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					    Pott College of
Science & Engineering
 Fall 2009
                                    The Periodic Review
                                                      University of Southern Indiana                                             Volume 3, Issue 1

 Seven join college
 Faculty talent continues to expand student opportunity
 T    wo department chairs are among seven new faculty mem-
      bers who bring outstanding academic qualifications as well
 as a focus on teaching undergraduate students to the Pott College
                                                                        geology program and help with the growth of the physics pro-
                                                                        gram. As a geologist, the outstanding reputation of the Pott
                                                                        College geology program was well known to him prior to joining
 of Science and Engineering.                                            the University of Southern Indiana. He was familiar with the
      Dr. William Elliott, previously associate professor of geol-      work of Dr. Joseph DiPietro in the Himalayas and that of
 ogy and geology coordinator in the Department of Environmental         Dr. Paul K. Doss in Yellowstone National Park.
 Studies           at                                                        He also was attracted to USI by opportunities to work with
 Souther n                                                              students in the field. Elliott specializes in the study of earth-
 O r e g o n                                                            surface processes, low-temperature geochemistry, and sedimen-
 U n i v e r s i t y,                                                   tary geology. In his previous position, he involved students in
 chairs          the                                                    research in the Pacific Northwest. He is interested in extending
 Department of                                                          opportunities to USI students to participate in that work.
 Geology and                                                                 “I’m also hoping to get involved in research locally, perhaps
 Physics. Dr.                                                           in the petroleum/natural gas arena or the environmental field,”
 Zane Mitchell                                                          he said.
 comes to USI                                                                Elliott looks forward to helping the Pott College develop its
 from            the                                                    planned program in environmental science. “That’s very exciting
 United States Elliott                     Mitchell                     to me coming from a Department of Environmental Studies,” he
 Air         Force                                                      said. “There is a lot of potential for our students to work in the
 Academy, where he was deputy department head for civil and             environmental field.”
 environmental engineering. He chairs the Department of                      To increase awareness of educational opportunities and
 Engineering.                                                           career paths in geology, Elliott has visited introductory geology
                                                                        classes to make presentations. He plans to work with the
 Chair of geology and physics
      Elliott said he is pleased to have the opportunity to grow the                                                          Continued on page 3

 New GO STEM! Camp will encourage young women                                                  in this issue
 to pursue careers in science, math, engineering                                                Letter from the Dean ...................................2

 A     ride on a roller coaster this summer
       will be more than entertainment for
 48 girls entering their sophomore year of
                                                     The participants will spend a day at a
                                                theme park in Indiana or Kentucky, col-
                                                lecting data to analyze in Pott College
                                                                                                Advanced manufacturing ...........................2

                                                                                                Sunny Huang, Mayo Clinic internship ..........4

 high school in the fall. The young women       science laboratories the following day.         Ed Rehkopf, Project NExT............................4
 will be participants in the first GO STEM!     Investigations will cover topics from           M.S.E. - mathematics teaching ....................4
 program provided by the Pott College and       nutrition to water quality to probability to
 the Southwest Indiana STEM Resource            acceleration.                                   STEM lending equipment in demand ..........5
 Center.                                             The camp will take place June 6-9.         Alumni Elements ........................................6
         “GO” stands for “girls only.”               Dr. Shelly Blunt, Pott College asso-
                                                                                                Ken Schnautz, NASA intern ........................6
 “STEM” is an acronym for “science,             ciate dean, is director of the program. She
 technology, engineering, and mathemat-         said, “GO STEM! is designed to allow            Lauren Raikes, student trustee......................7
 ics.” The camp is in the planning stage        high school girls to explore real-world         Barbara Kalvelage, Cooper Award .............7
 and funding is currently being sought to       applications of science, technology, engi-
 help support programmatic activities.          neering, and mathematics. This exposure,        Coalbed methane project ...........................7

                                                                       Continued on page 5
Pott College of Science & Engineering

Letter from the Dean Advanced manufacturingfor equipment; moving design stage
                     Additional federal funding approved         building in

