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Cathell Accepts Position




Beginning in August 2008, Ph.D. student Matthew Cathell (advisor: Caroline Schauer) will be the Assistant Professor in the Department of Technological Studies in the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey.

The department offers undergraduate majors in Technology Education/Pre-Engineering and Math/Science/Technology, as well as a graduate program in Educational Technology. Matthew hopes to address a number of his interests in education research, particularly focusing on innovative ways of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics in K-12 classrooms. He will be instructing courses on mechanics, structures, and materials, including laboratory design and implementation. Matthew also plans to develop new courses in areas of personal interest, especially environmental engineering.

Matthew joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2003. He received his B.A. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from La Salle University. He plans to graduate with his Ph.D. in May 2008. His doctoral research has focused on identifying and modifying natural polymer materials fashioned into biomimetic thin films for the binding of aqueous heavy metal pollutants.

In his second year as an National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow, Matthew has also received funding support from the Koerner Family Fellowship, the U.S. Dept. of Education GAANN program, and the Drexel University College of Engineering. He has published and presented manuscripts in both theoretical and educational research. Matthew is a member of ACS, AAAS, Sigma Xi, and ASEE.

Drexel University Materials Science and Engineering

To the Editor:

Several recent letters have pushed the agenda that human influence on global warming is a fraud. In one of the more recent letters ("You can believe it or not: Global warming is a hoax," June 10 Times-News) this opinion was bolstered by unnamed "library" sources, and we were advised to "read a book about science" to inform ourselves on this matter.

Without knowing exactly which library books the letter author refers to, it's impossible to make a judgment about the validity of his opinion. It's almost a certainty that said library contained other publications with different points of view on global climate change. We need citations!

There are a few important points to consider. Believe it or not, book sources can be just as dubious as Web sites. Books are typically not subject to the rigorous peer scrutiny and review processes that are required to publish in a reputable scientific journal.

Journal authors also state who provides their funding - it's always important to know if your writer is financed by Big Oil, the automotive industry, or some other entity that might have an economic or political bias on the issue at hand.

Furthermore, ideas about anthropogenic sources of climate change have evolved dramatically over the past few decades, as the topic has been the subject of increasingly more scientific study. Even opinions published a decade ago can be hopelessly out-of-date.

It's dangerous to anecdotally point to short-term temperature fluctuations (either up or down) to make judgments about manmade global warming. This is where scientific investigation and modeling comes into play. Sometimes climate effects are counter-intuitive. For instance, weakening of the Gulf Stream current by global warming could effectively plunge Europe into an ice age.

Global warming theories don't necessarily forecast that every year is hotter than the one before, but they do predict extreme shifts in weather.

These changes can have all sorts of undesirable effects, such as harsher winters and blistering summers, massive droughts and floods, more frequent tornadoes and hurricanes, crop failures, forest fires, species extinctions, migration of diseases ... the list goes on and on. Although it can be hard to fathom, global temperature changes of just a few degrees (which, in reality, are the manifestations of almost unimaginably enormous amounts of retained solar energy) are all it takes to throw the whole system out of whack.

Obviously this is something to take seriously, not only for ourselves but for future generations. The fact is, none of us will live long enough to really suffer the consequences (or reap the rewards) of the actions we take with our atmosphere today.

Why not do what we can to live by the old camper's pledge and leave the place a little cleaner than the way we found it? While we might not enjoy cutting back on our energy usage while paying more for it, keep in mind that we're not just doing it for ourselves. Responsible citizens should, by all means, examine the data on climate change and come to their own conclusions. Look at current raw, unfiltered data in primary sources, such as the journals Science or Nature.

Read current well-sourced popular publications like Scientific American and National Geographic. Know who is providing your information and when it was evaluated, and then make your own informed opinions.

By the way, in reference to Mr. Parsons' point about the global cooling in 1600, take a look at National Geographic News (Kimberly Johnson, April 29, 2008) about a Peruvian volcanic eruption that might have caused this short-term cooling by blocking sunlight. It's similar to the postulated "dimming" effects from pollutant particles emitted since our Industrial Revolution.

