(02/12/2008)

(L-R) Dr. David O'Dell, Dr. Kathy Butler, Jason Poling, Dr. Amy
DeWitt, Kara Haymaker, Dr. Kevin Evans, Delegate Brent Boggs

Submitted by Bob Edwards
Public Relations Dept. Asst
Glenville State College

Glenville, WV - Glenville State College has received a grant for $19,800 to fund scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCOR). West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin presented the grant check to Glenville State College Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. David O'Dell, on Thursday, January 31st at the State Capitol in Charleston.

Governor Joe Manchin presents grant
check to GSC's Dr. David O'Dell

The grant, written by Dr. O'Dell, will be used to purchase an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer. This piece of equipment can be used to analyze composition, Gamma Ray detection, and to measure radio activity. "This is just one more piece of technology that will increase our ability to teach, learn, and conduct research. It will be used in many disciplines including Chemistry, Physics, and even Criminal Justice," said O'Dell. The X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer should be available for use later this semester.

The Governor presented grants totaling nearly $500,000 to help advance scientific research at West Virginia colleges and universities. The grants were funded through the state's Research Challenge Fund (RCF), the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, and the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE). Manchin presented the grants in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day.

Several members of the Glenville State College faculty and student body attended the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the state Capitol. The event was established to highlight research projects conducted by college and university students from around the state. One-hundred students from thirteen colleges and universities, including two from GSC, participated in Undergraduate Research Day. Students presented their original research projects in poster format and discussed their findings with members of the West Virginia Legislature.

GSC junior Jason Poling of Calhoun County presented his research titled 'Synthesis of Alkyl Dibromides via Surface-Mediated Reaction Using Silica Gel and Phosphorus Tribromide'. This research conducted with Dr. Kevin Evans, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was developed from a two-week summer research project through GSC's NASA grant.

Kara Haymaker of Calhoun County, a December 2007 graduate of GSC, presented her research project, 'Happily Ever After: Correlation Between Women's Marital Status and Health.' Haymaker's research was done in conjunction with Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Amy DeWitt.

"We can look around the Capitol Rotunda today at all these young researchers and see the faces of tomorrow's leaders. We need their curiosity, intelligence, and innovative spirit now and in the future if we are to succeed in today's global, knowledge-driven economy," said West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.

This was the second year that Glenville State College took part in Undergraduate Research Day. "It is a great opportunity to show the Legislature and the state what we are accomplishing at GSC. Hopefully it can open more doors for funding to the programs here at GSC," said Dr. Evans.

The Undergraduate Research Day delegation from Glenville State College included Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Kathy Butler, Dr. David O'Dell, Dr. Kevin Evans, Dr. Amy DeWitt, Jason Poling, and Kara Haymaker. The group is very appreciative of Delegate Brent Boggs of the 34th district, who was their host for the day. Delegate Boggs took the group into the House Chambers and introduce them to the legislature. The GSC contingent thanks him for his hospitality and continued support of GSC.

Undergraduate Research Day is sponsored by West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WV-EPSCOR), the Council on Undergraduate Research, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and WV-INBRE.

For more information about Undergraduate Research Day, contact Dr. Kevin Evans at (304) 462-7361 ext. 7304. To learn more about scientific research in West Virginia, call (304) 558-4128 or visit www.wvresearch.org


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