Note from the Dean 9/14

The Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

The Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

The Who, What, and Why of college.  Should college prepare you for a job?  It should prepare you for more than a job – it should prepare you for a career in particular and for life in general.  How does it do that?  A college degree addresses the three questions of Who, What, and Why.  WHO:  In a professional career, as with life in general, you have to deal with a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.  Cultures that are different by region of the world and even by region of the city.  WHAT:  In a professional career, you have to know the language of the discipline, all its terms and inner workings.  WHY:  To be a top professional, you have to know why the systems are designed the way they are.  You have to also understand the inter-connections that exist among and within systems.  You can better anticipate, and then minimize, unintended consequences (e.g., side effects, collateral damage) if you can see those inter-connections.  With broad knowledge (general education and support courses) AND detailed knowledge (major courses), seeing those inter-connections is greatly enhanced.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter that features the success of our graduates as well as showing you how busy we are as the semester begins.  If you have comments or suggestions, please let me know at .

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

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:  ….  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).

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.

Upcoming Events 9/14

Tuesday, September 16, starting at 1 p.m. in the Montesi Room of Buckman Hall:  First impressions Series – Professional Image & Business Etiquette, sponsored by Career Services.  This is especially relevant to those of you who will be invited for interviews;

Wednesday, September 17, Stephanie Cole, Admissions Counselor for East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine will be on campus to answer questions pertaining to the College of Medicine from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m in Assisi Hall 103.  Pizza and soft drinks will be available  For more information, contact Dr. Stan Eisen at or 321-3447.

Wednesday, September 17, in Buckman 207, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:  Mock Interview Day, sponsored by Career Services;

Thursday, September 18, in Montesi, 12 to 2 p.m.:  STEM Showcase:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Career Expo, sponsored by Career Services;

Saturday, September 20, the Beta Beta Beta biology student group is going as a group to McKellar Lake for a clean-up day as part of the September of Service effort.

Thursday, September 25:   Graduate School Expo.  Please note that this includes the annual Health Career Opportunities Fair.  Canale Arena, 12-2 p.m.

Saturday, September 27:  The MHIRT wrap up symposium will be held from 9:00 – 12:30.

Saturday, September 27:  THE CANNON BALL CONCERT: CBU’s first Cannon Ball is a concert event featuring country music star Ben Bradford (Ben Chism) and local rock group Fingertrick. Open to CBU students and high-school seniors. The Cannon Ball will also host several local food trucks! Saturday, September 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Nolan Field and the Gazebo area.  Ben was a participant in the MHIRT program while at CBU and went to Brazil for one summer to do research.

Thursday, October 2:  Tri-Beta will be offering their annual mock interviews on at 6:00 pm in the CW student lounge to meet a professional in your field of interest and to practice for a real interview.  This is a great opportunity to get you ready for Interview Day.  If you’re interested in optometry, veterinary, physical therapy, medical, dentistry, or any other professional healthcare field, sign up!  Just email your name, year, major and healthcare field of interest before Fri., 19 Sept. to Nuti Desai ( ) or Megan Huynh ( ).  The deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 19!  Any other questions may be forwarded to Dr. Ogilvie ( ).

Alumni News 9/14

Special Awards to Alumni

Dr. Susan A. Appling, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS , Natural Science 1985, received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Lucy Blair Service Award during the association’s NEXT Conference & Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11-14, 2014.  See the article on Alumni Awards later in this newsletter.

Ben Bradford (Chism) has a single on itunes and has been on CMT Pure (  He will be in Memphis soon.  He routinely plays in Nashville and Florida.  Ben will be playing a concert at CBU on Sept 27th.

Analice Hosey Sowell, Chemistry 2002 & MAT 2005, was awarded the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching award during the 2014 commencement exercises for Memphis University School.  She also earned a Local Section Outreach Volunteer Award from the American Chemical Society.  See also the Special Article on Awards to Alumni later in this newsletter.

Graduations from professional schools

Michael Antone at his graduation.

Michael Antone at his graduation for his D.D.S. degree

Michael Antone, Biology 2009, graduated from UTHSC with a D.D.S.

