President Cooper, Robert Phillips receive ARD leadership award

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


President Cooper and Robert PhillipsThe Association of Research Directors (ARD) honored SC State President Dr. George Cooper and former 1890 Research Administrator Robert Phillips Jr. at its biennial symposium, held March 28-April 1, in Atlanta, Ga.

Cooper and Phillips each received an award for providing outstanding leadership to the 1890 Land- Grant System throughout their careers.

Cooper, who became the university’s 10th president on July 16, 2008, previously served as deputy administrator for Science and Education Resources Development at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. In this role, he was responsible for the coordination of over $140 million in grant programs in the areas of education, research and extension for land-grant universities and other eligible institutions.

“While serving as a deputy administrator at CSREES, Dr. Cooper maintained strong ties with the 1890 universities, counseling us to be efficient, progressive and to work together as a family. We know his priority is now South Carolina State University, but we wanted to honor this outstanding leader because he is intrinsically devoted to all the other seventeen 1890 universities as well,” said Dr. Orlando McMeans, ARD chair and dean and research director of West Virginia State University.

Phillips, who earned a master of arts in rehabilitation counseling from SC State, provided 35 years of service to the university. He was first employed as a research assistant and conducted research on rural poverty and adolescent development. In 2002, Phillips became 1890 Research administrator, a position he held until his retirement in November 2008.

On Phillips’ commitment to the ARD, McMeans said, “Before recently retiring, Rob gave of himself unselfishly on behalf of the ARD and is so admired because he always had a good word to offer, kind thoughts to share and inspired us with his spirit of camaraderie. He might be retired from SC State, but he holds a lifetime membership in the ARD.”

The ARD is the federation of the autonomous 18 land grant universities that provides coordination of research initiatives among member 1890 institutions in cooperation with federal, state and private partners.

This year’s symposium focused on the theme, “1890 Research: Sustainable Solutions for the 21st Century.” The forum provided opportunities for participants to interact, share knowledge, build networks for expanded partnerships and showcase the talents and achievements of the 1890 community.

Several SC State 1890 scientists and undergraduate and graduate student researchers attended the conference to present their research findings. The student presenters competed in oral presentations and poster competitions.

Amid Hamidi, a senior chemistry major from Orangeburg, S.C., won second place in the Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship category for his oral presentation, “Emission Products of Petroleum Based Candles.” The presentation is based on the 1890 research project, “Soybean Candles for Healthy Life and Well Being.” Hamidi works with the project’s lead researcher and Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Ruhullah Massoudi.

For a listing of 1890 scientists and students who participated in the symposium, see the list below.

Get more information on the 1890 Research & Extension Program at www.scsu.edu/1890.

Below is a list of 1890 researchers and student researchers as they appear in the symposium’s Program & Abstracts book.

 

1890 Scientists

Oral Presentations

Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship
Dr. David Karemera – “Trade, the Environment, and Their Impacts on State Exports”

Small Scale Agriculture and Rural Development
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa – “Quality of Life, Business Climate and Employment in Major Sectors of South Carolina: Cross County Analysis”

Human Sciences
Dr. Martha Jean Adams-Heggins – “An Evaluation of a Violence Prevention Program for Limited Resource Children, Youth and Families in Rural South Carolina: A Longitudinal Study”

Dr. Christopher Mathis – “Creating a Profile on the Free and Reduced Lunch Services Used by Hispanics in Pee-Dee and Coastal Regions of South Carolina during the Period of 2000-2003”

Food Safety, Health, and Nutrition
Dr. Christopher Mathis – Evaluation of the Usage of WIC Services by Hispanics in South Carolina during the Period of 2000-2003

Dr. Rafida Idris – “Limited-Income Mothers’ Inputs about Prominent Child Overweight Prevention Messages”

Poster Presentations

Food Safety, Human Nutrition and Health
Dr. Mahtabbuddin Ahmed – “Investigations on DNA/RNA Damage in Diabetes Involving Glycoxidation Reactions”

Dr. David Scott – “Genetic Analysis of Sex Pheromone Synthesis in Drosophila melanogaster” Dr. David Staten – “Exploring African American Students’ Health Orientations and Behaviors
 

Student Researchers

Oral Presentations

Graduate Competition
Emerging Technologies
Otukile Lekote – “Development of a Real-Time GIS/Hydrology Flood Warning System for First Responders in Rural Areas”

Food Safety, Human Nutrition and Health Francean
Hallman – “An Impact Study of the Relationship between Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles and Cognitive/Academic Development in Youth in Rural South Carolina”

Stacey Ayers – “Assessment of WIC Services for Hispanics in Piedmont and Midland Regions of South Carolina over a Four-Year Period”

Human Sciences
Rosalind Rabb – “A Qualitative Evaluation of a Violence Prevention Program for Limited Resource Children, Youth and Families in Rural South Carolina: A Longitudinal Study”

Undergraduate Competition
Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship
Amid Hamidi - “Hazardous Emissions by Some Types of Candles”

Food Safety, Human Nutrition and Health
Keisha Glasgow-Pierre – “Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles: A Qualitative Study of a Summer Health and Wellness Camp for Limited Resource Youth in South Carolina”

Hector Arroyave – “Assessment of the Prevalence of Diabetes among Hispanics in the USA”

Emerging Technologies
Andreea Payne – “The Unperturbed Dimensions of Poly (3, 5-dimethylphenyl acrylate) in Chloroform”

Darius Krider – “Action Research: An Effective Intervention Model for Rural Students in Low-Achieving Schools”

Poster Presentations

Undergraduate Competition

Emerging Technologies

 April Pearson-McKnight – “Viscosity Study of Poly (3, 5-dimethylphenyl acrylate) in Ternary Solutions of Polymer, Acetonitrile and Triethylamine”

Food Safety, Human Nutrition and Health

Keisha Glasgow-Pierre – “Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles: A Qualitative Study of a Summer Health and Wellness Camp for Limited Resource Youth in South Carolina”

Hector Arroyave – “Assessment of the Prevalence of Diabetes among Hispanics in the USA”

Graduate Competition
Food Safety, Human Nutrition and Health
Stacey Ayers – Assessment of the Usage of Medicaid Program by Hispanics in South Carolina over a Four-Year Period (2000-2003)

Human Sciences

Rosalind Raab – “A Qualitative Evaluation of a Violence Prevention Program for Limited Resource Children, Youth, and Families in Rural South Carolina: A Longitudinal Study”