The COSM Newsletter
Research Cooperative Membership Approved
Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery
Dr. Ryan Fortenberry of the Department of Chemistry was featured in a story published in Scientific American titled, The Hunt for Alien Molecules. Read the article.
Dr. Karelle Aiken received the Women in Chemistry Committee Rising Star Award from the American Chemical Society. Read the full article.
Dr. Edward Mondor received an NACADA Outstanding Faculty Advising Award at the 2015 meeting in Las Vegas. NACADA is an organization that promotes and supports quality academic advising at institutions of higher education.
Professor Heralds Unsung Pioneer of Evolutionary Biology in LeConte Lecture
Biology Students Recognized
Five new Chandler Research Scholars were named in January, Sydney Doolittle, Karen Campbell, Laina Latzsch, Isabel Moran, and Ashley Williams.
Grad Students Volunteer
Biology graduate students recently volunteered at Pioneer Days at Okenfenokee NWR. They helped make puppets for children at an endangered species exhibit. L to R: Elizabeth Baker, George Todd, Brianne Varnerin, Matt Carey, Marina Osier, Stefan Petersen, Jackman Eschenroeder, and Shelby Rudolph.
Jody Warwin received the 2015 Sturgis McKeever Scholarship in Zoology and Lauren Neel received the 2015 Jim Spence Scholarship in Ornithology.
Masters of Disguise: Camouflaged Cuttlefish
Biology Grad Student Receives Funding
Sleep is a universal phenomenon in vertebrates (animals and humans!) and lack of sleep has been linked with various abnormal behaviors and serious negative health effects. As continual stress has also been linked to adverse health implications, it is likely that negative health effects associated with sleep deprivation is a direct result of elevated stress. Using zebrafish as our model system, the objective of our study is to determine if sleep deprivation causes increased stress, exhibited by changes in levels of stress hormones and behavioral changes. Additionally, we will investigate changes in the production of genes (DNA) regulating the production of stress hormones and mechanisms of circadian rhythm.
Special Thank You to Dr. Daniel Hagan and Miriam Hagan
Mole Day & National Chemistry Week Celebration 2015
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society members who organized demonstrations and participated in the National Chemistry Week/Mole Day celebration.
Chemistry Student Presents at Annual Biomedical Research Conference
Christopher Mays had the opportunity to give a platform talk at the annual biomedical research conference for minority students held in Seattle WA from Nov 11-14, 2015. Only 10% of abstracts submitted were assigned platform presentation. Christopher's project investigated the correlation between environmental chemical exposure in early years of life and type 1 diabetes. This project was partially funded by COUR, Georgia Southern University. Dr. W. Eric Gato also attended this conference where he judged student presentations.
Dr. Anke Hildebrandt Talk
Thursday, Feb. 11th 2016 at 4-5pm
Herty Building, Statesboro, GA, United States (Room 2112)
Dr. Hildebrandt is visiting Georgia Southern University as a collaborator on a recently funded National Science Foundation grant seeking to determine how hydro-meteorological processes in forests are altered with urbanization. Although much is known about how urbanization affects routing of water at and below the surface, little work has quantitatively characterized how urban alterations to forest canopy structure influences the amount of water available to the surface and subsurface. Working with Georgia Southern professors, Drs. Van Stan and Underwood, and other international scholars (Jan Friesen – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Jean-Francois Cote – Natural Resources Canada) on this project, Dr. Hildebrandt will assist in developing models to allow water resource managers to better predict precipitation inputs in forested urban watersheds.
During her February visit she will present current work on grasslands at Friedrich-Schiller University and Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. Title and Abstract
Researchers Rescue Sea Turtle
28th Annual Mathematics Tournament
The 28th Annual Mathematics Tournament was held January 30th on the Georgia Southern campus. 1,040 6th – 12th grade students registered to take the test. Chasen Smith assumed the role of Tournament Chair and did an outstanding job of organizing faculty and students for the event. In addition to the students taking the tests, about 70 teachers were on campus with their students. This is a department effort and we are appreciative of our faculty and students who make this event possible.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Pat Humphrey
Eagle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
The department and COSM will host the Eagle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on February 13th on campus. Undergraduate students from around the region will present sessions and participate in a problem solving contest. For those who do not participate in the problem solving contest, two of our graduate students, Moriah Gibson and Matt Just, will discuss various aspects of being a graduate student.