Jeremy Armstrong, Biology 2008, graduated with a J.D. degree from the University of Memphis law school.

Kathleen Nelson Goldberg, Biology 2011, graduated from UTHSC with a D.P.T.  (Physical Therapy)

Teair’e (Carmichael) LaShae, Natural Science 2012, graduated from UTHSC with a M.S.N.  (Nursing)

Sally Lynch at graduation

Sally Lynch at vet school graduation

Sally Lynch, Natural Science 2007, graduated with a D.V.M. from the Louisiana State University Veterinary School.

Rachael Reese Covington, Biomedical Science 2012, graduated with her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Alabama Birmingham.  She is working as a Genetic Counselor at the West Clinic in Memphis and married Michael Covington in June 2014.

Binoh Shah, Chemistry 2010, graduated from UTHSC with a Pharm.D.,  He received the leadership award from Memphis’ local Pharmacists Society.

Graduate School Acceptances and New Jobs

Hajra (right) at the CBU PA White Coat ceremony

Hajra (right) at the CBU Physicians’ Assistant White Coat ceremony

Natalie Hurt Birch, Biology 2011, and Hajra Motiwala, Natural Science 2011, (on the right in the image) were in the CBU PA white coat ceremony in May.

Angela Williams, Biology 2013, and Garrett Burton, Natural Science 2014, have just been accepted to the CBU Physicians Assistant program and start in December.

Sherita Granderson, Biology 2013, is starting medical laboratory science at Baptist College, Memphis, this month.

Jessica Green, Biochemistry 2013, has accepted a job teaching AP chemistry and coaching at Arlington High School.

Andrew Greenop, Mathematics & Mechanical Engineering 2012, has been accepted to the Nuclear Engineering Program at UC Berkeley for the fall of 2014.

Dr. Oscar Herrera, Chemistry 2006 and Pharm. D. UTCHS 2011 & Pediatric Nutrition Support Fellowship UTCHS/LeBonheur 2014, become a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy.  “Special mention goes to William Busler, Martha Holt, Mike Worsham, Tara Parish and Rich Helms; these people took a chance on me when nobody would, I would not be where I am without them. I will be forever grateful!”  (Dr. William Busler is Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at CBU.)

Dana Pabalate

Dana Pabalate (left)

Hannah Kurtz started Pharmacy School at UTCHS this month.  She left CBU early to start this month.

Nathan Melton, Physics 2010, is a graduate student in physics at U.C. Merced.  Nathan passed his preliminary exams this spring.

Mercedes Thomas-Mitchusson started Dental Hygene School at UTHSC.

Huong Tran, Biology 2011, finished an M.S. in nursing at UTHSC about a year ago but has just started her doctoral program in nursing and is hoping to teach in the future.

Dana Pabalate Zimmerman , Biology 2012, M.S.N., will start D.N.P. in August in pediatrics at UTHSC.  Dana is pictured above with her new husband, Jacob Zimmerman.  They were married in July.  Dana has started working at St Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, which she describes as her dream job.

Dr. Supriya (Suzy) Ponnapula , Biology 2010, has accepted a Pharmacy residency position at TVHS VA in Nashville, TN, and loves it so far.

Papers Published by Alums

Pictured with jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex her phD advisor at Vanderbilt and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.

Jessica with Dr. Tonia Rex, her Ph.D. advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.

Jessica Hines Beard, Biology 2010, presented a paper at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando Fla. Pictured with Jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex, her Ph.D. advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, professor of Biology at CBU  The title of her poster was “Early and age-related changes in the glaucomatous  DBA/2J retina”.

Christini Fernando, Natural Science 2013, had the manuscript of the Senior Research she did during the Summer of 2012 accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed dental journal “Operative Dentistry”.  Christini is currently in Miami doing dental Hygiene.

Brent Holmes, Mathematics & Physics 2013, had a paper published in the journal Geombinatorics 2014, Pages 158-169, entitled: Rainbow Colorings of Some Geometrically Defined Uniform Hypergraphs in the Plane .  Brent also passed his qualifying exams in the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at the University of Kansas this past month.

