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National science students study bio fuels at Georgia Southern


University students from across the country have spent much of the summer at Georgia Southern University, in a nationally recognized laboratory.

They’ve been studying biofuels in the Renewable Energy and Engine Lab under Dr. Valentin Soloiu.

“We are a hands on program,” Dr. Soloiu explained. “As opposed to other universities that mainly teach the fundamentals. Our laboratory and our mechanical engineering have brought in about $1 million in grant funding.”

“It’s much different than at UM,” noted Stephanie Cheng, a student at University of Miami. “He has equipment here that undergraduates can use and do research and be involved and hands on.”

Soloiu’s current projects include test biofuel engines for UAV ( unmanned aerial vehicle)’s. The lab also has its own biofuels race car, which students have used to compete against other universities around the country.

Drifters into Altamaha Rivers Outflow

Check out the progress of the drifters that were released months ago. Read the history of the project below:

With funding provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and vessel support from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, researchers from Georgia Southern University will release 50 gallons of fluorescent red dye (rhodamine WT) into the Altamaha River outflow during the week of May 12-16, 2014. The plume of dye that results will be monitored visually and with instrumentation as it flows from the release point (just south of Wolf Island) along the Georgia coast and offshore. Tracking the path of the dye will provide estimates of the extent to which the Altamaha River delivers dissolved contaminants and nutrients north and south along the Georgia coast and to hard-bottom reefs, such as Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, occurring up to 20 miles offshore.

The research team will visually monitor the floating dye for the first 8-9 hours after release and then will rely on instruments, called fluorometers, programmed to scan for the presence of rhodamine WT in the water every minute of the day for two weeks. These fluorometers will be positioned at 4 artificial reefs managed by Georgia DNR (reefs A, SFC, J-Y, and CAT), as well as Gray’s Reef to create an arc of detection points. Marked with yellow crab-pot buoys and clearly labeled, these fluorometers will be easy to spot. If sighted, please do not damage or remove them.

In addition to releasing the dye, the investigators will deploy up to 4 satellite-enabled drifters that will provide information on how larger materials, such as dead stalks of marsh grass, may disperse after being exported from the Altamaha River estuary. These drifters will be constructed from basic materials found in local hardware stores such as bamboo poles, drop cloths, hose clamps, and nylon cord. Data obtained from the drifter paths will be made available to local school teachers for use in the classroom. As with the buoys, these drifters will be clearly labeled so please do not remove them if spotted offshore. Alternatively, please contact the investigators if a drifter is found on shore.

Rhodamine WT is highly visible due to its ability to fluoresce light. During this study, waters with a red tint may appear at various points along the southeast Georgia coast as well as in marinas, bays, and estuaries. If the dye is sighted in any of these locations, there is no reason for concern. Rhodamine WT is non-toxic to humans and aquatic organisms, such as fish and shellfish, and will not cause damage to watercraft. For additional information, contact Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Daniel Gleason (912-478-5957), Dr. Risa Cohen (912-478-1228), or Gray’s Reef Communications and Outreach Coordinator Amy Rath (; 912-598-2397).

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U.S. National Tick Collection can be viewed in an interactive identification key

Now represented in Georgia Southern University’s Zach S. Henderson Library’s institutional repository known as Digital Commons, the first series of the U.S. National Tick Collection can be viewed in an interactive identification key featuring the Hard Ticks of the Eastern United States. 

International textile company breaks ground in Screven County


Hundreds of textile plants left the U.S. in the 1990s to go overseas.

Now, an international textile company will bring a plant stateside.

The company broke ground right outside of Sylvania on Monday.

Construction will start in a few weeks on Screven County’s newest industry.

Owners of the company broke ground on a new textile plant that will bring 250 jobs to the area. They said Screven County had what they needed for their $70 million investment.

“We require the raw material of cotton,” said Chairman Vinod Pittie. “Screven County and South Georgia has cotton farming and cotton is available. That was number one.”

The second factor was the short haul to the Port of Savannah because they’ll export their fabrics. Pittie thinks more companies will follow them to America, particularly South Georgia.

“He expects other businesses to follow them here by the example that he’s setting,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “It is good news on the manufacturing front. It’s good news on the textile manufacturing front.

They expect to open production in January 2016.

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Dr. Mujibur Khan establishes Nanomaterials Lab

Dr. Mujibur Khan (ME) has established a Nanomaterials Research Lab in the Carruth Building (Room 1001B) for advanced nanostructure and nanocomposite synthesis and manufacturing. Thanks to an NSF-MRI award in 2013 and internal grants, the Nanomaterials Research Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, characterization and performance tests of nano- and nanocomposite materials for structural, bio-medical, energy and environmental applications. Dr. Khan and his graduate and undergraduate students conduct research on core-sheath bio-nanofibers for controlled release and targeted cancer drug delivery, high-performance hybrid nanocomposite fibers, nanofiber mesh for CO2 sequestration and sol-gel doping for high temperature thermoelectrics.

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