News of the Moment 9/14

Paula Beecham, School of Sciences new Administrative Assistant

Paula Beecham, School of Sciences new Administrative Assistant

Paula Beecham is the new School of Sciences Administrative Assistant.  She comes to us after 15 years’ experience in the legal field. She began her career as a legal administrative assistance and after 5 years was promoted to office manager. Anyone who knows Paula knows she’s passionate about her family and church. She married the love of her life right out of college and has been blessed with a son, daughter-in-law, daughter, son-in-law and 2 precious GRANDchildren.  Paula is very active in her local church in various capacities from teacher to group administrator.  Her favorite pastime is shopping….if anyone can find a bargain, it’s Paula.

Anna Birg wins the 2014 Dominic Dunn award!

Anna Birg wins the 2014 Dominic Dunn award!

On April 17, we had our annual Student Research Poster Session.  At the session, we announced that the winner of the 2014 Dominic Dunn award is Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014.  Click here to see a web page on the Poster Session.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and J.D. Wolfe at the ARVO conference.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and J.D. Wolfe at the ARVO conference.

JD Wolfe, Biochemistry 2015, presented a paper at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando Fla. His paper was a product of his MHIRT summer research in Brazil.   The title of the paper is:  ”Visaul Acuity and Genetic Classification of Subjects with either Type I or Type II Oculocutaneous Albinism” by JD Wolfe, R Sano, E, Hauzman, DM Bonci, MEC Fitzgerald, and D. Ventura.

JD Wolfe, Biochemistry 2015, and Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, had a paper published along with Dr. Scott Franklin:  “Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions”  in The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 141(1):72-79. 2014;  published By: Torrey Botanical Society
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-13-00031.1
URL: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3159/TORREY-D-13-00031.1

Dr. Bill Simco teaching Austyn Harriman and Daniel Schenck how to identify fish

Dr. Bill Simco teaching Austyn Harriman and Daniel Schenck how to identify fish by using a dichotomous key (we saying “keying out fish”)

Austyn Harriman, Ecology 2017, and Daniel Schenck, Ecology 2017, participated in undergraduate research with Lynda Miller, Science Lab Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty in Biology and Natural Science, this summer and were paid out of a grant Lynda Miller received from the West Tennessee River Basin Authority.  They learned how to do a stream assessment using the EPA protocols and guidelines which includes measurements of water quality, evaluation of habitat, collection of fish and macroinvertebrates and also their identification.  Their study was conducted on Cypress Creek, a tributary to the Loosahatchie River.  They will be presenting their data at the TN Academy Of Science meeting that will be held in the spring.

Dr. James Moore working this summer with turtles.

Dr. James Moore working in the field this summer with turtles.

Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, worked this summer with turtles at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  His work is support by a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The title of the project: “Ranavirus monitoring at Big Lake NWR and Wapanocca NWR with Analysis of Agriculture Induced Aquatic Contamination as a Predictor for Disease Dynamics.”  Grant total: $ 16,200.

Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology, has received the following notification from the MERLOT Biology Editorial Board.  “A team of faculty has identified your work entitled ‘Animal Histology course web page’ as an excellent candidate for the peer review process.  The module has been submitted to MERLOT and can be found at:  http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=230767  ….  Please keep in mind that your module has been nominated for review because it was identified as having high potential as a web-based teaching and learning resource.”

MERLOT-histology page featuring the web resources  of Dr. Anna Ross

MERLOT-histology page featuring the web resources of Dr. Anna Ross

Dr. Ross has other course web pages that are also listed and with five star Editor Reviews (she submitted three of them, but the A&P pages were submitted by another MERLOT user).  http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?contributorUserId=230763&nosearchlanguage=true

Her course A&P I and II (Biol 217 and 218) web pages were submitted to MERLOT by Dr. Marty Zahn and each has a five star user rating and a comment from a user.  Here is the posted comment on her A&P I course web page:
“Aftab Merchant (Faculty):  Excellent collection of link. Very organized lesson plans. Great resource for teaching and learning.  Time spent reviewing site: Many hours. Used in course”