Marriages & Engagements

Christian Bahniuk, Biology 2014, and Andrew Sillyman (works at West Memphis Steel) announced their engagement on August 6, 2014.

Anna Birg, Biochemistry  2014, and William Mitchell, Marketing 2013, announced their engagement on August 8, 2014.

Jessica Dunn Garrett at her white coat ceremony at the Union Pharmacy School.

Jessica Dunn Garrett at her white coat ceremony at the Union Pharmacy School.

Jessica Dunn, Biology 2013, married Wesley Garrett June 2014. Jessica is a first year pharmacy student at Union University

Dr. Brinson Boyte Hargraves , Biology 1999 & UTHSC 2004, was married on August 23rd to  Dr. Adam Owens.  They are currently practicing and residing in Jonesboro, AR.

Kristi Prevost, Biology 2010 and Aaron Camp were married in New Orleans, LA. on Saturday, August 26, 2014.  Kristi is currently in veterinay school at LSU.

New Babies

Dr. Robert Appling, Biology 2003, and his wife, Jenny, had a baby girl, Avery Lynn, on July 24, 2014.

Dr. Justin Carmichael, (left CBU early in 2006 for chiropractic school) and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their daughter, Mallory Faith, on May 20, 2014.  They are currently living in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, in Grapeville, TX.

Dr. Kyle Markaway, Natural Science 2007, and his wife, Jess, had their first child, a son, Kyle Christopher, on June 18, 2014.  Kyle is currently working as a physical therapist at Tri State Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Knoxville TN area.

Brad and Michelle Moats McCullough, Natural Science 2007, announce the birth of their first child, Mindy Grace McCullough, weighing in at 7 lbs., 7oz. and measuring 20 inches in length, on August 20.

Dr. Frank Ramirez, Chemistry 2008 and Pharm. D. Union 2012, and Erin Green Ramirez, Natural Science 2008, had their first child, a girl, Ryan Elizabeth, on August 15th.  Everyone is doing fine!  Frank is currently a manager at WalMart Pharmacy.

Kim Ries Whittington, Biology 2003 and MHIRT 2004, and her husband Alan, Mathematics 2005, welcomed their daughter, Remy Nichole, on  May 13, 2014.  They are currently living in Houston, TX.

Dr. Christopher Sage, Biology 2005 & UTHSC 2009, and his wife, Carrie, had their second child, a girl, Allie Claire, in April 2014.  Christopher is currently working at Med Communications and lives in Covington, TN.

Dr. Jerad Schultz , Biology 2006 & MHIRT 2005 & UTHSC 2010, and his wife, Kaye, had their second child, Robert Matthew, on Feb 3, 2014.  Jerad is currently a physical therapist at BMH, Memphis.

Student Success 9/14

At CBU, we strive to give each and every student the best opportunity for success. Sometimes that means helping students get into professional or graduate school to further pursue their ambitions. Sometimes that means helping students determine a “Plan B” if their initial plan was not really suited to their talents and/or initial expectations. Other times, it means helping a student determine what are the possibilities out there that match up with their interests and talents.

Jessica Ferrell , Biology 2013, Riley Pace, Chemistry 2013, Scott Parker, Biology 2013,  in M1 white coat ceremony on Firday, August 15, at UTHSC.  Joe Fong, Biology 2011, an M2 also joined the CBU grads.  Kell Jeu, Biomedical Sciences 2012, is also an M2 at UTHSC.

Jessica Ferrell , Biology 2013, Riley Pace, Chemistry 2013, Scott Parker, Biology 2011, in M1 white coat ceremony on Firday, August 15, at UTHSC. Joe Fong, Biology 2011, an M2, also joined the CBU grads. Kell Jeu, Biomedical Sciences 2012, is also an M2 at UTHSC.

