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

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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.

ECLIPSE 2017

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.

Biology Lab Upgrades

STAN_1_smaller STAN_2_smallerThis summer, thanks to the generosity of our School of Sciences donors, we were able to purchase a little over $8,500 in hardware upgrades for three high quality centrifuges to be used in our biology labs. In the natural and health sciences, centrifuges are used for isolating and separating suspensions and immiscible liquids. We now have three working high quality centrifuges that will be used for laboratory classroom instruction as well as student and faculty research in the sciences.

Featured in the top photo:
Dr. Stanley Eisen, Biology Professor and Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs and CBU student Patricia Brownsberger (Biomedical Science ’18). Patricia’s lab coat is covered with illustrations of parasites that were featured in a book created by the students in a Parasitology class. The student’s named the book Don’t Get Sick, Stan!

Welcome to Dr. Jennifer M. Hitt

hitt-jennifer-picThe School of Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Hitt as the new Director of CBU’s RN to BSN Nursing Program. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hitt to CBU.

Dr. Jennifer Hitt is a registered nurse from Oxford, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Mississippi, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Hitt has worked in higher education for over a decade.  She is a certified Nurse Educator with the National League for Nursing.  In addition, she served on the faculty at the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and University of Mississippi Medical Center-Ole Miss campus.  She previously worked as a medical/surgical RN, acute admissions RN, and hospital clinical educator.

Dr. Hitt is the Past-President of the Mississippi Nurses Association.  Dr. Hitt also served as the Vice-President of MNA, District president, ANA assembly representative for Mississippi, and served on the Board of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.  She is currently on the ANA Nominations and elections committee and is the chairperson for the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee.  Dr. Hitt actively works on legislation and policy development at the state and national level regarding nursing practice.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  Her research interests focus on educational delivery methods and student success.

Dr. Hitt is active in medical mission work, both locally and at the international level.  She frequently undertakes medical missions to Leogane, Haiti, and has developed medical study abroad programs for students.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 9 year old daughter, Mary Carter.