Two Sam Houston State University researchers have received Cottrell College Science Awards totaling $59,250 from the Research Corporation of Tucson, Ariz.

Dr. Tom Chasteen of the chemistry department received a $38,250 grant extension for a study on uses of bacteria to degrade toxic material.

A Research Corporation team evaluated three years of work by Chasteen and SHSU through interim reports and approved an increase in funding of three times the original grant.

Dr. Barry Friedman, professor of physics, received a $21,000 grant from the same organization for his work on the technology of solar power.

Friedman's study involves conducting polymers which may be used as solar cells. When exposed to light, the polymers produce electrical energy.

A molecule called C-60, which was discovered recently by Rice University, seems to increase the magnitude of the conducting polymers when blended with them, said Friedman. His research concerns why the molecule affects the polymer and how much it increases the polymer's magnitude.

The Cottrell College Science Program supports basic research in chemistry, physics and astronomy at public and private, predominantly undergraduate colleges, often involving students.


Hoops for Scholars volunteers under the direction of event co-chairmen Morris and Jan Waller are seeking pledges based on the number of two and three-point "hoops" scored by the Ladykat basketball team in their Saturday afternoon game against Nicholls State.

The Ladykats are scheduled to play the Colonels at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, following the men's game which begins at 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences will be used to establish the Richard A. Cording Scholarship Fund in honor of the former dean of that college.

Scholarship funds will be used to recruit National Merit Scholars and other outstanding academic students to Sam Houston State University. For details or to pledge please contact the Wallers at 295-5160 or 295-8906.


Works for keyboard, voice, and various combinations of instruments will be performed at the Music Department Spring Semester Faculty Gala.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium. After the concert there will be a reception in Austin Hall honoring the Friends of Music.

As in past years, the concert will showcase the performance skills of the faculty who oversee the education of students aspiring to become professional musicians.

This week's music schedule also includes a faculty recital featuring the compositions of Dr. Phillip Schroeder, assistant professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Killinger Auditorium.

Concert admission fees are $5 for adults. Admission is free for students in grades K-12 and for SHSU students with current identification. For information on Friends of Music participation call 294-3808. For other concert information call 294-1360.


The 36th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring sculpture, jewelry, prints, masks, drawing, ceramics, computer graphics, and painting, is underway through Feb. 7 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

The best and newest works of the SHSU art faculty are featured. Exhibitors are Marcus Adams, Martin Amorous, Jimmy Barker, Margaret Bohls, Kate Borcherding, William Breitenbach, Gene Eastman, Patric Lawler and Ken Zonker.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission fee. Tours are also available. Please contact the Art Office at 294-1315 for more information.


Three SHSU faculty members will present a program entitled "Using the Internet for Research and Writing" from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday in Academic Building 1 (Computer Center).

Presenters will be Mark Allan, assistant professor, Newton Gresham Library; Dr. Bill Fleming, professor of English; and Dr. Richard Wood, professor and director, Newton Gresham Library.

The program is sponsored by the Across-the University Writing Program. Dr. Patricia Williams, program director, said that more people have already signed up for the program than there are computers available, but that similar programs may be offered in the near future. To indicate an interest in such programs, contact Williams at 294-1143.

Williams also said that a five-case display on the Across-the-University Writing Program is on view in the Gresham Library.


The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present a genealogy workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center, 19th St. and Ave. N.

Dick Rice will make a presentation on the Sam Houston family tree, with an introduction by Johnnie Jo Dickinson. The program is free and open to anyone interested. Please call 294-1831 for additional information.

Members of genealogical societies from Walker, Montgomery, and Harris Counties are expected to attend, according to Derrick Birdsall of the museum staff.


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Jan. 21, 1996