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SHSU Update For Week Of May 8


Criminal Justice Student Chosen For FBI Internship

Nancy Ortiz
Nancy Ortiz

A Sam Houston State University senior has been selected to participate in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Honors Internship Program this summer.

Nancy Ortiz of Eagle Pass will be working in the FBI Laboratory Division's Scientific Analysis Unit located in Quantico, Va. She is a double major in forensic chemistry and criminal justice.

" Due to the very selective and highly competitive nature of the Honors Internship Program, only individuals with strong academic credentials, outstanding character, a high degree of motivation and the willingness to represent the FBI upon returning to their respective campuses are selected," said James Barrum, associate professor and coordinator of the College of Criminal Justice's internship program.

Barrum said that the FBI's program is beneficial to both the intern and the Bureau.

" The program offers students an exciting insider's view of FBI operations and provides an opportunity for them to explore the Bureau's many career opportunities," said Barrum. "In addition, the program enhances the FBI's visibility and recruitment efforts at colleges and universities throughout the United States."

Ortiz, who applied for the internship and went through a series of interviews and a background investigation before she was selected, will spend 10 weeks working with special agents and professional support personnel on FBI cases and procedures. She will earn nine hours of academic credit toward her degree.

Her internship begins on June 6, and she will finish in time to resume her studies in August at Sam Houston State. After she graduates from college, she hopes to have a career with the FBI doing laboratory work.


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Profs To Discuss Research Plans At Geological Meeting

Two SHSU professors in the department of geography and geology will discuss their current research project at the 57th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain section of the Geological Society of America.

Professor of geology Christopher Baldwin and associate professor of geography and geology Dennis Netoff, with another partner, will present the groundwork for their study, “Continued Activity and Geomorphic Evolution of Fluid/Gas Escape Structures in Muddy Surficial Beds Of The Recently-Exposed Hite, Delta, Southeastern Utah,” May 23-25 at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. Approximately 200 geoscientists are expected to attend the meeting.

The study, initiated by Netoff, who discovered the phenomenon while working on other research in the area, involves the three examining the sediment in a lake in Utah from satellite photographs, according to Baldwin.

“ Really what we’re doing is something that is very opportunistic,” Baldwin said. “The lake is at historically low levels, so it’s exposing the sediment. If you think about it, you’ve got a gigantic lake and a number of rivers pouring sediment into it, and the sediment piles up on the side of the lake.

“ Normally that sediment is underneath the water, but because of the unique set of conditions, there have been such severe droughts over so many years, the lake level has dropped gigantically, it’s gone down hundreds and hundreds of feet,” Baldwin said. “So now we can see the sediment, and what we’re doing is using this unique opportunity to look at these sediments in the lake.”

Netoff, an “expert on the lake,” Baldwin, a sedimentologist, and John Dohrenwend, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey, communicate mostly by e-mail for the project, which is in its beginning stages.

Baldwin said the study is also applicable to other areas in the country.

“ It’s topical for Texas because we’ve got a lot of these big reservoirs, like Lake Conroe and Trinity and the big dams on these big rivers around here that are used for water supply. These reservoirs are all filling up with sediment in exactly the same way,” he said. “So in a way, it gives us an opportunity to look at a very large-scale example of the way that all these sorts of lakes are filling with sediment.”


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Chemistry To Visit Germany, France For Lectures

The chemistry department will take 22 of its students overseas for two weeks to study this May.

Chemistry professor Rick White and assistant professor in the family and consumer sciences department Janis White will travel through Germany and Paris with students May 16-31.

“ We will be discussing the works and lives of chemists who have had an influence on our lives today,” Rick White said. “Lectures will be held in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Wuerzburg, Cologne, Heidelberg, and Freiburg in Germany, as well as in Paris.”

For more information, call the chemistry department at 936.294.1532.


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Twenty-Four Chemistry Students Earn Scholarships

Twenty-seven scholarships were awarded to chemistry students with 3.0 grade point averages or better during the department’s annual awards ceremony on April 28.

Senior chemistry majors Paula Klima and Eloisa Perez were the recipients of the James C. Stallings and Ray E. Humphrey scholarships, respectively, and junior Karl Kuklenz was the recipient of the Jeffrey E. Zagone Scholarship.

Receiving chemistry academic scholarships, which range from $500-$1000, were Cassandra Atkin, Stephanie Colemen, Andrea Gano, Heath Huckabay, Rachael Malfer, Laurie Raesz, Katie Rothlisberger, Faraz Siddiqui, Ranson Stillwell and Ashley Valdez.

In addition, 14 students who are enrolled in Chemistry 495 and will be conducting undergraduate research this coming summer were awarded Robert A. Welch Fellowships. These students include Raghu Allah, Sam Alnasleh, Michelle Black, Michael Eckhoff, Heath Huckabay, Casie Jupe, Paula Klima, Melissa Medlin, Hudson Pace, Doug Parker, Bala Pathem, Eloisa Perez, Katie Stanfield and Jerry Swearingen.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
May 8, 2005
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