Entomologist gives lesson in death scene investigations
Investigators learn how to assess a death scene, collect entomological evidence and examine insects during a workshop with with Georgia Southern University Entomologist Ed Mondor, Ph.D.
2013 COUR Scholar Poster Presentation Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2013 COUR Scholar Poster Presentation Award winners:
1st Place :
Mrs. Brittany Crowe
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karin Scarpinato
Mr. Zachary Ansley
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathlyn Smith
Ms. Leigh Anna Spivy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Li Ma
Mr. James Morgan
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karelle Aiken
Mr. Michael Samiratedu
Faculty Mentor: Dr. R. Kelly Vance
Biology Distinguished Graduate Alumna 2012-2013 Ms. Kelly Shropshire Spratt to speak April 22
Kelly Spratt has had a uniquely diverse career that unites biology and government service.
She graduated 1990 with a BA in anthropology from the University of Georgia. The next year she served as an intern at the St. Catherine’s Island Species Survival Center and as a field intern in the rainforests of Malaysia. From 1992-1994 Kelly worked as a US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist on Hawaii. She also worked as an archeologist in Micronesia (1994-1995) before moving back to Georgia and the St. Catherine’s Island Species Survival Center in 1995. She worked there as a zoologist through 2000, finding time to obtain her MS here at Georgia Southern in 1999.
When the Wildlife Conservation Society closed their facility on St. Catherine’s Island in 2000, Kelly took her career in a distinctly different direction. She and her husband Jeff Spratt opened Open Gates Bed & Breakfast in Darien, Georgia, in 2001. Once settled in Darien, Kelly has been drawn inexorably into local government, including election to the Darien City Council (2005), Mayor of Darien (2007), and Chair of McIntosh County Commission (2010). All her government service has been characterized by an effort to bring more sustainable and environmentally sound practices to local government. Her success is reflected in the fact that she was hired in 2012 by Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate outreach to local governments about global climate change.
In honor of her contributions as a biologist and public servant, Kelly Spratt is the 2012-2013 Department of Biology Distinguished Graduate Alumna.
Past Distinguished Graduate Alumni
Dr. Joel Hutcheson
Iowa State University
Mr. Dorset Hurley
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Ms. Sharon Petzinger
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Dr. Ben Cash
University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Julie Lockwood
Reducing carbon footprints during “No Impact Week”
Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability will host a number of events throughout April that are designed improve and protect our environment and change behavior when it comes to food, energy, water and waste. The focal point is “No Impact Week,” to be held April 14-21.
“No Impact Week engages our campus in extended sustainability awareness with challenges, action and positive choices that are within our control,” said Lissa Leege, director of the Center for Sustainability. “It gives participants power in the face of difficult environmental problems and shows us that collectively, our small lifestyle changes can result in a large impact on the planet.”
The goal of the environmental education activities is to share ideas and information and learn to live by leaving as little of a carbon footprint as possible. “Our campus will offer more than 25 events over the course of the week that emphasize the themes of the day which include consumption, trash, food, transportation, water, energy and giving back,” explained Leege. “Our outreach centers will even get in on the act with special ‘No Impact Week’ programs for the public.”
A highlight of “No Impact Week” is a presentation from New York Times best-selling author Van Jones on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 847 Plant Drive. Jones, who has worked as a green jobs advisor to the Obama White House, is the founder of Green For All, a national organization that creates green jobs in disadvantaged communities.
In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, U.S. Representative John Barrow, Georgia’s 12th District Democratic congressman, will join leaders of utility companies and environmental groups for a discussion on the future energy needs of Georgia. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center Assembly Hall. Admission is free and open to everyone.
Georgia Southern is the only university in the United States to participate in “No Impact Week” for three consecutive years and is a joint project between the Center for Sustainability and the University Wellness Program with support from CLEC (Campus Life Enrichment Committee), the Multicultural Student Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the College of Science and Mathematics for various events. See the full calendar of “No Impact Week” events by visiting: http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/wellness/special-events/no-impact-week/.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.
GSU to Host Major Marine Biology Conference
While soon many students will be off relaxing during Spring Break, several faculty from the Department of Biology will be working hard to host one of the largest scientific conferences for marine biologist in the country. The 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting will convene at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA March 20-23, 2013, and Drs. Daniel Gleason, Alan Harvey, and Risa Cohen, all faculty in the Department of Biology are a major portion of the organizing committee.
“Benthic organisms are those that live on, or in association with, the sea bed and include such things as sponges, corals, oysters, and shrimp,” explains Dr. Gleason, current president of the Benthic Ecology Meeting Society. “They basically live on the bottom of the ocean and play an important part in all aspects of ocean health and function.”
The 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting will consist of 3 full days of oral and poster presentations. Fully 66% of the nearly 500 presentations will be by graduate students, making the Benthic Ecology Meeting one of the top “student-friendly” scientific conferences in the country. “We are extremely proud of this student-centered tradition,” said Dr. Gleason, “and we appreciate the opportunity to be the institution that this year will provide a forum where both up and coming students and established professionals can meet to exchange ideas regarding the ecology of benthic marine organisms and communities.”
This year’s meeting will be attended by more than 600 marine biologists who span all three U.S. coastlines as well as at least 14 other countries and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Participants will come from as far away as Brazil, France, and Australia.
In addition to the scientific presentations, the meeting will host the Beneath the Waves Film Festival on Thursday night – a unique marine science and conservation film fest which is now in its 4th year. With a goal of communicating stories of marine research and ocean conservation to a wide audience, this film festival caters to filmmakers of all backgrounds and skill levels: students, amateurs, and professionals. This year 73 films were submitted for viewing.
For more information on the 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting refer to the event website: http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/bem.html