Molecular Biology Initiative Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist

Congratulations to Biology Professor Dr. Laura Regassa (STEMstars Program Director) and Janee Cardell (STEMstars Program Coordinator) for their hard work on the Molecular Biology Initiative Program as it has been named, for the second year in a row, a finalist in the Post-secondary Outreach category for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards presented by the Technology Association of Georgia.

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Georgia Southern University and the Phinizy Center Talk Ogeechee River Project

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Dr. Jeffrey Underwood, professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Geography discusses the four initiatives his department will focus on: analyzing the biogeochemical environment in the forested flood plain of the river, assessing the subsurface hydro-geochemical properties of water, investigating local meteorology and creating a spatial analysis data base.

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Georgia Southern University hosted the first of four Ogeechee River Research public information sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Performing Arts Center, to discuss a two years and a half  Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) titled “Assessment of Hydrological, Biological and Environmental Components of the Lower Ogeechee River Ecosystem.”

The project is an opportunity for the University and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to conduct basic research designed to ensure a long-term and holistic approach for research on the river.

“Georgia Southern University is an emerging research university,” said Charles Patterson, vice president  for Research and Economic Development. “The spectrum of research that happens on campus is vast and the University has spent decades building facilities that will be a part of this research.”

Georgia Southern’s Department of Geology and Geography will study atmospheric and terrestrial processes in the watershed while the Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, will focus on the in-stream processes of the Ogeechee River.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students will contribute to the project.

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COSM Graduate Student Presents Research at the 247th National ACS Meeting

James at conferenceW. James Morgan, a second year student in the MS in Applied Physical Science program, recently presented his research entitled “Quartic Force Fields for Electronically Excited States:  Applications to the Isoformyl Radical” under the direction of Dr. Ryan Fortenberry at the 247th National ACS Meeting in Dallas, TX in the symposium “Chemistry in the Interstellar Medium–New Frontiers in the Laboratory, Theory, and Observations”.


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.

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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.