What 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.
During 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.
Becky Wauford, Math Center Tutor
A sophomore double major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, Becky Wauford, is a first year tutor in the Math Center. She is a graduate of Covington High School, Covington, TN. Besides her double major she has also chosen a Sustainability minor. She tutors in all math subjects through Differential Equations and Physics 2. To keep herself occupied she also is an Honors Program member and on its Board of Directors, a President’s Ambassador, a Packaging Lab assistant, an AmeriCorps worker at CAC (Tipton County Child Advocacy Center) , a MAA Public Relations officer, a member of ASME and, to add a final touch, a CB Singer.
Justin Joy, Math Center Tutor
Junior, Justin Joy, is likewise a graduate of Covington High School and has as his major Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He tutors Physics 1 and all of the math classes through Numerical Analysis. He also helps with Scientific Programming (Mat Lab). Outside of the classroom he is involved with the Inter Fraternity Council (IFC) as Vice President, SAE Fraternity, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). When asked why he liked tutoring he said, “I enjoy tutoring because it allows me to use the skills I’ve obtained in Mathematics at CBU to help people become more confident and successful throughout their college careers.”
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.
Rebekah Herrman, Math Center Tutor
Rebekah Herrman is a junior Math and Physics double major who graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. She has been a tutor in the Math Center since her freshman year. She has helped many students and has been a real asset to the tutoring program. Rebekah is the president of the CBU Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and is on the Honors Program Board of Directors. She also is a resident assistant in Rozier Hall and is involved in campus ministry and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
Alex Grover, Math Center Tutor
Alex Grover, a senior Mechanical Engineering major, has been working in the Math Center since the beginning of the semester. Though his involvement in math tutoring has been brief, he is no stranger to the program. Over his last four years he has taken many math courses, both fundamental and higher level. He has enjoyed passing on some of what he has learned to other students. Aside from tutoring, he has been active in engineering projects on campus as well as internships.
Will Zachary, Math Tutor
Senior Will Zachary has been working in the Math Center throughout most of his years at CBU. He graduated from Horn Lake High School and majors in Chemical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He tutors everything from basic math to Statistics and Probability, in most Chemistry subjects and in basic Physics. He is active in TKE fraternity and AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and has served as a Peer Counselor, a CARL (CBU Advising Registration Leader), and as sacristan to the chapel at CBU.
Nadia Earle, Math Center tutor
Sophomore Nadia Earle graduated from Woodlands High School and is in her first year as a tutor in the Math Center. She is majoring in Biochemical Engineering. She tutors everything from basic Algebra to Calculus II and Statistics. Nadia is also President of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). She is a member of the Honors Program at CBU and AXD sorority.