For those who'd like to discuss this topic further, maybe we could take a sail together through the Northwest Passage - I understand the ice has recently opened up!

Matthew Cathell, Ph.D.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Cumberland Times News June 13, 2008

Matthew is the son of David W. and Jill Cathell who is the son of Carl M. Sr. and Dorothy Cathell, great grandson of Platt and Sarah Cathell

Co-Pilot Cathell Takes Part In Ike Boat Rescue


Sep. 11, 2008


An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., rescued four people from a 60-foot Bahamian-flagged fishing vessel at about 8 p.m. Sunday, about 40 nautical miles north of Great Inagua, Bahamas, in the vicinity of the Category IV Hurricane Ike. The co-pilot in the helicopter was Lt. Junior Grade Daniel Cathell of Garrett County, son of Kayla and Carl Cathell, Oakland.

The Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center in Miami received notification from Nromberto Velez, the owner of the Midnight Sun, that the vessel was taking on water with four people aboard. The Command Center watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon jet that was deployed to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, to respond to the distressed boaters.

The Falcon crew arrived on the scene and confirmed that the vessel encountered complete engine failure and was taking on water in 70-knot winds and 30- to 35-foot seas with 40-foot swells. The crew of the vessel requested Coast Guard assistance and agreed to abandon the vessel, according to the report.

The HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, who were deployed to Providenciales, Turks, and Caicos Islands, immediately launched to assist the distressed boaters. After battling strong winds and rain, the rescue helicopter crew arrived at about 8 p.m., deployed the rescue swimmer, and hoisted all four people aboard the helicopter.

"It was a pretty wild operation," Cathell said in an e-mail Tuesday. He said they flew along the edge of a band of the storm, and then went directly into it. The storm hit the crew's hangar, Cathell said. "Our hangar is destroyed and all our food is gone," he said.

In addition to Cathell, the rescue crew members were Lt. Cmdr. Mark Turner, pilot, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Menezes, flight mechanic, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon Geskus, rescue swimmer.

The men reported that the winds were so strong, the rain was coming down sideways against the helicopter. In the heavy seas, Geskus lost his fins and part of his suit on the first deployment, and said the waves "looked like mountains." The Coast Guard rescue crew transferred the boaters to Providenciales Airport. No injuries were reported.

Oakland Republican June 11, 2008

Daniel is the son of Carl M. Jr. and Kayla Cathell who is the son of Carl M. Sr and Dorothy Cathell., great grandson of Platt and Sarah Cathell

Andrea Cathell


Andrea Cathell ('03), has moved from a permanent substitute at Morgantown High School to a full-time regular employee and writes that next year she "will be back to my old room where I did my student teaching." Andrea will have five preparations next year, one of which is collaborative. She has moved to an apartment within walking distance of the WVU stadium and invites friends to "let me know if you are in town." She took a couple of classes this summer -- and, in between, found time for trips to DC and Chicago, rollerblading, tennis, and running. About HR&E Alumni-West Virginia University

Andrea is the daughter of Gordon Blaine Cathell who is the son of Thomas Gordon Cathell, great grandson of Platt and Sarah Cathell

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Green Valley, West Virginia
August 4, 2007


Green Valley, near Etam West Virginia. Platt Mitchell Cathell homestead. Currently owned and occupied by Gerald "Pete" Cathell, grandson of Platt M. Cathell


1907 Map of Etam West Virginia. The Cathell homestead is just off of this map to the southwest.

Platt and Sarah, as well as many of their offspring are buried in the Etam Methodist Church cemetary.

