News of the Moment 2/14

Juste Augustinaite, Natural Science 2014, has been accepted into the Accelerated BSN program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) for this fall.

Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah, Chemistry 2014, has been accepted into the fall 2014 class of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis.

J.D. Wolfe, Biochemistry 2015, had a paper accepted for publication:  Moore, J.E., J.D. Wolfe, and S.B. Franklin. Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. (Forthcoming).  This work was part of an on-going effort to understand plant community dynamics on Mississippi River islands. J.D. performed this work as an independent project in the summer of 2012. J.D. designed the experiment and collected data. He was also involved in co-author review of the manuscript.  Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, was also one of the authors.

BBB's Bowling for Uganda

BBB’s Bowling for Uganda

On Friday, November 15th, CBU’s biology honors society, Tri Beta, hosted their annual Bowling for Uganda event at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes. Twenty-four teams came out to support two worthy charities in Uganda: Hope North and Ishaka Health Plan. The night was full of fun, friends, and raising money for a great cause — teams included alumni, faculty, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, SGA, ACS, School of Business, School of Arts, two Honors Program teams, and Tri Beta. Between bowling, door prizes, and bake sales, Tri Beta raised $1,460 for Uganda.  Trophies were awarded to:

 Top Female: Melody Caldwell (Avg. 172)

 Top Male: Thomas Summers (Avg. 191.5)

 3rd Place Team: School of Arts (Avg. 115)  Team Members: Brendan Prawdzik, Reid Prawdzik, Amy Sattler, Tracie Burke, and Maureen O’Brien

 2nd Place Team: Tri Beta Team 2 (Avg. 134.2)  Team Members: Vu Cao, Stephen Russell, Sonny Nguyen, Bao Duong, and Kelly Giang

 1st Place Team: Bowl Movements (Avg. 135.9)  Team Members: Taylor Tartera, Indiana Soliman, David Vaughn, Melody Caldwell, Velita Thorton, and Ebony Talbert

MAA Chess Tournament

Two of the chess games during the MAA Chess Tournament in November.

On Friday, November 15th, the Student section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) held its annual Chess Tournament.  Graham Lemly won the tournament.  Josh Swillum placed second.

Before Christmas,  members of MAA decked the halls of the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences and sang traditional Calculus Carols at its Christmas party.

Tri Beta hosted their annual Tri Beta/ ACS Holiday Party in December. There was lots of food, drink of the nonalcoholic sort and carols thanks to Dr. Ogilvie and her incredible guitar playing (she asked me to say that).  Students from across the campus came to celebrate the coming of Christmas, Hanuka or winter break.

January 13-18 two members of MAA, Rebekah Herrman and Eddie Gallarno, and advisor Cathy Grilli attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.  This conference is billed as the largest mathematics meeting in the world with about 6500 mathematicians registering. The CBU delegation presented 2 papers and a poster:  “Lions, Tigers, and Mathematicians”, “Walk the Line”, and “Continuous Time Quantum Walks.”

On February 11, Dr. Mark Scott, Director of CBU’s Physician Assistant Studies Program, talked to students about the Physician Assistant profession and about CBU’s program.

On February 12, Dr. Raena King, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented a talk about the game, SET.

Beta Beta Beta Induction members

Beta Beta Beta Induction members

On February 13, Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) held its Induction Ceremonies.  The chapter inducted 41 associate members and 27 full members. Induction began with guest speaker JD Wolfe, Biochem 2015, who talked about his Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) experiences in Brazil. The induction ceremony followed and the evening ended with a reception. We are happy to report that Spain auditorium was packed to the gills with inductees, proud relative and friends.