News of the Moment 9/13

Raena King, Visiting Assistnat Professor of Mathematics

Raena King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

The School of Sciences has a new faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:  Raena King.   ”I am joining the full time faculty at CBU after being an adjunct for the last two years.  I completed my BS in Mathematics from Lambuth University in 2007 and my MS in Mathematics from the University of Memphis in 2008.  I have been published in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications as well as in Glasgow Mathematical Journal.  My area of research is functional analysis and operator theory.  The dissertation I will be defending the fall is entitled Hermitian Operators and Projections on Some Hardy Spaces.  Outside of mathematics, my interests include running, playing soccer, reading, cooking, playing music, and spending time with my husband and my baby boy.”

Tamika Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences

Tamika Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences

The School of Sciences has a new Administrative Assistant, Tamika Johnson.  Here is a bit about Tamika:
“Hi everybody!  My name is Tamika Johnson and I am the new Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences.  I am married and have four children ranging in age from 21 thru 2.  I love to read, play fantasy football and comic books.  I am originally from Wisconsin, but I have been in Memphis long enough to call it home.  My favorite food is steak and I love all things pink!  I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan and I am looking for a college team to root for…any suggestions?  ;)  On another note…my 11 year old son wants to invent a teleporter and I have no useful advice to give him, so if you have any tips for him (or advice for me) stop by…let’s chat!”

CBU now has a Guaranteed Interview Agreement (GIA) with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy (UTHSC-COP) that makes it possible for CBU students to be accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy after their third year at CBU, and to earn a B.S. in Natural Science from CBU as they earn their Doctorate in Pharmacy degree, a Pharm.D., from UTHSC-COP. This GIA allows highly qualified CBU students to sit for an Admissions Interview for UTHSC-COP’s next entering class up to a year earlier than the typical undergraduate student. This may result in acceptance to UTHSC-COP following their junior year, reducing their total undergraduate and professional education by one full year. Students who have successfully completed their junior year at CBU, including all GERs, and who subsequently obtain their pharmacy degree at UTHSC-COP may be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science degree by CBU.
This agreement is similar to the one we have with the Union University School of Pharmacy, the Southern College of Optometry, and CBU’s own Physicians Assistant Masters program.  Information on each of these can be obtained by following the links at: .

new canoes for the ecology major

Captain Jack (a.k.a., Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology) with the new Buccaneer fleet (canoes for Ecology).

CBU has some new ships (canoes) in its Buccaneer fleet.  Captain Jack (a.k.a. Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology) commands the Buc fleet.  The Captain refurbished an old trailer to haul the fleet to its various destinations.

new greenhouse

New Greenhouse for the Ecology program

The biology department has a new greenhouse thanks to the donation of materials by Lynda Miller, Science Lab Coordinator, and the donation of construction work by Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology.


Congratulations to the following award winning faculty members in the School of Sciences:
Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science, won the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award for 2013!
Dr. Ted Clarke, Assistant Professor of Physics, won the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor award for 2013!
Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was awarded the John J. Shea Chair of Science and Mathematics for the 2013-2014 academic year!
Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was awarded the Academic Advising award for 2013.

Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger, Associate Professor of Biology, are among the co-authors of an article titled: “Bacterial Contamination of Radiologist Workstations: Results of a Pilot Study” accepted for publication by J Am Coll Radiol 2013.

Students work with "muscles in clay" in A&P lab

Heather Huff and Chawan Rasheed work with “muscles in clay” in A&P I lab

Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology, has had her “muscles in clay” idea published in the “Edu-Snippets” column (edited by Roberta Meehan) in the Summer 2013  issue of HAPS EDucator (a publication of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society).

Dr. John Young, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has had two papers published: (1) Young, J.K.; Clayton, B.T.; Kikonyogo, A.; Pham, T.C.; Parrill, A.L.   “Structural Characterization of an LPA1 Second Extracellular Loop Mimetic with a Self-Assembling Coiled-Coil Folding Constraint” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2013, 14, 2788-2807; and (2) Chen, Y.; Simmonds, R.S.; Young, J.K.; Timkovich, R.   “Solution Structure of the Recombinant Target Recognition Domain of zoocin A”  in Proteins, 2013, 81, 722-727.