In the last five years (classes of 2010 to 2014):

  • We had 23 of our graduates accepted into medical school (85%* acceptance rate)
  • We had 26 of our graduates accepted into pharmacy school (93% acceptance rate)
  • We had 8 of our graduates accepted into physical therapy school (89% acceptance rate)
  • We had 16 of our graduates accepted into nursing school (94% acceptance rate)
  • We had an additional 29 students accepted into various other health professional schools such as dentistry, veterinary, optometry, physicians assistant, and chiropractic.
  • We also had 31 of our graduates accepted into graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) programs in the sciences (97% acceptance rate).

* In reviewing these percentages, please note that we do not pre-screen our applicants to the various professional or graduate schools as some institutions do. Some of our students were initially rejected but were accepted in a following year. If a student was accepted in one area and rejected in another, we only count the acceptance and not the rejection since we concentrate on student success.

For comparison purposes with medical school acceptances at UT, East Tennessee, U of Arkansas and nationwide (data for 2012, source is data from aamc):

  • UT-Memphis accepted 165 out of 1,629 applications (10% acceptance rate).
  • East Tennessee Quillen accepted 72 out of 1,929 applications (4% acceptance rate)
  • University of Arkansas accepted 166 out of 2,148 applications (8% acceptance rate).
  • nationwide, 19,517 are accepted out of 636,309 applicants with each person giving 14 applications on average for an overall acceptance rate per person of 43%.

For pharmacy schools, the average acceptance rate for 2012 was about 16% for each school (6.4 applications per acceptance), but since students often apply to more than one school, we obtained information a couple years ago that 50.2% of all PharmCAS applicants received at least one acceptance.

CBU’s Steps for Success

To get into competitive professional (e.g., medical, pharmacy, dental) schools, there are five things that are important:

1. Grades At CBU.  Most of our science courses have labs associated with them, and the instructor for the lecture is usually the instructor for the lab. Our professors have at least 10 office hours each week to help students both with their coursework and with advising for their career plans.

2. Entrance tests (e.g., MCAT, PCAT, DAT).  The excellent courses supported by well equipped labs prepare our students for these tests. In addition, the CBU Career Center offers practice tests to try to help prepare our students.

3. Experience in the field.  At CBU we provide our students with many opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field. Our student groups, particularly the Biology group, Beta Beta Beta, and the Chemistry group, Student Members of the American Chemical Society, provide opportunities to see and interact with institutions and people in the local health community. In the freshmen Principles of Biology courses, we have a discussion section that spends some time talking about what it takes to get into various fields. In the junior year we have a Junior Seminar course that brings researchers onto campus to talk about their research. All of our majors have a senior capstone research or internship course. This experience is viewed very positively by the various health professional schools.

4. Recommendations from your professors and the supervisors of your work in the field.  At CBU, you are encouraged to really get to know your professors. If you take advantage of this, the professors will be able to write very specific letters of recommendation for you.

5. Interviews.  As part of the admissions process for professional schools, students are required to attend an interview. At CBU, we help students prepare for this opportunity by holding mock interviews staffed by our alumni and other health professionals.

To help and guide you in your preparation for pursuing any of the health careers, we have a Pre-Professional Heath Director, Dr. Stan Eisen. He has a very extensive set of web pages on the various health careers and what it takes to get into these professional schools.

Special Awards to alumni

We feature three special awards here, one to Susan Appling, Natural Science 1996, and two to Analice Hosey Sowell, Chemistry 2002 & MAT 2005.




ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 16, 2014 – Physical therapist and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member Susan A. Appling, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS received APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award during the association’s NEXT Conference & Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11-14, 2014.

Appling is an associate professor for the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the clinical coordinator for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She is also a consultant and practitioner with University Therapists in Memphis.

Since joining APTA in 1985, Appling has been involved with APTA’s CEO Search Work Group, Task Force on Governance Review, Finance and Audit Committee, Task Force on House of Delegates Governance, Orthopaedic Section, and Tennessee Chapter. She has been honored with the Tennessee Chapter’s Carol Likens Award and APTA’s Abstract Recognition of Excellence.