Here is the posted comment about her A&P II course web page:
“Michael Mileski (Faculty):  A great website which alone has some great content of its own, but it is also a repository for other links all over the internet as well.  Students in my online anatomy and physiology classes rave over this site and how much it has to offer them.  Technical Remarks:  It is updated each semester, as it is an active site to the Dr.’s classes, as such you do have to wade through the information about the classes.  It however is not a problem.  It is well worth acquainting yourself with the site to know where to go for future uses.  Time spent reviewing site: 2+, used the site in my classes for quite some time.   Used in course.”

View of Dozza, Italy from Hotel Monte del Re

View of Dozza, Italy from Hotel Monte del Re

Br. Edward Salgado, Professor Emeritus of Biology, has a new publication in Taxon 63(4):939-940, August 2014 issue, online version. Publication date is 28 August 2014.  ”Proposal to reject the name Trichomanes adiantoides (Aspleniaceae).”  Taxon 63(4):939-940, 2014.

Last semester, Dr. Anthony Trimboli, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and 11 students travelled throughout Italy (Rome, Florence and Dozza) to culminate CHEM105: Chemistry of Cooking.

Br. Joel with his CBU guests at his 60th jubilee

Br. Joel with his CBU guests at his 60th jubilee

Br. Joel Baumeyer, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Math Center Director, celebrated his 60th Jubilee as a Christian Brother. The Midwest District celebration was July 19th on the campus of Lewis University.  Attending as guests of Br. Joel were Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, Professor of Mathematics, Cathy Grilli, Professor of Mathematics, and Sandra Davis, Instructor of Mathematics.

Dr. Katie Sauser

Dr. Katie Sauser

Dr. Katie Sauser, Associate Professor of Biology, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award.

Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was awarded the John J. Shea Chair of Science and Mathematics for the 2014-2015 academic year.

All four of the Science’s student groups have already met this semester and have started planning their events.  The math student group, MAA, had an Ice Cream Social event already on Thursday, 9/11.

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.

News of the Moment 3/14

Dr. Raena King, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, had a paper accepted for publication:  Projections on Some Vector Valued Function Spaces with Nadia Gal (University of Miami).  Accepted in Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum.

The MHIRT class of 2014.

The MHIRT class of 2014.

The Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program with Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, as the principle investigator,  Dr. Julia Hanebrink as the Program Coordinator, and Jayannie Webster as the Assistant, is continuing this summer.  Elton Banks , Biomedical Science 2014, is a staff member and Daryl Stevens, a CBU psychology major, is a participant. Both students are officers in the CBU Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national interdisciplinary honor society.

Students presented research at U of M.

Shesha Shah, Christine Nguyen, and Yusef Akbik are shown in front of the University of Memphis Tiger statue after their presentations.

On February 22Yusef Akbik, Biochemistry 2014, Christine Nguyen, Biochemistry 2014, and Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah, Chemistry 2014, presented the results of their undergraduate research at the 34th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.  The title of Yusef Akbik’s talk was “An Examination of the Factors that Influence Iron Oxide-Gold Core-Shell Particle Growth”.  The title of Christine Nguyen’s talk was “Synthesis of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles of Various Shapes and Sizes”.  The title of Shesha Shah’s talk was “Computational Investigation of M-Ga-F Triatomics with Row 3 Metals (M=Sc…Zn)”.  Yusef Akbik and Christine Nguyen both performed their research in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaohua Huang; and Shesha Shah performed her research in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Webster in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

Poster Session

Rebecca Johnston, Heather Huff, and Charlene Patino with their poster at the BIOL 362 Poster Session

On February 25, BIOL 362 Junior Seminar had its poster session where students displayed their posters based on research articles they analyzed.

