Highlighting the accomplishments of the faculty and staff of the College of Science & Mathematics



 Dr. Christopher Jett was recognized as second quarter Best of the West winner under Academic Affairs - Strategic Imperative. Congratulations!

  • 2017

    Dr. Joe Hendricks, Professor of Biology, (Co-PI) with Dr. Danilo Baylen, Professor of Instructional Technology and SchoolLibrary Media received a $38,047 Teacher Quality grant through the University of Georgia to host a professional development program for fifteen K-5 teachers from Henry and Meriwether County school systems. In order to bolster the teachers' knowledge of several key STEM concepts, encourage collaboration between teachers for the development of students' reading and writing skills across content areas, and demonstrate how to collect data to determine activity impact on student learning.

    Dr. Sharmistha Dutt, Chair and Professor of Chemistry, received $40,425 Teacher Quality grant through the University of Georgia to provide a 50-hour, 5-PLU workshop for 24 teachers from Fulton, Coweta and Douglas counties to improve the teachers' ability to engage elementary students in the nature of science (NOS) processes used in scientific inquiry and problem-solving procedures.

    Dr. Gregory Payne, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of COSM, renewed his research contract with the GA Cotton Commission worth $20,000 which he uses to monitor insecticide susceptibilities in tobacco budworm and bollworm populations in Georgia.

    Dr. S Swamy Mruthinti, Professor of Biology began his fourth year as campus coordinator for the Georgia Alabama LSAMP grant. UWG will receive $250,000 providing 16-20 scholarships ($2000 per year) to STEM students for underrepresented minorities.

    Dr. Nick Sterling, Assistant Professor of Physics, received $8900.72 from NASA through the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.

    Dr. Benjamin de Mayo, Emeritus Professor of Physics, has received a grant from NASA via the Georgia Space Grant Consortium in the amount of $9,969. This grant will fund Dr. de Mayo’s undergraduate research program, which is studying the physical properties of powdered nano-materials, in particular nano diamonds, and NASA’s application of these materials in the space program. This is Dr. de Mayo’s 22nd grant from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium since 1994.

    Dr. Shea Rose, Asst. Dean/Assoc. Prof. of Geosciences, received a $49,492 Teacher Quality grant through the University of Georgia to, along with her Co-PIs, Dr. Gail Marshall and Judy Cox, conduct a 50-hour, 5 PLU course for 20 teachers to be held at Gordon State College. The grant is a renewal of a highly successful Energy grant that included 15 middle and high school STEM teachers from five public school systems and one private school within Georgia.

    Dr. Andrew Edelman, Associate Professor of Biology, received $31,000 as a participating agreement with the U.S. Forest Service Shoal Creek Ranger District to continue cooperative research on endangered bats and fire ecology. He also has a grant-funded project with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for $25,000 titled, “Assessing distribution and habitat associations of eastern spotted skunks in Alabama.”

    Dr. Martin McPhail, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $55,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

    AAPT announced that Sharon Kirby and Ann M.Robinson, both instructors in the Department of Physics, received the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during its 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 2016

     Dr. Nick Sterling (Asst. Physics Professor) recently received $8900.72 from NASA through the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.  The funds will be used to purchase a new Stectroscope, computerized telescope, solar eclipse glasses, Celestron Skyris webcam, and several other necessary pieces of equipment for the UWG Observatory.  Sterling, along with his co-PIs, Ben Jenkins and Dr. Bobby Powell, will use this equipment to further their comunity outreach programs, especially targeting K-12 and STEM interest groups.

    Dr. Bruce Landman (Professor of Mathematics) was awarded $23,380 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host the 7th Integers Conference.  This year's conference is titled "Integers Conference 2016:  Spanning the Generations," and will be held October 6 - October 9, 2016 at UWG.  Approximately 100 mathematicians will gather from around the world to participate in presentations covering a broad span of topics, with a particular focus on the recruitment and support of students, both graduate and undergraduate.  More than 60-70 presentations will be held over the three days and presented papers will be published in Integers, a mathematical journal.

    Dr. Scott Gordon (Assoc. Dean & Math Professor) has secured a $130,444 grant from the USG Board of Regents to implement a STEM Improvement Plan.  This will be a multi-faceted plan that seeks to develop year-long STEM cohorts where incoming freshman STEM majors take courses together, use a variety of interventions to improve performance in core mathematics courses, support science and mathematics faculty using evidence-based teaching pedagogies in their classes, implement an undergraduate research and mentoring program to improve student engagement in their chosen STEM field, and implement a tutoring program for students preparing for a career as P-12 STEM teachers.