The Lucy Blair Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the association through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities. Lucy Blair (deceased 1985) was known for qualities such as having unswerving dedication, self-sacrifice without limit, an infectious enthusiasm, strong personal and professional values, a sharp wit and sense of humor, and a genuine interest and concern for every individual she met.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT), Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest


Sowell Volunteer of the Year

Mrs. Analice Sowell, chair of the Science Department at Memphis University School, is Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year for the American Chemical Society.  She is among 65 volunteers across the country recognized by the ACS Committee of Community Activities for exemplary education outreach efforts in their local sections.

Analice won the 2002 Dominic Dunn award.  Pictured with Analice are Drs. Busler and Condren, Professors of Chemistry, both now Emeriti.

Analice won the 2002 Dominic Dunn award. Pictured with Analice are Drs. Busler and Condren, Professors of Chemistry, both now Emeriti.

Several times a year over the last decade, Sowell has visited Klondike Elementary, to provide lectures and demonstrations for the Science and Engineering Club. During National Chemistry Week in October 2013, she took her Materials Science students along to demonstrate Halloween-themed chemical reactions. Since becoming involved in ACS in 2002, she also has led several workshops and presentations for both pre-service and current K-12 teachers. Additionally, she has mentored several Teach for America participants. In the local section of ACS, she has served as chair, secretary, and High School Exams Committee chair. She currently serves as chair of the Awards Committee and co-chair of the High School Program for the 2015 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Analice Sowell wins the Nail Outstanding Teaching Award at MUS

Analice also won the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award at Memphis University School (MUS).  Nominations for the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award are made each year by a Selection Committee of student leaders from the senior class, and the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award is determined by a majority vote of the class.  See the following link for the MUS newsletter detailing her accomplishments: .


Featured Alum 9/14: Reena Patel, Biology 2006 and MHIRT 2005


Bob Dalsania and Reena Patel at the TAS meeting in 2006

Bob Dalsania and Reena Patel at the TAS meeting in 2006

My name is Reena Patel and I graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2006 with a major in Biology. It has always been a life long passion of mine to become a physician. My interest in medicine began at a young age and I knew that medical school was the path for me. This decision was further solidified during my years at CBU. After struggling with the MCAT, I decided that I would not give up dream and pursued other options. I applied to medical school in the Caribbean and was accepted.  Initially, I was terrified at the thought of leaving home, but I knew I could not pass up this opportunity. I attended the American University of Antigua Medical school in September of 2007 and spent 16 months there completing my basic science courses. After that, I started my clinical rotations back in the states. Being a part of a foreign medical school had it challenges. I had to be extremely aggressive as far as trying to get my clinical rotations set up so that I did not lose time. I traveled to many places including Miami, Atlanta, New York, and Baltimore. Through my many experiences during my clinical rotations, I had finally decided that Family Medicine was the specialty that I wanted to pursue. The decision was simple. Family medicine would allow me to see all ages and a diversity of medical diagnoses. I applied to many programs throughout the states, mostly those closest to Memphis because I wanted to be close to home. Also being a foreign medical graduate, I knew that it would be much harder for me because I was competing with US graduates. I was very fortunate to receive many interview opportunities and was especially ecstatic when I got an interview at the UT Family Medicine Residency Program. I was sold immediately. I did rank UTFM number 1 on my match list and was very excited to learn that I would be joining their program starting July 1, 2012! As I am near to completing my 2nd year of residency, I am proud to say that I am going to be one of the Chief residents for our upcoming year. I am so thankful and blessed to do what I do. I love going to work and the diversity of medical problems that I face on a day-to-day basis always keeps my job interesting. On a typical day clinic day, I can see a newborn, teenager, adults, geriatric patient, and obstetric patients that come in for prenatal care and women with gynecological complaints. I am comfortable with managing ICU patients and delivering babies. My job is definitely what you would call full scope family medicine!


The 2006 biology presenters at the Research Poster Session

The 2006 biology presenters at the Research Poster Session

As I think about my 4 years at CBU, what I remember most is a strong science curriculum, excellent and caring professors, and camaraderie among the university.  It is that strong education that I received at CBU, which is the groundwork of the knowledge that I have acquired today.  Two notable professors that really impacted me were Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr. Ogilvie. I am glad that I chose to go to CBU and I know that the experiences and knowledge that I gained there have got me to the place I am at now. I have a little over 1 year of residency left and then hope to join a group practice in Memphis, Tennessee. I look forward to what my future brings!