On February 27, the Student Section of the Mathematical Association of America celebrated Pi Day.  Since the value of pi is approximately 3.14…, this celebration usually takes place on 3/14, but that date fell during spring break this year. So the celebration was moved to 2/27, since 22/7 is a close approximation to the value of pi.

Contestants at the Science Olympiad.

Contestants at the Science Olympiad.

On Saturday, March 1, CBU hosted the regional Science Olympiad for the western part of the state of Tennessee.  We had a very successful day.  Approximately one hundred students participated in the events of that day.  We had five high schools participating and three middle schools.  White Station High school brought two teams so we had 6 teams participating in the high school events.  We were able to judge 21 events for the high school teams.   We had only three middle schools registered and one of those did not participate in most of the events so there was less competition at this level. Nevertheless, we were able to judge and rank the participants in 20 different event.   For each event that we judged, we  awarded first, second and third place individual medals to the contestants.  In addition, we awarded trophies for first and second place schools with the best overall scores.  The events vary greatly, some events are essentially pen and paper exams which test for theoretical knowledge, others require the contestants to bring in previously constructed devices that are tested either to destruction or for speed/precision, while yet other events require the contestants to construct and test devices in a certain limited period of time on  the day of the event.  All in all, it was a very fun, exciting and I hope educational day for the contestants, their coaches and parents.  We will be sending two high school teams on to the state tournament as well as two middle school teams.  This year White Station High School and Collierville High School took first and second place overall, respectively, and thus are invited to participate at the State Tournament in April.   At the middle school level the first and second place teams in the overall competition were White Station Middle School and the Memphis School of Excellence.  Congratulations go to those schools.  To all the rest of the competitors and to the many judges who gave their time and effort many thanks for making March 1 both fun and educational.

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.

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.

News of the Moment 10/13

Lunch for Leah with Dr. Cooper on the left.

Lunch for Leah with Dr. Cooper on the left.

Dr. Marguerite Cooper, a.k.a. Dr. Mom, Professor Emerita, was among the guests at a luncheon for our former Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Leah Allen.

 

Science Trivia contest last year

Dr. Varriano, Professor of Physics, runs the Science Trivia contest last year.

On October 3, The CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students hosted the second annual Science Trivia contest.  Teams of students battled it out for four grueling rounds of questions from biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.  This year’s first place team and the winners of the coveted Science Genius trophy were CBU students Rene Hudlet, Tony Le, and Fred Smith.  The second place finishers were CBU students Tiffany Corkran, Rebekah Herrman, and Megan Mosier; and a team from Rhodes took third place.  Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was master of ceremonies, and Mrs. Cathy Grilli, Professor of Mathematics, assisted.

JD Wolfe presenting at the MHIRT Symposium.

JD Wolfe presenting at the MHIRT Symposium.

On October 5, the Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2013 projects was held.  Two CBU students were among those presenting their research.   Elton Banks, Biomedical Science 2014, presented on: Analysis of Expression Patterns of Hamartin and Tuberin in Animal Models with High Fat Diets His mentor was Luiz Britto, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.  J.D. Wolfe, Biology 2015, presented on:  The Anatomical, Functional, and Electrophysiological Evaluation of the Visual System in Albinism Carriers: A Clinical and Laboratory Study.  His mentor was Dora Fix Ventura, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.  In all, there were eleven presentations by 13 students.  The presenting students’ home institutions include: CBU;  University of Memphis; University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN; Jackson State University in Mississippi; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Tuskegee University in Alabama; Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois; Fort Valley State University in Georgia; and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, had an article published about her by the University of Tennessee Alumni Association. It was a featured story in Vital Signs, the alumni e-newsletter:
http://uthscalumni.com/s/1341/uthsc/index.aspx?sid=1341&gid=4&pgid=3436&cid=5155&ecid=5155&crid=0&calpgid=535&calcid=1889

Anna Birg with two CBU Professors Emeriti, Dr. Bill Busler and Dr. Lyle Wescott

Anna Birg with two CBU Professors Emeriti, Dr. Bill Busler and Dr. Lyle Wescott.