Eagle Battalion to Build New $9.5 Million Building
As part of the state’s $21 billion state budget, $9.5 million was approved to construct a new Georgia Southern University Military Science Building.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal visited the Georgia Southern campus on April 28, 2014 to sign the budget bill at the foot of the Marvin Pittman Administration Building. The funding will addresses a great need for the Eagle Battalion ROTC Program. Construction is slated to begin in January 2016. The new facility will be located on the corner of Old Register Road and Forest Drive, adjacent to Highway 301.
The building, encompassing 32,000 square feet, will replace a 10,000 square-foot temporary facility that the Battalion has occupied for nearly a decade.
Dr. Maxim Durach's Nanotechnology Computational Group
Two major results have been obtained by the Nanotechnology Group, led by Dr. Maxim Durach. In a paper by Applied Physical Sciences graduate students David Keene and Matthew LePain and Dr. Durach it is shown that 30-nm thick monolayer metal-dielectric metasurfaces can drastically modify the properties of radiation passing through them and entirely change the spin state of the constituent photons. In their manuscript (arXiv:1512.08139, “Ultimately Thin Metasurface Wave Plates”), submitted for peer-review, they show that the extreme anisotropy of the proposed metasurfaces sets the ultimate lower limit for the thickness of optical waveplates. This result can be applied to the design of ultrathin wave plates, Pancharatnam-Berry phase optical elements and plasmon-carrying optical torque wrench devices. Read more...
Dr. Xiaojun Wang Research in Phosphors
In addition, using his optical techniques to precisely measure the thickness of the unique antifogging thin-films prepared by Dr. Ming and his postdoc, Dr. Jie Zhao, in the Georgia Southern Department of Chemistry, he also co-authored a paper published in RSC Advances (RSC Advances 5, 102560-102566 (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5RA21399A). Dr. Wang continues to serve as an editor at Materials Research Bulletin (Elsevier, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/materials-research-bulletin/editorial-board/) and Light: Science & Applications (NPG, http://www.nature.com/lsa/about/index.html#Editors).
Dr. Monique Aller Presents Interstellar Matter Research at the International Astronomical Union
Physics Team Drs. James & Sarah Higdon Study Star Formation in Galaxies
HST color images of ring galaxies AM 0644-741 and Arp 147 currently being observed with ALMA. The blue rings indicate high rates of star formation, triggered by the collision with a companion galaxy. They are, respectively, 300 and 430-million light years distant.
The Higdon’s and their collaborators at Cornell University were awarded time with the Karl Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA), the premiere radio telescope in the world, to probe star formation in galaxies in the very distant universe, corresponding to an epoch only 3.6-billion years after the Big Bang.
Microwave Ovens Are Not Just Kitchen Appliances
Society of Physics Students Have Winning Homecoming Float
Researcher's Illustration Featured in Journal
Faculty published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Dr. Natalja Rudenko, a visiting scholar in the ICPS, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Oliver, has produced an important paper that was accepted for publication by Clinical Microbiology and Infection (impact factor 5.197). This is milestone work, as it changes significantly the point of view on Lyme disease in the southeastern United States and on the present antibiotic treatments of patients.
The accepted manuscript presents the results of few recent years of their hard work at Georgia Southern in the Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS). This is their first manuscript of clinical character (instead of ecological) that was produced in collaboration with Georgia Southern and there is much more in line to be completed.
Rudenko N., Golovchenko M., Vancova M., Clark K., Grubhoffer L., J. H. Oliver Jr. 2015. Isolation of live Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato spirochetes from patients with undefined disorders and symptoms not typical for Lyme diseases. Clinical Microbiology and Infection (accepted). IF 5.197
The College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University prepares students in baccalaureate majors and the Master of Science programs.
- Geology and Geography
- Mathematical Sciences
- Military Science/ROTC