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Spring 2013 Vol: 6 No. 2
JSU Students Win National
Biomedical Honors
Computer Engineering Professor
Named National Institute Fellow
JSU Professor Named
“Chemist of the Year”
National Association Elects
JSU Technology Professor
President of Student Division
JSU Professor Named
National Academy of
Inventors Charter Fellow
JSU Professor Named National Academy Of
Inventors Charter Fellow
Engineering, Institute of
Medicine), 11 inductees
of the National Inventors
Hall of Fame, three
recipients of the National
Medal of Technology and
Innovation, four recipients
of the National Medal of
Science, and 29 American
Advancement of Science
awards and distinctions.
Biology professor Dr. Ernest B.
Izevbigie has been named a charter
fellow of the National Academy of
Inventors (NAI).
Election to NAI Fellow status
is a high professional distinction
accorded to academic inventors
who have demonstrated a highly
prolific spirit of innovation in
creating or facilitating outstanding
inventions that have made a
tangible impact on quality of life,
economic development, and the
welfare of society.
The 98 innovators elected to
NAI Fellow status represent 54
universities and non-profit research
institutes. Together, they hold more
than 3,200 U.S. patents.
Included in the charter class
are eight Nobel Laureates, two
fellows of the Royal Society, 12
presidents of research universities
and non-profit research institutes,
50 members of national academies
(National Academy of Sciences,
The NAI Charter Fellows will
be recognized in a full-page
advertisement in The Chronicle of
Higher Education on Jan. 18, in the
Jan. 2013 issue of Inventors Digest,
and in a future issue of Technology
and Innovation – Proceedings of
the National Academy of Inventors.
Academic inventors and innovators
elected to the rank of NAI Charter
Fellow were nominated by their
peers for outstanding contributions
to innovation in areas such as
patents and licensing, innovative
Izevbigie, a NAI charter member, discovery and technology, significant
has earned two patents, including impact on society, and support and
one for a formula he created from enhancement of innovation.
a Nigerian herbal shrub called
Veronica amygdalina, or bitter The NAI Fellows Selection
leaf. Izevbigie’s research led to the Committee is comprised of 14
formation of the JSU-initiated Members from the national
company EdoBotanics, which academies, recipients of national
sells dietary supplements to boost medals, a National Inventors Hall of
the immune system and help with Fame inductee, and senior officials
the side effects of chemotherapy from the U.S. Patent and Trademark
and radiation. The government Office, the American Association
of Nigeria gave the company its for the Advancement of Science,
approval to manufacture and sell the the Association of University
dietary capsules in the country.
United Inventors Association and
The NAI Charter Fellows will be University Research Leadership.
inducted as fellows by the U.S.
Commissioner for Patents, Margaret
A. Focarino, from the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office, during the 2nd
Annual Conference of the National
Academy of Inventors on Feb. 22 in
Tampa, Fla., at the Embassy Suites
Hotel in the University of South
Florida Research Park. Fellows will
be presented with a trophy and a
rosette pin.
JSU Graduate Students Study Abroad And Throughout U.S.
The Jackson State University College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) Louis Stokes Mississippi
Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate students are putting Global Education
through Analytical Reasoning (GEAR) into Action. They are representing Jackson State University around the
globe and competing nationally and internationally with research presentations at other well known institutions
including the University of Cambridge in England, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the University of
California Santa Barbara (UCSB), the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), Oak Ridge National
Laboratory and more. These students traveled to India and Poland for three weeks to conduct research in
specialized areas of science and technology at the PESIT Indian Institute of Technology and at the Laboratory of S
Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk Poland before heading out to their second internships. E
Biology major Ravin Byrd presented a paper at the 11th International Symposium
on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine at Cambridge University in England.
His research, titled Ascorbic Acid and Arsenic Trioxide Show in Vitro Promise
as a Treatment Option for Drug Resistant Lymphoma, was well received by
global research scientists at the conference. Byrd is currently at Indiana University
Bloomington working with Dr. Travis Jerde and studying the Proliferation of
Progenitor Cells in the Inflamed Prostate. Byrd spent the first part of the summer
in India.
Takia Wheat from the Chemistry Department is currently at the University of
California Santa Barbara (UCSB), through a collaboration between Jackson State
University and UCSB. She is working on Photoluminescence and Crystal Structure
of Oxynitride Phosphors. Wheat also went to Poland in the first part of the summer
to the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk.
Jameka Grigsby from the Biology Department is in Indianapolis, Ind., on the
campus of Indiana University School of Medicine, under the mentorship of Dr.