O      ur college continues to experience           The advanced manufacturing program is moving forward with the purchase of
       rapid growth. We now have more         equipment for a new building scheduled to open in spring 2011. Federal funding of $1
                                              million was included in the 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill,
than 1,100 students majoring in our pro-      bringing to $2.7 million the total amount of federal funding approved to support equip-
grams. We welcomed seven new faculty          ment purchases for the program.
this fall, with two taking roles as depart-        Dr. Zane W. Mitchell, chair of the Department of Engineering, and Daniela Vidal
                                              M ’00, program coordinator for the advanced manufacturing and industrial supervision
                     ment chairs. They        programs, expressed appreciation to Congressman Brad Ellsworth ’81 and Indiana
                     join an outstanding      senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh for their support of the funding.
                     group of dedicated            Now in the design stage, the building will support the advanced manufacturing
                                              major as well as the program in industrial supervision. Vidal said the University is com-
                                              mitted to training the workforce in advanced manufacturing techniques to support
                           Progress contin-   regional economic development. The program includes an advisory board representing
                     ues    on    the   new   industries in the area. “We keep our ears open to providing a workforce with the appro-
                     Business           and   priate skills. We want to stay relevant to employer needs,” said Vidal, an instructor in
Gordon                                        engineering.
                     Engineering Center,           The new building will have a high bay with a 15-ton crane capable of moving
and we have begun design of a facility        industrial-size equipment.
for the rapidly growing advanced manu-             Students will use five new CNC (computer numerical control) machines in addition
                                              to two now in use in the Technology Center. The machines will have a range of automa-
facturing program. By this time next          tion capability so students will learn to proceed from mostly manual operation to full
year, we will have completely renovated       automation.
the original Science Center.                       Vidal said, “If students don’t know how to do a process manually, they may have a
                                              hard time automating it. We want them to learn the manual process first and then how
     In summer 2009, we launched the
                                              to program the machines.”
Early Undergraduate Research Program               The robotics lab will include two industrial robots
with 18 students and 12 faculty partici-      and a third that will weld. The welding robot will be set
pants. This summer we expect to have
36 students and more than 20 faculty
                                              up initially at ARC Industries, where students are help-
                                              ing design and build a special work station that will           We want
                                              allow disabled persons employed by ARC to assemble a
participants. Also, faculty and staff led
about a dozen professional development
                                              product for a local company. When the work at ARC is
                                              finished, the robot will be brought to campus for instal-   to stay relevant
                                              lation in the advanced manufacturing center.
programs for almost 200 regional K-12
STEM teachers last summer. We plan
                                                   The plastic processing lab will include an extruder
                                              for compounding resin and an injection-molding                to employer
more workshops for the coming summer          machine. The materials processing lab will provide a
and a STEM program for young women.
The two STEM trucks introduced in
                                              waterjet cutting tool capable of cutting through any kind
                                              of material with a high-pressure water stream. A num-            needs.
                                              ber of wood processing tools will support the wood
September are constantly on the road          industry in the area. A precision measurement lab will
distributing equipment and instrumenta-       feature a CMM (coordinate measuring machine) as well              — Daniela Vidal
                                              as manual tools. A property-testing lab will provide
tion to K-12 classrooms in the region.        instruments to test strength of materials, flexibility,
     I invite you to visit       hardness, viscosity, and other variables.
science for more information on our                A CIM (computer integrated manufacturing) cell will be available for training and
                                              simulation. A conveyer will connect with appropriate machines to create a product from
recent activities.                            raw materials.
                                                   “It simulates a complete production line that is fully automated so students can see
Dr. Scott A.Gordon                            how machines are integrated to create a product,” Vidal said.
                                                   The building also will have a project or “business incubator” space where students
Scott A. Gordon, Dean                         can work with partners to develop solutions that meet specific needs, similar to the ARC
Pott College of Science and Engineering       project. All senior projects involve real-world situations with businesses or entrepre-
                                              neurs who engage students under the direction of faculty. Vidal also works closely with
                                              the University’s Center for Applied Research to coordinate projects.

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 “New faculty” continued from page 1

