Kaisa Young was recently awarded a Professional Development Award from the Association for Women in Science. This multi-disciplinary, national program provides travel funding for early career scientists to attend a conference or training. Dr. K. Young was one of only two scientists to receive this award in 2013. http://www.awis.org/
Chad & Kaisa Young were both selected to attend the From Stars to Life Conference in Gainesville, Florida from 3-6 April 2013. This conference, which is by invitation only, aims to “connect our understanding of star formation, planet formation, astrochemistry, and astrobiology.” http://conference.astro.ufl.edu/STARSTOLIFE/STL/Home.html
Chad Young, Kaisa Young, & Jim Baker received a Nicholls Instructional Technology award in February 2013. This award provided for binoculars, iPods, and other materials to provide star parties to the students of Nicholls. In February and March, Drs. K. Young and Baker have hosted 1 nighttime star party and several solar viewing opportunities.
Kaisa Young, assistant professor of physics, was accepted for a NASA award through the Louisiana Space Consortium. Dr. Young will study the large-scale star formation in the Perseus molecular cloud. http://laspace.lsu.edu/
Jonathan Comeaux, chemistry major, recently placed 6th in the road race time trial at Texas A&M; he placed eighth in the criterium and helped his teammate to finish second. Cycling races often require team effort where one teammate will assist another teammate. Jonathan is a member of the Nicholls Cycling Club:
The science departments hosted Louisiana Region I Science Olympiad on March 2. Faculty from the Departments of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Applied Sciences and Nicholls students supervised most of the events. Dr. Darcey Wayment, asst. professor of Chemistry, served as tournament director. Winners are posted at http://www.nicholls.edu/scienceolympiad/winners.html
Jim Baker and Darcey Wayment received an award of $1000 from the Fourchon Oilmen’s Association in December 2012. The money will be used to develop a “Chemistry Road Show” that will be presented to area high school students. This program will introduce Junior and Senior level students to a Chemistry Laboratory experience to find out what is present in petroleum and the methods used to do this analysis.
Jim Baker, Glenn Lo and Darcey Wayment received a donation of equipment worth $2,200 from Vernier Software and Technology in January 2013. The mini-spectrometer (for measuring the emission and absorbance of light) and the mini-gas chromatograph (separates molecules) will be used to develop a “Chemistry Road Show” for area high school chemistry students.