Yuichiro Takagi. Her research involves understanding the mechanism of gene
expression to determine the structure of the functional domain of Mediator complex
in transcription regulation. She also spent part of her summer in India.
Antrice Walker from the Biology Department is completing her summer internship
at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Under the guidance of
her mentors at UMMC, Walker is conducting research to determine if correlations
exist between the genotype, epidemiology, and phenotypic manifestations of
Trichomonas vaginalis (T vaginalis).
Lionel Lovett from the Department of Computer Engineering is currently
at Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, for the summer studying fiber optics
circuit card assembly, which aims to develop fast and robust fiber optics (FO)
communications circuit card assembly (CCA) that will interface between CCAs
producing electrical differential signals and FO CCAs. Lovett also went to Poland
at the University of Gdansk the first part of the summer.
Chemistry student Marquita Watkins is conducting research this summer at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she is working under Dr.
Bobby Sumpter and Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera on The Stability of Sugar-Cyanamide
Complexes in Relation to Prebiotic Chemistry. She went to Poland at the University
of Gdansk in the first part of summer.
Turquoise AlexanderTurquoise Alexander, a CSET LSMAMP Bridge to the
Doctorate Biology student who is currently at the University of California Santa
Barbara (UCSB) through a collaboration between Jackson State University and
UCSB. She is studying bacterial chemotaxis, which is a process where bacteria can
direct their movements according to the chemical changes in their environment.
She also went to India for a potion of her summer internship.
Biology graduate student Haleigh Eubanks is currently at the National Institution
of Health at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md., in the Cancer
Inflammation Program. She is working on Tumor Immunity and Tolerance Section
under the mentorship of Dr. Andy Hurwitz and Dr. Stephanie Watkins.
Sakeli Hall, also a student in the Department of Biology, is completing her internship
at Indiana University in Bloomington working under the guidance of Dr. Claire
Walczak. Her research is focused on the mechanism of spindle assembly in the
absence of chromatin. She is at Bloomington under the collaboration between JSU
and Indiana University and also traveled to India for part of her summer internship.
Chemistry student Marcy Pilate is currently at the University of Arkansas Medical
Sciences in the College of Medicine at the Children’s Hospital. She is interning at
the University of Arkansas through a collaboration between Jackson State and the
University of Arkansas. She also went to Poland for her summer internship at the
Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk.
JSU Master’s Graduate Publishes Book With
Computer Science Professor
Jackson State University computer
science master’s graduate Sugam
Sharma and JSU professor Dr.
Natarajan Meghanathan recently
published the book, “Sink Mobility
Models for Sensor Energy
Conservation: Exploiting Sink
Mobility for Energy Conservation
of Sensors in Homogeneous
Wireless Sensor Network” (LAP
LAMBERT Academic Publishers,
2011). The book, which is an
extension of Sharma’s master’s
thesis, is a comprehensive text
illustrating the effectiveness of using
mobile sinks to obtain potential
energy savings for the sensor nodes
in wireless sensor networks.
During Sharma’s stay at Jackson
State, he worked under the
supervision of Dr. A. Yerramilli in
the Trent Lott Center for Geospatial
Research, where he enriched
himself with various technologies
– GIS, GPS, data collection and
modeling. Sharma did his masters
thesis in computer science under the
mentorship of Meghanathan during
2006-2008. At JSU, Sharma also
worked closely with Dr. Hari Cohly
and Dr. R. Isokpehi in the Center
for Computational Biology and Dr.
Tzusheng Pei in the Department
of Computer Science with research
outcomes that were published.
He is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
in computer science at Iowa State
University and is associated with the
school’s Smart Home Laboratory.
His research interests are spatial
databases, GIS and wireless sensor
Sharma’s other research work has
been published in peer-reviewed
conferences and journals. He is
editor-in-chief for IJCIB and has
worked as a software developer for
NAVTEQ, John Deere and the U.S.
Department of Energy.
In addition to working with
graduate students for research,
Meghanathan is actively involved
research and education at JSU. He is
currently the principal investigator
of the NSF-sponsored Research
Experiences for Undergraduates
program in wireless ad hoc networks
and sensor networks as well as
the Transforming Undergraduate
Education in STEM program
to incorporate aspects of systems
security and software security in
senior capstone projects. Through
these programs, Meghanathan
mentors several undergraduate
students engaging them in quality
research and scholarly activities.
