J. Andrew Aristorenas, Biology 2015, announces his engagement to Katie Forsythe. The picture was taken on July 4, 2014 at Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia. They plan on getting married summer 2015 and have dated for 5 years.
Joanna Arnett, Biochemistry 2015, has been accepted into the 2015 entering class of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee.
Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor Michael Pohlman as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus and Analice Sowell, Chemistry 2002 & MAT 2005, as the Distinguished Young Alumna at its 3rd Annual Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, November 15. Congratulations to Michael and Analice!
Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, is one of the principle investigators on a grant: ”Ranavirus Monitoring at Big Lake NWR and Wapanocca NWR with Analysis of Agriculture-Induced Aquatic Contamination as a Predictor for Disease Dynamics”, PI’s are Shane Hanlon & James Moore. What are Ranaviruses? Ranaviruses are extremely lethal to herptiles and have been attributed to mass die-offs throughout the U.S. Recent studies show that this emerging pathogen frequently persists in herptile populations between die-offs and also that its prevalence varies seasonally, usually peaking in the spring. The monitoring objectives are to determine the following: 1) the overall prevalence and species specificity of ranavirus in turtle populations at Big Lake NWR and Wapanocca NWR, 2) identify ranavirus infection prevalence differences between habitat types, 3) identify types and prevalence of pesticides within each habitat, and 4) document how the presence of pesticides alter ranavirus infections in turtles and if such interactions vary seasonally. This project will involve the Fall 2014 Ecology course for data collection in November and the Wetland Ecology course in the Spring of 2015.
At the September 25, 2014, meeting of The Christian Brothers University Student Members of the American Chemical Society (CBU SMACS), Catherine Gluszek, Biochemistry 2012, pictured on the left, presented an interesting talk titled “How Harry Potter Can Help You Get into Medical School”. Using the Harry Potter books as a running theme, she described what students need to do to be competitive in the Medical School Application process.
On October 2, Beta Beta Beta, the Biology student honor society/club, held its annual Mock Interviews. The event was organized by Nuti Desai and Megan Huynh with assistance from Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology. There were 7 interviewers from various professions, many of which are alumni from CBU. Professions of the interviewers ranged from veterinarian, and dentistry, to physical therapy, M.D.’s and Physician’s Assistants. There were 12 students who interviewed this year: JD Wolfe, Brent Mcglaughin,Benjamin Kueter, Darianne Butler, Prakruthi Phanira, Damian Kaminski, Andrew Aristoneras, Joseph Krebs, Nirali Patel, Patricia Brownsberger, and Brittany Burton. Thanks to all the students and alumni who took the time out of their very busy lives and participated in this important and successful event. Interviewers (in no particular order): Dr. Yelena Lapova, Biology 2000, veterinarian; Dr. Jarad Braddy, Biology 2000, dentist; Dr. Christina Brown Tran, Biology 2006, M.D; Dr. Jana Pierini Robinson , Biology 2002, M.D; Dr. Jennifer Hendricks, Biology 2006, D.O.; Ms. Michelle Graves, physical therapy; Dr. Mark Scott, physician’s assistant; and Drs. Ogilvie and Fitzgerald, Professors of Biology.
At the October 6, 2014, meeting of the CBU SMACS chemistry club, Dr. Mark Scott (pictured on the left), Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at CBU, gave an informative talk describing background preparation and the application process for Physician Assistant School, as well as various aspects of the Physician Assistant Program.
On October 6, 2014, the CBU Department of Chemistry hosted the Awards Dinner for the top scoring high School students on the 2014 Memphis Section Local Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad and the 2014 Memphis Section Annual High School Competitive Examination. The dinner is an annual event sponsored by the Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society. The 10 top scoring students on the Local Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad were invited back to the CBU campus to take the National Chemistry Olympiad Examination on April 26, 2014. Tony Chen from Lausanne Collegiate School received a Honors ranking on the National Examination, indicating that he scored among the top 158 students who took the examination. Both he and his chemistry teacher, Mr. Mark Page, were presented with plaques at the Awards Dinner recognizing this achievement. For more information about either the Chemistry Olympiad or the Memphis Section Annual High School Competitive Examination, please contact the Memphis section Olympiad Coordinator Dr. Dennis Merat at firstname.lastname@example.org .