    Dr. JC Seong (Geospatial Technologies Professor) received $10,000 from the Korean Geographical Society to continue his work as a Guest Version Reviewer on the South Korean National Atlas.  They expect to publish five volumes in total, which will primarily be used by the government.  It takes one year to edit a volume of the Atlas, so he expects that the project will continue for at least three more years.

    Dr. Greg Payne (Assoc. Dean and Biology Professor) was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Georgia Cotton Commission to monitor insecticide susceptibilities in tobacco budworm and bullworm populations in Georgai.  Dr. Payne has received this grant for over 7 years.

    Dr. Andrew Edelman (Asst. Professor of Biology) whose field research on white-nose syndrome in bats has led the USDA Forestry Service to increase his original $17,000 grant with an additional $25,000.

  • 2015

    Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Sterling in the Physics Department for recently being awarded the title "Honors College Professor of the Year".  Dr. Sterling has done an exceptional job filling in with the Honors Astronomy Class during Dr. Powell's absence.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to this program. 

            Dr. Jett profile                            
    Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Jett from the Mathematics Department who was awarded a prestigious NSF Career Grant.  According to Denise Overfield, Interim-Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, the National Science Foundation has funded Dr. Jett  for his CAREER: Broadening Participation in STEM: A Qualitative Analysis of African American Male STEM Majors’ Mathematics Experiences and Career Decisions.  Dr. Jett has been funded $147,045 for year 1 and this grant has the potential funding of $405,063 over 4 years. Below is his project overview:

    "The research objective of this CAREER proposal is to analyze the mathematics experiences and career decisions of 40 African American male Science, Technology , Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors from four 4-year colleges and universities in Atlanta, GA (i.e., Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Morehouse College) using surveys, interviews, and artifacts.  African American male students' stories of mathematics success are critically needed in the research literature, and it is important to gain insights from African American male STEM majors to improve efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate these students (Harper, 2005).  In line with that, African American male students' STEM career decisions can provide insights concerning persistence and career trajectories in STEM fields for these students.  Furthermore, an African American Male Mathematics Network (AAMMN) will be established to influence and capitalize on students' mathematical strengths, and this network will serve as a national model for other stakeholders with similar research and education goals.  All in all, this CAREER proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Education and Human Resources (EHR) Core Research program within the Division of Research on Learning, addresses the core area of Broadening Participation in STEM.

    COSM's very own Interim Dean, Dr. Scott Gordon and Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Gregory Payne were among the winners of the most recent Best of the West Awards.  Dr. Gordon in the area of Values and Dr. Payne for Strategic Imperative.  Please join us in congratulating them for the recognition of the hard work they are doing in the COSM Dean's Office.

    Risk Management recently recognized Shea Rose with the Community Award for being an advocate of an environmentally-sustainable campus.  She not only teaches Environmental Science but goes even farther.  As the faculty advisor of the Green Elite student organization, she advocates for their safety and encourages their involvement in protecting our environment.  She is working with the UWG Community Garden on sustainability as well.  Her engagement and effort at protecting our environment is appreciated.

    Risk Management awarded the Above and Beyond Award to the following faculty:  John Congleton and Randa Harris in Geosciences, Dusty Otwell in Chemistry, Bob Powell in Physics and Christopher Tabit in Biology.

    This award recognized those who have gone, as the name implies, above and beyond their normal duties in providing a safe or secure campus over the past year by advocating for safety or assisting in resolving an issue or concern.

     Dusty Otwell, chemistry lab coordinator  Dusty Otwell with S. Dutt                       

    The Chemistry Department was recognized at the recent Risk Management Awards ceremony.  Dusty Otwell was recognized as one of the many "Above and Beyond" employees as well as the "Safety Leader of the Year" for 2015.  Dusty's recognition was due to the outstanding job she has done organizing the labs and stock room and the professionalism she has displayed since taking on the role of Lab Coordinator and also for helping set up the Newnan lab.  Her efforts to organize, train and keep track of the lab assistants and workshop leaders should not go unmentioned as well.

    Dr. Sharmistha Dutt was recognized with the 2015 Horizon Award for her role as the new department head and her relentless pursuit of solving safety and environmental issues in her department and on campus.  Dr. Dutt has taken her new leadership role very seriously and should be appreciated for her efforts as her award points out.

     Ben Jenkins recognized as 30 under 30 award recipient

    Congratulations to Benjamin Jenkins' recognition as one of this years' UWG 30 Under 30 recipients.  The 30 Under 30 is an annual recognition program sponsored by the UWG Alumni Association recognizing 30 alumni that are under the age of 30 and have made a significant impact in their career industry and represent what UWG stands for.

     C. Jett           

    Congratulations to Christopher Jett for winning UWG's campus competition for the 2016 Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards.  This is one of the highest honors for faculty at Georgia's public colleges and universities.  Christopher will now go on to the compete for the University System of Georgia award.