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

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

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:  http://www.cbu.edu/schoolofscience/pharmacyagreement-ut.html .

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!

News of the Moment

 

A view looking down on the floor of Canale Arena during the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair is shown.  In addition to Canale Arena, projects were also displayed in Montesi in Buckman Hall and in the Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center.

A view looking down on the floor of Canale Arena during the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair is shown. In addition to Canale Arena, projects were also displayed in Montesi in Buckman Hall and in the Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center.

On March 20-21, the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair was held on the campus of Christian Brothers University.  Approximately 300 students from across Shelby County participated in the 2013 Fair; the Fair has seen increased participation for each of the last four years.

A view from the floor of Canale Arena during the judging phase of the Fair is shown.

A view from the floor of Canale Arena during the judging phase of the Fair.

The Middle School division of the Fair includes students from grades 6 through 8; and the High School Division includes students from grades 9 through 12.  The winner of the High School Division was Vijaya Dasari from White Station High School, and she will represent Memphis at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013.

TAAPT participants viewing Dr. Varriano's presentation

TAAPT participants viewing Dr. Varriano’s presentation

On March 22-23, Dr. Ted Clarke, Assistant Professor of Physics, and Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, attended the annual meeting of the Tennessee Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (TAAPT) at Middle Tennessee State University where both gave talks.   “Eddy Currents and Aluminum Cans” was presented by Dr. Clarke and  “Physics Fun with 3-D Glasses” was presented by Dr. Varriano.  Dr. Clarke was elected as President of the TAAPT for the 2014-15 year.  CBU will host the conference in the spring of 2015.

On March 24-25, members of the student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America traveled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  While there, they saw the fastest supercomputer in the world, the spallation neutron source (the only other one in the world was in Japan and is being rebuilt after the earthquake), and the graphite reactor from the Manhattan Project.

Area high school students are shown working during the Laboratory Section of the National Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad.

Area high school students are shown working during the Laboratory Section of the National Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad.

On March 30, The American Chemical Society’s 45th Annual Competitive Examination in High School Chemistry and the Twenty-ninth Local Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad were hosted by the CBU Department of Chemistry.  These events are sponsored by the Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society.   Fifty-eight students from 11 different high schools took part in the examinations; participating high schools included Arlington High School, Bartlett High School, Bolton High School, Christian Brothers High School, Collierville High School, Germantown High School, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis University School, St. Agnes Academy, The Bridge Home School, and White Station High School.

On April 5, Krystyna Clark,Biology 2013, and Jessica Ferrell, Biology 2013, presented at the national Alpha Chi convention.  See the featured article on the meeting and the CBU recognitions later in this newsletter.

Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting.

Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting.

On Saturday, April 6, CBU hosted the Collegiate Division of the Western Regional Meeting for the Tennessee Academy of Sciences.  There were six sessions with 35 papers and 9 posters.  CBU students won 11 “Best Paper Awards” for their presentations.  JD Wolfe took first place in the Botany Session for “Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions.” Patrick Graham received second place in the Zoology Session for “Determining the age of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), a premiere sport and food fish in the Gulf of Mexico: An assessment of sagittal otoliths as wahoo ageing structures.”

Krystyna Clark, Jessica Dunn, and Lauren D'Surney at the TAS meeting.

Krystyna Clark, Jessica Dunn, and Lauren D’Surney at the TAS meeting.

