About Macon State
The Macon State College Community Garden was started in 2012 by Dr. Michael Torbett. Interested students, faculty and staff are given a 10 x 18' plot in which to grow vegetables or flowers. This is great way to ensure a steady supply of fresh vegetables as well as to learn from more experienced (and less experienced) gardeners. If you are interested please contact Ms. Felicia Haywood or Dr. Dawn Sherry.
This project is led by Dr. Tom Sawicki and involves the morphological and molecular characterization of Crangonyx grandimanus and C. hobbsi (Amphipodia) as factors for the study of the biological interconnectednes of caves within the Floridian aquifer.
Click here to go on an underwater cave dive with Dr. Sawicki
These projects are being conducted by Dr. Balding and molecular biology students who have an interest in biotechnology and gene cloning. Students are working on projects that involve the cloning and sequencing of genes, and the expression and isolation of recombinant proteins from bacteria and eukaryotes. These projects are done in collaboration with Dr. Sawicki and with Dr. Anna Karls at the University of Georgia.
Native plant species (e.g., Echinacea purpurea, Asclepias tuberosa) are planted and students observe pollinators visiting the plants. The expectations of the student participants are to assist in planting & maintaining study plots, to record & summarize data and to present data at a national conference. If you are interested please contact Dr. Kim Pickens or Dr. Dawn Sherry.
This project is one of a series of research projects that Dr. Pattillo is undertaking to bring novel, interactive models into Anatomy and Physiology classes. Students use a motion sensor-equipped skeleton to demonstrate the actions of specific muscles or of combinations of muscles working synergistically. A computer determines the accuracy of the actions and provides feedback. Just for fun, the eyes of the skeleton provide feedback as well.
Click here to view a website describing Dr. Pattillo's interactive skeleton
Students learning best practices for aquatic sampling in Dr. Vicki Guarisco's Research Methodology course.
This project is part of Dr. Michael Torbett's Astronomy of the Solar System class. Mike's students are creating a scale model of the solar system across the Macon Campus, starting on the undeveloped side of the lake near Ivy drive and extending down to the tennis courts. Many students and faculty think that a three-dimensional model of this "planet walk" would be a nice attraction for the campus community and visitors.