|L-r: Malekian, faculty adviser with Shannon, 1st place winner in undergraduate poster; Lamar, 1st place winner in undergraduate oral presentation with Marshall, faculty adviser|
Baton Rouge, La - Southern University and A&M College is celebrating its second annual campus-wide Sustainability Week, April 13-17, 2015. This week consists of daily campus-wide sustainability activities to promote sustainable actions. On April 15, the Sustainability Day engaged students and the community with student and corporate demonstrations, guest speakers, and research competitions. Undergraduate and graduate students participated in research poster and oral competitions. Each student winner received a monetary prize, t-shirt, and other awards. There were educational displays and demonstrations by faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students.
The Southern University Research and Extension Center contributed to the success of the event by organizing, mentoring students and setting up displays and demonstrations. Many faculty members mentored students on research projects from undergraduate to doctoral levels. Students contested in oral and poster presentations. The top ranking oral presenter was Lamar k. Burton, a junior in Animal Science who took first place for his outstanding performance on his research entitled “Carcass Yield and Quality Traits in Kids under Mixed and Sequential Grazing System.” Burton was mentored by Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul, professor, and Renita Marshall, Associate Professor, Animal Science. In addition, Shannon N. Jones-Butts, a senior, majoring in chemistry, won the first place in poster presentation in the undergraduate category. Jones-Butts has been working with the SU Ag Center for the past three years. Her poster was entitled “Nutritional Characteristics and Antioxidant Activity of High-Protein Parfait.” She was mentored by Mfamara Goita, research assistant; Margarita Khachaturyan, research associate; and Fatemeh Malekian, professor, Health and Nutrition.
“We are very proud of her,” said Malekian, faculty adviser.
The sole graduate winner was Ogad A. Agu doctoral candidate, mentored by Dr. Rao Uppu Director of Environmental Toxicology PhD Program and Health Center, SUBR. Agu’s poster presentation was entitled "Ozone-Mediated Oxidation of Acesulfame Potassium: An Option for Waste Water Treatment."
The Hip Hop Doc Rani G. Whitfield, MD, served as keynote speaker to encourage students to move forward in the face of challenges. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Michael Stubblefield was in attendance to oversee the research demonstrations. The SU Lab School students featured prominently in the day’s activities as well.
The theme for the week is, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold Meet Green.” This event involves the participation of students, faculty, and staff from the SUBR campus as well as Middle and High School students in the Scotlandville area. There were also participation from undergraduate and graduate students from other SU campuses (New Orleans, Shreveport and Agricultural Research & Extension Center), as well as other higher education institutions from across the state.