CBU Crosstown Event: “Living Well with Diabetes”

CBUPA_July2019_smallestOn Wednesday July 17, 2019 an inter-professional event on “Living Well With Diabetes” was hosted by CBU, Focal Point, and Church Health at our Crosstown location..

Students from CBU PA Studies, SCO, Union University Social Work and Pharmacy students from Union University and UTHSC participated in this event.

Patients from the Memphis area received eye and foot exams, discussed medications and identified any home care issues.  All students felt it was an excellent learning experience.  Another event is scheduled in November.

Biology Research Presentations April 13, 2019

To see photos of our students presenting please visit the CBU School of Sciences Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChristianBrothersUniversitySchoolOfSciences/

Here’s the list of all Biology students that presented:

1. NASH patients recruited through Gastro One in comparison to Dr. Harrison’s NASH triangle. Alexandra Wakefield* Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, Laurie Martin Gastro One research, Memphis, Tennessee, Gina Wallace Gastro One research, Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Younes Gastro One research, Memphis, Tennessee.

2. Examining the contribution of desirable difficulty and transfer appropriate processing by priming cued words. Cristina Sanchez Chontal *, Geoffrey Maddox, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

3. An Ex Vivo & In Ovo investigation into the angiogenic and ossification properties of the silicate ion, assessing its suitability as a potential surgical scaffold component in promoting musculoskeletal tissue repair. Kyle Bellu*, Nasseem Salam* and Iain Gibson. Department of Musculoskeletal & Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Medical Science, Forresterhill Health Campus, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

4. The Proteome Mapping of Exosomes Secreted by Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells Kelsie White 1, 2, Francesco Giorgianni 2, Sarka Beranova-Giorgianni 2 1Department of Biology Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN. 2 Department of pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN.

5. Identification of Ryanodine Receptor type 2 from a heart preparation using ion channel modulators after receptor reconstitution into planar lipid bilayers. Logan Stewart*, Viksita Vijayvergiya, and Alex Dopico Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

6. The Effect of MCC950, an Inflammasome Inhibitor, on Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice. Michael Mendez*, Saifudeen Ismael, and Tauheed IshratChristian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (MM), and University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee (SI, TI).

7. Analysis of thalidomide effects on TNF-alpha and IL-6 inflammation factors in the THP1 cell line. Peter Kinsella, Sadia Shamsi, Neil  Vargesson University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

8. Molecular Screening for Avian Malaria (Plasmodium) in Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks                     Sara Owen*1, Dr. Stan Eisen1, Dr. Michael Collins2, and Dr. Jerad Henson1, 1Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee and 2Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

9. Subretinal Hyperreflective Material within Regions of Atrophy in Treated Eyes with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Sophiana Lindenberg1, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald1, Muneeswar Gupta Nittala2, Aditya Verma2, SriniVas R. Sadda23   1Department of Biology Christian Brother’s University, Doheny Eye Institute, Doheny Image Reading and Research Lab  2Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California  3Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

10. Antimicrobial Resistance to Pig Respiratory Pathogens in Irish Farms. Tara McElroy*, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

11. Comparison of Accommodative Facility with the New Work Rock Cards. Sakshi Sata*, Mark Taub, OD, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee and Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

12. The Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils on Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Escherichia coli   O157:H7 Pratik Banerjee, Daleniece Higgins*, and Khadijah Wilson*Department of Public Heath, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee; Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee

13. Endoparasites of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks in Shelby County, Tennessee. Hannah Shideler*, Stanley Eisen, and Jerad Henson, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

14. The effect of Health Coach Relationships with Cardiovscular Patients and Readmittance to the Hospital. Sara Tucker*, Shanetta Drone, Pamela Reynolds, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, Delta Health Alliance Stoneville, MS, and Delta Regional Medical Center Greenville, MS.

15. Effect of Laundering on the germination of seeds. Sinead Tierney, James E. Moore, Christian Brothers University.

16. A test of invasional meltdown between two invasives and one native tree of the southeastern U.S. Savannah Hottel, James E. Moore, Christian Brothers University.

17. CNS penetration of methotrexate and its primary metabolite 7-hydroxymethotrexate in non-tumor bearing mice and mice bearing orthotopic group 3 medulloblastoma. Rachel Starker*, Abi Davis, Olivia Campagne, PhD, Thandranese S. Owens and Clinton F. Stewart, PharmD, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee and Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

18. The Prevalence of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, TN. Nicholas Kittrell, Sandra Thompson-Jaeger, Christian Brothers University.

