Science Newsletter

March 19, 2007
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Science Quotes
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On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. --

Charles Babbage









A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot (1826-77) English economist, political journalist and critic.













You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

- Albert Einstein








In this issue:

  • ASHLEY BURKETT AWARDED KECK SUMMER FELLOWSHIP
  • PRE-MED STUDENT RECEPTION: THE OHIO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • MUSKINGUM TO HAVE USE OF A SPECTROMETER

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ASHLEY BURKETT AWARDED KECK SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

Ashley Berkett, a junior who is enrolled in GEOL 495 (Research) with Dr. Shelley Judge, has been awarded a competitive Keck Summer Fellowship. Ashley has been selected to participate in the Carbonate Depositional Systems of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island, for the 2007-2008 program year, studying modern coral reaf depositional systems. The applicant pool was extremely competitive and Ashley's success is a reflection of her outstanding qualifications.

Ashley is extremely excited about her award. She will continue this project through next academic year as her senior thesis.

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PRE-MED STUDENT RECEPTION:
THE OHIO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Grosvenor West 111
Athen, Ohio 45701

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) invites you to a Pre-Med Student Reception on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. The program will take place at OUCOM. The evening will begin with a social hour buffet at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. Current medical students will present "A Day in the Life of an Osteopathic Medical Student" and will demonstrate osteopathic manipulative treatments. Jill Harman, M.Ed., Associate Director of Admissions, will explain the application process. Opportunities for conversations with current students and alumni will be available throughout the evening. Dress for the occasion is informal, but students should not wear jeans.

The deadline for registration is March 28, 2007. Directions and registration forms are available at the Muskingum College Science Office, Boyd Science Center, Room 318 or contact:

Tami Erwin, Administrtive Assistant
CORE Office
Phone: (740) 594-5000, ext. 4012
Fax: (740) 592-6706
Email: erwin@oucom.ohiou.edu

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MUSKINGUM TO HAVE USE OF A SPECTROMETER

Some science students and staff at Muskingum College will be able to use a new device obtained with a grant at another college. Youngstown State University's Department of Chemistry will receive a $475,000 grant to buy a spectrometer, a devise used to identify unknown substances and study the dynamics of interaction between molecules. The device will be used to do leading research in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology. YSU will collaborate with Muskingum as well as with Harold Washington College in Chicago and Delta College in Michigan.

"We have had an ongoing collaboration with YSU for five years," said Paul Szalay, assistant professor of chemistry at Muskingum College. "We do have some projects that could be categorized in both biotechnology and nanotechnology. "Muskingum has a similar device although its features are not as advanced as the spectrometer being acquired by YSU, Szalay said. "In a fundamental sense, we will be looking at the interaction of electromagnetic radiation," he said, "primarily in the radio frequency range at the lower end of the energy scale."

The hope is that the research can lead to the development of new molecules useful in health care and manufacturing industries. The spectrometer "has a variety of uses," Szalay said. "It's very versatile. We'll use it for teaching as well as research."

The spectrometer will be housed at YSU, but will be available to Muskingum students and staff either by their traveling to the site or by remote usage through the Internet. The National Science Foundation awarded the grant, which was announced by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, of the 17th Congressional District.

"Making YSU into a center for research in biotechnology and nanotechnology will play a major part in helping create high-quality and good-paying jobs for our region," Ryan said.