Sowell on AEDs, Hankins in Podiatry & the Mason-Garniss Wedding

Analice Sowell, Chemistry 2002 and M.A.T 2005, shared her knowledge of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with the Tennessee Association of County Mayors at Cook Convention Center in Memphis on Thursday, October 11. Sowell spoke about her experience implementing AEDs and teaching safety programs, and she offered personal reflections on the importance of installing the devices in schools and public places. The quick use of an AED saved her father’s life in 2006, when he went into cardiac arrest while at work. Analice has spearheaded the installation of nine AEDs on the Memphis University School (MUS) campus where she is a science instructor, and she has trained more than 40 faculty and staff members in AED use and other safety procedures. Click here for more and on this Facebook page, which is a public Facebook page for MUS.

Michael Hankins, Natural Science 2012, has been accepted to the Podiatry School at Barry University in Miami.

Laura Mason and Greg Garniss were married on October 6th in Ocean Springs Ms. Laura was a psychology and Global Studies major at CBU and was a work study in the MHIRT program.

Featured Article: Two of our Math Center Tutors

KJ Grove, Math Center Tutor

KJ Grove, Math Center Tutor

The Math Center is a very popular place and continues to set new records for usage. It is a place for free one-on-one tutoring in math. It is also a place to do your math homework by yourself or in a study group with others in the center. Here are profiles of two of the tutors. Profiles of some of the other math tutors can be found in previous issues of this newsletter.
Sophomore mechanical engineer KJ Grover has been a math center tutor for almost a year now starting in the second semester of his freshman year. A graduate of Homelife Academy, KJ was home schooled throughout high school. He is a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), has been a Freshman Peer Councilor, and is currently on the moon buggy team and the mini-Baja team in the School of Engineering. He tutors anything from basic algebra to Calculus III and is always willing to give a helping hand in the Math Center.

Tyler Stranburg, Math Center Tutor

Tyler Stranburg, Math Center Tutor

Tyler Stranburg, a sophomore, started tutoring in the Math Center this fall. He is native of Tallahassee Florida and states that he chose CBU because of the great atmosphere and the honors program. His major is Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He tutors basic math through Calculus II and also is a tutor for basic Chemistry. Tyler is a proud member of the CBU honors program.

The Math Center tutors will help any CBU student with a math question or problem. They provide assistance in a warm and congenial atmosphere. They can get you through the toughest homework problem. They’re here to help you learn math.

Location: Cooper-Wilson 321
Phone: 901-321-3245

Featured Story: Technology in Teaching

A screen from one of the computer homework programs developed at CBU on the theory of relativity.

A screen from one of the computer homework programs developed at CBU on the theory of relativity.

Many faculty members at CBU have made very good use of technology in the classroom and in their course support materials. PowerPoint provides a useful classroom tool. As with any tool, it has the potential to be abused, but it also has the power to be a way of providing clear and concise notes including images and graphs. Some of the professors post the PowerPoint presentations on their web sites as a way of providing good class notes that can be annotated by the students in lecture, freeing up time for the students to listen and participate in class. Another powerful tool is spreadsheets that can show numerical techniques and provide simulations. These also are sometimes posted on professors’ websites and can be used and experimented with by students. Some of our professors use Moodle as a tool to provide graded homework and class information.But computers provide more than just PowerPoint and spreadsheets. In the Physics Department here at CBU, Dr. Johnny Holmes, Professor of Physics, and Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics have created computer homework program sets that have been downloaded by hundreds of other educators around the world. This work began about 1980, so there are now plenty of CBU science and engineering graduates that are familiar with these. The programs have recently been updated so that they run on the newer windows operating systems. Based on student comments on course evaluations and student performance on tests, these program sets are a useful learning tool. Dr. Ted Clarke, Assistant Professor of Physics, is using Wiley Plus as a computer aid for his students.

Hands On learning at CBU labs

Along with all of the automation and computers, labs at CBU still have a hands-on component.

Biology is very image intensive, and our biology faculty have used the ability of the computer to store and retrieve images quickly. Particularly outstanding in this area is Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology. She has shared with me many notes of thanks from around the world for her resources she makes available on the web. And the biology resources on our intranet are even more extensive! Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald is using clickers in her lecture classes to improve student engagement.