In the Health & Medical Sciences I Session, Lauren D’Surney took first place for “Neuroprotective treatment for blast-induced vision loss,” Jessica Dunn won second place for “Effects of alcohol and caffeine on middle cerebral artery diameter,” and Krystyna Clark took third place for “Molecular cloning and expression of cDNAs encoding type 2 ryanodine receptors.” CBU also took all three prizes in the Health & Medical Sciences II Session, with Lydia Hyatt winning first place for “Conditioned olfactory aversion increases olfactory sensitivity in mice,” Lauryn Murphy winning second place for “Determination of axonal loss and optic nerve head degeneration in glaucomatous eyes,” and Jessica Ferrell taking third place for “Corticospinal tract damage accompanies motor dysfunction in a mouse model of closed-head mild traumatic brain injury.” In the Engineering Session, Nicholaus Smith took first place honors with “Wind Energy,” and Hunter Coulson won second place with “Solar Panel Analysis.” Brent Holmes won first place in the Mathematics Session for “Rainbow colorings of some geometrically defined uniform hypergraphs in the plane.”  For full meeting details, see the meeting web site.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, gave two seminars recently.  On March 25, she gave a talk to the CBU informal R and D forum entitled: “The many facets of research in biology at CBU” where she talked about how research can be characterized many different ways:  it can be a simple project that tests a hypothesis in a class, or years of work on a very esoteric project.  She also reviewed some of the projects and types of research conducted in the department of biology.   On April 12, she gave a presentation to the UTHSC graduate students as part of their graduate student research day entitled: “What path should I take from here?  How do I chose?”  This talk was designed to assist students in making decisions about their next step in their career.  It covered six life lessons that she thought helped her. Several students asked for a copy.  There were three CBU alumni in attendance:  Jen Paxson Saputra, Kyle Summers and Michael Herr.

Volleyball Game

Things were looking up for the faculty team,
but the students prevailed this year.

On April 11, we held our annual  Youth & Vitality (SOS Students)  vs.  Old Age & Deceit  (SOS Faculty & Staff) Volleyball Game with the proceeds ($350 so far) going to the Church Health Center.  This year the students prevailed over a faculty team that was down a couple players due to a physics talk off campus but was supplemented by the addition of the CBU President!  See images from the game courtesy of Dr. Anna Ross.

On April 13, 2013, the top students from the Local Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad returned to the campus of Christian Brothers University to take the American Chemical Society’s National Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad.  The purpose of this examination, sponsored by the American Chemical Society and given across the United States,  is to select the top students who will represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Moscow, Russia in July 2013.   Dr. Dennis Merat is the local coordinator for the Chemistry Olympiad and can be contacted at dmerat@cbu.edu for more information.

Stephanie Allen at the Beta Beta Beta induction this spring

Stephanie Allen at the Beta Beta Beta induction this spring

Stephanie Allen, Biology 2014, and Kevin Pham, Biology 2014, were both awarded Neuroscience Undergraduate Merit Fellowships for their senior internship research projects.   Stephanie will conduct  research with Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand and Kevin will work with Dr. Kristen O’Connell.    (Kevin is pictured in the Math Center Tutor section.)

Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, has been selected to receive a 2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Fellowship from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. 

Jessica Dunn, Biology 2013, announces her engagement to Wesley Garrett.  (Jessica is pictured above in the TAS image.)

Trey McGinnis and Rebekah Hermann during Pi Day festivities

Trey McGinnis and Rebekah Hermann during Pi Day festivities

Rebekah Herrman, Mathematics & Physics 2014, was awarded a Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the summer.  Rebekah will be working on quantum computing.

Brent Holmes, Mathematics & Physics 2013, has been awarded a teaching assistantship in the Ph.D. Mathematics Department at the University of Kansas.  He also has a paper accepted for publication:  ”Two Kinds of Frobenius Problems”  by L. Beneish, B. Holmes, P. Johnson and T. Lai  in the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Sheshaben (Shesha) Shah, Chemistry 2014, has been selected to receive a 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship from the University of Memphis.

Colleen Valdez, Biology 2013, worked with Dr. L Reiter of the UTHSC Neuroscience Institute who just published a high impact journal article on his research on autism.

Cameron Volpe at the TAS meeting

Cameron Volpe at the TAS meeting

Cameron Volpe, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) School of Veterinary Medicine.  (Last month we reported that she was accepted at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.)

Erika Yates, Biochemistry 2014, has been selected to receive a 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the SURF program in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center at Memphis.