Steven Riley Pace

Steven Riley Pace

On April 20, the Department of Chemistry held its Third Annual Chemistry Department Research Conference.  This year’s conference featured research presentations by the graduating seniors with majors in chemistry and biochemistry, Journal-Club presentations by the junior-level research seminar students, and presentation of the 2013 CBU Department of Chemistry Outstanding Service Awards.  The 2 winners of the 2013 Outstanding Service Award are Stephen (Riley) Pace pictured above and Yusef Akbik pictured below.

Yusef Akbik

Yusef Akbik

On April 25, the Annual Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society luncheon for the top 10 students in both the Memphis-Shelby County Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition and the Memphis Section High School Chemistry Competition was hosted by the CBU Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Center on the CBU campus; parents and teachers accompanied the students to the luncheon. Dr. Don Bashford from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital served as the Master of Ceremony for the event.

May 12-17:  Dr. Dennis Merat, Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair, accompanied this year’s high school winner, Vijaya Dasari, and her family to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held May 12-17, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Vijaya went on to win first place in the State of Tennessee Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition, receiving an expense paid trip to the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition in Portland, Oregon on June 14-16.  The Memphis-Shelby County Fair is hosted by CBU with significant volunteer help from the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society and students and faculty from the School of Science.

All four student groups in the School of Sciences have already met this semester and have started planning their activities for the year.  The Biology group, Beta Beta Beta, has met a couple times and has begun planning for its Mock Interview session – see Upcoming Events.  The Math group, MAA, has also met a couple of times.  They had a Welcome Back pizza party where freshmen were introduced to the purpose and activities of the organization.  At an Ice Cream Social on Sept. 9 members debated designs of their club t-shirt. The MAA officers for 2013-14 are:   Rebekah Herrman (President), Eddie Gallarno (Vice-President), Tyler Stranburg (Secretary), Michael Stuart (Treasurer), Josh Swillum (Webmaster), and Becky Wauford (Public Relations).  The Physics group, SPS, met on Sept. 12, and has begun planning on its Science Jeopardy competition – see Upcoming Events.

The pizza was an especially popular part of the first SMACS meeting.

The pizza was an especially popular part of the first SMACS meeting.

On September 5, the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) held their first meeting of the new school year.  Forty-one students and faculty were in attendance.  The new slate of officers were introduced and fall and spring activities were discussed.  The 2013-2014 officers are Esha Thakore (President), Danny Nguyen (Vice-President), Anqi Zheng (Secretary), Melanie Saunders (Treasurer), Kevin Liao (Senator), Erika Odigie (Social Chair), Eva Chen (Chemistry Olympiad Chair), Natalie Wright (National Chemistry Week Chair), Elton Banks (Photographer/Historian), and Parth Thakor (Webmaster).

Alum Gena Horton Vasquez talks to the Natural Science Senior Seminar

Alum Gena Horton Vasquez talks to the Natural Science Senior Seminar

Gena Horton Vasquez, Natural Science 1999, spoke to the Natural Science Seminar class (NSCI 410) about her time at CBU and how it contributed to her career path at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The picture shows some of the items that she brought with her that have been seized as they come through the Port here at Memphis.

Lasallian Fellows

The CBU Lasallian Fellows: Anna Birg, Madeline Faber, Julia Kueter, fellowship donors Robert Buckman and Joyce Mollerup, Rebekah Herrman and Phyo Aung

Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, and Rebekah Herrman, Mathematics & Physics 2014, were both named as Lasallian Fellows at the Academic Convocation on Sept. 5.

Stephenie Allen, Biology 2014, and Zach Winters, Engineering 2014, were married in July.  Stephanie also was awarded a neuroscience fellowship and conducted research with Dr. Anand.

CBU’s Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national honor society, has again received Alpha Chi’s Star Chapter status for their activities and member recruitment during the 2012-13 academic year.  Congratulations!