Brandy Broome Named Mid-Major Player of the Year

Brandy Broome for WEBLady Knight basketball player Brandy Broome has been named Mid-Major Player of the Year by “Inside The HBCU Huddle.” She also was named to the Women’s Mid-Major Division First Team HBCU All-American Team.

Here’s a list of Broome’s other accomplishments in the 2014-2015 season:

  • Named Gulf Coast GCAC Player of the Year.
  • Selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for February 2015.
  • ​Led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
  • Nine-time GCAC Player of the Week.
  • Finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • Led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
  • Posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.

 

SUNO Track & Field Team Competes in GCAC Outdoor Championships

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Our SUNO Knights finished in third place overall with 103 points during the 2015 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday. With one of the smallest teams (seven men and five women) in Championships, SUNO competed in nine men’s and five women’s track events, and won all but one.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

The SUNO men’s team gave an outstanding performance with Chadwayne Vidal and Alex Saunders finishing in first place in the men’s 100 meter dash (10.76) and the men’s 1500 meter run (4:12.08G) respectively. Alex Saunders broke a conference record held since 2014 (4:13.58). Yet another record, held in 2013 by SUNO student Rushian Murry (1:58.22), was broken by Sanj Powell in the 800 meters run.

The team also competed and won two relay races. The team, comprised of Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell, pulled off a fantastic finish in the men’s 4×400 meter (3:20.90).  In the men’s 4×800 meter relay (8:36.68), the team consisted of Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Sanj Powell and Alex Saunders. In both relay events, the team held the lead the entire race.

The SUNO Knights also finished second in the 4×100 meter relay (42.25) with Sanj Powell, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Roderick Owens.

Not to be outdone by the SUNO men’s team, the women finished in first place in the 4×100 meter relay (46.81), breaking last year’s record. The team comprised of Chantal Pennie, Shadae Hylton, Ashley Mylrea and Leonie Robinson pulled off an impressive win. They also competed and won the 4×400 relay, breaking that record with Orenthia Bennett as the lead runner. Orenthia Bennett (54.94) and Leonie Robinson (24.48) also broke records in the women’s 400 and 200 meter respectively.

In addition to breaking records on the track, 95% of the team are on the Dean’s List/Honor Roll, which was announced at the Honors and Awards Day ceremony this month. Majoring in biology, Leonie Robinson holds a 3.85 GPA. Others on the team have a 3.5 – 3.6 GPA, while carrying a full course load. 

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.

 

 

Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Results Summary (Men)

Alex Saunders ▪ 400m and 1500m (record)

Sanj Powell ▪ 800m (record)

Chad Thomas ▪ 400m hurdles (1st place) ▪ Roderick Owens (2nd place)

Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 100m and the 200m (2nd place)

Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Sanj Powell ▪ 4x800m relay (1st place)

Alex Saunders, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell ▪ 4x400m relay (1st place)

Chad Tomas, Roderick Owens, Sanj Powell & Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 4x100m relay (2nd place)

Results Summary (Women)

Leonie Robinson ▪ 100m and 200m (record)

Orenthia Bennett ▪ 400m (record)

Chantal Pennie ▪ 200m (2nd place) and 100m (3rd place)

Leonie Robinson, Chantal Pennie, Ashley Mylrea and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x100m relay (record)

Oshin Brooks-Gillings, Chantal Pennie, Leonie Robinson and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x400m relay (record)

Pressure BioSciences to Collaborate with SUNO on Improving and Extending the Use of PBI’s PCT Platform for the Detection of DNA in Forensic

SamplesCollaboration Also Will Support the New Forensic Science Program at SUNO,

One of Only Four Programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Nationwide

 

Dr. Pamela Marshall

Dr. Pamela Marshall

SOUTH EASTON, Mass., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) (“PBI” and the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to focus on improving and extending the applications of the Company’s unique and patented pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform for the detection of DNA in forensic samples. The program will be under the direction of Dr. Pam Marshall, Interim Director, Forensic Science Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences at SUNO.

While a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Bruce Budowle (a recognized key opinion leader in forensic science) at theUniversity of North Texas’ UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Marshall and her colleagues showed that incorporating PCT into the testing protocol for poor quality bone enabled more DNA to be detected as compared to standard methods. As part of the collaboration, Dr. Marshall will continue this pioneering work. She and her team also will investigate other important areas in which PCT might enhance forensic sample testing.