Children of Platt and Sarah Cathell-use "back" to return to this page from links
Name: Cathell, George E. Year of Birth 1865 Year of Death: 1932 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Sarah E. Robinson Spouse Birth/Death:1867-1954 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Roy Cathell 1900-1901
Child: Clarence M. Cathell 1890-1983 Child: Bertha I. Cathell Britton1891-1973 Child: James A. Cathell 1895-1964 Child: Nora A. Cathell 1893-1983
Residence: Green Valley WV County: Preston Occupation: Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, Joseph Huvington Year of Birth 1868 Year of Death: 1964 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Callie V. Adams Spouse Birth/Death:1884-1960 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Perl A. Cathell
Child: Edith J. Cathell Child: Dora M Cathell Child:Earl C. Cathell Child: William E. Cathell
Child: Elsie E. Cathell Child: Dorothy C. Cathell Child:T.Gordon Cathell Child: W. Donald Cathell
Residence: Etam WV County: Preston Occupation: Farmer Notes: 95 years old at death



Name: Cathell, James Mitchell Year of Birth 1860 Year of Death: 1941 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse:1) Carrie Coburn 2) Annie Turner Spouse Birth/Death:__________ Burial:Etam Cemetary Child:Virgil Cathell
Child: Claude Cathell Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Belington WV County: Barbour Occupation: Notes:Died in Rowlesburg at Will's



Name: Cathell, Steward H. Year of Birth 1870 Year of Death: 1953 Birth Place: Baltimore
Spouse: Cyrena May Lipscomb Spouse Birth/Death:1871-1952 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Thomas Oscar Cathell
Child: Anna L. Cathell Child: Harry Ervin Cathell Child: Lula Mabel Cathell Child: Elmer Neal Cathell
Child: Orville Ross Cathell Child: Theodore Platt Cathell Child: Boyd Williard Cathell Child: Stewart Lee Cathell (loved cake)
Child: Goldie Grace Cathell Child: Everett McKinley Cathell Child: Mary Katherine Cathell Child: Kenneth Hall Cathell
Child: Arthur U. Cathell Child: Avril Cathell Child: Robert W. Cathell Child:Ruth M. Cathell
Residence: Hepzibah Community County: Taylor Occupation:Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, William Luther Year of Birth 1878 Year of Death: 1956 Birth Place: Green Valley -Etam, WV
Spouse: Elsie M. Spouse Birth/Death:1883-1959 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child:Merrill (Myrl)Cathell
Child: Charles (Charley) Cathell Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Rowlesburg WV County: Preston Occupation: Engineer, B&O Notes: Pension card in Rowlesburg book



Name: Cathell, Charles (Charley) Year of Birth 1880 Year of Death: 1952 Birth Place: Green Valley -Etam, WV
Spouse: Mable (Mae)Gaines Spouse Birth/Death:1887-196_ Burial:Etam Cemetary Child:Betty (Cathell) Sohn
Child: Dolly M (Cathell) Bolyard Dutton 1914-2002 Child: Gerald (Pete) Cathell, Green Valley, WV Child: Richard (Rich) Cathell, Chesapeake, VA Child: Violet (Cathell) Carver
Child: Augusta Cathell Child: Mildred M. Cathell Child: C. Harold Cathell Child:
Residence: Green Valley, WV County: Preston Occupation:Farmer Notes: bought homeplace from siblings



Name: Cathell, Jane Year of Birth 18__ Year of Death: 19__ Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Thomas Springs Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:_______ Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Taylor Occupation: Notes:


Name: Cathell, John Wesley Year of Birth June 22, 1872 Year of Death: August 25, 1951 Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Spouse: Jane Haymon or Layman Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:Concord Church Child: Callie Cathell Corley
Child: Johnnie Cathell Child: Ralph William Cathell Child: Daisy Cathell Child:Howard Cathell
Child: Mitchell Cathell (of John, not of Clarence) Child: Carrie V. Cathell Child: Inez D. Cathell Child:Myrtle E. Cathell
Child: Bretsel L. Cathell Child: Bud Cathell Child: Clifford B. Cathell Child:Blanch Cathell
Child: Dolly P.Cathell Child: Child: Sarah E.Cathell Child: Nellie R. Cathell
Residence: rural Belington WV County:Barbour Occupation: Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, Jonathan Year of Birth abt 1873 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: _____ Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Occupation: Notes: Jonathan might be John Wesley-above?





