Sondra C. Groves, President
American Society of Safety Engineering
Subject Theme 1999-2000
Dr. Specht, Chapter Advisor
I am responding to the memo sent to the presidents of all student
organizations. However, I am graduating this Summer and I will not be
able to coordinate the theme's speakers. In response to the University's
search for a theme for 1999-2000, I am proposing the following theme.
There have been many advances made within the last 100 years in all areas
of subjects offered as undergraduate degrees at Millersville. At the
turn of the century, diseases were more likely to result in death, ,mail
was sent by horseback or train across the US, iceboxes refrigerated food,
elevators were pulled by hand, airplanes, space travel, computers,
televisions and cable television did not exist, man's primary source of
transportation was by horse, train or steam boats, and the US was in the
midst of the Industrial Revolution. Thus, comparing life then with the
world we live in today, the theme I would like to suggest is
Achievements throughout the Century. I feel that this would
celebrate and honor the accomplishments of inventions or ideas that have
improved the quality of life throughout the 20th century.
Here are some examples of accomplishments in subjects which can be used
as topics to speak about:
Biology--The invention of the electron microscope and the
world of microbiology, cell biology and genetics were opened to use, the
discovery of antibiotics and vaccinations through medicine mapping of
genes, genetic manipulation, etc.
Mathematics/Computer Science--Discovery of statistics, and
binary language, BASIC, Pascal, etc.
Technology--Automobiles, airplanes, satellites, space travel,
computers, Teflon pans, televisions, the radio, VCR, cable television,
OSHM--Establishment of Workers Compensation and Occupational
Safety and Hygiene Administration, Right to Know Laws, SARA Title II
History--Rise and fall of communism, Rise of the United States
as a world power, The World Wars, Women's Rights Movement and Civil
Rights Movement, etc.
Education--Establishment of National Tests (SATS, GRE, IOWA)
Revision of school systems, etc.