News of the Moment

Field Trip

Br. Thomas Sullivan, Ms. Lynda Miller, and Dr. Stan Eisen with students on a field trip.

New Degree:  The CBU Board of Trustees has approved a new Ecology degree for the coming academic year 2013-2014.  The new degree will replace our existing Concentration in Environmental Science.  The new degree will be housed in the Biology Department.  Thanks to Br. Edward Salgado, Professor Emeritus, and Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, and the whole Biology Department for their work in developing this exciting new major.  If you are interested in finding out more about the new degree, contact Dr. Moore at

Call for Abstracts:  The Western Collegiate Division Meeting Tennessee Academy of Sciences will meet on April 6, 2013, and be hosted by Christian Brothers University.  The abstract deadline  is Friday, March 15, 2013.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Duane McKenna, Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, has a paper published that she originally presented in Spain via Skpye:
Computers in Education (SIIE) , 2012 International Symposium ”Utilization of technology to manage an undergraduate international research program: Minority health international research training in Uganda, Kenya, Brasil or Thailand” by Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald and Lluis Vincent.

Dr. Fitzgerald with AX donations to food bank

Dr. Fitzgerald on her way to Food Bank with Alpha Chi donations

Professor Fitzgerald:   This is from Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Executive Director of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society:   I’m writing first to congratulate you on your Alpha Chi chapter receiving the Star Chapter Award for 2012.  This is a significant achievement, and I’ll be on hand to tell you personally how much I appreciate your diligent service when certificates are distributed at the convention in Nashville.  Official letters of commendation are being sent to university presidents this week as well, since an active Alpha Chi chapter contributes to the overall academic health of any university, and I hope they’ll lead to continued support for the work sponsors and students are doing.

On Tuesday, January 22, Dr. Terry Ackerman, Director of Human Values & Ethics, UTHSC presented a talk on  Bioethics in Human Research.  The talk was part of BIOL 362 Junior Seminar taught by Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology.
Luca Anthony Trimboli

Luca Anthony Trimboli

On January 28th, Dr. Anthony Trimboli, Assistant Professor of Chemisty, and his wife, Nancy, had a baby: Luca Anthony Trimboli, 8 pounds 1 ouonce and 20.75 inches.  Congratulations!

On Tuesday, February 5, Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology and Director of Pre-Health Program, gave a talk on  Applying to Clinical Healthcare Programs.

Dr. Dennis Merat, Chair Department of Chemistry, is the General Chair in charge of planning the Joint Southeast Regional Meeting (SERMACS)/Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRMACS) of the American Chemical Society to be held in Memphis November 4 through November 7, 2015.  He gave a formal presentation to the SERMACS Board on November 17, 2012, covering plans and progress on preparations for the 2015 meeting.  This followed a similar presentation to the SWRMACS Board on November 7, 2012.  Both boards gave unanimous approval of the plans. 

Robert Banks, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Krystyna Clark, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Upcoming Events

The Science Olympiad is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 23. The event table for this year can be found here. The Director for the CBU site is Dr. Andrew Diener, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. You can contact Dr. Diener by e-mail at and by phone at 901-321-3452.

The 59th Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 20-21 on the campus of Christian Brothers University (CBU). Project judging begins at 12 noon on March 21. There will be 2 judging divisions this year: one for grades 6 through 8 and one for grades 9 through 12.  If you are interested in participating in project judging or if you know of a student who would like to enter the fair, please contact Dr. Dennis Merat at