ECSU observes Research WeekKesha Williams
February 09, 2006 Elizabeth City State University's School of Mathematics, Science and Technology held the third annual "Research Week" February 6 -10 to remind students of the impact researchers have on human lifestyles and world events. Faculty, staff and student presentations recounted changes in area waterways, the impact of diseases on the human brain and the role of plants in treating diseases. Math and computer science faculty explained how math and computers are used to document elements that contribute to disease and the death of living creatures. Aviation Science faculty and staff revealed changes for the design of future planes. Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the School of Math Science and Technology values "Research Week" for its overview of current topics. "Our departments are dedicated to improving the educational and socio-economic status of our student body through research, educational outreach and technology," Dr. Khan said. "Through the knowledge of our outstanding faculty and staff and the multidisciplinary activities of the week, we will enhance the students' appreciation of the world they live in." The theme for the week, "Building Bridges into Tomorrow Through Research and Technology," also led faculty and staff to reflect on their predecessors. In collaboration with the Black History Month program committee, Mathematics, Science and Technology faculty reserved one day of this week-long observation to spotlight African-American researchers who were the first to graduate with a doctorate degree in their scientific field of study or African-American researchers who were instructors of ECSU faculty. Photo caption: Elizabeth City State University's School of Mathematics, Science and Technology faculty and staff observe"Research Week," February 6 -10, with a series of presentations to reveal the impact scientific researchers have on human lifestyles and world events. In recognition of Black History Month, these faculty and staff recounted the advances African-Americans have made as researchers in science and education. Seated from left to right: Dr. Althea Bluiett, Chemistry and Physics Department; Dr. Hirendranath Banerjee, Biology Department; Mr. Orestes Gooden, Aviation Science Department; Dr. Thomas Rossbach, Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences; Mr. Antonio Rook, Mathematics and Computer Science Department.