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 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.

Math Students Make History During Mathematical Association of America Conference

Math Tournament 2014

Originally posted on – Students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences made history at the Mathematical Association of America’s 93rd Annual Southeastern Section spring 2014 meeting at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. where they competed in “Math Jeopardy,” a competition modeled after the long-running North American television program.

“Our Jeopardy team members have worked very hard the past few months, especially in the weeks leading up to the competition,” said Chasen Smith, instructor and advisor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

During the three-round competition (preliminary, semi-final and final), teams of up to four undergraduate students compete in the preliminary round; the top 12 teams with the highest score from the preliminary round move on to the semi-finals, and the top four teams from the semi-finals move forward to compete in the finals. In each round, the teams are allowed two minutes to respond to the answers (which are all math related) in the form of a question.

Math Tournament 2014 (2)

“We have met every week since December practicing Jeopardy questions from previous years so that we would be prepared. I couldn’t be more proud of our students! They represented Georgia Southern University, the College of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Mathematical Sciences very well, and set the bar high for next year’s meeting at UNC Wilmington,” said Smith.

Students on team one included Michael Ackerman, Matt Cullens, Micah Jackson and Katelyn Yeomans. Team two included Nicholas Anderson, Brittney Benzio, Garry Brown and Stephanie Hesse.

Dr. C.J. Jackson, Jr.’s work featured in Coastal Currents

Dr. C.J. Jackson, Jr., of the Department of Geology and Geography and his coastal erosion model AMBUR, are featured in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of Coastal Currents, a regional magazine that includes news from the South Carolina Coastal Management Program. View the article here.

Sustainability Concentration Info Session Scheduled, March 12, 2014

There will be an Information Session for the Concentration in Environmental Sustainability on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the new Biological Sciences Building, Room #2250. This concentration is open to students of any major – learn how you can make sustainability a part of your education at Georgia Southern. This session is for students who are in the concentration, those considering taking it, and advisors that work with students in the concentration. Download the informational flyer here.