Southwest Indiana
STEM        Resource
Center to ensure that
students at schools
in the region have
hands-on experienc-
es giving them early
exposure to geology.
     Elliott earned Hudson                  Moore                                                                   Vidal
                                                                       Purcell               Smith
an undergraduate
degree      at   the
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and master’s and doc-            at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in business
toral degrees at Indiana University. He has received grants            administration at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and mas-
and fellowships totaling more than $350,000.                           ter’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering at Virginia
                                                                       Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is certified as a
Chair of engineering                                                   professional engineer and holds certification as a project man-
     Mitchell, associate professor of engineering, joined USI          agement professional from the Project Management Institute.
in July after retiring as a U.S. Air Force colonel. He was             He is a LEED accredited professional.
deputy department head for civil and environmental engi-
neering at the Air Force Academy from 2007-09. He also led             New faculty
the department’s geotechnical engineering division.                         Rick Hudson ’02, assistant professor of mathematics,
     From July 2004-July 2007 Mitchell was associated with             earned a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of
the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which safeguards the              Louisville in 2004 and has completed all requirements except
United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction.         the dissertation for a doctorate in mathematics education at
In 2006, he became deputy director of the Cooperative Threat           Indiana University Bloomington. Hudson is a past president
Reduction Directorate, overseeing offices in six countries for         of the USI Student Government Association. He received the
the $8 billion Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction                 Trustees’ Distinguished Merit Award in 2001.
Program. U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has lauded Mitchell for                    Dr. Landon Moore, assistant professor of biology,
his work in threat reduction, saying, “Untold horrors were             earned a doctorate in biochemistry at Purdue University in
prevented by your commitment and work ethic.”                          1997. From 2003 until joining USI, he was an assistant profes-
     The motivation and quality of the engineering faculty and         sor at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he
the teaching philosophy attracted Mitchell to USI.                     was developing a research program using genetics and genom-
     He said, “I think engineering is best taught and learned          ics to study chromosome segregation.
by instructors (not teaching assistants) working with students              Dr. Kenneth Purcell, assistant professor of physics,
in a setting where the classes are small and one-on-one inter-         completed a doctoral degree in physics in 2009 at Florida
action can be achieved.                                                State University. As a graduate research assistant at Florida
     “I’m also excited about the level of support and funding          State’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, he per-
the engineering program enjoys from the Pott College of                formed high-field and high-pressure skin-depth measure-
Science and Engineering and from our University leadership             ments on novel superconductors. He also holds a master’s
— the new Business and Engineering Center and the new                  degree from Florida State and two bachelor’s degrees from
advanced manufacturing facility being the crown jewels of              Western Kentucky University.
that support.”                                                              Dr. Natasha Smith, assistant professor of engineering,
     The Business and Engineering Center will open in fall             came to USI from the U.S. Naval Academy, where she taught
2010. View construction progress by webcam at             mechanical engineering, material science, and thermodynam-
science. Mitchell calls it a student-centered facility and espe-       ics. She holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Vanderbilt
cially looks forward to seeing the student design center in use.       University.
“It’s a place where students can congregate and work on their               Daniela Vidal M ’00, instructor and program coordina-
designs. A lot of good things will happen there,” he said.             tor in advanced manufacturing, was most recently corporate
     A facility for the new major in advanced manufacturing            training and development manager at Berry Plastics in
is scheduled to open in spring 2011. (See story page 2.)               Evansville. She also has worked in a variety of positions at GE
     The engineering program will continue to involve stu-             Plastics (now SABIC) and was a product research scientist at
dents in projects that give them real-world experience.                Mead Johnson Nutritionals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
Current projects include setting up a small hydroelectric gen-         chemical engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in
erator for a campground owner and an alternative energy                Caracas, Venezuela, and a master’s degree in business admin-
project for a new pavilion at Howell Wetlands.                         istration from USI.
      Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering

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Pott College of Science & Engineering

