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Faculty Members present 4th Annual Lecture on Nobel Prizes

Faculty Members present 4th Annual Lecture on Nobel PrizesThe College of Science and Mathematics held the 2013 edition of its Popular Lectures on Nobel Prizes on Monday, November 11, 2013, in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. The world-renowned Nobel Prize was inaugurated in 1901 and is awarded to individuals making huge advancements in their respective fields. The 2013 winners were no different, with the awardees receiving the Nobel Prize for various innovations.

The presentation, which was organized for the fourth consecutive year, saw three UWG faculty members from the college discuss the significances of the advancements made by the winners in the scientific categories. The event was free and open to the public. Read more ...

NASA-Sponsored Science Demo Captivates Carrollton Students

NASA-Sponsored Science Demo Captivates Carrollton StudentsIt was a night of constant “oohs” and “aahs” as hundreds of elementary and middle school students along with their parents and guardians filled University of West Georgia’s Crider Lecture Hall to capacity for a Physics Demo Night on October 25, 2013.

Hosted by UWG professors of physics, Dr. Javier Hasbun and Dr. Benjamin de Mayo, the event was free and open to the public. They performed over 20 experiments showing how various scientific phenomena such as motion, force, electricity and gravity occur using household products such as Coca Cola cans, rubber bands, eggs, hotdogs and marshmallows. Read more ...

UWG to Host International Mathematics Conference

UWG to Host International Mathematics ConferenceUniversity of West Georgia’s Department of Mathematics will host “Integers 2013: The Erdos Centennial Conference in Combinatorial Number Theory,” a four-day conference focusing on the mathematical areas of combinatorics and number theory. The conference will be held Thursday through Sunday, October 24-27, in UWG’s Education Center.

The conference has been held biennially at the University of West Georgia since 2003. This year’s event is being held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paul Erdős, one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the twentieth century. According to UWG’s Dr. Bruce Landman, “Erdős is often considered the father of combinatorial number theory.” Read more ...

College of Science and Mathematics Receives Over $1 Million in Grants

College of Science and Mathematics Receives Over $1 Million in GrantsThe College of Science and Mathematics at the University of West Georgia received over $1 million in grant awards from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium-NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Math and Science Partnership of the Georgia Department of Education, all during September.

The Georgia Space Grant Consortium-NASA awarded a $21,000 grant to Dr. Ben De Mayo, UWG professor emeritus of physics, in the following areas: undergraduate research into the physical properties of Nano-materials; in-school (K-12) presentations and NASA-related resources for local area science teachers; community-wide public programs such as Physics Demo Night and digital planetarium astronomy presentations; and conducting a public rocket launch and paper airplane contest as part of “West Georgia Reads.” Read more ...

UWG Students Present STEM Research to High School Students

UWG Students Present STEM Research to High School StudentsTwelve UWG research assistants recently presented their research to hundreds of high school students during a STEM poster session at Lithia Springs High School.

An average of 60 high school students at a time rotated to the various stations to listen to presentations in 30-minute increments. UWG students shared their project ideas, data collection and conclusions with the LSHS students as they took notes. Read more ...

UWG Develops Research That Plays Important Role in Today’s Economy

UWG Develops Research That Plays Important Role in Today’s EconomyThe University of West Georgia’s College of Science and Mathematics is making prodigious strides in studying the properties and behavior of amorphous materials. These are an increasingly important class of materials to today’s economy.

Amorphous materials lack order on the molecular level found in true solids. Recent advances in amorphous semiconductors, superconductors and metal glasses are finding important technological applications, and their significance is reflected in the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This research could also have a significant impact in biology, since proteins share much in common with amorphous solids. In these investigations, the UWG researchers study supercooled solutions just above their glass transition temperature. Read more ...

Eighth Graders Explore Chemistry and Physics at UWG

Eighth graders explore chemistry and physics at UWGFrom explosions and cannons to kinetic energy and trebuchets, the Chapel Hill Middle School eighth graders recently had an opportunity to see it all during a visit to UWG. The students moved from various experimental sites exploring chemistry and physics firsthand through several engaging science demonstrations.

“If you can get students excited in eighth grade, they can take the right classes in high school if they desire to come to college and become science and math majors,” says Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, UWG professor of chemistry and organizer of the event. Read more ...

Geosciences Professor Receives National Grant

Dr. Brad DelineDr. Bradley Deline, assistant professor of geosciences at UWG, was granted a $25,000 Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation to participate in the Assembling the Echinoderm Tree of Life Project. This was Dr. Deline’s third year receiving this grant, which allowed him to travel to natural history museums across the country with UWG student research assistants in order to collect data.

“Echinoderms, such as sea stars, sea urchins and their relatives, are some of our closest relatives within the invertebrates,” states Dr. Deline. Read more ...

Professor Bob Powell Honored with National Award

Dr. Bob PowellThe American Association of Physics Teachers announced that Dr. Bob Powell, UWG professor, received the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT at the 2013 Summer Meeting in Portland, Ore.

Dr. Powell is professor and chair of Physics and Director of the Observatory at UWG, where he is completing his 46th year of teaching. As a member of AAPT since 1968, Dr. Powell was active in forming the Southern Atlantic Coast Section and served as its first Secretary-Treasurer. He has served two terms as President and is currently serving as Section Representative. Read more ...

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