Students in Programming Competition


The members of the two CS student programming teams and Dr. Serge Salan (center), CBU faculty sponsor.

On Friday, April 12, 2019 the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) held a programming competition at their annual Mid South Conference which took place on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Two teams from CBU competed and got the 3rd and 5th places from a total of 15 teams. Each team consists of 3 students.

You can see the standings in more detail here: https://ccsc19.kattis.com/standings

For the Birds


Dr. Jerad Henson took his ornithology class to the gulf coast last week. The trip was timed to coincide with spring migrations, which allowed students to encounter birds that will not make it to Memphis till after class lets out.

The class spent a day and a half at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab and a day the Audubon bird sanctuaries on Dauphin Island, Alabama. It was a great trip and the students recorded over 90 species of birds in two and a half days.

Tri Beta Student Organization wins CBU’s 2019 “Excellence in Programming” Award

mendez2019The biological sciences honor society, Beta Beta Beta, won CBU’s 2019 “Excellence in Programming” award.

The Tri Beta president, Michael Mendez, was also honored with two individual awards: the “Spirit of Smarreli” and “RA of the Year” awards.

Congratulations to all our hardworking students and Tri Beta’s faculty advisor, Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Professor of Biology).

CBU PA students, faculty, and staff visit Catholic Medical Association (CMA) of Memphis

PA Program at CMAThe CMA meeting was held at Ave Maria Home on February 26, 2019. The program began with Mass at 6pm followed by an information program on the Green House Concept by Frank Gattuso, a brief lecture on “Rehabilitative Medicine,” by Robert Green, M.D., and a tour of the Green House Project at Ave Maria.

Dr. Gary Tooley, Lucille Starks, Cheryl Scott and La’Tosha Brown attended. The following CBU PA students attended: Shruti Anthony, John McDonald, Kristen Thelan  and Sarah V Vela-Jasso.

If you are interested in learning more about the CMA please visit their website. http://www.cathmed.org/membership/.

Additional Information on the Greenhouse Project:


The Greenhouse project was adapted in 2011for the purpose of “intentionally designing homes that enables those living and working in the home to experience privacy, dignity, intimacy in  a real home. By transforming the traditional nursing home in these three major ways, people who need high levels of clinical care can have their needs met without that being the focus of their existence.”

Dean McGuffee Presents at SIGCSE Technical Symposium

ACM is the professional society for computing professionals. ACM accomplishes its work through Special Interest Groups (known as SIGs). One of the largest ACM SIGs is SIGCSE, the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.

On February 27 – March 2, 2019, SIGCSE held the 50th annual Technical Symposium. The SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the largest computing education conference worldwide. It attracts over 1,500 researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing education in K-12 and higher education.

Workshop Presenters

Workshop Presenters

Along with faculty collaborators David Largent from Ball State and Dr. Christian Roberson from Florida Southern College, Dr. James McGuffee (Dean of the CBU School of Sciences) presented a three hour workshop entitled: “Transform Your Computer Science Course with Specifications Grading.”


As proposed by Linda B. Nilson in Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time, specifications grading is an assessment construct that relies on pass/fail grading of assignments and assessments, the structuring of course content into modules linked to learning outcomes, and the bundling of assignments and assessments within those modules. One of the intentions of this type of course grading construct is to more closely align assessment with student attainment of intended learning outcomes. While there has been very visible work in incorporating specifications grading in some academic areas (e.g. in mathematics), examples of the use of specifications grading in computer science courses are less common. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the concepts of specifications grading, explain how to apply these concepts to a wide range of computing courses, and have the participants apply these concepts to one of their current or upcoming computer science courses. Each participant should leave the workshop with at least one revised course syllabus or assignment that incorporates specifications grading.

Authors: Daniel Coore, Eric Wiebe, and Paul Denny

Authors: Daniel Coore, Eric Wiebe, and Paul Denny

In addition to leading the Wednesday night workshop, Dean McGuffee also chaired a professional papers session on Thursday afternoon. The theme of the paper session was assessment. The topics of the papers ranged from automated programming graders, a computational thinking abilities assessment for middle grade students, and an examination on the fairness of multiple-variant multiple-choice examinations.

For additional information, please visit https://sigcse2019.sigcse.org/


John Davis visits PA Program

PA DavisJohn Davis, who was in the 4th graduating PA class from Duke University, came to speak to the PA Class of 2021 today. Mr. Davis has been instrumental in the development of the PA profession with his involvement in multiple PA organizations and promotion of the PA profession at both state and national levels. The CBU PA Program students were delighted to have had the opportunity to learn from Mr. Davis.