Mayo Clinic internship reinforces career direction for Huang
A     summer internship at Mayo Clinic
      in Rochester, Minnesota, gave junior
chemistry major Sunny Huang hands-on
                                                    “It is the great amount of teamwork
                                               at Mayo Clinic that allows them to achieve
                                               these amazing medical advances. It is
lab experience in one of the nation’s top      truly inspiring,” she said.
hospitals and convinced her that her                The summer experience was not
future lies in combining research with the     entirely in the laboratory.
role of practicing physician.                       “I had the opportunity to network
     Huang spent 10 weeks as a research        with many physicians, primary investiga-
assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen     tors, graduate students, and undergradu-
Ekker. He uses zebrafish to investigate        ate students with the same passion for
treatments for nicotine addiction.             science and research as myself,” she said.
     “I focused on quantifying nicotine        “Through the research seminar series for
sensitization and designing an assay to        our program, I learned about advances in
test for conditioned place preference          using viruses as cancer treatment, equip-
induced by nicotine in zebrafish,” Huang       ment used for translational research, how
said. “I developed a novel assay that ana-     behavioral biology studies are advancing
lyzes the choice of environments of larval     psychological studies, and so much more.
zebrafish when exposed to nicotine. By         After this summer, I discovered that I
the end of the summer, I was able to cre-      want to combine both my love for research
ate a protocol that is still being studied     and my desire to touch lives and pursue
                                                                                                 Sunny Huang has pursued undergraduate
and perfected in the Ekker lab.”               an M.D./Ph.D. degree.”
                                                                                                 research under the mentorship of
     The lab work complemented a Mayo               Mayo Clinic is listed second on the          Dr. Jeannie Collins, associate professor
clinical study on smokers.                     honor roll of hospitals with top scores in        of chemistry, since her freshman year.
     Huang’s day-to-day mentor, Andrew         six or more specialties in U.S. News and
Petzold, taught her a number of lab tech-      World Report’s 2009-10 report on                      Huang holds the Robert A. and
niques and advised her on perfecting her       America’s Best Hospitals. Huang was one           Carole D. Rust Endowed Presidential
project. From Ekker, she learned about         of 80 interns in the Summer Under-                Scholarship. She is a student ambassador
the theory of research and the importance      graduate Research Fellowship Program              and president of the USI chapter of the
of cooperation.                                at Mayo’s Rochester location.                     American Chemical Society.

   Rehkopf selected as Project NExT fellow                                ry of these objects. Since joining USI in 2008, he has taught
                                                                          courses in calculus and linear algebra. He enjoys working
        Dr. Edward E. Rehkopf, assistant professor of mathe-              with a wide range of students.
   matics, is among 82 faculty members in mathematics from                    Rehkopf earned a doctorate in mathematics at the
   universities throughout the country to receive fellowships for         University of California at Santa Barbara in 2008. He has
   2009-10 in the Project NExT program.                                   taught at UC-Santa Barbara and Westmont College.
                            Sponsored by the Mathematical
                       Association of America (MAA), Project
                       NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a            New master’s program in mathematics teaching available
                       professional development program for                    A new track in mathematics teaching is available in the
                       individuals in their first or second year of       University’s Master of Science in Education program.
                       full-time teaching following completion                 Persons wishing to strengthen their knowledge of math-
                       of a doctorate. The program addresses              ematics as well as deepen their understanding of math peda-
                       improving the teaching and learning of             gogy have expressed a desire to pursue an advanced degree
                       mathematics, engaging in research and              which contains at least 18 semester hours of mathematics. The
   Rehkopf             scholarship, and participating in profes-          M.S.E. - mathematics teaching degree program also includes
                       sional activities.                                 15 semester hours from the Department of Teacher
        Rehkopf attended the MAA summer meeting in Portland,              Education.
   Oregon. It included a pre-conference workshop for Project                   Teachers at the secondary level seeking the minimum
   NExT fellows. He also will attend conferences in San                   qualifications to teach dual credit courses, secondary teachers
   Francisco and Pittsburgh and will participate in an electronic         wishing to pursue an advanced degree in their content area, or
   network linking fellows with distinguished teachers of math-           persons wishing to teach entry-level mathematics at a two- or
   ematics.                                                               four-year college are anticipated participants.
        His research interests include quadratic forms and lat-                For more information contact Dr. Kathy Rodgers, chair
   tices. He is working toward furthering the classification theo-        of the Department of Mathematics, at

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          GO STEM! continued from page 1       networking with overnight accommoda-           and Dr. Susan J. Ellspermann, director
                                               tions in residence halls. USI female stu-      of the Center for Applied Research (CAR),
coupled with hands-on activities, is           dents who are majoring in STEM disci-          and Elissa Bakke, project coordinator for
intended to further the participants’ inter-   plines will serve as mentors. They will        CAR, engineering/applied physics.
est in STEM disciplines and encourage          work with participants in collecting data           The students will experience STEM
them to take challenging high school           and performing experiments.                    activities in a non-competitive, interac-
coursework to prepare for post-secondary            Female faculty members and admin-         tive way with the application of concepts
education, especially STEM-related             istrators helped plan the GO STEM! pro-        to their everyday lives.
career paths.”                                 gram. These include Dr. Jeannie Collins,            High-tech instructional technology
     Rising sophomores at high schools in      associate professor of chemistry, and          will be utilized in addition to the Pott
Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey,      Dr. Julie McCullough, associate profes-        College’s state-of-the-art science labs.
Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick coun-        sor of nutrition, chemistry/nutrition;         The University will host an electronic
ties may be nominated for the program.         Carrie Anderson, instructor in mathe-          blackboard to facilitate information shar-
Students demonstrating financial need          matics, in collaboration with Dr. Kathy        ing among participants, mentors, and
may receive financial assistance.              Rodgers, chair of the Department of            faculty.
     The program will blend science            Mathematics, mathematics; Dr. Marsha                For more information, contact
learning, career education, and social         Segebarth, instructor in biology, biology;     Dr. Shelly Blunt at

