Ryan Fortenberry’s publication featured by the American Institute of Physics

3d68eb582e30f800ed35bd459d2b58d3Dr. Ryan Fortenberry, Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University, had a recent publication of his featured by the American Institute of Physics, which garnered a press release and has been picked up by various online news sources.

Much of this work was completed while Dr. Fortenberry was in graduate school at Virginia Tech.  However, this past spring, while teaching at Georgia Southern, he continued the work and additionally, he and his collaborator at Arizona State wrote much of the paper.

To learn more about Dr. Fortenberry’s research and publication, visit the links provided below.

Press Release:

Additional sites that have published his work:

COSM SOAR Leader wins SOAR Excellence Award


COSM SOAR Leader Neal Hollis being presented with the SOAR Excellence Award, July 16, 2014

Neal Hollis, one of COSM’s SOAR Leaders, was the recipient of the SOAR Excellence Award on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014.  This annual award is given to an individual or team for going above and beyond to ensure SOAR is a success!

Neal was an invaluable member of the COSM SOAR Team.  He performed his SOAR tasks flawlessly, assisted students, answered questions and helped advisors.  However, as the SOAR Leader assigned to assist with the Pre-Professional Breakout session, he rocked the house!  Neil contributed “the student’s point of view” at every presentation and answered a multitude of questions from parents and students. Going above and beyond routine SOAR duties, Neil arranged for his brother, a dental student at GRU School of Dentistry, to speak at one of the pre-professional sessions.  Needless to say, parents and students loved this session.

Georgia Southern Researchers Release Water Tracing Dye Into Altamaha River Outflow

Final check

Dr. Daniel Gleason

With funding provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and logistical support from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, researchers from Georgia Southern University released 50 gallons of fluorescent red dye (rhodamine WT) into the Altamaha River outflow during the week of May 12-16, 2014. The plume of dye that results will be monitored visually and with instrumentation as it flows from the release point (just south of Wolf Island) along the Georgia coast and offshore. Tracking the path of the dye will provide estimates of the extent to which the Altamaha River delivers dissolved substances, both contaminants and nutrients, north and south along the Georgia coast and to hard-bottom reefs, such as Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, occurring up to 20 miles offshore.

WP_20140512_015The research team will monitor the dye spread by eye for the first 8-9 hours after release and then will rely on instruments, called fluorometers that will wake up and scan for the presence of rhodamine wt in the water every minute of the day for two weeks. These fluorometers will be positioned at 4 artificial reefs managed by Georgia DNR (reefs A, SFC, J-Y, and CAT), as well as Gray’s Reef to create an arc of detection points. These fluorometers will be marked with yellow crab pot buoys and will be clearly labeled so if sighted, please do not damage or remove them.

drifter and dye

Dr. Risa Cohen

In addition to releasing the dye, the investigators will deploy up to 4 satellite-enabled drifters that will provide information on how larger materials, such as dead stalks of marsh grass, may disperse after being exported from the Altamaha River estuary. These drifters will be constructed from basic materials found in local hardware stores such as bamboo poles, drop cloths, hose clamps, and nylon cord. Data obtained from the drifter paths will be made available to local school teachers for use in the classroom. As with the buoys, these drifters will be clearly labeled so please do not remove them if spotted offshore. Alternatively, please contact the investigators if a drifter is found to have come ashore.

Rhodamine WT is highly visible because of its ability to fluoresce light. During this study waters with a red tint may appear at various points along the southeast Georgia coast as well as in marinas, bays, and estuaries. If the dye is sighted in any of these locations, there is no reason for concern because rhodamine WT is non-toxic to humans and aquatic organisms, such as fish and shellfish, and will not cause damage to watercraft. If you have additional questions about this project contact Dr. Daniel Gleason at 912-478-5957 or Dr. Risa Cohen at 912-478-1228.

The drifter tracks can be seen here.


Students & Faculty attend the Georgia Entomological Society Meeting

Several students and faculty from the Department of Biology attended and won awards at the Georgia Entomological Society meetings, which were held in Valdosta, GA on April 9-11, 2014.

MS Student Poster winner: Alexandra Dorfzaun (Masters student), “Postfloral nectaries and facultative mutualisms on Richardia scabra (Rubiaceae).” (A. Harvey, advisor)

MS Student Poster 2nd place award: Hunter Seabolt (Masters student), “Mitochondrial 12S ribosomal RNA gene sequences as an informative phylogenetic marker for systematic analysis of the subgenera of the genus Amblyomma Koch (Ixodidae).” (L. Beati, advisor)

MS Student Poster 3rd place award: Katie S. Googe (undergrad), “A morphological and genetic analysis of forensically important blow flies, from Georgia: the genus Lucilia.” (S. Harrison and E. Mondor, advisors)

Photography Salon, Biology category, 1st place award, “Tree cattle.” (Alan Harvey)

Photography Salon, Sequence category, 1st place award, “The one that got away: fishing for tiger beetle larvae.” (Alan Harvey)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Steven Chu to Speak Tonight

Dr. Steven Chu

Dr. Steven Chu

Originally posted on MyGeorigaSouthern.edu: Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Dr. Steven Chu will present “Renewing our Independence through Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 847 Plant Drive.

Chu is the keynote speaker for “No Impact Week” hosted by the Center for Sustainability and the University Wellness Program. A distinguished physicist, innovative professor and the first science laureate to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy, Chu will offer insight on our energy future—and how advances in science are the key to solving our most confounding global issues.

A distinguished physicist, innovative professor and the first science laureate to serve as U.S. energy secretary, Chu was instrumental in transforming the agency by bringing science to the forefront of America’s clean energy policy. Chu was also a top science adviser to President Barack Obama, where he used his skills to assist BP in stopping the massive Gulf oil leak and assisted the government of Japan in dealing with the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors.

His work in laser cooling and trapping earned him recognition as a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997. He continues to work on solving the country’s energy problems by focusing on new pathways to sustainable, carbon dioxide-neutral energy.

This free event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics, Center for Sustainability, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the University Wellness Program.

Admission is free and open to everyone.