Meghanathan is an associate
professor in the Department of
Computer Science in the JSU
College of Science, Engineering
and Technology. His main areas
of research are wireless ad hoc
networks and sensor networks,
systems and software security,
graph theory and computational
biology. He has published more
than 120 peer-reviewed articles in
leading international journals and
conference proceedings. About
35 of these publications involve
students as co-authors. He also
serves on the editorial boards of
international journals as well as
in the organizing and technical
program committees of several
international conferences. For more
information, visit http://www.
Faculty Member & Chemistry Student Honored At
State Capitol For Academic Excellence
a $2.7 million grant from
the National Institutes
of Health to fund a new
approach for training
chemistry and biology
students for research and
doctoral programs.
Dr. Glake Hill
Assoc. Professor of Chemistry
Jackson State University faculty
member, Dr. Glake Hill, and
chemistry student, Lisa Marie
Wren, were honored Feb. 26, at the
state Capitol during the “Higher
Education Appreciation Day —
Working for Academic Excellence”
her first internship at Washington
University in St. Louis, School of
Medicine. She’s been there for the
past three years.
“As a W.E.B.Du Bois Honor Student,
I sought after organizations based on
high academic achievement,” Wren
Hill has mentored and said. “I also want to help others
advised over 21 graduate excel academically and spread the
undergraduate importance of scholarship to those
students in the science, around me.”
technology, engineering
disciplines. She was inducted into Alpha
The majority of those are Lambda Delta Honor Society in
underrepresented minority students. 2010, Tri-Beta Biological Honor
Of those, 15 have graduated from Society in 2011, and Phi Kappa Phi
JSU, and over 80 percent are pursuing in 2012.
graduate or professional degrees at
institutions that include Howard “I am a proud member of Zeta
Medical School and Auburn Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., where I
University. A Ph.D. graduate is participate in several community
serving as an assistant professor service projects,” Wren said.
at Fort Valley State University. A
second of Hill’s Ph.D. chemists is Wren is also a tutor for the chemistry
pursuing employment in academia. and athletic departments.
Hill and Wren will be among a group
recognized for making outstanding Wren, a 21-year-old from St. Louis,
contributions to promote academic Mo., will graduate in 2013 with
a bachelor’s in chemistry. After
graduation, she ultimately plans to
program, pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
sponsored by the Mississippi
Legislature, was established in 1987. “I’m grateful to receive this
The Legislature annually honors recognition. I like to be involved
students and faculty members in community service and to do
from each participating member what I can to help elevate others
institution of the Mississippi academically,” Wren said.
Association of Colleges and
Wren, who was recruited to play
soccer, received a full academic
Hill is an associate professor of scholarship to JSU. The summer
chemistry, and the recent recipient of after her freshman year, she began
Lisa Marie Wren
JSU Students Win Honors at National Biomedical
Research Conference
congratulates three winners at the
2012 Annual Biomedical Research
Conference for Minority Students
(ABRCMS) held in San Jose, Calif.,
in the poster competition.
JSU students Roslyn Ratcliff
(left), Dominique Cooper and
Ashley Lowery won in the poster
competition at the 2012 Annual
Biomedical Research Conference
for Minority Students.
The 2012 ABRCMS conference
offered a comprehensive program
of scientific sessions, professional
development workshops, student
oral and poster presentations and
exhibits. There were 12 disciplines
in the biomedical and behavioral
sciences, including mathematics,
and more than 1,600 poster and oral
The winners are participants in
the Minority Access to Research
Careers (MARC) U*STAR Program
at Jackson State University. The
MARC U*STAR Program provides
support, enriched curriculum and
career advising to underrepresented
minorities. The overall goal of the
program is to increase the number
of underrepresented minorities
who will pursue a Ph.D. degree
at outstanding universities across
the county and a career in the
biomedical sciences.
The MARC scholars who won the
poster competition include:
Dominique Cooper (junior biology
major) won $250 in the category
of Developmental Biology and
Genetics for a poster presentation
entitled, “Evaluating Breeding
Endangered Jamaican Iguana.”
Ashley Lowery (junior psychology
major) won $250 in the category
of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Public Health for a poster
presentation entitled, “The Effects of
Alcohol and Anxiety on Attentional
Bias to Threat.”