STEM lending-equipment trucks in high demand for ‘hands-on’ science
Kara Becker named director of SwISTEM Resource Center
D    emand from K-12 teachers is high
     for the $300,000 worth of state-of-
the-art STEM (science, technology, engi-
                                               Henderson Community College. She
                                               holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry
                                               and recombinant genetics and a master’s
neering, and mathematics) equipment            degree in education from Western
                      available from the       Kentucky University. She was American
                      Southwest Indiana        Chemical Society Southeast Region
                      STEM       Resource      Teacher of the Year in 2008.                   Ellert                    Mohr
                      Center’s lending-             Becky Schnur, a third-grade teacher
                      equipment trucks.        at St. John Catholic School in Newburgh,       delivery. It was easy to work with the
                          Unveiled at an       Indiana, attended a truck orientation ses-     STEM truck, and I plan to borrow the
                      open house at Bosse      sion at her school.                            Vernier probes. I want ‘hands-on’ science
                      High School on                She said, “We used the Micro Slide        for my students, and the STEM truck
                      September 10, the        Viewers to observe microscopic plants,         helps me to do just that.”
Becker                two trucks had deliv-    and it was a great learning experience.             Allison Grabert is science coordi-
                      ered 325 items to        Kara was helpful with instruction and          nator for the resource center. Two Pott
public, private, and parochial schools                                                                        College faculty members
throughout the nine-county region by                                                                          assumed responsibilities
October 31. Staff of the SwISTEM                                                                              with the center in October
Resource Center conducted 11 orientation                                                                      in addition to their teach-
sessions involving 67 teachers from 37                                                                        ing duties. David J.
schools. Sessions are planned at addi-                                                                        Ellert, instructor in engi-
tional locations to familiarize teachers                                                                      neering, is coordinator of
with the truck inventory and procedures.                                                                      engineering outreach.
     The trucks are stocked with STEM                                                                         Dr. Doris J. Mohr, assis-
resources suitable for elementary, middle                                                                     tant professor of mathe-
school, and high school levels.                                                                               matics, is coordinator of
     Kara Becker, named in June to                                                                            math outreach.
direct the center, said, “This is so much                                                                          Check the SwISTEM
fun because I get to work with teachers                                                                       Resource Center web site
who are really excited about bringing new                                                                     for a truck inventory,
things into the classroom.”                                                                                   patron forms, workshop
     Becker was previously an advanced         Lending equipment from the STEM trucks was on display          schedule, and other infor-
placement chemistry lead teacher at            at Daniel Wertz Elementary School on Grandparents              mation.
Henderson County High School in                Day. USI student volunteers Laura Mason and Jovanni
Henderson, Kentucky. She also has taught       Dilegge help guests test their grip strength by determin-
chemistry on a part-time basis at              ing how much force is applied to a two-liter bottle.

                                                                   5                                            University of Southern Indiana
First actuarial track graduate                 Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton,               Corporation in St. Joseph, Michigan.
     Wendi Conwell ’09, mathematics,           Indiana, in 2003 as a paint production                 Walter Jermakowicz ’03, biology,
has accepted a position as actuary analyst     team member. She enrolled at USI to com-          chemistry, and German, completed a doc-
with the senior prod-                          plete a bachelor’s degree in fall 2006.           torate in neuroscience at Vanderbilt
ucts segment of                                Originally from Oklahoma, Conwell is a            University in July. He continues at
Humana Inc. in                                 member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.             Vanderbilt, working toward a Doctor of
L o u i s v i l l e ,                                                                            Medicine degree.
Kentucky. Conwell is                           Graduates earning doctorates                           Misty Rowe ’03, chemistry, com-
the first graduate in                               Phil Bauer ’97, chemistry, has com-          pleted a doctorate in applied chemistry at
the actuarial track of                         pleted a doctorate in inorganic chemistry         Colorado School of Mines in 2008. She is
the Pott College’s                             at the University of Louisville.                  a post-doctoral fellow in the Boyes
mathematics major.                                  Greg Schilling ’02, chemistry, com-          Research Group at Colorado School of
She earned an associ- Conwell                  pleted a doctorate in analytical chemistry        Mines and is cofounder of the startup
ate degree at Lincoln                          at Indiana University in July. He is an           company, TheragNos, which develops
Trail College in Robinson, Illinois, in        analytical chemist in the Research and            targeted imaging agents for the treatment
2001 and joined Toyota Motor                   Development Department of LECO                    of cancer.

