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Ogeechee River Public Information Session to Discuss Research on the River

Members from the Georgia Southern University Department’s of Biology, Geology and Geography, and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences will hold a public information session on the Ogeechee River Monitoring and Research project on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

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School of Nursing Receives $2.2 Million in Grant Funding

This summer, Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing received more than $2.2 million in grant funding, which will serve three purposes: help to establish a Center for Nursing Scholarship and Research, introduce a new graduate level Chronic Illness Certificate Program and provide scholarships to students seeking a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree.

The School of Nursing received one grant from the University System of Georgia (USG) and two from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).

In place to support faculty retention and recruitment, Georgia Southern University received approximately $221,000 over a two-year period from USG. The grant will help establish the groundwork for a Center for Nursing Scholarship and Research, providing support services for junior and senior faculty. “The grant will allow faculty to obtain tenure, help them to provide better instruction in addition to advancing their own interests and capabilities,” said Sharon Radzyminski, Ph.D., chair of the School of Nursing. “The Center will be a great asset to Georgia Southern University as it will help promote the careers and successes of our current professors.”
The Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) grant from HRSA is being used to develop the Chronic Illness Certificate Program, which will provide educational opportunities for nutrition, public health, military science and FNP students to work together in interprofessional teams while providing health care to military men and women, their families, veterans and members of the community who suffer from MCC. During the program, a variety of issues will be discussed including: MCC, disabilities and laws associated with providing care to those patients, healthy living, issues common among military personnel, their families, veterans, and patients suffering from disease processes requiring end-of-life and palliative care issues. The grant also provides for faculty salaries and technology to support the initiation and promotion of the program over a three year period. Available to all majors treating chronic illness, graduate students may begin enrolling in fall 2015.

In addition, the second HRSA grant is a trainee-ship grant which will support tuition, books and stipends for FNP students to complete their education. The grant covers a two-year period of time.

“In the past, the School of Nursing has received Trainee-ship monies,” said Deborah Allen, Ph.D., Graduate Program director of the School of Nursing. “However, at that time, the grant was submitted and almost all of the schools who submitted an application received some type of funds. I think the most we had received was approximately $50,000. This time, the submission was a competitive process and we received close to $700,000 for two years to support students wishing to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a FNP focus.”

Grant applications are scored based on Health Professionals Shortage Areas status, race, ethnicity, disadvantage status and other criteria.

Georgia Southern University Granted First Undergraduate Manufacturing Engineering Program in the State of Georgia


Georgia Southern University made history on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia granted the University with the first undergraduate Manufacturing Engineering degree program in the state of Georgia and Southeast United States.

“Manufacturing is returning to the U.S., and the state of Georgia can now prepare its citizens for careers in this fast-growing field,” said Mohammad Davoud, dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology. “Employees trained in manufacturing will enable Georgia to attract corporations and industries to invest in the state and region. These corporations need manufacturing engineers who are trained to think innovatively and use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. The new Manufacturing Engineering program at Georgia Southern will do just that.”

Manufacturing engineers work closely with mechanical, electrical and other engineers as a member of the design team to ensure manufacturability of the product while considering recycling and other aspects of the product life cycle. They also concentrate on the facilities, equipment, processes and methods necessary for the efficient and safe production of products in a globally competitive environment. Manufacturing engineers direct and coordinate the processes for transforming materials into products and guide the design, and conduct analysis and modification of product design to ensure the viability of the design for manufacturability.

Currently, there are only 20 accredited manufacturing engineering programs in the U.S and none in the Southeast United States that offer a manufacturing engineering undergraduate program.

The Manufacturing Engineering program will be housed in the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT). CEIT prides itself on providing an application-based, practical education using hands-on laboratories and exercises to bridge classroom learning and the “real world.” In addition to the Manufacturing Engineering program, CEIT is working toward establishing a world-class Southeastern Materials & Manufacturing Applied Research Center. The Research Center will enable Georgia Southern’s engineering programs to collaborate with regional corporations to conduct applied research projects, pilot manufacturing studies, product development and technical support.

The Manufacturing Engineering program will begin accepting students in fall 2015.

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology offers five ABET-accredited programs serving more than 3,000 undergraduate students in its Department’s of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering; and over 100 students in its master’s program. CEIT prides itself on fostering student-centric professional learning experiences by utilizing advanced technologies applied with state-of-the-art equipment, inspiring innovation and invention, and encouraging sustainability. CEIT degree programs are recognized for their intensive hands-on laboratory experiences being an integral extension of the coursework. Visit

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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