News of the Moment 4/14

Joanna Arnett, Biochemistry 2015, has been selected to be a Summer Research Scholar to participate in research during Summer 2014 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Kiara Mitchell has been accepted to Northwest Community College’s Nursing Program.

Shesha Shah, Chemistry 2014, presented a research paper, “Computational Investigation of M-Ga-F Triatomics with Row 3 Metals (M = Sc…Zn), in the Quantum Chemistry session on March 17, 2014 at the  247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition.  Shesha Shah’s research mentor was Nathan DeYonker from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

Damien Stevenson, Biochemistry 2015, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Tennessee Institute for Pre-professionals summer program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Esha Thakore, Biochemistry 2014, has been accepted into the Fall 2014 entering class of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis.

John (J.D.) Wolfe, Biochemistry 2015, has been selected to participate in the Summer Science Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. John Varriano at a bottle rocket event.

Dr. John Varriano at a bottle rocket event.

Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, has been selected as the recipient of the NACADA Region III Excellence in Advising – Faculty Role award  for the state of Tennessee!  From the notification:  ”You should be extremely proud of this accomplishment as there were numerous deserving nominees this year.”

On March 16, the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) was officially presented an Honorable Mention Award for chapter activities at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas, Texas.  Shesha Shah, Chemistry 2014, accepted the award at the ACS Student Chapter Awards Ceremony on behalf of the CBU SMACS chapter.

Middle School Students presented posters of their Science Fair projects in Canale Arena (shown above).   Additional Middle School and High School  projects were presented in Sabbatini Lounge and the Montesi Conference Room.

Middle School Students presented posters of their Science Fair projects in Canale Arena (shown above). Additional Middle School and High School projects were presented in Sabbatini Lounge and the Montesi Conference Room.

On March 24-25, CBU hosted the Memphis-Shelby County Science & Engineering Fair  (for middle school and high school students) with Dr. Dennis Merat, Associate Professor of Chemistry, as the Director.  We had about 300 students compete.

On Saturday, March 29, Dr. Dennis Merat, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and the Student Section of the American Chemical Society hosted the local High School Chemistry Competition and the Greater Shelby County Chemistry Olympiad for high school students.  We had about 70 students competing.  Schools represented included Arlington High school, Bolton High School, Christian Brothers High School, Collierville High School, Germantown High School, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis University School, St. Agnes Academy, St. George’s Independent School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, The Bridge Home School, and White Station High School.

Student Team

Student Team

On Thursday, April 3, the Student Groups hosted the annual “Youth and Vitality (Students) vs. Old Age & Deceit (Faculty, Alumni, Staff)volleyball game to raise money for the Church Health Center. 

Communication is an important skill.

Communication is an important skill.

The Faculty/Alumni/Staff team won the first game, but couldn’t hold off the Students who won the next three in close contests.  The Faculty were somewhat hobbled this year due to the fact that several younger faculty were at home with babies (Dr. King, Dr. Moore, Dr. Trimboli).  But of course the students were somewhat weighed down by the load of work that the Faculty had assigned them.  See more images at a web site that Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology, has created.

 

On Saturday, April 5, CBU hosted the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting.  Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Ms. Lynda Miller, Science Lab Coordinator, were the meeting directors.  The following CBU students were award winners:

Session 1:  Organismal Biology

Sarah Fay with her mentors Lynda Miller and Br. Tom Sullivan.

Sarah Fay at the TAS with her mentors Lynda Miller and Br. Tom Sullivan.

3rd place:  Sarah Faye for her research:  Heavy metal uptake by lichens in an urban environment  by Sarah Fay*, Thomas Sullivan, and Lynda Miller, Collierville High School (SF), Christian Brothers University (LM, TS).  Sarah was a high school REAP grant participant at CBU over the summer.

Session 2:  Health & Medical Science

Cale Baskin presenting at TAS

Cale Baskin presenting at TAS

2nd Place:  Cale Baskin for his research:  SD-OCT scanning of the optic nerve in diagnosis of glaucoma  by Cale Baskin* and Eric Sigler, Christian Brothers University.

Hope Gilbertson accepting her certificate for 2nd place at the TAS meeting

Hope Gilbertson accepting her certificate for 2nd place at the TAS meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place:  Hope Gilbertson for her research:  Preclinical assessment of gemcitabine as an effective new treatment of Ependymoma,  by Hope Gilbertson*, Nidal Boulos, Jason Dapper, and Richard Gilbertson.

 

 

Session 3:  Engineering

1st Place:  Sean Dantis and Mathew Winters for their research:  Escape from the minefield.
2nd Place:  Adam Tekle and Viet Minh Tong for their research:  The Smart Cube Solver.
3rd Place:  Jerry W. Counce, Cody R. Crow, and Michael B. Powers for their:  IEEE Southeast Conference 2014 Hardware Competition.

Session 4:  Posters:

JD Wolfe with his poster at TAS

JD Wolfe with his poster at TAS

2nd Place:  J. D. Wolfe for his poster:  Visual acuity and genetic classification of subjects with either Type I or Type II Oculocutaneous Albinism, by John D. Wolfe, Ronaldo Y. Sano, einat Hauzman, Daniela M.O. Bopnci, Malinda Fitzgerald, Dora F. Ventura.
For more information, see the web page that Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology, has created: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/aross/biodept/TAS2014/TAS2014.html

The CBU participants at the Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting are pictured above.

The CBU participants at the Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting are pictured above.

Saturday, April 5:  Chemistry and Biochemistry majors from Christian Brothers University presented their senior research at the Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting held at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  Presenters from CBU included Yusef Akbik, Biochemistry 2014, Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, Yuan (Eva) Chen, Biochemistry 2014, Kevin Liao,  Biochemistry 2014, Shannon McDonald, Biochemistry 2014, Christine Nguyen, Biochemistry 2014, Duy (Danny) Nguyen, Chemistry 2014, Melanie Saunders, Biochemistry 2014, Shesha Shah, Chemistry 2014, Esha Thakore, Biochemistry 2014, Natalie Wright, Biochemistry 2014, and Erika Yates, Biochemistry 2014.  Shesha Shah served as a moderator for Session III-B at the meeting.  Participating universities included Christian Brothers University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee – Martin, Union University, Vanderbilt University, and Miami University of Ohio.

Elton Banks,president, Stephanie Allen-Winters, vice president, Zach Winters, and Drs. Randal Price and Malinda Fitzgerald attended.    Picture by Bill Clemente

Zach Winters; Stephanie Allen-Winters, vice president; Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Dr. Randal Price; and Elton Banks, president; attended the Alpha Chi meeting. Picture by Bill Clemente

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, has moved into her term as president of Region III of the Alpha Chi National Organization.  In addition to having CBU’s chapter advisor beginning her two year term as Region III’s president, CBU’s TN Theta chapter has been recognized as a Star chapter for the 5th time.  One of the academic events that the CBU chapter sponsors is the Alpha Chi poster session that will be today, April 15, 2014 from 12-2 PM.  Over 50 posters will be presented from several different disciplines.  Students will be at their posters from 12:30 to 1 PM for even poster numbers and from 1-1:30 PM for odd poster numbers.

April 7:  The 2014 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony was held in the CBU Theatre.  The winner of the Middle School Division was Elizabeth Austin from Hutchison School; the winner of the High School Division was Joshua Lin from Houston High School.