Roslyn Ratcliff (senior chemistry
major) won $250 in the category
of Chemistry and won $50 in
the Chemistry Interdisciplinary
category for a poster presentation
entitled, “The Design of a Bioactive
Computer Engineering
Professor Named National
Institute Fellow
JSU Civil Engineering
Students Take Part In
Habitat For Humanity
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
student chapter members from Jackson State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi recently joined forces to help with
Dr. Shuangzhang Tu, an associate professor at the a Habitat for Humanity project in West Tallahatchie,
Department of Computer Engineering at Jackson Miss. Each chapter and school was well represented
State University, was recently named as an associate by the members.
fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Congratulations go to JSU for winning the “repreAstronautics (AIAA). AIAA is the principal society
sent your school” competition at the Ground Zero
of aerospace engineers and scientists. This grade is
Restaurant in Clarksdale, Miss., with their tribute to
awarded to AIAA members who have demonstrated
the Sonic Boom of the South marching band.
a successful practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics. To be selected for the grade
of AIAA associate fellow, an individual must be an
AIAA senior member with at least 12 years profes- “This is an excellent achievement by the JSU civil ensional experience, and be recommended by a mini- gineering students,” said Dr. Farshad Amini, professor and chair, Department of Civil & Environmental
mum of three current associate fellows.
Engineering at Jackson State University.
JSU Inducts First Cohort Into The Academy for Research and Scholarly
Jackson State University has inducted Cohort I of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.
This first cohort includes the following 40 scholars, who represent all five colleges at JSU and the Division
of Undergraduate Studies:
Dr. Mohammed Ali-Department of Technology
Dr. Ronica Arnold-Branson-School,
Community and Rehabilitation Counseling
Dr. Pamela Banks-Department of Psychology
Dr. Azad Bhuiyan-Department of
Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics
Dr. Gloria Billingsley-Department of
Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Dawn Bishop-McLinDepartment of Psychology
Dr. David Bramlett-Department of Mathematics
Dr. Jessica Buck-Department of Technology
Dr. Rico Chapman-Department of History and
Prof. Rhonda Cooper-Department of Political
Dr. Padmanava Dash-Department of Biology
Dr. Stephanie Davidson-Elementary and Early
Childhood Education
Dr. Monica Flippin-Wynn-Department of Mass
Dr. Regina Fults-McMurtery-School, Community
and Rehabilitation Counseling
Dr. Serguei Goupalov-Physics, Atmospheric Science
and General Science
Dr. Theresia Johnson-Ratliff-School of Social Work
Dr. Ramzi Kafoury-Department of Biology
Dr. Hyunju Kim-Department of Computer Science
Dr. Yungkul Kim-Department of Biology
Dr. Evornia Kincaid-Elementary and Early
Childhood Education
Dr. Yu-Chun Kuo-School of Lifelong Learning
Dr. Shonda Lawrence-School of Social Work
Dr. Xejun Liang-Department
of Computer Science
Dr. Lennie Little-Center of Teacher
Quality/Educational Leadership
Dr. Duanjun Lu-Department of Physics,
Atmospheric Science and Geosciences
Dr. Robert Luckett-Department
of History and Philosophy
Dr. Anna Marshall-School of Social Work
Dr. Vershun McClain-Department of
Dr. Preselfannie McDaniels-Department of
English and Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Michael Moore-Department of Psychology
Dr. Benjamin Ngwudike-Department of
Educational Leadership
Dr. Olga Osby-School of Social Work
Dr. Candis Pizzetta-Department of English and
Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Sherry Rankin-Division of Undergraduate
Dr. J. R. Smith-Department of Management and
Dr. Ingrad Smith-Educational Leadership
Dr. Francis Tuluri-Department of Technology
Dr. Deirdre Wheaton-School of Lifelong
Dr. Patricia Wilkerson-School of Social Work
Dr. Carmen Wright-Department of Mathematics
The JSU Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement will consist of an academic-year program that
will include a series of workshops, coaching through the entire grant writing process with an individual
Academy Coach, and scheduled interactions with program officers from funding agencies and foundations. Each faculty participant will be paired with an Academy Coach who is selected from active
researchers at JSU.
Benefits to participants include:
An opportunity to significantly enhance one’s proposal writing skills;
Participation in a community of scholars from multiple disciplines across JSU;
Opportunities to interact with and obtain coaching from distinguished colleagues who have exC
celled in obtaining funding for their Research and Scholarly Agendas;
E Funded opportunities to engage with program officers from federal agencies and foundations to
T discuss their Research and Scholarly Agenda and concept for funding; and
$5,000, which includes a $3,000 stipend and $2,000 for a trip to their proposed funding agency.
“President Carolyn W. Meyers has been a champion of this initiative,” said Dr. Loretta A. Moore,
Associate Vice President for Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement. “She wants to invest
in faculty, and this is one of the ways she’s doing it.”
E The purpose of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement is to advance the careers of
W promising young researchers and emerging scholars by ensuring that they establish a compelling
S research agenda, participate in a community of scholars, and obtain external funding.