Thank You Note 8/14

This note is to Dr. Julia Hanebrink, Program Coordinator for the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program.

Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:19 AMTo: Julia HanebrinkSubject: Law School

Dear Julia,

I want to thank you again for writing a letter of recommendation for my law school applications. I want to let you know that I was accepted to a couple of schools, and I have decided to attend University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law this fall. My decision was based on a large scholarship which I was awarded to cover half of my tuition. After rescheduling my LSAT twice due to weather, I thought I would have to wait another year to apply to law school, but many schools extended their deadlines for this reason, including U of M. I am really excited and pleased with the outcome, and I just want you to know that I appreciate all that you have done for me. My research with MHIRT really helped me stand out in my applications, and my experience in the program has inspired me to pursue a health law certificate. I can’t thank you enough, and I’m so excited for what the future brings!


Elizabeth B. Booker

Math Center Tutors 9/14

We continue our practice of introducing one of our Math Center Tutors.

Rene Hudlet, Math Center Tutor

Rene Hudlet,
Math Center Tutor

Rene Hudlet is a sophomore Chemical Engineer with a Biochemical concentration and a Chemistry minor.  He is a graduated of Evangelical Christian School and now is a very enthusiastic first time tutor in the Math Center.  He enjoys tutoring Calculus I and II the most.  In his spare time, Rene enjoys building “stuff.”

Featured Major: Biochemistry 9/14

The Biochemistry degree program is now 6 years old; and 23 students have graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. These students have gone on to a wide range of career choices, including medical school, pharmacy school, biomedical research, graduate school, and teaching in secondary school.

Students working in one of the eight chemistry labs

Students working in one of the eight chemistry labs

An integral part of the Biochemistry and Chemistry degree programs is the unique student worker/work-study program that provides laboratory training outside of the regular classroom/laboratory setting, as well as the opportunity to gain leadership experience.  Several Biochemistry majors, currently in this program, are shown in the picture above.  They are, from left to right, Jimmy Nguyen, biochemistry 2015, Thuy-Anh (Jenny) Phan, biochemistry 2016, and Janice Nguyen, biochemistry 2016.

The Biochemistry degree is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy, medical and dental schools. The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of a wide range of skills at the molecular level that are needed in medical and biochemical research laboratories. For this reason the major places a heavy emphasis on requiring laboratory courses to accompany most of the lecture courses needed for completion of the degree. Of the 15 required biology and chemistry lecture courses in the program, 14 have companion laboratory courses.


Biochemistry and Chemistry majors are shown above in the lobby of the Student Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin where they presented the results of their senior research projects on April 5, 2014.  Pictured from left to right, in the front row, are Natalie Wright, Biochemistry 2014, Melanie Saunders, Biochemistry 2014, Erika Yates, Biochemistry 2014, Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, Esha Thakore, Biochemistry 2014, Christine Nguyen, Biochemistry 2014, Yuan (Eva) Chen, Biochemistry 2014, Yusef Akbik, Biochemistry 2014, Kevin Liao, Biochemistry 2014, and Duy (Danny) Nguyen, Chemistry 2014,  Shesha Shah, Chemistry 2014, and Shannon McDonald, Biochemistry 2014, are shown in the second row.

Research is an important component of the B.S. Biochemistry degree program. In recognition of this fact, we have a 4 semester sequence of Research Seminar courses, including CHEM 330 Research Seminar I, CHEM 331 Research Seminar II, CHEM 428 Research Seminar III, and CHEM 429 Research Seminar IV. An important component of the research program is the development of effective communication skills. Students are required to present the results of their work in a variety of formats, including: (a) a poster at the University Poster session in April; (b) oral presentations at a SMACS Area Collegiate Meeting and at the Annual Department of Chemistry Research Conference; and (c) a written senior thesis in the style of a major scientific journal.