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.
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.
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
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, 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.”
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.”
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 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, 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.