“The advancement of these scholars is part of the university’s research strategic plan and will benefit
the individual scholars and the entire JSU community, including both undergraduate and graduate
students,” said Dr. Felix Okojie, Vice President for Research and Federal Relations. “We expect to
broaden the community of faculty members who submit proposals and receive funding as principal
The Division of Research and Federal Relations and the Division of Academic Affairs are sponsors
of the program and are working together to ensure scholars at Jackson State receive the appropriate
support to broaden the university’s research agenda and enhance the faculty development activities
at the institution.
“The Academy is a wonderful way to encourage and support faculty creativity,” said Dr. James C.
Renick, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The support of these interesting
ideas has the possibility to transform the university.”
For more information, visit the Academy’s website at http://sites.jsums.edu/scholarlyengagementacademy/ or contact Dr. Loretta A. Moore at 601-979-0552 or [email protected]
Mississippi Section of American Chemical Society Names JSU Professor ‘Chemist of the Year’
American Chemical Society has
named Jackson State University
associate professor of chemistry
and biochemistry Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain “Chemist of the Year
2012.” This award will be given
during the organization’s Awards
Banquet on Nov. 29 at Mississippi
Hossain has been serving as a faculty member at Jackson State University since 2005. He received his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
chemistry from the University of
Dhaka in Bangladesh and a Ph.D.
in supramolecular chemistry from
Hokkaido University in Japan.
Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain
He was a recipient of an Alexander Humboldt Fellowship for his
The Mississippi Section of the
postdoctoral work in Germany.
Hossain’s research includes supramolecular and macromolecular
chemistry focusing on non-covalent interactions between synthetic hosts and guest species. His
group focuses on the development
of new chemical sensors for toxic anions of environmental and
biological relevance. He has published numerous peer-reviewed
articles and several book chapters.
Hossain’s awards include the prestigious NSF CAREER award from
the National Science Foundation
in 2011 and the JSU HEADWAE
award in 2012.
National Association Elects JSU Technology Professor President of
Student Division
Dr. Jessica L. Buck, associate
professor in the Department
of Technology in the College
of Science, Engineering and
Technology, was elected president
of the Student Division for the
Engineering (ATMAE).
ATMAE sets national standards
certification and professional
development for educators and
industry professionals involved in
integrating technology, leadership
and design.
leaders of the technological and
global workforce. The division
hosts annual competitions for
students in robotics, technology
bowl challenges and research.
It also awards student chapters
throughout the United States for
service and leadership endeavors.
Buck has been active in the
Student Division for several years
and served as vice president from
2010-2012. As president she will
serve a two-year term from 2012
Overall, the Student Division to 2014. She will be installed into
the office during the annual ATMAE
development of undergraduate conference in November.
and graduate students to become
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School of Engineering Degrees
Dr. Richard Alo`, Dean
Phone: (601) 979-2153
(601) 979-3473
[email protected]
Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou
Assoc. Dean
School of Science & Technology
Phone: (601) 979-0777
[email protected]
College of Science, Engineering
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B.S. Civil Engineering
• Environmental Track
• General Civil Engineering Track
B.S. Computer Engineering
B.S. Computer Science
B.S. Electrical Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• General Electrical Engineering Track
• Power Systems
B.S. Telecommunications Engineering
M.S. Computer Science
M.S. Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computational Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Geological Engineering
• Telecommunications Engineering
School of Science & Technology
B.S. Biology
• Biomedical Science
• Environmental Science
• Forensic Science
• Marine Biology
• Pre-Chemical Engineering
• Pre-Health Careers (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry)
B.S. Chemistry
• Biomedical Science
• Environmental Science
• Forensic Science
• Pre-Chemical Engineering
(School of Science & Technology Degrees
• Pre-Health Careers (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry)
• Teacher Certification
B.S. Earth Systems Science
B.S. Industrial Technology
• Computer Technology
• Electronics
• Emergency Management
• Manufacturing & Design Technology
• Technology Management
B.S. Mathematics
B.S. Meteorology
B.S. Physics
B.S. Science Education
B.S. Technology Education
B.S. Ed. Mathematics Education
M.S. Biology
M.S. Chemistry
M.S. Environmental Science
M.S. Hazardous Materials Management
M.S. Industrial Technology
M.S. Mathematics
M.S. Technology Education
M.S.T. Mathematics & Science Teaching
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Science
Ph. D. Chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry,
Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry)
Materials Science
Ph. D. Environmental Science