CBU Students Intern at Medtronic – Summer 2018



CBU students Jessica Morrison (Chemical Engineering 2021) and Heidi Stonecipher (Biology 2021) are interning at Medtronic in the summer of 2018.



As part of their internship they had hands on experience in the Cadaver Lab. This included learning how to insert screws into the thoracic spine to correct spinal instability.

CBU Chemistry Students Attend Undergraduate Research Conference

Alan Cecil (B.S. Chemistry), Liam O’Donnell (B.S. Biochemistry), Parth Thakore (B.S. Biochemistry), and Saehymn Oh (B.S. Biochemistry)

Alan Cecil (B.S. Chemistry), Liam O’Donnell (B.S. Biochemistry), Parth Thakore (B.S. Biochemistry), and Saehymn Oh (B.S. Biochemistry)


Four CBU students attended the 50th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Mississippi on February 3rd, 2018.

Parth Thakore received the overall second place award for oral presentation of his undergraduate research project.

St. Agnes Academy Visitors

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, David Tran (Chemistry 2005) brought his students from St. Agnes Academy to visit CBU’s Physician Assistant Clinical Simulation facility. Cheryl Scott, Director of Clinical Simulation, demonstrated several clinical skills and the equipment in our labs. Also assisting with the visit was Dr. Christina Brown Tran, M.D. (Chemistry 2006).

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Sciences Faculty Present at the 2017 International Symposium on Lasallian Research


Dr. Kristin Prien – Business
Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC
Dr. Anthony R. Trimboli – Chemistry
Cecilia Garrison – Nursing

The sixth annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research was held on September 24-26, 2017 at the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The symposium featured two different presentations by CBU School of Sciences faculty members.

Dr. Anthony R. Trimboli’s presentation “Perception and Success in a Hybrid Learning Environment” focused on the general education hybrid course, “Chemistry of Cooking”, and it’s relation to student success.

Cecilia Garrison’s presentation “The Memphis Immersion Experience: An Innovative Service-Learning Approach to Clinical Education for RN to BSN Students” described the service learning opportunity for our CBU Nursing students that includes the learning objectives of implementing community health nursing concepts, developing a deeper understanding of poverty, and utilizing leadership theories in the care and education of individuals and their families.


eclipsepromoWhat are these students doing?  Why, practicing for the eclipse of course!

As you may know, the first total solar eclipse to hit the U.S. mainland since 1979 is occurring on Monday, August 21.  The Moon will be passing between the Sun and Earth, blocking the light from the Sun.  While the eclipse is not total in Memphis, we still will see 94% of the sun’s diameter blocked at the peak of the eclipse.

All members of the CBU community are invited to view this celestial phenomenon at our Solar Eclipse Party, hosted by the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Life.  We will have telescopes set up as well as a number of eclipse glasses with special filters that allow for direct viewing of the sun.  (Theses filters are absolutely necessary for direct viewing of the eclipse!  Ordinary sunglasses do not provide adequate protection!)

The party location is the Plough Sciences Courtyard, located between Assisi Hall and the Cooper-Wilson Center.  The eclipse begins in Memphis at 11:52 a.m. with the peak at 1:22 p.m. and the end of the eclipse at 2:50 p.m.  We will be out in the courtyard starting around 11:00 a.m.  Refreshments will be served near the peak of the eclipse.  Come out and enjoy the eclipse!  You won’t get another chance to see one in Memphis until 2023!

If you’d like to read more about the eclipse visit eclipse.aas.org, hosted by the American Astronomical Society.

Dr. Moore Presents at Ecological Meeting

MooreDuring the week of August 6th 2017, Dr. James E. Moore (Chair and Associate Professor of Biology) is attending the Annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Portland, Oregon. At this conference he is presenting data on community succession titled “Effect of Disturbance Intensity and Frequency on Old-Field Community Diversity, Composition and Functional Groups.”

In addition to presenting his research, Dr. Moore also serves on the executive council for ESA.

In the photo, Dr. Moore is visiting with the team from PLOS. PLOS stands for the “Public Library of Science” and was founded in 2001 as an alternative to the growing constraints of traditional scientific publishing.

Welcome Jerad Henson

jerad_hensonJerad Henson joins the Department of Biology this fall as a full-time visiting faculty member. Jerad is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis. The photo shows Jared in the field about to take a blood sample from a waterfowl. His research explores the interactions between physiology and environment.

This fall, Jerad Henson will be teaching an upper level elective Ornithology course with lab, several A&P labs, and the Senior Seminar course for our Natural Science majors.

Congratulations Dr. Tooley

gary_tooley_webGary B. Tooley, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA is the Director of Academics for and an Associate Professor in CBU’s Physician Assistant Studies program (our graduate program in the Health Sciences). Dr. Tooley recently earned his Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University. Two areas that Dr. Tooley focused on in his doctoral program include:

  1. The growing shortage of trained health profession educators. His research provided the data needed to start a new doctoral track at NSU specifically aimed at helping meet this shortfall.
  2. Cultural competency in health care.  As part of the doctoral program he completed an internship in Cote d’Ivoire. His practicum centered on culturally sensitive care of Muslim patients. He plans to continue this work by creating modules for other groups..

New Equipment for Chemistry

SoS_Chemistry_July2017Kaila Muhammad, a senior in the CBU Department of Chemical Engineering and President of the CBU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and Tim Burchett II, a senior in the CBU Department of Mechanical Engineering and Founder of Absolution Hydroformance, are pictured in front of the new Refractive Index Detector recently purchased for the CBU Department of Chemistry.  Kaila and Tim are using the research facilities in the CBU Chemistry Department for the development of an energy source for the School of Engineering AIChE CHEM-E-Car Project.

For research on polymers synthesized by controlled free radical polymerization, the analysis of each synthesized polymer requires an instrument called a GPC. Prior to this summer, the CBU Chemistry Department had the GPC instrument but only one type of detector, a UV/VIS detector. Using a UV/VIS detector means the polymer must absorb visible or ultraviolet light. The problem is that the vast majority of polymers cannot be detected in the UV or visible spectrum. In order to detect the non-light-absorbing polymers a refractive index detector is needed. Thus, the addition of the refractive index detector to the GPC in summer 2017 allows much more extensive and robust research to take place. Additionally, the refractive index detector will be used in the hands on laboratory for the polymer class that Dr. William Peer (Chemistry) will teach in spring 2018.

We thank our generous donors to both the Chemistry Department and the School of Sciences funds that allow us to purchase this expensive yet very useful scientific equipment.

Alum Presents at National Meeting

SoS_MeganM_smallMegan Mosier (Ecology 2017) presented the results of her senior research at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists that was held July 12-16, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  During her senior year at CBU, Megan studied salamanders from both the Tennessee and Arkansas sides of the Mississippi river. Megan’s research poster described the population variation in two species of Ambystomatid salamanders that were separated by the Mississippi river.