Name: Cathell, Martha W Year of Birth abt 1876 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: _________
Spouse: _____ Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Occupation: Notes:


Name: Cathell, Rutherford B. Year of Birth abt 1876 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: West Virginia
Spouse: Grace E. Francis Cathell Spouse Birth/Death:12/25/1879/? Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Harrison Co. WV County: Occupation: Notes: Married Grace 1899


Notes-Need to classify/verify


1900 Census
Preston County
listed under Stuart (Steward) and May
Arthur U Cathell abt 1899

listed under William L
Charity Cathell abt 1882

listed under Jos. H.
Eunice E Cathelll abt 1872
Perl A. Cathell abt 1890
Edith J. Cathell abt 1892
Dora M Cathell 1894
Earl C. Cathell abt 1897

1910 Census
Preston County
listed under William and Elsie
Merrill Cathell abt 1905
Charley Cathell abt 1908

listed under George E. and Sarah
Florence M. Cathell abt 1890

listed under Charles and Mabel (Charley and May)
Augusta Cathell abt 1907 (Gusty, a visitor to my home in the 1960's ?)

listed under James M.
Virgil Cathell abt 1901

listed under Stewart H. and (Cyrena) May
Arvel Cathell abt 1900 (seen elsewhere spelled Avril ?-if Avril, died Sept 20 1964 Mineral Co WV- retired B&O RR)

listed under John and Jane-Upshur County--assumed to be the same as John Wesley
Daisy Cathell abt 1895
Howard Cathell abt 1904
Mitchell Cathell abt 1904 - spouse was Mary Russie Malcomb-died March 1953

1920 Census
Preston County

listed under John and Jane
Carrie V. Cathell abt 1909
Inez D. Cathell abt 1914
Myrtle E. Cathell abt 1915
Bretsel L. Cathell abt 1916
Bud Cathell abt 1916

(listed in 1930 census--Barbour Co- Under John and Jane)
Blanch Cathell abt 1913
Clifford B. Cathell abt 1918
Dolly P. Cathell abt 1920
Sarah E. Cathell abt 1922
Nellie R. Cathell abt 1922

listed under William L and Elsie
Myrl Cathell (same as Merrill?) abt 1905
Charles Cathell abt 1908

listed under James W. (1861)
Anna Cathell abt 1881 (Annie Turner)
Claude Cathell abt 1909

listed under Stewart and (Cyrena) May
Robert W. Cathell abt 1909
Ruth M. Cathell abt 1918

1930 census

listed under Theodore Platt-Monongalia Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May) Coal miner- died Sept 1936
Hazel M Cathell about 1905-spouse from Maidsville WV
Charlotte C Cathell abt 1925
Harley N Cathell abt 1926
Richard L Cathell abt 1927
Della M Cathell abt 1930

Rita M Cathell abt 1895?

listed under Charles R abt 1908-Preston Co (of _________)
Augusta Cathell abt 1908
Mary L Cathell abt 1926
Jack Cathell abt 1928

listed under Charles (abt 1881) (of Platt and Sarah) and Mabel abt (1888) (May) -Preston Co in addition to above)
Mildred M Cathell abt 1921
C Harold Cathell abt 1924
Gerald L. Cathell (Pete-current owner in 2007 of homeplace) abt 1926
Richard G. Cathell (Rich-resides in Chesapeake VA in 2007) abt 1929

listed under Joseph H. (of Platt and Sarah) and Callie V. ( in addition to above )
William E Cathell-abt 1915
Elsie E. Cathell abt 1916
Dorothy C Cathell abt 1917
Ethel D Cathell abt 1919
T Gordon Cathell abt 1921
W. Donald Cathell about 1924

listed under Thomas O (Oscar)-Preston Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May)
Ora M Cathell (spouse?) abt 1895
Roy E Cathell abt 1915
Thelma E Cathell abt 1917
Mary E Cathell abt 1922

listed under Harry E --Taylor Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May)
Elizabeth Cathell (spouse?) abt 1897
Edwin H Cathell abt 1920
Stewart A Cathell abt 1923
Mary S Cathell abt 1926
Dorsey L Cathell abt 1928

"abt" = about date of birth

source: http://search.ancestry.com




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