News of the Moment 11/13

The week after fall break was National Chemistry Week.  The CBU chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) celebrated it with a week of exciting activities.

Diet Coke and Mentos demonstration

Diet Coke and Mentos demonstration

** on Monday, October 21:  Elephant Toothpaste Demonstration in the lobby of Assisi Hall;
** on Tuesday, October 22:  Diet Coke and Mentos in front of Cooper-Wilson;
** on Wednesday Evening, October 23: Mole Day Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse (note this started at 6:02 on 10/23);
** on Thursday, October 24: the Gummi Bear Experiment in AH 204;
** on Friday, October 25:  Foaming Pumpkins in the Cooper-Wilson lobby.

Carved pumpkin at the MAA event

Carved pumpkin at the MAA event

On Monday, October 28, the Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of American (MAA) held their annual “Dress Like a Mathematician Halloween Party and Pumpkin Carving” event where they supplied the pumpkins!

On Friday, November 1, Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society and student group, sponsored a Zoo Trip to the Memphis Zoo.

On Thursday, November 7, we had our Annual Health Career Opportunities Fair. Representatives from the following institutions were present to answer questions about their respective programs:
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • College of Allied Health (Dental Hygiene, Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
University of Memphis School of Public Health
Southern College of Optometry
Union University School of Pharmacy
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
U.S. Army Healthcare Scholarship Program
U.S. Navy Healthcare Scholarship Program


Raena King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Raena King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

On Friday, November 8, Raena King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, defended  her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Memphis.  Her dissertation is titled Hermitian Operators and Projections on Hardy Spaces.  Her adviser was Dr. James Jamison.  The work was published in peer-reviewed journals. Some was in a paper titled “Unbounded Hermitian Operators on Kolaski Spaces” with James Jamison in the Glasgow Mathematical Journal.  The rest was in a solo paper titled “ Generalized Bi-circular Projections on Certain Hardy Spaces” in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications.

Rebekah Herrman accepting the winner's plaque for best poster in her section at the NCHC.

Rebekah Herrman accepting the winner’s plaque for best poster in her section at the NCHC.

Over the weekend of November 9-10, at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in New Orleans, Rebekah Hermann, Mathematics & Physics 2014, won Best Poster in the Business, Engineering, and Computer Science category with Quantum Computing, her summer REU project at Oakridge National Laboratory (there were 180 posters submitted in eight categories).

Br. Robert Staub and Dr. Marguerite Cooper (a.k.a., Dr. Mom).

Dr. Marguerite Cooper (a.k.a., Dr. Mom) and Br. Robert Staub.

On November 9, CBU held it’s annual Bell Tower Gala.  Among the guests were Science Professor Emeriti Br. Robert Staub (Biology 1950-1995) and Dr. Marguerite Cooper (Chemistry 1977-2009)  pictured here.

Kristin Davis, Biology 2014, has been accepted to the Southern College of Optometry for fall 2014.

Jessica Jameson, Biology 2014, has her senior thesis accepted for publication in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications!  She worked with alum, Michael Herr:  Ms. No.: BBRC-13-6263  Title: Pro-MMP-9 Upregulation in HT1080 Cells Expressing CD9 Is Regulated by Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor;  Corresponding Author: Mr. Michael James Herr  Authors: Scott E Mabry; Jessica F Jameson; Lisa K Jennings.

Desire’ Smith, Ecology 2014, and Dr. Jame Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, have had two papers accepted for publication:  Hanlon SM, Smith D*, Kerby J, Parris MJ, and Moore JE. Accepted. Confirmation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection via qPCR at the Edward J. Meeman Biological Field Station, Tennessee, USA.; and  Hanlon SM, Smith, D*, Peterson B, Kerby J, Parris MJ, and Moore JE. Accepted. Occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas, USA.