CAS is pleased to welcome John R. Sowa, Ph.D. as chair of the newly created Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences. Dr. Sowa is an organic chemist with teaching and research expertise in mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry including cross-disciplinary expertise in spectroscopy (IR, MS, NMR), analytical separations (HPLC, GC) and environmental chemistry. Previously, Dr. Sowa had appointments at The Scripps Research Institute, Seton Hall University, Wuhan University and the University of Minnesota. His B.S. is from Manhattan College and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. As GSU alumni, what are your ideas about expanding GSUs education and research programs for Chicago Southland's intellectual and economic benefit?
Dr. Sowa recently co-authored and article entitled "Detection of Polycyclic Aromatics Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Raw Menhaden Fish Oil Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy: Method and Development," in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2015.
Erin K. Grey-Avis, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences has co-authored three new publications: "Evaluation of Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, megalopal settlement and condition during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," in PLoS ONE, 2015; "Rapid molecular detection of invasive species in ballast and harbor water by integrating environmental DNA and Light Transmission Spectroscopy," in Environmental Science & Technology, 2015;"Transport of blue crab larvae in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," in Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2015.
Dr. Grey-Avis welcomes to her research laboratory Yuri Lopez. Ms. Lopez just completed an internship in the Geological Society of America MOSAICS in Science program at the Indianan Dunes National Park. During the internship she completed a dragonfly biodiversity survey of the park, created a dichotomous key for dragonfly identification and developed two apps for citizen-science monitoring of dragonflies. In addition, she presented a poster of her work at the National Park Service in Washington DC where she also learned more about career opportunities. Ms. Lopez is pursuing her MS in Environmental Biology at GSU.
Mary E. Carrington, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and GSU graduate student E. M. McKee published an article entitled "West Nile virus antibody decay rate in free-ranging birds," in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases 2015. In addition, Dr. Carrington has an article in press in the on-line journal Biotropica entitled "Post-hurricane seedling structure in a multi-aged tropical dry forest: Implications for community succession;". This summer, Dr. Carrington presented the research results of undergraduate students L. Baldacci, N. Jankowski, C. Kirian, M. Levins, A. Merisko, M. Mohammad, and G. Robertson at the Seventh Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting, Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL. Mary also presented "Forest succession in tropical hardwood hammocks of the Florida Keys 19 years after Hurricane Andrew," at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
Prof. Shailendra (Shelly) Kumar, Department of Chemistry and co-author Dr. Gregory Webster (AbbVie, Inc., North Chicago) published an article in Analytical Chemistry entitled "Expanding the Analytical Toolbox: Pharmaceutical Application of Quantitative NMR" in December 2014. Their article was also selected as the theme for the cover of the December 2, 2014 issue of the journal.
Summer 2015 Semester College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List
Congratulations to the CAS undergraduate students below for their hard work and strong scholarship!
To be eligible for the Dean's List, you must be an undergraduate student in good standing, enrolled in at least six credit hours, and have completed all course work with a 3.7 term grade point average or better. Students with missing or incomplete ("I") grades are not eligible.