“A critical yet often difficult task in forensic analysis is the extraction of high quality DNA from challenged or inhibited samples,” stated Dr. Marshall. “My previous work with the PCT platform gave me an appreciation for this powerful and enabling technology. My published research established that improved quality and quantity of DNA could be extracted from human bone samples with PCT, as compared to bones not treated with PCT.”

Dr. Marshall added she believes that several projects undertaken during the collaboration could help establish PCT as a standard method in forensic science. For example, in an effort to reduce poaching, the extraction of DNA from seized African Elephant ivory samples is an important yet very difficult challenge at the present time. “We believe PCT might enable the recovery of greater amounts of DNA compared to current methods,” she said. “If successful, this could lead to the use of PCT for the extraction of DNA from a variety of difficult samples. This will be one of the first projects undertaken.”

Dr. Nate Lawrence, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for PBI, said, “We are pleased to support Dr. Marshall and her team in their development of new, improved, and expanded applications of the PCT platform in the testing of forensic samples. We believe their efforts will result in commercially profitable PCT-based products for PBI, possibly before the end of 2015.”

“In addition to the possible development of new PCT-based products, we are pleased that the collaboration also will support the Forensic Science program at SUNO,” said Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI. “This program provides students with the course work, skills and experience necessary for success as a forensic scientist. This role is critical to our criminal justice system, since investigators, courts, and the public depend on forensic scientists for accurate and timely information.”

Mr. Schumacher continued: “Our country needs well educated, professionally-trained, forensic scientists.  “The Bureau of Labor Statistics currently estimates an approximate 20% increase in job growth in the forensic science field over the next six years. However, although the number of forensic science graduates nationwide is high, the number of graduates among underrepresented minorities is highly inadequate. That is why we are pleased to support educators like Dr. Marshall and universities like SUNO who are at the forefront of developing the next generation of highly skilled forensic scientists, with a vast majority from underrepresented populations.”

About Pressure BioSciences, Inc.

Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (“PBI”) (OTCQB: PBIO) develops, markets, and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the estimated $6 billion life sciences sample preparation market. Our products are based on the unique properties of both constant (i.e., static) and alternating (i.e., pressure cycling technology, or PCT) hydrostatic pressure. PCT is a patented enabling technology platform that uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient and ultra-high levels to safely and reproducibly control bio-molecular interactions. To date, we have installed over 250 PCT systems in approximately 160 sites worldwide. There are over 100 publications citing the advantages of the PCT platform over competitive methods, many from key opinion leaders. Our primary application development and sales efforts are in the biomarker discovery and forensics areas. Customers also use our products in other areas, such as drug discovery & design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil & plant biology, vaccine development, histology, and forensic applications.

 

Brandy Broome Selected as Amateur Athlete of the Month

Brandy Broome for WEB

Lady Knight Brandy Broome recently was selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for February 2015. The award is voted on by leading local media members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Selection Committee. Broome earned the honor for her exceptional skill and leadership on and off the court.

Here’s a list of Broome’s accomplishments during the 2014-2015 season:

  • Named Gulf CoastGCAC Player of the Year.
  • ​Led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
  • Nine-time GCAC Player of the Week 
  • Finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • Led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
  • Posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.

Broome will receive her most recent award this summer at the annual Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.

 

Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent to Serve as Honors and Awards Day Speaker

Dr  Lewis Headshot for WEB

Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) graduate, will serve as the guest speaker for the University’s annual Honors And Awards Day Program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Gymnasium.

Dr. Lewis, who graduated from SUNO in 1996, is an accomplished educator and administrator with more than 20 years of progressive experience in providing quality instruction, educational leadership, governance and school administration. He was chosen and unanimously approved as Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent on March 17, 2015.

The purpose of Honors and Awards Day is to encourage, recognize and applaud academic excellence among students. More than 700 students are slated to receive awards for exceptional scholarship, outstanding service and excellent leadership.  The theme for this year’s program is “Inspired to Excel.”

The program is open to the public. For information, contact Dr. Brenda Jackson, committee chair, at 504-286-5274.

SUNO Professor Receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Murty S. Kambhampati

Murty S. Kambhampati

President Obama has named Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Professor Murty S. Kambhampati and 13 other individuals and one organization as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). These mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators represent a diverse pool of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent throughout the United States.