News of the Moment

MHIRT group for summer 2013

MHIRT group for summer 2013 at its weekend retreat on February 23-24.

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU president, recently made an action-packed trip to Washington, DC, where he attended a meeting of Lasallian university presidents as well as a meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). At the ACCU meeting, he also presented a poster authored by Dr. Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology and Director of the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program, and Ms. Julia Hanebrink, MHIRT Program Coordinator, on the MHIRT program at the meeting entitled “There’s an App for That: Utilizing Technology to Foster International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates.”

Dr. Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, was a featured speaker at the 11th Scientific meeting of the Associate for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Alicante, Spain, on February 7-10  where she presented a paper entitled “The role of serotonergic neurons of the paramedian raphe in regulating choroidal blood flow in rats.”  Her co-authors were Nobel Del Mar, Chuyan Li and Anton Reiner.  She helped organize and moderate the session with Dr. Jeff Kiel.  At the meeting she was elected to the Board of Trustees for the organization (http://www.aopt.org/).

Beta Beta Beta Induction

Beta Beta Beta Induction

The Mu Tau chapter of Beta Beta Beta biological honor society held inductions for new members on Wednesday, February 20. The ceremony included a presentation by our very own Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, who gave a talk about the “Causes & Consequences of Channel Modification: Examining the Alteration of Ecological Patterns in Western Tennessee.” Tri Beta would like to congratulate the following students who were inducted as Associate Members for the year of 2013: Emi Abutineh, Cale Alexander, Tachele Anderson, Joanna Arnett, Matthew Brint, Rachel Depperschmidt, Majdi Elias, Alma Godoy, Patrick Held, Shannon Joyce, Tierney Kizer, Sarah Langsdon, Shelby Malcolm, Alex McCormick, Brent McGlaughlin, Megan Mosier, Toni Patrick, Gabriela Quiroz, Mehak Rajani, Tiffany Rice, Katherine Robinson, Marie Ryall, Matthew Skelton, Bailey Smith, Whitney Stepter, Hema Sura, Ben Tansey, Colt Terhune, Camisha Terrell, Ryan Tomlinson, Nhu-Phuong Vo, Will Walsh, Kevin Young and Anqi Zheng. Tri Beta would also like to congratulate those who were inducted as Full Members: Stephanie Allen, Alex Bickenbach, Darianne Butler, Lauren D’Surney, Jessica Jameson, Hannah Kurtz, Shannon McDonald, Erika Olvera, Charlene Ann Patino, Matthew Pointer, Don Rautine, JD Wolfe and Erika Yates.

The Science Olympiad for West Tennessee was held at CBU on Saturday, Feb. 23. The event table for this year can be found here. The Director for the CBU site is Dr. Andrew Diener, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.  Several CBU faculty members and members of the four Student Groups in the School of Sciences helped out as Event Directors.  We had four teams at the high school competition for a total of 60 students, and we had two teams at the middle school competition for a total of 30 students.   The winning teams were from White Station, both for high school and for middle school.  In addition, we had numerous family members visiting campus, taking the campus tour put on by Admissions, and generally enjoying the atmosphere that is the CBU campus.

On the weekend of February 23-24, MHIRT held its retreat at the Heifer Ranch.  See the image above.

Kevin Pham and Kristin Davis displaying their poster at the BIOL 362 Junior Seminar poster session.

Kevin Pham and Kristin Davis displaying their poster at the BIOL 362 Junior Seminar poster session.

On Tuesday, February 26, BIOL 362 Junior Seminar held its poster session.

Spring Break was March 3 through 9.

On Thursday, March 14, the Christian Brothers University Student Members of the American Chemical Society (CBU SMACS) held its third Spring Meeting.  They discussed plans for the Science Fair and High School Chemistry Competitions, and there was a Special Presentation by Dominique Garcia-Robles, Chemistry 2011, and Kay Powell on Optometry School and the Student Volunteers for Optometric Service to Humanity.