     Around the college
     Ken Schnautz interns at NASA’s Glenn Research Center                 use a respirator when performing excavations in the soil,” he
          Kenneth W. Schnautz, a junior engineering major,                said in the early weeks of the internship.
     completed an internship during fall semester at the National              Schnautz was the first person to use the NASA facility’s
     Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research                new $8,000 electrical density gauge. “My task right now is
     Center in Cleveland, Ohio.                                           to calibrate the unit so we can determine the densities of any
          Schnautz’ project was related to soil mechanics and             given sample of GRC3,” he said.
     granular physics. He performed much of his work in the                    During the 15-week internship, Schnautz also worked
     SLOPE (Simulated Lunar Operations) facility, which con-              on a project involving cone penetrometry.
     tains simulated lunar soil (called GRC3) in large “sandbox-               “I love working at NASA,” Schnautz said. “While it’s
     es.”                                                                 not directly related to my studies at USI, it allows me to use
          “My main task is to determine a method of character-            the problem-solving skills we have learned in every science
     izing a 2 meter by 6 meter soil bin filled with GRC3. It’s a         class since eighth grade.”
     very cohesive sand-silt mixture with high silica content, so I            The 15-week internship began August 31. His participa-
                                                                          tion was funded by the District of Columbia Space Grant
                                                                          Consortium, one of 52 members of a national network
                                                                          involving universities and organizations in every state.

                                                                          Six B/MD graduates enroll in IU School of Medicine
                                                                              The 2009 graduates who held Baccalaureate/Doctor of
                                                                          Medicine scholarships have begun medical school. The six
                                                                          B/MD scholars attend five different campuses of Indiana
                                                                          University School of Medicine (IUSM).
                                                                              • Priyanka Arshanapalli, biology, IUSM-Northwest
                                                                              • Sandeep Gurram, biology, IUSM-Bloomington
                                                                              • Heather Keefer, biophysics, IUSM-Terre Haute
                                                                              • Nathan Oakley, biology, IUSM-Evansville
                                                                              • Sarah E. O’Donoghue, biology, IUSM-West
                                                                              • Priscilla Walker, food and nutrition, IUSM-
     Engineering student Ken Schnautz conducted tests on                  Bloomington
     simulated lunar soil as a NASA intern.

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Lauren Raikes named student trustee                                                                        Help strengthen the Pott College of
     Lauren K. Raikes is the student trustee recently appointed to
the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees by Governor                                           Science and Engineering
Mitch Daniels. A biology major with an emphasis in optometry,
                    Raikes will serve a two-year term.                                                     Your gift to the Pott College of Science and
                         She holds the James J. and Sally H.
                    Giancola Endowed Presidential Scholarship at                                           Engineering strengthens programs and provides
                    USI and carries a 4.0 grade point average. She                                         support for students and faculty.
                    is a member of the Honors Program and serves
                    as a student ambassador and a member of the                                            Apply my gift in the following way.
                    Pott College of Science and Engineering                                                (You may choose more than one.)
                    Advisory Board. She is a member of the Pre-
                    Professional Health Club and was a participant                                         p Pott College of Science and Engineering
Raikes              in the USI Honors Symposium.                                                             (where the need is greatest)
                         Raikes plans to graduate in May 2011. She                                             p Biology program
is from Speedway, Indiana.                                                                                     p Chemistry program
                                                                                                               p Engineering program
Kalvelage receives Cooper Award                                                                                p Geology and Physics programs
    Barbara Kalvelage is the 2009 recipient of the University                                                  p Mathematics program
Core Curriculum’s H. Lee Cooper Teaching Award, presented                                                      p Other (Specify__________________________)
annually to a faculty member who is especially creative in
                                                                                                           Amount committed: $_______________________________
                      furthering UCC goals. As the award winner,
                      she will deliver a presentation to the University                                    Method of Payment:
                      community during this academic year.                                                    p Check enclosed
                                                                          Clip form and mail in envelope