Candidates for the award are nominated by colleagues, administrators, and students in their home institutions or through professional affiliations. Candidates also may self-nominate. Their mentoring can involve students at any grade level from elementary through graduate school and professional development mentoring of early career scientists. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. The mentors and organizations announced today represent the winners for 2012 and 2013.

“These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” President Obama said. “They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those students’ futures, and our nation’s future, too.”

SUNO’s Kambhampati holds a Ph.D. from Jackson State University in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. from Andhra University, India in Ecology. Over the years, he established excellent collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York; Dowling College, Tulane University, Louisiana State University’s Louisiana Biomedical Network, and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Cocodrie, LA to place students for summer internships and ecological field trips. He is an active research mentor for undergraduates; and serves as the PI and Co-PI on funded state and federal grants and is SUNO’s Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science chapters’ sponsor.

He has won several awards for his work as a mentor, including the National Role Model Faculty Award from Minority Access, Inc., in 2008. His research interests are Phytoremediation, Environmental Toxicology, ecological studies on coastal ponds, and Environmental Biotechnology.

 

The other individuals and organizations receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring are:

 

• Sheila M. Humphreys, University of California, Berkeley

• Raymond L. Johnson, University of Maryland, College Park

• Gary S. May, Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology

• Elizabeth A. Parry, North Carolina State University

• Tilak Ratnanather, The Johns Hopkins University

• John Brooks Slaughter, University of Southern California

• GeoFORCE Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

• Luis Colón, State University of New York at Buffalo

• Anne E. Donnelly, University of Florida

• Lorraine Fleming, Howard University

• John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley

• Beth Olivares, University of Rochester

• Sandra Petersen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

• Julio Soto, San Jose State University

MSW Application Deadline Extended

The School of Social Work has extended the MSW application deadline for  Summer 2015 (advanced standing) and Fall 2015 (part-time and full-time). The new deadline is Tuesday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

All information should be delivered to:

Graduate Studies

Bashful Administration Building, Room 133

Southern University at New Orleans

6400 Press Drive

New Orleans, LA  70126

For information, call 504-286-5453 or 504-286-5486.

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team Wins Awards

While competing in the National Championship Tournament in Torrance, CA, the Southern University at News Orleans Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team won two awards.

Coach Amelia Sellers was named Coach of the Year, and New Orleans senior Jonah Leavell was the top scorer in the Louis Armstrong Division.

SUNO’s team won two of the five games in the Round Robin of the 26th annual tournament. SUNO defeated Shaw and Hampton universities, but lost to Alabama State, Grambling and North Carolina A&T State universities. SUNO’s 2-3 record landed the team in fourth place in its division.

Jonah Leavell, Top Division Scorer

Jonah Leavell, Top Division Scorer

Amelia Sellers, Coach of the Year

Amelia Sellers, Coach of the Year

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team Wins 2 Games

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left,  Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left, Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

The Southern University at New Orleans Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team won two of five games in the Round Robin of the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament in Torrance, CA., until Wednesday, March 25. SUNO defeated Shaw and Hampton universities, but lost to Alabama State, Grambling and North Carolina A & T State universities. SUNO’s 2-3 record landed the team in fourth place in its division.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.

SUNO’s 2015 team members are Kevis King Sr., captain, a junior from Marrero; Chante Galman, a senior from New Orleans; Jonah Leavell, a senior from New Orleans; and Joshua Leavell, a senior from New Orleans. Amelia Sellers  is the coach. Chancellor Victor Ukpolo accompanied the team.

 

Super Season Comes to An End

The Lady Knights played hard, but Montana State-Northern came out on top Friday, March 20 with a final score of 73-54.

Despite the tough loss, the Lady Knights had many great accomplishments this season:​

  • Won the first NAIA Championship Tournament Game in team history.
  • Claimed both the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) regular-season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time.
    • Won the first GCAC Championship since 2000 with a 19-4 record, including a 13-1 record in the GCAC​.
    • ​Set school records for the most conference victories (13).​
  • Coach Elston King was named GCAC Coach of the Year.
  • Senior guard/forward Brandy Broome was named GCAC Player of the Year.
    • ​Broome led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
    • An nine-time GCAC Player of the Week this season, Broome also finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
    • She led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
    • In her final regular season home game, she posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.
  • ​Three players were named to the All-GCAC Women’s Basketball Team: Broome was named to the first team, and junior forward Rayvin Miller and senior forward Marquetta Stokes were named to the second team.