In chemistry, molecules exist in three dimensional space, so the computer is now an important tool to see these molecules in 3-D. Dr. William Busler, Professor Emeritus, wrote a program on the old Commodore computers to help students practice nomenclature, and that program has recently been updated to run on the newer windows operating systems. Many of our alums should remember that program! Dr. William Peer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has many chemistry resources available on Moodle for his students including the above mentioned nomenclature program, PowerPoint slides, study guides and practice exams. He also uses the OWL computer system because of the instant feedback in doing homework problems and because of the good explanations when students do not get the right answer. Dr. Anthony Trimoli, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, uses the Sapling computer system along with clickers in his lecture classes. Dr. David Dawson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, uses software to display organic chemicals in his Organic Chemistry lectures.

In the lower level mathematics courses, the Math Department uses several different tools. In the ALGebra sequence, the department uses a computer program to supplement the lectures. This program gives students guided practice on the skills and concepts being taught. In the Finite Math course for Arts and Business majors, Dr. Bedrossian has developed computer tools for a hybrid course offered in the evening to Professional Studies students but it is also useful to day students as a great study guide. In the Precalculus course, the department is using an on-line system that not only gives guided help to the student but also decreases the cost of a printed textbook.

The Mathematics Department has utilized the Moodle Program since 2003 by setting up a series of tests in Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus/Calculus 1, Calculus 1 & 2, and Differential Equations courses to help students with their computational abilities in these areas.

In the upper level mathematics courses, the department uses the Maple programs to help visualize functions in several dimensions (parameters). Not only do the math faculty use this tool, they also create tools that they share with others in the world. For instance, Dr. Leigh Becker, Professor of Mathematics, has worked students to develop Maple worksheets and some of these have been published by Maplesoft at its Maple Application Center web site.

The use of computers in the lab is everywhere. They provide excellent tools in the gathering of data and in the analysis of that data. Almost every instrument now has a computer interface. We try, however, in the labs to really let the students see, touch, and understand what is really going on and not just learn to push buttons. And we do use technology in lab teaching, too. One advantage is allowing students to “replay” lab activities as they study the material outside of lab time. In biology, they have tutorials using digital images (of anatomical models, dissection specimens, and photomicrographs) and video that we can link through Moodle, course web pages and made available via a shared directory.

Here is a link to a video clip from a recent embryology lab. Ebony Talbert, Biology 2014, captured this video (as well as some still images) with her iPhone through the dissecting microscope objective. It shows a stained, living chicken embryo. You can clearly see the heart beating.

Featured Alum: Kristi Prevost, Biology 2010

I’m Kristi Prevost, and I graduated in the class of 2010 with a degree in Biology. I have always had a special interest in animals, have worked in various small animal clinics throughout my life, and have always wanted to pursue a career with animals. As a junior in college, trying to find a position with Dr. Fitzgerald for my senior research project, I decided to apply to a few marine mammal facilities for internships. I was fortunate enough to get an internship at Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, Florida. While there, I conducted a behavioral research project studying the social, dominant, and aggressive behaviors and interactions between the bottlenose dolphins there. I spent the summer in the Keys, getting a taste of what it would be like to live in a tropical setting and to work with exotic animals.

Kristi Prevost, Featured CBU Alum

Kristi Prevost with Alfonz, a 19-year old male Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

After my experiences that summer, I knew I might want to pursue a career with marine mammals. Going into my senior year, I hadn’t completely made up my mind about applying to veterinary school, so I decided that I would work for a year or two before making my next step. On the last day of my exams, one week before graduation, I received a call from my supervisor from Dolphin Cove. She wanted to know if I was interested in a full time position as a Dolphin Trainer in Key Largo; this was a phone call I was not expecting at all. I was offered a dream job, but one thing I was worried about was how far away from my friends and family I would be living. Despite these worries, I ultimately decided that this was an opportunity which I could not pass up. One week after graduation, I was on my way to the Florida Keys. If it weren’t for Dr. Fitzgerald’s senior research class and for all of my professors’ encouragement and support during my four years at CBU, and most importantly during my senior year, I would never have had this amazing opportunity or the courage to make this huge step.