Pi Day

Pi Day

On Thursday, March 14, the Student Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) celebrated Pi Day (3.14) with pies and with pi tatoos (non-permanent).

Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been elected as Secretary/Treasurer for the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS).  Congratulations!

Cameron Volpe, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the Mississippi State School of Veterinary Medicine.  Congratulations!

News of the Moment

Field Trip

Br. Thomas Sullivan, Ms. Lynda Miller, and Dr. Stan Eisen with students on a field trip.

New Degree:  The CBU Board of Trustees has approved a new Ecology degree for the coming academic year 2013-2014.  The new degree will replace our existing Concentration in Environmental Science.  The new degree will be housed in the Biology Department.  Thanks to Br. Edward Salgado, Professor Emeritus, and Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, and the whole Biology Department for their work in developing this exciting new major.  If you are interested in finding out more about the new degree, contact Dr. Moore at jmoore25@cbu.edu

Call for Abstracts:  The Western Collegiate Division Meeting Tennessee Academy of Sciences will meet on April 6, 2013, and be hosted by Christian Brothers University.  The abstract deadline  is Friday, March 15, 2013.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Duane McKenna, Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, has a paper published that she originally presented in Spain via Skpye:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?reload=true&punumber=6384918
Computers in Education (SIIE) , 2012 International Symposium ”Utilization of technology to manage an undergraduate international research program: Minority health international research training in Uganda, Kenya, Brasil or Thailand” by Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald and Lluis Vincent.

Dr. Fitzgerald with AX donations to food bank

Dr. Fitzgerald on her way to Food Bank with Alpha Chi donations

Professor Fitzgerald:   This is from Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Executive Director of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society:   I’m writing first to congratulate you on your Alpha Chi chapter receiving the Star Chapter Award for 2012.  This is a significant achievement, and I’ll be on hand to tell you personally how much I appreciate your diligent service when certificates are distributed at the convention in Nashville.  Official letters of commendation are being sent to university presidents this week as well, since an active Alpha Chi chapter contributes to the overall academic health of any university, and I hope they’ll lead to continued support for the work sponsors and students are doing.

On Tuesday, January 22, Dr. Terry Ackerman, Director of Human Values & Ethics, UTHSC presented a talk on  Bioethics in Human Research.  The talk was part of BIOL 362 Junior Seminar taught by Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology.
 
Luca Anthony Trimboli

Luca Anthony Trimboli

On January 28th, Dr. Anthony Trimboli, Assistant Professor of Chemisty, and his wife, Nancy, had a baby: Luca Anthony Trimboli, 8 pounds 1 ouonce and 20.75 inches.  Congratulations!

 
On Tuesday, February 5, Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology and Director of Pre-Health Program, gave a talk on  Applying to Clinical Healthcare Programs.
 

Dr. Dennis Merat, Chair Department of Chemistry, is the General Chair in charge of planning the Joint Southeast Regional Meeting (SERMACS)/Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRMACS) of the American Chemical Society to be held in Memphis November 4 through November 7, 2015.  He gave a formal presentation to the SERMACS Board on November 17, 2012, covering plans and progress on preparations for the 2015 meeting.  This followed a similar presentation to the SWRMACS Board on November 7, 2012.  Both boards gave unanimous approval of the plans. 

Robert Banks, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Krystyna Clark, Biology 2013, has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Upcoming Events

The Science Olympiad is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 23. The event table for this year can be found here. The Director for the CBU site is Dr. Andrew Diener, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. You can contact Dr. Diener by e-mail at adiener@cbu.edu and by phone at 901-321-3452.

The 59th Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 20-21 on the campus of Christian Brothers University (CBU). Project judging begins at 12 noon on March 21. There will be 2 judging divisions this year: one for grades 6 through 8 and one for grades 9 through 12.  If you are interested in participating in project judging or if you know of a student who would like to enter the fair, please contact Dr. Dennis Merat at dmerat@cbu.edu.