the Speaker at the SSU's 165th Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:00 AM on December 11, 2004.

Dr. Payne received her master's and doctorate from Atlanta University. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University and a Presidential Leadership award from Delaware University.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"We are shut up in schools and college recitation room for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it." - Sir William Haley

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