During my time at Dolphin Cove, I learned so much about marine mammal life, conservation, and research. I had the best co-workers I could ask for: four Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. During my time there, I was exposed to a variety of research projects going on, helped to train and care for the dolphins there, and was also able to help out the veterinarians with various procedures. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and appreciate everything I learned, I decided that I wanted to move closer to home and try out a different field of research. I moved back to Memphis and started working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the department of Infectious Diseases, which is where I am currently employed today. I work in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Webster. St. Jude is one of six WHO (World Health Organization) collaborating centers for influenza research and the only center that focuses on the transmission of animal viruses to humans. My lab is specifically dedicated to the study of antiviral drugs and influenza research. Throughout my time at CBU, I learned a lot which has helped me in my position at St. Jude, starting with Freshman Biology and Chemistry all the way up to Dr. Ogilvie’s Immunology class. I would say that immunology in particular has helped me the most in my position since I deal mostly with antibody-antigen interactions. Many of the laboratory techniques I use on a daily basis are ones which I learned during my time at CBU. I also conduct many experiments testing the efficacy of certain proteins/drugs against influenza using different animal models. I have been in my position at St. Jude for almost 2 years now.

All of my experiences at CBU and thereafter have lead me to where I am now, currently finishing my applications for veterinary school for the class of 2017. I hope to start in the fall and am looking forward to the next phase in my life!

Thank You Notes to Sciences Faculty

The month’s note comes to Br. Joel Baumeyer, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Director of the Math Center, from a former student.

From: Stephen Allen
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:41 PM
To: Joel Baumeyer
Subject: Overdue gratitude

Dear Brother Joel,

It is unlikely that you remember me but I was a student of yours during the 1993/1994 academic year. While my performance in your Cal I & II courses may have ended in disappointment, the inspiration you provided has persisted for nearly 20 years. I spent only one year at CBU but my education continued at State Tech, Univ. of Memphis, Univ. of Central Arkansas, and Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock. Along the way I earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Higher Education. For the past eight years I have worked in higher education serving as a teaching assistant, adjunct faculty, and tutor in the discipline of Mathematics.

Thanks and gratitude are hardly sufficient but are the least I can give you. Your passion for the subject and compassion for people left an indelible impression upon me. You are in part responsible for my good fortunes to this day. Thank you so much for what you gave me in the short time we spent together.

I immediately liked you when you commented on a M.C. Escher t-shirt that I was wearing as we passed each other in the stairwell.

Hope you are well,

Stephen Blue Allen

Featured Major: Computer Science

CBU offers two related degrees in the broad field of computing with courses taught in three schools. The School of Business offers courses in Management Information Systems (MIS), the School of Engineering has a major in Computer Engineering (ECE) and the School of Sciences has a major in Computer Science (CS). The MIS courses prepare a graduate to manage software that solves problems in a business environment. The ECE degree prepares a graduate to design hardware and software. The CS degree prepares a graduate to develop software. A computer scientist designs algorithms to solve applied problems efficiently with software in such areas as video games, search engines, bioinformatics and secure communication. For example, one reason why Google is such a widely used tool for web searches is the speed and quality of its search algorithm.

Dr. Yanushka, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science teaching the CS 234 Data Structures Lab.

Dr. Yanushka, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
teaching the CS 234 Data Structures Lab.

Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, used a genetic algorithm to create a final exam schedule that meets the needs of both students and faculty. His algorithm creates a final exam schedule that a) has no conflicts for students; b) has no student taking four exams on any day; c) allows faculty to schedule multiple sections in one time slot for a common final exam; and d) minimizes those students who have three exams on one day. His algorithm represents a significant improvement over the old way where some students had to resolve conflicts of two finals in the same period and common final exams for multiple sections were difficult to accommodate.

Our Computer Science majors take an internship course in their junior year where they help to develop software for local businesses. They next take a capstone course in their senior year in which they complete a software project for industry in order to gain additional experience and use their skills and knowledge bases to solve a real problem. Our best graduates find jobs with companies such as Microsoft, Google and the New York Times. Some of these graduates have been featured in previous issues.

The Computer Science degree requires an option in computer engineering, information technology management, bioinformatics or forensics. Bioinformatics applies techniques of computer science to solve biological problems at the molecular level. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uses bioinformatics as one of its research tools to find cures for diseases. A computer scientist in forensics applies techniques of computer science to answer questions in the legal field.

CBU offers the opportunity to obtain dual degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and dual degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. CBU has also developed a degree in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics that requires several computer science courses.