                           Kalvelage, instructor in biology, teaches                                          p Bill me in _______________. (Specify month.)
                      the Core course BIOL 105: Biology of Human
                      Concern. Most of her students are non-science
                                                                                                              p Enclosed is my matching gift form
                      majors, who often approach science classes
                      with fear and trepidation, and she uses an                                              p Charge to my credit card
                      unconventional but effective approach to help                                               p Visa
Kalvelage             them succeed.                                                                               p MasterCard
                           Her rap starts on the first day of class and                                           p Discover
continues through the last. She raps about the elements, the
reproductive system, anatomy, or the lecture topic of the day. She                                         Cardholder Name__________________________________

also is known for making excellent use of visual aids. In a
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demonstration of her own creation, she uses students, hula hoops,
Tic Tacs, golf balls, and fish bowls to demonstrate how atoms bond                                         Exp. Date__________
and form molecules.
    The Cooper Award is named in honor of H. Lee Cooper, long-                                             Signature_________________________________________
time friend and supporter of USI.
Faculty, students participate in coalbed methane project                                                                                   _________________
     Faculty and students have taken part in a project with
                                                                                                           City, State, Zip_____________________________________
Evansville’s Energy Systems Group, which drilled cores on cam-
pus to a depth of 750 feet during exploration for coalbed methane.                                                                                     ______
                                                                                                           Telephone _________________ Email____________
The gas found in coal deposits, coalbed methane has become an
increasingly valuable part of the nation’s energy portfolio.                                               Make your tax-deductible check payable to:
     Dr. Kent W. Scheller, associate professor of physics, studied
                                                                                                           USI Foundation, 8600 University Boulevard,
the cores to determine the presence and quantity of radon gas in the
                                                                                                           Evansville, IN 47712
area. Radon, a radioactive gas that results from the decay of ura-
nium and thorium in the earth’s crust, is considered to be the sec-                                        p Contact me about an estate gift.
ond leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Scheller
presented preliminary results at the 2009 annual meeting of the                                            A contribution of $25 or more to any USI Foundation
Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.                                                         fund makes graduates “active” members of the
     Energy Systems Group hired geology students Clint Broach                                              USI Alumni Association.
and Chris Grathler to work on the project. Dr. James M. Durbin,
associate professor of geology, was faculty liaison.                                                       To learn more, visit
Calendar of events
March 11-12              Pott Foundation Tri-State Science and
                         Engineering Fair
                         For students in grades 4-12;

April 8                  USI Endeavor Undergraduate Research and
                         Creative Works Symposium
                                                                                                          University of Southern Indiana
April 9                  Project Lead the Way Spring Conference
                                                                                                             8600 University Boulevard
                         USI Lego Competition
                                                                                                                Evansville, IN 47712
                         Contact Dave Ellert, for information on
                         either event.                                                        Dr. Scott A. Gordon, Dean             812/464-1977
                                                                                              Dr. Shelly B. Blunt, Associate Dean   812/465-1268
April 24                 Indiana State Math Contest and Math-O-Rama                           Biology Department                    812/465-1084
                         Students from Dubois, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick,          Chemistry Department                  812/464-1701
                         and Dubois counties compete for local and state awards. The          Engineering Department                812/464-1877
                         Math-O-Rama, a fast and fun competition with students com-           Geology and Physics Department        812/464-1701
                         peting in pairs, follows the 90-minute exam.                         Mathematics Department                812/465-1689

May 9                    USI Spring Commencement                                    
June 6-9                 GO STEM! Camp NEW for Girls Only!
                         (See page 1.)                                                        University of Southern Indiana is an affirmative
                                                                                              action/equal employment opportunity institution.
July 30-August 6         Tropical biology field study, Ambergris Cay, Belize
                                                                                                 A Carnegie Foundation Engaged University
                         Led by Dr. Brent Summers, assistant professor of biology

 The Periodic Review                                         POTT COLLEGE OF
                                                             SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
                                                             University of Southern Indiana
                                                             8600 University Boulevard
                                                             Evansville, Indiana 47712

A publication of the
Pott College of
Science and Engineering
University of Southern Indiana

Scott Gordon, Dean, Pott College
Betty R. Vawter, Newsletter Editor

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